Kevin Hart went Dwell in Entrance of a Studio Viewers on Tuesday evening, channeling Gary Coleman as a part of a reenactment of the basic NBC/ABC comedy Diff’lease Strokes.
However earlier than the reenactment acquired underway, authentic solid member Todd Bridges (aka Willis Jackson) entered the recreated Drummond penthouse set to introduce Boyz II Males, who carried out the sequence’ iconic theme music. He additionally paid tribute to his late costars.
“It’s laborious to consider that I walked by way of these doorways 43 years in the past, again once I had hair,” Bridges stated. “Now in 1978, Diff’lease Strokes premiered and ran for eight seasons — which again then meant 169 episodes of tv — with… the late Conrad Bain, Dana Plato, Charlotte Rae and Gary Coleman. Now, I do know that if my household was right here, they might be simply as proud as I’m right here, celebrating Diff’lease Strokes and Info of Life.”
Tuesday’s presentation — a reenactment of the Season 1 episode “Willis’ Privateness,” whereby Willis tires of getting “Tremendous Arnold” cling round him on a regular basis — starred Kevin Hart as Arnold; John Lithgow (third Rock From the Solar) as Phillip; Damon Wayans (My Spouse and Youngsters) as Willis; and Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Story) as Mrs. Garrett — a task she additionally performed through the previous reenactment of Info of Life.
Snoop Dogg, whose casting was beforehand unannounced, performed Willis’ buddy Vernon.
The legendary Norman Lear — whose Embassy Tv produced the unique runs of Diff’lease Strokes and Info of Life — served as host and govt producer, alongside Jimmy Kimmel. Addressing the choice to solid Actors of a Sure Age to fill pint-sized roles, Lear’s producing accomplice Brent Miller advised TVLine, “It began with Jimmy [Kimmel] and his want to have Kevin Hart play Arnold Jackson, the Gary Coleman position…. On the time, I didn’t know: Is he going to need to solid everyone previous, or is he simply going to have the joke be Kevin? However as we began speaking by way of it, it made sense to be according to that conceit of getting older individuals play children.”
Added Lear: “I loved [the table reads] as if I had by no means spent a day in present enterprise.”
The inaugural Dwell in Entrance of a Studio Viewers particular aired in Could 2019, and recreated episodes of All within the Household and The Jeffersons. That was adopted by a second installment in December 2019, that includes a brand new reenactment of All within the Household and a basic episode of Good Instances. A fourth installment has not but been introduced.
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