ABC’s Facts of Life Live Begins With OG Cast Reunion – The principal half of Tuesday’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience moved crowds to Eastland Academy in Peekskill, N.Y., where a ritzy group — drove by Friends’ Jennifer Aniston and Wanda Vision’s Kathryn Hahn — reproduced an exemplary scene of the 1980s satire The Facts of Life.
In any case, before the reenactment got in progress, unique series star Lisa Whelchel (also known as Blair Warner) entered in her Eastland uniform to play out the series’ notable signature melody, which finished in a generally very short gathering with previous costars Mindy Cohn (Natalie Green) and Kim Fields (Tootie Ramsey). (Nancy McKeon, who began the job of Jo Polniaczek, didn’t show up.)
Tuesday’s show — a reenactment of the Season 3 scene “Children Can Be Cruel,” wherein a vindictive Natalie battled against an obtuse Blair by sorting out for support confronted Carl Price to offer out on the town with her shallow companion at an Eastland good cause sell-off — featured Aniston as Blair; Hahn as Jo; Allison Tolman (Fargo) as Natalie; Gabrielle Union (L.A’s. Finest) as Tootie; and Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale) as Mrs. Garrett.
Jon Stewart, whose job was being left hidden in front of air, was uncovered as the previously mentioned Carl. Shock visitor stars, in the meantime, included previous Arrested Development castmates Jason Bateman and Will Arnett as Tim Holifield and Dink Lockwood, separately.
The first Facts of Life broadcasted for nine seasons on NBC, somewhere in the range of 1979 and 1988. A side project of Diff’rent Strokes, the series relocated the Drummonds’ maid, Edna Garrett (initially played by the late Charlotte Rae), to upstate New York, where she filled in as housemother at Eastland, an all-young ladies life experience school.