Looks like the TV Land Awards next month is set to be real 70s and 80s throwback special, because John Travolta has agreed to reunite with his former cast mates and Sweathogs for a reunion of the cast of the iconic 70s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter”!
The series ran from 1975-1979, during which time Travolta starred in his breakout roles in “Grease”, “Carrie”, and “Saturday Night Fever”. He was quite the hot commodity back then, with that tan, flowing hair, and sick dance moves. It might even be safe to say that Travolta and his portrayal of Vinnie Barbarino set the standards for the spotlight hungry Italians who have fist pumped their way into our hearts today.
The only person we won’t be welcoming back, it seems, is Kotter himself! Gabe Kaplan, who played the influential inner city teach in the show, has not yet agreed to appear. Up your nose with a rubber hose, Kotter! There can’t be a show reunion without the title character, even if John Travolta is easily the most famous person to come out of the show.
A lot of celebrities who are beginning to enter their twilight years are returning to their roots. Last year, Tom Hanks reunited with his “Bosom Buddies” cast mates, and along with the “Welcome Back, Kotter” cast there will also be a “The Cosby Show” and “Family Ties” reunion at the TV Land Awards this year. Remember us? We are still here!
We haven’t seen much of Travolta lately. He has been laying pretty low since the tragic death of his son Jett a few years ago (not that anyone can blame him), but since the birth of his third child, Benjamin, in November he has come back out of his shell a bit. Currently he’s signed up to play mobster John Gotti in a new movie with Clint Eastwood. Welcome back, John Travolta!
The TV Land Awards are set to air on April 17. Tune in and check it out!
What do you guys think of the “Welcome Back, Kotter” reunion? Despite Travolta’s involvement, do you think that it is kind of a must-have for Kotter to be there? Let us know what you think in our comments, and check out this video of Travolta in his “Kotter” heyday below!