TV Land announces that Golden Globe winner and two-time Academy Award nominee John Travolta will reunite with the cast of “Welcome Back, Kotter” at the “TV Land Awards 2011” in April. Cast members Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington), Ron Palillo (Arnold Horshack) and Marcia Strassman (Mr. Kotter’s wife, Julie) - with possibly more cast members to be announced will be present along with Travolta to receive their their 35th Anniversary award.
“Welcome Back Kotter” focused on under-achieving high school students (“Sweathogs”) in an inner city school. Mr. Kotter (Gabe Kaplan), himself a “Sweathog” alum, returned to his alma mater to teach the next generation of “Sweathogs”. The show ran for five seasons, from 1975 to 1979.
The “TV Land Awards 2011” pays tribute to classic and contemporary luminaries of television, music and movies.
Others scheduled to receive awards at this year’s presentation are, Regis Philbin (Legend Award), “Family Ties” (Fan Favorite Award) and “The Cosby Show” (Impact Award).
TV Land Awards will record the program in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Sunday, April 10 and air it on TV Land on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 9 p.m.
Take a stroll down memory lane with “Welcome Back Kotter” and Mr. Kotter’s first day as a teacher at Buchanan High School.