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Travolta and Jennifer Lopez head to the Southfork Ranch as Dallas movie rolls forward.
Apr 21, 2006
Travolta is J.R. Ewing
Colin Mahan

The movie version of Dallas has finalized the casting of two lead roles, those of oil tycoon J.R. Ewing and his cunning wife, Sue Ellen. Hollywood heavyweight John Travolta will play J.R., and pop star/actress Jennifer Lopez will play Sue Ellen. Travolta steps into the role made famous by Larry Hagman. J.R. Ewing was a ...

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Rapper-turned-actor will play the lead in movie based on Welcome Back, Kotter.
Mar 14, 2006
Sweathogs will chill with Ice Cube

Kotter is coming to the big screen, and he'll be played by Ice Cube. Dimension Films announced that the cherubic rapper will star in and coproduce the movie version of Welcome Back, Kotter.

"There was no bigger fan of the original show than me, and I'm very excited to be able to put a new twist on it," Cube said.

The 1970s sitcom told the story of Gabe Kotter, a teacher who presided over an inner-city gaggle of lovable hooligans called The Sweathogs. Kotter was once a Sweathog himself, and as he teaches the students math and science, he also teaches them about life.

Cube has had luck in the comedy genre before. Barbershop and Are We There Yet?, both starring Ice Cube (real name O'Shea Jackson), each grossed in the neighborhood of $80 million.

Dimension has signed Tom Brady to write and direct Kotter. Brady's ...

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Aug 14, 2012
Ron Palillo, Welcome Back Kotter's Horshack, Dies at 63
The actor passed away from an apparent heart attack at his home in Palm Beach, Florida.
Big-screen version of long-running nighttime soap strikes oil with A-list actors.
Mar 15, 2006
Stars are bright in Dallas

A film based on the long-running TV drama Dallas is moving toward reality, with a cast as big as the state of Texas. John Travolta, Jennifer Lopez, Shirley Maclaine, and Luke Wilson are all said to be in negotiations for roles in the upcoming TV show adaptation.

According to Variety, Travolta is in talks to play Ewing family patriarch J.R., the cunning oil baron played by Larry Hagman for all 13 seasons the series ran on TV.

Jennifer Lopez is lined up to play J.R.s long-suffering wife, Sue Ellen, and Luke Wilson is in talks to play JR's comparitively noble younger brother, Bobby. Shirley Maclaine has signed on to play Miss Ellie, J.R.'s mother and the queen of Southfork Ranch, where the Ewing clan lived.

The Dallas movie is being directed by Robert Luketic, who recently did the Jennifer Lopez vehicle Monster In Law ...

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The third season of the critically acclaimed HBO Western, Deadwood, starts the Roundup with a bang this week. The hits keep coming with the release of Volume One of The Practice. We finish off with a few classic comedy favorites like Welcome Back, Kotter and What's Happening Now!
Jun 07, 2007
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Four months in the making, a new twist on TV goes live.
Mar 16, 2006
AOL is really In2TV

Web giant AOL and Warner Bros., both divisions of Time-Warner, have officially launched In2TV, a web service that allows users to watch episodes of classic TV shows online. The free service is ad supported, much like a TV network.

Currently, the site is organized into six different "channels," with two more scheduled to be added in the summer. Web surfers can choose from comedy, drama, cartoons, action, sci-fi, and vintage. The site also features games, polls, and quizzes that are tied to the shows.

Shows available on the site include Welcome Back, Kotter, Chico & The Man, Alice, Growing Pains, Sisters, and Kung Fu. Ads on In2TV will be limited to two minutes per 30-minute show, as opposed to the average eight minutes on broadcast TV.

Last night, the "station" threw a launch party at the Museum of Television and Radio in Beverly Hills, hosted by Welcome Back, Kotter star Gabe ...

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Gabe Kotter, the fictional teacher from the '70s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, has been named television's number one educator.
Aug 31, 2005
They tease him a lot, but Kotter is the tube's greatest teacher

In a new list from Inside TV magazine, Gabe Kotter, the titular teacher from the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, has been named "Television's Most Memorable Teacher." Kotter, created and performed by stand-up comedian Gabe Kaplan, taught at an inner-city high school and presided over a group of teens called "The Sweathogs." He befriended the troubled students and gave them the educational tools to have a fighting chance in the rough-and-tumble job market of the late 1970s.

While Kaplan and the rest of the Sweathogs have struggled to maintain their Q ratings, one of Kotter's students "graduated" to much better things: John Travolta, who played the goofy hunk Vinnie Barbarino. Travolta was launched into megastardom after he starred as the lead in the disco hit Saturday Night Fever. Travolta went on to make several classic films of the modern era, including Staying Alive, Numbers, Perfect, Swordfish, Michael, Battlefield Earth ...

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Starting in January, viewers can pick from a vast array of "vintage" shows on new broadband network from AOL and WB.
Nov 14, 2005
AOL, WB prepare free vintage TV for broadband

America Online and Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution are launching a broadband network that will give a new lease on life to a slew of vintage TV series.

Dubbed "In2TV," the network will serve up Welcome Back Kotter, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Pinky and the Brain, and Growing Pains among a host of other Warner-owned shows that viewers can watch in their entirety, for free and on-demand, beginning in January.

Each show is presented with interactive elements, games, competitions and additional content to take advantage of the medium's unique capabilities.

About 14,000 episodes from 300 different series have been cleared to be part of the service, a process that has taken two years, Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution president Eric Frankel said. This represents about a third of the relevant catalog, and more ...

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Episode 23 Season 4
The Breadwinners
Aired
6.8.1979
Episode 22 Season 4
I'm Okay, But You're Not
Aired
6.1.1979
Episode 21 Season 4
Oo-Oo, I Do (2)
Aired
5.25.1979
Episode 20 Season 4
Oo-Oo, I Do (1)
Aired
5.25.1979
Episode 19 Season 4
The Gang Show
Aired
3.17.1979
Vinnie Barbarino
Julie Kotter
Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington
Gabe Kotter
Arnold Horshack
Gabe Kotter, formerly a Sweathog, returns to James Buchanan High as a teacher and is assigned the remedial class to which he once belonged. Mr. Kotter is an involved and caring teacher, which one would have to be in dealing with a certain four students in his class, who end up in trouble on a regular basis -- lady's man Vinnie Barbarino, the always cool Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington, the tough Juan (Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos) Epstein, and the sheepish Arnold Dingfelder Horshack. Welcome Back, Kotter was based on Gabe Kaplan's own high school experiences with redmedial education and a teacher who cared dearly for her students. Changes on the show. Gabe Kaplan left the series in the third season. He hadn't expected the show to run as long as it had. Kotter was made Vice-Principal, and thus was seen considerably less. John Travolta, of course, found his own place as a celebrity, leaving the show around the same time Gabe Kaplan did (returning every so often as a "special guest star"). The replacement for Barbarino was Beau, who didn't help things much. By now the show had essentially lost its two biggest stars. Theme song. "Welcome Back" by John Sebastian: opening credits Welcome back, your dreams were your ticket out. Welcome back to that same old place that you laughed about. Well, the names have all changed since you hung around. But those dreams have remained and they've turned around. Who'd have thought they'd lead ya (who'd have thought they'd lead ya) Back here where we need ya (back here where we need ya)? Yeah, we tease him a lot 'cause we've got him on the spot, welcome back. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back. end credits The second verse of the full song plays partially over the end credits. It goes as thus: Welcome back, we always could spot a friend. Welcome back, and I smile when I think how you must have been. And I know what a scene you were learnin' in. Was there something that made you come back again? And what could ever lead ya (what could ever lead ya) Back here where we need ya (back here where we need ya)? Yeah, we tease him a lot 'cause we've got him on the spot, welcome back. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back. Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back. Catchphrases. Welcome Back, Kotter was a breeding ground for memorable catch phrases. If you have one that's been overlooked, feel free to contact the editor. Gabe Kotter: "Hey, Julie, wanna hear a joke?" (or similar dialogue) Vinnie Barbarino: "What? Where?" "I'm so confused!" "Ooookay, fine." "I said a ba-ba-ba-ba-Barbarino..." Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington: "Hi there." "I don't happen to have it...handy." Juan Epstein: "Signed, Epstein's mother." Arnold Horshack: "Ooh! Ooh, ooh!" "Hello. How are ya? I'm Arnold Horshack." "Very impressive, Mr. Kotter!" "Be brave, little soldier." (or "buckaroo") ...and a very distinctive laugh. DVD? Welcome Back, Kotter has yet to be released properly on either video or dvd. Be sure to visit TVShowsonDVD to vote for Welcome Back, Kotter on dvd (you will have to register for free in order to vote).moreless