ABC Introduces “Cast From The Past”
ABC is trying something new and interesting during the week of October 7th with their prime time TV shows. They’re calling it “Cast From The Past” week which will take stars of current TV shows and reunite them with castmates from previous shows.
John Goodman(Dan Conner) will reunite with his Blues Brothers 2000 partner in crime Dan Aykroyd in an episode of “The Conners.”
Nathan Fillion will reunite on his TV show “The Rookie” with castmates from his previous hit show “Castle”. Cast members from the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” will appear in an episode of “Fresh Off The Boat” with an unruly and somewhat strict Chinese mother Jessica Huang, played by Constance Wu.
On “Blackish”, Tracy Ellis Ross reunites with her “Girlfriends” Jill Marie Jones, Persia White, and Golden Brooks.
“Price Is Right” host Drew Carey and the former “Whose Line Is It Anyway” ensemble will appear together on “American Housewife” with fellow player Diederich Bader, who plays submissive husband Greg Otto.
Michael Ian Black will co-star with his castmate Lake Bell from Netflix’s cult classic “Wet Hot American Summer” on an episode of “Bless This Mess.”
Adam Brody will continue his role as Derek-baby daddy to Leighton Meester’s Angie & the absentee father to young Graham D’Amato. Real-life couple Meester and Brody were preciously in tv shows, “Life Partners” & “The Oranges”.
Jerry Ferrara of “Entourage” notoriety will reunite with his “Think Like a Man…..” co-Star Romany Malco on the set of ABC’s popular hour-long drama “Million Little Things.”
The only reunion that has me puzzled is when the cast of the classic sitcom “Cheers” will have a beer together on an episode of “The Goldbergs.” The only connection I could make between actors of the two series is that George Argali, who plays the wise advice-giving “Pops” started along Kirstie Alley, who was on cheers in “Look Who’s Talking” the late 1989 comedy.
For those interested in reunions that don’t involve actors that worked together you can watch Thursday’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” for a writer’s reunion, where Holly Marie Combs & Alyssa Milano of Aaron Spelling’s “Charmed” make a guest appearance. Both shows are executive produced by the duo of Krista Vernoff and Andy Reaser. Also, Robert Sean Leonard from executive producer David Shores’ previous show “House” will play a patient (whose performance I’m sure Hugh Laurie would say is ‘bloody good’) on “The Good Doctor”, Shores current hit television show.
The one and only disappointment/request I have with ABC’s themed week is that I wish Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who plays the father on ABC’s brand new show “Mixed-ish” would reunite with the “Saved By The Bell” cast in the shows 3rd episode. Whether it is because of the television shows young existence or because of trouble getting all cast members assembled together, which has proven to be the point in many previous attempts to reunite, remains to be seen. Perhaps producers did not want to do that because of rumors of the upcoming saved by the bell movie that is allegedly in the works.
For people of a certain age, this will be a fun week to watch TV shows that bring back that fuzzy feeling in between your belly button & waistline. And for a younger generation, it’ll be of a most confusing week of asking “Who the hell are these people?” to their parents and grandparents alike.
If you happened to miss any of these this week be sure to check out Hulu or the ABC streaming app to catch up on all of these episodes and more.