Jennifer Aniston, Gabrielle Union cast in ‘The Facts of Life’ reboot

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Jennifer Aniston is returning to network television – for one night only.

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The beloved actress will recreate episodes of the classic sitcom “Facts of Life” For a 90-minute special set to air on December 7 on ABC. It will be available on Hulu the next day.

Aniston will play private school girl Blair Warner in a one-off revival, titled “Live in front of a studio audience,” It will be produced by Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear.


The fact that 52-year-old Aniston is cast as a teenager in the TV special may raise a few eyebrows, but that’s all part of the fun.

Gabrielle Union, 49, Katherine Hahn, 48, and Allison Tolman, 40, were also all Confirmed by ABC as per Variety To star with Aniston in the reboot “The Facts of Life”, which was set at a boarding school for girls.

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“I can’t imagine a better group than Jennifer Aniston, Allison Tolman, Gabrielle Union and Katherine Hahn, and I can’t wait to do their hair,” Kimmel was quoted as saying.

The 90-minute special is set to air on December 7 on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear will serve as producers.

Actress Ann Dowd, 65, will star as housewife Mrs. Garrett.

“The Facts of Life” originally ran on network television from 1979 – 1988, and was a spin-off of the classic sitcom “Different Strokes”.

“Live in Front of a Studio Audience” will feature a recreation of the classic episode of “The Facts of Life” as well as a revival of iconic scenes and sketches from “Different Strokes.”

The casting news for the “Different Strokes” portion of the special was announced earlier this month. Kevin Hart will play Arnold Jackson, Damon Wayans will play Willis Jackson, and John Lithgow will star as Mr. Drummond.

"The Facts of Life" aired from 1979 - 1988.  The original cast is pictured above.
“The Facts of Life” aired from 1979 – 1988. The original cast is pictured above.
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The upcoming “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” isn’t the first time ABC has revived the classic sitcom for one night only.

The network has also revived “All in the Family” and “Good Times”, as well. “The Jefferson” For the last “Live in front of a studio audience” special.


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