While stay-at-home orders have halted new television productions from moving forward, some familiar faces have gathered online to provide entertainment for the masses and a dose of nostalgia. Thanks to video calling applications such as Zoom and FaceTime, showbiz has begun to adopt a virtual setup, reuniting the casts of TV’s best shows (and some movies) of all time. Whether it’s to raise money to fight against the pandemic or just to spread joy across the globe, below are all the reunions starring some of television’s favorite characters:
The Office (US)
Last month, John Krasinski created a YouTube channel called Some Good News to highlight many of the positive stories happening even amidst the current health crisis. In the seventh episode on his channel, Krasinski had his friends from The Office guest star to surprise a newly engaged couple with an on-the-spot wedding. Jenna Fischer joined as the bride’s maid of honor, Krasinski was the best man and officiant, and the rest of the cast–including Steve Carrell, Rainn Wilson, Mindy Kaling, and Ed Helms–appeared for a re-creation of the dance from Jim and Pam’s wedding.
Parks and Recreation
The cast of Parks and Recreation reunited for a special episode filmed from their homes, which was created to raise money for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund. The episode stars Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, checking in on her friends during quarantine, leading to several conference calls throughout the entire video. From Ron Swanson and his love of meat to Tom Haverford’s unsurprising constant background changes, the reunion shows how each beloved character is coping with the current situation.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
One of television’s all-time favorites returned with Will Smith gathering some of his old friends from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. A heartwarming reunion, the cast came together to watch some old clips of the series and reminisce about their time filming, while also paying tribute to the late James Avery, who played as Uncle Phil in the series.
Hillary Duff surprised fans by posting a Zoom table read on Instagram, featuring the original cast, including Jake Thomas, Adam Lamberg, Lalaine, Hallie Todd, and Robert Carradine. The episode read, titled “Between a Rock and a Bra Place,” was to celebrate the its 19th anniversary. Along with the memories and laughter, the cast of Lizzie McGuire also reminded viewers to donate to a good cause to help in the fight against COVID-19, highlighting the Frontline Responders Fund, No Kid Hungry, and New York Food Bank.
Though it’s been 16 years since Frasier ended, the cast reunited for The Actors Fund’s #StarsInTheHouse series, dedicated to raising money for charity such as the Gen Z Stay Home organization and the Education Theater Foundation. Featuring Kelsey Grammer and other actors from the show in conversation with James Wesley and Seth Rudetsky, the creators of #StarsInTheHouse, the interview opens a conversation on how Frasier came to be.
Bonus: Back to the Future
Stars from the silver screen have also made online appearances. Reunited Apart is a series created by Josh Gad dedicated to bringing together casts from classic films and TV shows to help raise money for charity. For the second episode, Gad invited Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and other cast members for a chat about Back to the Future. The creative forces behind the film also made cameos, including the director, screenwriter, composer, and legendary singer Huey Lewis. JJ Abrams, a longtime fan of the movie, also joined.
Other television casts and crews have also launched virtual calls to help raise money and bring joy and nostalgia to viewers, such as Twin Peaks’ Kyle Maclachlan and Mädchen Amick and the stars of Friday Night Lights.
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