ABC has announced that Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, Allison Tolman and Gabrielle Union will be playing “The Facts of Life” roles of Blair, Jo, Natalie and “Tootie” originated by Lisa Whelchel, Nancy McKeon, Mindy Cohn, and Kim Fields in the 1980-88 NBC sitcom. Aniston will play the character of Blair Warner, Hahn will play Jo Polniaczek (who was added to the cast in season two of the original sitcom), Tolman will take on the role of Natalie Green, and Union will portray Dorothy “Tootie” Ramsay.
All four stars join the previously announced “Diff’rent Strokes” cast members, which include John Lithgow (Mr. Drummond), Kevin Hart (Arnold jackson), Damon Wayans (Willis Jackson), and Ann Down (Mrs. Garrett).
This latest edition of the “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” franchise from Norman Lear and Jimmy Fallon, featuring episode reenactments of “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life”, will air live on Tuesday, December 7 at 8 p.m. on ABC. It will be available for streaming on Hulu the following day.