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#1 of 59 OFFLINE   Mikel_Cooperman

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Posted September 09 2004 - 12:52 PM

The Chuck Stops Here

''Happy Days'' gang will reunite. The entire cast will gather for 30th-anniversary reunion special, including the two actors who played Chuck, Richie's forgotten older brother by Gary Susman.

It's one of the enduring mysteries of 1970s TV: What ever happened to Chuck Cunningham? The older brother of Richie and Joanie, he could be seen occasionally during the earliest episodes of Happy Days, usually carrying a basketball. Apparently, the character was such an afterthought that no one noticed when the role was recast, and no one mourned him when he inexplicably vanished from the family after the first season. But now, 30 years later, Chuck Cunningham is finally resurfacing.

Chuck will live again in The Happy Days 30, a two-hour reunion special
marking the three-decade anniversary of the debut of the 1974-84 ABC
sitcom. Variety reports that the special, to be coproduced by Henry
''The Fonz'' Winkler himself, will reunite the entire cast, including
Winkler, Ron Howard (Richie), Erin Moran (Joanie), Tom Bosley (Mr. C), Marion Ross (Mrs. C), Anson Williams (Potsie), Don Most (Ralph), Pat
Morita (Arnold), Scott Baio (Chachi), Cathy Silvers (Jenny Piccalo), and the two actors who played Chuck: Gavin O'Herlihy and Randolph Roberts.
Even Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, who created the spinoff characters of Laverne and Shirley on Happy Days, will be there.

Production begins this weekend with the revival of an off-camera Happy Days tradition, a cast softball game, which will be filmed for the
reunion show. ABC hasn't set an airdate for the special, but it could air as soon as November's ratings sweeps period.


But what about Al?

#2 of 59 OFFLINE   Rob P S

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Posted September 09 2004 - 01:46 PM

No Lori Beth either?

#3 of 59 OFFLINE   Keith Paynter

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Posted September 09 2004 - 03:05 PM

or Pinky (or Leather :b ) Tuscadero?

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#4 of 59 OFFLINE   Travis Hedger

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Posted September 09 2004 - 03:15 PM

Al is 85 years old and hasn't done anything since 1990 according to IMDB.
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#5 of 59 OFFLINE   Tom Brennan

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Posted September 09 2004 - 03:57 PM

Is this going to be an actual show or just the cast getting together??

If it is an actual show...it would have to be set in the 80's.
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#6 of 59 OFFLINE   Rob P S

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Posted September 10 2004 - 01:23 AM

Al doesn't even do the frozen dinner commercials anymore.

#7 of 59 OFFLINE   Jason Seaver

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Posted September 10 2004 - 01:48 AM

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Chuck will live again in The Happy Days 30, a two-hour reunion special marking the three-decade anniversary of the debut of the 1974-84 ABC sitcom.
What would be really funny is if O'Herlihy is there for the first ten minutes, Roberts is there is there for the next ten, and then nobody notices their absence afterward.
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#8 of 59 OFFLINE   Linda Thompson

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Posted September 10 2004 - 02:04 AM

Jason, your idea would indeed be hilarious!

Here's another report about the reunion:

http://tv.zap2it.com...main/1,1002,271|90533|1|,00.html

Looks like Ted McGinley's on board too.

#9 of 59 OFFLINE   Rob Gardiner

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Posted September 10 2004 - 04:29 AM

Bring on Suzi Quatro!! She's still active (toured Australia recently, I hear).

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#10 of 59 OFFLINE   Steve Phillips

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Posted September 10 2004 - 05:09 AM

I hope this isn't just another cast member rememberance show filled with clips....both HAPPY DAYS and LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY have already done that.

They should do it in character and it should be set around 1986!

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Posted September 10 2004 - 06:49 AM

It sounds like a rememberances show, but what would be funny is if they filmed a two or three minute scene "in character" set in 1983 or whatever that explained whatever happened to Chuck.

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#12 of 59 OFFLINE   Mikel_Cooperman

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Posted September 10 2004 - 10:37 AM

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They should do it in character and it should be set around 1986!


I thought they should set it in the future and in space. I would have sworn that at some point there was in fact a cartoon that was set in space with the Happy Days gang but the only cartoon that they made was this one.

http://www.sitcomson...fonzhdgang.html


Apparently they almost did a Fonzie/Scooby Doo cartoon but it never got on the air
See here...

http://www.sitcomson.../fonziedoo.html

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Posted September 10 2004 - 07:38 PM

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The cartoon added a dog, Mr. Cool (voiced by Frank Welker), and a girl from the future, Cupcake (voiced by DiDi Conn) to the cast as they travel through history in a time machine, trying, as narrator Wolfman Jack put it, "...to get back to 1957 Milwaukee."


A girl from the future and time travel provided at least one future episode, I think. The Partridge Family had an animated series set in the future.
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#14 of 59 OFFLINE   Chris Lockwood

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Posted September 11 2004 - 04:50 AM

>Apparently, the character was such an afterthought that no one noticed when the role was recast

This is the first I've heard of that.

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Posted September 11 2004 - 09:37 AM

I like the idea of an "in character" reunion. A plausible scenario would be Howard and Marion's 50th Wedding Anniversary and the whole gang reunites to celebrate. This could be like the Dick Van Dyke reunion, remembrances done "in character". The time period would have to be in the mid 80s as Steve Phillips said.

Al Molinaro will be missed. He was always a dependable character actor and was especially good as Murray the policeman on ODD COUPLE. Hopefully his non appearance is due to his wishes rather than being prohibited by poor health.

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#16 of 59 OFFLINE   Steve...O

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Posted November 24 2004 - 08:09 AM

Has anybody heard of an airdate for this?

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#17 of 59 OFFLINE   LarryDavenport

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Posted November 24 2004 - 09:54 AM

I wonder if Linda Pearl (Ashley Pfister), K. C. Cunningham (Crystal Bernhard), Bag Zambroni (Neil J. Schwartz), Cindy Shea (Cheryl Ladd), or Spike Fonzarelli (Danny Butch) will attend.

#18 of 59 OFFLINE   Rob P S

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Posted November 24 2004 - 01:54 PM

Here's a complete list of attendees:
http://www.abcmedian....l?id=090904_01

#19 of 59 OFFLINE   Tony Whalen

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Posted November 25 2004 - 03:33 AM

Cool! Pat Morita is participating! Posted Image

#20 of 59 OFFLINE   MikeEn

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Posted November 26 2004 - 12:47 AM

They should remake the "Hollywood" episode, but this time The Fonz should Refuse to Jump the Shark! thus changing not only the history of this show, but perhaps all TV shows for all time. Sort of a Back to the Future kinda thing.





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