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Warm welcome (sarah michelle gellar mention)

Jenny Peters

Friday 17 March 2006, by Webmaster

It felt like deja vu all over again on Wednesday night at the Museum of Television and Radio - that is, if you are old enough to remember the classic TV shows from the ’70s.

Turn one way at the In2TV launch party, and there was Caine from "Kung Fu" (David Carradine), still trim enough to slip into his leather costume. Turn another, and there was the "Welcome Back, Kotter" crew, the evening’s host Gabe Kaplan, along with Marcia Strassman, Ron Palillo and Robert Hegyes. No Johnny Travolta, but he sure looked svelte on the plasma screens scattered around the party space playing old episodes.

Across the room? "Batman" star Adam West, "Wonder Woman" hunk Lyle Waggoner and the ’80s TV show crowd - Robert Foxworth of "Falcon Crest," Tracy Scoggins from "Dynasty," Mark Linn-Baker, star of "Perfect Strangers" and the "Growing Pains" gang (Alan Thicke, Kirk Cameron, Tracey Gold and Jeremy Miller).

The reason so many older, yet familiar faces made the scene? To celebrate the launch of the Warner Bros./AOL Broadband Network In2TV, the new free Internet TV channel, where their shows (and tons of others) are waiting to be viewed.

The party also honored the late Freddie Prinze, for his groundbreaking "Chico and the Man" series. His son, actor Freddie Prinze Jr., got choked up as he accepted his dad’s "In2TV Influencer" Award from comedian George Lopez, as his mother, Kathy, and wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar, looked on.

Jose Feliciano took center stage to sing that classic show’s theme song, and to remember Prinze as a pal, saying, "We were two Puerto Ricans just trying to make it." More than thirty years later, people are still watching, so it seems they did just that.