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'Bosom Buddies' Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari reuniting on TV Land Awards

April 5, 2010 |  1:26 pm

Bosom Buddies Thirty years ago, Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari were cast as the title characters in "Bosom Buddies." While that ABC sitcom was short-lived, the two men have stayed friends throughout the ensuing decades. They and "Bosom Buddies" cast mates Donna Dixon, Thelma Hopkins and Emmy winner Holland Taylor will reunite publicly for the first time since the show left the airwaves in 1982 to accept the Anniversary prize at the 8th annual TV Land Awards. These kudos -- emceed by Hanks' "Toy Story" costar Tim Allen -- tape Saturday, April 17, on historic Stage 15 of the Sony lot and air Sunday, April 25, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on the cable net.

Hanks has reached the greatest heights in Hollywood -- starring in a string of blockbusters, winning back-to-back Oscars for "Philadelphia" and "Forrest Gump,"  and serving as an academy governor. Over the years, Scolari has worked steadily in TV and theater. For his work on "Newhart," he picked up three consecutive Emmy nominations for supporting actor from 1987 to 1989 but was part of that show's complete shut-out at the Emmy Awards.

Scolari appeared in Hanks' first film as a director -- 1996's "That Thing You Do" -- as a TV host and is slated to be in his sophomore effort -- "Larry Crowne" -- as well. Scolari was also directed by Hanks for an installment of the 1998 Emmy-winning miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon" and the pair appeared together as animated versions of themselves in 2004's "The Polar Express."

On "Bosom Buddies," Hanks and Scolari played bachelors Kip and Henry who were forced to move into a hotel for women after their apartment is condemned. Kip is motivated by his lust for Dixon's character while Henry thinks their misadventures will make a great book. Spending half the show in drag made for much merriment.

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Photo: "Bosom Buddies" Season 1 DVD cover. Credit: ABC

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Please stop regurgitating fox news talking points. Hanks's comments were on how we and the japanese demonized each other during the conflict, a fact hard to ignore when you look at the films, media, and even cartoons of the time, as well as the fact that we sent thousands of loyal american citizens of japanese decent into concentration camps during the war.

Hanks has never portrayed WWII as an unjust war, and his extensive work on projects like Band of Brothers and The Pacific show this. Why should we whitewash history in order to honor it?

Today's Wall Street Journal quotes Tom Hanks as saying that the U.S. waged a racist war against Japan in World War II. Anyone who watches TV Land is disgracing the memory of everyone that died at Pearl Harbor.

Glad to hear this. I liked this show. I was so sad when I heard Wendie Jo Sperber passed away. She was a great actress.

The name is misspelled in the story - Telma Hopkins

I think it is wonderful that they are still good friends after all these years, in such a competitive career they both work in. It's refreshing and sweet.


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