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.