Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'The Facts of Life' Stars Respond to Reboot Rumours as Show Hits CTV Throwback

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'The Facts of Life' Stars Respond to Reboot Rumours as Show Hits CTV Throwback

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'The Facts of Life' stars on reboot rumours

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TORONTO - Two stars from "The Facts of Life" say they don't have any direct knowledge of a rumoured reboot, but if it were to happen, it would need to capture the same "lightning in a bottle" of the beloved 1980s sitcom.

Kim Fields and Lisa Whelchel were in Toronto Thursday for the launch of Bell Media's two new free, video-on-demand offerings, CTV Movies and CTV Throwback, which have dozens of titles including "The Facts of Life."

The ad-supported channels are available only on CTV digital platforms (CTV.ca and the CTV app on iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire Stick).

In August, Deadline reported that the production companies of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jessica Biel were in talks with Sony Pictures Television to reboot "The Facts of Life," about a group of students and their housemother at an all-female boarding school.

But Whelchel, who played preppy and vain teen Blair on the show, says the cast only heard about a reboot "through the grapevine."

And Fields, who played young roller-skating Tootie, cautions it would need to be made under the right circumstances.

"There's a lot that goes into making magic," Fields, 49, said in an interview. "You don't just haul off and say, 'Oh, I'm just going to reboot this.' Not if you want success, and not if you don't want your audience to feel betrayed.

"'Facts of Life' is very near and dear to a great many generations around the world, and so however you do any reboot, you better do it right and you better service the brand."

If a reboot does happen with the original cast included, the stars already have a name for it.

"Geri Jewell -- who played Blair's cousin, who had cerebral palsy -- she's a comedian and she proposed a title called 'The Change of Life' for the reboot," Whelchel, 55, said with a laugh.

A spinoff of "Diff'rent Strokes" that originally aired on NBC from 1979 to 1988, "The Facts of Life" was set in a dormitory at a private school in Peekskill, N. …

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