The View, April 17, 2024, ABC, “A Different World Special”

The View is back with an exciting episode on Wednesday April 17, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the beloved sitcom A Different World. The show will welcome a reunion of the iconic cast, including Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, Dawnn Lewis, Cree Summer, Darryl Bell, and Debbie Allen. These talented actors portrayed memorable characters and left an indelible mark on television.

A Different World, a spin-off of The Cosby Show, initially followed the second eldest Huxtable child, Denise (portrayed by Lisa Bonet), as she embarked on her college journey at the fictional historically Black college, Hillman College. However, after Bonet’s departure at the end of the first season, the show shifted its focus to other students, notably Whitley Gilbert (Jasmine Guy) and Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison).

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The series, which ran for six seasons from 1987 to 1993, tackled important topics such as racism, the AIDS crisis, and cultural issues. It was directed and executive-produced by Debbie Allen, who joined the show in its second season. Allen’s involvement elevated the series, allowing it to explore more complex and relevant storylines.

In addition to the A Different World reunion, The View will also feature a performance by Huey Lewis. Lewis is bringing his musical talent to Broadway with the upcoming show “The Heart of Rock and Roll.” This new musical is a romantic comedy set in the 1980s and features some of Lewis’ biggest hits, including “The Power of Love” and “Hip to Be Square.”

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With a mix of nostalgia and exciting performances, this episode of The View promises to be a delightful trip down memory lane.

The View airs on ABC at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2024.

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