The teacher is in: Gabe Kaplan and ‘Facts of Life’ cast join TV Land Awards

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Welcome back, Mr. Kot-tah!

Gabe Kaplan, who played ‘Mr. Kotter’ in the iconic high school comedy ‘Welcome Back Kotter,’ has signed on to reunite with John Travolta and other cast members to receive the 35th Anniversary Award at the TV Land Awards 2011 presentation. The ceremony, scheduled to take place in New York City on April 10, is to air on TV Land on April 17.

Kaplan, along with Robert Hegyes, who played ‘Sweathog’ Juan Epstein, are to join previously announced co-stars Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Marcia Strassman and Ron Palillo.

Also scheduled for the awards show is a reunion of the cast of the ‘80s coming-of-age comedy ‘The Facts of Life,’ which will receive the Pop Culture Award. Expected to join in the festivities are Charlotte Rae, Kim Fields, Nancy McKeon, Mindy Cohn and Lisa Whelchel.

--Greg Braxton