When a TV cast is good, it’s good. There’s nothing like a couple of co-stars who have such undeniable chemistry that it carries the show. Makes you believe in them. Makes you wish you could, like, look them up on Facebook long after the series finale. For fans of the original Beverly Hills 90210, this dream is sort of coming true. Co-stars Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling (who were BFFs on the show, and truly the only duo that stayed intact during the series’ decade-long run) are making a primetime comeback! They’re starring in a new ABC Family sitcom, Mystery Girls, where they’ll play “former co-stars on a ’90s TV show” who open a detective agency. Amaze. And it had us thinking — what if we could find out what our other favorite old school co-star characters are up to these days?
We really wonder how Jennifer Lawrence would have reacted if Woody Harrelson brought some of these antics to the Hunger Games set. According to the Cheers Oral History in this month’s issue of GQ, Woody was quite an interesting influence on his castmates when he joined the sitcom in 1985, when Cheers was in its fourth season, and he was an enthusiastic 24-year-old.
“I was very excited by this newfound ability to hang out with gals who probably wouldn’t have hung out with me before,” Harrelson told the magazine. “I became a party animal. You couldn’t do what I did now because of all the tweeting and Facebooking. All the sh– I did back then, I’d be hung from the rafters.”
Star Ted Danson in particular had a story that would have driven the Internet crazy, if it existed at the time. “I’ll tell you about the worst day of my life. Shelley [Long] and Rhea [Perlman] were carrying that week’s episode, and the guys were just, ‘Let’s play hooky,’” Danson recalled. “We’d never done anything wrong before. John [Ratzenberger] had a boat, so we met at Marina del Rey at 8 a.m. We all called in sick, and [exec producer] Jimmy [Burrows] caught on and was so pissed. Woody and I were already stoned, and Woody said, ‘You want to try some mushrooms?’ I’d never had them, so I’m handed this bag and I took a fistful. On our way to Catalina, we hit the tail end of a hurricane, and even people who were sober were getting sick. Woody and I thought we were going to die for three hours. I sat next to George [Wendt], and every sixty seconds or so he’d poke me and go, ‘Breathe.’ [gasp] And I’d come back to life.”