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Nickelodeon Celebrates Multi-Generational TV Legend Garry Marshall With Special Double Reunion Episodes: See Dad Run and Sam and Cat

Nickelodeon will host an unforgettable weekend on Nov. 9 and 10 with two iconic reunions of legendary television creator/actor/producer Garry Marshall’s landmark series,Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days, in brand-new episodes of Sam & Cat and See Dad Run. In Sam & Cat“#SalmonCat,” premiering Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, beloved comedy duo Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams (Laverne & Shirley) will reunite on screen in a scripted series for the first time in over 30 years. The following evening, a brand-new See Dad Run will bring back star Scott Baio with Happy Days creator Garry Marshall in a homecoming on their former set in “See Dad See Dad Run,” premiering Sunday, Nov. 10, at 8p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick at Nite.

In the brand-new Sam & Cat “#SalmonCat,” Sam (Jennette McCurdy) and Cat (Ariana Grande) are ordered to rename their babysitting business because it’s too similar to “Salmon Cat,” a TV show from the ‘70s. Sam and Cat must track down the show’s two original creators (played by Penny Marshall and Williams) and resolve their three decade-long feud. In the premiere of See Dad Run “See Dad See Dad Run,” David’s (Baio) TV dad Bernie (played by Garry Marshall) visits, but the reunion sours when he runs off and leaves his new baby. David must convince Bernie that being a real dad will be his best role. Marshall’s son Scott Marshall directs.


Garry Marshall, one of the biggest talents in the television industry who has made an impact with audiences around the globe, has created several of history’s most memorable shows and characters, including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy. He has also served as writer/producer on such shows as The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Lucy Show, The Brian Keith Show, Hey, Landlord and Joanie Loves Chachi as well as The Odd Couple, for which he received four Emmy Award nominations. Also a talented feature film director, Marshall directed several hit movies including Beaches, Pretty Woman, The Princess Diaries, Flamingo Kid, Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. On-screen, he has appeared in A League of Their Own, Murphy Brown, Never Been Kissed, Orange County and Race to Witch Mountain, among several other films. He has also lent his voice on several animated series including Pinky & The Brain, The Simpsons, Father of the Pride, Chicken Little and The Looney Tunes Show.

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Laverne & Shirley stars to reunite on Nickelodeon TV comedy

The leading ladies of “Laverne & Shirley” are reuniting.

Nickelodeon said Wednesday that Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams will guest star in an episode of its new sitcom “Sam & Cat.”

The actresses starred as 1950s and ’60s pals and roommates Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney, workers in a Milwaukee brewery. The sitcom aired from 1976 to 1983 on ABC.

“Sam & Cat” features Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande as friends who start a baby-sitting business.

Nickelodeon says Marshall and Williams will start filming on Wednesday. They play characters involved in a decades-old feud, tweaking the long-ago rumors of a “Laverne & Shirley” rivalry.

“Sam & Cat” creator Dan Schneider says it was an honor to write for what he called TV’s” funniest female roommates” ever.

Laverne & Shirley, One Day At A Time and Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Announced As Honorees At TV Land Awards 10th Anniversary

TV Land announced today that the beloved casts of “Laverne & Shirley” (Penny Marshall, Cindy Williams, Michael McKean and David L. Lander) and “One Day At A Time” (Valerie Bertinelli, Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips, Glenn Scarpelli and Pat Harrington Jr.) as well as pop culture phenomenon “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” will be honored at the “TV Land Awards” 10th Anniversary celebration. The star-studded awards show, which honors classic television, film and music icons, will be held at the Lexington Avenue Armory at Gramercy Park on Saturday, April 14thand air on Sunday, April 29th at 9pm ET/PT. More honorees will be announced in coming weeks. They join previously announced honoree Aretha Franklin (Music Icon Award) and second-time host Kelly Ripa for the special decade ceremony.

“Laverne & Shirley” still lives in the hearts of viewers everywhere and is the recipient of this year’s Fan Favorite Award, which goes to a series that’s an All-American classic, with characters who became our friends, stories we could all relate to and irresistible laughs. This is the first time the cast of “Laverne & Shirley” will be reunited on television in nearly a decade. “Laverne & Shirley” aired on ABC for eight seasons from 1976-1983 and was a spinoff of the Garry Marshall hit “Happy Days.” But the show soon found its own avid fans, thanks to loveable stars Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, who play best friends and roommates working in a Milwaukee brewery. Constantly annoyed by their neighbors, Leonard “Lenny” Kosnowski (Michael McKean) and Andrew “Squiggy” Squiggman (David L. Lander), Laverne and Shirley learn to navigate their lives as two single young women in 1950s Milwaukee – and later in the series, 1960s Los Angeles.

“One Day At A Time” is being presented with the Innovator Award, which is given to a television series that carved out new territory, tackled important issues of its day and helped re-defined its genre. The series, which was a hybrid drama/comedy, addressed such taboo topics as pre-marital sex, suicide, sexual harassment and more, breaking barriers and paving the way for future shows to tackle these issues as well. Developed and written in part by TV visionary Norman Lear, “One Day At A Time” aired on CBS for nine seasons from 1975-1984. Starring Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips as Ann Romano, Barbara Cooper and Julie Cooper, the series revolved around a family headed by a single mother (Franklin) that relocates to Indianapolis, where their new apartment building super, Dwayne Schneider (Pat Harrington Jr.), befriends them. Also taking part in the cast reunion is Glenn Scarpelli, who joined the series in 1980 as the son of Ann’s boyfriend, Nick.

The 22-time Emmy® Award-winning children’s series, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” ran on CBS for five seasons from 1986-1991 and has been a staple in pop culture for over 25 years. The title character is portrayed by actor and comedy icon, Paul Reubens, who created what is widely considered one of the most innovative and ground-breaking children’s programs in television history. Reubens’ wonderfully diverse and colorful playhouse filled with puppets, genies, robots, cowboys and pterodactyls sparked countless imaginations and brought joy and laughter to children and adults alike. The show has been named one of “Top 25 Cult Shows Ever” by TV Guide Magazine, and Pee-wee is more popular than ever with a hit Broadway show, HBO Special, and enormous social media following with millions of followers on Twitter and Facebook. Fittingly, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” will receive the Pop Culture Award at the “TV Land Awards” 10th Anniversary ceremony.

The “TV Land Awards” pays tribute to classic and contemporary luminaries of television, music and movies. The 90-minute telecast will feature exhilarating musical performances and will reunite some of the most iconic celebrity TV casts.