When the men of Frasier gathered to pose for our Reunions issue at a Chicago hotel, it was 20 years to the day — Sept. 16, 1993 — that Frasier debuted on NBC. But they weren’t so focused on the anniversary, they were just happy to see each other. David Hyde Pierce opened his arms for John Mahoney and called him ”Dad” — just as he had for 11 seasons on the hit series. The day the stars of the 2003 comedy The School of Rock got together, it happened to be Jack Black’s birthday, and the kids in the cast — all grown up a decade later — sang him ”Happy Birthday.” Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, and The X-Files creator Chris Carter reminisced and discussed their inspirations behind the groundbreaking series — how Kolchak: The Night Stalker, All the President’s Men, and The Silence of the Lambs shaped the show that changed television.
This is EW’s fourth annual Reunions issue. It has become one of EW’s most popular franchises, a labor of love for the staff here, and a thrill for the artists who sign on. That’s not to say it’s easy. Whether you’re a movie star (Mystic Pizza’s Julia Roberts) or a middle school principal (The Waltons’ Kami Cotler), finding a day for a photo shoot and interview can be a herculean task — especially when you’re coordinating it with a half-dozen former costars with jobs, families, and lives of their own. A sincere thank-you to the actors, directors, writers, and producers who helped bring these Reunions to life. And a heartfelt congratulations to my colleagues — executive editor (integrated content) Kristen Baldwin, photography director Lisa Berman, and their teams — who have spent the past 12 months locating, cajoling, and scheduling the casts. Thanks to the fantastic photographers and senior art director Dragos Lemnei who made it all look so good — so good, in fact, that design director Kory Kennedy has produced four covers for this issue. The newsstand version of the cover features multiple casts. Subscribers will receive Mystic Pizza or The X-Files or Frasier. You’ll find bonus photos and behind-the-scenes video on our tablet edition and on EW.com. Check out, for example, our video of Parks and Recreation’s Amy Poehler and Adam Scott interviewing Hart to Hart’s Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers. Yes, it sounds amazing, also a little random. But Poehler and Scott are huge fans of the ’80s sleuth show. So are we, and seeing Powers and Wagner together — their flirty, sophisticated, sparkling chemistry still strong after all these years — made us fall in love with them all over again.