As hinted at in its previously announced plans to pull out In Living Color and put it back on like a pair of ill-fitting neon bike shorts, Fox is getting nostalgic around its 25th birthday—an anniversary it plans to celebrate, like so many 25-year-olds, by getting together with the friends with whom it used to pal around in its youth, then gradually realize that they are maybe not as fun as they remember and that they should really start thinking about settling down and having kids. But unlike most 25-year-olds, Fox is a TV network, so everyone will get a chance to see that party on April 22 as Fox’s 25th Anniversary Special, and today it’s confirmed a hefty portion of the guest list so far.
Among those dropping by to pay tribute to old times while also setting up clips: Christina Applegate, Ed O’Neill, Katey Segal, and David Faustino will talk Married…With Children before Faustino’s shift starts; Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley, Ian Ziering, and Gabrielle Carteris will discuss Beverly Hills 90210 loudly enough that Carteris can understand them; Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, and Chris Carter will hold an X-Files reunion and probably introduce some new last-minute conspiracy that will remain unanswered; Patrick Warbuton will rep The Tick solo, apparently, because Nestor Carbonell is on more dignified things now, like Ringer; Calista Flockhart will do the same for Ally McBeal while Harrison Ford waits impatiently in the car; and Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon, and Wilmer Valderrama will wax nostalgic about the days of That ‘70s Show and when people knew what a “Wilmer Valderrama” was outside the context of Minka Kelly. And of course, Seth MacFarlane, Kiefer Sutherland, and the American Idol quartet of Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and Ryan Seacrest will also be there to offer their own contractually obligated congratulations. [Insert joke about cast members of Herman's Head, Drexell's Class, The Heights, and/or Models Inc. staring at silent telephones.]