PRESS TOUR: Tootie and Blair from 'Facts of Life' reunite in Hallmark movie with Pittsburgh connection

Thursday, 17 July 2014 09:44 AM Written by 

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Tootie BlairBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- "Facts of Life" stars Lisa Whelchel (AKA Blair) and Kim Fields (AKA Tootie) reunite on screen for the first time since 2001's "Facts of Life Reunion" TV movie in Hallmark Channel's "For Better or For Worse" (9 p.m. Saturday), a new movie based on a novel of the same name by Diann Hunt.

The film, about a wedding planner (Whelchel) who falls in love with a divorce attorney (Antonio Cupo),  was directed by Ambridge native Marita Grabiak, who's also directed episodic TV, including "Lost," "Everwood" and "Battlestar Galactica."

And it turns out Fields is a Steelers fan. Read more after the jump. ...

At a Hallmark Channel party earlier this month, Fields, who is not from Pittsburgh, said she likes the Steelers and especially coach Mike Tomlin.

"I thought when head coach Mike Tomlin was running on the sidelines and all that kind of thing, that was cool," she said.

Fields said with "For Better or For Worse" she was eager to get into business with Hallmark.

"That was a big draw for me because we had already started dialoguing with them about other projects and seeing what synergy existed between my brand and theirs," Fields said.  

She said working with Whelchel offers a comfortable sense of timing but otherwise it's different from when they worked together on "Facts of Life."

"The characters are different and you are different," Fields said. "She's grown with grown children and I'm grown with much younger children. ... Having the history comes into play more so for off-camera, knowing you're not gonna end up on set with a nut, a fool every doggone day."

Here's a preview of "For Better or For Worse":

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