Woody Harrelson was not able to be involved in the Cheers reunion at Monday’s 75th Primetime Emmy Awards because he is appearing in Ulster American, a play on London’s West End.
The Oscar-nominated actor, 62, ‘couldn’t make Cheers because he’s in a play … so there were a few people where there were just logistical challenges,’ Emmys executive producer Jesse Collins told The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday.
The Midland, Texas native is currently appearing in the play opposite Andy Serkis and Louisa Harland.
Harrelson played the role of Woody Boyd on 200 episodes of the NBC comedy from 1985–1993.
Monday’s tribute to the series saw the show’s Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger and George Wendt reunite on a set of the series set up on the stage of the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles.
Woody Harrelson, 62, was not able to be involved in the Cheers reunion at Monday’s 75th Primetime Emmy Awards because he is appearing in Ulster American, a play on London’s West End. Pictured in London last month at an event in support of the play
Monday’s tribute to the series saw the show’s Kelsey Grammer, Rhea Perlman and Ted Danson reunite on a set on the stage of the Peacock Theater in LA
‘We were lucky to get so many people who were willing to participate,’ Collins said of the reunion.
The tribute to the series – which was based around a Boston bar named Cheers, its staff and regulars – came as the cast of the show revealed the winner of Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series.
‘Anthony, thank you for getting us all here,’ Danson, who played baseball player-turned-bartender Sam Malone on the show, told host Anthony Anderson. ‘Ah, this feels so nice to be here in front of all of you, thank you.’
Ratzenberger said, ‘Ted, don’t you just think about it as a long-overdue class reunion, huh? Being together brings back some great memories from show we’re all very proud of.’
Actress Shelley Long, who played the role of Diane Chambers on 122 episodes of the series from 1982-1987 (she appeared on one episode in the show’s final season in 1993), was not included in the segment.
Long’s replacement on the series, the late Kirstie Alley, was featured in the show’s In Memoriam tribute, after her passing at the age of 71 in December 2022 following a cancer battle.
Alley who played Rebecca Howe on 148 episodes of the series from 1987-1993.
The Emmys also featured extended tributes to TV series such as The Sopranos, Martin, Grey’s Anatomy and Ally McBeal.
John Ratzenberger and George Wendt were also included in the tribute to the NBC series
Harrelson played the role of Woody Boyd on 200 episodes of the NBC comedy from 1985–1993
The cast, including the late Kirstie Alley, was pictured in a 1987 promotional photo
Cheers was a breakout role for Harrelson, who parlayed his fame from the show into major films such as 1992’s White Men Can’t Jump, 1993’s Indecent Proposal and 1994’s Natural Born Killers.
He has gone on to be nominated for three Oscars for his work since his time on the series, including Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in 1996’s The People vs. Larry Flynt.
He was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in 2009’s The Messenger, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in the 2017 movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.