The Huxtables of “The Cosby Show” lived on in “A Different World,” the NBC comedy’s 1987 spinoff that followed Cliff (Bill Cosby) and Clair’s (Phylicia Rashad) daughter Denise (Lisa Bonet) to the fictional historically black Hillman College.
“A Different World” went on for six seasons (though it saw Bonet, Marisa Tomei and Loretta DeVine depart after its debut season) and ended on July 9, 1993, 20 years ago today. Despite the shake-up, the show lived on with leading man Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison) and his flip-up glasses and Whitley Gilbert (Jasmine Guy) and her whiny southern drawl.
The series ended with Dwayne and Whitley getting married and announcing that they were expecting their first child in the finale. When asked where they thought the happy couple would be now, Guy told Essence in late 2012, “I think they’d still be married. I think they’d have a son and he’d be in early adulthood … A happy marriage … but after 20 years, I think some conflict coming up now that their son is gone and they’re less focused on him.” Hardison added, “I think four kids in. Still married. Still fighting. Upper middle class probably. Still in love.”
Wayne and Guy have both continued to act in the two decades that have passed since the show ended. Guy can currently be seen on The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” as Bonnie’s (Kat Graham) bewitching grandma and Hardison is finishing up his run as an actor playing an LAPD detective on The CW’s show-within-a-show “Cult.”
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