The Long Kiss Goodnight, 30 Rock and JOHN CENA – Oct 7-13

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Wes Craven’s Deadly Friend succumbs to studio meddling while the FOX Network kicks off with Joan Rivers. In 1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight debuts alongside Hey Arnold, and 2006 brings us The Marine, 30 Rock and the Scarface sequel we all wanted so badly.

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1986:

Phantom of the Opera debuts in London – is STILL running.

-Jumping Jack Flash, Peggy Sue Got Married, Deadly Friend and True Stories debut in theaters.

FOX launches with the debut of The Late Show with Joan Rivers. After its Oct. 9 debut, Joan Rivers’ late night talk show has averaged a 5.4 rating compared to Johnny Carson’s 8 rating.

-Slayer’s “Reign in Blood” debuts, often cited as one of the most influential metal albums of all time

 

1996:

Marilyn Manson’s “Antichrist Superstar” debuts, including the hit single “The Beautiful People.” Would go on to sell seven million copies

At The Speed of Life – Xhibit’s debut album
Brown – POD’s second album
Factory Showroom – They Might Be Giants sixth album
Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison – Van Morrison jazz collab album, most everything is first or second take

Carlos Belo and Jose Ramos-Horta win the Nobel Peace Prize for their work ending civil war in East Timor.

-The Ghost in the Darkness, The Chamber and Michael Collins release in theaters alongside The Long Kiss Goodnight.

Fox News Channel launches with Your World With Neil Cavuto, Hannity & Colmes, and O’Reilly Factor all premiere on Fox News.

-Hey Arnold and Kablam debut

X-Files episode “Home” airs, about a backwoods inbred family where a group of sons continually impregnate their limbless mother. Very controversial (and creepy) episode, it never aired again on Fox (it did air on FX later), and it was the first network television episode in America to ever receive a TV-MA rating.

-Ginuwine’s “Pony” turns 20!

2006:

Now! That’s What I Call Christmas 3 – Nat King Cole, Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash, 2nd disc is Celine Dion, Rihanna, Reliant K, Pussycat Dolls “Santa baby”
Plus xmas albums from Winona Judd, James Taylor
While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets – Cobra Starship’s album, Snakes on a Plane song

-The Grudge 2, Man of the Year and The Marine release in theaters.

30 Rock premieres on NBC – While the show was funny throughout, it’s weird to see focus on things that would later fade away. Rachel Dratch would play a different guest for most of season 1, and there’s a lot of focus on a Jimmy Fallon-like character named Josh. However, the solid quartet of Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, and Jane Krakowski were there from the beginning.

-NBC debuts the sitcom Twenty Good Years, which starred Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow as recently-retired men who vow to live their lives more since they have “twenty good years” left. It lasted 21 days,

Scarface: The World is Yours PS2, XB – changes ending such that Tony Montana lives and gets revenge on everyone. Pacino didn’t return, but he selected his replacement Andre Sogliuzzo. ALSO returning are Al Isreal, Steven Bauer and ROBERT LOGGIA

Mortal Kombat Armageddon – 62 characters, kart game called Motor Kombat, create a character, huge cutscene opening. Concludes story began in the first game and through Deadly Alliance and Deception. MK9 references this directly

-God Hand, Tales of the Abyss and GUN PSP release

 

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13 thoughts on “The Long Kiss Goodnight, 30 Rock and JOHN CENA – Oct 7-13

  1. That Scarface game, while having a ridiculous premise, actually gave me a lot of fun. It probably doesn’t hold up at all, but things like the shark attack death and the horrid Pacino impression made left an impression on my memory.

    1. Also, HOME from X-Files is such an amazingly disturbing episode. In senior year, a lot of my friends were still taking Biology class, and the teachers showed them this episode during one of the units, and everyone was astounded at what the hell they had seen, and I was just like “sogood.gif.”

  2. I was the right age for Kenan and Kel and Hey Arnold. They became my religious viewing growing up.
    Would also be pretty awesome to get a birthday shout out segment for the 24 of october this month since its one of my favorite shows to listen too.

  3. I haven’t listened to this yet, but if you’re mean to The Long Kiss Goodnight, like you were to The Rock, I’m going to cry myself to sleep.

  4. Not to defend an incredibly mediocre and forgetful game, but I think y’all missed a major plot point in Scarface if you’re criticizing the game for him not wanting to kill children.

  5. Scarface chooses not to kill kids. He is asked to do a hit on a drug guy who has his kids in the car with him and he refuses. That’s directly from the Pacino movie.

  6. Speaking of the launch of Fox News — there’s a book from like last year called THE LOUDEST VOICE IN THE ROOM which details the birth of Fox and the rise of supervillain Roger Ailes; it’s written in a fun page-turn way, and has tons of vaguely incriminating quotes about your favorite Fox News personalities! There’s also an audible version………
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    PS the Marilyn Manson cover they played on MTV in ’96 was ‘Sweet Dreams’ , not ‘Tainted Love’ 😉

  7. I remember Tales of the Abyss as being one of the first PS2 JRPGs I imported, after sinking nearly 300 bucks in buying a modded PS2 to play this on.

    The battle music from Tales of the Abyss is great. Official VGMpire Request for the Tales series!

  8. Parks and Rec even have a Genuwine cameo in the season 6 finale, performing Pony while pictures of Little Sebastian play. I love The Long Kiss Goodnight, The jumping through the window shooting through the ice is one of my favourite ever action scenes. Strangely a female rapper appeared later called Charlie Baltimore and her only hit Money references the shooting through the ice scene.

  9. The actual lions which were mentioned in the discussion of Ghost and the Darkness are in the Field Museum in Chicago. It was really weird seeing this pair of man killing lions in a space which the Field Museum had set up for a 1 year old’s birthday party.

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