This week in 1987 brought us Michael J Fox as a serious rocker and Ray Charles in TWO sitcoms. Then in 1997, the Chris Rock Show debuts as Poochie’s home planet needs him. 2007 saw the debut of Norbit, the end of MXC and bizarre innuendo in crystal-sex-RPG Ar tonelico.
Other topics covered include:
Liberace dies, age 67, second big celebrity to die of AIDS
Black Widow – Deborah Winger, Theresa Winger w Dennis Hopper
Dead of Winter – Mary Steenburgen, Roddy McDowell
From the Hip – Judd Nelson, John Hurt
Light of Day – Michael J Fox trying to not be a goofy comedy act, or for laughs
2/3/87 – Ray Charles guest stars on Who’s The Boss, as a new client of Angeler
2/4/87 – St. Elsewhere – Ray Charles guests as a blind homeless man. Episode is titled “Jose Can You See?”
2/7/87 – Final episode of Too Close for Comfort airs, the show ended due to Ted Knight’s death and aired remaining original episodes he had filmed. Great intro that was eventually recreated via “The Greatest Event in Television History”
2/9/87 – Alf clip show where he shocks himself in the bathtub and needs to be reminded about his past. Later airings edited out the electrocution after complaints from viewers.
2/3/87 – Guilty of Innocence: The Lenell Geter Story airs, the true story of a black man tried and convicted for a crime he didn’t commit
2/3/87 – Moonlighting – “Blonde on Blonde” David follows Maddie, thinks she’s committed murder, decides to tell her he loves her, but (gasp!)
2/8/87 – NBC airs the miniseries The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, which includes the final on-screen role for Claudette Colbert, who would go back to stage acting for the next nine years before her death
Sometime in 87, SMS version of the Ghostbusters game, comes to NES later. David Crane crammed to get it done in 84 but three years later there’s ports coming to newly viable consoles. Shooting at ghosts an driving in ECTO-1, initially was a car combat game.
Open Your Heart is #1, from album True Blue that we talked about last year. Huge hit, big change from loud squeaky Madonna into international hitmaker. Peepshow video
Earthling – Bowie’s 20th album, first self-produced since Diamond Dogs. Drum and Bass, trying to be very of the era, recorded their own samples and loops. Coming in with Little Wonder, a song filled with snow white references. Most popular song was I’m Afraid of Americans, though mostly due to the Trent Reznor remix later this year.
Unbreak my Heart, nearing the end of its 11-week atop the charts
C’est pour vivre – Celine Dion French Canadian compilation album
Silverchair and Texas have new albums
OJ civil trial ends: He is found liable for deaths of his ex-wife and Ron Goldman, ordered to pay $25 million.
Clinton’s approval rating is 61%, 55% average, higher than Reagan, GWB but HW had 60???
Beautician and the Beast – Fran Drescher, Timothy Dalton
The Pest – John Leguizamo
Dante’s Peak – Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton
Chris Rock Show debuts
Two simpsons episodes air this week. First, on Friday 2/7/97, Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala (Annoyed Grunt) airs, with Shari Bobbins becoming the Simpsons’ new nanny
Then on Sunday, 2/9/97, The Simpsons hits its 167th episode with the episode “The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show”, making it the longest running cartoon in prime time history.
The Way I Are – Timbaland’s second album and one that infects the entire sound of 2007-2008. Shock Value album goes 2x platinum, collabs w JT, Nelly Furtado, Fall Out Boy, Missy Elliot, Dr Dre… tons of influence here. Producer since Ginuwine days, worked on Cry Me a River, Sexyback, and now had his own big album
A Weekend in the City – Bloc Party’s 2nd album, I Still Remember was a single in late 06. Was suuuuper into Silent Alarm and bought this on day one. Band that helped me get through that first year in CA, along w Killers, Postal Service, Arcade Fire etc. Different, more produced sound.
Headstrong – Ashley Tisdale debut album, post High School Musical / Disney days.
Infinity on High – Fall Out Boy third album, This Ain’t a Scene it’s an arms race, thnks fr th mmrs
Obama officially declares he’s running for president – he wins!
Actor Omar Sharif is ordered to attend anger management classes and serve two years probation after pleading no contest to hitting a Beverly Hills parking valet.
Astronaut love-triangle attempted kidnapping: Astronaut Lisa Nowack, 1 year since her trip to the International Space Station, tries to abduct the current girlfriend of her ex, another astronaut. She drove overnight from Houston to Orlando – 900 miles – carrying: latex gloves, a black wig, a BB gun and ammunition, pepper spray, a trench coat, a drilling hammer, black gloves, rubber tubing, plastic garbage bags, unidentified orange pills, $585 in cash, and an 8-inch folding knife. The new girlfriend heard her coming in the airport parking lot, made it to her car and summoned police. Nowack pled guilty to some of the lesser charges and received a year probation.
2/5/2007 – First episode of Rules of Engagement airs; a Patrick Warburton and David Spade-led sitcom about two couples and a single friend navigating the dating world. It somehow held on to air 100 episodes over 7 seasons up to 2013
2/7/2007 – Lost returns from a three month hiatus with the episode “Not in Portland,” which features a cameo from an unexpected actor
2/9/07 – Last MXC airs, College Sports vs. The Mall of Baghdad
2/4/2007 – Super Bowl 41: Indianapolis Colts defeat Chicago Bears. The lead-out program this year is a Criminal Minds episode guest-starring James Van Der Beek because CBS gotta CBS
Feb 8 07 Grey’s Anatomy tap out episode
Sci-Fi channel says it order 13 more “Battlestar Galactica” episodes – for its fourth season.
Final Fantasy VI Advance – last of the “Finest Fantasy for Advance” series, FFV was out last fall and FFIV was late 05.
Diddy Kong Racing DS – reviewed this and was really hard on it. Adds so much touch screen, collecting nonsense bogging down the core game. Wasn’t a fan in general of putting N64 games on DS… lightly improved in some aspects but tapping balloons and re-racing the same courses to collect shit is maddening. Banjo and Conker are replaced with Tiny and Dixie Kong. It’s a bad review!
Lunar Knights – Kojima production, part of the Boktai series that had solar sensors built in, but now all kinds of in-game weather effects would affect gameplay. You could plug in GBA cart to take advantage of the real world sun. Isometric RPG / adventure game
Micro Machines V4 – fun series, console version, definitely pre or reviewed this DS
Ar tonelico – really solid RPG with great music and sprites, genuinely fun. But it’s about these magical singers that have to have crystals inserted into their backs so they can be whole or whatever… and it’s suuuuper obvious to the point of this is not innuendo.
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