In 1987 we get two classic flicks with Lethal Weapon and Raising Arizona as we say goodbye to Silver Spoons and The A-Team. 1997 brings the debuts of Daria and Turok while Howard Stern’s biopic rules theaters. In 2007, Randy Marsh gets in big trouble for using a slur while 300 answers the question… “Is this Sparta?”
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March 4: President Reagan gives a televised address saying he didn’t know about Iran/Contra, but should have, and admitting it was trading arms for hostages.
Angel Heart – De Niro, Mickey Rourke. Did poorly but now considered a great horror movie, nearly had an X rating
Tin Men – Richard Dreyfuss, Danny DeVito, Barry Levinson directed
Lethal Weapon – #1 this date range
3/3/87 – CBS debuts Spies, a short-lived sitcom that would end by mid-April. Here’s the very 80s trailer/cast
3/4/87 – On ABC, an even shorter-lived sitcom debuts; Harry, which stars Alan Arkin as the titular character as well as Richard Lewis. Here’s it is among other promos where pretty much everything else is more interesting
3/4/87 – Silver Spoons ends its five-season run after 117 episodes; it had spent four seasons on NBC and the last season in first-run syndication.
FINAL SEASON’S ROCKIN THEME
3/5/87 – On the Cheers episode “Simon Says,” John Cleese plays the titular character, a friend of Fraiser, who performs pre-marriage counceling for Sam and Diane and discovers they’re not marriage material
3/7/87 – On The Facts of Life Dick Van Patten (the lesser-famous Dick Van) guest stars as the ex husband of Cloris Leachman’s character
3/8/87 – The A Team airs its final episode after 5 seasons and 98 episodes. In the episode “Without Reservations,” When dining at a restaurant Murdock is employed at, a corrupt cop shoots Face, leaving him badly wounded and nearing death. Murdock and Frankie are left helpless as they are also taken hostage. Murdock’s lunacy manages to concoct a way to get a message out; he writes “HELP” on a pizza B.A.Baracus picks up, allowing him and Hannibal to rescue the group and get Face to a hospital in time.
3/8/87 – The TV movie “The Abduction of Kari Swenson” airs, a true story about an olympic biathlete who was kidnapped by mountain men
3/9/87 – The series premiere of the musical dramedy Rags to Riches, a 1960s-set show about a man adopting five girls (who would frequently burst into song to help explain their feelings or move along the plot)
NES Soccer & Volleyball somewhere in March. Not sure I ever saw the latter
The Joshua Tree – massive hit for U2, fifth album but has all the hits. 25m copies sold, With or Without You, Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, Where the Streets Have No Name. One of the top selling albums of all time – Thriller is #1, Clapton Unplugged is #2
U2 Pop – ninth album, Discoteque main single, sold well but not as good by U2 standards. Drum machines, sequencers, electronic elements. Hard reset in 2000 with All That You Can’t Leave Behind in late 2000, Beautiful Day, Elevation, Stuck in a Moment etc
The Healing Game – Van Morrison 26th album
The Boatman’s Call – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds piano somber album, intentional departure from usual punk soun
Savage Garden – debut album, I Want You, To the Moon and Back, Truly Madly Deeply, huge hit, 12m sold
In books: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby is released March 6, he dies two days later.
Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Disneyland reopens without so much implied rape.
March 9: Notorious BIG murdered in LA, age 24
Jungle 2 Jungle
Private Parts – #1 this week, makes $40m off a $28m budget
3/3/97 – Daria premieres on MTV; the Beavis and Butt-head spinoff follows B&B antagonist Daria Morgendorffer as she moves to a new town and deals with high school life. Mike Judge released the character to be put into a new show and there were no B&B cameos.
3/4/97 – Two long running shows began their run this day. On NBC, Just Shoot Me debuted, a sictom set at a fashion magazine starring Laura San Giacomo, David Spade, Wendie Malick George Segal. It would last 7 seasons and 148 episodes
Also on 3/4/97- The Practice debuts, a David E Kelly law drama about a Boston-based law-firmIt starring Dylan McDermott, Camryn Manheim, Lara Flynn Boyle, and others. Plots typically featured the firm’s involvement in various high-profile criminal and civil cases that often mirror current events. Conflict between legal ethics and personal morality was a recurring theme. It would run for 8 seasons and 168 episodes, and spin off with Boston Legal after its run ended.
3/5/97 – COMBO BREAKER. A not-so-long running sitcom premiered the evening; Arsenio! Starring Arsenio Hall as a newly-married sportscaster, it ran 7 episodes and was off the air by the end of April. This promo sure gives you hope, though!
3/7/97 – The sixth season of Step By Step premieres with Bronson Pinchot joining the cast as Jean-Luc; a male beautician, and the business partner of Suzanne Sommers’ character. He was brought in to take the place of Sasha Mitchell’s character on the series
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter – Iguana / Acclaim trying to prove the N64’s technical might AND show they were a big deal publisher AND legitimize third-party efforts on the platform. Weren’t really any to speak of and the system’s been out for five months. Control scheme, fog, animations, weapons all stood out. Based on the Valiant Comic, which became Acclaim Comics, they really wanted Turok to be a huge brand.
Neon Bible – Arcade Fire second album. Very unique sound, recorded partly in a church and around the world, uses a lot of uncommon instruments and the lyrics / imagery are very bittersweet, longing, critical of how detached and gullible people are becoming. It’s not an anti-Bush album per se but it’s even more relevant now. Antichrist television blues kills me, kind of about Jessica Simpson? Being put out there to make money for your parents, dunno. It’s very Springsteen meets 2000s indie rock with some soul in it, very rich and fulfilling album.
Notorious BIG and Reliant K greatest hits albums, Sevendust’s Alpha
What Goes Around Comes Around is #1, JT from FutureSex Lovesounds. Great song, love how it changes tempo and flavor ¾ of the way through
Premier magazine, which launched in 1987, is shutting down. It was one of the first entertainment magazines to cover the inner-Hollywood happenings
The Ultimate Gift – Jim Stovall book based on real events then turned into a movie based on the book
3/4/07 – FOX debuts The Winner, a sitcom about a successful man named Glen Abbott (played by Rob Corddry) looking back to the time when he was in his 30s and living with his parents in 1994 Buffalo, New York. It would only last two weeks.
3/4/07 – Dice: Undisputed debuts, “The show follows Andrew Dice Clay as he struggles to recapture his past popularity while dealing with his fiancée and two sons.”
3/5/07 – After 12 movies, The Land Before Time gets an animated series that lasts one season on Cartoon Network. There would be another movie by the end of the year and the fourteenth movie came out in 2016.
3/7/07 – The eleventh season of South Park premieres with the episode “With Apologies to Jesse Jackson,” featuring this moment you might not want to play…
Wario: Master of Disguise – get different costumes / abilities, didn’t pay much attention. Not internally dev’d, kinda like Kid Chameleon?
Def Jam: Icon – one of the early WHOA graphics games on next-gen, built on the guts of Fight Night Round 3. Environments react to the beat of the music, fire shoots out on drops, certain hits impact more
Motorstorm – sold 3m, Sony’s Excitetruck for lack of a better term. Fun!
NBA Street Homecourt – fun, showboaty b-ball, maybe not NBA Jam level but still fun and with good sense of control, pacing
Burnout Dominator – not dev’d by Criterion, didn’t have the crash mode stuff, Crit was busy with Paradise
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