This week in ’87, Robert Townsend told the black actor’s story in Hollywood Shuffle. Liar Liar and Toonami debuted in ’97, plus Stone Cold’s infamous battle with Bret Hart changed wrestling history. Then in ’07 we witnessed a one-off Ninja Turtles film.
Other topics covered include:
3/19/87 – Televangelist Jim Bakker resigns as the host of The PTL Club after involvement in a sex scandal, where he allegedly raped Jessica Hahn and then covered it up.
Burglar – Whoopi / Bobcat,SF burglar gets BACK IN THE HABIT after being blackmailed
Hollywood Shuffle – Produced / directed by Robert Townsend, about stereotypes for black actors
Street Smart – Christopher Reeve as magazine reporter Jonathan Fisher, Mimi Rogers, Morgan Freeman as a pimp
3/19/1987 – NBC debuts the sitcom Roomies. The premise of the show is that a gruff military veteran (Burt Young aka Paulie) goes to college on the GI bill and rooms with a 16 year old genius (Corey Haim). Despite airing in between The Cosby Show and Cheers, it would be cancelled after 8 episodes
3/20: Also debuting “The Charmings,” a sitcom about Snow White living in suburbia, which ran until Feb. 1988.
3/20/87- In the Miami Vice episode “By Hooker By Crook,” Crockett’s latest romance with a respected businesswoman (Melanie Griffith) turns sour when it is revealed that the woman is actually a high-class madam with connections to a notorious money launderer (George Takei).
3/21/87 – Bill Murray hosts SNL and ends the episode by calling on former cast members to come back and host (made sad by the fact that one would be dead in two years)
3/23/1987 – The debut of The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS’ sister show to The Young and the Restless. It has now aired over 7000 episodes. Earlier in the same week the CBS soap Capitol ended its run after 5 years.
3/22/1987 – The TV movie Deadly Care airs, about a nurse battling addiction issues
3/23/1987 – ABC airs the TV movie Fight For Life, featuring two Hollywood legends
Still extremely light… Rastan arcade game. Barbarian dude kicking ass, you might know indie game Volgarr the Viking better? Mentioned Rastan as an influence
Tribute – Live Ozzy album in honor of Randy Rhoads. Guitarist who died in a plane crash.
Among the Living – Anthrax third album, considered their breakthrough album and a fan favorite. I Am the Law is a tribute to Judge Dredd, songs inspired by The Stand and Apt Pupil.
Lean on Me by Club Nouveau is #1
The Future of War – Atari Teenage Riot, in with Sick to Death, also has Destroy 2000 years of culture
Nine Lives – Aerosmith, don’t recognize the songs from this, post-Crazy-Amazing-Cryin
Ben Folds Five – Whatever and Amen
The Liggett Group acknowledges that smoking causes cancer and heart disease, nicotine is addictive and the industry markets its products to underage youths. The admission is unprecedented and the first for any tobacco company.
Launch of the DVD format in America
Razzie Awards: Striptease beats Barb Wire, Ed, Island of Dr. Moreau and The Stupids
Selena – Jennifer Lopez, eventually what pushed her to start her own music career
Liar Liar is #1 – Jim Carey, can’t tell lies, hilarity ensues
3/17/97 – Toonami debuts on Cartoon Network, a block of programming best known for bringing translated anime to the US. While it would eventually be a vehicle for anime, the 1997 lineup featured the subdued lineup of The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, ThunderCats, Voltron, and Cartoon Roulette (composed of Space Ghost (TV series), Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, The Herculoids, Mightor, Shazzan, Teen Force, The Impossibles, and the 1940s Superman cartoons)
3/22/97 – Mike Myers hosts SNL, one of my favorite all-time monologues with the song “I’m Hosting”
3/21/1997 – Fox debuts Lawless, a detective show starring former NFL star Brian Bosworth. It lasts… only this episode, cancelled immediately due to bad ratings
3/23/97 – WrestleMania 13 airs, with the main event featuring The Undertaker beating Psycho Sid for the WWE Championship. However, the more notable match of the evening is the submission match between Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin, which managed to pull off the rare “double turn.” Austin went in to the match as a rule-breaking bad guy, but won the crowd over by never giving up while Hart gained the ire of the crowd by beating up Austin after Stone Cold passed out in the Sharpshooter
Glamorous is #1, from the dutchess in 2006
Best of David Bowie 80-87, includes Under Pressure, Modern Love, Let’s Dance,
Sound of Silver – LCD Soundsystem second album, All My Friends big song on it. Got their first one but it didn’t do much for me, like a dancier Bravery but ehhhhh
The Tempest – ICP 10th album. 2009 brings us Miracles which I may actually love by now
The Last Mimzy
High tech devices disguised as toys are sent back in time to stop the apocalypse, so like a cute Terminator. Rainn Wilson when Office was really big
The Hills Have Eyes 2
TMNT – Nolan North, Chris Evans, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Laurence Fishburne, Patrick Stewart… CGI and has no connection to either the early 2000s Nickelodeon version NOR the 2010s Nickelodeon CGI cartoon that’s still going today. But, the Turtles Forever crossover suggests it’s at least part of a multiverse b/c Shredder shows it on a screen. Didn’t review well, made decent money, series went pretty dormant again until 2012. Trailer is voiceless
Pride – Bernie Mac as janitor Elston Johnson, Terrance Howard, loosely about a swim coach
Reign Over Me
Shooter – Mark Wahlberg sniper movie, Antoine Fuqua
3/17/07 – Julia Louis Dreyfus hosts SNL, with a cameo appearance by Chris Rock doing a political monologue during the cold open.
3/18/07 – The Beaver Boys debut on Tim and Eric Awesome Show
3/22/07 – This American Life debuts on Showtime, filmed true stories in the same vein as the radio show
Armored Core 4 – From Software still at it!
Virtua Tennis 3 – solid reviews, people swear by the DC version so this was a nice hit
Cooking Mama: Cook Off, Blazing Angels to Wii, After Burner Black Falcon on PSP, Kororinpa: Marble Mania on Wii, Lost in Blue 2 on NDS, Test Drive Unlimited on PSP, DBZ Harukanaru Densetsu
Earth Defense Force 2017 – just plain fun
STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl – first person horror / survival / creepy game, you can tell it’s bleak when gameplay bullet points are: radiation, hunger, bleeding. World where there’s a second disaster and things go bananas. In dev since 2001, THQ published and it did ok – had two follow ups.
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