30 years ago this week the Simpsons debuted on the Tracy Ullman show as GI Joe’s big movie goes straight to VHS. This week in ’97 brought us Angry Beavers and two hitman-y films, while 2007 saw Simon Pegg save the day.
Other topics covered include:
Michael Jordan (after playing 2 years) becomes second player to score 3,000 points in a season
Rumpelstiltskin – First of Cannon Films’ “Movie Tales” series which will have SIX entries this year alone. Washington Post said all it did was make a short story long.
Prick Up Your Ears – Gary Oldman
Project X – Matthew Broderick, Helen Hunt manage chimpanzees in the Air Force. Bob Barker alleged animal cruelty and had to settle these claims out of court
Walk Like a Man – Howie Mandel
GI Joe The Movie
Intended to be a theatrical release, but My Little Pony and Transformers’ poor performance caused them to put in on TV / video. Prime died which made kids cry, so Duke, who is stabbed in the heart with a snake, is said to be in a coma and then recovers.
Much like the Transformers movie, this introduces big new villains that punk the existing ones. It’s OK, nowhere near as lavish as Transformers, but the opening is THE GREATEST AMERICAN THING EVER
4/19/87 – Simpsons first appear on Tracy Ullman
4/19/87 – Bionic Six debuts, syndicated on Saturday mornings. Not all that memorable, save for a great theme song
4/15/87 – The Magnum PI episode “Limbo” airs
4/17/87 – The special Andy WIlliams & The NBC Kids: Easter in Rome airs
On Easter Sunday itself, NBC also airs the special “Bob Hope with His Beautiful Easter Bunnies and Other Friends”
Xybots in arcades – walking into a maze, third person, played this a ton. 3D maze, two characters are named Ace Gunn and Rock Hardy
No notable albums, #1 song is I Knew You Were Waiting For Me (Aretha Franklin and George Michael)
Out with the GI Joe Movie opening song
Ultra – Depeche Mode 9th album, It’s No Good was the main song
Sevendust debut album – my ruin was on 1996’s More Kombat album, contains, Bitch Black Too Close to Hate
For Monkeys – Millencolin 3rd album . Their 2000 album has No Cigar, THPS2
MLB honors Jackie Robinson by retiring the number 42 for all teams
8 Heads in a Duffel Bag – Joe Pesci
Suicide Kings – Christopher Walken
Murder at 1600 – Wesley Snipes, Diane Lane, Dennis Miller
4/15/97 – Soul Man debuts on ABC, a sitcom starring Dan Aykroyd as a widowed Episcopal priest who has to deal with his children and a wacky parish.
4/17/97 – The Friends episode “The One With The Chick And The Duck” introduces new pets for Joey and Chandler (this show really was about weird animals for the first few seasons, huh)
4/19/97 – Airing in the plum spot immediately after the 10th annual Kids Choice Awards, Angry Beavers debuts on Nickelodeon. It would air for four seasons and 63 episodes.
4/14/97 – The Single Guy ends after two seasons and 44 episodes on NBC. The second season ended with the eponymous Single Guy (played by Jonathan Silverman) getting married in Las Vegas. It was one of the highest rated shows to ever be cancelled as it was usually 4th or 5th in the ratings due to its placement between Friends and Seinfeld, but when aired in other slots, it would slip to around 60th.
4/20/97 – The Simpsons episode “The Old Man and the Lisa” airs, featuring the only guest star Dave has a Simpsons action figure for:
4/20/97 – Small Potatoes X-Files, babies born w tails, Luke Skywalker line, Vince Gilligan
Favourite Worst Nightmare – Arctic Monkeys 2nd album, Brianstorm, Fluorescent Adolescent
Year Zero – NIN 5th album, concept that takes place in the year 2022. But it’s now called Year 0, as after numerous terrorist attacks the US govt has assumed complete control of the country and this new era is year zero. Fear, 1984-y stuff, morality police, thought control etc
Virginia Tech shooting: 32 dead, 23 injured.
Fracture – Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling
Vacancy – Luke Wilson
In the Land of Women – Kristen Stewart
4/18/07 – The mid-season finale of South Park, airs; the episode “Night of the Living Homeless,” where homeless overrun South Park. Not a great episode, but I like this transformation scene featuring Kyle’s dad.
4/15/07 – Season finale of Tim & Eric, entitled Missing, where Casey (of Casey and his Brother) fame goes missing
4/14/07 – SNL is hosted by Shia Lebouf and has Avril Lavinge as a musical guest. However the episode is best known for having the Digital Short entitled “The Shooting,” where characters keep shooting each other as Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek” plays.
Super Rub a Dub – began as a rubber duck PS3 tech demo, became a game, later famous for a YouTubers parody video about it. Here’s the trailer for the game in which you play as a rubber ducky popping balloons in water
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