This week: in 87, Maniac Mansion & Rad Racer making alliterative gaming fun, while Kirk Cameron and Dudley Moore trade bodies and reinvent a genre. In 97, Castlevania Symphony of the Night is a miserable pile of secrets while Drew Carey finally discovers its true theme song. In 07, 30 Rock returns with Seinfeldvision while Pushing Daisies is a nice slice of TV pie.
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The Belly of an Architect: Brian Dennehy, Chloe Webb
Big Shots – written by Joe Eszterhas
Anna: Sally Kirkland and Paulina Porizkova
Like Father, Like Son: Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron
Zombie High: Virginia Madsen, Paul Feig, Sherilyn Fenn
Slam Dance: Virginia Madsen, Tom Hulce, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Near Dark: Adrian Pasdar, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton
9/28/87 – thirtysomething DEBUTS
10/3/87 – Friday the 13th The Series debuts
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 25th Anniversary airs on 10/1/87, EXACTLY 25 years after his first time hosting The Tonight Show
St. Elsewhere “Moon for the Misbegotten” some stations refuse to show it because Ed Flanders moons a guy and says “You can kiss my ass, pal.”
10/4/87 – The Wonderful World Of Disney airs part one of The Journey of Natty Gann (1985) starring Meredith Salenger, Ray Wise, and John Cusack
10/1/87 – Maniac Mansion on PC, Rad Racer on NES (came with 3D glasses!)
Other general NES releases in October 1987; Alpha Mission, Lunar Pool, and Zanac
New releases: “The Uplift Mofo Party Plan” by Red Hot Chili Peppers, “ESP” by the Bee Gees, “Wildside” by Loverboy, “Wow!” by Bananarama, and “Heaven on Earth” by Belinda Carlisle, which will hit the charts later this year.
“Didn’t We Almost Have it All” by Whitney Houston is no. 1
New releases: “Life Thru a Lens” by Robbie Williams, including “Angels” and “Let Me Entertain You”; “Bridges to Babylon” by the Rolling Stones, “Levitate” by The Fall, “Symbols” by KMFDM, “Four Minute Mile,” the debut of the Get Up Kids, “Long Stretch of Lonesome” by Patty Loveless, “One Day It’ll All Make Sense” by Common, Portishead’s eponymous album, and “Urban Hymns” by The Verve.
Fast, Cheap and Out of Control: Errol Morris documentary
The Ice Storm: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Elijah Wood
U Turn: Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Lopez
The Matchmaker: Janeane Garofalo
No. 1 at the box office: Kiss the Girls: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd
10/1/97 – The Drew Carey Show debuts its third theme song (and arguably the most popular), Cleveland Rocks
10/4/97 – The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police debuts on FOX Kids
10/5/97 – The Wonderful World Of Disney airs the Disney Channel Original Movie Toothless, starring Kirstie Alley as a dentist who dies and returns as a Tooth Fairy
The previous week, The Wonderful World Of Disney (formerly called Disneyland which started in 1954) returned to TV after a 7 year absence hosted by Michael Eisner to show Toy Story
New N64 releases: Clayfighter 63 1/3, Extreme-G, F1 Pole Position 64, Mischief Makers, Top Gear Rally, and Mace: The Dark Age
PS1 new releases: Croc Legend of the Gobbos, Bushido Blade, Fantastic Four, G-Police, IQ Intelligent Qube, Nightmare Creatures, Poy Poy, Rampage World Tour, Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha, Clock Tower, MK Mythologies Sub Zero AND…
Castlevania Symphony of the Night
10/1/97 – Golden Nugget on PS1 starring a sadly departed actor
“Stronger” by Kanye West is no. 1
New releases: “We the Kings” eponymous debut, Trey Songz’s “Trey Day,” “Back of My Lac” by J. Holiday, “Shade of Poison Trees” by Dashboard Confessional, “Magic” by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, “Cowboy Town” by Brooks and Dunn, “Shotter’s Nation” by Babyshambles, and “Songs of Mass Destruction” by Annie Lennox.
The Heartbreak Kid: Ben Stiller
The Seeker: The Dark is Rising: Alexander Ludwig, Ian McShane
Michael Clayton: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton
The Darjeeling Limited: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman
10/2/07 – Cavemen debuts on ABC, featuring the GEICO Cavemen. Nick Kroll was on this!
10/3/07 – Pushing Dasies debuts on ABC, a comedy-drama from Bryan Fuller (Wonderfalls, Hannibal). Starred Lee Pace (Ronan the Accuser) as pie-maker who can bring dead things back to life by touch, with the stipulation that if they stay alive longer than a minute, someone else dies permanently.
10/4/07 – 30 Rock’s second season premieres with Seinfeldvision, where NBC invents technology that can digitally insert Jerry Seinfeld into 2007 NBC programming
The Legend of Zelda Phantom Hourglass, Mario Bros: The Lost Levels releases on Wii Virtual Console (previously only available in Super Mario All Stars with upgraded visuals), and Project Gotham Racing 4