This week in 1986, 1996 and 2006 – the Flintstone Kids, Silverhawks and fake Ghostbusters debut on TV; 2pac is murdered in Vegas while Damon Wayans and Adam Sandler hit theaters; and a decade before he’s Batman, Ben Affleck is Superman as a stingray kills Steve Irwin.
Other topics covered include:
–WWF Superstars of Wrestling, a nationally syndicated wrestling show that would be WWF’s flagship weekly show to progress storylines and show title changes outside of PPV for the next 6 years until the debut of Monday Night Raw.
–TV Movie “Popeye Doyle” airs, continuing the story of the character from the French Connection. Featuring a surprising actor in the main role!
–B-52’s “Bouncing off Satellites” releases, Stacey Q’s “Two of Hearts” is on the charts
-We go out with “Take On Me” because it just CLEANED UP at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.
–Pet Shop Boys’ “Bilingual” releases, Jennifer Love Hewitt’s third album, plus the Macarena is still killin’ it. We come in with 2pac’s California Love, however…
-Because he is shot and killed this week following this interview:
–Imus In The Morning’s radio show starts to be aired live simultaneously on MSNBC (perhaps inspired by the success of Howard Stern’s E! show that been airing for a few years at that point).
–Quack Pack and UPN’s The Burning Zone premiere, as well as Superman: The Animated Series and Star Trek: Voyager’s third season
–Emmys hosted by Michael J. Fox, Paul Reiser and Oprah. Frasier won best comedy, ER won best drama, John Lithgow won best comedic actor (3rd Rock), Helen Hunt won best comedic actress (Mad About You), Dennis Franz won best drama actor for NYPD Blue and Kathy Baker won best actress for Picket Fences
–Blues Clues would debut on Nick. Jr (we recently talked about the final episode airing in 2006, so welcome to 302010’s first time loop:
-Fergie’s “London Bridge” is number one this week, though Justin Timberlake’s “FutureSex / LoveSounds” is blowin’ up
–Steve Irwin, 44, dies in freak stingray accident
-Hollywoodland, The Covenant and Tom Tun Goong all release
–NBC aired Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Diff’rent Strokes, about the downfall of the sitcom’s child stars which also features recent interview clips with Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges.
-Katie Couric joins CBS as the anchor of Evening News, where she would stay until May of 2011. While she improved ratings over the previous host, ABC World News and NBC Nightly News remained ahead of CBS’ show.
-LocoRoco hits the PSP while Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run finally releases – starring The Rock!
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