Wes Craven’s Deadly Friend succumbs to studio meddling while the FOX Network kicks off with Joan Rivers. In 1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight debuts alongside Hey Arnold, and 2006 brings us The Marine, 30 Rock and the Scarface sequel we all wanted so badly.
Other topics covered include:
–Phantom of the Opera debuts in London – is STILL running.
-Jumping Jack Flash, Peggy Sue Got Married, Deadly Friend and True Stories debut in theaters.
–FOX launches with the debut of The Late Show with Joan Rivers. After its Oct. 9 debut, Joan Rivers’ late night talk show has averaged a 5.4 rating compared to Johnny Carson’s 8 rating.
-Slayer’s “Reign in Blood” debuts, often cited as one of the most influential metal albums of all time
–Marilyn Manson’s “Antichrist Superstar” debuts, including the hit single “The Beautiful People.” Would go on to sell seven million copies
–At The Speed of Life – Xhibit’s debut album
Brown – POD’s second album
Factory Showroom – They Might Be Giants sixth album
Tell Me Something: The Songs of Mose Allison – Van Morrison jazz collab album, most everything is first or second take
–Carlos Belo and Jose Ramos-Horta win the Nobel Peace Prize for their work ending civil war in East Timor.
-The Ghost in the Darkness, The Chamber and Michael Collins release in theaters alongside The Long Kiss Goodnight.
–Fox News Channel launches with Your World With Neil Cavuto, Hannity & Colmes, and O’Reilly Factor all premiere on Fox News.
-Hey Arnold and Kablam debut
–X-Files episode “Home” airs, about a backwoods inbred family where a group of sons continually impregnate their limbless mother. Very controversial (and creepy) episode, it never aired again on Fox (it did air on FX later), and it was the first network television episode in America to ever receive a TV-MA rating.
-Ginuwine’s “Pony” turns 20!
–Now! That’s What I Call Christmas 3 – Nat King Cole, Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash, 2nd disc is Celine Dion, Rihanna, Reliant K, Pussycat Dolls “Santa baby”
Plus xmas albums from Winona Judd, James Taylor
While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets – Cobra Starship’s album, Snakes on a Plane song
-The Grudge 2, Man of the Year and The Marine release in theaters.
–30 Rock premieres on NBC – While the show was funny throughout, it’s weird to see focus on things that would later fade away. Rachel Dratch would play a different guest for most of season 1, and there’s a lot of focus on a Jimmy Fallon-like character named Josh. However, the solid quartet of Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, and Jane Krakowski were there from the beginning.
-NBC debuts the sitcom Twenty Good Years, which starred Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow as recently-retired men who vow to live their lives more since they have “twenty good years” left. It lasted 21 days,
–Scarface: The World is Yours PS2, XB – changes ending such that Tony Montana lives and gets revenge on everyone. Pacino didn’t return, but he selected his replacement Andre Sogliuzzo. ALSO returning are Al Isreal, Steven Bauer and ROBERT LOGGIA
–Mortal Kombat Armageddon – 62 characters, kart game called Motor Kombat, create a character, huge cutscene opening. Concludes story began in the first game and through Deadly Alliance and Deception. MK9 references this directly
-God Hand, Tales of the Abyss and GUN PSP release
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