This week in 86 featured a huge shift for Saturday Night Live, including the debut of both the Church Lady and Choppin’ Broccoli. 1996 brought us Spike Lee’s Get on the Bus and Saturn-exclusive Mr Bones, while 2006 found Christopher Nolan’s Prestige debuting alongside Frisky Dingo.
Other topics covered include:
–The Color of Money and Shadows in Paradise release in theaters
-Technically from last week but important to mention: 12th season premiere of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Sigourney Weaver, first episode for Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon, Victoria Jackson and Jan Hooks. Dana Carvey performed as the Church Lady and sang “Choppin Broccoli” in his first episode. Tina Turner was the advertised musical guest, but backed out at the last minute, so Buster Poindexter performed instead. SPEAKING of musicians, the season opened with Madonna reading a statement that the previous season “was all a dream” a la Dallas.
–On Mr. Belvedere, Bob Ueker’s character has a near death experience and quits doing baseball commentary to fulfill his dream of becoming a lounge singer, and gets tips from a pro
-The Sega Master System released around this time. Launched in late September at about $200 (which is closer to $400 today), technically superior to the NES but never caught on in the US. Sega passed ownership around, distribution problems, Nintendo’s stranglehold on third party development etc all contributing factors. But in EU, distribution was eventually sorted out and NOE was nowhere near as effective as NOA so the SMS and then the Mega Drive really took off. Wonder Boy, Phantasy Star, 8-bit version of Sonic, Alex Kidd
-New Billy Idol (Whiplash Smile), Frankie Goes to Hollywood (Liverpool) and Wang Chung (Mosaic)
–Korn’s “Life is Peachy” released this week, including ADIDAS.
–Recovering the Satellites – Counting Crows second album, Long December
-Overnight Sensation – Motorhead
–Get on the Bus and Sleepers release in theaters
–Jim Varney’s first appearance on Roseanne as a Prince who falls in love with Jackie
–Waynehead premieres on Kids WB. From Wikipedia, “It is about a young boy named Damien “Damey” Wayne from a poor background with a club foot and was based on Wayans’ own childhood in the Chelsea neighborhood in the New York City Borough of Manhattan.” Damon Wayans doesn’t actually do any voices, but Shawn, Marlon, and Kim Wayans do! It only lasted one season and 13 episodes
–Trio of TV movies on 10/20/96 – Danielle Steele’s “The Ring”, Blue Rodeo, where A deaf teen (Corbin Allred) who blames his mother (Ann-Margret) for his disability distrusts her new boyfriend (Kris Kristofferson), and Talk To Me, about a manipulative TV producer played by Yasmine Bleeth who exploits a young prostitute’s story for ratings. The prostitute was played by Jenny Lewis.
–Marathon Infinity – last of Bungie’s “Marathon” Mac series. 2005 Bungie released the game for free and in 2011 released the source code
–Mr Bones – By playing a special set of drums powered by science and alchemy, he is able to tap into a primal power which he calls “skeletal magnetism” (or “skeletism”) and summon the dead from their graves as his skeletal soldiers.
-This Fire – Paula Cole, Where Have All The Cowboys Gone
–Twisted Christmas – Twisted Sister christmas album, oh come all ye faithful as we’re not gonna take it
Wintersong – Christmas album from Sarah McLaghlan
The Best of What’s Around – Dave Matthews Band greatest hits
Devil’s Got a New Disguise – Aerosmith greatest hits album
Greatest Hits – Li’l Romeo!
They Can’t All be Zingers – Primus greatest hits!!
Black Aria II – Glen Danzig
Press Play – Diddy’s first album as “P Diddy” about 700k in the US
–Missed last week 10/11/06- Cory Lidle, a pitcher for the New York Yankees accidentally crashes his single-engine plane into an NYC apartment building, killing Lidle, his instructor, and putting NY into a minor panic due to 9/11 similarities
-Flags of Our Fathers, Flicka, The Prestige all release in theaters
–NBC announces major changes due to their plummeting ratings to fourth amongst networks. On top of job cuts and closures, NBC also declared that it would not air scripted programming from 8-9PM, instead leaning on reality shows and game shows to anchor their first hour.
–Comedy Central airs the first-ever Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Event for Autism Education
–The second season finale of Flavor of Love airs, and Flava Flav did not find love. Tiffany “New York” Pollard finished in second place like she did in season 1, which led to her returning her own “finding love” show, I Love New York.
–3rd VH1 Hip Hop Honors aired on October 17, 2006 with host Ice-T. Honorees were Afrika Bambaataa, Beastie Boys, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Lyte, Rakim, Russell Simmons, Wu-Tang Clan
-Final regular episode of Extras (there would be an Xmas special). Andy (Ricky Gervais) is asked to visit a cancer-stricken child at the hospital, but it conflicts with a rare opportunity to meet Robert De Niro. Because it’s the finale of a show about an asshole, he makes the choice to do good and visits the sick boy instead. There’s a great runner the whole episode about a pornographic pen
-Battlefield 2142, Bully and Justice League release, along with Contact for DS
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