This week in 1987 saw the debut of Star Tours, while 1997 kicks off with the series premiere of King of the Hill, the PlayStation beginnings of Soul Calibur and Jackie Chan’s First Strike. 2007 sees snow-covered shooter Lost Planet arrive on Xbox 360 and Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima gains a wider release as Rural Juror confuses 30 Rock.
Other topics covered include:
January 9 87 – Star Tours opens. Began as a tie-in to The Black Hole. Cost $32m which is like twice what the park cost in 1955.
Golden Child still #1, been there for a couple of weeks
Assassination – Charles Bronson, Cannon Films, protecting the First Lady. Speed boats, “listen lady: the movie”
1/6/87 – Who’s The Boss airs the clip show “The Way We Was,” where the family reminisces during a snowstorm
1/6/87 – Moonlighting airs “The Straight Poop,” which is also a clip show, but utilizes a framing device where the actors are being investigated for not putting out a new episode
1/8/87 – The most convoluted proposal ever happens on the Cheers episode “Malone vs Chambers.” When Sam tells Diane about a dream where he was put to death for murdering her, she reminds him that the death penalty is unconstitutional in Massachusetts, so he tries to chase her to death. Diane presses assault and battery charges. In court, after the judge (Tom Troupe) waives bail and sets the trial for the following day, Diane—with a neck brace and cane—tells the judge about their relationship and admits that she tripped and fell while Sam was chasing her. Sam’s attorney Tom (Tom Babson) suggests that Sam propose to Diane again, and the judge agrees. Sam proposes twice in court; Diane says “okay” to keep him out of jail. After the case is dismissed, Diane takes off the brace and packs up the cane. They apologize to each other, agreeing to be engaged.
Unsurprisingly quiet, but for some reason Tengen’s Gauntlet is listed as January 1987. This begins a very interesting story between Tengen and Nintendo that involves lawsuits, reverse engineering and bad blood that lasts until 1994. Basically, Nintendo was very restrictive in the early days (partly BECAUSE of Atari, who was split off into two companies, one of them being Tengen, which is another reference to the Go board game) and Tengen wanted to negotiate a better deal – release more games (Konami/Ultra) etc, but N denied. So Tengen released unlicensed games on different carts, lawsuits etc etc
Walk like an egyptian still #1
Deep Purple – The House of Blue Light, regarded as an album where everyone’s doing good work but it’s not gelling. Out with Call of the Wild, which is the single released around this time, maybe later. Pioneers of metal, started proggy and veered into more hard rock – and inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.
Enjoy Incubus – EP that was the band’s first major label release (Epic/Immortal). Only one with parental advisory on it! Mostly older songs, coming in with Take Me To Your Leader
The Best and the Rest – Savatage??
The Relic and Turbulence release in theaters
Jackie Chan’s First Strike – Jackie’s biggest success in Hong Kong and one of the highest grossing movies there to this day. Great stunts, skiing and the ladder stuff. Released as Police Story 4: First Strike
1/6/97 – Matt Lauer replaces Bryant Gumble on the Today Show
1/6/97 – Sunset Beach, an Aaron Spelling soap opera about families living in Orange County, debuts. It would run for 750 episodes until December 1999.
1/7/97 – FOX airs Vanishing Point, a remake of the 1971 cult movie, An expectant father (Viggo Mortensen) speeds a muscle car across four states, guided by an Indian spiritualist.
1/11/97- Kevin Spacey hosts SNL, but more notably Monty Python cast members Michael Palin and John Cleese have cameos, appearing in the cold opening as well as in select sketches (at one point, Palin announces that he is “the star of TV’s Home Improvement, Tim Allen”). Near the end of the show, Cleese and Palin took over the show for one segment to perform their classic “Dead Parrot” sketch from Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
1/12/97 – King of the Hill debuts. In the first episode, Hank Hill, is accused of beating his son, Bobby, after Bobby gets a black eye from getting hit in the face with a baseball during a Little League game and rumors spread that Hank beat up a teenaged Megalo-Mart employee (when really he just yelled at him for not knowing if the store sells a tap and dye and some WD-40). Also, Luann moves in with the Hills.
1/12/97 – The Springfield Files airs; The Simpsons’ crossover with The X-Files.
1/12/97 – The 23rd annual People’s Choice Awards airs. List of winners:
1/12/97 – The WB show Kirk ends its run after 2 years and 32 episodes. This was (and presumably is) the last regular TV role for Kirk Cameron.
Soul Blade – sometime in January 1997
PS1 home version of Namco’s Soul Edge, which is the start of the Soul Calibre fighting game series. Tekken was already in its 2nd, nearly 3rd iteration so it was time to diversify with a weapons-based fighter. Can clash weapons, push back and counterattack. New costumes, new modes for the home version, not unlike Tekken 3 would see later this year.
Grave Digger, Gruff Rhys have new albums, coming in with Candylion. Gruff is the frontman for Super Furry Animals, a Welsh Psychadelic rock band
Beyonce’s Irreplaceable is still #1
Letters From Iwo Jima, Alpha Dog, Stomp the Yard all release in theaters
1/7/07 – Grease: You’re the One That I Want! debuts; an NBC reality television series designed to cast the lead roles of Sandy and Danny in the $10 million Broadway revival of the musical Grease
1/7/07 – The 6th season premiere of The Apprentice.
New this season is the LA setting (replacing NY), Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr taking over as Trump’s advisors during the boardroom scenes, and a haves vs haves not twists
Candidates must earn the right to live in the provided Beverly Hills mansion by simply winning the weekly task. Otherwise, the candidates will live in “Tent City”, a location across the hedge from the mansion’s swimming pool.
Tent City will not have any access to electricity for common living tasks and will sleep in tents, outdoors.
Tent City does have access to two tents, private (cold) showers, fresh water, alcoholic drinks, and food (and a grill on which to cook it).
1/11/07 – The 30 Rock episode The Rural Juror airs.
1/9/07 – 33rd annual Peoples Choice Awards airs. List of winners:
1/10/07 – Armed and Famous debuts on CBS; a reality show where Erik Estrada, La Toya Jackson, Jack Osbourne, Trish Stratus, and Wee Man became reserve police officers in Indiana. It would run for three weeks.
1/12/07 – Cory in the House debuts on the Disney Channel, about a boy who moved into the White House when his dad is hired by the president. It’s best known for being a DS game with bad box art.
Lost Planet out in Japan in Dec, rest of the world on January 12, came to PS3 in 2008
Dead Rising was Capcom’s first big “next gen” title, but LP was their entrance into shooters , big set piece action games in the style of Gears. Humans v giant bugs, great snow effects, explosions, really felt new and high tech, great multiplayer, cool weapons and strategies (shooting grenades, ziplines, I-frames etc). Constantly losing energy because of the cold.
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