30 years ago Max Headroom and the Tracy Ullman show captivated TV viewers, while 20 years ago brought us Chasing Amy and a JCVD + Dennis Rodman team up. This week also marks 10 years of Grindhouse and Trump shaving Vince McMahon’s head.
Other topics covered include:
Making Mr Right – John Malkovich
Law of Desire – Pedro Almodovar film starring Antonio Banderas
Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol releases and is #1 this week, great poster
3/31/87 – Max Headroom’s tv series debuts on ABC, following up a TV movie from 1985. It was a satirical scifi drama about a society ruled by TV.
3/31 – Moonlighting jumps the goddamn shark.
4/1/87 – In the season finale of Perfect Strangers, Larry is appalled when his favorite sister, Elaine, tells him that she’s going to New York to become a professional pianist instead of going to college.
4/5/87 – FOX expands its programming into prime time, inaugurating its Sunday night lineup with the premieres of the sitcom Married… with Children and the sketch comedy series The Tracey Ullman Show. In the premiere of MWC, Al and Peg Bundy meet their newlywed neighbors, Steve and Marcy Rhoades. Peg informs Marcy how to train her new husband, while Al teaches Steve how to be a man again. The two shows aired back to back three times throughout the night so that viewers had multiple opportunities to check out the new shows.
4/5/87 – ABC airs the TV Movie “Daddy,” starring Dermot Mulroney and Patricia Arquette as a young couple dealing with a surprise pregnancy
Close to the Bone – Thompson Twins 6th album, kind of a dud apparently
Sign o’ the Times – Prince 9th album, intended to be a triple album but record companies asked for a double… overall his most critically acclaimed but didn’t sell as well as Purple Rain. Robert Smith of the Cure said it’s one of the best things to come out of the 80s. Out w sign o the times
Sisters of Avalon – released in Japan in 96 but worldwide this week, lots of praise but didn’t get much promotion. In w title track
Midget Tossing – debut album Yellowcard
Tripping the Light Fantastic – Lit debut album
Elegantly Wasted – 10th INXS album and last one before Michael Hutchence committed suicide
Captain EO closes after 11 years in Disneyland. It reopens in 2009 after Michael Jackson’s death. Anjelica huston rules in this
Liar Liar is #1, it’ll make $300m
Double Team – JCVD and Dennis Rodman
The Saint – Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue
Fever Pitch – Colin Firth
Inventing the Abbotts – Joaquin Phoenix, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly
That Old Feeling – Bette Midler
4/1/97 – Viva Variety debuts on Comedy Central. After The State disbanded in 1995 when their CBS deal only amounted to a single TV special, four members (Tom Lennon, Kerri Kenney, Michael Ian Black, and Ben Garant) spun off a State skit about divorced European variety show hosts into a full-length show that featured in-show skits and guests. It had its moments but never could live up to what was before (The State) and after (Reno 911)
4/5/97 – The Crocodile Hunter debuts on Animal Planet, starring Steve Irwin as he travels to scenic nature locales and seeks out wildlife. It would air for five seasons, aired irregularly until 2004, with a few posthumous specials produced after Irwin’s death.
4/5: “Steve” Colbert hosts his first remote bit for Good Morning America and it is awkward as hell.
4/6/97 – The Disney Channel is revamped as… Disney Channel, with the cable premiere of Pocahontas marking the occasion
4/6/97 – One of the few canon-changing episodes of The Simpsons airs, Grade School Confidential, which cements Seymour Skinner and Edna Krabapple as a couple for a few years.
Missed Mega Man 8
The Last Express – PC adventure game from Broderbund, takes place on the Orient Express just before WWI. Music by Elia Cmiral, who did Ronin and Stigmata. Has a Scanner Darkly visual style
Because of the Time – Kings of Leon 3rd album
Cannibal – Static-X 5th album
Fountains of Wayne and Chevelle have new albums, two 00s incarnate bands
On April 4, 2007, during a discussion about the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, radio personality Don Imus characterized the Rutgers University women’s basketball team players as “rough girls,” commenting on their tattoos. His executive producer Bernard McGuirk responded by referring to them as “hardcore hos”. The discussion continued with Imus describing the girls as “nappy-headed hos”. This would lead to Imus’ TV simulcast being cancelled the next week and his radio show being cancelled later in the spring.
The same day, in an interview, Keith Richards says he snorted some of his dad’s ashes.
Blades of Glory #1
Are We Done Yet? – Ice Cube, Nia Long
Firehouse Dog – John Hutcherson
The Reaping – Hilary Swank, David Morrissey, Idris Elba
The Hoax – Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, about fake autobiography about Howard Hughes
Grindhouse [Planet Terror / Death Proof]
4/1/2007 – The Tudors debuted on Showtime. A historical fiction television series set primarily in sixteenth-century England, it ran for four seasons and 38 episodes.
4/1/07 – WrestleMania 23, featuring future President Donald Trump facing off against Vince McMahon via proxy wrestlers, with the loser getting their head shaved
4/3/07 – Final episode of Bam’s Unholy Union, Bam Margera’s final show on MTV after Jackass and Viva La Bam
4/6/07 – The 30 Rock episode “Fireworks” introduces Devon Banks, Jack Donaghy’s NBC rival who would appear at least once in every one of 30 Rock’s 7 seasons. In this one, Jack asks Kenneth to try to seduce Devon
Guitar Hero II to 360, new guitar, do remember being excited for this
Pimp my Ride on PSP, SingStar Pop on PS2
FF Fables: Chocobo Tales – spin off w cutesy chocobo, RPG light, plus card battles
Enchanted Arms – From Software’s RPG push, tactics game in between Armored Core and probably the early workings of Demon’s Souls… but yeah kinda fizzled
Thinkgeek’s April Fools items include the Wii Helmet (a helmet you can snap your Wii remote into to play games with your head) and the 8 bit tie (which later became a real item for sale)
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