This week… in 1987 The Gate creeps out kids worldwide while BurgerTime confuses us about fast food. In 1997, George Costanza takes the summer off while Coach retires and Donald Trump meets Drew Carey. In 2007, the King of Queens relinquishes his throne, Jim and Pam FINALLY date, and the Halo 3 multiplayer beta begins!
THIS WEEK’S TOPICS
Personal Services – Julie Waters, directed by Terry Jones
The Gate – Stephen Dorff’s film debut
Ishtar – Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman – massive flop, though was #1 at the box office its first week
5/15/87 – Joan Rivers’ final episode hosting FOX’s The Late Show. the show would continue, featuring rotating guest hosts including Suzanne Somers, Richard Belzer, and Robert Townsend, until hiring Arsenio Hall for a few months later in the year
5/12/87 – Gimmie a Break series finale. There are no more breaks to give. THe show aired for six seasons, starred Nell Carter as the housekeeper for a widowed policeman and his family. It also featured Joey Lawrence and, in her first major acting role, Rosie O Donnell.
5/15/87 – Season finale of Dallas; after Bobby Ewing returns from the dead at the beginning of the season, his wife Pamela gets in a car accident and is horribly burned.
5/16/87 – Golden Girls backdoor pilot for Empty Nest
5/17/87 – The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman airs on NBC. Nine years after the Six Million Dollar Man show concluded, the first of three tv movies following up the saga aired. The next would air in 1989, and the last one in 1994.
5/18/87 – ABC airs “100 Years of Hollywood,” a special celebrating, er, 100 years of Hollywood.
Sometime in May 1987 – Burgertime comes to NES. An adaptation of the arcade game where you play as Peter Pepper, a chef who must avoid the enemies Mr. Hot Dog, Mr. Pickle, and Mr. Egg as he makes giant burgers by walking over the various ingredients suspended in platforms.
New albums: “Girls, Girls, Girls” by Motley Crue, Jane’s Addiction self-titled debuts by Jane’s Addiction and Richard Marx.
“With or Without You” by U2 is no. 1:
Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle released this week, along with The Misfit’s “American Psycho” Lee Ann Womack self-titled debut, and Modest Mouse’s “The Fruit That Ate Itself.”
“Hypnotize” by Biggie still no. 1.
Funny Games (original, American remake in 10 years)
Night Falls on Manhattan – Andy García, Ian Holm, James Gandolfini, directed by Sidney Lumet
The Odyssey miniseries – Armand Assante
Weapons of Mass Distraction – HBO movie with Gabriel Byrne, Ben Kingsley.
Homeboys in Outer Space finale
ER – Season 3 finale, Dr. Ross and Nurse Hathaway finally get together
5/14/97 – Series finale for Coach
5/14/97 – Trump on Drew Carey Show
5/15/97 – The Seinfeld episode Summer of George features Molly Shannon as a woman who doesn’t swing her arms when she walks and threatens Elaine to a catfight
5/18/97 – X-Files season 4 finale “Gethsemane,” Scully testifies against Mulder and you’re led to believe he’s dead at the end of the episode?
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom released in US
New releases: Rufus Waitright “Release the Stars”; Linkin Park “Minutes to Midnight”; “Sky Blue Sky” Wilco.
Mumm-Ra These Things Move in Threes
Shrek the Third – Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy
5/13/07 – The Drinky Crow Show, Fat Guy Stuck in Internet, and Superjail debut on Adult Swim
5/13/07 – Seventh Heaven series finale
5/14/07 – King of Queens series finale is surprisingly high stakes and depressing. FROM WIKIPEDIA: Doug, having discovered that Carrie did not get rid of her apartment in Manhattan—as she was supposed to three weeks ago, tells her that he wants a divorce. Carrie wants to stay together and plans to go to China to pick up their adopted child. Doug and Carrie race to China, each attempting to claim their baby before the other. On the way, they reconcile. Carrie finds out after adopting that she is pregnant, and she is overwhelmed. A flash forward to a year later shows a messy, hectic household with both Doug and Carrie struggling to care for two small children
5/14/07 – On the season 2 finale of How I Met Your Mother, Marshal and Lily marry, and Ted and Robin break up after getting together in the previous season finale.
5/17/07 – Jim and Pam FINALLY start dating at the end of the Office season finale, The Job. Jim turns down a corporate job in NYC and asks out Pam in the final scene
May 16 07 – Halo 3 beta
Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon on PSP
RE4 on PC, Touch the Dead on Nintendo DS,
MLB 07 The Show on PS3, PS3, and PSP
Etrain Odyseey on Nintendo DS
5/16/07 – Taito Legends on PS2 and PSP
Soltrio Solitaire on XBLA
Aegis Wing on XBLA – Free XBLA game with combined development between Carbonated Games and a group of Microsoft interns. It was completely free decent side-scrolling shooter. It’s Backwards Compatible with Xbox One so you can STILL download it for free!