Events in Film & Television in 1977

  • Jan 14 "Fantasy Island" starring Ricardo Montalban premieres on ABC TV

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Jan 15 Coneheads debut on "Saturday Night Live"

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • Jan 23 Mini-series "Roots" premieres on ABC

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 29 34th Golden Globes: Rocky, Peter Finch, & Faye Dunaway win

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 31 4th American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & Elton John win

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Feb 5 General Mills Adventure Theater premieres on CBS radio

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Mar 2 Bette Davis is 1st woman to receive American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 5 3rd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
  • Mar 10 CBS' premiere of "A Circle of Children", starring Jane Alexander and based on the life and book about this by Mary Mac Cracken
  • Mar 15 "Eight is Enough" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Mar 28 49th Academy Awards: "Rocky", Peter Finch & Faye Dunaway win

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Apr 20 "Annie Hall", directed by Woody Allen and starring Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1978)

Actor, Screenwriter and Director Woody Allen
Actor, Screenwriter and Director
Woody Allen
Actress Diane Keaton
Actress
Diane Keaton
  • Apr 30 Wrestler "Superstar" Billy Graham beats Bruno Sammartino in Baltimore, to become WWF champion
  • May 6 "Beatles at Hollywood Bowl" released in UK
  • May 16 TV drama “Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn”, starring Leigh McCloskey, follow up to "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway" premieres on US network NBC, focusing on what happened to him after Dawn left L.A. to return to her hometown
  • May 25 "Brady Bunch Hour" last airs on ABC-TV

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May 25 Original "Star Wars" movie (Episode IV – A New Hope), directed by George Lucas and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford first released

Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas
Actor Harrison Ford
Actor
Harrison Ford
Actress Carrie Fisher
Actress
Carrie Fisher
  • May 27 30th Cannes Film Festival: "Padre Padrone" directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani wins the Palme d'Or

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May 27 The Sex Pistols release "God Save the Queen", sparking major controversy and leading to a ban on the song by the BBC

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
  • May 29 NBC News & Information Service (24 hr news) ends on radio

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Jul 7 "The Spy Who Loved Me", 10th James Bond film starring Roger Moore and Barbara Bach, premieres in London

  • Jul 16 Janelle Commissiong, of Trinidad & Tobago crowned 26th Miss Universe
  • Jul 20 10th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel

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Jul 30 "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" by Andy Gibb reaches number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb

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Sep 5 Jerry Lewis' 12th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 8 Interpol sends a resolution concerning video piracy
  • Sep 10 Susan Perkins (Ohio), crowned 50th Miss America 1978
  • Sep 11 29th Emmy Awards: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Carroll O'Conner & Bea Arthur win
  • Sep 15 TV LA drama "CHiPs" debuts on NBC in US
  • Sep 24 1st broadcast of "Love Boat" on ABC-TV
  • Sep 29 "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" by Meco hits #1
  • Oct 3 "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" opens at Imperial NYC for 66 performances
  • Nov 17 Miss World Contest - Miss UK wears $9,500 platinum bikini
  • Nov 26 'Vrillon', claiming to be the representative of the 'Ashtar Galactic Command', takes over Britain's Southern Television for six minutes at 5:12 PM.
  • Nov 27 "Comedy with Music (Victor Borge)" closes at Imperial NY after 66 performances

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Dec 12 "Saturday Night Fever", a film starring John Travolta, premieres in NYC