Events in Film & Television in 1978

  • Jan 20 Columbia Pictures pays $9.5 million for movie rights to "Annie"

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 28 35th Golden Globes: "The Turning Point", Richard Burton, & Jane Fonda win

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
  • Feb 10 U.S. premiere of "Blue Collar", Paul Schrader's first film direction

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Feb 20 4th People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and James Garner & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore
  • Feb 20 Bob Backland beats Billy Graham in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Charlie Chaplin's coffin and remains are stolen from a Swiss cemetery

Comedian/Actor/Filmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian/Actor/Filmaker
Charlie Chaplin

Film release premierFilm Premier

Mar 10 "The Incredible Hulk", starring Bill Bixby as David Banner, premieres on CBS

Actor Bill Bixby
Actor
Bill Bixby
  • Mar 22 The Ruttle's "All You Need is Cash" is show on NBC-TV
  • Apr 2 TV soap show "Dallas" starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes premieres on CBS (as a 5 week mini-series)

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 3 50th Academy Awards: "Annie Hall", Richard Dreyfuss & Diane Keaton win

  • Apr 16 NBC's premiere of miniseries "Holocaust"
  • Apr 25 ABC premiere of crime drama "Vega$"

Film release premierFilm Release

May 1 Jackie Chan's breakthrough film "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" directed by Yuen Woo-ping, is released in Hong Kong

  • May 8 ABC TV airs "Stars Salute Israel at 30"
  • May 30 31st Cannes Film Festival: "The Tree of Wooden Clogs" directed by Ermanno Olmi wins the Palme d'Or

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Jun 11 Film "Grease" opens, starring John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, based on the 1971 musical

Actor John Travolta
Actor
John Travolta
Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
  • Jul 10 World News Tonight premieres on ABC.
  • Jul 13 BBC bans Sex Pistols "No One is Innocent"
  • Jul 21 "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" film, based on the Beatles' album of the same name, premieres in NYC
  • Jul 24 Margaret Gardiner, of South Africa, crowned 27th Miss Universe
  • Jul 26 11th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Aug 14 French TV announced a rating of "0" for a program about an Armenian's woman's 40th birthday, (comp: Napoleanic drama-67%, Knockout-33%)
  • Aug 19 422 die in an arson fire at a movie theater in Iran
  • Sep 1 Last broadcast of "Columbo" on NBC TV

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 1 Horror film "Dawn of the Dead" written and directed by George A. Romero, starring David Emge, Ken Foree and Scott H. Reiniger premieres in Torino

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 4 Jerry Lewis' 13th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $29,074,405

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 9 Kylene Barker (Virginia), crowned 51st Miss America 1979
  • Sep 12 Situation comedy "Taxi" premieres on ABC television

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Filming on Monty Python's "Life of Brian" film, begins

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • Sep 17 30th Emmy Awards: All in the Family, Ed Asner & Sada Thompson win
  • Sep 29 "Flying High," debuts on CBS
  • Sep 29 "For Richer, For Poorer," TV Daytime Soap; last airs on NBC-TV
  • Oct 14 1st TV movie from a TV series-"Rescue from Gilligan's Island"
  • Oct 23 CBS raises LP prices to $8.98

Film release premierFilm Release

Oct 25 "Halloween", directed by John Carpenter, starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut, is released

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis
Actress
Jamie Lee Curtis
Horror film director John Carpenter
Horror film director
John Carpenter
  • Oct 28 NBC's premiere of Kiss' acting debut, "Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park" TV film
  • Nov 3 First broadcast of "Different Strokes" on NBC TV
  • Nov 26 1st lesbian theme TV movie - "A Question of Love"

Music release#1 in the Charts

Dec 2 Neil Diamond & Barbra Streisand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hits #1

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter
Neil Diamond
Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 8 "The Deer Hunter", directed by Michael Cimino and starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep, premieres in Los Angeles (Academy Awards Best Picture 1979)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 10 Superman: The Movie, directed by Richard Donner and starring Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman and Margot Kidder premieres at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C.

  • Dec 11 NBC premiere of "A Woman Called Moses"
  • Dec 13 CBS' premiere of "Lovey: A Circle of Children Part II", sequel to "A Circle of Children", which is also based on Mary Mac Cracken

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 16 Ronald Reagan denounces President Jimmy Carter's recognition of People's Republic of China

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 27 CBS Television's premiere of its version of "Les Miserables", starring Richard Jordan and Anthony Perkins