Events in Film & Television in 1978

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Jan 8 TV series "All Creatures Great and Small" debuts on BBC TV, based on the books by James Herriot, starring Robert hardy and Christopher Timothy

Novelist James Herriot
Novelist
James Herriot
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 30 Mutual Broadcasting Network begins airing Larry King Show on radio

TV and Radio Host Larry King
TV and Radio Host
Larry King
  • 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 "Superstar" Billy Graham in NY, to become WWF wrestling champion
  • Feb 22 28th Berlin International Film Festival: "Las truchas" and "What Max Said" win the Golden Bear (tie)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Charlie Chaplin's coffin and remains are stolen from a Swiss cemetery in an extortion plot

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
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
Comic Book Artist and Writer Jack Kirby
Comic Book Artist and Writer
Jack Kirby
  • Mar 22 The Ruttle's "All You Need is Cash" is show on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 "The Bob Newhart Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart
  • 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 3 Larry King moves his radio show from Miami to Washington, D.C.
  • 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
  • Jun 7 Emmy 5th Daytime Award presentation

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Jun 13 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 10 World News Tonight premieres on ABC with Max Robinson the first black anchor on a network newscast in the US

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 BBC bans Sex Pistols "No One is Innocent"

Rocker Steve Jones
Rocker
Steve Jones
  • 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" starring Peter Falk on NBC

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 starring Judd Hirsch, Jeff Conaway, Danny Devito

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 6 "Midnight Express" film premieres directed by Alan Parker starring Brad Davis, Randy Quaid and John Hurt

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 6 Terrence Malick's "Days of Heaven" film premieres starring Richard Gere

  • 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

Film release premierFilm Premier

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