Events in Film & Television in 1982

  • Jan 4 ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) & ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th & 6th ABC radio network
  • Jan 4 Bryant Gumbel became co-host of NBC's "Today Show"
  • Jan 7 TV series "Fame", based on the film of the same name, starring Debbie Allen and an ensemble cast premieres on NBC TV
  • Jan 10 NBC's premiere of TV film "Will: G. Gordon Liddy", based on the Watergate conspirator, participant and convict

Film Release

Jan 21 Shaolin Temple" martial arts film released, first Hong Kong feature filmed in China, directed by Chang Hsin Yen, starring Jet Li in his debut role

Television Debut

Feb 1 "Late Night With David Letterman" debuts on NBC-TV; Bill Murray is his first guest

  • Feb 12 32nd Berlin International Film Festival: "Veronika Voss" wins the Golden Bear

Musical Finale

Feb 21 Musical review of Fats Waller songs "Ain't Misbehavin'", starring Nell Carter and Irene Cara, closes at Longacre Theater, NYC, after 1604 performances, winning 3 Tony and 4 Drama Desk Awrds

  • Mar 7 NCAA Tournament Selection televised live for 1st time

Film and TV Awards

Mar 10 8th People's Choice Awards: Burt Reynolds, Sally Field & Jane Fonda win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda & Barbara Mandrell win (TV)

  • Mar 12 PLO chief Yassar Arafat appears on "Nightline"

Television Premiere

Mar 13 ABC TV crime drama "T.J. Hooker" premieres, starring William Shatner

  • Mar 15 Actress Theresa Saladana, stabbed repeatedly by obsessed fan
  • Mar 15 KGB-AM in San Diego CA changes call letters to KCNN (now KPOP)

Film Premiere

Mar 21 Movie "Annie" directed by John Huston, starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney and Carol Burnett premieres

  • Mar 25 1st broadcast of "Cagney & Lacey" starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly on CBS-TV
  • Mar 26 Soap opera "Capitol" premieres
  • Mar 29 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards: "Mommie Dearest" wins
  • Apr 12 3 CBS employees shot to death in NYC parking lot

Music History

Apr 26 Rod Stewart is mugged, gunman steals his $50,000 Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

  • May 3 ABC's All Talk network begins on radio (2 west coast stations)
  • May 10 WABC joins ABC's All Talk radio network

Radio History

May 10 WABC radio (NYC) plays its last record - John Lennon's "Imagine" - and switches to all-talk format

  • May 13 Terri Lea Utley, 20 (Arkansas) crowned 31st Miss USA

Film & TV History

May 19 Sophia Loren jailed in Naples, Italy for tax evasion

  • May 23 BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina
  • May 26 35th Cannes Film Festival: "Missing" directed by Costa Gavras and "Yol" directed by Serif Goren and Yilmaz Güney jointly awarded the Palme d'Or
  • May 28 Leonard Maltin's 1st appearance on Entertainment Tonight
  • Jun 4 "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," released in USA

Daytime Emmy Awards

Jun 8 Emmy 9th Daytime Award presentation - Susan Lucci loses for 3rd time

  • Jun 10 American TV sitcom "Taxi" last airs on ABC, cancelled after 4 seasons and 15 Emmy Award wins; moves to NBC in the fall, airing for 1 season and wins 3 more Emmys

Film Release

Jun 11 "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial", directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore, is released

  • Jun 18 ABC's All Talk radio network expands to 22 stations
  • Jun 23 Mary Hart joins Entertainment Tonight

Film Release

Jun 25 Science-fiction film "Blade Runner", directed by Ridley Scott, starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, is released

  • Jun 30 "Lena Horne: Lady, Music" closes at Nederlander, NYC, after 333 performances
  • Jul 1 ABC national music radio network scheduled premiere (never happened)
  • Jul 8 15th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego

Film Premiere

Jul 14 Musical film adaptation of "Pink Floyd - The Wall", directed by Alan Parker, starring Bob Geldof, and written by Roger Waters, premieres at the Empire, Leicester Square, in London,

Film & TV History

Jul 26 Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan is seriously injured filming a fight scene for the movie "Coolie"

  • Jul 26 Karen Dianne Baldwin, 18, of Canada, crowned 31st Miss Universe
  • Aug 2 Roger Ebert's "Movie News" premieres on ABC FM network
  • Aug 28 39th Venice Film Festival: "The State of Things" directed by Wim Wenders wins Golden Lion

Telethon

Sep 6 Jerry Lewis' 17th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $28,400,000

  • Sep 11 Debbie Maffett (California), 25, crowned 55th Miss America 1983
  • Sep 18 7th Toronto International Film Festival: "Tempest" directed by Paul Mazursky wins the People's Choice Award

Emmy Awards

Sep 19 34th Emmy Awards: Hill St Blue, Barney Miller, Alan Alda & Carol Kane win

Television Premiere

Sep 22 Sitcom "Family Ties starring Michael J. Fox premieres on NBC

Television Debut

Sep 26 "Knight Rider", starring David Hasselhoff, debuts on NBC

Film & TV History

Sep 27 Filming begins on "Never Say Never Again" with Sean Connery playing James Bond for the final time

  • Sep 29 Situation comedy "Cheers" premieres on NBC-TV, starring Ted Danson and Shelley Long
  • Nov 1 Andrew "Dice" Clay & George Wendt appear in "Trick or Treatment"
  • Nov 11 Susan Cooper and Hume Cronyn's stage drama with songs "Foxfire", strring Jesica Tandy, Keith Carradine, and Cronyn, opens at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NYC; runs for 213 performances and wins a Tony Award for Tandy

Theater Premiere

Nov 16 Tom Stoppard's play "The Real Thing" premieres in London starring Felicity Kendal and Roger Rees

  • Nov 18 Mariasela Alvarez of Dominican Republic, crowned 32nd Miss World

Film & TV History

Nov 20 Drew Barrymore at age 7 hosts "Saturday Night Live"

Film Release

Dec 3 "Frances", film depicting life of actress Frances Farmer and starring Jessica Lange, first released in the US

  • Dec 5 15th NAACP Image Awards: "An Officer and a Gentleman" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Dec 8 "Sophie's Choice", directed by Alan J. Pakula and based on William Styton's 1979 novel of the same name, starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, is released (Academy Awards Best Actress 1983)
  • Dec 31 CBS Mystery Theater final episode on radio after 8 years
  • Dec 31 NBC radio cancels almost all of its network daily features