Events in Film & Television in 1982

  • Jan 4 Bryant Gumbel became co-host of NBC's "Today Show"
  • Jan 4 ABC Direction Network (57 affiliates) & ABC Rock Network (40 affiliates) become the 5th & 6th ABC radio network
  • Jan 7 "Fame" 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 tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 30 39th Golden Globes: On Golden Pond, Henry Fonda & Meryl Streep win

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

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

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
Actor/Comedian
Bill Murray

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 10 US President Reagan proclaims economic sanctions against Libya

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Film tv awardsFilm 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)

Actress Jane Fonda
Actress
Jane Fonda
Actress Sally Field
Actress
Sally Field

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 13 TV drama "T.J. Hooker" premieres on US's ABC network 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)
  • Mar 21 Movie "Annie" directed by John Huston, starring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney and Carol Burnett premieres
  • Mar 25 1st broadcast of "Cagney & Lacey" on CBS-TV
  • Mar 26 Soap opera "Capitol" premieres
  • Mar 29 2nd Golden Raspberry Awards: "Mommie Dearest" wins

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Mar 29 54th Academy Awards: "Chariots of Fire", Henry Fonda & Katharine Hepburn win

  • Apr 12 3 CBS employees shot to death in NYC parking lot
  • Apr 26 CBS radio begins youth oriented broadcast Radio Radio
  • Apr 27 Trial of John W Hinckley Jr attempted assassin of Reagan, begins
  • May 3 ABC's All Talk network begins on radio (2 west coast stations)
  • May 3 President Reagan begins 5 minute weekly radio broadcasts
  • May 10 WABC NYC plays its last record (John Lennon's Imagine)
  • May 10 WABC joins ABC's All Talk radio network
  • May 13 Terri Lea Utley, 20 (Arkansas) crowned 31st Miss USA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 19 Sophia Loren jailed in Naples for tax evasion

Actress Sophia Loren
Actress
Sophia Loren
  • 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 Guney 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

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jun 7 US President Reagan meets Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth II

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan

Film release premierFilm Release

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

  • Jun 17 US President Reagan's 1st UN General Assembly address "We must serve mankind through genuine disarmament."
  • Jun 18 ABC's All Talk radio network expands to 22 stations
  • Jun 21 John Hinckley found not guilty of 1981 attempted assassination of President Reagan by reason of insanity
  • Jun 23 Mary Hart joins Entertainment Tonight

Film release premierFilm Release

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

  • Jul 1 ABC national music radio network scheduled premiere (never happened)
  • Jul 8 15th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at Hotel San Diego
  • Jul 26 Karen Dianne Baldwin, 18, of Canada, crowned 31st Miss Universe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 11 Debbie Maffett (California), 25, crowned 55th Miss America 1983
  • Sep 19 34th Emmy Awards: Hill St Blue, Barney Miller, Alan Alda & Carol Kane win

Film release premierFilm Premier

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

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

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

  • Sep 29 1st broadcast of comedy "Cheers" on NBC-TV starring Ted Danson and Shelley Long
  • Oct 14 US President Reagan proclaims a war on drugs
  • Nov 18 Mariasela Alvarez of Dominican Republic, crowned 32nd Miss World

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Actress Drew Barrymore
Actress
Drew Barrymore
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 30 "Gandhi" directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Ben Kingsley and John Gielgud premieres in New Delhi (Best Picture 1983)

Director and Actor Richard Attenborough
Director and Actor
Richard Attenborough
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader Mahatma Gandhi
Pacifist and Spiritual Leader
Mahatma Gandhi
Actor John Gielgud
Actor
John Gielgud

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 1 "Tootsie" directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange premieres in Hollywood

Actor Dustin Hoffman
Actor
Dustin Hoffman
Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
Film Director, Producer and Actor
Sydney Pollack
Actress Jessica Lange
Actress
Jessica Lange

Film release premierFilm Release

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

Actress Jessica Lange
Actress
Jessica Lange
  • 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