Events in Film & Television in May 1989

  • May 12 "Entertainment Tonight" makes 2,000th TV performance
  • May 14 Final TV episode of "Family Ties" airs on NBC with a 36 million audience
  • May 14 Moonlighting, TV Crime Drama last airs on ABC
  • May 15 Maxwell House coffee runs ads during "Roe vs Wade" movie despite threat of boycott by right-to-lifers

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 19 "Do the Right Thing", directed by Spike Lee, starring Danny Aiello and Ossie Davis premieres at the Cannes Film Festival

Director Spike Lee
Director
Spike Lee

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 20 Toonces The Cat takes the wheel on "Saturday Night Live"

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • May 23 3rd American Comedy Award: Paula Poundstone
  • May 23 Angela Visser, 22, of Holland, crowned 38th Miss Universe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 23 42nd Cannes Film Festival: "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" directed by Steven Soderbergh wins the Palme d'Or

Film release premierFilm Premier

May 24 "Indiana Jones & Last Crusade", directed by Stephen Spielberg and produced by George Lucas premieres

Director Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
Film Director George Lucas
Film Director
George Lucas

Music releaseMusic Recording

May 24 Weird Al Yankovic records his UHF soundtrack

Parody Singer and Comedian Weird Al Yankovic
Parody Singer and Comedian
Weird Al Yankovic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Margaret Ray pleads guilty to breaking into David Letterman's house

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman