Category Archives: 80’s Television

McDonald’s pineapple hamburger “Gold ‘n’ Grill” 1984 TV Commercial

I came across this gem on YouTube. Did some research and found out that in Australia there was a Big Kahuna Burger. Not sure if this is the same one since it is called the “Gold ‘n’ Grill” towards the end of this 80’s TV commercial.

Feel free to comment if you know more about this, um, delicious culinary treat.

Popular 80’s comedian Gallagher suffers heart attack

Comedian Gallagher (born Leo Anthony Gallagher, Jr.) known for his signature sketch “Sledge-O-Matic” is slowly recovering from a heart attack suffered just before he was about to perform at a Texas club.

Gallagher, 65, is in stable condition at a Dallas-area hospital.

He was about to go onstage Wednesday, March 14 at Hat Tricks, a Lewisville, Texas club when he fell ill and was taken to a hospital by paramedics.

His shows in Texas, Oklahoma and Oregon scheduled through next week have been posponed.

Gallagher was one of the most popular and recognizable American comedians during the 1980s. He performed 14 comedy specials for Showtime. These shows have been re-broadcasted numerous times, notably on Comedy Central. His first special was directed by Mike Nesmith, formerly of The Monkees.

Gallagher ran for Governor in the 2003 California recall election, finishing 16th out of 135 candidates.

Gallagher’s Comedy Specials:

  • An Uncensored Evening (1980)
  • Mad as Hell/Two Real (1981)
  • Totally New (1982)
  • Stuck in the Sixties (1983)
  • The Maddest (1983)
  • Melon Crazy (1984)
  • Over Your Head (1984)
  • The Bookkeeper (1985)
  • The Messiest (1986) — contains clips from previous specials
  • Overboard (1987)
  • We Need a Hero (1992)
  • Smashing Cheeseheads (1997)
  • Messin’ Up Texas (1998)
  • Sledge-O-Matic.com (2000)
  • Tropic of Gallagher (2007)

Find Gallagher DVD’s @ Amazon

1980: Gallagher’s news anchor comedy

Feeling Smurfy? New 3D Smurf movie ‘The Smurfs’ opens July 29, 2011

They’re blue, they’re cute, they’re cuddly and they are coming to the big screen! Friday, July 29th our little blue cartoon friends we all love from the 80’s make the jump from 2D television cartoon land to the ever-so-popular 3D live-action/CGI. This family film is based on The Smurfs comic book series created by Peyo and the 1980s animated TV series it spawned.

The Smurfs (movie) was directed by Raja Gosnell and stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Winters, Hank Azaria, Jayma Mays, and Sofía Vergara. This is the the first CGI/live-action hybrid film in The Smurfs trilogy.

Plot

In the Middle Ages, the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) discovers the Smurfs’ village and chases them into a wooded area. The Smurfs get scattered and Clumsy Smurf (voiced by Anton Yelchin) wanders into a “forbidden” grotto and some of the other Smurfs follow. Since it’s also a blue moon, a magical portal within the grotto transports them into present-day Central Park in New York. They take shelter with married couple Patrick and Grace Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays) and try to find a way back to their village before Gargamel finds them.

Trailer

Official Smurf Links

The Smurfs’ Official Site
The Smurfs’ Official Movie Site
The Smurfs’ – Official Teaser [HD]
The Smurfs’ – Official Trailer 2 [HD]
The Smurfs’ – Official Trailer 3 [HD]
Smurf Yourself

Smurf DVD’s & Stuff

Celebrating National Doughnut (Donut) Day with Fred the Baker

What better way to celebrate National Doughnut Day than with a few commercial clips of Dunkin’ Donuts’ ambassador in the ’80s Fred the Baker.

National Doughnut (Donut) Day is on the first Friday of June each year, succeeding the Donut Day event created by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. Today, National Doughnut Day pretty much means that if you go to one of the large donut company stores (like Dunkin’ Donuts or Krispy Kreme), you get a free donut.

About Fred the Baker

Fred the Baker was a popular advertising character portrayed by actor Michael Vale in commercials for Dunkin’ Donuts from 1982 to 1997. He was best known for his catchphrase “Time to make the donuts!” and the commercial that introduced the phrase (which showed Fred rising well before dawn to begin making the donuts) was named one of the five best commercials of the 1980s by the Television Bureau of Advertising. Fred also appeared in the commercials for Dunkin’ Donuts Cereal.

Fred the Baker was so popular with consumers that when Dunkin’ Donuts decided to retire the character, the chain surveyed customers to determine the reaction to the move. Customers said Fred could leave – if he were treated like an honored friend and employee. So the company created an official “retirement” celebration for him, including a parade in the city of Boston and a “free donut” day that served over 6 million customers on September 22, 1997. After the death of Michael Vale in December of 2005, Dunkin’ Donuts ran a commercial celebrating Fred, including a touching “In Memory Of”.

Whatever happened to ‘That ’80s Show’?

With the great success of That ’70s Show, you would think ‘That ’80s Show’ would have been just as successful. Unfortunately it wasn’t. That ’80s Show  aired in half-hour long episodes from January through May 2002.

Despite having a similar name, show structure, and many of the same writers and production staff, it is not considered a direct spin-off of the more successful That ’70s Show — as the characters and storylines from both shows never crossed paths. That ’80s Show was a separate decade-based show created because of That ’70s Show’s popularity at the time. That ’80s Show failed to gain a wide audience and was canceled by Fox after 13 episodes, due to low ratings.

Theme song of That ’80s Show:

The theme song was a 15 second snippet of the song “Eighties” by Killing Joke.

That ’80s Show Logo:

That '80s Show logo

Cast:

Role Actor Description
Corey Howard Glenn Howerton A struggling musician who lives at home with his sister Katie and his father, R.T. Works at Permanent Record, a record store. Is constantly trying to rebel against the ever growing mainstream culture around him, unlike his best friend, Roger. He also dated Sophia before the start of the series, as they are recently broken up in the pilot. Tries working for his father, but fails miserably and goes back to the record store (and Tuesday).
June Tuesday Chyler Leigh A punk-rocker who also works at Permanent Record. She wears her hair in liberty spikes (she is seen with it down exactly four times). She eventually becomes Corey’s girlfriend halfway through the series, after much tension and love/hate arguing between the two. She grew up in Las Vegas, as the daughter of a minister, but the show ended before any additional information about her family could be revealed. She goes simply by “Tuesday” for most of the series, which is her last name. Her first name, “June” was brought up only once, as a plot device in the episode “My Dead Friend”.
Roger Park Eddie Shin Corey’s best friend, a struggling used-car dealer. He rents a room above the Howard family garage, admires Ronald Reagan and is dance-a-holic (who installed a dance square in the middle of his living room carpet). He is constantly perfecting his appearance, and listens to motivational self-help cassette tapes. Meets Patty through Tuesday near the end of the series, and the two begin a relationship.
Katie Howard Tinsley Grimes Corey’s sister. A Valley Girl and college drop-out turned environmentalist. She later returned to college to major in Environmental Science. She tries to get the family to adopt environment-friendly methods, such as buying toilet paper made from old dictionaries. Dates Owen, who is in the Navy.
Sophia Brittany Daniel Corey’s bisexual ex-girlfriend who has an unreturned crush on Corey’s sister Katie. She later will become the power-hungry director of marketing at Videx, the company owned by R.T., and will move into the family home near the end of the series. Has a twin sister named Bianca. Sophia’s character is allegedly based on a San Francisco socialite of the same name.
R.T. Howard Geoff Pierson Corey and Katie’s divorced father. Owner of “Videx”, a small company that produces and sells personal fitness equipment such as the Butt Luge and the Gut Wacker. He heavily relies on Katie to keep things running around the house, and lavishes himself with expensive items, such as a hot tub and a video camera, symbolizing the “excess” aspect of the 1980s.
Margaret Margaret Smith Ex-Hippie/Rock Groupie. Owner of Permanent Record, the record store where Corey and Tuesday work. She usually has a “long story short” tale regarding her past with various musicians and rock bands in each episode. She frequently insults customers looking for/buying music she feels is inadequate.

Guest Stars on That ’80s Show:

  • Ed McMahon, Pat Benatar, and Neil Giraldo all appeared as themselves in the episode entitled “Road Trip”.
  • Tiffany appeared in the episode “Punk Club” as “Candy”, an employee of the “Chaos” punk club.
  • Debbie Gibson appeared as an annoying show tunes-loving customer named “Janice”, and Morgan Fairchild appeared as R.T.’s rival competitor “Cossima Blair”, in the episode “Beach Party”.
  • John Taylor appeared in the episode “Sophia’s Depressed” as Margaret’s personal decorator.
  • Nathan West appeared in the episode “Spring Break ’84, as “Wray Thorn”, a former classmate of Corey’s turned successful musician.
  • Tammy Lynn Michaels and Josh Braaten appeared in several episodes as “Patty” and “Owen”, Roger’s and Katie’s significant others, respectively.
  • Kelly Clarkson appeared briefly as an uncredited dancing extra, prior to her appearance and subsequent fame on American Idol.

80’s Music on That ’80s Show:

Each episode used several vintage 1980s hit songs, either playing in the background of a scene or sung by one or more of the cast members.

That ’80s Show videos (free):

http://bit.ly/that-80s-show-videos

The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway

Pee-wee Herman is on Broadway for just a limited time. Time runs out on January 2, 2011.

Pee-wee Herman’s groundbreaking Saturday morning television show and hyperkinetic, bow-tied persona shaped a generation. Now, at long last, Pee-wee’s starring ON Broadway in a live extravaganza!

Big, bold and uniquely fabulous, The Pee-wee Herman show is a stage play with music that reunites Pee-wee (the one-and-only Paul Reubens) with the beloved Playhouse gang – Miss Yvonne, Mailman Mike, Cowboy Curtis, Jambi the Genie, Pterri, Conky, Chairry and many more!

Gary Coleman has died

It is very sad for us to report that Gary Coleman  has died as the result of injuries he suffered earlier this week.

We’ve learned from TMZ and The Huffington Post that Gary’s wife, Shannon, made the decision to pull life support early this morning.

Coleman died at 12:05 PM MST.  He died of a intracranial hemorrhage.

Family members and close friends were at Coleman’s side when life support was pulled.

He was 42.

Gary Coleman DVD’s @ Amazon

  

80’s child star Gary Coleman reportedly on life support & in coma

Gary Coleman has slipped into a coma and is on life support in a Salt Lake City hospital, his spokesman says.

Spokesman John Alcantar told KABC that Coleman, 42, suffered severe bleeding in his skull at his home south of Salt Lake City on Wednesday. He was rushed to a hospital and was conscious and lucid by mid- morning Thursday, but by afternoon, his condition worsened and was slipping in and out of consciousness.

ABC News says he suffered intracranial hemorrhage.

The Diff’rent Strokes star has had a history of health problems. He has been battling kidney disease since his childhood, and also had heart surgery last fall.

Coleman, who was hospitalized earlier this year having having a seizure on the set of The Insider, lives in Santaquin, about 55 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Diff’rent Strokes DVD’s @ Amazon:

  

1980’s Actor Corey Haim Found Dead

Corey Haim
Corey Haim

Actor Corey Haim died this morning of an apparent accidental overdose according to the Los Angeles County Coroner and the LAPD. Corey was 38.

Police said Haim was pronounced dead at Providence St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Burbank.

Haim was born in Ontario Canada in 1971 and as a teenager found fame in Hollywood. His first role was in 1984’s “Firstborn” with Sarah Jessica Parker and Robert Downey Jr.

Haim rose to fame in the 80s alongside longtime pal Corey Feldman and co-starred in a number of films, including “The Lost Boys” in which he starred with Feldman. Other 1980’s films Haim had roles in were: “Murphey’s Romance“, “Lucas“, “License to Drive“,  and “Dream a Little Dream“.

In the 1990s Haim played more obscure roles however continued to work steadily in films like “National Lampoon’s Last Resort” and “Prayer of the Rollerboys.” Haim struggled with substance abuse through much of his career.

Haim reportedly suffered a drug-induced stroke in 2001 and was rushed to UCLA Medical Center and also reportedly was in and out of rehab 15 times, but cleaned up in 2004 after moving to Toronto.