As seen in Valparaiso, Chile:
As seen in Valparaiso, Chile:
For the 1980s, a tv show forecast a future where racism was shown using an alien race in Alien Nation.
Created and written by Kenneth Johnson, the series was spun-off from the movie as a procedural police drama with a science fiction twist.
The film, starring James Caan and Mandy Patinkin, had been released in October 1988 and had been a moderate box office success for Twentieth Century Fox.
When Johnson was asked to come up with a series based on the film, he thought about the focus on a minority and how it faces the constructs of society more interesting than just a buddy cop show.
In 1990, a flying saucer crashes in the Mojave Desert, bringing a new group of people to Earth, who had escaped their evil rulers on another planet, who are now called the Newcomers.
Gary Graham plays Matthew Sikes, an LA police detective, whose new partner is Newcomer Sam Francisco, played by Eric Pierpoint. Sikes is not thrilled to be working with Francisco, and both slowly adapt to each other.
Storylines focused on the simple things that bind us as people, and how childbirth, religion, family, history, home are important, no matter who we are, as the two explored and discovered what was happening in their city, because of the Newcomers.
Airing on FOX TV starting in September 1989, the series was well-received and had a dedicated fan base. But the new network had overall low advertising dollar support, so the network cancelled the series after one season.
But the show lived on in the next decade, with five television movies, to placate fans who had become invested in the lives of Sikes and Francisco and their families. The show also became a comic book and resulted in a series of novels.
In Valaparaiso, Chile:
From TV movie to TV series, the story of an amnesiac from the lost continent: Man from Atlantis.
After four successful TV movies, NBC TV said yes to a series based on the folklore of the lost continent of Atlantis.
Written and created by Mayo Simon and Herbert Solow, the series was focused on the science fiction/fantasy of a man who can’t remember his past, but has superhuman qualities that make him distinct.
In this series, starring Patrick Duffy, the man is named Mark Harris, an amnesiac apparently the only survivor from Atlantis. Recruited by the Foundation for Oceanic Research, Harris is studied by the foundation and used to conduct secret government research of the ocean in the Cetacean submarine.
Debuting in September 1977 television season on NBC, the series was given a lukewarm reception by critics, as something that was ok for kids, but had no adult appeal.
Airing 13 episodes, the series had many tricks and twists, showing off Harris’ skill underwater with his webbed hands and feet, strong swimming style and power to stay below the waves much longer than any human.
But the combination of science fiction, fantasy and government secrets (as well as a few villains and many underwater scenes) was not enough to keep the series on the air – it was cancelled in June 1978.
Although the series disappeared off air (and its lead actor went on to star in another well-known series) it lives on in a new book, Man from Atlantis, written by Duffy about the series and its mythology regarding Atlantis and Mark Harris.
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The number one song of summer 1987 still gets regular airplay (in a different form) thanks to an internet meme of the 21st century: Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley.
The first single released from Astley’s debut recording Whenever You Need Someone, the song was written by Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW), a trio of songwriters/producers who produced and wrote the entire album.
Groomed by SAW on how to become a pop singer and managed by the trio, Astley recorded the song on New Year’s Day 1987, and the song was released on July 27, 1987 by RCA Records.
Hitting the top of the charts in the UK, the song started taking over music and video charts around the world, and became the hot single of 1987, and became the bestselling single of the year in the UK.
In 1988, the song won for Best British Single at the Brit Awards, while it was in 1988 when the song started climbing the Billboard Hot 100 and hit number one in March of that year. Astley was nominated for Best New Artist at The Grammys in 1989.
The album became a bestseller for Astley, with over 15 million copies sold and the song was reborn in the 21st century with the internet prank ‘Rickrolling’, when urls are reprogrammed to lead from one song back to this song. Youtube did this on April 1, 2008 as a joke, and became the internet sensation of the moment.