Former Entertainment Tonight personalities Leeza Gibbons and John Tesh take a look back at the first ten years of the long-running show, with a look at the year in review for 1991, and the most memorable pop-culture events of the first ten years of their run.
A lot of excellent things are covered in this retrospective. It’s interesting to see shows like Family Ties, Hill Street Blues, The Cosby Show, and The Simpsons being covered in their infancies. We know the impact of the movie Fatal Attraction today, but back then it was a complete shock to see that people were actually having serious debates over the subject matter. There’s also the birth of Fox and the evolution of the remote control. The drama over the Designing Women cast changes. MTV’s 10th anniversary (of course, this being back when MTV actually aired musical programming for a significant part of the day). I love how Leonard Maltin points out his disdain for people using the word “classic” for items that have not yet stood the test of time and earned the description.
It seems as though personal life issues such as Pee Wee Herman’s “incident” at an adult movie theater and were pointed out, but the covering of actual entertainment won out and you saw much more in what was going on with music, movies, and television than anything else. When I watched the show as a kid, I remember most celebrities’ personal stories weren’t drawn out forever and a day. It is unfortunately not the same anymore today. Too much of the same personal and frivolous stuff like divorces go on practically everyday for a month. I don’t know what happened, but the more and more I see ET clips and episodes from older eras, the more and more I find that the show has lost its way.
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