The Top aired on Friday, January 27, 1984, at 7 p.m. It scored a 7.7% rating and a 14% share. This represented a 28% rating increase and a 27% share increase over KTLA’s regularly scheduled Happy Days/Laverne and Shirley.
Ramis was married twice and fathered four children. On July 2, 1967,  he married San Francisco artist Anne Plotkin, with whom he had a daughter, Violet Ramis Stiel.   Actor and Ghostbusters co-star Bill Murray is Violet’s godfather.  Ramis and Plotkin separated in 1984 and later divorced.  In 1986, Ramis had daughter Mollie Heckerling with director Amy Heckerling.  In 1989, Ramis married Erica Mann, daughter of director Daniel Mann and actress Mary Kathleen Williams.  Together they had two sons, Julian Arthur and Daniel Hayes in 1990 and 1994.  Although Ramis maintained Humanist beliefs, Erica’s Buddhist upbringing was a huge influence on his philosophies for the rest of his life, and he became friends with the Dalai Lama.
He is the love interest of Janine Melnitz, the Ghostbusters’ secretary, in the first film and both animated series (Ghostbusters II excluded their romance due to Ramis’ dislike of the subplot, thus having Melnitz date Louis Tully instead). Spengler sometimes appears to be unaware of Melnitz’s romantic interest in him, but at times he displays having similar feelings for her, such as when he gave her a geranium as a gift when she expressed an interest in plants (which backfired horribly when it was revealed that the geranium was possessed by a ghost and nearly destroyed her apartment, along with much of Brooklyn; though Spengler managed to thwart the ghost, Melnitz angrily told Spengler he would have to pay for the damages to her home) and when he rushed to her rescue in “Janine, You’ve Changed”; he also embraces her in “Ghost Busted” after she was kidnapped and held for ransom by a gangster, and became jealous when she was briefly involved with a slimy businessman named Paul Smart.
Due to the large amount of collateral damage the city of New York suffered from the battle with Gozer, the Ghostbusters were sued by nearly every county and city agency in New York. Additionally a judicial restraining order was enacted which barred the Ghostbusters from performing services as paranormal investigators and eliminators, effectively putting them out of business. Five years after the events of the first film Egon was working at the Institute for Advanced Theoretical Research and was conducting experiments on human emotions. A negative test involved keeping a couple with marriage problems locked in a room for hours and gradually raising the temperature. A positive test involved a girl in a room with dozens of stuffed animals and a puppy.
Callie, Trevor, and Phoebe are expected to learn that their relative has a special connection to the original Ghostbusters who have since become a myth since the “Manhattan Crossrip of 1984.” Paul Rudd’s Mr. Grooberson will be present to put together the pieces of the puzzle, as will the involvement of the original ghostbusting team. By focusing on Egon’s family, a piece of key character will live on. Reitman has teased the family’s history and how the kids’ appearance is significant. By the looks of Phoebe’s Egon-like glasses, her interest in science might be more than a coincidence. The first trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife is expected to drop on Monday, December 9, 2019.
Ghostbusters debuted in 1984 and quickly became a pop culture phenomenon. The movie was directed by Ivan Reitman and starred Ramis, Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Ernie Hudson as a team of ghostbusters who fight to protect New York City from supernatural threats. The success of the movie led to a sequel in 1989 featuring the return of Reitman and the core cast as new dangers arose in the realm of the paranormal. The franchise was rebooted in 2016 with Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters featuring an all-female cast but it wasn’t well-received by a segment of loyal supporters of the ’80s installments.
“I miss him a lot. He was, of course, a really intelligent, great writer and collaborator. We paid tribute to him in the movie that Paul Feig made with the girls, he was there in a bust, and Billy and I showed up to work on that because we had faith in that vision. So, we paid tribute to Harold there, and of course, we’ll recognize him in this film in some way, however small.”
Dan Aykroyd has confirmed Ghostbusters 2020 will be paying tribute to late franchise star Harold Ramis. Recently, Aykroyd confirmed in a new interview he had completed his work on the movie along with other returning stars Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts. Earlier this year, Ernie Hudson’s return as Winston Zeddemore had also been confirmed. As Ramis passed away in 2014, Egon Spengler won’t be featured in the upcoming sequel, though Aykroyd makes it clear the movie will definitely be paying tribute to him in some fashion.
But why would Spengler be in Oklahoma? The Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer offers a plausible explanation in a shot of the entrance to the Shandor Mining Co., whose defunct shafts seem to have something to do with the town’s daily tremors and the return of ghosts to the world of the living.
But even if a “Spengler” nametag popping up on screen at the moment Paul Rudd (as ghost-nostalgic teacher Mr. Grooberson) asks Phoebe “Who are you?” isn’t enough of a hint, Afterlife also shows an extensive collection of spores, molds and fungus—suggesting Trevor and Phoebe are the grandchildren of the Ghostbusters’ most brilliant scientist, Egon Spengler, originally played by the late Harold Ramis.
Dr. Peter Venkman : She’s not my girlfriend. I find her interesting because she’s a client and sleeps above her covers. Four feet above her covers. She barks, she drools, she claws.
Dr. Raymond Stantz : You know, it just occurred to me that we really haven’t had a successful test of this equipment.
The Jason Reitman-directed feature is called Ghostbusters: Afterlife and is set to come out next summer through Sony Pictures.
Along with a bunch of his friends, Trevor goes exploring on the new property and happens upon a well which emanates a vibrant green light. What seems to be a ghost quickly flies out of it while letting out a shriek.