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2000 in American television

The following is a list of events affecting American television in 2000. Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and channel initiations, closures and rebrandings, as well as information about controversies and disputes.



Date Event
5 All My Children celebrates its 30th anniversary on ABC.
15 David Letterman undergoes quintuple heart bypass surgery in New York-Presbyterian Hospital, following an angiogram that revealed that one of his arteries was constricted seriously.
17 Robin Givens replaces Mother Love as host of the talk show series Forgive or Forget.
20 SoapNet, a channel dedicated to daytime/primetime soap operas, debuts.


Date Event
2 Oxygen debuts.
15 Rick Rockwell marries stranger Darva Conger watched by 22 million viewers on the Fox reality show Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? While he and Darva are honeymooning, it becomes apparent that Rockwell—who is sometimes a comedian—had a restraining order against a former girlfriend, and he was not really a multi-millionaire. As a result, Fox cancels a rerun scheduled the next week, and does not broadcast any new installments. In addition the couple end their relationship soon after the show's taping.
21 David Letterman resumes hosting Late Show with David Letterman on CBS following his quintuple heart bypass surgery in January. On the show, Letterman (whose father died of heart failure in his 50's) brings all of the doctors that had performed the operation out on stage with him, including Dr. O. Wayne Isom and physician Louis Aronne, who makes frequent appearances on the show. In an unusual show of emotion, Letterman is nearly in tears as he thanks the doctors. The episode will earn an Emmy Award nomination.
25 Kids' WB premieres its first computer-generated TV series, Max Steel.


Date Event
1 The final regional SportsChannel in the Florida market ends operations under that branding, converting to Fox Sports Florida.
15 The SpongeBob SquarePants episode Rock Bottom, airs on Nickelodeon.


Date Event
1 Boomerang, a secondary digital Cartoon Network channel, debuts.


Date Event
1 CBS Evening News rebrands for the first time.
5 Boy Meets World ends its seven season run with its series finale on ABC.
8 VH1 Classic, a spinoff of the cable music channel VH1, debuts.
14 After four years (since KEVN-TV left the network to join Fox in 1996), NBC returns to the Black Hills area of South Dakota when KNBN signs-on from Rapid City.
17 16.8 million American viewers watched the 2-hour final episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 on FOX.
19 The 27th Daytime Emmy Awards presentation is broadcast by ABC.
24 The WB broadcasts the third season finale of Dawson's Creek, entitled "True Love". The episode features the first male gay kiss on U.S. primetime television, which has been called "a milestone in the timeline of gay representation in pop culture".[1]
31 The first season of CBS's long-running reality competition of Survivor, titled Survivor: Borneo, based on Swedish's game show Expedition Robinson, premieres its first episode.


Date Event
3 KNTV (channel 11) in San Jose, California drops its ABC affiliation for the Monterey Bay area and begins carrying minimal programming from The WB. (At that time, The WB affiliate for the Bay Area was KBWB channel 20).
5 The first season of CBS's long-running reality competition of Big Brother, based on the Dutch series of the same name, premieres its first episode; however, the series was panned with criticism, and the show would later be revamped in the next season.
15 CBS broadcasts its final NASCAR event, the Chevy Silverado 200.
28 Kathie Lee Gifford made her final appearance as co-host on Live!, after 17 years (eleven and a half years for national syndication). Regis Philbin will continue to serve the sole host until Kelly Ripa introduced as new co-host the following year.


Date Event
3 KBEJ Channel 2, (now KCWX) commences programming in Fredericksburg, Texas, taking the Austin market's UPN affiliation from low-powered station KVC 13 and returning full-time UPN service to San Antonio (between KRRT (now KMYS)'s switch to The WB in 1998 and KBEJ's sign-on, NBC affiliate KMOL-TV aired UPN programming on a secondary basis).
14 Dora the Explorer debuts on Nickelodeon.
21 ZDTV is renamed TechTV.
23 In CBS, corporate trainer Richard Hatch was declared the inaugural "Sole Survivor" in Survivor and won the $1,000,000 grand prize; Kelly Wiglesworth was named the runner-up.


Date Event
10 The 52nd Primetime Emmy Awards presentation is broadcast on ABC.
15 The 2000 Summer Olympics are televised by NBC. Opening ceremonies are watched by 27 and a half million viewers.
16 After the completion of Viacom's $37 billion merger with the CBS Corporation, CBS cancels the CBS Kidshow and replaces it with Nick Jr. on CBS, programmed by new corporate sister Nickelodeon.
21 ABC Sports celebrates the 30th anniversary of Monday Night Football on this night.
25 TNN is rebranded as The National Network, known as The New TNN.
26 NBC declines to renew its broadcast agreement with Major League Baseball. After fifty seasons — 1947–1989 and 1994–2000 — Game 6 of the 2000 American League Championship Series is the last Major League Baseball game that NBC has televised to date. In Houston, due to the coverage of the 2000 Presidential Debate, KPRC-TV elected to carry NBC News' coverage of the debate while KNWS-TV carried NBC's final baseball game.
29 Eddie McGee wins the first American season of Big Brother and won the $500,000 grand prize.
30 PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch debuts. The block is programmed for PBS by Nelvana, which had programmed the CBS Kidshow until the block was cancelled by CBS on September 16.[2]


Date Event
2 Triple Play is played for the first time on CBS's The Price Is Right, and was the first pricing game in history to offer three cars.
30 Lancaster, Pennsylvania's college student Brad Rutter made his historical first appearance in the Jeopardy! game show, and he would went on set a record for its largest J! career winnings as of 2005 ($4,788,440), and as of 2014, becoming the largest winner in game show history worldwide ($4,888,440, plus $100,000 won from Million Dollar Mind Game).


Date Event
2 Wheel of Fortune airs a Halloween-themed episode for celebrities on charity. The celebrities in Halloween costumes were Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, fitness instructor Richard Simmons and American figure skater Tara Lipinski.
17 Sheep in the Big City premieres on Cartoon Network.


Date Event
6 The SpongeBob SquarePants special episode Christmas Who?, airs on Nickelodeon.
14 Barker's Beauties Janice Pennington and Kathleen Bradley both quit CBS's series The Price Is Right. (On her broadcast run, Pennington has been on the series since its premiere during 1972.) Starting the following day, auditions to find new Barker's Beauties are held for several months. In the end, Claudia Jordan and Heather Kozar are selected as permanent models.
22 Bianca Montgomery, played by Eden Riegel for the soap opera All My Children, reveals herself as a lesbian to her mother, Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci).
31 ABC broadcasts "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve" at 10 p.m. ET for the first time ever, followed by local news or programming and then the main "New Year's Rockin' Eve".



Date Show Network
January 3 Your Weather Today The Weather Channel
January 8 Winning Lines CBS
January 9 Malcolm in the Middle Fox
January 10 The Ainsley Harriott Show Syndication
January 12 18 Wheels of Justice TNN
Higher Ground Fox Family
January 13 EGG, the Arts Show PBS
January 16 City of Angels CBS
January 17 I Dare You: The Ultimate Challenge UPN
Cleopatra 2525 Syndication
January 22 Jack of All Trades
January 24 Brutally Normal The WB
Hollywood Showdown PAX TV
February 5 The Others NBC
February 12 Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue Fox Kids
February 16 Diary MTV
February 25 Max Steel Kids' WB
February 26 The Weekenders ABC
March 6 Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Cartoon Network
March 7 Secret Agent Man UPN
March 9 God, the Devil and Bob NBC
March 11 Caitlin's Way Nickelodeon
March 14 Son of the Beach FX
March 20 First Outlook The Weather Channel
March 21 The Beat UPN
March 22 Then Came You ABC
March 23 Battery Park NBC
March 24 Making the Band ABC
March 27 Crush USA Network
March 30 Wonderland ABC
March 31 Call of the Wild Animal Planet
April 1 MasterChef USA PBS
April 2 D.C. The WB
April 3 Between the Lions PBS Kids
April 4 Falcone CBS
April 11 Talk to Me ABC
April 13 Food 911 Food Network
April 24 Maggie and the Ferocious Beast Nick Jr.
April 30 A Walk In Your Shoes Noggin
May 15 Secrets of the Dead PBS
May 31 Clerks: The Animated Series ABC
Survivor CBS
June 6 M.Y.O.B. NBC
June 16 Strip Mall Comedy Central
Totally Circus Disney Channel
June 17 Cardcaptors Kids' WB
Even Stevens Disney Channel
June 20 Shooting Gallery Outdoor Channel
June 26 Resurrection Blvd. Showtime
June 28 Soul Food
July 3 Masters of Illusion PAX TV
Tenchi Muyo! Cartoon Network
July 5 Big Brother CBS
July 10 Crossing Over with John Edward Sci-Fi Channel
July 12 Young Americans The WB
July 17 Opposite Sex Fox
July 23 The Brothers García Nickelodeon
Strong Medicine Lifetime
July 24 Mysterious Ways PAX TV
July 28 Baby Blues The WB
August 9 Live Through This MTV
August 12 BattleBots Comedy Central
August 14 Dora the Explorer Nickelodeon
August 26 In a Heartbeat Disney Channel
Generation O! Kids' WB
September 4 Clifford the Big Red Dog PBS Kids
September 9 Jackie Chan Adventures Kids' WB
Teacher's Pet ABC
September 11 106 & Park BET
2 Minute Drill ESPN
Dr. Laura Syndication
Judge Hatchett
Girlfriends UPN
September 22 Grosse Pointe The WB
September 23 Static Shock
Just Deal NBC
September 24 Every Woman Syndication
September 30 Fear MTV
Corduroy PBS Kids
Elliot Moose
George Shrinks
Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse
Seven Little Monsters
Timothy Goes to School
October 1 That's Life CBS
Jackass MTV
October 2 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command UPN and ABC
Yes, Dear CBS
Deadline NBC
History IQ The History Channel
Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda Syndication
Moral Court
Street Smarts
October 3 Dark Angel Fox
October 4 Titans NBC
October 5 Gilmore Girls The WB
Pelswick Nickelodeon
October 6 FreakyLinks Fox
Madigan Men ABC
The Trouble with Normal
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
October 7 The District
Noah Knows Best Nickelodeon
Maximum Exposure Syndication
Queen of Swords
October 8 Ed NBC
October 9 Hype The WB
October 10 The Geena Davis Show ABC
Gideon's Crossing
October 11 Bette CBS
Welcome to New York
A Makeover Story TLC
October 13 Trading Spaces
October 15 Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO
October 21 Cheaters Syndication
The Fearing Mind Fox Family
October 23 Scariest Places on Earth
Boston Public Fox
October 24 The Michael Richards Show NBC
October 25 As Told By Ginger Nickelodeon
October 26 Cursed NBC
October 27 Freedom UPN
Level 9
November 1 Normal, Ohio Fox
The Street
November 4 X-Men: Evolution Kids' WB
November 6 Blue Submarine No. 6 Cartoon Network
November 10 Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz Cartoon Network
November 14 DAG NBC
November 17 Sheep in the Big City Cartoon Network
December 3 The Living Century PBS
Queer as Folk Showtime
December 6 TV Funhouse Comedy Central
December 8 Dot Comedy ABC
December 21 The Brak Show Cartoon Network
Sealab 2021
December 30 Aqua Teen Hunger Force
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

Returning this yearEdit

Show Last aired Previous network New title New network Returning
Twenty One 1958 CBS Same NBC January 9
Ripley's Believe It or Not! 1986 ABC TBS January 12
Double Dare 1993 Nickelodeon, Fox Double Dare 2000 Same January 24
Grapevine 1992 CBS Same Same February 28
Supermarket Sweep 1995 Lifetime Same PAX TV April 3
Shop 'til You Drop 1998 The Family Channel
The What A Cartoon! Show 1997 TBS/TNT The Cartoon Cartoon Show Cartoon Network June 9
Sailor Moon 1998 Toonami Same Same June 12
This Week in Baseball Syndication Same Fox July 12
To Tell the Truth 1991 NBC Same Syndication September 18
The Critic 1995 Fox Same Comedy Central November

Ending this yearEdit

Date Show Debut
January 1 Random Acts of Comedy 1999
January 2 The Moxy Show 1993
January 5 It's Like, You Know... 1999
January 7 Odd Man Out
January 8 The Brothers Flub
Saved by the Bell: The New Class 1993
January 22 KaBlam! 1996
Science Court 1997
Flying Rhino Junior High 1998
January 30 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 1995
February 4 Sliders
February 12 Superman: The Animated Series 1996
The New Batman/Superman Adventures 1997
February 13 Linc's 1998
February 14 Brutally Normal 2000
February 16 Noddy 1998
February 18 Winning Lines 2000
February 22 Pulp Comics 1996
Archie's Weird Mysteries 1999
February 26 The Avengers: United They Stand
February 27 Sabrina: The Animated Series
Animorphs 1998
March 2 I Am Weasel 1997
March 4 Oh Baby 1998
March 15 Tenacious D 1997
March 25 Detention 1999
March 28 God, the Devil and Bob (returned in 2011) 2000
March 31 Rosie and Jim 1990
Histeria! 1998
April 1 Crashbox 1999
April 3 Hope Island
April 9 Pacific Blue 1996
April 12 Get Real 1999
Falcone 2000
April 13 Battery Park
April 22 Godzilla: The Series 1998
April 23 The Journey of Allen Strange 1997
The Bear 2000
April 25 D.C.
April 26 Then Came You
April 28 Cosby 1996
May 1 George and Martha 1999
May 3 Party of Five (returned in 2020) 1994
May 4 Chicago Hope
May 5 Now and Again 1999
May 5 Boy Meets World 1993
A Little Curious 1998
May 11 Mobile Suit Gundam Wing 2000
May 13 The Pretender 1996
Martial Law 1998
May 16 Sports Night
May 17 Beverly Hills, 90210 1990
May 19 Harsh Realm 1999
Donny & Marie 1998
May 20 Malibu, CA
May 22 Grown Ups 1999
Malcolm & Eddie 1996
May 25 Jesse 1998
May 26 Forgive or Forget
Storytime with Thomas 1999
May 27 Early Edition 1996
June 9 The Dating Game 1965
June 10 The Others 2000
June 11 Are You Afraid of the Dark? (returned in 2019) 1991
June 16 Higher Ground 2000
June 21 Time of Your Life (returned in 2006) 1999
June 23 Kids Say the Darndest Things (returned in 2019) 1998
June 26 Call of the Wild 2000
June 27 Veronica's Closet 1997
July 1 Profiler 1996
July 3 The Magnificent Seven 1998
July 7 The Strip 1999
July 8 Freaks and Geeks
July 13 Stark Raving Mad
July 15 Kenan & Kel 1996
July 16 Mission Hill (returned in 2002) 1999
July 18 Love & Money
July 25 Dilbert
July 28 Secret Agent Man 2000
August 1 Shasta McNasty 1999
August 18 WCW Saturday Night 1971
August 24 Baby Blues (returned in 2002) 2000
August 30 Young Americans
September 2 The Bugs Bunny Show 1960
September 10 Double Dare 2000 (returned in 2018) 1986
September 24 Totally Circus 2000
October 2 Strangers with Candy 1999
October 6 ECW on TNN
October 15 PB&J Otter 1998
October 17 Major League Baseball on NBC 1947
October 23 Daddio 2000
November 10 The Trouble with Normal
November 16 Sailor Moon 1995
November 18 All That (returned in 2002) 1994
Pepper Ann 1997
Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue 2000
Beast Machines 1999
November 24 The Roseanne Show 1998
November 25 The Chris Rock Show 1997
December 2 The Fearing Mind 2000
December 8 Dot Comedy
December 12 Beggars and Choosers 1999
December 13 Normal, Ohio 2000
The Street
December 15 Madigan Men
December 16 Mickey Mouse Works 1999
December 19 The Michael Richards Show 2000
December 21 City of Angels
December 26 Suddenly Susan 1996
December 31 ECW Hardcore TV 1993

Entering syndication this yearEdit

Show Seasons In Production Source
7th Heaven 4 Yes [3]
Cosby 4 No [4]
Early Edition 4 No [5]
Moesha 5 Yes [6]
Nash Bridges 5 Yes [7]
The Pretender 4 No [8]
Sabrina the Teenage Witch 4 Yes [9]
Spin City 4 Yes [10]
Suddenly Susan 4 No [11]

Changes of network affiliationEdit

Show Moved from Moved to
Rupert CBS Kidshow Playhouse Disney
Forensic Files TLC Court TV
The Hughleys ABC UPN
Ripley's Believe It or Not! TBS
Sabrina the Teenage Witch The WB
The PJs Fox
This Week in Baseball Syndication Fox
Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular NBC
Twenty One CBS
Candid Camera Pax TV
Supermarket Sweep Lifetime
Shop 'til You Drop The Family Channel
WWE Raw USA Network Spike TV
WWF LiveWire
WWF Superstars of Wrestling
WWF Sunday Night Heat MTV
To Tell the Truth NBC Syndication
The What A Cartoon Show TBS Cartoon Network
Shining Time Station Fox Family Channel Nick Jr.
The Critic Fox Comedy Central


Title Channel Premiere
The 10th Kingdom NBC February 27
The Corner HBO April 16
Arabian Nights ABC April 30
Jesus CBS May 14


Date Name Notability
January 7 Marcus Scribner Actor (Black-ish, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power)
January 8 Noah Cyrus Actress (Hannah Montana) and daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus
January 20 Montse Hernandez Voice actress (Gwen Tennyson on Ben 10)
February 1 Paris Smith Actress (Every Witch Way)
February 10 Yara Shahidi Actress (Black-ish, Grown-ish)
February 25 Angelina Wahler Voice actress (Fee on Harvey Beaks)
Tucker Albrizzi Actor (Big Time Rush, Good Luck Charlie)
March 6 Jacob Bertrand Actor (Bubble Guppies, Marvin Marvin, Kirby Buckets, Cobra Kai)
March 21 Jace Norman Actor (Henry Danger, The Adventures of Kid Danger)
March 30 Regan Mizrahi Voice actor (Boots on Dora the Explorer (2008–12))
May 7 Maxwell Perry Cotton Actor (Brothers & Sisters)
May 30 Jared S. Gilmore Actor (Once Upon a Time)
June 2 Lilimar Hernandez Venezuelan actress (Bella and the Bulldogs, Knight Squad)
June 13 Daniella Perkins Actress (Legendary Dudas, Knight Squad)
July 8 Benjamin Stockham Actor (Sons of Tucson, 1600 Penn, About a Boy)
July 19 Owen Joyner Actor (100 Things to Do Before High School, Knight Squad)
July 25 Mason Cook Actor (Speechless)
Meg Donnelly Actress (American Housewife)
August 3 Landry Bender Actress (Crash & Bernstein, Best Friends Whenever, The Lion Guard)
August 5 Augie Isaac Actor (Mighty Med)
August 12 Savannah May Actress (Knight Squad)
August 19 Trenton Rogers Voice actor (Leo on Little Einsteins (2007–09))
August 20 Fátima Ptacek Voice actress (Dora the Explorer, Dora and Friends: Into the City!)
August 24 Griffin Gluck Actor (Private Practice, Red Band Society)
August 26 Brady Reiter Actress (100 Things to Do Before High School)
September 28 Frankie Jonas Actor (Jonas)
Brenna D'Amico Actress (Descendants: Wicked World)
September 30 Amina Alzouma Actress (I Am Frankie)
October 10 Aedin Mincks Actor (A.N.T. Farm)
October 11 Hayden Byerly Actor (The Fosters)
October 13 Gail Soltys Actress (Talia in the Kitchen)
October 14 Mekai Curtis Actor (Kirby Buckets, Milo Murphy's Law)
October 31 Willow Smith Actress, singer and daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
November 7 Dara Renee Actress (High School Musical: The Musical: The Series)
November 8 Jade Pettyjohn Actress (School of Rock)
November 11 Kristi Beckett Actress (I Am Frankie)
November 13 Armani Barrett Actor (I Am Frankie)
December 16 Lance Lim Actor (School of Rock)
December 22 Joshua Bassett Actor (High School Musical: The Musical: The Series)


Date Name Age Notability
January 15 Fran Ryan 83 Character actress (Doris Ziffle #2 on Green Acres)
February 10 Jim Varney 50 Actor; creator of the Ernest P. Worrell character (Hey Vern, It's Ernest!)
February 12 Charles M. Schulz 77 Cartoonist, creator of Peanuts
March 25 Helen Martin 90 Character actress (Pearl on 227)
April 10 Larry Linville 60 Actor (Maj. Frank Burns on M*A*S*H)
April 12 Christopher Pettiet 24 Actor (The Young Riders)
May 7 Douglas Fairbanks Jr. 90 Actor (Douglas Fairbanks Presents), son of Douglas Fairbanks
May 10 Craig Stevens 81 Actor (Peter Gunn)
June 18 Nancy Marchand 71 Actress (Livia on The Sopranos, Mrs. Pynchon on Lou Grant)
July 14 Meredith MacRae 56 Actress (Petticoat Junction)
July 28 Jaime Cardriche 32 Actor (Malcolm & Eddie)
August 12 Loretta Young 87 Actress (The Loretta Young Show)
September 14 Beah Richards 80 Actress
September 26 Richard Mulligan 67 Actor (Burt on Soap, Harry on Empty Nest)
October 16 Rick Jason 77 Actor (Lt. Gil Hanley on Combat!)
October 18 Julie London 74 Singer, actress (Emergency!)
October 30 Steve Allen 78 Comedian, composer (original The Tonight Show host)
December 2 Gail Fisher 65 Actress (Peggy Fair on Mannix)
December 6 Werner Klemperer 80 Actor (Col. Klink on Hogan's Heroes)
December 11 David Lewis 84 Actor (Edward Quartermaine in General Hospital)
December 23 Victor Borge 91 Danish comedian and pianist
December 26 Jason Robards 78 Actor (The Day After)

See alsoEdit


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