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The following is a list of events affecting American television during 2003. Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel initiations.

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EventsEdit

JanuaryEdit

Date Event
2 ABC affiliate WBKP in Calumet, Michigan greatly improves its coverage area in the Upper Peninsula when it signs-on satellite station WBUP in Ishpeming.
19 The WB series Charmed broadcasts its 100th episode.
20 KMAY-LP (now KAGS-LD) in Bryan, Texas signs-on as a satellite of Temple-based NBC affiliate KCEN-TV.

FebruaryEdit

Date Event
5 The Price Is Right broadcasts its first Million Dollar Spectacular on CBS.
8 A new version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, tittled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 TV series), airs on the Fox Box
16 The 300th episode of the series The Simpsons is broadcast on Fox the same night as the Married... with Children reunion special.
21 Late Show host David Letterman begins a few weeks' leave from the CBS talk show due to a bout of shingles (during this time, guest hosts will include Bruce Willis, Regis Philbin, Will Ferrell and Elvis Costello).
24 CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather interviews Saddam Hussein on national television, shortly before the Iraq invasion began.
The miniseries Giant Robot Week is broadcast by Cartoon Network, which includes 2 edited episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion. This is the first attempt to broadcast the series by network TV.
26 On CBS, The Young and the Restless celebrates its 30th anniversary.
27 Fred Rogers host of the television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood dies of stomach cancer at the age of 74.

MarchEdit

Date Event
21 Farscape's series finale, "Bad Timing", airs on Sci Fi.

AprilEdit

Date Event
1 On ABC, General Hospital celebrates its 40th anniversary.
7 Dragon Ball Z broadcasts its final episode on Cartoon Network. The series was first broadcast by Toonami on August 31, 1998. The series will return in 2005 with the first 65 episodes re-dubbed and uncut.
12 All Grown Up!, a spin-off of Rugrats, premieres on Nickelodeon. The series premiere becomes the highest-rated premiere in Nickelodeon history and held that record until 2010.
22 Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel) kisses Lena Kundera (Olga Sosnovska) on the ABC soap opera All My Children; this is the first lesbian kiss on American daytime television.

MayEdit

Date Event
8 Nancy Christy becomes the first woman to win $1,000,000 on the syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
On a special episode of Primetime entitled Major Fraud (which originally aired as an episode of Tonight on ITV on April 21), segments of an unaired 2001 episode of the British version of Millionaire featuring Charles Ingram were broadcast. The program featured additional interviews with witnesses of the criminal trial that happened after Ingram was stripped of the £1,000,000 prize; Ingram had been found guilty of deception at Southwark Crown Court on April 7.
16 The 30th Daytime Emmy Awards are given, in a ceremony telecast by ABC.
Cartoon Cartoons Fridays airs its final episode on Cartoon Network. The following Friday, "Summer Fridays" takes its place.
19 ABC broadcasts a four-hour 50th anniversary special.
U.S./Canadian cable network Much USA is rebranded as Fuse.
20 America's Next Top Model premieres on UPN.
21 On Fox, Ruben Studdard becomes the winner of American Idolseason two. His debut single "Flying Without Wings" reaches number two in the Billboard Hot 100 in June 2003.

JuneEdit

Date Event
13 Liz Cho co-anchors her last World News Now newscast on ABC before heading to the network's flagship station WABC-TV in New York City. She is succeeded by Andrea Stassou.

JulyEdit

Date Event
14 David Muir is named the new co-anchor of ABC's World News Now, replacing Derek McGinty, who left for WUSA in Washington, D.C..

AugustEdit

Date Event
11 The National Network is rebranded as Spike TV.

SeptemberEdit

Date Event
1 In Casper, Wyoming, Pax TV affiliate KCWY switches its affiliation to NBC, taking that affiliation from KTWO-TV which will join ABC in March 2004. In the interim, KTWO-TV becomes an independent station with select programming from Pax.
10 UPN's series Enterprise begins a season-long story sequence – the first time a full season of a Star Trek series has been devoted to one storyline. (Three episodes into the new season, the series title is changed to Star Trek: Enterprise.)
21 The CBS comedy Everybody Loves Raymond wins its first Outstanding Comedy award and the NBC drama The West Wing wins its fourth straight Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series at the 55th Primetime Emmy Awards. The ceremonies are telecast by Fox.
24 Jun Song wins the American version of Big Brother 4 on CBS and wins the $500,000 prize. Runner-Up Allison Irwin wins $50,000.

OctoberEdit

Date Event
1 James Marsters joins the cast of Angel on The WB, carrying his Buffy the Vampire Slayer character of Spike over from the former series.
6 Young Sir is named the new host of BET's The Center, replacing Amerie, who left the show to continue working on her music.
20 Rod Roddy makes his final appearance as announcer of The Price Is Right on CBS. Roddy would pass away from colon cancer exactly a week later, on October 27.

NovemberEdit

Date Event
2 CBS at 75, the special celebrating the network's 75th anniversary, is broadcast by CBS.
4 NFL Network launches.
10 The 4000th episode of Wheel of Fortune (since the 1982 pairing of host and hostess Pat Sajak and Vanna White) is broadcast in syndication.
19 The 2003 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is broadcast on CBS. 9.4 million people tune in.[1][2][3][4][5]

DecemberEdit

Date Event
2 Tamala Edwards is named the new co-anchor of ABC's World News Now, replacing Andrea Stassou.

ProgramsEdit

DebutsEdit

Date Show Network
January 6 The Berenstain Bears PBS Kids
Joe Millionaire Fox
January 7 Little Robots TLC
January 8 The Bachelorette ABC
Storm Stories The Weather Channel
January 17 That's So Raven Disney Channel
January 22 Chappelle's Show Comedy Central
January 23 106 & Park: Prime BET
MythBusters Discovery Channel
January 24 Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Showtime
January 27 Ask Rita Syndication
Jimmy Kimmel Live! ABC
February 8 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (reboot) Fox Box
February 15 Power Rangers Ninja Storm ABC Kids
Animal Jam TLC
Hi-5
February 16 The Venture Bros. Adult Swim
February 21 Da Ali G Show HBO
Family Business Showtime
February 24 My Big Fat Greek Life CBS
March 2 The Michael Essany Show E!
March 3 Live Prayer WTOG
The Center BET
March 9 Oliver Beene Fox
March 11 The Save-Ums! Discovery Kids
March 17 Punk'd MTV
March 26 Wanda at Large Fox
March 31 American Chopper Discovery Channel
April 7 Oobi Noggin
Miffy and Friends
Tweenies
April 12 All Grown Up! Nickelodeon
April 13 MXC Spike
April 14 Boohbah PBS Kids
May 6 Jim Rome Is Burning ESPN
May 12 Surf Girls MTV
May 15 DaySide with Linda Vester Fox News Channel
May 17 Megaman NT Warrior Kids' WB
May 20 America's Next Top Model UPN
May 26 Unscrewed with Martin Sargent TechTV
June 13 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Cartoon Network
June 26 Stripperella Spike
June 27 Dead Like Me Showtime
July 11 Evil Con Carne Cartoon Network
Free for All Showtime
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series MTV
July 15 Queer Eye Bravo
July 19 Teen Titans Cartoon Network
July 22 Nip/Tuck FX
July 23 Reno 911! Comedy Central
August 1 My Life as a Teenage Robot Nickelodeon
August 5 The O.C. Fox
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica MTV
August 23 Duck Dodgers Cartoon Network
August 26 Playmakers ESPN
August 29 Cowboy U CMT
September 1 Jacob Two-Two YTV
September 2 Rubbadubbers Nick Jr.
The Joe Schmo Show Paramount Network
September 7 Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks PBS Kids
September 8 Anderson Cooper 360° CNN
Code Lyoko Cartoon Network
Connie the Cow Noggin
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Syndication
September 9 Starting Over
Happy Family NBC
Whoopi
September 10 Jake 2.0 UPN
September 11 The Mullets
Run of the House The WB
Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge
September 12 All About the Andersons
September 13 Romeo! Nickelodeon
Eye for an Eye Syndication
September 14 Carnivàle HBO
September 15 Living It Up! With Ali & Jack Syndication
The Sharon Osbourne Show
Clifford's Puppy Days PBS Kids
Eve UPN
September 16 All of Us
Rock Me Baby
September 18 Threat Matrix ABC
September 19 Like Family The WB
Luis Fox
September 20 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Disney Channel
Sabrina's Secret Life Syndication
September 22 Las Vegas NBC
Two and a Half Men CBS
September 23 NCIS
I'm with Her ABC
One Tree Hill The WB
September 24 The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire CBS
September 25 Coupling NBC
September 26 Miss Match
The Handler CBS
Joan of Arcadia
Hope & Faith ABC
September 28 10-8: Officers on Duty
Cold Case CBS
JoJo's Circus Playhouse Disney
The Lyon's Den NBC
October 1 It's All Relative ABC
Karen Sisco
The Koala Brothers Playhouse Disney
October 3 Married to the Kellys ABC
October 4 Battlefield Detectives History Channel
October 5 Animal Tails PAX TV
Tarzan The WB
October 6 The Big Break Golf Channel
Knock First ABC Family
October 12 Shootout AMC
October 13 King of the Jungle Animal Planet
October 14 Rich Girls MTV
October 17 VH1 ILL-ustrated VH1
October 19 When Ruled the World
October 20 Cold Pizza ESPN2
Skin Fox
October 22 Kid Notorious Comedy Central
October 26 Viva La Bam MTV
Wildboyz
October 29 A Minute with Stan Hooper Fox
October 30 Tru Calling
November 1 Kenny the Shark Discovery Kids
Tutenstein
Xiaolin Showdown Kids' WB
November 2 Arrested Development Fox
November 3 Average Joe NBC
November 7 Dirty Jobs Discovery Channel
Dragon Ball GT Cartoon Network
Star Wars: Clone Wars
December 1 Poko TLC
December 2 The Simple Life Fox
The Tracy Morgan Show NBC
Line of Fire ABC
December 3 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Returning this yearEdit

Show Channel Last aired New title New network Returning
The Ren and Stimpy Show Nickelodeon, MTV 1996 Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" Spike June 26

Ending this yearEdit

Date Show Debut
January 1 Truth or Scare 2001
January 3 Cita's World 1999
January 12 Andy Richter Controls the Universe 2002
January 14 In-Laws
January 21 Hidden Hills
January 24 Presidio Med
January 30 Columbo 1968
January 31 Win Ben Stein's Money 1997
February 2 Super Duper Sumos 2002
February 5 The Legend of Tarzan 2001
February 7 3 South 2002
February 17 Birds of Prey
February 22 The Nick Cannon Show
February 23 Oz 1997
February 25 Clifford the Big Red Dog (returned in 2019) 2000
March 7 Talkback Live 1994
March 21 Farscape 1999
April 1 Friend or Foe? 2002
WinTuition
April 4 Liberty's Kids
April 7 Dragon Ball Z (returned in 2005) 1996
April 13 Clone High 2002
My Big Fat Greek Life 2003
April 21 Robbery Homicide Division 2002
April 24 Sabrina the Teenage Witch 1996
April 25 Fastlane 2002
John Doe
April 26 Cubix: Robots for Everyone 2001
April 27 Touched by an Angel 1994
May 7 Stargate Infinity 2002
May 9 Greetings from Tucson
May 17 The Agency 2001
May 20 Weakest Link
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1997
Watching Ellie 2002
May 21 The Caroline Rhea Show
The Twilight Zone
The Jenny Jones Show 1991
The Other Half 2001
May 23 Supermarket Sweep 1965
May 28 Dawson's Creek 1998
June 2 Even Stevens 2000
June 5 Cedric the Entertainer Presents 2002
June 7 The Mummy: The Animated Series 2001
June 13 The Hoobs
Russian Roulette 2002
June 25 Hamtaro
June 26 30 Seconds to Fame
July 7 Surf Girls 2003
July 14 Digimon: Digital Monsters 1999
July 24 Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" 2003
July 25 The Living Century 2000
August 3 Doggy Fizzle Televizzle 2002
August 10 Futurama (returned in 2008) 1999
August 16 Just Shoot Me! 1997
Scaredy Camp 2002
August 20 Beg, Borrow & Deal
Ripley's Believe It or Not! (returned in 2019) 1949
September 12 Free for All 2003
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
September 18 Change of Heart 1998
September 19 Oswald 2001
September 29 Temptation Island (returned in 2019)
October 1 The Book of Pooh
October 3 Port Charles 1997
October 23 Coupling 2003
October 24 Luis
Disney's House of Mouse 2001
October 25 X-Men: Evolution 2000
October 29 Street Time 2002
November 7 Wanda at Large 2003
November 11 Playmakers
November 14 Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? 2002
November 15 Power Rangers Ninja Storm 2003
November 19 The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire
November 20 Dexter's Laboratory 1996
November 23 Tarzan 2003
November 24 Joe Millionaire
November 26 Time Squad 2001
November 30 The Lyon's Den 2003
December 1 Dragon Ball 1995
December 5 Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck 2002
December 12 A Minute with Stan Hooper 2003
December 15 Miss Match
December 17 Kid Notorious
December 28 Boomtown 2002
December 31 The Brak Show 2000

Entering syndication this yearEdit

Show Seasons In Production Source
Angel 4 Yes [citation needed]
Becker 5 No [6]
Family Guy 3 Yes
Futurama 4 Yes
The King of Queens 5 Yes [7]
Judging Amy 4 Yes [8]
The Parkers 4 Yes [citation needed]

Changes of network affiliationEdit

Show Moved from Moved to
Da Ali G Show Channel 4 (UK) HBO
The Ren & Stimpy Show Nickelodeon Spike
Teamo Supremo ABC Toon Disney/ABC Kids
Fillmore! Disney Channel/Toon Disney
Grounded for Life Fox The WB
The Proud Family Disney Channel ABC Kids
Kim Possible

Made-for-TV moviesEdit

Title Network Date of airing
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2 NBC December 20

BirthsEdit

Date Name Notability
January 4 Jaeden Martell Actor (Masters of Sex)
January 9 Megan Richie Actress (Legendary Dudas, Jake and the Neverland Pirates)
January 21 Garren Stitt Actor (Andi Mack, General Hospital)
January 23 Ivan Mallon Actor (School of Rock)
February 4 Kyla Kenedy Actress (The Walking Dead, Speechless)
February 20 Olivia Rodrigo Actress (Bizaardvark, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series)
March 3 Thomas Barbusca Actor (The Mick)
April 13 Olivia Sanabia Actress (Coop and Cami Ask the World)
April 15 Julia Antonelli Actress (Every Witch Way, WITS Academy)
April 16 Alina Foley Actress (The League, Shimmer and Shine)
April 18 Benjamin Cole Royer Actor (Best Friends Whenever)
Matthew Lewis Royer
April 19 Caleel Harris Voice actor (Blaze and the Monster Machines, The Loud House)
May 1 Lizzy Greene Actress (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, A Million Little Things)
May 18 Lukas Rodriguez Actor (Malcolm in the Middle)
May 19 JoJo Siwa Actress (Dance Moms) and singer
June 11 Breanna Yde Actress (The Haunted Hathaways, School of Rock, The Loud House)
June 15 Galilea La Salvia Actress (Talia in the Kitchen)
June 16 Anna Cathcart Canadian actress (Odd Squad)
July 5 Terrell Ransom Jr. Actor (Days of Our Lives, The Amazing World of Gumball)
July 11 Meg Crosbie Actress (WITS Academy)
August 11 Rachel Gage Actress (Walk the Prank)
August 18 Max Charles Actor (The Neighbors, Harvey Beaks, The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, The Lion Guard, The Strain)
August 20 Christopher Paul Richards Actor (The Kids Are Alright)
August 28 Quvenzhané Wallis Actress
September 3 Jack Dylan Grazer Actor (Me, Myself & I)
September 8 Carmen Blanchard Actress
Nicolas Cantu Voice actor (The Amazing World of Gumball, Sofia the First)
September 18 Nina Lu Actress (Bunk'd)
Aidan Gallagher Actor (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn)
October 7 Kate Godfrey Actress (All That)
October 10 Maggie Elizabeth Jones Actress (Ben and Kate)
October 24 Hudson Yang Actor (Fresh Off the Boat)
October 27 Gavin Lewis Actor
November 8 Meyrick Murphy Actress (Legendary Dudas, The Walking Dead)
November 12 Kamaia Fairburn Actress (Star Falls)
November 21 Elijha Hammill Canadian voice actor (Ryder on PAW Patrol)
November 23 Olivia Keville Actress (Splitting Up Together)
December 9 Jackson A. Dunn Actor (Legendary Dudas)
December 12 Lincoln Melcher Actor (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn, Bunk'd)

DeathsEdit

Date Name Age Notability
January 12 Maurice Gibb 53 Musician/songwriter (Bee Gees)
January 23 Nell Carter 54 Actress, singer (Gimme a Break)
February 21 Julie Mitchum 88 Actress
February 27 Fred Rogers 74 Mister Rogers of (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood)
March 12 Lynne Thigpen 54 American television/film/stage actress (The District, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?)[9]
March 30 Michael Jeter 50 Voice actor/stage actor (Sesame Street, Evening Shade, and voice of Nate Horowitz (Eugene's Dad) on Hey Arnold!)
April 30 Lionel Wilson 79 Voice actor (The Aldrich Family, Tom Terrific, The Hector Heathcote Show and first voice of Eustace Bagge on Courage the Cowardly Dog)
May 14 Robert Stack 84 Actor (Eliot Ness on The Untouchables)
May 15 June Carter Cash 73 Singer and actress (The Johnny Cash Show)
June 19 Laura Sadler 22 English actress (Grange Hill, Holby City)
July 6 Buddy Ebsen 95 Actor (The Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones)
July 27 Bob Hope 100 Comedian, host and actor
September 8 Jaclyn Linetsky 17 Canadian voice actress (Mega Babies, What's with Andy?, Caillou)
Vadim Schneider 17 French-Canadian actor
September 11 John Ritter 54 Actor (Three's Company, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, and voice of Clifford the Big Red Dog)
September 12 Johnny Cash 71 Singer and actor (The Johnny Cash Show)
October 17 Janice Rule 72 Actress (The Fugitive)
October 21 Fred Berry 52 Actor (Freddie "Rerun" Stubbs on What's Happening!!)
October 27 Rod Roddy 66 Announcer (Press Your Luck, Soap, and most famously, The Price Is Right)
November 9 Art Carney 85 Actor (Ed Norton on The Honeymooners)
November 12 Jonathan Brandis 27 Actor (Lucas Wolenczak on seaQuest DSV)
Penny Singleton 95 Voice actress (Jane Jetson on The Jetsons)
November 14 Gene Anthony Ray 41 Actor (Leroy Johnson on Fame)
December 14 Jeanne Crain 78 Actress
December 28 Helen Kleeb 96 Actress (Miss Mamie Baldwin on The Waltons)
December 29 Earl Hindman 61 Actor (Wilson J. Wilson Jr. on Home Improvement)


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hanson, Holly (October 30, 2003). "Victoria's Secret Likes Somerset – Local Store Is First To Get New Model Makeup Kit". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
  2. ^ Hoffmann, Bill (November 14, 2003). "Playing Our Thong – Victoria's Celebs Lead Undie Fun Day". New York Post. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
  3. ^ "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2003)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
  4. ^ Kahn, Robert (November 17, 2003). "Victoria's Latex Secret Now on Show". Newsday. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
  5. ^ Radsken, Jill (November 19, 2003). "Fashion – Peek experience – Behind the scenes at the Victoria's Secret fashion show". Boston Herald. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
  6. ^ [1] from Broadcasting & Cable
  7. ^ [2] from Broadcasting & Cable
  8. ^ [3] from Broadcasting & Cable
  9. ^ "Lynne Thigpen, Actress in CBS's 'District,' Dies at 54". New York Times. Nytimes.com. 2003-03-14. Retrieved 2014-02-04.