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The following is a list of events affecting American television during 2005. Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel initiations.




Date Event
1 The U.S. channel package PT East, originally created by the New York, New York, company PrimeTime 24, and used by satellite TV viewers where over-the-air TV is unavailable, changes its ABC affiliate from WKRN-TV (Nashville, Tennessee) to flagship station WABC-TV (New York City).
DirecTV deletes Trio from its lineup. The network loses two-thirds of its 20 million viewers, putting in doubt the future of the NBCUniversal-owned channel.
2 Fox cancels the reality show Who's Your Daddy? after only one episode.
3 Craig Ferguson replaces Craig Kilborn as the host of The Late Late Show on CBS, becoming the first non-US host to have his own late-night talk show.
5 The 35th anniversary episode of the series All My Children is broadcast by ABC. The special episode, which used former characters Mark Dalton (Mark LaMura) and Nick Davis (Larry Keith), was also unique in that it was the last appearance of ailing actress Ruth Warrick. She died less than two weeks after the episode was broadcast.
7 Tamala Edwards resigns as co-anchor of ABC's World News Now and heads to the network's O&O WPVI/Philadelphia.
8 CBS airs the first episode of the reality series The Will. Ratings for the show are so low, it is canceled after only one episode, following Fox's Who's Your Daddy? which was cancelled six days ago.
17 After over 6 years, Big Tigger hosts Rap City: Tha Bassment for the last time on BET. He reveals that his mother has sold the basement and forced him out to live with his father. The following day, the show is retitled as Rap City with Mad Linx taking over as the new host.
Heather Cabot becomes the new co-anchor of ABC's World News Now.
22 Fox Box, Fox's Saturday morning programming block owned by 4Kids Entertainment, is rebranded as 4Kids TV.


Date Event
2 Paramount Television and UPN announce the cancellation of the series Star Trek: Enterprise. Soon afterward, fan efforts begin in order to save the show, climaxing in a campaign that raises more than $3 million (US) towards funding further production, an offer Paramount ultimately rejects.
6 Super Bowl XXXIX is telecast by Fox. Following the game, Fox airs The Simpsons episode "Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass", followed by the pilot of American Dad!.
7 MTV2 revamps the two-headed dog symbol.
9 Jeopardy! held its Ultimate Tournament of Champions and concluded on May 25; Brad Rutter emerged as the champion of the tournament and won the grand prize of $2,000,000; with his career winnings of $3,270,102 (which include another $15,000 for winning a match), Rutter surpassed Ken Jennings's $3,022,700 as the new largest winner in the show's program, as well as the all-time biggest game show winner in the history of American and international television, a title which Rutter held on until October 10, 2008, where Jennings regained the status (Rutter would later top Jenning's record (and has currently held on since) on May 16, 2014 after winning another Jeopardy! tournament, Battle of the Decades).


Date Event
9 On the 24th anniversary of his debut, Dan Rather retires as main anchorman of the CBS Evening News and is succeeded by Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer on an interim basis.
18 G4 broadcasts the final episode of the former TechTV series The Screen Savers; the series was replaced by a new show known as Attack of the Show! the following week.
The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody premieres on Disney Channel.
26 After a 16-year hiatus, Doctor Who returns to BBC television in the UK. Around this time efforts are under way to get the cult program a berth on an American network, however Sci-Fi Channel rejects it for the entire first two seasons on its revival run. The following Doctor Who episodes were returned to the air on BBC America in December 2009.


Date Event
1 ABC news anchorman Peter Jennings anchors what will turn out to be his final World News Tonight telecast. Four days later, Jennings informs viewers of World News Tonight, via a taped segment, that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer and beginning of chemotherapy he dies four months later at the age of 67.
15 PBS Kids Go! celebrates Tax Day with the first two-hour Cyberchase special "Know Your Dough".


Date Event
1 Family Guy begins airing new episodes on Fox with "North by North Quahog". Initially cancelled by Fox in 2002, the unexpected popularity of the show's reruns on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block and DVD releases, as well as letters addressed to Fox, forces the network to renew the show. Fox's revival of Family Guy coincides with the launch of the network's Animation Domination block, which also debuts on this night and pairs Family Guy with King of the Hill, The Simpsons, and the official series premiere of American Dad!.
2 Hunter Tylo resumes her role as Dr. Taylor Forrester on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, after the character was "killed off" three years ago. The revelation that she was alive surprises many viewers as it had not been hinted by any other sources, print or online.
6 SpongeBob SquarePants debuts its fourth season on Nickelodeon after a 7-month hiatus. Originally set to end in 2004, the success of the third season forces Nickelodeon to renew the series for a fourth season before the development of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
13 The controversial final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise is broadcast in the United States on UPN, ending an 18-year, uninterrupted run of four consecutive or concurrent Star Trek series dating back to 1987.
23 Tom Cruise appears on The Oprah Winfrey Show, which made several public pronouncements of his relationship with Katie Holmes, and most notably "the couch incident."
25 On Fox, Carrie Underwood wins season four of the popular singing competition, American Idol.


Date Event
30 Viacom launches Logo, a TV channel intended for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults. The channel space of defunct sister network VH1 Mega Hits provides the bulk of the new channel's carriage.


Date Event
1 The PAX network is renamed as i: Independent Television.
29 After 5 years, AJ and Free retire as hosts of BET's 106 & Park and are succeeded by Big Tigger (co-host of BET Style) and Julissa (host of The Center) on an interim basis.


Date Event
1 Current TV, a 24-hour youth-oriented news channel owned by the former U.S. vice president Al Gore, is initiated. The channel replaces Newsworld International.
7 ABC's acclaimed news anchor Peter Jennings dies of lung cancer. He is then succeeded by Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas for World News Tonight in 2006.
13 In response to Linda Vester's year-long maternity leave, Fox News Channel announces that she will not be hosting DaySide again. Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy have been hosting the program since July.
29 Hurricane Katrina strikes the Greater New Orleans area, causing major disruption of the region's television broadcasts. Local television news programs relocate to other cities in order to cover the story, though most are interrupted by the storm; some continue to broadcast reports by the Internet.


Date Event
2 While presenting for the NBC telecast of A Concert for Hurricane Relief, music producer and rapper Kanye West ignores his script and addresses what he perceives as the racism of both the government and of the media, stating: George Bush doesn't care about black people, and calls for the media to stop labeling African-American families as "looters" while white families were depicted as "looking for food."
5 In Champaign, Illinois, NBC affiliates WICS/WICD end their 46-year relationship with the network and swap affiliations with ABC affiliate WAND due to an affiliation deal between LIN Media, operators of WAND, and NBC.
10 The Naruto franchise makes its North American television debut on Cartoon Network's Toonami block.
18 The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are given at the Shrine Auditorium in a ceremony broadcast by CBS.
20 Maggie Ausburn is the winner of the American version of Big Brother 6 on CBS, and wins the $500,000 prize. Runner-Up Ivette Corredero wins $50,000.
23 Nicktoons is rebranded as Nicktoons Network (but will revert to the Nicktoons name in 2009).
26 Sprout (now Universal Kids) is launched by a joint venture between PBS, Comcast, HIT Entertainment, and Sesame Workshop. The new network replaces PBS Kids, allowing for an initial reach of 16.5 million subscribers.


Date Event
1 NBC's Saturday Night Live begins broadcasting in HDTV format.
3 On BET, Rap City host Mad Linx temporarily leaves the show to host the BET Road Show. For the next several months his place is taken by J-Nicks, until Mad Linx returns the following February.
20 Neon Genesis Evangelion makes its U.S. television debut on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block.
22 Tina Fey returns from maternity leave to resume her duties for Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update skit.


Date Event
4 On BET, Ray J resigns as host of Countdown to focus on his music.
8 Days of Our Lives celebrates its 40th anniversary on NBC.
13 Professional wrestler Eddie Guerrero dies at the age of 38 after being found unconscious in his hotel room.
22 Ted Koppel resigns as host of ABC's Nightline after 25 years. Six days later, Koppel is succeeded by a three-anchor team of Martin Bashir, Cynthia McFadden, and Terry Moran.


Date Event
1 Oprah Winfrey appears on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman, making her first appearance on a David Letterman-hosted show in sixteen years.
2 A Knots Landing retrospective, Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again, is broadcast (appropriately) by CBS.
6 The 2005 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is broadcast on CBS. 8.9 million people tune in.[1][2][3][4][5][6]
12 Lamorne and Alesha Renee, the winners of BET's "New Faces" talent search, replace Ray J as the hosts of Countdown.
26 ABC broadcasts its 555th and final telecast of Monday Night Football, a game between the New England Patriots and New York Jets.



Date Debut Network
January 1 Being Ian Nickelodeon
January 3 Medium NBC
January 4 Committed
January 9 Zoey 101 Nickelodeon
January 13 Tilt ESPN
January 16 Iron Chef America Food Network
January 17 Supernanny ABC
January 21 American Dragon: Jake Long Disney Channel
January 23 Numb3rs CBS
Pet Alien Cartoon Network
February 5 Power Rangers S.P.D. ABC Family and Jetix
February 6 American Dad! Fox
February 14 Kudlow & Company CNBC
February 20 Robot Chicken Adult Swim
February 21 Avatar: The Last Airbender Nickelodeon
February 23 Unique Whips Speed
March 8 Blind Justice ABC
March 11 Wonder Showzen MTV2
March 14 Mad Money CNBC
March 18 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Disney Channel
March 24 The Office NBC
March 25 Krypto the Superdog Cartoon Network
March 26 Doctor Who Sci-Fi Channel
March 27 Grey's Anatomy ABC
March 28 Attack of the Show! G4
April 1 The Eyes of Nye PBS
April 5 Pinky Dinky Doo Noggin
April 8 Living with Fran The WB
April 12 Deadliest Catch Discovery Channel
April 16 The Doodlebops Playhouse Disney
April 24 Strip Search VH1
May 14 Game Show Moments Gone Bananas
May 26 Kept
May 30 The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Cartoon Network
June 1 Dancing with the Stars ABC
June 2 Beauty and the Geek The WB
June 6 Ready to Reading Nick Jr.
June 17 The Buzz on Maggie Disney Channel
June 19 12 oz. Mouse Adult Swim
June 20 Wildfire ABC Family
June 26 The Andy Milonakis Show MTV
June 29 Stella Comedy Central
July 6 Mind of Mencia Comedy Central
July 8 Camp Lazlo Cartoon Network
July 9 Catscratch Nickelodeon
Time Warp Trio Discovery Kids
July 20 Criss Angel Mindfreak A&E Network
So You Think You Can Dance Fox
August 4 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX
August 7 Carl² Cartoon Network
August 8 The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer CNN
August 14 Barbershop Showtime
Delilah and Julius Cartoon Network
August 17 Weeds Showtime
August 22 Tickle-U Cartoon Network
Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto!
Peppa Pig
Firehouse Tales
August 27 A.T.O.M. Jetix
August 29 Prison Break Fox
September 3 Danger Rangers Syndicated through PBS
September 5 The Zula Patrol
September 6 Go, Diego, Go! Nick Jr.
September 10 Bratz 4Kids TV
G.I. Joe: Sigma 6
Magical DoReMi
Naruto Toonami
September 12 Jack's Big Music Show Noggin
Meerkat Manor Animal Planet
The Tyra Banks Show Syndication
The War at Home Fox
September 13 Bones
Supernatural The WB
September 15 Reunion Fox
September 16 Twins The WB
Threshold CBS
September 17 Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island Kids' WB
Loonatics Unleashed
Johnny Test
The Showbiz Show with David Spade Comedy Central
September 18 Life with Derek Disney Channel
September 19 How I Met Your Mother CBS
Just Legal The WB
Surface NBC
September 20 My Name Is Earl
September 21 E-Ring
September 22 Everybody Hates Chris UPN
Love, Inc.
Criminal Minds CBS
September 23 Ghost Whisperer
Inconceivable NBC
September 24 Get Ed Jetix
September 27 Commander in Chief ABC
October 1 Flight 29 Down Discovery Kids
October 2 Sunday Pants Cartoon Network
October 3 The Road Show BET
October 4 Close to Home CBS
October 5 The Adam Carolla Project TLC
Related The WB
Freddie ABC
October 7 Hot Properties
October 9 Little Einsteins Playhouse Disney
Johnny and the Sprites
October 10 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Cartoon Network
October 13 Run's House MTV
October 16 Squidbillies Adult Swim
October 17 The Colbert Report Comedy Central
Miss Seventeen MTV
October 28 A Haunting Discovery Channel
I Shouldn't Be Alive
Masters of Horror Showtime
October 30 But Can They Sing? VH1
November 4 South of Nowhere TeenNick
November 5 IGPX Toonami
November 6 The Boondocks Adult Swim
November 7 Charlie and Lola Playhouse Disney
November 19 Wayside Nickelodeon
November 25 The X's
December 4 Sleeper Cell Showtime
December 6 Madden Nation ESPN2
December 15 Celebrity Eye Candy VH1
December 18 Moral Orel Adult Swim
December 19 Deal or No Deal NBC
December 26 My Gym Partner's a Monkey Cartoon Network
December 27 Ben 10
December 28 Robotboy
December 30 Mr. Meaty Nickelodeon

Returning this yearEdit

Show Channel Last aired New network Returning
A Current Affair Syndication 1996 Same March 21
Family Guy Fox 2002 May 1
Dragon Ball Z Cartoon Network 2003 June 14
Dirty Jobs Discovery Channel June 26

Ending this yearEdit

Date Show Debut
January 2 The Mountain 2004
Who's Your Daddy? 2005
January 9 The Will
January 15 Megas XLR 2004
January 19 Center of the Universe
January 20 Life as We Know It
January 22 Dave the Barbarian
January 24 Second Time Around
January 28 Grounded for Life 2001
February 5 Living with Lydia
February 11 Kudlow & Cramer 2002
Oobi 2003
February 14 Kudlow & Company 2005
February 19 Kenny the Shark 2003
February 26 ¡Mucha Lucha! 2002
March 1 NYPD Blue 1993
March 11 Bullseye 2003
Tru Calling
March 13 Tilt 2005
March 15 Committed
March 18 The Screen Savers 1998
March 21 The Osbournes 2002
March 25 Medical Investigation 2004
The Powerpuff Girls (returned in 2016) 1998
Star Wars: Clone Wars 2003
March 27 Carnivàle
March 30 Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica
American Dreams 2002
The Ashlee Simpson Show 2004
April 12 Curious Buddies
April 15 8 Simple Rules 2002
April 16 Dragon Ball GT 2003
LAX 2004
April 20 Baby Looney Tunes 2002
April 22 Joan of Arcadia 2003
April 23 Mopatop's Shop 1999
April 25 Listen Up! 2004
Sealab 2021 2000
April 29 JAG 1995
May 1 Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge 2003
May 3 Judging Amy 1999
May 6 Third Watch
May 11 Da Boom Crew 2004
Jack & Bobby
May 12 Project Greenlight (returned in 2015) 2001
May 13 Andromeda 2000
Star Trek: Enterprise 2001
May 15 Page to Screen 2002
May 16 Everybody Loves Raymond 1996
May 18 Kevin Hill 2004
My Wife and Kids 2001
May 20 Texas Justice
May 22 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye 2002
May 25 Street Smarts 2000
May 26 Pet Alien 2005
May 27 Father of the Pride 2004
U-Pick Live 2002
June 15 CatDog 1998
June 17 Complete Savages 2004
June 18 Skin 2003
Game Show Moments Gone Bananas 2005
June 21 Blind Justice
June 22 ChalkZone (returned in 2008) 2002
June 26 The Eyes of Nye 2005
June 28 Average Joe 2003
July 1 Train 48
July 8 Jackie Chan Adventures 2000
July 18 Summerland 2004
August 4 Kept 2005
August 7 Queer as Folk 2000
August 14 Viva La Bam 2003
August 19 The Proud Family 2001
August 21 Six Feet Under
August 30 Stella 2005
September 2 60 Minutes II 1999
September 3 Midnight Love 1985
Shaman King 2003
September 30 Inconceivable 2005
October 10 Dragon Ball Z 1996
October 16 Barbershop 2005
October 22 All That (returned in 2019) 1994
October 28 A Current Affair 1986
October 30 Sunday Pants 2005
November 8 Drew Carey's Green Screen Show 2004
November 11 Duck Dodgers 2003
November 14 Power Rangers S.P.D. 2005
November 25 Dragon Tales 1999
Jay Jay the Jet Plane 1998
November 27 Fatherhood 2004
December 2 The Road Show 2005
December 4 But Can They Sing?
December 10 City Confidential 1998
December 15 Reunion 2005
December 19 Miss Seventeen
December 20 The Adam Carolla Project
December 24 Little Britain 2003
December 25 Stroker and Hoop 2004
December 30 Hot Properties 2005

Entering syndication this yearEdit

Show Seasons In Production Source
24 4 Yes [citation needed]
Alias 4 Yes [citation needed]
The Bernie Mac Show 4 Yes [citation needed]
My Wife and Kids 4 Yes [citation needed]
Sex and the City 6 No [citation needed]
Smallville 4 Yes [citation needed]
Star Trek: Enterprise 4 No [citation needed]
South Park 8 Yes [citation needed]

Changes of network affiliationEdit

Show Moved from Moved to
Journal Editorial Report PBS Fox News Channel
Project Greenlight HBO Bravo
TNA iMPACT! Fox Sports Net Spike TV
Drew Carey's Green Screen Show The WB Comedy Central
Whose Line is it Anyway? ABC ABC Family
Wildboyz MTV MTV2
WWE Raw Spike TV USA Network
6teen Cartoon Network Nickelodeon
Kipper Nick Jr. PBS Kids Sprout
Sesame Street Noggin
Teletubbies PBS Kids
Jay Jay The Jet Plane
Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat
American Casino Discovery Channel Travel Channel
Digimon: Digital Monsters ABC Family Jetix
Dragon Booster
Get Ed
Power Rangers
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!
Spider-Man Fox Kids
The Mummy: The Animated Series Kids' WB Cartoon Network
Yu-Gi-Oh! 4Kids TV

Made-for-TV moviesEdit

Title Channel Date of airing
Lackawanna Blues HBO February 12
Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Disney Channel April 8
Warm Springs HBO April 30
Schools Out!: The Musical Nickelodeon June 10
The Proud Family Movie Disney Channel August 19
The Flight That Fought Back Discovery Channel September 11
Mrs. Harris HBO September 16


Title Channel Premiere date
Thief FX March 28
Elvis CBS May 8
Empire Falls HBO May 28
Into the West TNT June 10
Elizabeth I HBO September 29
Sleeper Cell Showtime December 4
The Lost Prince PBS December 18


Date Name Notability
January 8 Collin Dean Voice actor (Over the Garden Wall, The Loud House)
January 20 Carter Thorne Canadian voice actor (PAW Patrol, PJ Masks)
January 31 Mallory James Mahoney Actress (Bunk'd)
February 14 Jailen Bates Actor (WITS Academy)
February 15 Nicolas Bechtel Actor (Stuck in the Middle)
March 14 Aiden Lewandowski Actor
March 17 Flynn Morrison Actor (Last Man Standing)
March 26 Ella Anderson Actress (Henry Danger, The Adventures of Kid Danger)
April 7 Nathan Janak Actor (All That)
April 13 Brandon Severs Actor (Walk the Prank)
April 19 Olivia Presti Canadian actress (Odd Squad)
May 4 Navia Robinson Actress (Raven's Home)
May 5 Gabrielle Nevaeh Green Actress (All That)
May 13 Ava Acres Actress (Adventure Time, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
Christopher Biello Youtuber (ChrisBielloProductions)
May 19 Jack Gore Actor (Billions, The Kids Are Alright)
June 25 Kylie Cantrall Actress
July 12 Isaac Ryan Brown Actor (Raven's Home, Puppy Dog Pals)
July 22 Israel Johnson Actor (Bunk'd)
August 3 Ramon Reed Actor (Just Roll with It)
September 7 Ruth Righi Actress (Sydney to the Max) and singer
Andrew Ortega Actor (WITS Academy)
September 10 Sophia Forest Actress (I Am Frankie)
September 30 Nathan Arenas Actor (Bunk'd)
October 16 Ruby Rose Turner Actress (Coop and Cami Ask the World) and dancer
December 14 Mia Sinclair Jenness Actress (Fancy Nancy)
December 24 Jaxon Mercey Canadian voice actor (Ryder on PAW Patrol)


Date Name Age Notability
January 19 Lamont Bentley 31 Actor (Moesha, The Parkers) and rapper
January 23 Johnny Carson 79 Comedian, host of (The Tonight Show)
February 12 Brian Kelly 73 Actor (Straightaway, Flipper)
March 25 Paul Henning 93 Producer (The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres)
April 5 Debralee Scott 52 Actress, game show panelist (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Match Game)
April 26 Mason Adams 86 Actor (Charlie Hume on Lou Grant)
May 17 Frank Gorshin 72 Actor (The Riddler on Batman)
May 21 Howard Morris 85 Actor, director (The Andy Griffith Show, Your Show of Shows)
May 22 Thurl Ravenscroft 91 Actor (Tony the Tiger of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes commercials)
May 26 Eddie Albert 99 Actor (Oliver Wendell Douglas on Green Acres, Frank MacBride on Switch)
June 24 Paul Winchell 82 Ventriloquist, actor (The Smurfs, Wacky Races, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
June 25 John Fiedler 80 Actor (The Bob Newhart Show, Buffalo Bill, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
July 20 James Doohan 85 Actor (Scotty on original Star Trek)
August 7 Peter Jennings 67 ABC news anchor
August 8 Barbara Bel Geddes 82 Actress ("Miss Ellie" on Dallas)
August 23 Brock Peters 78 Actor
September 2 Bob Denver 70 Actor (Gilligan on Gilligan's Island and Maynard G. Krebs on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis)
September 25 Don Adams 82 Actor (Get Smart, Tennessee Tuxedo, and Inspector Gadget)
October 2 Nipsey Russell 87 Actor, comedian and game-show panelist
October 6 Ray Bumatai 52 Actor (Tito Makani on Rocket Power)
October 7 Charles Rocket 56 Actor (Saturday Night Live)
November 13 Eddie Guerrero 38 Professional wrestler and star of WWE SmackDown
November 24 Pat Morita 73 Actor (Sanford and Son, Happy Days, Ohara)
November 29 Wendie Jo Sperber 47 Actress (Babes, Bosom Buddies)
December 10 Richard Pryor 65 Actor, comedian (The Richard Pryor Show)
December 16 John Spencer 58 Actor (Leo McGarry on The West Wing and Tommy Mullaney on L.A. Law)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Grossman, Ben (December 8, 2005). "UPN Shares Victoria's Secret". Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  2. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (December 8, 2005). "Viewers Are Scanty for 'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show'". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  3. ^ Robertson, Campbell (November 11, 2005). "Boldface". The New York Times. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
  4. ^ Critchell, Samantha (November 27, 2005). "Camp On The Catwalk – Victoria's Secret puts on a show – How to make a supermodel smile". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
  5. ^ "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2005)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
  6. ^ Amodio, Joseph V. (December 5, 2005). "Prime-Time Catwalk Are supermodels a dying breed? Victoria's Secret may be the last launching pad for the next big name". Newsday. Retrieved March 7, 2009.