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The following is a list of events affecting American television in 2008. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel launches.




Date Event
1 CourtTV is rebranded as TruTV
2 An interim agreement between Worldwide Pants Incorporated and the Writers Guild of America allows the Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, both on CBS, to return with their full writing staffs, in spite of the ongoing WGA strike. By contrast, NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Last Call with Carson Daly and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which are all produced by their respective networks, went back on the air without writers (except for Jay Leno, who writes his own material).
4 Jason Luna become the program's first (and only) $1,000,000 winner in the NBC's game show 1 vs. 100 during the program's second season premiere titled Battle of the Sexes.
7 Due to the writers strike, it is announced that plans to hold the 65th Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be scrapped. A press conference which announced the winners is substituted for the program, and NBC, which would've broadcast the ceremony, airs Golden Globe-related programming in its place.[1]
27 Discovery Times was renamed "Investigation Discovery".[2] In addition to the television network, an Investigation Discovery website was also launched. Contributors to the website include crime writers David Lohr, Corey Mitchell, and Gary C. King.[citation needed]


Date Event
2 VH1 Uno is discontinued by MTV Networks to expand distribution of mtvU beyond college campuses and onto regular cable systems.
3 Fox's telecast of Super Bowl XLII surpasses Super Bowl XXX as the most watched Super Bowl game on television (up to this point), and the most watched program in the network's history. It also becomes the second most watched television program trailing the 1983 M*A*S*H series finale and the highest rated telecast in Nielsen ratings since Super Bowl XXXIV.
Animal Planet "relaunched" itself as part of a new branding campaign that "sheds its soft and furry side for programming and an image with more bite."[3] As part of the relaunch, Animal Planet replaced its elephant and spinning globe logo for a starker text image that allows more flexibility in its usage.[4]
8 The CW Television Network and the WWE announced that WWE Friday Night SmackDown would leave the CW prime time schedule at the end of the 2007–2008 season. The news stepped in after negotiations between the CW and WWE failed to reach a deal to keep the show on the CW lineup. Three weeks later on February 26, MyNetworkTV announced that they would pick up the program and would add it to its lineup in September.
9 Both the Writers Guild of America and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reach a tentative deal resolving the strike. Members vote three days later to end the strike.
17 The conversion of NTSC analog channels to DT channels using the ATSC system begins in the United States, with TV stations making last minute filings and their intentions about when they will start their switchover ahead of the February 17, 2009, mandatory date. Also, the US government starts mailing out (USD)$40.00 coupons/rebates to consumers to use in buying DTV converters before the switchover.
In a two-hour television film, Knight Rider returned to NBC with a new KITT being portrayed as a black 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR Mustang and voiced by actor Val Kilmer.
18 Nickelodeon celebrates the revival of its hit show The Fairly OddParents with the television film Fairly OddBaby. This has been the first new episode since 2006.
22 Adam Rose become the first $1,000,000 winner in Drew Carey's first primetime episode of The Price is Right on CBS. At $1,153,908 cash & prizes won, Rose surpassed Joanne Segeviano's winnings of A$664,667 (about $406,274.45; or $475,593 by Inflation as of 2019) from the Australian version as the franchise's largest winnings record in the show's history. Until James Holzhauer's Jeopardy! appearance on 2019, Rose was placed in the top ten largest game show winners in history until April 24, 2019 (Holzhauer's total game show career winnings at the time after the episode was $1,193,508.33 (including J!'s career winnings of $1,135,175; Holzhauer's final winnings was $2,464,216 after his defeat on his 33rd game on June 3, the latter currently was placed fourth in the top ten list)).
24 ABC's telecast of the 80th Academy Awards draws record low ratings in the history of the ceremony's telecast surpassing the ratings from the ceremony that took place in 2003. 31.76 million on average watched the show over its entire run with a Nielsen rating of 18.66 households watching.
25 Fox News Channel rebrands its Fox News Live and Weekend Live telecasts as America's Election Headquarters, a news program related to the 2008 presidential election. The weekday edition replaces The Big Story in the 5 p.m. timeslot. The Fox News Live name would still be used for headline segments through November.
29 CBS's soap opera Guiding Light unveils a new opening for the town of Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey, while still filming in New York City, New York.


Date Event
7 Michael Hanes, a former contestant on Press Your Luck, wins $1,127,062 on a prime-time episode of The Price is Right on CBS.
10 Fox Sports New York rebranded MSG Plus because Cablevision announced that it would be (branded in logos as "MSG+"), restructuring it as a spin-off of MSG Network.[5]
12 The USA TV website Hulu went live.
15 Laurie Dhue, anchor of Fox Report Weekend, leaves Fox News Channel after opting not to renew her contract.[6] She is replaced by Julie Banderas, co-anchor of America's Election Headquarters on weekends.
20 As part of that same rebranding effort, The History Channel dropped "The" and "Channel" from its name to become simply "History".[7]
26 CBS's soap opera The Young and the Restless celebrates its 35th anniversary, a year after its sister soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful marks 20 years.
27 WNBC/New York City, NBC's flagship station, scraps the scheduled airing of Access Hollywood in favor of an infomercial for Lend America. Station GM Frank Comerford resigned in the wake of the controversy and the station management apologized a day after the incident.[8] 6 days after the incident, the station restored the "4 New York" branding for non-news programming and News 4 New York for news programing.[9]


Date Event
1 ABC's soap opera General Hospital celebrates its 45th anniversary, two years after the April 2, 2006 50th Anniversary of CBS's As the World Turns.
4 In CBS, Cynthia Azevedo became the third and final $1,000,000 winner (the only winner who won the $1,000,000 bonus from a Pricing Game, Clock Game) on a prime-time episode of The Price is Right with a total winnings of $1,089,017. Another contestant from the same episode won a $87,910 Dodge Viper on Golden Road, and this was the game's last win until December 23, 2014. Price would later cancel the $1,000,000 spectacular on May 7 due to budget.
7 Bill Self's Kansas Jayhawks defeat John Calipari's Memphis Tigers 75–68 at the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Game at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and celebrate their victory in front of a national television audience on CBS.[10]
17 In FOX, former American Idol contestant Kimberley Locke became the first contestant in history to attempt, but unsuccessfully, the final level ($1,000,000 song; Ringo Starr's You're Sixteen) in the game show Don't Forget the Lyrics! and left with $100,000 that was raised for Camp Heartland. Locke, however, announced after the game that she would raise the $400,000 that she risked earlier along with the help of host Wayne Brady.
28 The WB Television Network, a former television channel launches again as an online website only.


Date Event
11 On CBS, former model Parvati Shallow was announced the winner of Survivor: Micronesia. It was also announced that the next season will be filmed in high definition.
16 The Wilmington, North Carolina television market is selected by the FCC to be the first television market in the United States to sign off their analog channels for ATSC early, starting September 8.
21 On Fox, David Cook became the winner of American Idol: season seven.
24 After over thirteen years, Kids' WB, The CW's children's programming block, ceases airing and becomes The CW4Kids when the network sells the air time to Grupo Clarin (through its subsidiary 4Kids Entertainment).[11] (Kids' WB, like The WB Television Network that the block originated, then relaunches as an online-only video on demand service.)
Superstation WGN changed its name to WGN America (initially, the use of the new name was limited to on-air promotions, as the Superstation WGN channel IDs remained in place). The new WGN America name and logo went into full-time use on May 26, 2008. The new logo was also the first used by the superstation feed to not incorporate WGN-TV's on-air logo branding in some capacity (the "WGN" text was similar in resemblance, although the "G" was not formed into an ovular arrow as it is in WGN-TV's logo), and its design featured the eyes of a female, which was used alongside the new slogan "TV You Can't Ignore".


Date Event
1 A large fire damages portions of Universal Studios Hollywood near Los Angeles, south of Burbank where NBC's soap opera Days of Our Lives is filmed.
4 Facing increased competition in the home-oriented programming sector, Discovery Communications planned a 24-hour channel focused on eco-friendly living in an attempt to capitalize on a rising environmental movement.[12] Discovery Home was relaunched as the environmentally-themed Planet Green at 6:00 p.m. ET.
19 Big Ten Network and Comcast announced a carriage agreement deal. The channel was added to Comcast on August 15.
28 The first episode of Saturday Night Live is rerun on NBC following the death of first host George Carlin, who died six days earlier on June 22.


Date Event
7 The Jewelry Channel, a U.S. home shopping service that was shown mostly on DirecTV and Dish Network, launches a going-out-of-business sale for its remaining items that was shown on the channel that would last until December 1. From December 1 onwards, TJC is now doing business as The Liquidation Channel.
15 ABC's soap opera One Life to Live (created by Agnes Nixon) celebrates its 40th anniversary, two years before another ABC soap opera All My Children (also created by Agnes Nixon) celebrates 40 years in 2010.
21 MGM Television and Weigel Broadcasting announce the launching of a new broadcast network designed for digital subchannels in the United States called This TV.


Date Event
1 Bowing to concerns by the Fox network over its Mexican-based operations, XETV, its affiliate in San Diego licensed to Tijuana, Mexico, swaps affiliations with CW affiliate KSWB-TV.
7 The Florence/Myrtle Beach, South Carolina television market gets its first-ever NBC affiliate, WMBF-TV. This move also gives Florence/Myrtle Beach in-market affiliates of all four major commercial networks.
8 After 50 years of being served by WTAE-TV/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Wheeling-Steubenville and Clarksburg-Fairmont TV markets get their first full-time ABC affiliates (as well as in-market affiliates of all four major commercial networks), as CBS affiliate WTRF/Wheeling, West Virginia adds an ABC affiliate on its DT3 subchannel and sister station & NBC affiliate WBOY-TV/Clarksburg, West Virginia does the same on its DT2 subchannel. Both stations had been ABC secondary affiliates in the past.
28 ESPNU launches its HD version to only five American cable television or satellite carriers.[13]
31 Big Ten Network reached carriage deal agreements with Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Brighthouse Networks, Mediacom and Cox Communications, ending the "cable carriage controversies" that the network had in its first year of existence. The network is now on all major cable TV systems in The Big Ten Region.
After 10 years on the air, PBS pulls Teletubbies off the PBS Kids block. The show remains off the air until 2015.


Date Event
1 Music: High Definition (MHD) is renamed Palladia.
PBS Kids re-brands its idents and promos, which are created by Primal Screen; Primal Screen had produced promotional elements for PBS Kids since 2000.
Jessica Robinson become the program's first (of two) $1,000,000 winner in NBC's Deal or No Deal during the Million Dollar Mission special.
4 Stand Up to Cancer, an event designed to raise cancer awareness, airs on ABC, CBS, NBC and E! in the United States, and on CTV, Citytv and Global in Canada.
Then-Georgian superintendent Kathy Cox became the program's first (of two) $1,000,000 winner in FOX's game show Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?.
8 The Wilmington, North Carolina television market officially becomes the first TV market in the United States to have all of its stations broadcast exclusively in digital, using the ATSC system.
The 26th season of Wheel of Fortune premiered with a new wedge introduced from the Australian version where contestants acquiring said wedge can win up to $1,000,000 in the bonus round, replacing with the usual $100,000 top prize. Its first such bonus round did not occur until October 3, and was not won until the October 14 episode. The first top prize loss happened on April 2, 2015.
15 WTMJ-TV/Milwaukee drops almost all syndicated programming except for Better and weekend niche programs in late night, featuring a lineup that consists of local news (including a four-hour afternoon news block from 3 to 7 pm, a first in the United States Central Time Zone) and NBC programming.
20 After 11 years run on the Cartoon Network, the successful action-adventure block, Toonami, has been canceled, effective 11 pm EST and later it returned in 2012.
21 The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards broadcasts on ABC.
29 Programming block Ready Set Learn ends on TLC and children's programming are moved over to Discovery Kids. It would re-branded as The Hub two years later.


Date Event
7 NBC announces that NBC Weather Plus would sign off at the end of the year.
10 Jeopardy! veteran Ken Jennings won $500,000 in the FOX's game show Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? though he chose not to risk his $475,000 winnings to attempt the $1,000,000 question (in which he answered correctly); with the total winnings accounted to $3,623,414.29, Jennings, for the first time since 2005, surpassed Brad Rutter's (another Jeopardy! veteran and current All-time champion) record of $3,455,102 as the biggest game show winner in the history of American and international television, a record which he would hold on until Rutter regained his status after winning the finals of Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades, which held on May 16, 2014.
14 Michelle Lowenstein become the first $1,000,000 winner in the game show Wheel of Fortune. At $1,026,080 in cash & prizes won, Lowenstein surpassed Peter Argyropolous and Deborah Cohen's $146,529 all-time record back in February 1996 (and Christine Denos and Jack Wagner's single-day record of $142,100 in February 2006) to become the largest single-day winner in the show's history until on May 30, 2013, where another contestant Autumn Erhard (who won $1,030,340) surpassed Lowenstein's total.
17 United States Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota 6th) makes headlines when she asks for an investigation into whether of members of the United States Congress are anti-American during a live interview on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews.
20 CBS announces it has signed an affiliation deal with ABC affiliate WENY-TV in Elmira, New York, giving the Elmira-Corning market both its first locally based CBS affiliate and in-market affiliates of all four major commercial networks. The affiliation takes effect on cable February 17, 2009 (when WENY-TV requests a flash-cut from analog to digital broadcasting), and over-the-air on WENY-DT2 at the end of May (when WENY-TV performs its flash-cut).
24 Barack Obama airs a 30-minute infomercial that airs on CBS, NBC, Fox, BET, Univision, MSNBC and TV One. The infomercial is seen by 33.6 million viewers.
25 K07YM in Bend, Oregon, a translator of CBS affiliate KOIN in Portland, Oregon, is converted to a stand-alone station as KBNZ-LD, giving the Bend market both its first-ever CBS affiliate and in-market affiliates of all four major commercial networks.
29 Winnow "Tomorrow" Rodriquez became the second (of only two) $1,000,000 winner in NBC's Deal or No Deal during the Million Dollar Mission special, after Rodriquez opened the last non-million briefcase before the final deal.


Date Event
1 Cookie Jar Toons/This is for Kids debuts on This TV.
4 CNN becomes the first channel in the history to use hologram technology on television, during the 2008 United States Presidential Election. CNN's Jessica Yellin became the first person ever to be transmitted via hologram, followed by of The Black Eyed Peas.[14]
5 At the end of the 2008 presidential election, Fox News Channel rebrands America's Election Headquarters as America's News Headquarters. Also, the headline segments now use that name.
17 Kathy Cox, who earlier appeared in Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? as the first $1,000,000 winner on September 4, along with his husband, declared Chapter 7 Bankruptcy because of a $3.5 million debt that came from the failure of her husband's home construction business. Fidelity Investments, who's responsible for charging a fund for the donor schools, donated the winnings back to Fox in December 2008 from the schools and placed the $1,000,000 prize won in a limbo that would not benefit anyone.[15]
19 Flint, Michigan PBS member station WFUM-TV (a.k.a. Michigan Television) permanently turns off its analog signal and begins broadcasting exclusively in digital, 9 months before the federally mandated analog shut off date of June 12, 2009, becoming the first station in its market, as well as the first PBS station in Michigan, to do so.[16][17]
20 The CW announces that it has terminated its Sunday night deal with Media Rights Capital. At the end of the season, the network returns its Sunday night programming time to its local affiliates.[18]
29 To settle a court dispute between itself and rival NBC affiliate WLIO, Metro Video Productions, owners of three low-power stations in Lima, Ohio (Fox/MyNetworkTV affiliate WOHL-CA, CBS affiliate WLMO-LP, and ABC affiliate WLQP-LP), sells all three stations to West Central Ohio Broadcasting, a division of Block Communications (parent company of WLIO). The dispute stems from Fox's plans in late 2007 to leave WOHL-CA and enter into talks to join a digital subchannel of full-power WLIO, despite WOHL-CA outrating WLIO in primetime. The sale is finalized on February 5, 2009.


Date Event
1 WBQC-CA/Cincinnati, Ohio asks the FCC permission to change its callsign to WKRP in honor of the television series that was set in the city.
3 The 2008 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is broadcast on CBS. 8.7 million people tune in.[19][20][21][22][23]
4 For the first time ever, a live music special is used to announce the nominees for the 51st Grammy Awards. As usual for the Grammies, the special is broadcast by CBS.
7 In CBS, siblings Nicholas "Nick" Spangler and Emily "Starr" Spangler won the thirteenth season of the five-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning reality show The Amazing Race, with a record of becoming the youngest winning team in the show's history, and a record seven legs won in one season (which would later tie with the winners of the fifteenth season nearly a year later) until the twentieth season, where winners Rachel & Dave Brown Jr. surpassed the record of winning eight legs (tying Rovilson Fernanzes & Marc Nelson's record of eight legs from The Amazing Race Asia 2 in last year) in May 2012.
8 HD versions of Comcast's cable channels The Style Network, E! Entertainment Television and G4 launch. Golf Channel and Versus also break apart from their combined HD network to full simulcasts of their regular schedule on separate HD networks.
The Tribune Company, owners of WGN-TV/Chicago and KTLA/Los Angeles, among other properties, files for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
27 After over eighteen years, Fox drops children's programming. Its final children's programming block, 4Kids TV, goes off the air, and 4Kids Entertainment directs its programming to The CW4Kids, the block it programs for The CW. 4Kids TV would later launch as an online-only website on the same day.
29 After four years, Adult Swim adds an hour to its operating day (the block, which used to begin at 11:00 p.m., now starts at 10:00 p.m. and runs to 6:00 a.m.)
31 Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks announce they are no longer carrying Viacom channels unless they come to an agreement with Viacom. They come to an agreement at the last minute.
NBC Weather Plus is shut down.


Debuts (including scheduled)Edit

Date Title Network
January 6 Biz Kid$ PBS Kids Go!
January 9 Ghost Hunters International Sci Fi
January 13 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Fox
January 20 Breaking Bad AMC
January 23 The Moment of Truth Fox
January 25 Gone Country CMT
January 28 Captain Flamingo Jetix
In Treatment HBO
January 31 Eli Stone ABC
February 4 The Mr. Men Show Cartoon Network
Welcome to The Captain CBS
February 7 America's Best Dance Crew MTV
Lipstick Jungle NBC
February 18 Power Rangers Jungle Fury Jetix
February 24 Bakugan Battle Brawlers Cartoon Network
February 26 Black Lagoon Starz Edge
March 2 Unhitched Fox
March 4 New Amsterdam
March 7 Chop Socky Chooks Cartoon Network
March 8 The Spectacular Spider-Man Kids' WB
March 10 Canterbury's Law Fox
March 14 The Return of Jezebel James
March 16 John Adams HBO
March 18 Miss Guided ABC
March 28 Blue Dragon Cartoon Network
March 30 Tracey Ullman's State of the Union Showtime
April 1 Delocated Adult Swim
April 12 Groomer Has It Animal Planet
April 18 Ben 10: Alien Force Cartoon Network
April 22 A Shot at Love II with Tila Tequila MTV
The Big Green Help Nickelodeon
April 26 The Mighty B!
Code Geass Adult Swim
April 27 Speed Racer: The Next Generation Nicktoons Network
April 30 Farmer Wants a Wife The CW
May 8 The Sprout Sharing Show PBS Kids Sprout
May 14 1000 Ways to Die Spike TV
May 24 The CW4Kids The CW
Denise Richards: It's Complicated E!
Living Lohan
May 25 China, IL Adult Swim
June 1 Million Dollar Password CBS
June 5 Swingtown
The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Cartoon Network
Total Drama Island
June 9 Monster Buster Club Jetix
June 24 I Survived a Japanese Game Show ABC
June 27 Dance Machine
Three Delivery Nicktoons Network
July 1 The Secret Life of the American Teenager ABC Family
July 11 Flashpoint CBS
Queen Bees TeenNick
July 13 Generation Kill HBO
July 14 The Wendy Williams Show Syndication
July 15 Must Love Kids TLC
July 21 Wanna Bet? ABC
July 29 Jurassic Fight Club History Channel
August 3 Pam: Girl on the Loose! E!
August 15 Outsiders Inn CMT
August 21 The Principal's Office truTV
August 23 Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit Adult Swim
September 1 Raising the Bar TNT
Martha Speaks PBS Kids
Sid the Science Kid
September 2 90210 The CW
September 3 Sons of Anarchy FX
September 6 Imagination Movers Playhouse Disney
September 7 Hole in the Wall Fox
Little Amadeus PBS Kids
True Blood HBO
September 8 The Bonnie Hunt Show Syndication
The Doctors
Family Court with Judge Penny
The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC
September 9 Privileged The CW
Fringe Fox
September 10 Do Not Disturb
September 13 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's The CW4Kids
September 15 My Family's Got Guts Nickelodeon
September 22 Worst Week CBS
September 23 Opportunity Knocks ABC
The Mentalist CBS
September 24 Gary Unmarried
Knight Rider NBC
September 26 The Suite Life on Deck Disney Channel
September 28 Little Britain USA HBO
September 30 Paris Hilton's My New BFF MTV
October 3 The Ex List CBS
Sanctuary ci Fi
The Secret Saturdays Cartoon Network
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
October 4 1st Look NBC
Making Fiends Nicktoons Network
October 5 Easy Money The CW
In Harm's Way
October 7 The Real Housewives of Atlanta Bravo
October 8 The Tony Rock Project MyNetworkTV
October 9 Eleventh Hour CBS
Kath & Kim NBC
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday
Life on Mars ABC
Testees FX
October 11 Dogs 101 Animal Planet
October 13 My Own Worst Enemy NBC
Unsolved Mysteries Spike
October 15 Chocolate News Comedy Central
October 17 Crash Starz
Crusoe NBC
World of Quest Cartoon Network
Ghost Adventures Travel Channel
October 18 Giada at Home Food Network
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling CMT
October 20 Rita Rocks Lifetime
Real Chance of Love VH1
Scream Queens
October 22 Stylista The CW
October 25 D. L. Hughley Breaks the News CNN
Kid vs. Kat Toon Disney
October 27 Cars Toons Disney Channel
Dead Set E4
October 30 Lost Tapes Animal Planet
November 1 Cookie Jar Toons/This is for Kids This TV
Legend of the Seeker Syndication
November 5 America's News Headquarters Fox News Channel
November 8 True Jackson, VP Nickelodeon
November 14 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Cartoon Network
November 29 The Penguins of Madagascar Nickelodeon
December 6 Random! Cartoons Nicktoons Network
December 7 Leverage TNT
December 9 A Double Shot at Love MTV
December 29 Bromance
The City

Entering syndication this yearEdit

Show Seasons In Production Source
Boston Legal 4 No
CSI: NY 4 Yes
Desperate Housewives 4 Yes
Monk 6 Yes
Storm Stories 7 Yes

Changes of network affiliationEdit

Show Moved from Moved to
The Zula Patrol PBS Kids Qubo
Franny's Feet PBS Kids Sprout
1st and 10 ESPN ESPN2
The Contender Versus
Emeril Live Food Network Fine Living
Friday Night Lights NBC The 101 Network
High School Reunion The WB TV Land
Inside the NFL HBO Showtime
Phineas and Ferb Disney Channel Toon Disney (second-run airings)
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody
The Whitest Kids U' Know Fuse IFC
Jon & Kate Plus 8 Discovery Health Channel TLC
Nashville Star USA NBC
One Piece Toonami Adult Swim and [1]
Futurama Fox, TBS, and Adult Swim Comedy Central
Paradise Hotel Fox MyNetworkTV
WWE Friday Night SmackDown The CW
World Poker Tour Travel Channel and GSN GSN and Fox Sports Net
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX 4KidsTV and Cartoon Network The CW4Kids
Dinosaur King 4KidsTV
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Viva Piñata
The Spectacular Spider-Man Kids' WB
Johnny Test Cartoon Network
Unsolved Mysteries Lifetime Spike
Mr. Meaty Nickelodeon Nicktoons Network
My Life as a Teenage Robot

Returning this yearEdit

Show Previous network Last aired New network Returning
Yin Yang Yo! Jetix 2007 Same January 1
One Tree Hill The CW January 8
Paradise Hotel Fox 2003 MyNetworkTV February 4
Bratz 4Kids TV 2006 Same
The Fairly OddParents Nickelodeon February 18
Futurama Fox 2003 Comedy Central March 23
The Bachelorette ABC 2005 Same May 19
The Mole 2004 June 2
ChalkZone Nickelodeon 2005 June 11

Ending this yearEdit

Date Show Debut
January 6 I Love New York 2007
January 7 Higglytown Heroes 2004
January 18 Game Head 2005
January 21 Codename: Kids Next Door 2002
January 23 The Land Before Time 2007
Power of 10
January 24 Big Shots
January 28 Madre Luna
January 30 Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants
February 1 Star Jones
February 3 Life Is Wild
February 8 Flash Gordon
February 11 Notes from the Underbelly
Girlfriends 2000
February 15 Las Vegas 2003
February 20 Cashmere Mafia 2008
February 22 1 vs. 100 2006
The Big Story 2000
February 24 CW Now 2007
Fox News Live 1996
Weekend Live 2002
February 29 About a Girl 2007
March 1 Eon Kid
March 3 The Palace 2008
Welcome to The Captain
March 8 The Batman 2004
March 9 The Wire 2002
Quarterlife 2008
March 10 October Road 2007
March 13 The NightCap 2008
March 14 Tucker 2005
March 15 Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! 2006
Control Room Presents 2007
March 21 Wilbur
The Return of Jezebel James 2008
March 22 Tom and Jerry Tales 2006
March 23 Frisky Dingo
The Boondocks (returned in 2010) 2005
Blood+ 2007
March 24 The Salt-N-Pepa Show
March 25 Jericho 2006
March 27 Camp Lazlo 2005
March 28 In the Loop with iVillage 2006
March 29 The Mint 2007
How Much Is Enough? 2008
March 30 Unhitched
April 1 Jack's Big Music Show 2005
April 3 Miss Guided 2008
April 5 Just Jordan 2007
Legion of Super Heroes 2006
April 6 Here Come the Newlyweds 2008
April 7 My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad
April 8 Secret Talents of the Stars
April 11 Amnesia
April 13 Dirt 2007
April 14 New Amsterdam 2008
April 15 Ben 10 (original series) 2005
Rob & Big 2006
April 16 Human Giant 2007
April 18 Canterbury's Law 2008
April 20 Oprah's Big Give
April 23 Pussycat Dolls Present 2007
April 27 John Adams 2008
April 28 High School Confidential
April 29 The Riches 2007
May 2 Zoey 101 2005
May 9 Merv Griffin's Crosswords 2007
May 13 Beauty and the Geek 2005
Women's Murder Club 2007
May 14 Back to You
May 15 Lil' Bush
May 16 Moonlight
The Montel Williams Show 1991
May 18 Aliens in America 2007
May 19 Life of Ryan
Paradise Hotel 2003
May 20 Shark 2006
May 25 Class of 3000
May 26 Flavor of Love
Wildfire 2005
May 29 Out of Jimmy's Head 2007
May 30 WWE Heat 1998
May 31 HolbyBlue 2007
My Kid's a Star 2008
Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1994
June 8 Day Break 2006
June 10 ToddWorld 2004
June 11 Men in Trees 2006
June 13 America's Pulse with E.D. Hill 2007
Pecados Ajenos
June 14 World of Quest 2008
June 21 Dance on Sunset
Growing Up Creepie 2006
June 25 Farmer Wants a Wife 2008
June 28 Endurance 2002
June 30 Robson Arms 2005
July 4 Just In 2008
Death Note 2007
July 5 The Future Is Wild
July 6 Assy McGee 2006
Di-Gata Defenders
July 11 Duel 2007
Dance Machine 2008
July 19 Avatar: The Last Airbender 2005
July 23 Mind of Mencia
July 27 Living Lohan 2008
July 28 Pucca 2006
July 29 Celebrity Family Feud (returned in 2015) 2008
August 2 Engaged and Underage 2007
August 4 American Gladiators 2008
August 7 Passions 1999
August 11 The Mole 2001
August 17 All Grown Up! 2003
Code Monkeys 2007
Fat Guy Stuck in Internet
August 22 Richard & Judy 2001
August 23 ChalkZone 2002
August 24 Generation Kill 2008
August 29 Queen Bees
September 1 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody 2005
Wayside 2007
September 4 Chop Socky Chooks 2008
September 5 Swingtown
Judge Maria Lopez 2006
Northwest Afternoon 1984
September 12 Cory in the House 2007
September 13 El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera
The Planet's Funniest Animals 1999
September 15 Grange Hill 1978
September 16 Must Love Kids 2008
September 20 Kappa Mikey 2006
Toonami (returned in 2012) 1997
E!'s Pam: Girl on the Loose! 2008
September 24 Do Not Disturb
Thrillville 2007
September 26 Fried Dynamite
The Paz Show 2003
September 27 Robotboy 2005
My Family's Got Guts 2008
October 2 MTV's Top Pop Group
October 3 Outsiders Inn
October 11 Tutenstein 2003
October 12 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy
October 21 General Hospital: Night Shift 2007
The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency 2006
October 22 Jurassic Fight Club 2008
October 24 The Ex List
October 25 America's Toughest Jobs
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
October 26 In Harm's Way
Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends 2004
October 28 LazyTown (returned in 2013)
October 29 Rap City 1989
October 30 Edgar & Ellen 2007
November 1 Digimon Data Squad
Making Fiends 2008
November 3 Power Rangers Jungle Fury
November 16 Total Request Live (returned in 2017) 1998
November 20 The Emperor's New School 2006
November 25 The Shield 2002
November 27 My Gym Partner's a Monkey 2005
December 6 Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling 2008
Horseland 2006
Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-lot 2007
December 7 Rugrats Pre-School Daze 2008
Trailer Park Boys (returned in 2014) 2001
December 8 Boston Legal 2004
December 12 South of Nowhere 2005
December 13 Trading Spaces (returned in 2018) 2000
December 15 My Own Worst Enemy 2008
December 17 Chocolate News
December 18 DragonflyTV 2002
Moral Orel 2005
December 24 The Black Carpet 2006

Made-for-TV moviesEdit

Date of airing Title Channel
January 25 Minutemen Disney Channel
February 17 Knight Rider NBC
February 18 Fairly OddBaby Nickelodeon
March 16 The Cutting Edge: Chasing the Dream ABC Family
April 20 Princess
June 8 The Circuit
June 20 Camp Rock Disney Channel
July 13 Picture This ABC Family
August 22 The Cheetah Girls: One World Disney Channel
September 6 Samurai Girl ABC Family
September 12 Gym Teacher: The Movie Nickelodeon
October 12 Underfist: Halloween Bash Cartoon Network
October 18 Living Proof Lifetime
November 27 Destination: Imagination Cartoon Network
December 5 Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh Nickelodeon


Premiere Title Channel
March 16 John Adams HBO
May 26 The Andromeda Strain A&E
July 13 Generation Kill HBO
November 16 Rugrats Pre-School Daze Nickelodeon


Date Name Notability
July 15 Iain Armitage Actor (Young Sheldon)
September 17 Mia Talerico Actress (Good Luck Charlie)
October 10 Santino Barnard Actor (The Kids Are Alright)


Date Name Age Notability
January 6 Bob LeMond 94 Radio and TV announcer (Ozzie and Harriet, Leave it to Beaver)
January 15 Brad Renfro 25 Actor
January 17 Allan Melvin 84 Actor (Magilla Gorilla, The Brady Bunch, All in the Family)
January 18 Lois Nettleton 80 Actress (In the Heat of the Night)
January 19 Suzanne Pleshette 70 Actress (Emily Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show)
January 22 Heath Ledger 28 Australian actor
January 24 Jahna Steele 49 Transgender entertainer (was "outed" on A Current Affair in 1992, guest-starred on NYPD Blue)
February 1 Shell Kepler 49 Actress and presenter (General Hospital, HSN host)
February 4 Augusta Dabney 89 Actress (Another World, A World Apart, Loving)
February 6 John McWethy 60 ABC News correspondent from 1979 to 2006
February 10 Ron Leavitt 60 Writer and producer (Happy Days, Married... with Children)
Roy Scheider 75 Actor (Capt. Bridger on seaQuest)
Steve Gerber 60 Illustrator/animator (Thundarr The Barbarian)
February 12 David Groh 68 Actor (Joe Gerard on Rhoda)
February 14 Perry Lopez 78 Character actor (Star Trek)
February 18 Grits Gresham 85 Outdoor sportscaster (The American Sportsman)
February 27 Myron Cope 79 Sportscaster at WTAE/Pittsburgh and color commentator for Pittsburgh Steelers broadcasts
William F. Buckley, Jr. 82 Host and commentator (Firing Line)
March 16 Ivan Dixon 76 Actor, producer and director (Hogan's Heroes)
April 5 Charlton Heston 84 Actor (The Colbys)
April 8 Stanley Kamel 65 Actor (Monk)
May 1 Hager Twins 66 One-half of Hager Twins and a regular on Hee Haw
May 2 Beverlee McKinsey 72 Soap opera actress (Another World, Texas, Guiding Light)
May 11 Dick Sutcliffe 90 Christian children's' TV producer/animator (Davey and Goliath)
May 15 Alexander Courage 88 Composer (Star Trek theme song)
May 18 Joseph Pevney 96 Director (Bonanza)
May 24 Dick Martin 86 Comedian and director (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In)
May 25 Mitch Mullany 39 Actor (Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher)
May 26 Earle Hagen 88 Music composer (The Andy Griffith Show)
Sydney Pollack 73 Producer, director and actor (The Fugitive, Will & Grace, The Sopranos)
May 29 Harvey Korman 81 Actor and comedian (The Carol Burnett Show, The Flintstones)
June 2 Mel Ferrer 90 Actor, producer and director (Falcon Crest, Return of the Saint)
June 7 Jim McKay 86 Sportscaster and journalist for ABC, CBS and NBC Sports
Neil MacNeil 85 Journalist (Washington Week in Review)
June 12 Charlie Jones 77 Sportscaster for NBC and ABC Sports; play-by-play TV announcer for AFL and NFL games
June 13 Tim Russert 58 Journalist for NBC News and host of Meet the Press from 1991 to 2008
June 15 Tony Schwartz 84 Sound archivist, ad executive and creator of Lyndon B. Johnson's 1964 "Daisy" political ad
June 17 Cyd Charisse 86 Actress, dancer (The Love Boat, Frasier, Fantasy Island, Burke's Law)
June 21 Kermit Love 91 Puppeteer, costume designer, actor (Sesame Street)
June 22 Dody Goodman 93 Actress (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman)
George Carlin 71 Actor, writer, comedian (The George Carlin Show, Shining Time Station)
June 29 Don S. Davis 65 Actor (Stargate SG-1, Twin Peaks)
July 3 Larry Harmon 83 Entertainer (Bozo the Clown)
July 4 Jesse Helms 86 Politician and journalist for WRAL-TV, Raleigh, North Carolina
July 12 Tony Snow 53 Commentator (Fox News Sunday) and White House Press Secretary
July 17 Larry Haines 89 Actor (Search for Tomorrow)
July 21 K-Swift 29 Club radio DJ, hip-hop producer and remixer (The Wire, BET's Rap City)
July 22 Estelle Getty 84 Actress (The Golden Girls)
August 6 John K. Cooley 80 Journalist and author (ABC News)
August 7 Bernie Brillstein 77 Producer and agent (Buffalo Bill, ALF, The Larry Sanders Show, NewsRadio)
August 9 Bernie Mac 50 Actor and comedian (The Bernie Mac Show)
August 10 Isaac Hayes 65 Singer, songwriter and voiceover artist (South Park)
August 12 Bill Stulla 97 "Engineer Bill" – children's show host ("Cartoon Express" on KHJ-TV/Los Angeles from 1954 to 1966)
August 19 Julius Carry 56 Actor (Doctor, Doctor, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.)
August 22 Jeff MacKay 59 Actor (Magnum, P.I.)
August 31 Ike Pappas 75 News reporter (CBS News)
September 1 Don LaFontaine 68 Voice-over announcer (Entertainment Tonight)
Jerry Reed 71 Actor and singer (The New Scooby-Doo Movies, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, The Concrete Cowboys, Hee Haw)
September 12 George Putnam 94 News personality
October 5 Lloyd Thaxton 81 Host and producer (The Lloyd Thaxton Show, Fight Back! With David Horowitz)
October 11 Neal Hefti 85 Theme music composer (Batman, The Odd Couple (the film) and the TV series))
October 15 Jack Narz 85 Game show host (Beat the Clock, Concentration)
October 25 Anne Pressly 26 Anchorwoman and special assignment reporter for KATV/Little Rock, Arkansas
November 4 Michael Crichton 66 Author and screenwriter (ER)
November 11 Herb Score 75 Baseball player and TV/Radio play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Indians
December 1 Paul Benedict 70 Character actor, writer and director (The Jeffersons, Sesame Street)
December 5 Beverly Garland 82 Actress, singer and businesswoman (My Three Sons, Scarecrow and Mrs. King)
December 8 Robert Prosky 77 Actor (Hill Street Blues)
December 12 Van Johnson 92 Actor and singer (Batman, Here's Lucy, The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957 television film))
December 13 Maddie Blaustein 48 Voice actress (Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dinosaur King)
December 18 Majel Barrett 76 Actress (Star Trek: The Original Series)
December 25 Eartha Kitt 81 Actress, dancer and singer (Batman, The Emperor's New School)

See alsoEdit


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