2009 in American television
The following is a list of events affecting American television in 2009. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel launches.
|1||After 51 years as an NBC affiliate, KBTV/Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas joined the Fox network. The NBC affiliation moves over to the DT sub-channel of ABC affiliate KBMT.|
|Major League Baseball launches MLB Network, becoming the last of the four major American sports leagues to launch its own channel.|
|3||Fox replaces the 4Kids TV block, with two hours from 8–10 am going to the affiliates, and 10 am–noon EST becoming Weekend Marketplace (infomercials).|
|5||NBC affiliate WGBC in Meridian, Mississippi switches its primary affiliation to Fox, taking the affiliation from WTOK-DT2. NBC programming then moves to WGBC-DT2. The move is made to allow Fox programs to be offered in HD.|
|9||Nickelodeon kicks off a year-long celebration of SpongeBob SquarePants tenth anniversary.|
|15||Hawaii became the first state in the United States to have all of its television stations switch to digital television.|
|William Petersen appears for the last time as a regular cast member on CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Supervisor Gil Grissom.|
|19||The Powerpuff Girls return to Cartoon Network for their tenth anniversary special.|
|26||Disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich goes on a media blitz appearing on NBC's The Today Show, ABC's The View, and CNN's Larry King Live while his impeachment trial continues in his homestate. Blagojevich is later ousted from office on January 29.|
|1||Super Bowl XLIII, which saw the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Arizona Cardinals 27–23 and give the Steelers their history-making sixth Super Bowl win ever for the franchise, was televised live on NBC in the U.S.|
|2||Programming blocks Nick Jr. and TEENick discontinued on Nickelodeon.|
|10||MyNetworkTV announced that they will switch from a network to a syndication programming service.|
|11||President Obama signed the DTV Delay Act into law, officially moving the DTV transition in the United States cutoff date to June 12, 2009.|
|12||Charter Communications files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.|
|13||Toon Disney and Jetix relaunched as Disney XD.|
|15||On Fox, The Simpsons is broadcast in HD for the first time, with the season 20 episode "Take My Life, Please". The event also includes a new opening, during which Bart writes "HDTV is worth every cent" for this episode's chalkboard gag.|
|17||368 U.S. TV stations permanently shut off their analog signals on the original February 17 date of the DTV transition in the United States and began broadcasting exclusively in digital. 53 stations qualify for nightlight service status, meaning they must use their analog signals only for DTV transition public service announcements and severe weather alerts. All others must wait until June 12 to go all digital (see DTV Delay Act for further details).|
|20||After 16 years on the air, the last episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien airs on NBC. Conan's favorite band The White Stripes was the final guest. Will Ferrell (impersonating former U.S. President George W. Bush) and former sidekick/O'Brien's Tonight Show announcer Andy Richter made surprise appearances, and pre-recorded clips of John Mayer and Abe Vigoda were shown. Late Night leaves Studio 6A at NBC's Rockefeller Center studios in New York after 27 years.|
|22||The 81st Academy Awards presentation was televised live on ABC. Slumdog Millionaire won eight awards including Best Picture, and 14 other films won at least one award. 37 million viewers in the United States watched the ceremony.|
|1||The traditional Nielsen ratings February sweeps are moved to March.|
|2||Late Night with Jimmy Fallon premiered on NBC. The Roots is the house band. Oscar winner Robert De Niro, Grammy winner Van Morrison, and singer / actor Justin Timberlake were Jimmy's first guests. Former host Conan O'Brien also made a cameo appearance. Late Night moves to Studio 6B (the former WNBC-TV news studio) at NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center.|
|9||NBC's flagship station, WNBC in New York City, launches New York Nonstop, an entertainment/lifestyle channel.|
|16||Ion Television affiliates launch their HD channel.|
|17||The Simpsons episode "In the Name of the Grandfather" broadcasts on Sky1 in the United Kingdom. (It premiered in the U.S. March 22 on Fox.)|
|19||President Barack Obama appears on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, marking the first time a sitting President has appeared on a late night talk show.|
|23||American satellite television provider DirecTV paid $4 billion to extend its exclusive contract for the NFL Sunday Ticket package until 2014. After the 2014 season, DirecTV will have had exclusive U.S. rights for the package for 20 straight seasons, since the package's (and DirecTV's) inception in 1994.|
|31||Osbournes Reloaded premieres on the Fox network, but due to several affiliates refusing to air the show, it gets the axe in the summer.|
|2||The TV Guide Network announces that they will no longer carry local television listing grids on their channel. However, as of 2010, they are still displayed only on local cable providers.|
|Emmy Award-winning medical drama ER airs its series finale on NBC after a one-hour retrospective.|
|7||The television special Charlie Brown's All-Stars returns to American television for the first time since 1982, airing on ABC.|
|16||Sportscaster John Madden announces his retirement at age 73.|
|On CBS, Bob Barker returns to the set of his former game show of 35 years, The Price Is Right, to promote his new book, Priceless Memories.|
|20||The CW arrives in Guam with the on-air debut of KTKB-LP.|
|The CW affiliate WLGA/Columbus, Georgia becomes an independent station. The CW affiliation moves to a subchannel for NBC affiliate WLTZ, known as CW Ga-Bama.|
|23||Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids is retired on Dish Network and replaced by a west coast feed of Cartoon Network.|
|27||ABC launches an HD subchannel network called Live Well HD Network. The channel initially airs on its O&Os before expanding it to other affiliates a year later.|
|28||CBS's drama NCIS airs a two-part pilot for its spin-off series NCIS: Los Angeles when the first part of "Legend" airs on this night. The second part airs the following Tuesday.|
|1||Nickelodeon's The Fairly OddParents returns with part one ("The Big Beginning") of a three-day movie called Wishology.|
|5||The CW announces that it will turn over its Sunday night schedule back to its affiliates. Since then, The CW only broadcasts on the weekdays and Saturday mornings.|
|6||Noggin and The N split up on Dish Network.|
|16||After 14 years, MADtv's series finale airs on Fox with host Fred Willard, and includes guest appearances by former cast members Alex Borstein, Mo Collins, Artie Lange, Will Sasso and Debra Wilson.|
|20||The CW aired the series finale of The Game, which resulted in there being no scripted series (comedy or drama) on American network television with a predominantly African-American cast.|
|On Fox, Kris Allen won the eighth installment of American Idol.|
|1||The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien premieres at 11:35 p.m. EDT on NBC, with Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam as the show's first guests. Tonight moves to Stage 1 at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, California.|
|12||All remaining NTSC full-service television stations in the United States stop broadcasting analog television and start broadcasting digital television signals only (see DTV transition in the United States for further details).|
|12||Four months after the Steelers Super Bowl win the city of Pittsburgh sees another championship with the Penguins winning the Stanley Cup their third in franchise history and their first since 1992. Game 7 was the last to be broadcast on analog television before switching to digital.|
|25||The "King of Pop" Michael Jackson dies at his Los Angeles home at the age of 50.|
|29||American cable news channel MSNBC launches its high definition version, becoming the last of the Big 3 cable news channels to do so.|
|The Michael Jackson-themed episode for American Idol (season 8) is re-aired on Fox due to his death on June 25.|
|7||A memorial service for Michael Jackson, who died on June 25, is broadcast live around the world, with an estimated audience of one billion.|
|Sci Fi Channel renames itself "Syfy". Warehouse 13 is the first show on the network (with the new name), which premiered on this day.|
|12||Television stations turn off all of their analog nightlight stations. The NBC O&O's stations had turned off their nightlight stations on June 26, while several other nightlight stations were turned off between the rest of June and July.|
|13||New Vision Television files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.|
|WLIO-DT2 in Lima, Ohio, previously a CW affiliate before simulcasting parent station WLIO, joins Fox (with MyNetworkTV as its secondary affiliation). Fox's former affiliate WOHL-CA, who had been sold to WLIO on February 5, will sign-off on July 31 in preparation for a flash-cut to digital channel 35 (as WOHL-CD), and return to the air as an ABC affiliate (with CBS on DT2) on September 28. ABC and CBS's former affiliates (WLQP-LP and WLMO-LP) sign-off their analog signals on that same date in preparation for a possible flash-cut to digital.|
|14||The 2009 MLB All-Star Game is broadcast on Fox. The ceremonial first pitch is thrown by President Barack Obama.|
|27||Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, announced that he is leaving the company.|
|4||Paula Abdul confirms to her fans on her Twitter page that she will step down as a judge for American Idol after eight seasons.|
|5||Laura Ling and Euna Lee, both Asian-American journalists for Current TV, are released from prison in North Korea through negotiations between the government and Bill Clinton. Both women were sentenced to 12 years hard labor for accidentally crossing the border from China while doing a story in 2008.|
|8||Sonia Sotomayor's swearing in as United States Supreme Court Justice marks the first time that a televised event was shown live at the Supreme Court instead of the White House.|
|9||ABC airs Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for 11 episodes in primetime as an event to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the show. The final episode, which aired August 23, saw a contestant Ken Basin attempted unsuccessfully on the $1,000,000 final question (a similar situation would later be repeated on September 25, 2013 where Josina Reaves reached the final question and lost).|
|13||ABC announced that All My Children will move its production from New York City to Los Angeles in 2010. This will mark the first time in its 40-year run (Its 40th anniversary will be in 2010) that the serial will switch studio production locations, and the first soap opera to do so since CBS' The Brighter Day in 1961.|
|18||Rainbow Media launches a new theme channel named Wedding Central on its parent system Cablevision.|
|Honolulu, Hawaii television outlets KGMB (CBS), KHNL (NBC) and KFVE (My Network TV) combine their operations under a SSA deal made between Raycom Media and MCG. As part of the deal, Raycom takes over KGMB's programming and newscast and swap channels with MCG, who oversee KFVE and move the station to KGMB's channel.|
|22||VH1 cancels the reality shows Megan Wants a Millionaire and I Love Money after Ryan Jenkins, a contestant on both shows, is charged with the murder of his ex-wife, swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore, and is later found dead himself in Hope, British Columbia.|
|27||Lifetime Entertainment Services, the parent company of Lifetime Television, is acquired by A&E Television Networks.|
|30||After 26 years, PBS pulls Reading Rainbow off the PBS Kids schedule. The PBS series had been in reruns since 2006.|
|31||The Walt Disney Company, parent company of ABC, acquires Marvel Entertainment.|
|The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS begins broadcasting in high-definition, along with a brand new opening, and a change to the theme song.|
|1||DirecTV removed sports channel Versus due to an ongoing carriage dispute about subscriber fees.|
|Freedom Communications, the parent company of WPEC/West Palm Beach, Florida and WTVC/Chattanooga, Tennessee, among others, files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.|
|7||ESPN celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special 90 minute edition of SportsCenter.|
|9||Ellen DeGeneres is named the successor to Paula Abdul as judge of American Idol.|
|10||John Stossel leaves ABC and his co-hosting duties at 20/20 to join the Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel.|
|12||KEWLopolis ends on CBS after the Cookie Jar Group's acquisition of DIC Entertainment, which had programmed the block.|
|13||The NFL introduces Red Zone Channel, a special channel with extended highlights available during the regular season. AT&T U-Verse, Comcast, Dish Network, and Verizon FiOS are the first carriers to provide the new channel.|
|The final two episodes of King of the Hill air on Fox. Four unaired episodes would later be shown in syndication and on Adult Swim.|
|A tribute to Michael Jackson and Kanye West's interrupting Taylor Swift's speech were among the notable moments at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards|
|14||Liberman Broadcasting launches a new Spanish-language TV network called Estrella TV.|
|For the first time ever, NBC launches a prime-time weeknight talk/variety show with Jay Leno as host, titled The Jay Leno Show, which airs during the 10:00 p.m. Eastern/9:00 p.m. Central time slots but got canceled after one season.|
|16||For the first time ever on television, The Newlywed Game features a gay couple on their show. George Takei and his partner Brad Altman are the celebrity newlyweds that make history on GSN's version of the long-running game show.|
|18||Guiding Light, a CBS soap opera that began on radio in 1937 before moving to television in 1952, airs its final episode on the network. CBS retains the time slot and uses it to launch a revival of Let's Make a Deal on October 5.|
|Astrophysicist and former Nobel laureate George Smoot appeared in FOX's game show Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, and became the second contestant (of two to date, after Kathy Cox) to win the $1 million grand prize.|
|19||KEWLopolis, CBS's Saturday morning children's programming block, is renamed Cookie Jar TV by the Cookie Jar Group.|
|20||Barack Obama makes history by appearing on five Sunday news/talk shows on the same day: CBS's Face the Nation, ABC's This Week, CNN's State of the Union with John King, NBC/MSNBC's Meet The Press and on Univision.|
|Jimmy Mulville, head of the British production company Hat Trick Productions, announced plans to make a pilot for an American version of the long-running British satirical panel game Have I Got News for You.|
|Mad Men wins Outstanding Drama Series and 30 Rock wins Outstanding Comedy Series at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and televised by CBS.|
|21||President Barack Obama appears on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman, marking the first time a sitting U.S. president has been host David Letterman's guest.|
|22||ABC World News Now on the ABC television network becomes the first overnight newscast to broadcast in high definition.|
|25||The Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien suffers a concussion after hitting his head on the studio floor while taping a stunt with guest Teri Hatcher. Production on that day's episode is halted, and a rerun airs on NBC in its place. O'Brien returned to work the following Monday.|
|27||Season 21 of The Simpsons begins broadcasting on Fox with the season premiere titled "Homer the Whopper." This season establishes The Simpsons as the longest-running prime time entertainment program in history (overtaking Gunsmoke).|
|The Cleveland Show, a spin-off of Family Guy, premieres on Fox. Family Guy itself will make mention of this at the end of the season seven episode "Baby Not on Board". The pilot episode airing on this night also serves as Cleveland Brown's official departure from Family Guy.|
|28||MyNetworkTV converts from being a television network to becoming a Syndicated programming service due to disappointing ratings in their original programming, relying mostly on syndicated repeats of recent broadcast and cable television series.|
|Viacom rebrands Noggin as Nick Jr., and The N as TeenNick, using former Nickelodeon block names to rebrand those channels. All four networks (including the Nick@Nite block and Nicktoons) are rebranded with a new universal logo, replacing the iconic "orange splat" logo that had been in use since 1984. In addition, BET J is quietly rebranded as Centric.|
|1||David Letterman admits on his Late Show to having sexual relationships with female members of his staff. He also tells the audience that he wrote a fraudulent check for $2 million to a 48 Hours producer who planned to blackmail him on the matter.|
|5||ESPN's broadcast of Monday Night Football between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings becomes the most-watched cable television program in history, with 15 million homes tuning in to see Vikings quarterback Brett Favre face his former team for the first time. The Vikings won the game 30–23 and Favre became the first quarterback in NFL history to beat all 32 teams.|
|14||News Corporation announces that Fox Reality Channel will be replaced by Nat Geo Wild in March 2010.|
|21||Nickelodeon (Viacom) acquires global rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Mirage Studios for $60 million.|
|25||Steve Phillips is fired by ESPN after the baseball analyst admits to having an affair with Brooke Hundley, a 22-year-old production assistant at the sports network. Hundley, who was later given a court restraining order after trying to stalk Phillips, his soon-to-be-ex-wife and son, was also fired.|
|26||The newscasts of Honolulu television outlets KGMB and KHNL/KFVE are combined into one, becoming "Hawaii News Now." KGMB and KHNL will simulcast their early morning show "Sunrise", 5 pm and 10 pm newscast, with the exception of KGMB's 7 am portion of "Sunrise" and 6 pm newscast, KHNL's relocated 5:30 pm newscast and during the 7 am hour when they start airing NBC's Today Show, and during separate programming. KFVE's 6:30 pm and 9 pm newscasts remains intact. Also effective with this move is KGMB moving from DT channel 8 (PSIP RF channel 9) to DT 23 (PSIP 5) and vice versa for KFVE|
|29||Washington, D.C. station WJLA-TV, an affiliate of ABC, airs a local special "Touch of Life: The Guide to Breast Self Examination" featuring uncensored self breast exams. The special is also continued the next day.|
|30||For the first time in its 27-year history, The Weather Channel begins showing weekly weather related movies, including The Perfect Storm and Misery.|
|Epix, a new premium channel, launches, with Verizon FiOS being its first carrier.|
|2||Nickelodeon launches in Canada as a replacement to Discovery Kids Canada. The channel focuses on children's programing from the U.S.|
|5||Scripps Networks Interactive pays $1.1 billion for a 65% share of Travel Channel.|
|6||The SpongeBob SquarePants one-hour tenth anniversary special, SpongeBob's Truth or Square, premieres on Nickelodeon. The special is then followed by the series premiere of Nickelodeon's newest cartoon, Fanboy and Chum Chum, The first Nicktoons to premiere under the 2009 nick logo instead of the 1984 splat logo.|
|8||After ten years on the air. The Cartoon Cartoon Ed, Edd n Eddy airs a TV movie on Cartoon Network to wrap up its run.|
|10||First Lady Michelle Obama appears on the season premiere of Sesame Street, commemorating the PBS show's 40th anniversary.|
|11||CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, a mainstay at the channel since its start in 1980, announces he is leaving the network effective immediately.|
|16||Who Wants to Be a Millionaire held a special, Tournament of 10 as part of the tenth anniversary of the series, where ten former contestants with the highest winnings during syndicated run were invited to answer the $1 million question, and the prize is awarded to only one contestant if the contestant holds the highest prior winnings (which was determined by seed) answered the question correctly. The run ended on November 20, where Sam Murray won the $1 million prize as he was the only contestant to answer the $1 million question correctly.|
|19||Oprah Winfrey announces that she will end her long-running talk show in 2011, after its 25th season.|
|26||The NFL Network airs an expletive uttered by Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels during the team's Thanksgiving night football game with the New York Giants. Play-by-play announcer Bob Papa apologized for the network's gaffe later in the broadcast.|
|1||The 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is broadcast on CBS. 8.3 million people tune in.|
|3||It is announced that NBC Universal will become a joint venture between General Electric and Comcast, with GE retaining a 49 percent stake in the company and buying current NBC partner Vivendi's share. Comcast, meanwhile, will take a 51 percent controlling interest. The deal is subject to government approval.|
|7||Comstar Media acquires semi-religious television and radio network FamilyNet.|
|8||CBS announced that they are canceling As the World Turns (the last of the Procter & Gamble soaps) after more than 50 years on the air. The series ends its run on September 17, 2010 and is replaced four weeks after that with The Talk.|
|The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is rebranded as PBS NewsHour.|
|11||After 20 years, Diane Sawyer leaves ABC's Good Morning America to succeed Charles Gibson as anchor of ABC World News beginning December 21. Chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos replaces Sawyer as "GMA" co-anchor.|
|15||The FCC considers an order that would close the "terrestrial loophole" which keeps fiber delivered channels such as Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and 4SD off of satellite TV systems.|
|18||Charles Gibson retires as anchor of ABC World News. The following Monday, Diane Sawyer takes over as anchor.|
|23||E! rehires Joan Rivers to host their specials in 2010.|
|28||DirecTV launched a new satellite which, when fully installed, will give the provider the capacity of up to 80 more HD channels. It will become fully operational early in the 2nd quarter of 2010.|
|31||DirecTV and Rainbow Media reach a last minute carriage renewal agreement, keeping Rainbow's channels AMC, WE tv, IFC, Fuse TV, SundanceTV, MSG Network and MSG Plus on the satellite system.|
Debuts (including scheduled)Edit
|Everybody Hates Chris||4||No|
|My Name Is Earl||4||No|
Changes of network affiliationEdit
Returning this yearEdit
|Show||Previous network||Last aired||New network||Returning||Source|
|Nanny 911||Fox||2007||Country Music Television||January|
|Austin Stevens: Snakemaster (as Austin Stevens Adventures)||Animal Planet||Same||February|
|Avatar: the Last Airbender||Nickelodeon||2008|
|I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!||ABC||2003||NBC||June|
|Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (primetime)||2002||Same||August|||
|Let's Make a Deal||NBC||2003||CBS||October 5|||
|Soul Train Music Awards||WGN America and Syndication||2008||Centric||November|||
|Show||Network||Episode#||Episode title||Episode air date||Source|
|Power Rangers||ABC Kids||700th||"Danger and Destiny, Part 2"||December 26|
Ending this yearEdit
|January 29||Winslow Fegley||Actor (Fast Layne)|
|January 3||Pat Hingle||84||Actor|
|January 6||Cheryl Holdridge||64||Actress (The Mickey Mouse Club)|
|January 8||Don Galloway||71||Actor (Sgt. Ed Brown on Ironside)|
|January 9||Hager Twins||67||Actor/singer (Hee Haw)|
|January 13||Patrick McGoohan||80||Actor (John Drake on Danger Man and Number 6 on The Prisoner)|
|January 14||Ricardo Montalbán||88||Actor (Mr. Rourke on Fantasy Island)|
|January 18||Bob May||69||Actor and stuntman (Lost in Space)|
|January 21||Veatrice Rice||59||television personality (The Jimmy Kimmel Show)|
|January 25||Kim Manners||58||TV producer-director (The X-Files, Supernatural)|
|January 31||Clint Ritchie||70||Actor (One Life to Live)|
|February 6||James Whitmore||87||Actor and commercial spokesman (The Practice)|
|Philip Carey||83||Actor and commercial spokesman (Laredo, One Life to Live)|
|February 7||Molly Bee||69||Actress and singer (Hometown Jamboree)|
|February 28||Paul Harvey||90||Radio and TV news commentator (The Rest of the Story, Good Morning America)|
|March 13||Alan W. Livingston||91||Vice-president in charge of programming at NBC; created the character of Bozo the Clown|
|Andrew Martin||33||Professional wrestler known as Test in the WWF/E & The Punisher in TNA|
|March 15||Ron Silver||62||Actor, director, producer (The West Wing)|
|March 17||Morton Lachman||90||TV writer and producer (All in the Family, Gimme a Break!, Kate & Allie)|
|March 24||George Kell||86||Sportscaster (Detroit Tigers play-by-play announcer [1959–96])|
|March 27||Irving R. Levine||86||Journalist-correspondent for NBC News|
|March 28||Maurice Jarre||84||Composer (Cimarron Strip, Jesus of Nazareth, Shōgun, The Murder of Mary Phagan)|
|March 29||Andy Hallett||33||Actor (Angel, Angel: Live Fast, Die Never)|
|April 3||Thomas Braden||92||TV journalist and commentator (Crossfire), whose book Eight Is Enough was adapted into the series of the same name|
|April 8||Dan Miller||67||TV journalist (anchorman at WSMV/Nashville, Tennessee and KCBS-TV/Los Angeles, California; The Pat Sajak Show sidekick)|
|April 13||Harry Kalas||73||Philadelphia Phillies radio-TV play-by-play announcer since 1971, narrator of NFL Films and NFL on Westwood One play-by-play|
|April 15||Merle Harmon||82||TV-radio sportscaster, commercial spokesman, and businessman (play-by-play announcer for Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers; ABC and NBC Sports programs)|
|April 25||Bea Arthur||86||Actress (Maude on All in the Family and Maude, Dorothy on The Golden Girls)|
|May 1||Danny Gans||52||Comedian and musical impressionist (portrayed Dean Martin in 1992 miniseries Sinatra)|
|May 4||Dom DeLuise||75||Actor/comedian|
|May 13||Frank Aletter||83||Actor (Bringing Up Buddy, The Cara Williams Show, Nancy)|
|Wayne Allwine||62||Voice actor (Mickey Mouse)|
|May 21||Joan Alexander||94||Actress and game show panelist (The Name's the Same, The New Adventures of Superman)|
|May 26||Michael Ross||89||Comedy writer/producer (All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Three's Company)|
|June 3||David Carradine||72||Actor (Kung Fu and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues)|
|June 8||Johnny Palermo||27||Actor (Everybody Hates Chris)|
|June 19||Ken Roberts||99||Voice-over announcer and actor (The Secret Storm, The Electric Company)|
|June 23||Ed McMahon||86||The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson sidekick, Star Search host|
|June 25||Farrah Fawcett||62||Actress (Charlie's Angels)|
|Michael Jackson||50||Entertainer and recording artist (also The Jackson 5)|
|June 27||Gale Storm||87||Actress and singer (My Little Margie, The Gale Storm Show)|
|June 28||Billy Mays||50||Commercial/infomercial pitchman (OxiClean, Orange Glo, ESPN360.com etc.)|
|Fred Travalena||66||Impressionist, comedian, actor and game show host (Anything For Money)|
|July 1||Karl Malden||97||Actor (The Streets of San Francisco, The West Wing)|
|July 11||Mark Mandala||72||Television executive (President of ABC from 1986 to 1994)|
|July 17||Walter Cronkite||92||TV/radio journalist, reporter, author and narrator (CBS Evening News anchor [1962–81]) and Liberty's Kids |
|July 21||Taco Bell chihuahua||15||Advertiser for Taco Bell|
|August 6||John Hughes||59||Writer for (At Ease)|
|August 16||Ed Reimers||96||TV/radio voiceover announcer and actor (voice behind Allstate Insurance's "You're In Good Hands" commercials; Maverick, Star Trek)|
|August 18||Robert Novak||78||Journalist, writer and commentator (Crossfire)|
|August 19||Don Hewitt||86||Producer, creator of 60 Minutes |
|August 26||Dominick Dunne||83||Screenwriter, producer, news contributor/commentator (Adventures in Paradise, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles), more recently host of Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice|
|August 28||Adam Goldstein||36||Reality TV participant (Punk'd, The Simple Life)|
|September 4||Buddy Blattner||89||Sportscaster (most recently for the Atlanta Hawks) |
|September 8||Army Archerd||87||Variety columnist and TV personality (Entertainment Tonight, The Movie Show) |
|September 10||Frank Batten||82||Co-founder of The Weather Channel |
|September 11||Larry Gelbart||81||Producer, director and writer (creator of M*A*S*H and others) |
|September 12||George Eckstein||81||TV writer and producer (The Fugitive, Gunsmoke) |
|September 13||Arnold Laven||87||Producer (creator of The Rifleman) |
|September 14||Henry Gibson||73||Actor (Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In) |
|Patrick Swayze||57||Actor (The Beast, North and South) |
|September 15||Fred Cusick||90||Sportscaster (Boston Bruins play-by-play announcer for 45 seasons) |
|September 16||Mary Travers||72||Singer, songwriter; member of Peter, Paul and Mary (The Jack Benny Program, What's My Line and Peter Paul & Mary TV concert specials) |
|September 21||Robert Ginty||60||Actor (The Paper Chase, Falcon Crest, Hawaiian Heat) and director|
|October 14||Lou Albano||76||Wrestler and actor (Mario on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!) |
|October 17||Jay W. Johnson||66||Congressman (Wisconsin's 8th congressional district) and TV news anchor/reporter (Alumni of WFRV and WLUK/Green Bay, Wisconsin)|
|Vic Mizzy||93||Songwriter (The Addams Family and Green Acres theme songs) |
|October 22||Soupy Sales||83||Children's TV personality, actor, and comedian (Lunch with Soupy Sales, What's My Line, Junior Almost Anything Goes) |
|November 3||Carl Ballantine||92||Actor (McHale's Navy, Night Court, Garfield and Friends), comedian, and magician|
|November 10||David Lloyd||75||Screenwriter (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Cheers, Frasier)|
|November 15||Dennis Cole||69||Actor (Felony Squad; Bracken's World; The Young and the Restless)|
|Ken Ober||52||Actor, host (Remote Control), and producer (The New Adventures of Old Christine)|
|November 27||Bill Bresnan||75||Cable TV pioneer (founder of Bresnan Communications) |
|December 2||Aaron Schroeder||83||Songwriter (Scooby Doo, Where Are You! theme song)|
|December 4||Eddie Fatu||36||Samoan-American professional wrestler known as Umaga in the WWE|
|December 7||Mark Ritts||63||Actor (Beakman's World)|
|December 9||Gene Barry||90||Actor (Bat Masterson, Burke's Law, The Name of the Game, and L.A. 2017)|
|December 14||Conard Fowkes||76||Actor (Dark Shadows,As the World Turns,The Secret Storm,The Edge of Night)|
|December 15||Oral Roberts||91||Televangelist and educator|
|December 16||Roy E. Disney||79||TV station group owner/shareholder (Shamrock Holdings) and senior executive of The Walt Disney Company; nephew of Walt Disney|
|December 17||Alaina Reed Hall||63||Actress and singer (Sesame Street, 227)|
|December 18||Connie Hines||78||Actress (Mister Ed, Love, American Style)|
|December 20||Arnold Stang||91||Actor/voice actor (Texaco Star Theater, Top Cat)|
|Brittany Murphy||32||Actress (Drexell's Class, King of the Hill)|
|December 22||Michael Currie||81||Actor (Dark Shadows)|
|December 24||George Michael||70||Sportscaster (The George Michael Sports Machine)|
|December 26||Percy Sutton||89||Owner of The Apollo Theater, the setting for Showtime at the Apollo|
|December 29||Dave Diles||78||Sportscaster, journalist and analyst (ABC's Wide World of Sports, The Prudential College Football Scoreboard Show)|
|December 30||Erik Gates||47||TV personality and science contributor (Mythbusters)|
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