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The following is a list of events affecting American television in 2009. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel launches.




Date Event
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.[1]
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).[2]
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.[3]
15 Hawaii became the first state in the United States to have all of its television stations switch to digital television.[4]
William Petersen appears for the last time as a regular cast member on CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Supervisor Gil Grissom.[5]
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.[6] Blagojevich is later ousted from office on January 29.


Date Event
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.[7]
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.[8]
12 Charter Communications files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.[9]
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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[12] 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.


Date Event
1 The traditional Nielsen ratings February sweeps are moved to March.[13]
2 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon premiered on NBC.[12] 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.[14]
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.[15] 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.


Date Event
2 The TV Guide Network announces that they will no longer carry local television listing grids on their channel.[16] 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.[17]
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.[18]
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 Nick GAS 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.[19]
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.


Date Event
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.[20] 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.[citation needed]
On Fox, Kris Allen won the eighth installment of American Idol.


Date Event
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[21] (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.[22]
The Michael Jackson-themed episode for American Idol (season 8) is re-aired on Fox due to his death on June 25.


Date Event
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.[23]
Sci Fi Channel renames itself "Syfy".[24] 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.[25]
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.[26]


Date Event
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.[27]
18 Rainbow Media launches a new theme channel named Wedding Central on its parent system Cablevision.[28]
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.[29]
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,[30] and is later found dead himself in Hope, British Columbia.[31]
27 Lifetime Entertainment Services, the parent company of Lifetime Television, is acquired by A&E Television Networks.[32]
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.[33][34]
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.


Date Event
1 DirecTV removed sports channel Versus due to an ongoing carriage dispute about subscriber fees.[35][36]
Freedom Communications, the parent company of WPEC/West Palm Beach, Florida and WTVC/Chattanooga, Tennessee, among others, files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.[37]
7 ESPN celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special 90 minute edition of SportsCenter.[38]
9 Ellen DeGeneres is named the successor to Paula Abdul as judge of American Idol.[39]
10 John Stossel leaves ABC and his co-hosting duties at 20/20 to join the Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel.[40]
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.[41][42][43]
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[44]
14 Liberman Broadcasting launches a new Spanish-language TV network called Estrella TV.[45][46]
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.[47]
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.[48]
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.[49]
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.[50]
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.[51]
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.[52]
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.[53][54]
Viacom rebrands Noggin as Nick Jr., and The N as TeenNick, using former Nickelodeon block names to rebrand those channels.[55] 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.[56]


Date Event
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.[57]
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.[58]
14 News Corporation announces that Fox Reality Channel will be replaced by Nat Geo Wild in March 2010.[59]
21 Nickelodeon (Viacom) acquires global rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Mirage Studios for $60 million.[60]
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.[61]
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[62]
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.[63]
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.[64]
Epix, a new premium channel, launches, with Verizon FiOS being its first carrier.


Date Event
2 Nickelodeon launches in Canada as a replacement to Discovery Kids Canada. The channel focuses on children's programing from the U.S.[65]
5 Scripps Networks Interactive pays $1.1 billion for a 65% share of Travel Channel.[66]
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.[67]
11 CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, a mainstay at the channel since its start in 1980, announces he is leaving the network effective immediately.[68]
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.[69][70]
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.[71]


Date Event
1 The 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is broadcast on CBS. 8.3 million people tune in.[72][73]
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.[74]
7 Comstar Media acquires semi-religious television and radio network FamilyNet.[75]
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.[76][77][78][79][80]
The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is rebranded as PBS NewsHour.[81]
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.[82]
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.[83]
18 Charles Gibson retires as anchor of ABC World News. The following Monday, Diane Sawyer takes over as anchor.[82]
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.[84]
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.[85]


Debuts (including scheduled)Edit

Date Debut Network Source
January 3 Huntik: Secrets & Seekers The CW4Kids [86]
Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight [87]
January 8 Greg Behrendt's Wake Up Call Soapnet
January 9 Howie Do It NBC [88]
January 12 Hannity Fox News Channel [89]
January 18 State of the Union with John King CNN
United States of Tara Showtime
January 19 The Electric Company PBS Kids Go!
January 21 Lie to Me Fox
January 23 Wolverine and the X-Men Nicktoons Network
January 26 Olivia Nickelodeon / Nick Jr.
Trust Me TNT
January 27 Toddlers & Tiaras TLC
February 2 RuPaul's Drag Race Logo
February 4 The Exterminators A&E [90]
February 8 The CollegeHumor Show MTV
Sonny with a Chance Disney Channel [91]
February 11 Important Things with Demetri Martin Comedy Central [92]
February 13 Dollhouse Fox [93]
Aaron Stone Disney XD
Jimmy Two-Shoes
Kid vs. Kat
March 2 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon NBC
March 7 League of Super Evil Cartoon Network
Power Rangers RPM ABC Kids [94]
March 9 Castle ABC
March 11 The Chopping Block NBC
March 15 Kings
March 23 Table for 12 TLC
March 26 In the Motherhood ABC [95][96]
March 29 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (US debut) HBO
April 4 Special Agent Oso Playhouse Disney
April 6 The Ed Show MSNBC
Surviving Suburbia ABC
April 9 The Unusuals
Parks and Recreation NBC
Thursday Night Baseball MLB Network
Harper's Island CBS
April 15 The Cougar TV Land
PitchMen Discovery Channel
April 16 WWE Superstars WGN America
April 17 Stranger Among Bears Animal Planet
April 18 The World's Strictest Parents
April 19 Cake Boss TLC
Sit Down, Shut Up Fox [97]
April 24 Iron Man: Armored Adventures Nicktoons Network
May 2 Jonas Disney Channel
May 19 Glee Fox
May 26 Mental
May 31 DJ & the Fro MTV
June 1 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien NBC
June 4 The Listener [98]
Hollywood's Best Film Directors ReelzChannel
Royal Pains USA Network
Tosh.0 Comedy Central
June 9 The Wrong Door IFC
June 10 Top Chef Masters Bravo
June 11 Raising Sextuplets WE tv
June 14 Hammertime A&E
June 15 It's On with Alexa Chung MTV
Joe Buck Live HBO
Zeke and Luther Disney XD
June 16 Hawthorne TNT
The Lazy Environmentalist Sundance Channel
June 17 The Othersiders Cartoon Network
Survive This
June 19 Jeffery & Cole Casserole Logo
June 20 BrainRush Cartoon Network
Destroy Build Destroy
June 21 Merlin NBC [99]
June 22 Make It or Break It ABC Family
June 23 NYC Prep Bravo
June 24 The Philanthropist NBC
June 25 Stoked Teen Channel
June 29 Dance Your Ass Off Oxygen
July 1 Monsters Inside Me Animal Planet
July 7 10 Things I Hate About You ABC Family
The Great American Road Trip NBC
Warehouse 13 Syfy
July 8 Time Team America PBS
July 10 The Assistants TeenNick
July 12 Drop Dead Diva Lifetime [100][101]
July 14 Miami Social Bravo
July 15 Dark Blue TNT
Michael & Michael Have Issues Comedy Central
July 16 Watch What Happens: Live Bravo
July 17 Catch It Keep It Science Channel
July 20 Dating in the Dark ABC
Three Sheets Fine Living
Wake Up with Al The Weather Channel
July 21 The Colony Discovery Channel
Ruby & The Rockits ABC Family
July 25 Being Human BBC America
July 28 More to Love Fox
July 31 Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey History Channel
August 1 Face the Ace NBC
August 2 Defying Gravity ABC
Megan Wants a Millionaire VH1
August 4 Addicted to Beauty Oxygen
August 5 Giuliana and Bill Style Network
How'd You Get So Rich? TV Land
Make My Day
August 9 Kourtney and Kim Take Miami E! [102][103]
Shark Tank ABC
August 15 Househusbands of Hollywood Fox Reality Channel
August 17 Glenn Martin, DDS Nick at Nite
August 18 Shaq Vs. ABC
August 24 The Fresh Beat Band Nickelodeon / Nick Jr.
August 25 Frankie & Neffe BET
August 29 Hot Wheels Battle Force 5 Cartoon Network
September 7 Dinosaur Train PBS Kids
September 8 Killzone ABC
Melrose Place CW
Coolfuel Planet Green [104]
September 9 Planet Mechanics [104]
September 10 The Vampire Diaries CW
September 12 Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps PBS Kids
The Troop Nickelodeon
September 14 The Dr. Oz Show Syndication
The Jay Leno Show NBC
September 16 The Beautiful Life: TBL CW
September 17 Archer FX
Community NBC
September 18 Brothers Fox
September 19 Busytown Mysteries Cookie Jar TV [105]
Noonbory and the Super Seven [105]
Sabrina: The Animated Series [105]
RollBots The CW4Kids
Being Ian Qubo
Class of the Titans
September 20 Bored to Death HBO
September 21 Amanpour CNN
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? (syndicated version) CMT
Accidentally on Purpose CBS
September 22 The Good Wife
NCIS: Los Angeles
The Forgotten ABC
September 23 Cougar Town
Modern Family
September 24 FlashForward
Mercy NBC
September 26 The Brian McKnight Show Syndication
Jungle Junction Playhouse Disney
September 27 The Cleveland Show Fox
Smash Cuts Syndication
Titan Maximum Adult Swim
September 28 BrainSurge Nickelodeon
Trauma NBC
September 29 The Joy Behar Show HLN
September 30 Hank ABC
The Middle
October 2 Stargate Universe Syfy [106]
October 3 SuperFetch Animal Planet
Top 20 Countdown: Most Shocking TruTV
October 4 Dallas Divas & Daughters Bravo
Three Rivers CBS
October 5 The Mo'Nique Show BET
Sherri Lifetime
October 6 Ghost Lab Discovery Channel
October 7 Secret Girlfriend Comedy Central
October 9 I'm Alive Animal Planet
October 10 Fight Camp 360: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic Showtime [107]
October 12 Fanboy & Chum Chum Nickelodeon
October 18 On the Case with Paula Zahn Investigation Discovery
October 19 All Worked Up truTV
October 21 The 100 Mile Challenge Planet Green [104]
Living with Ed [104]
Nature, Inc. [104]
Lock N' Load Showtime
October 22 The Jeff Dunham Show Comedy Central
October 23 White Collar USA Network
October 27 Monica: Still Standing BET
October 28 Naruto: Shippuden Disney XD
October 29 The League FX
October 30 Pit Bulls & Parolees Animal Planet
November 2 The Garfield Show Cartoon Network
November 3 V ABC
November 7 The Wanda Sykes Show Fox
November 9 Lopez Tonight TBS
Guess with Jess Qubo
November 15 The Prisoner AMC [108]
November 27 I'm in the Band Disney XD
November 28 Big Time Rush Nickelodeon
December 3 BBQ Pitmasters TLC [109]
Jersey Shore MTV
December 6 Alice Syfy [110]
December 7 Men of a Certain Age TNT
December 9 Campus PD G4
December 12 American Ninja Warrior [111]
December 13 The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty A&E
December 14 The Sing-Off NBC
December 19 CHRISJayify Lifetime
December 29 One Big Happy Family TLC

Entering syndication this yearEdit

Show Seasons In Production Source
Bones 4 Yes
Everybody Hates Chris 4 No
Ghost Whisperer 4 Yes
Grey's Anatomy 4 Yes
My Name Is Earl 4 No
The Office 5 Yes

Changes of network affiliationEdit

Show Moved from Moved to Source
Glenn Beck Headline News Fox News Channel
Judge Jeanine Pirro The CW Daytime Syndication
Let's Make a Deal NBC CBS
Scrubs ABC
The Singing Bee CMT
Nanny 911 Fox
Power Rangers Jetix ABC Kids
Yin Yang Yo! Disney XD
Cory in the House Disney Channel
Even Stevens
Phil of the Future
The Spectacular Spider-Man The CW4Kids
Naruto Toonami
Phineas and Ferb Toon Disney
Chaotic 4Kids TV and Jetix Cartoon Network and The CW4Kids
Johnny Test Kids WB Cartoon Network
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! ABC NBC
Project Runway Bravo Lifetime
The Wiggles Playhouse Disney PBS Kids / PBS Kids Sprout
Three Sheets MOJO HD FLN
Imus in the Morning RFD TV Fox Business Network [112]
The Tyra Banks Show Syndication The CW Daytime
Soul Train Music Awards WGN America and Syndication Centric
Living With Ed HGTV Planet Green [104]
King of the Hill FX Network Adult Swim
Masters of Illusion PAX Network MyNetworkTV
Sabrina: The Animated Series Disney's One Too Cookie Jar TV
Pocoyo Syndication PBS Kids

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 [113]
Let's Make a Deal NBC 2003 CBS October 5 [114]
Soul Train Music Awards WGN America and Syndication 2008 Centric November [115]

Milestone episodesEdit

Show Network Episode# Episode title Episode air date Source
Power Rangers ABC Kids 700th "Danger and Destiny, Part 2" December 26

Ending this yearEdit

Date Show Debut Source
January 9 The Big Spin 1985
Hannity & Colmes 1996
Lipstick Jungle 2008
Stargate Atlantis 2004
January 11 CNN Late Edition 1993
January 18 Viva Piñata 2006
January 19 Momma's Boys 2008
January 24 Game Show in My Head 2009
Tak and the Power of Juju 2007
January 25 The Drinky Crow Show
January 26 Superstars of Dance 2009
January 31 Crusoe 2008
February 2 Bromance
February 3 A Double Shot at Love 2008
February 5 The Principal's Office
Greg Behrendt's Wake Up Call 2009
February 20 13: Fear Is Real
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993
February 24 10 Items or Less 2006
Privileged 2008
February 28 Sushi Pack 2007
March 4 Knight Rider 2008
March 7 Gone Country
March 8 Life 2007
The L Word 2004
March 10 Homeland Security USA 2009
March 12 Kath & Kim 2008
March 15 Hole in the Wall (returned in 2010)
The CollegeHumor Show 2009
March 16 Kyle XY 2006
March 20 Battlestar Galactica 2004
March 22 Flight of the Conchords 2007 [116]
March 25 The Chopping Block 2009
Life with Derek 2005
March 28 D. L. Hughley Breaks the News 2008
March 30 The Replacements 2006
March 31 Schoolhouse Rock! 1973
April 1 Life on Mars 2008
April 2 Eleventh Hour
ER 1994
April 6 Storm Hawks 2007
April 7 Trust Me 2009
April 8 Life 2007
April 10 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2008
April 13 Corner Gas 2004
April 17 Xavier: Renegade Angel 2007
April 18 Yin Yang Yo! 2006
April 19 As the Bell Rings 2007
April 23 The Beast 2009
May 1 Howie Do It
May 2 My Life as a Teenage Robot 2003
May 3 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends 2004
May 8 Everybody Hates Chris 2005
May 10 The Unit 2006
May 14 My Name Is Earl 2005
May 15 Prison Break
The Best Years 2007
The Game (moving to BET in early 2011) 2006
May 16 Talkshow with Spike Feresten
Mad TV (returned in 2016) 1995 [117]
May 19 Without a Trace 2002
May 23 Mr. Meaty 2006
Transformers: Animated 2007
May 26 Reaper
May 28 This American Life
May 29 Eye for an Eye 2003
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (returned in 2010) 1992
June 2 According to Jim 2001
June 3 The Cougar 2009
June 6 Worst Week 2008
June 12 Best Week Ever 2004
The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet 2007
June 13 The Naked Brothers Band
Pushing Daisies
June 14 Million Dollar Password 2008
June 16 Cupid 2009
June 17 The Unusuals
June 19 Don't Forget the Lyrics! 2007
June 25 Beyond the Break 2006
DJ & the Fro 2009
In the Motherhood
June 28 Three Delivery 2008
June 30 Jail 2007 [118]
July 8 Reno 911! 2003
July 11 Harper's Island 2009
Eli Stone 2008
July 13 Run's House 2005
July 19 Valentine 2008
July 22 BrainRush 2009
July 23 Samantha Who? 2007
July 25 Kings 2009
July 26 Hammertime
Denise Richards: It's Complicated 2008
August 5 I Survived a Japanese Game Show
August 7 The Goode Family 2009 [119]
Surviving Suburbia [119]
August 8 Dirty Sexy Money 2007
The Moment of Truth 2008
August 12 The Philanthropist 2009
August 14 Mental
Random! Cartoons 2008
August 16 Easy Money
August 18 Miami Social 2009
August 19 Megan Wants a Millionaire
August 26 Michael & Michael Have Issues
September 2 Wide Angle 2002
September 4 Judge David Young 2007 [120]
September 5 The Bill Engvall Show
VeggieTales 2006
September 11 The Assistants 2009
September 13 King of the Hill 1997
September 15 The Cleaner 2008
September 18 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (primetime version) (returned in 2015) 2007
Guiding Light (CBS Daytime) 1952
Barney & Friends 1992
September 22 Ruby & The Rockits 2009 [121]
September 23 The Beautiful Life [122]
September 25 Money for Breakfast 2007
October 19 The Mr. Men Show 2008
October 23 Defying Gravity 2009
October 24 Grossology 2006
October 26 Real Chance of Love 2008
November 4 Hank 2009
November 8 Ed, Edd n Eddy 1999
November 9 Secret Girlfriend 2009
November 11 Lou Dobbs Tonight (returned in 2011) 1980
November 17 The Prisoner 2009
November 18 The Spectacular Spider-Man 2008
November 21 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003
Sit Down, Shut Up 2009
November 22 Dallas Divas & Daughters
Titan Maximum
November 23 Jon & Kate Plus 8 2007
November 29 Wolverine and the X-Men 2009
December 1 Sherri
December 4 Monk 2002
December 6 Naruto (returned in 2012) 2005
December 7 Rita Rocks 2008
Alice 2009
December 8 Joe Buck Live [123]
December 10 The Jeff Dunham Show
Austin Stevens: Snakemaster 2004
December 12 SuperFetch 2009
December 17 It's On with Alexa Chung [124]
December 22 The Othersiders
Little Einsteins 2005
December 24 Raising the Bar 2008 [125]
Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight 2009 [126]
December 26 Power Rangers RPM
December 27 Brothers
December 30 Eastwick


Date Name Notability Source
January 29 Winslow Fegley Actor (Fast Layne)


Date Name Age Notability
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])[127]
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[128]
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)
May 18 Dolla 21 Rapper
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, 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 [129]
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 [130]
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[131]
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) [132]
September 8 Army Archerd 87 Variety columnist and TV personality (Entertainment Tonight, The Movie Show) [133]
September 10 Frank Batten 82 Co-founder of The Weather Channel [134]
September 11 Larry Gelbart 81 Producer, director and writer (creator of M*A*S*H and others) [135]
September 12 George Eckstein 81 TV writer and producer (The Fugitive, Gunsmoke) [136]
September 13 Arnold Laven 87 Producer (creator of The Rifleman) [137]
September 14 Henry Gibson 73 Actor (Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In) [138]
Patrick Swayze 57 Actor (The Beast, North and South) [139]
September 15 Fred Cusick 90 Sportscaster (Boston Bruins play-by-play announcer for 45 seasons) [140]
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) [141]
September 21 Robert Ginty 60 Actor (The Paper Chase, Falcon Crest, Hawaiian Heat) and director[142]
October 14 Lou Albano 76 Wrestler and actor (Mario on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!) [143]
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) [144]
October 22 Soupy Sales 83 Children's TV personality, actor, and comedian (Lunch with Soupy Sales, What's My Line, Junior Almost Anything Goes) [145]
November 3 Carl Ballantine 92 Actor (McHale's Navy, Night Court, Garfield and Friends), comedian, and magician[146]
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)[147]
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) [148]
December 2 Aaron Schroeder 83 Songwriter (Scooby Doo, Where Are You! theme song)[149]
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)[150][151]
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[152]
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)[153]
December 18 Connie Hines 78 Actress (Mister Ed, Love, American Style)[154][155]
December 20 Arnold Stang 91 Actor/voice actor (Texaco Star Theater, Top Cat)[156]
Brittany Murphy 32 Actress (Drexell's Class, King of the Hill)[157]
December 22 Michael Currie 81 Actor (Dark Shadows)[158]
December 24 George Michael 70 Sportscaster (The George Michael Sports Machine)[159][160]
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)[161]
December 30 Erik Gates 47 TV personality and science contributor (Mythbusters)[162]

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