Classic TV diginets Antenna TV and Cozi TV are shifting their lineups for fall, adding some shows and pulling a few others.
Classic TV diginet MeTV has unveiled their new fall schedule, which features a handful of changes but keeps most of the lineup intact.
Weekday mornings feature the additions of Our Miss Brooks, Mister Ed (returning to MeTV after a run/trot on competitor Antenna TV) and I Love Lucy. Other weekday changes include the return of a double-run of Emergency! and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
MeTV’s weekend lineup has more changes, among them the expansion of western and sci-fi programming blocks and the shift of all government-mandated E/I programming to Sunday mornings. Westerns will now run from 8AM-6PM Saturdays, with sci-fi shows airing from 6PM Saturday to 6AM Sunday. The western/sci-fi series The Wild Wild West will bridge the transition Saturdays at 6PM Eastern.
Additions to the weekend lineup include Daniel Boone (10/1), Family Affair, Have Gun Will Travel (10/1), Land of the Giants, The Little Rascals (10/1), Planet of the Apes, Sledge Hammer!, The Time Tunnel, Trackdown (10/1) and The Wild Wild West.
Leaving the MeTV schedule: The Adventures of Superman, CHiPs, H.R. Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost, The Lucy Show, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Patty Duke Show, The Rockford Files, Thriller and Welcome Back Kotter.
The new lineup starts on Labor Day, Monday September 5. Here’s a link to the full MeTV Fall 2016 schedule.
The biggest changes are the return of the Bea Arthur sitcom Maude to the schedule (5PM and 5:30PM ET) and The Partridge Family (2PM and 230PM ET) to the weekday lineup. Sabrina The Teenage Witch upgrades to a M-F overnight slot (4AM and 4:30AM ET).
Many other shows are getting new time slots, including Barney Miller, Bewitched, Dear John, Family Ties, Green Acres, Hazel, I Dream of Jeannie, Leave It To Beaver, McHale’s Navy, Mister Ed and Mork & Mindy.
Father Knows Best leaves the schedule, while Burns & Allen and Dennis The Menace will air weekends only.
The changes take affect tomorrow, July 4. For the complete schedule, visit Antenna TV’s website.
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Here’s a rundown of the new lineup (all times Eastern):
7:00AM The Thin Man (Mystery)
7:35AM The Jimmy Stewart Show (Comedy)
8:15AM Nanny and the Professor (Comedy)
8:50AM The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (Comedy)
9:30AM A Man Called Shenandoah (Western)
10:05AM The Restless Gun (Western)
10:45AM Laredo (Western)
12:00N Tour of Duty (Drama)
1:00PM S.W.A.T. (Crime Drama)
2:00PM Airwolf (Action)
3:00PM Riptide (Detective)
4:00PM Hardcastle & McCormick (Action)
5:00PM The Equalizer (Crime Drama)
6:00PM In the Heat of the Night (Drama)
7:00PM In the Heat of the Night (Drama)
getTV also airs classic television programming Monday nights (variety shows), Wednesday nights (comedies) and Saturday afternoons (Westerns).
You can find getTV on such affiliates as WFTY 67.3 New York, KFTR 46.2 Los Angeles and WGBO 66.2 Chicago. For the complete schedule and affiliate directory, visit the getTV website.
Actress Patty Duke passed away this week, joining a long list of classic TV contributors who have died recently.
As a teen, Duke won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker. Duke is best known for her work on the small screen, playing identical cousins Patty and Cathy Lane on The Patty Duke Show (1963-66).
Duke later married actor John Astin (The Addams Family) and two of their sons (Sean, Mackenzie) became actors as well. She passed away Tuesday at age 69.
We also bid farewell to:
- Producer-voice actress Sylvia Anderson, who teamed up with her husband Gerry to create Supermarionation series like Thunderbirds, Supercar and Fireball XL5
- Writer Howard Berk, who penned episodes of Columbo, Mission: Impossible and The Rockford Files
- Actor Peter Brown, best known for his roles on classic westerns Lawman and Laredo
- Veteran tennis commentator Bud Collins (CBS, NBC, ESPN)
- Actor James Douglas, who appeared in the primetime soap Peyton Place and daytime dramas Another World, As The World Turns, The Edge of Night and One Life To Live
- Longtime CBS News correspondent Eric Engberg
- Baseball player turned TV personality Joe Garagiola
- Actor George Gaynes, who guested on such classics as Bonanza, Hawaiian Eye, Hawaii Five-0 and Mannix. He may be best remembered for his roles on sitcom Punky Brewster and the Police Academy movies
- Writer-producer Earl Hamner Jr., creator and voice of The Waltons
- Actor Robert Horton (Wagon Train)
- Actor Ken Howard, best remembered for playing basketball coach Ken Reeves on The White Shadow
- Film actor George Kennedy (Airport, Cool Hand Luke, The Naked Gun), who also worked on the small screen (Dallas, Gunsmoke, McHale’s Navy, The Phil Silvers Show). He starred in two series of his own: Sarge (1971) and The Blue Knight (1975)
- Actor James Noble, remembered for his role as the governor on the Robert Guillaume sitcom Benson
- Veteran character actor Joe Santos, who played Lieutenant (Sergeant) Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files
- Writer-comedian-actor Garry Shandling, who wrote for classic 70s sitcoms Sanford and Son and Welcome Back Kotter. He later guest hosted The Tonight Show and starred in two groundbreaking cable series: It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and The Larry Sanders Show
- Radio personality Charlie Tuna, who was the announcer for a number of classic 70s-80s game and talk shows (The $25,000 Pyramid, The Mike Douglas Show, The Quiz Kids Challenge, Scrabble)
- Casting executive Renee Valente, who worked on such 1970s classics as The Partridge Family, Police Story, Police Woman and That’s My Mama
- Classic TV diginet MeTV is freshening up their schedule starting tomorrow. Brand new additions to the lineup include Diagnosis: Murder (Weekdays 11AM ET) and The Incredible Hulk (Saturdays 7PM ET). Old favorites returning to MeTV: Kojak (Weeknights 2AM ET) and The Twilight Zone (Weeknights 12:30AM). Exiting the schedule: Naked City, The Night Gallery, Route 66 and Quincy M.E. For the complete Winter 2016 MeTV lineup, click here
- MeTV’s sister network Decades added The Dick Cavett Show to it’s schedule on February 1. Cavett originally aired on ABC late nights from 1969-74, up against The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (now on Antenna TV)
- NBC-owned classic TV diginet Cozi TV is bringing an NBC classic back to broadcast TV. The long-running family drama Little House on the Prairie joins the Cozi lineup this fall
- The roll call of classic TV stars we’ve lost continues to grow. We’ve recently said goodbye to actress Noreen Corcoran (Bachelor Father), comedian-actor Bob Elliott (half of the comedy team of Bob & Ray, father of Chris Elliott), actor Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams), actor Pat Harrington Jr. (One Day At A Time), actor-singer Mike Minor (Petticoat Junction), sportscaster Jim Simpson (NBC, ESPN), actor Abe Vigoda (Barney Miller, Fish) and actor Jason Wingreen (All in the Family, Archie Bunker’s Place). Thank you for all the wonderful memories!
- Classic TV digital network MeTV is tweaking their schedule starting tomorrow. New arrivals include The Patty Duke Show (moving from Antenna TV) at 6AM weekdays and Mama’s Family from 6-7PM weeknights. My Three Sons exits the lineup.
- Fellow classic TV diginet CoziTV is juggling their lineup for the first quarter, highlighted by the addition of The A-Team (1983-87) and the return of Charlie’s Angels. Dragnet, The Real McCoys, Run For Your Life and Zorro leave the schedule.
- Actor-turned-investment-guru Wayne Rogers passed away New Year’s Eve. Rogers played Trapper John M.D. on the first 3 seasons of military sitcom M*A*S*H and later portrayed a doctor again on the sitcom House Calls (1979-82). He had previously starred in the 1960-61 western series Stagecoach West and guested on many classic TV shows of the 60s and 70s. Among his credits: The Big Valley, Combat!, The F.B.I., Gomer Pyle USMC and Gunsmoke. Rogers was 82 years old.
The new schedule is highlighted by full episodes of Carson’s long-running late night talk show (also known as The Tonight Show) that aired on NBC until his retirement in 1992.
Antenna TV will air the hour-long format shows from the 1980s and 90s on weeknights, while the original 90-minute format episodes from the 1970s will air on weekends. Sadly, episodes from the 1960s and early 70s were mostly not preserved.
Other additions to Antenna TV’s winter schedule include Dear John, Mork & Mindy and Sabrina The Teenage Witch. For the complete schedule, click here.
Antenna TV airs on the digital subchannels of broadcast stations across America, including WPIX 11.2 New York, KTLA 5.2 Los Angeles, WGN 9.2 Chicago and KDAF 33.2 Dallas.
As 2015 draws to a close, we want to recognize a number of classic TV contributors who have passed on recently…
- Custom car builder George Barris, the man who brought us The Batmobile and The Munster Koach
- Actor Martin Brooks, best known for his role as Dr. Rudy Wells on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman
- Actor David Canary, known to classic TV fans as Candy on the long-running western series Bonanza. He later enjoyed a multi-decade run on the daytime soap All My Children
- Ray Gandolf, a folksy announcer for CBS Sports back in the 1970s and early 80s. He was the first sportscaster on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt
- Former child actor Charles Herbert, who guested on such classic series as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Donna Reed Show, Family Affair and The Twilight Zone
- Old-time fiddler Ramona Jones, who appeared with her late husband Grandpa Jones on the country variety series Hee Haw
- Actress Marjorie Lord, who played Danny Thomas’s character’s wife on on the vintage sitcom Make Room for Daddy
- Actor Al Markim, best remembered for his role as Astro on the early science-fiction series Tom Corbett Space Cadet
- Character actor Al Molinaro, beloved by 1970s sitcom fans for his roles as Murray the Cop (The Odd Couple) and diner owner Al Delvecchio (Happy Days)
- Game show host Jim Perry, who emceed NBC’s Card Sharks and $ale of the Century in the 1970s and 80s
- Writer James Prideaux, a playwright who later penned episodes of daytime soap The Secret Storm as well as a number of made-for-TV movies
- Actor Rex Reason, who appeared on a number of early television series including The Alaskans, Man Without a Gun and The Roaring Twenties. He is best known for his role in the cult classic film This Island Earth
- British actor Nicholas Smith, the last-surviving original cast member of the classic Britcom Are You Being Served?
News and notes from the world of classic TV…
- Classic TV diginet MeTV is switching up their morning schedule, expanding their sitcom block to four hours beginning Monday October 26. The new schedule (all times Eastern) leads off at 5AM with Gomer Pyle USMC, followed by The Donna Reed Show, My Three Sons, I Love Lucy, The Brady Bunch and Petticoat Junction. The comedy block wraps with back-to-back episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies from 8-9AM. The Abbott and Costello Show, Daniel Boone and Family Affair are leaving the MeTV lineup.
- A comet is coming on Halloween! Comet is the name of a new sci-fi themed digital broadcast network from MGM and Sinclair Television Group. It will feature a mix of series (Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot,The Outer Limits, Stargate: SG-1) and movies. Among the charter affiliates are KDOC 56.8 Los Angeles, WOCH 41.2 Chicago, KCNS 38.4 San Francisco and WMFP 632.4 Boston. For a complete affiliate list and program schedule, visit the Comet website