Cozi Makes Late Summer Changes, Another Diginet On The Way

Some news and notes to report…

  • Classic TV diginet COZI TV is tweaking their schedule in August, adding modern classics Baywatch and Simon & Simon while resting The Bionic Woman, Charlie’s Angels and It Takes A Thief. They are also cutting back on airings of The Dick Van Dyke Show, Here’s Lucy and Starsky & Hutch. Get all the info here.
  • MGM TV and Sinclair Broadcast Group are teaming up to launch a sci-fi themed digital broadcast network. The as-yet-unnamed channel will air movies and series from the MGM library and is expected to launch sometime this fall.
  • Farewell to a pair of classic TV contributors. Actress Diana Douglas (ex-wife of Kirk, mother of Michael) guested on such series as Barnaby Jones, Cannon, Naked City and The Streets of San Francisco. Film and TV actor Irwin Keyes may best be remembered by classic TV fans as George Jefferson’s bodyguard on The Jeffersons. He also played Joe Rockhead in the 1994 big-screen adaption of The Flintstones.

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Saying Goodbye to More Old Friends

We’ve lost a lot of familiar classic TV faces this year. Recently we bade farewell to…

  • Screenwriter-author William Bast, who wrote episodes of classic series like Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Ben Casey, Combat!, Outer Limits and Perry Mason. Bast also penned two biographies about big screen legend James Dean
  • Joanne Carson, the second wife of late night icon Johnny Carson. She also hosted her own syndicated health-focused talk show
  • Actor-comedian Jack Carter, who guested on numerous classics including CHiPs, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Dream of Jeannie, Love American Style, Mannix and The Wild Wild West. He also appeared as himself on many popular game and talk shows of the 60s, 70s and 80s
  • Actor John Colenback, who portrayed Dan Stewart on the long-running CBS daytime soap As The World Turns
  • Actor John Compton, who appeared on many early TV shows like The Cisco Kid, The D.A.’s Man, Fury, The Real McCoys and Surfside 6
  • Television news executive Ed Fouhy, who worked at all three networks in the 70s and 80s
  • TV syndicator Michael King who, alongside his brother Roger, inherited King World Productions. Their father started the company in the 60s by repackaging The Our Gang comedies as The Little Rascals. The King brothers went on to syndicate such modern classics as Jeopardy!, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Wheel of Fortune. They sold the company to CBS in 2000
  • Veteran British actor Christopher Lee, well known for his big screen roles as Dracula, James Bond villain Francisco Scaramanga and the wizard Saruman in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Lee also appeared on the small screen, including roles on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, How the West Was Won, One Step Beyond and Space: 1999
  • Singer-actress Monica Lewis, the voice of Miss Chiquita Banana in a long-running series of TV commercials (never put bananas in the refrigerator!)
  • English-American actor Patrick Macnee, who played secret agent John Steed in the classic 1960s British spy-fi series The Avengers
  • Actress-comedienne Anne Meara, wife of comedy partner Jerry Stiller and mother of actor Ben Stiller. Anne starred in her own short lived 1975 mystery series Kate McShane. She was later a regular on Archie Bunker’s Place and had recurring roles on ALF and The King of Queens
  • British actor Ron Moody (Fagin in Oliver!), who guested on such American shows as Gunsmoke, Hart to Hart and Starsky & Hutch
  • Actress Betsy Palmer, who appeared on many early television series including Climax!, Goodyear Playhouse and The United States Steel Hour. She was also a panelist on the long-running quiz show I’ve Got A Secret. Palmer is perhaps best known to modern audiences for her role as Mrs. Voorhees, Jason’s mother on the classic 1980 horror film Friday the 13th.
  • Marty Paseta, longtime director of The Academy Awards
  • Producer Harry R. Sherman, who worked on late 1960s sitcoms Get Smart, The Good Guys and The Governor and J.J.
  • Actor John Stephenson, best known as the voice of Fred’s boss Mr. Slate on the classic stone age cartoon The Flintstones. He also guested on such shows as The Beverly Hillbillies, Gomer Pyle USMC, I Love Lucy, The Lone Ranger and Perry Mason
  • Writer-producer Chris Thompson, who got his start writing an episode of the short-lived Nancy Walker sitcom Blansky’s Beauties (1977). He went on to work on 70s-80s sitcoms Bosom Buddies and Laverne & Shirley. He most recently was creator of a Disney Channel sitcom called Shake It Up!
  • Actor Dick Van Patten, best known for his role as patriarch Tom Bradford on the family series Eight Is Enough (1977-81). His first big television role was on the 1949-67 comedy series Mama, later guesting on numerous classic shows of the 60s and 70s.

Classic Game Show Diginet Launches

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Buzzr, a new digital broadcast network from FremantleMedia North America, signed on the air Monday in 17 major markets across the U.S. All but one of the charter affiliates is owned by Fox Broadcasting Company.

The network is airing a 24/7 lineup of classic game shows from the estimated 40,000+ episode FremantleMedia library, including shows from the 1950s to the 2000s.

Here’s a look at the weekday lineup, all times Eastern:

Time Period (ET) Programming
Weekdays
5:00AM What's My Line?
5:30AM I've Got A Secret
6:00AM Family Feud
6:30AM Family Feud
7:00AM Tattletales
7:30AM Tattletales
8:00AM Child's Play
8:30AM Body Language
9:00AM Blockbusters
9:30AM Card Sharks
10:00AM Match Game
10:30AM Match Game
11:00AM Family Feud
11:30AM Family Feud
12:00PM Super Password
12:30PM Super Password
1:00PM Press Your Luck
1:30PM Press Your Luck
2:00PM Child's Play
2:30PM Body Language
3:00PM Blockbusters
3:30PM Card Sharks
4:00PM Match Game
4:30PM Match Game
5:00PM Family Feud
5:30PM Family Feud
6:00PM Super Password
6:30PM Super Password
7:00PM Press Your Luck
7:30PM Press Your Luck
8:00PM Let's Make A Deal
8:30PM Let's Make A Deal
9:00PM Match Game
9:30PM Match Game
10:00PM Tattletales
10:30PM Tattletales
11:00PM Let's Make A Deal
11:30PM Let's Make A Deal
12:00AM Match Game
12:30AM Match Game
1:00AM Tattletales
1:30AM Tattletales
2:00AM To Tell The Truth
2:30AM What's My Line?
3:00AM I've Got A Secret
3:30AM I've Got A Secret
4:00AM To Tell The Truth
4:30AM What's My Line?

Among the major market stations carrying Buzzr are WWOR 9.4 New York, KCOP 13.2 Los Angeles, WPWR 50.4 Chicago and WTXF 29.4 Philadelphia.

For a complete list of affiliates, visit the Buzzr website.

RIP, Classic TV Friends

Over the past few months, we’ve lost many friends who have brought us countless classic TV memories. Your work in front of and behind the camera will never be forgotten…

  • Bill Arhos, founder of the long-running PBS music performance series Austin City Limits
  • Director-producer Richard Bare, best known for his work on the 1965-71 Eddie Albert sitcom Green Acres. He also directed the classic Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man.” Bare lived to the ripe old age of 101
  • Television and film producer Harve Bennett, who worked on such classics as The Bionic Woman, The Mod Squad and The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Veteran character actor James Best, who guested on numerous classic TV shows including The Andy Griffith Show, Perry Mason, Rawhide and The Twilight Zone. His most memorable role was as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Actress Lynn Borden, best known for her role as Barbara Baxter on the final season of the 1960s Shirley Booth sitcom Hazel
  • News reporter Stan Chambers, who worked for KTLA-TV 5 Los Angeles for an incredible 63 years (1947-2010). He is credited with the first live coverage of a breaking news story, a child trapped in an abandoned well back in 1949
  • Former child actress Suzanne Crough, who played the youngest member (Tracy) of the early 1970s sitcom brood The Partridge Family
  • Radio, television and advertising legend Stan Freberg. He got his start as a voice actor on classic Warner Bros. cartoons, then later hosted his own satirical radio series. His advertising work included memorable campaigns for Contadina Tomato Paste, Jeno’s Pizza Rolls and Sunsweet Pitted Prunes
  • Singer-actress Lesley Gore. She guested as one of Catwoman’s minions in the 1960s Batman series
  • Stage, film and television director Walter Grauman, known for his multi-decade work on classics like The Fugitive, Murder She Wrote, Route 66, The Streets of San Francisco and The Twilight Zone
  • Actor Geoffrey Lewis, perhaps best known for his roles in numerous Clint Eastwood movies. He also guested on classic TV shows like Bonanza, Cannon and Mannix. Lewis was a regular on the Alice spinoff series Flo (1980). His daughter is film actress Juliette Lewis
  • Screenwriter Don Mankiewicz, who penned episodes of classic series like Ironside, McMillan and Wife, One Step Beyond and Star Trek
  • Writer-producer Jenna McMahon, writer for The Carol Burnett Show and co-creator of such sitcoms as The Facts of Life, It’s a Living and Mama’s Family
  • Actress and game show panelist Jayne Meadows (I’ve Got A Secret, What’s My Line?) She was also the older sister of the late actress Audrey Meadows (The Honeymooners) and the widow of comedian Steve Allen, the original host of The Tonight Show
  • Actor Leonard Nimoy, forever known as the iconic character Mr. Spock on Star Trek. He was also in the cast of Mission: Impossible and later hosted the syndicated documentary series In Search Of…
  • Disc jockey and voice artist Gary Owens, best known for his work on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. He also voiced cartoon character Space Ghost and most recently served as the voice of classic TV diginet Antenna TV
  • Eugene Patton, one-time NBC stagehand who gained fame as Gene Gene The Dancing Machine on the 1970′s talent search game show The Gong Show
  • Advertising executive Rudolph Perz, creator of the Pillsbury Doughboy character
  • Actor Ben Powers, best known as Keith Anderson, Thelma’s husband on the 1970s sitcom Good Times
  • Veteran CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, who covered such historic events as the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War
  • Producer-director Sam Simon, co-creator of the modern animated classic The Simpsons. He got his start working as a storyboard artist and writer on several 1970s Saturday morning cartoons (The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids)
  • Actress-socialite Betsy von Furstenberg, who guested on such classic series as Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Have Gun-Will Travel. She later appeared on daytime dramas Another World and As The World Turns
  • Actress Grace Lee Whitney, Yeoman Janice Rand on the original Star Trek TV series and several subsequent films

MeTV Goes For Summer Laughs

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The “Summer of Me” returns this Memorial Day, featuring some new and returning comedy favorites.

Classic TV diginet MeTV is making some minor adjustments to their summer program schedule, including the return of Happy Days and it’s spinoff Laverne & Shirley. Here’s a summary of the changes (all times Eastern):

  • M-F 4-5PM Emergency! (replaces Star Trek. Emergency! will now air back-to-back episodes from 4-6PM)
  • M-F 6-6:30PM Gilligan’s Island (replaces CHiPs)
  • M-F 6:30-7PM Hogan’s Heroes (replaces CHiPs. Moves from 9PM timeslot)
  • Mon 9-11PM Saved by the Bell (4 episodes. Replaces Hogan’s Heroes, The Twilight Zone and The Bob Newhart Show)
  • Tue 9-11PM Happy Days (4 episodes. Replaces Hogan’s Heroes, The Twilight Zone and Taxi)
  • Wed 9-11PM Laverne & Shirley (4 episodes. Replaces Hogan’s Heroes, The Twilight Zone and Cheers)
  • Thu 9-10PM Welcome Back Kotter (2 episodes. Replaces Hogan’s Heroes and The Twilight Zone. Kotter now airs 4 episodes from 9-11PM)
  • Fri 9-11PM The Brady Bunch (4 episodes. Replaces Hogan’s Heroes, The Twilight Zone and The Odd Couple)

What’s Here: Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley
What’s Outta Here: The Bob Newhart Show, Cheers, CHiPs, The Odd Couple, Taxi, The Twilight Zone

One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons Coming to Antenna TV

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It’s spring cleaning time at Antenna TV.

The classic TV diginet is sprucing up their lineup, adding 1970s-80s sitcoms The Jeffersons and One Day at a Time and shuffling the rest of their weekday schedule.

The new lineup premieres Monday April 6.

Time Period (ET) Programming Comments
Weekdays
5:00AM The Burns and Allen Show Replaces Maude
5:30AM The Burns and Allen Show Replaces Maude
6:00AM McHale's Navy Replaces The Patty Duke Show
6:30AM McHale's Navy Replaces The Patty Duke Show
7:00AM Hazel Replaces Father Knows Best
7:30AM Hazel Replaces Father Knows Best
8:00AM Father Knows Best Replaces Mister Ed
8:30AM Father Knows Best Replaces Mister Ed
9:00AM The Patty Duke Show Replaces Hazel
9:30AM The Patty Duke Show Replaces Hazel
10:00AM Mister Ed Replaces The Burns and Allen Show
10:30AM Mister Ed Replaces The Burns and Allen Show
11:00AM Green Acres Replaces McHale's Navy
11:30AM Green Acres Replaces McHale's Navy
12:00N Bewitched Replaces Green Acres
12:30PM Bewitched Replaces Green Acres
1:00PM I Dream of Jeannie Replaces Dennis the Menace
1:30PM I Dream of Jeannie Replaces Dennis the Menace
2:00PM Dennis the Menace Replaces I Dream of Jeannie
2:30PM Dennis the Menace Replaces I Dream of Jeannie
3:00PM Leave it to Beaver Replaces Bewitched
3:30PM Leave it to Beaver Replaces Bewitched
4:00PM Mr. Belvedere Replaces Leave it to Beaver
4:30PM Mr. Belvedere Replaces Leave it to Beaver
5:00PM Three's Company Replaces Mr. Belvedere
5:30PM Three's Company Replaces Mr. Belvedere
6:00PM Barney Miller Replaces Three's Company
6:30PM Barney Miller Replaces Three's Company
7:00PM Sanford and Son
7:30PM Sanford and Son
8:00PM Good Times Replaces All in the Family
8:30PM Good Times Replaces All in the Family
9:00PM All in the Family Replaces Good Times
9:30PM All in the Family Replaces Good Times
10:00PM The Jeffersons New. Replaces Newhart
10:30PM The Jeffersons New. Replaces Newhart
11:00PM One Day at a Time New. Replaces Barney Miller
11:30PM One Day at a Time New. Replaces Barney Miller
12:00M Three's Company
12:30AM Three's Company
1:00AM Newhart Replaces Too Close for Comfort
1:30AM Newhart Replaces Too Close for Comfort
2:00AM Doogie Howser M.D.
2:30AM Doogie Howser M.D.
3:00AM Bewitched
3:30AM Bewitched
4:00AM I Dream of Jeannie
4:30AM I Dream of Jeannie
Saturdays
5:00AM Movie
5:30AM
6:00AM
6:30AM
7:00AM The Three Stooges
7:30AM
8:00AM Here Come The Brides
8:30AM
9:00AM E/I Programming
9:30AM
10:00AM
10:30AM
11:00AM
11:30AM
12:00N
12:30PM
1:00PM The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin
1:30PM The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin
2:00PM Mister Ed Replaces Circus Boy
2:30PM Mister Ed Replaces Circus Boy
3:00PM Flipper Replaces Small Wonder
3:30PM Flipper Replaces Small Wonder
4:00PM The Monkees Replaces Dennis The Menace
4:30PM The Monkees Replaces Dennis The Menace
5:00PM The Partridge Family Replaces Leave It To Beaver
5:30PM The Partridge Family Replaces Leave It To Beaver
6:00PM Small Wonder Replaces The Ropers
6:30PM Small Wonder Replaces Three's A Crowd
7:00PM The Ropers Replaces Too Close for Comfort
7:30PM Three's A Crowd Replaces Too Close for Comfort
8:00PM Doogie Howser M.D. Replaces Bewitched
8:30PM Doogie Howser M.D. Replaces Bewitched
9:00PM Too Close for Comfort Replaces Evening Shade
9:30PM Too Close for Comfort Replaces Evening Shade
10:00PM Three's Company Replaces Newhart
10:30PM Three's Company Replaces Newhart
11:00PM Evening Shade Replaces Doogie Howser M.D.
11:30PM Evening Shade Replaces Doogie Howser M.D.
12:00M Newhart Replaces Mr. Belvedere
12:30AM Newhart Replaces Mr. Belvedere
1:00AM Mr. Belvedere Replaces Bewitched
1:30AM Mr. Belvedere Replaces Bewitched
2:00AM Alfred Hitchcock Presents Replaces I Dream of Jeannie
2:30AM Alfred Hitchcock Presents Replaces I Dream of Jeannie
3:00AM The Jack Benny Program
3:30AM The Jack Benny Program
4:00AM Dennis the Menace
4:30AM Dennis the Menace
Sundays
5:00AM Movie
5:30AM
6:00AM
6:30AM
7:00AM The Three Stooges
7:30AM
8:00AM The Flying Nun
8:30AM The Flying Nun
9:00AM Gidget
9:30AM Gidget
10:00AM The Monkees
10:30AM The Monkees
11:00AM Green Acres
11:30AM Green Acres
12:00N The Ropers
12:30PM Three's A Crowd
1:00PM Small Wonder Replaces Dennis the Menace
1:30PM Small Wonder Replaces Dennis the Menace
2:00PM Bewitched Replaces Leave It To Beaver
2:30PM Bewitched Replaces Leave It To Beaver
3:00PM I Dream of Jeannie
3:30PM I Dream of Jeannie
4:00PM All in the Family Replaces Bewitched
4:30PM All in the Family Replaces Bewitched
5:00PM Maude Replaces Small Wonder
5:30PM Maude Replaces Small Wonder
6:00PM Good Times Replaces Mr. Belvedere
6:30PM Good Times Replaces Mr. Belvedere
7:00PM The Jeffersons New. Replaces Doogie Howser M.D.
7:30PM The Jeffersons New. Replaces Doogie Howser M.D.
8:00PM Sanford and Son Replaces Evening Shade
8:30PM Sanford and Son Replaces Evening Shade
9:00PM One Day at a Time New. Replaces Newhart
9:30PM One Day at a Time New. Replaces Newhart
10:00PM Three's Company Replaces All in the Family
10:30PM Three's Company Replaces All in the Family
11:00PM Evening Shade Replaces Good Times
11:30PM Evening Shade Replaces Good Times
12:00M Newhart Replaces WKRP in Cincinnati
12:30AM Newhart Replaces WKRP in Cincinnati
1:00AM Mr. Belvedere Replaces Maude
1:30AM Mr. Belvedere Replaces Maude
2:00AM Alfred Hitchcock Presents Replaces The Burns and Allen Show
2:30AM Alfred Hitchcock Presents Replaces The Burns and Allen Show
3:00AM The Jack Benny Program
3:30AM The Jack Benny Program
4:00AM Dennis the Menace
4:30AM Dennis the Menace

What’s Here: Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Flipper, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, The Partridge Family

What’s Gone: Circus Boy, WKRP in Cincinnati

MeTV Adds More Andy, Star Trek

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A few changes are coming to MeTV next week.

The classic TV diginet will be adding 2 episodes of The Andy Griffith Show to its lineup, airing back-to-back episodes from 8-9AM Eastern. The show continues to air weeknights from 8-9PM Eastern. (Note: some markets air Mayberry R.F.D. in place of The Andy Griffith Show)

The other big change is the addition of Star Trek to the weekday schedule. Trek will air from 4-5PM Eastern, replacing The Adventures of Superman.

Other moves include The Donna Reed Show to 7AM weekdays and the return of Car 54 Where Are You? and Gomer Pyle USMC to Saturday overnights.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show and That Girl are going on hiatus.

The changes start Monday March 9.

Farewell, Classic TV Friends

We’ve lost nearly two dozen classic TV contributors over the past few months. Let’s take a moment to remember…

  • Director Larry Auerbach, best known for his work on CBS daytime drama Love of Life
  • Radio, film and TV producer Howard G. Barnes worked on such classic CBS shows as Route 66, Rawhide and Twilight Zone
  • Actor Booth Colman guested on TV shows from the 1950s to the 2000s. He appeared on such classics as Bonanza, Mannix, Perry Mason and The Untouchables. Colman played Zaius on the short-lived 1974 TV series Planet of the Apes
  • Actress and singer Donna Douglas, forever remembered as Elly May Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies
  • New York television personality Joe Franklin, who hosted a long-running talk show on WOR-TV
  • Actor Edward Herrmann, who played President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in several 1970s made-for-TV movies and guested on M*A*S*H. His best known role was as Richard Gilmore on the 2000-2007 series Gilmore Girls
  • Las Vegas producer Stan Irwin, who managed such celebrities as Pearl Bailey, Buddy Hackett, Don Rickles and late night legend Johnny Carson
  • Wes Kenney, long-time producer-director of daytime soaps Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless
  • Film and TV production designer Robert Kinoshita, the man who brought us Robot on Irwin Allen’s sci-fi classic Lost in Space
  • Producer-writer Glen A. Larson, the creator of such 1970s and 80s classics as Battlestar Galactica, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I. and Quincy, M.E.
  • 1959 Miss America-turned-actress Mary Ann Mobley, who guested on Burke’s Law, Love American Style and Perry Mason. She was the widow of actor Gary Collins
  • Another Miss America Bess Myerson (1945), who was a panelist on classic game show I’ve Got A Secret and later launched a career in New York City politics
  • Producer-director Arthur Rankin Jr., who teamed up with Jules Bass to create such perennial animated holiday classics as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
  • Film director Joseph Sargent (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, White Lightning), a one-time actor who directed such TV classics as The Invaders, Lassie, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Star Trek
  • Actor Richard Schaal, who made numerous guest appearance on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and was once married to actress Valerie Harper (Rhoda). His daughter Wendy was a regular on early 1980s sitcom It’s A Living and currently does voice work on American Dad
  • Film noir actress Lizabeth Scott, who later guested on Burke’s Law and Studio 57
  • Long-time ABC executive Brandon Stoddard, best-known for developing the miniseries Rich Man Poor Man and Roots
  • Aussie film and TV actor Rod Taylor (The Birds, The Time Machine), who starred in short-lived TV series Bearcats!, Hong Kong and The Oregon Trail
  • Sport producer Tony Verna, the man credited with creating the instant replay back in 1963
  • Former child actor Ken Weatherwax. He played Pugsley, the son of Morticia and Gomez on the classic 1960s comedy The Addams Family

Twilight Zone Returns to Me

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The classic sci-fi anthology series The Twilight Zone is returning to diginet MeTV’s lineup later this month.

MeTV will slot TZ in primetime, airing it at 9:30PM Eastern replacing Cheers (moving to Wednesdays 10-11PM). Me will also pull The Love Boat from its weekday morning lineup, returning Daniel Boone to the 9-10AM Eastern timeslot.

Both changes take effect Monday February 9 on most MeTV stations.