And Then There’s Maude! Antenna TV Shuffles Lineup Starting Monday

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Classic TV diginet Antenna TV is mixing up their weekday lineup for the rest of summer.

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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getTV Launches New Lineup Monday

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Sony’s classic movie diginet getTV is overhauling their schedule, adding a 13-hour block of classic TV series to their weekday lineup.

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.

Goodbye, Patty Duke

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

Tuned In: More MeTV Winter Changes, RIP Classic Stars

  • 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!

Tuned In: MeTV Winter Changes, Farewell Trapper John

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  • 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.

Heeeeeere’s Johnny! Antenna TV Launches Winter Schedule Today

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Classic TV diginet Antenna TV’s revised lineup kicks off today, including the long-awaited return of Johnny Carson.

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.

Saying Goodbye To More Classic TV Friends

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?

Tuned In: MeTV Shuffles Morning Lineup, New Diginet Launches October 31

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

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Rest In Peace, Classic TV Friends

The list of classic TV contributors who have passed away in 2015 continues to grow. In the past few months, we have said goodbye to:

  • Producer Merv Adelson, co-founder of Lorimar Television (Dallas, Eight Is Enough, Knot’s Landing, The Waltons)
  • Composer Van Alexander, who worked on the music for such classic series as Bewitched, Dennis The Menace, The Farmer’s Daughter, Hazel and I Dream of Jeannie
  • British actress Judy Carne, best known for her work on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (Sock it to me!)
  • Actor George Coe, who appeared on daytime dramas The Doctors and Somerset. He was also an original cast member of Saturday Night Live and most recently the voice of Woodhouse on the animated series Archer
  • Actor John Connell, who worked on such early television shows as Danger, Mister Peepers and Studio One. He starred in the daytime drama Young Dr. Malone and later appeared on the classic gothic serial Dark Shadows
  • Child actor Kevin Corcoran, who appeared in a number of Mickey Mouse Club serials like Spin and Marty. He also worked in a number of movies including Old Yeller and The Shaggy Dog
  • Actress Yvonne Craig, forever known to classic TV fans as Barbara Gordon (a.k.a Batgirl) on the 1960s superhero series Batman
  • Child actress Jean Darling, one of the original cast of Our Gang (The Little Rascals) film shorts
  • Football player-turned-commentator Frank Gifford, best known as the long-time voice of ABC’s Monday Night Football
  • Television executive Peter Grad, who served as president of MTM Studios and helped develop such series as The Fall Guy, L.A. Law and Mr. Belvedere
  • Actor-turned-educator Bruce Hyde, who portrayed Lt. Kevin Riley in the original Star Trek
  • Actor-comedian Marty Ingels (I’m Dickens He’s Fenster), the long-time spouse of actress Shirley Jones
  • Writer Ray Jessel, who penned episodes of 1970s classics The Bob Newhart Show, The Carol Burnett Show and The Love Boat
  • Actor Dean Jones, who appeared on classic TV series like Bonanza, Burke’s Law and Ensign O’Toole. He is best known for his work on Disney films including That Darn Cat and Herbie The Love Bug. The latter spawned a short-lived 1982 TV series
  • Actor Jack Larson, photographer-cub reporter Jimmy Olsen on The Adventures of Superman
  • Film actress Joan Leslie, who later guested on television series like Branded, Charlie’s Angels, The Incredible Hulk and Studio 57
  • Television executive Howard Lipstone, who teamed with partner Alan Landsburg to produce such series as In Search Of…, That’s Incredible!, Gimme A Break! and Kate and Allie
  • Actress-writer Peg Lynch, who wrote and starred in the long-running radio and TV sitcom Ethel and Albert
  • Actor Martin Milner, best known for his starring roles on Route 66 (Tod Stiles) and Adam-12 (Officer Pete Malloy)
  • Actress Melody Patterson, Wrangler Jane on the classic 1960s sitcom F-Troop
  • Actor Alex Rocco, who guested on numerous classic series including Batman, Cannon, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Starsky & Hutch. He is perhaps best remembered for his big-screen role as Moe Greene in The Godfather
  • Welsh actor Roger Rees, known for his portrayal of tycoon Robin Colcord on Cheers
  • Producer-director Lela Swift (Dark Shadows, Ryan’s Hope)
  • Actress-singer Pat Woodell, the original Bobbie Jo Bradley on the 1960s sitcom Petticoat Junction. She left after two seasons and was replaced by Lori Saunders
  • Producer Bud Yorkin, who partnered with Norman Lear on classic 1970s sitcoms All In The Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, and Sanford and Son. Lear and Yorkin first worked together on 1950s variety series The Colgate Comedy Hour and The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show

Family Ties Headlines Antenna TV Fall Lineup

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A modern classic comedy and two short-lived 1960s sitcoms are the only additions to Antenna TV’s Fall 2014 schedule.

The classic TV diginet will air the Michael J. Fox series Family Ties (1982-89) seven nights a week, while My Mother The Car and It’s About Time are relegated to Saturday afternoons.

My Mother The Car (1965-66) most recently aired on MeTV. It stars Jerry Van Dyke (Coach) as an attorney who buys a used car that turns out to be the reincarnation of his deceased mother (Ann Sothern). It’s About Time (1966-67) is a pre-historic sitcom from Sherwood Schwartz (The Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island).

Here is the new Antenna TV lineup, which starts Monday September 14:

Eastern Time Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday
5:00AM The Burns and Allen Show Movie Movie
5:30AM The Burns and Allen Show
6:00AM The Jack Benny Program
6:30AM The Jack Benny Program
7:00AM Mister Ed The Three Stooges The Three Stooges
7:30AM Mister Ed
8:00AM Father Knows Best
8:30AM Father Knows Best
9:00AM Hazel E/I Programming I Dream of Jeannie
9:30AM Hazel I Dream of Jeannie
10:00AM Dennis the Menace Bewitched
10:30AM Dennis the Menace Bewitched
11:00AM Leave it to Beaver Green Acres
11:30AM Leave it to Beaver Green Acres
12:00N Bewitched The Partridge Family
12:30PM Bewitched The Partridge Family
1:00PM I Dream of Jeannie My Mother the Car Small Wonder
1:30PM I Dream of Jeannie My Mother the Car Small Wonder
2:00PM Green Acres It's About Time Mr. Belvedere
2:30PM Green Acres It's About Time Mr. Belvedere
3:00PM Three's Company The Flying Nun All in the Family
3:30PM Three's Company The Flying Nun All in the Family
4:00PM Mr. Belvedere Small Wonder Maude
4:30PM Mr. Belvedere Small Wonder Maude
5:00PM Too Close for Comfort Mr. Belvedere The Jeffersons
5:00PM Too Close for Comfort Mr. Belvedere The Jeffersons
6:00PM Sanford and Son Doogie Howser M.D. Sanford and Son
6:30PM Sanford and Son Doogie Howser M.D. Sanford and Son
7:00PM Good Times The Ropers Good Times
7:30PM Good Times Three's A Crowd Good Times
8:00PM All in the Family Newhart Newhart
8:30PM All in the Family Newhart Newhart
9:00PM The Jeffersons Family Ties Family Ties
9:30PM The Jeffersons Family Ties Family Ties
10:00PM Family Ties Evening Shade Evening Shade
10:30PM Family Ties Evening Shade Evening Shade
11:00PM One Day at a Time Three's Company Three's Company
11:30PM One Day at a Time Three's Company Three's Company
12:00M Barney Miller One Day at a Time One Day at a Time
12:00AM Barney Miller One Day at a Time One Day at a Time
1:00AM Newhart Bewitched Bewitched
1:30AM Newhart Bewitched Bewitched
2:00AM Doogie Howser M.D. I Dream of Jeannie I Dream of Jeannie
2:30AM Doogie Howser M.D. I Dream of Jeannie I Dream of Jeannie
3:00AM Three's Company The Burns and Allen Show The Burns and Allen Show
3:30AM Three's Company The Burns and Allen Show The Burns and Allen Show
4:00AM Maude Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock Presents
4:30AM Maude Alfred Hitchcock Presents Alfred Hitchcock Presents

What’s Here: Family Ties, It’s About Time, My Mother The Car

What’s Gone: The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Flipper, Gidget, Here Come The Brides, McHale’s Navy, The Monkees, The Patty Duke Show