Antenna TV Announces Summer Changes

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Classic TV diginet Antenna TV is shifting around their program schedule effective Monday July 17. Here are the weekday changes:

4PM The Partridge Family (replaces Good Times)
4:30 The Partridge Family (replaces Good Times)
5PM Three’s Company (replaces Sanford & Son)
5:30 Three’s Company (replaces Sanford & Son)
6PM Good Times (replaces All in the Family)
6:30 Good Times (replaces All in the Family)
8PM Sanford & Son (replaces 227)
8:30 Sanford & Son (replaces 227)
9PM All in the Family (replaces Three’s Company)
9:30 All in the Family (replaces Three’s Company)
12M Family Ties (M-Th/replaces Becker)
12:30 Family Ties (M-Th/replaces Becker)
3AM 227 (replaces What’s Happening!!)
3:30 227 (M-Th/replaces What’s Happening!!)
3:30 Burns and Allen (F/replaces The Addams Family)
4AM Becker (M-Th/replaces Mr. Belvedere)
4AM Burns and Allen (F/replaces The Addams Family)
4:30 Becker (M-Th/replaces Mr. Belvedere)
4:30 Burns and Allen (F/replaces The Addams Family)

Antenna TV is also tweaking their weekend schedule, including about 1/3 of their Sunday lineup.

Leaving the Antenna TV schedule are The Addams Family, Circus Boy, Dear John and What’s Happening!!

For more information, please visit Antenna TV’s website.

FETV Drops COZI, Launches New Classic Lineup

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Cable-satellite network FETV (Family Entertainment Television) has ended their relationship with broadcast diginet COZI-TV and unveiled a new lineup of classic TV programming.

FETV had been simulcasting a significant amount of COZI programming, mostly on weekdays, since 2014. According to FETV General Manager Bill Airy, the license agreement with NBCUniversal-owned COZI expired and is not being renewed.

Here’s a look at the new FETV schedule, which launched in late June:

Weekdays (All times Eastern)
5AM The Roy Rogers Show
5:30 The Roy Rogers Show
6AM The Lone Ranger
6:30 The Lone Ranger
7-9AM Religious Programming
9AM The Roy Rogers Show
9:30 Lassie
10AM Father Knows Best (starts end of July)
10:30 Father Knows Best (starts end of July)
11AM Hazel
11:30 Hazel
12N Bewitched
12:30 Bewitched
1PM The Flying Nun
1:30 The Flying Nun
2PM One Day at a Time
2:30 One Day at a Time
3PM Designing Women
3:30 Designing Women
4PM Perry Mason
5PM Matlock
6PM The Roy Rogers Show
6:30 The Roy Rogers Show
7PM The Lone Ranger
7:30 The Lone Ranger
8PM Perry Mason
9PM Matlock
10PM T.J. Hooker
11PM Hart to Hart
12M Maude (Sun-Th)/The Lone Ranger (F)
12:30 Maude (Sun-Th)/The Lone Ranger (F)
1AM Barney Miller (Sun-Th)/The Roy Rogers Show (F)
1:30 Barney Miller (Sun-Th)/The Roy Rogers Show (F)
2AM Sergeant Preston of The Yukon (Sun-Th)/Lassie (F)
2:30 Sergeant Preston of The Yukon (Sun-Th)/Lassie (F)
3AM Lassie (Sun -Th)/Paid Programming (F)
3:30 Lassie (Sun-Th)/Paid Programming (F)
4AM The Lone Ranger (Sun-Th)/Paid Programming (F)
4:30 The Lone Ranger (Sun-Th)/Paid Programming (F)

FETV’s Saturday schedule is mostly classic TV, highlighted by a 7-hour block of The Lone Ranger from 11AM-6PM. Sundays are nearly all religious programming, although they are airing back-to-back episodes of Perry Mason and Matlock from 1-5PM.

FETV is a programming service of LeSEA Broadcasting Corporation of South Bend, Indiana. It’s available on AT&T U-verse (Channel 578), DirecTV (Channel 323) and Dish Network (Channel 82). For more information on FETV, please visit their Facebook page.

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A reminder that COZI-TV is available for free on over-the-air broadcast stations reaching over 60% of the United States. To find an affiliate near you, check out the COZI-TV website.

Classic TV Roll Call

We’ve lost more of our classic TV favorites recently. A sad farewell to:

  • Actor-comedian-writer Bill Dana, best known for creating his José Jiménez character who appeared on such classics as The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy) and The Ed Sullivan Show. The memorable character was also featured on the 1963-65 sitcom The Bill Dana Show
  • Actor Jared Martin, who had a recurring role (Dusty) on the primetime soap Dallas. He also guested on such classics as CHiPs, Columbo and The Waltons
  • Actress Dina Merrill, who appeared on numerous classic TV series dating back to the 1950s. Her credits included Batman, Bonanza, The F.B.I., Hawaii Five-O and The Love Boat
  • English actor Sir Roger Moore, who played the title character Simon Templar on the British TV series The Saint from 1962-69. He’s also well-known for his starring role in 7 James Bond feature films.
  • Actor-singer Michael Parks, who guested on shows like The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Gunsmoke and Perry Mason. He starred in the 1969-70 adventure series Then Came Bronson. He also had a memorable role as Jean Renault on the 1990-91 cult classic Twin Peaks
  • English actor Peter Sallis, who appeared in all 295 episodes of the long-running Britcom Last of the Summer Wine (1973-2010)
  • Actor-producer Roger Smith, who played private eye Jeff Spencer on the classic detective series 77 Sunset Strip. He was married to actress-singer Ann Margret for 50 years
  • Actor Adam West, forever known for his title role on the iconic 1960s superhero series Batman. West also appeared on the crime drama series The Detectives and guested on countless classic shows like 77 Sunset Strip, Bonanza, Emergency!, Mannix, The Outer Limits and Perry Mason. Most recently, he voiced the character of Mayor Adam West on the animated sitcom Family Guy.

MeTV Plans Groovy Summer of Me

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Classic TV diginet has announced their annual “Summer of Me” program schedule, featuring a new afternoon sitcom block (reminds me of Superstation WTBS in the 1980s) and the addition of such far-out series as ALF, Battlestar Galactica and The Outer Limits. Barry Williams (a.k.a. Greg Brady) is the official face of The Summer of Me and will be featured in promos and interstitial segments.

Here’s a look at the new lineup:

Weekdays (all times Eastern)
5:00AM Our Miss Brooks
5:30AM The Donna Reed Show
6:00AM Mister Ed
6:30AM I Love Lucy
7:00AM Petticoat Junction (replaces The Brady Bunch)
7:30AM My Three Sons (starts with the original B&W episodes, replaces The Beverly Hillbillies)
8:00AM My Three Sons (replaces Leave It To Beaver)
8:30AM Leave It To Beaver
9:00AM Perry Mason
10:00AM Matlock
11:00AM Remington Steele (replaces Diagnosis Murder)
12:00N The Big Valley
1:00PM Gunsmoke
1:30PM Gunsmoke
2:00PM Bonanza
3:00PM The Rifleman
3:30PM The Rifleman
4:00PM The Beverly Hillbillies (replaces CHiPs)
4:30PM Leave It To Beaver (replaces CHiPs)
5:00PM The Brady Bunch (replaces MacGyver)
5:30PM Gilligan’s Island (replaces MacGyver)
6:00PM Happy Days (replaces Mama’s Family)
6:30PM The Andy Griffith Show (the color episodes, some markets will air The Odd Couple)
7:00PM M*A*S*H
7:30PM M*A*S*H
8:00PM The Andy Griffith Show (some markets air Mayberry R.F.D.)
8:30PM The Andy Griffith Show (some markets air Mayberry R.F.D.)
9:00PM Mama’s Family (replaces MacGyver)
9:30PM ALF (replaces MacGyver)
10:00PM Hogan’s Heroes
10:30PM Hogan’s Heroes
11:00PM Carol Burnett & Friends
11:30PM Perry Mason
12:30AM The Twilight Zone
1:00AM Alfred Hitchcock Presents (replaces The Alfred Hitchcock Hour)
1:30AM Alfred Hitchcock Presents (replaces The Alfred Hitchcock Hour)
2:00AM Mannix
3:00AM Ironside
4:00AM 77 Sunset Strip

There are only a handful of changes to the weekend lineup. Battlestar Galactica replaces The Incredible Hulk (7PM Saturdays), while a double-run of The Outer Limits takes over the horizontal and vertical Sunday 1-3AM slot (replacing Land of The Giants and The Time Tunnel) and a double-run of Swamp Thing overpowers Planet of The Apes (5AM Sundays).

Other weekend moves include the addition of back-to-back episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (2-3PM Sundays) and Rhoda 3-4PM Sundays) and a realigned block of Car 54 Where Are You?, The Phil Silvers Show and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (Mondays 3-5AM).

What’s Here: ALF, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Battlestar Galactica, My Three Sons, Petticoat Junction, Remington Steele, Rhoda, Swamp Thing

What’s Outta Here: CHiPs, Diagnosis Murder, The Incredible Hulk, Land of the Giants, Laverne & Shirley, MacGyver, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Planet of The Apes, The Time Tunnel

The new lineup premieres on Memorial Day, Monday May 29.

Classic TV Roll Call

We bid farewell to more classic TV friends that have passed in 2017…

  • Singer-actress Lola Albright, who played Edie Hart, the girlfriend of private eye Peter Gunn
  • Game show legend Chuck Barris, creator of The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game. He also was the creator-host of The Gong Show
  • Actress-comedienne Chelsea Brown, a regular on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In
  • Actor Warren Frost, who guested on early classics Death Valley Days and Perry Mason. He later had recurring roles on Matlock, Seinfeld and Twin Peaks
  • Actor Dick Gautier, who played Hymie the Robot on Get Smart and Robin Hood on the 1974 cult classic sitcom When Things Were Rotten
  • Actor Peter Hansen, best known for his long-time role as lawyer Lee Baldwin on the daytime drama General Hospital
  • Actor Richard Hatch, who replaced Michael Douglas on The Streets of San Francisco and later starred in the original 1978 version of Battlestar Galactica
  • Producer-writer-creator Howard Leeds, who worked on such classic sitcoms as The Brady Bunch, Diff’rent Strokes, The Facts of Life and My Three Sons
  • Actor Lawrence Montaigne, who guested on classic series including Batman, Mission: Impossible and Star Trek
  • Actress Erin Moran, who played Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days and spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi
  • Film and television photographer Sol Negrin, who worked on such TV classics as Car 54 Where Are you?, Kojak, McCloud, Naked City and The Patty Duke Show
  • Legendary actor-comedian Don Rickles, star of the 1970s sitcom CPO Sharkey and a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Rickles also guested on many classic series, including The Andy Griffith Show, Gilligan’s Island, The Munsters, Sanford and Son, The Twilight Zone and Wagon Train
  • English scriptwriter Alan Simpson, who worked on the Britcom Steptoe and Son, later adapted in the U.S. as Sanford and Son
  • Judge Joseph Wapner, the original presiding judge on The People’s Court (1981-93)
  • Writer-producer Bud Wiser, whose credits include work on All in the Family, One Day At A Time, That’s My Mama and Who’s The Boss?

So Long, Mary

Classic TV fans lost a true legend last week with the passing of Mary Tyler Moore at the age of 80.

Mary is best remembered for her two iconic sitcom roles: Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-66) and Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-77). She also guested on such early classics as 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Thriller and Wanted: Dead or Alive. Her legs and voice appeared on the 1950s David Janssen crime series Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

Mary Tyler Moore and her then-husband Grant Tinker (who passed away last November) teamed up to create the production company MTM Enterprises in 1969. In MTM’s nearly 30 years of existence, the company was an entertainment juggernaut, creating such classic series as The Bob Newhart Show, Hill Street Blues, Lou Grant, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Newhart, Phyllis, Rhoda, St. Elsewhere, The White Shadow and WKRP in Cincinnati.

We’ve lost many more classic TV friends recently, including:

  • Actor William Christopher, who played Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H
  • Actor Mike Connors (Mannix)
  • Veteran character actor Bernard Fox, who guested on many classic shows of the 1960s and 70s. His best known roles were on Bewitched (Dr. Bombay) and Hogan’s Heroes (Colonel Crittendon)
  • Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who guested on such classic shows as Batman, Burke’s Law, Gilligan’s Island and Mister Ed
  • Actress Barbara Hale, Della Street on Perry Mason
  • Legendary film star Debbie Reynolds, who starred in several short-lived TV series (1969-70’s The Debbie Reynolds Show and 1981’s Aloha Paradise). She also guested on Alice and The Love Boat
  • Actor Alan Thicke, who played Jason Seaver on the 1985-92 sitcom Growing Pains. He also produced the talk show spoof Fernwood Tonight, hosted several game and talk shows and wrote the theme songs to Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life
  • Actress Francine York, who guested on countless classic 60s/70s series including Death Valley Days, Gomer Pyle USMC, Love American Style, My Favorite Martian, Perry Mason, The Streets of San Francisco and The Untouchables

Cozi Adds Columbo, Rockford, Emergency!

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NBC’s classic TV digital network Cozi TV is dipping into the Universal library to freshen it’s schedule for Winter 2017.

Joining the Cozi lineup in January: Alias Smith and Jones, Columbo (1970s episodes), Emergency!, McCloud, McMillan & Wife and The Rockford Files. All but Alias Smith and Jones previously aired on competitor MeTV.

Exiting the schedule are Adam-12, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hart to Hart, Starsky and Hutch and Zorro.

The weekday lineup changes are as follows (all times Eastern):

12:00N The Rockford Files (Replacing 2x Adam-12)
1:00PM Emergency! (Replacing Hart to Hart)
6:00PM Little House On The Prairie (Replacing 2x The Munsters)
7:00PM The Munsters (Replacing Frasier)
7:30PM The Munsters (Replacing Frasier)
9:00PM Frasier (Replacing various programming)
9:30PM Frasier (Replacing various programming)

The new schedule kicks off Monday. For the complete Cozi TV Winter 2017 lineup, click here.

Antenna TV Launches Winter Lineup

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Tribune-owned classic TV diginet Antenna TV is bringing back Patty Duke (moving over from competitor MeTV), adding several sitcoms and moving Johnny Carson. The changes are all part of the network’s new schedule which launches Monday.

Joining the Antenna TV sked for the first time are 227, Becker, Good Morning World, The Joey Bishop Show, My Two Dads and What’s Happening!! Returning to the fold are The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Circus Boy and The Patty Duke Show. Johnny Carson will now air 7 nights a week at 10PM, with the 90-minute 1970s-80s episodes airing Friday and Saturday nights.

The weekday lineup changes are as follows (all times Eastern):

6:00AM Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Replacing Mork & Mindy)
6:30AM Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Replacing Mork & Mindy)
7:00AM Mork & Mindy (Replacing Bewitched)
7:30AM Mork & Mindy (Replacing Bewitched)
8:00AM Green Acres (Replacing I Dream of Jeannie)
8:30AM Green Acres (Replacing I Dream of Jeannie)
9:00AM The Burns and Allen Show (Replacing Green Acres)
9:30AM The Burns and Allen Show (Replacing Green Acres)
10:00AM Father Knows Best (Replacing Hazel)
10:30AM Father Knows Best (Replacing Hazel)
11:00AM The Patty Duke Show (Replacing McHale’s Navy)
11:30AM The Patty Duke Show (Replacing McHale’s Navy)
12:00N Hazel (Replacing Father Knows Best)
12:00N Hazel (Replacing Father Knows Best)
1:00PM The Joey Bishop Show (Replacing Leave It to Beaver)
1:30PM The Joey Bishop Show (Replacing Leave It to Beaver)
2:00PM I Dream of Jeannie (Replacing One Day at a Time)
2:30PM I Dream of Jeannie (Replacing One Day at a Time)
3:00PM Bewitched (Replacing Three’s Company)
3:30PM Bewitched (Replacing Three’s Company)
4:00PM Good Times (Replacing Family Ties)
4:30PM Good Times (Replacing Family Ties)
5:00PM Sanford and Son (Replacing Maude)
5:30PM Sanford and Son (Replacing Maude)
6:00PM All in the Family (Replacing Sanford and Son)
6:30PM All in the Family (Replacing Sanford and Son)
7:00PM The Jeffersons (Replacing Good Times)
7:30PM The Jeffersons (Replacing Good Times)
8:00PM What’s Happening!! (M-Th)/One Day at a Time (F) (Replacing The Jeffersons)
8:30PM What’s Happening!! (M-Th)/One Day at a Time (F) (Replacing The Jeffersons)
9:00PM 227 (M-Th)/Barney Miller (F) (Replacing All in the Family)
9:30PM 227 (M-Th)/Barney Miller (F) (Replacing All in the Family)
10:00PM Johnny Carson (Replacing 2x Barney Miller)
11:00PM Wings (M-Th) (Replacing Johnny Carson)
11:30PM Wings (Replacing Johnny Carson)
12:00M Becker (Replacing Wings)
12:00AM Becker (Replacing Wings)
4:00AM Mr. Belvedere (Replacing Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
4:30AM Mr. Belvedere (Replacing Sabrina the Teenage Witch)

See the complete Winter 2017 Antenna TV schedule here.

Tuned In: Antenna TV 2017 Additions, Dick Van Dyke Gets Colorized

News and notes from the world of classic TV:

  • Classic TV diginet Antenna TV will be adding a bunch of sitcoms to their lineup in 2017, mostly 80s and 90s fare along with a couple obscure classics from the 60s. Joining the lineup: 227, Alice, Becker, Good Morning World (1967-68 starring Ronnie Schell and a pre Laugh-In Goldie Hawn), Growing Pains, Head of the Class, The Hogan Family, The Joey Bishop Show (1961-65), Murphy Brown, My Two Dads and What’s Happening!!
  • NBC-owned classic TV digital network Cozi TV picks up a trio of NBC classics that last aired on MeTV. Getting Cozi in January: Columbo (Weekends), Emergency! (1PM Weekdays) and The Rockford Files (12N Weekdays).
  • The classic black-and-white sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show will follow in fellow B&W sitcom I Love Lucy’s footsteps. CBS will air two back-to-back episodes of DVD in color at 8PM Eastern tonight (Sunday Decemmber 11). “That’s My Boy??” and “Coast to Coast Big Mouth” were chosen by series creator and co-star Carl Reiner.
  • There have been more losses of classic TV favorites in recent weeks: actor Don Calfa (guested on Barney Miller, Kojak, Streets of San Francisco), actor Ron Glass (Barney Miller), comic actor Milt Moss (best known for saying “I can’t believe I ate that whole thing” in a classic Alka-Seltzer TV commercial), producer/network executive Grant Tinker (The Bob Newhart Show, Hill Street Blues, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, WKRP in Cincinnati), actor Fritz Weaver (guested on such classics as Hawaii Five-0, Mannix, Rawhide, The Twilight Zone) and actor Van Williams (The Green Hornet, Surfside 6).

Ponch and The Beav Are Back: MeTV Unwraps Winter Sked

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Classic TV diginet MeTV has unveiled their new winter programming schedule, highlighted by the returns of Leave It To Beaver (from competitor Antenna TV) and CHiPs, plus the MeTV debut of the 1985-92 action-adventure series MacGyver.

The weekday lineup changes are as follows (all times Eastern):

  • 7:30AM Beverly Hillbillies (Replacing Petticoat Junction)
  • 8:00AM Leave It To Beaver (Replacing Beverly Hillbillies)
  • 8:30AM Leave It To Beaver (Replacing Beverly Hillbillies)
  • 1:00PM Gunsmoke (The original half-hour episodes, replacing the 60-minute version)
  • 1:30PM Gunsmoke (The original half-hour episodes, replacing the 60-minute version)
  • 4:00PM CHiPs (Replacing Emergency!, which is moving to MeTV competitor Cozi TV)
  • 5:00PM MacGyver (Replacing Emergency!, which is moving to MeTV competitor Cozi TV)
  • 9:00PM MacGyver (Replacing Happy Days and Gilligan’s Island, which will now air weekends only)
  • 2:00AM Mannix (Replacing Kojak)
  • 3:00AM Ironside (Replacing MeTV Mystery Movie)
  • 4:00AM 77 Sunset Strip (Replacing MeTV Mystery Movie)

Weekend additions include the James Garner western Maverick (10AM Saturdays), 1989-2003 episodes of Columbo (8PM Sundays…the 1970s version moves to Cozi TV) and the cult classic horror-mystery series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (10PM Sundays). The latter stars Darren McGavin, best known by modern audiences as the dad on A Christmas Story.

Both CHiPs and MacGyver launch Monday December 19. The rest of the changes take effect January 2, 2017. Find the full schedule here.

What’s Here: 77 Sunset Strip, CHiPs, Columbo (90s), Gunsmoke (1/2 hr), Ironside, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Leave It To Beaver, MacGyver, Mannix, Maverick

What’s Outta Here: Columbo (70s), Daniel Boone, Emergency!, Kojak, MeTV Mystery Movie, Petticoat Junction