Obit: Mickey Rooney

Another Hollywood legend has passed on. Actor Mickey Rooney is dead at 93.

As a child star, Rooney portrayed the character Andy Hardy in some 20 movies. He went on to co-star with Judy Garland in a number of musicals.

Rooney also worked on the small screen. He starred in several short-lived sitcoms, including The Mickey Rooney Show (1954) and Mickey (1964). He guested on such TV classics as The Fugitive, Naked City, Rawhide, Twilight Zone and Wagon Train. He later provided the voice of Santa in the Rankin-Bass animated classic The Year Without a Santa Claus.

Rooney also made frequent appearances at the altar. He married 8 times, including his first marriage to future film star Ava Gardner.

All told, Rooney worked in films and television from the 1920s to the 2010s. He passed away Sunday in California.

New Broadcast TV Diginets On The Way

Broadcasting & Cable is reporting one of the founders of African-American diginet BounceTV is looking to launch two new digital broadcast networks this summer.

According to B&C, Jonathan Katz has started his own company (Katz Broadcasting) that will debut the female-targeted Escape and the male-focused Grit later this year. Both networks plan to air theatrical movies and off-network programs (hopefully including some classic TV in the mix 🙂 )

Katz reportedly has a deal in place with Spanish broadcaster Univision. This would give the new networks carriage in such major markets as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas.

Classic TV Diginets Spring 2014 Program Grid

If you’re lucky enough to live in a city where you get Antenna TV, Cozi TV and MeTV, you always have plenty of classic TV programs to choose from…all for FREE with a digital TV antenna!

Here’s a look at the Big 3 classic TV channels weekday lineups as of April 2014, which are subject to vary in local markets:

Time Period (ET) Antenna TV Cozi TV MeTV
5:00AM The Jack Benny Program Paid Programming Wanted: Dead or Alive
5:30AM The Jack Benny Program Paid Programming My Three Sons
6:00AM Hazel Lassie Petticoat Junction
6:30AM Hazel Lassie The Beverly Hillbillies
7:00AM Movie Paid Programming The Donna Reed Show
7:30AM Paid Programming I Love Lucy
8:00AM The Virginian Leave It To Beaver
8:30AM Leave It To Beaver
9:00AM Too Close for Comfort Daniel Boone
9:30AM Too Close for Comfort The Adventures of Jim Bowie
10:00AM Three's Company The Lone Ranger Perry Mason
10:30AM Three's Company The Roy Rogers Show
11:00AM Bewitched Maverick Ironside
11:30AM Bewitched
12:00N I Dream of Jeannie Marcus Welby M.D. Hawaii Five-0
12:30PM I Dream of Jeannie
1:00PM McHale's Navy The Avengers Gunsmoke
1:30PM McHale's Navy
2:00PM The Patty Duke Show Magnum P.I. Bonanza
2:30PM The Patty Duke Show
3:00PM Father Knows Best Mystery Wheel (Various) The Big Valley
3:30PM Father Knows Best
4:00PM Dennis the Menace Dragnet
4:30PM Dennis the Menace Make Room for Daddy Adam-12
5:00PM Mister Ed Highway to Heaven Emergency!
5:30PM Mister Ed
6:00PM Green Acres The Real McCoys The Rifleman
6:30PM Green Acres The Real McCoys The Rifleman
7:00PM I Dream of Jeannie Local Programming M*A*S*H
7:30PM I Dream of Jeannie Local Programming M*A*S*H
8:00PM Bewitched Banacek (M) Charlie's Angels (T) The Six Million Dollar Man (W) Magnum P.I. (Th) Movie (F) Gilligan's Island (M-Th) Movie (F)
8:30PM Bewitched Gilligan's Island (M-Th)
9:00PM All in the Family Charlie's Angels (T) The Six Million Dollar Man (W) Magnum P.I. (Th) Hogan's Heroes (M-Th)
9:30PM All in the Family McMillan & Wife (M) Welcome Back Kotter (M-Th)*
10:00PM Sanford & Son The Bionic Woman (T) The Six Million Dollar Man (W) Magnum P.I. (Th) Hollywood Treasure (F) The Mary Tyler Moore Show (M) Taxi (T) The Bob Newhart Show (W) Rhoda (Th) The Odd Couple (F)
10:30PM Sanford & Son Hollywood Treasure (F) The Mary Tyler Moore Show (M) Taxi (T) The Bob Newhart Show (W) Rhoda (Th) The Odd Couple (F)
11:00PM Good Times I Spy (M) The Bionic Woman (T) The Six Million Dollar Man (W) Magnum P.I. (Th) Run For Your Life (F) The Twilight Zone
11:30PM Good Times Perry Mason
12:00M Three's Company I Spy
12:30AM Three's Company The Untouchables
1:00AM Too Close for Comfort Movie/Various
1:30AM Too Close for Comfort Night Gallery
2:00AM Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
2:30AM Alfred Hitchcock Presents
3:00AM Burns and Allen The Cisco Kid/Various Thriller
3:30AM Burns and Allen The Cisco Kid/Various
4:00AM Bachelor Father The Cisco Kid Wagon Train
4:30AM Bachelor Father The Cisco Kid

*Starts April 14

GetTV Diginet Adds 4 Markets

Classic movie digital network GetTV is expanding its reach to 31 markets, covering 48% of U.S. TV households.

TV Newscheck reports the new GetTV affiliates include KIRO 7.2 Seattle, WAXN 64.2 Charlotte, WTEV Jacksonville and KMYT 41.2 Tulsa. Seattle, Charlotte and Tulsa signed on today, while Jacksonville will launch this summer (most likely on 47.3). All four stations are owned or operated by Cox Media Group. GetTV is a service of Sony Pictures Television.

For more info on GetTV, please visit their website.

No Foolin’! Three’s Company Is Back

The classic 1970s sitcom is returning to the broadcast and cable airwaves this month.

As we mentioned in a previous post, Three’s Company will be back on national diginet Antenna TV‘s schedule beginning Monday April 14. It will air four times each weekday, at 10AM, 10:30AM, 12M and 12:30AM (all times Eastern). The channel will also air the show Saturday evenings and Sunday late nights.

Three’s Company is also coming back to its longtime cable home, TV Land. Sitcoms Online reports the cable/satellite network will program the show on weekend mornings, beginning with marathons this coming Saturday and Sunday (April 5-6).