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.

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

Tuned In: Antenna TV and Cozi Fall Program Changes

Classic TV diginets Antenna TV and Cozi TV are shifting their lineups for fall, adding some shows and pulling a few others.

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Antenna TV is unveiling a pair of sitcoms: The Addams Family (moving over from ThisTV) and Wings. Father Knows Best returns to the schedule, while Mister Ed gallops back to competitor MeTV.

Cozi-TV-LogoNBC-owned Cozi TV is dipping into the NBC archives for a trio of new entries on their fall lineup: Frasier, Little House on the Prairie and Quincy M.E.

For more info on the fall changes, visit the Antenna TV and CoziTV websites.

Mister Ed, Wild Wild West Join MeTV Fall Lineup

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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.

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.

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!