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.

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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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

MeTV Launches Fall Lineup Monday

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Classic TV diginet MeTV kicks off their Fall 2015 schedule tomorrow, adding the Andy Griffith courtroom drama Matlock weekday mornings and extended comedy blocks on Sundays.

Here’s the new schedule:

Eastern Time Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday
5:00AM Abbott & Costello F Troop The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
5:30AM Welcome Back Kotter F Troop The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
6:00AM Gilligan's Island Welcome Back Kotter Abbott & Costello
6:30AM Family Affair Welcome Back Kotter Abbott & Costello
7:00AM The Donna Reed Show H.R. Pufnstuf F Troop
7:30AM I Love Lucy Land of the Lost F Troop
8:00AM Daniel Boone E/I Programming Welcome Back Kotter
8:30AM Welcome Back Kotter
9:00AM Perry Mason E/I or The Rebel Gilligan's Island
9:30AM E/I or The Rebel Gilligan's Island
10:00AM Matlock E/I or Have Gun Will Travel Saved by the Bell
10:30AM E/I or Have Gun Will Travel Saved by the Bell
11:00AM Quincy M.E. Wagon Train Saved by the Bell
11:30AM Saved by the Bell
12:00PM The Rockford Files The Big Valley The Brady Bunch
12:30PM The Brady Bunch
1:00PM Gunsmoke Gunsmoke The Brady Bunch
1:30PM The Brady Bunch
2:00PM Bonanza Bonanza Gilligan's Island
2:30PM Gilligan's Island
3:00PM The Rifleman Rawhide Happy Days
3:30PM The Rifleman Laverne & Shirley
4:00PM Emergency! Wanted: Dead or Alive I Love Lucy
4:30PM Wanted: Dead or Alive I Love Lucy
5:00PM Emergency! The Rifleman The Love Boat
5:30PM The Rifleman
6:00PM CHiPs Adventures of Superman The Love Boat
6:30PM Adventures of Superman
7:00PM M*A*S*H Batman The Andy Griffith Show or Mayberry R.F.D.
7:30PM M*A*S*H Batman The Andy Griffith Show or Mayberry R.F.D.
8:00PM The Andy Griffith Show or Gilligan's Island Wonder Woman Columbo
8:30PM The Andy Griffith Show or Gilligan's Island
9:00PM Happy Days Star Trek
9:30PM Laverne & Shirley M*A*S*H
10:00PM Hogan's Heroes Svengoolie The Odd Couple
10:30PM Hogan's Heroes The Honeymooners
11:00PM Carol Burnett & Friends Cheers
11:30PM Perry Mason The Bob Newhart Show
12:00AM Lost in Space The Mary Tyler Moore Show
12:30AM Mystery Movie Taxi
1:00AM Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Get Smart
1:30AM The Phil Silvers Show
2:00AM The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
2:30AM Night Gallery
3:00AM The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Car 54 Where Are You? Naked City
3:30AM Car 54 Where Are You?
4:00AM Thriller Gomer Pyle USMC Route 66
4:30AM Gomer Pyle USMC

What’s Here: The Bob Newhart Show, Cheers, Family Affair, Hogan’s Heroes, The Honeymooners, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Matlock, The Odd Couple, Taxi, Wagon Train

What’s Gone: The Beverly Hillbillies, Black Sheep Squadron, Hawaii Five-O, Make Room for Daddy, Mr. Lucky, Mission: Impossible, The Mod Squad, Peter Gunn, Petticoat Junction, Remington Steele, The Saint, The Streets of San Francisco

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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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.

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.