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.

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

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.

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.

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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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

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

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.

Twilight Zone Returns to Me

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The classic sci-fi anthology series The Twilight Zone is returning to diginet MeTV’s lineup later this month.

MeTV will slot TZ in primetime, airing it at 9:30PM Eastern replacing Cheers (moving to Wednesdays 10-11PM). Me will also pull The Love Boat from its weekday morning lineup, returning Daniel Boone to the 9-10AM Eastern timeslot.

Both changes take effect Monday February 9 on most MeTV stations.

Quincy, Carol Burnett Joining MeTV Lineup

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Jack Klugman’s long-running medical drama Quincy M.E. and the half-hour edited version of The Carol Burnett Show (Carol Burnett and Friends) are among the additions to classic TV diginet MeTV’s new schedule.

Several shows will be leaving the network, while others return or move to new time slots. The new lineup starts New Years Day, Thursday January 1 2015.

Time Period (ET) Programming Comments
Weekdays
5:00AM The Abbott & Costello Show New to MeTV
5:30AM Make Room for Daddy
6:00AM Petticoat Junction
6:30AM The Beverly Hillbillies
7:00AM That Girl Moves from 5AM. Replaces The Donna Reed Show…which moves to 8AM
7:30AM I Love Lucy
8:00AM The Donna Reed Show Moves from 7AM. Replaces Leave it to Beaver…which moves to Antenna TV
8:30AM The Mary Tyler Moore Show Returns to MeTV. Replaces Leave it to Beaver…which moves to Antenna TV
9:00AM The Love Boat Returns to weekday schedule. Replaces Daniel Boone
9:30AM
10:00AM Perry Mason
10:30AM
11:00AM Quincy M.E. New to MeTV. Replaces a double-run of Dragnet…which moves to Cozi TV
11:30AM
12:00N The Rockford Files
12:30PM
1:00PM Gunsmoke
1:30PM
2:00PM Bonanza
2:30PM
3:00PM The Rifleman
3:30PM The Rifleman
4:00PM The Adventures of Superman Joins the weekday lineup. Replaces Adam-12…which moves to Cozi TV
4:30PM The Adventures of Superman Joins the weekday lineup. Replaces Adam-12…which moves to Cozi TV
5:00PM Emergency!
5:30PM
6:00PM CHiPs
6:30PM
7:00PM M*A*S*H
7:30PM M*A*S*H
8:00PM The Andy Griffith Show
8:30PM The Andy Griffith Show
9:00PM Hogan's Heroes
9:30PM Cheers Moves from 11PM. Replaces Gilligan's Island…which will air weekends only
10:00PM Mondays: The Bob Newhart Show
Tuesdays: Taxi
Wednesdays: F Troop
Thursdays: Welcome Back Kotter
Fridays: The Odd Couple
10:00PM Mondays: The Bob Newhart Show
Tuesdays: Taxi
Wednesdays: F Troop
Thursdays: Welcome Back Kotter
Fridays: The Odd Couple
11:00PM Carol Burnett & Friends New to MeTV. Replaces Cheers…which moves to 9:30PM
11:30PM Perry Mason
12:00M
12:30AM Mystery Movie Rotating programs including Banacek (New)…Columbo… McCloud…McMillan and Wife (New). Replaces Dragnet…which moves to Cozi TV
1:00AM Replaces Adam-12…which moves to Cozi TV
1:30AM Replaces Night Gallery…which moves to 2:30AM
2:00AM Replaces Ironside
2:30AM Night Gallery Moves from 1:30AM. Replaces Ironside
3:00AM The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Returns to weekday lineup. Replaces Route 66
3:30AM
4:00AM Thriller Returns to weekday lineup. Replaces Naked City
4:30AM
Saturdays
5:00AM F Troop Adds weekend airings. Replaces The Rogues
5:30AM F Troop Adds weekend airings. Replaces The Rogues
6:00AM Gilligan's Island Moves to weekends only. Replaces The Rogues
6:30AM Gilligan's Island Moves to weekends only. Replaces The Rogues
7:00AM H.R. Pufnstuf
7:30AM Land of the Lost
8:00AM E/I Programming Some markets air Guns of Will Sonnett
8:30AM E/I Programming Some markets air Guns of Will Sonnett
9:00AM E/I Programming Some markets air Branded
9:30AM E/I Programming Some markets air Branded
10:00AM E/I Programming Some markets air The Rebel
10:30AM E/I Programming Some markets air The Rebel
11:00AM Daniel Boone
11:30AM
12:00N The Big Valley
12:30PM
1:00PM Gunsmoke
1:30PM
2:00PM Bonanza
2:30PM
3:00PM Rawhide
3:30PM
4:00PM Wanted: Dead or Alive
4:30PM Wanted: Dead or Alive
5:00PM The Rifleman
5:30PM The Rifleman
6:00PM The Adventures of Superman
6:30PM The Adventures of Superman
7:00PM Batman
7:30PM Batman
8:00PM Wonder Woman
8:30PM
9:00PM Star Trek
9:30PM
10:00PM Svengoolie (Classic Monster/Sci-Fi Movie)
10:30PM
11:00PM
11:30PM
12:00M Lost In Space
12:30AM
1:00AM Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea
1:30AM
2:00AM Night Gallery
2:30AM Night Gallery
3:00AM The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
3:30AM
4:00AM Thriller
4:30AM
Sundays
5:00AM The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Returns to MeTV. Replaces The Green Hornet
5:30AM The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Returns to MeTV. Replaces The Green Hornet
6:00AM F Troop Replaces H.R. Pufnstuf
6:30AM F Troop Replaces Land of the Lost
7:00AM The Abbott & Costello Show New to MeTV. Replaces The Donna Reed Show
7:30AM The Abbott & Costello Show New to MeTV. Replaces The Donna Reed Show
8:00AM Welcome Back Kotter Adds weekend airings. Replaces E/I Programming
8:30AM Welcome Back Kotter Adds weekend airings. Replaces E/I Programming
9:00AM Gilligan's Island
9:30AM Gilligan's Island
10:00AM Saved By The Bell
10:30AM Saved By The Bell
11:00AM Saved By The Bell
11:30AM Saved By The Bell
12:00N The Brady Bunch
12:30PM The Brady Bunch
1:00PM The Brady Bunch
1:30PM The Brady Bunch
2:00PM The Love Boat
2:30PM
3:00PM Remington Steele
3:30PM
4:00PM The Streets of San Francisco
4:30PM
5:00PM The Mod Squad Returns to MeTV. Replaces The Rockford Files
5:30PM
6:00PM Hawaii Five-0
6:30PM
7:00PM Black Sheep Squadron
7:30PM
8:00PM Columbo
8:30PM
9:00PM
9:30PM
10:00PM The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
10:30PM
11:00PM Mission:Impossible
11:30PM
12:00M Get Smart
12:30AM Get Smart
1:00AM The Saint
1:30AM
2:00AM Naked City No longer airs M-F
2:30AM
3:00AM Route 66 No longer airs M-F
3:30AM
4:00AM Peter Gunn
4:30AM Mr. Lucky

What’s Here: The Abbott & Costello Show, Banacek, Carol Burnett & Friends, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, McMillan & Wife, The Mod Squad, Quincy M.E.

What’s Gone: Adam-12, Dragnet, The Green Hornet, Ironside, Leave it to Beaver, The Rogues