Tuned In: Catching Up

It’s been awhile since my last post, so let’s get caught up on some classic TV news:

  • Weigel Broadcasting has launched a spinoff of its popular diginet MeTV Network. H&I (Heroes and Icons) showcases action, police and western programming, including Batman, Kung Fu, The Untouchables and The Wild Wild West. It is currently available on the digital subchannels of Weigel stations in Chicago, Milwaukee and South Bend IN.
  • Speaking of digital broadcast networks, Grit TV will soon increase its coverage to nearly 75% of United States TV households. Sinclair Broadcast Group is adding the male-focused diginet to 47 stations across the country, including stations in Seattle, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Nashville. Grit airs mostly action and adventure movies from such studios as Paramount, Sony and Warner Bros.
  • Classic TV diginet MeTV is adding 5 new affiliates to its network. They include WHIO Dayton OH, WJRT Flint MI, KEZI Eugene OR, KERO Bakersfield CA and WKTV Utica NY. The total number of MeTV affiliates is now 166, reaching 92% of the U.S.
  • CBS is now offering a subscription streaming service that includes most current programs and a number of classics from the CBS library. CBS All Access claims to offer over 6,500 episodes, including such classic shows as The Andy Griffith Show, The Brady Bunch, Hawaii Five-O, I Love Lucy, Mission: Impossible, Perry Mason, Star Trek, Taxi and The Twilight Zone. The service costs $5.99 a month.
  • We said goodbye to several classic TV friends within the past month. Actress Polly Bergen guested on such classic shows as Dr. Kildare, The Love Boat and Wagon Train. She was a panelist on the original version of To Tell The Truth and most recently had a recurring role on the ABC drama Desperate Housewives. Bergen is perhaps best known for her role as Gregory Peck’s wife in the 1962 film Cape Fear. Also passing away recently: writer Sam Hall (he wrote for ABC daytime dramas Dark Shadows and One Life to Live) and actor-director Geoffrey Holder. Holder guested on It Takes A Thief and Tarzan (starring Ron Ely), but many remember him for his role in a series of commercials for the soft drink 7UP.

MeTV Fall 2014 Schedule

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We need to update our earlier post previewing MeTV’s Fall 2014 program schedule. Apparently the schedule we saw was a draft version, which has since undergone some changes. So…

At long last, here’s the new REVISED Fall 2014 program schedule for classic TV diginet MeTV.

As always, the lineup may vary in your city. The new schedule starts Monday September 1.

Time Period (ET) Programming Comments
Weekdays
5:00AM That Girl Returns to MeTV. Replaces Wanted:Dead or Alive
5:30AM Make Room for Daddy
6:00AM Petticoat Junction
6:30AM The Beverly Hillbillies
7:00AM The Donna Reed Show
7:30AM I Love Lucy
8:00AM Leave It To Beaver
8:30AM Leave It To Beaver
9:00AM Daniel Boone
9:30AM
10:00AM Perry Mason Returns to its longtime morning timeslot. Replaces The Love Boat
10:30AM
11:00AM Dragnet Moves from 12:30AM timeslot. Replaces The Mod Squad
11:30AM Dragnet Adds a second weekday episode. Replaces The Mod Squad
12:00N The Rockford Files
12:30PM
1:00PM Gunsmoke
1:30PM
2:00PM Bonanza
2:30PM
3:00PM The Rifleman Moves from 6:00PM timeslot. Replaces The Big Valley
3:30PM The Rifleman Moves from 6:30PM timeslot. Replaces The Big Valley
4:00PM Adam-12
4:30PM Adam-12
5:00PM Emergency!
5:30PM
6:00PM CHiPs New on MeTV. Replaces The Rifleman
6:30PM
7:00PM M*A*S*H
7:30PM M*A*S*H
8:00PM The Andy Griffith Show New on MeTV. Some markets air Mayberry R.F.D. Replaces Gilligan's Island
8:30PM The Andy Griffith Show New on MeTV. Some markets air Mayberry R.F.D. Replaces Happy Days
9:00PM Hogan's Heroes
9:30PM Gilligan's Island Moves from 8:00PM timeslot. Replaces Welcome Back Kotter
10:00PM Mondays: The Bob Newhart Show Returns to MeTV. Replaces Get Smart
Tuesdays: Taxi Returns to MeTV. Replaces The Honeymooners
Wednesdays: F Troop
Thursdays: Welcome Back Kotter Moves from 9:30PM weeknight slot. Replaces Bosom Buddies
Fridays: The Odd Couple
10:00PM Mondays: The Bob Newhart Show Returns to MeTV. Replaces Get Smart
Tuesdays: Taxi Returns to MeTV. Replaces The Honeymooners
Wednesdays: F Troop
Thursdays: Welcome Back Kotter Moves from 9:30PM weeknight timeslot. Replaces Bosom Buddies
Fridays: The Odd Couple
11:00PM Cheers Returns to MeTV. Replaces The Twilight Zone
11:30PM Perry Mason
12:00M
12:30AM Adam-12 Adds second late night episode. Replaces Dragnet
1:00AM Adam-12 Now airing 4 episodes each weekday
1:30AM Night Gallery
2:00AM Ironside Moves from 11:00AM timeslot. Replaces The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
2:30AM
3:00AM Route 66 Adds weeknight timeslot. Replaces Thriller
3:30AM
4:00AM Naked City Adds weeknight timeslot. Replaces Wagon Train
4:30AM
Saturdays
5:00AM The Rogues New on MeTV. Replaces 12 O'Clock High
5:30AM
6:00AM The Rogues New on MeTV. Replaces Combat!
6:30AM
7:00AM Dragnet Returns to weekend schedule
7:30AM Dragnet Returns to weekend schedule
8:00AM E/I Programming Some markets air Guns of Will Sonnett (October)
8:30AM E/I Programming Some markets air Guns of Will Sonnett (October)
9:00AM E/I Programming Some markets air Branded (October)
9:30AM E/I Programming Some markets air Branded (October)
10:00AM E/I Programming Some markets air The Rebel (October)
10:30AM E/I Programming Some markets air The Rebel (October)
11:00AM Daniel Boone Adds weekend timeslot. Replaces The Rebel
11:30AM Replaces Wagon Train
12:00N The Big Valley Moves from 3PM weekday timeslot. Replaces Wagon Train
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 New on MeTV. Replaces Adam-12
6:30PM The Adventures of Superman New on MeTV. Replaces Adam-12
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 Returns to MeTV. Replaces Get Smart
1:30AM
2:00AM Night Gallery Adds weekend timeslot. Replaces The Honeymooners
2:30AM Night Gallery Adds weekend timeslot. Replaces The Honeymooners
3:00AM The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Moves from Sunday 11:00PM timeslot. No longer airing M-F overnights. Replaces Car 54 Where Are You?
3:30AM
4:00AM Thriller Moves from Sunday 10:00PM timeslot. No longer airing M-F overnights. Replaces The Phil Silvers Show
4:30AM
Sundays
5:00AM The Green Hornet Returns to MeTV. Replaces He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
5:30AM He-Man & The Masters of The Universe Moves from 5:00AM timeslot. Replaces The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
6:00AM H.R. Pufnstuf Moves from Saturday 7:00AM timeslot. Replaces Family Affair
6:30AM Land of the Lost Moves from Saturday 7:30AM timeslot. Replaces Family Affair
7:00AM The Donna Reed Show Adds weekend timeslot. Replaces Leave It To Beaver
7:30AM Leave It To Beaver
8:00AM E/I Programming Some markets air Gomer Pyle USMC (October)
8:30AM E/I Programming Some markets air Gomer Pyle USMC (October)
9:00AM Gilligan's Island Moves from 11:00AM timeslot (October)
9:30AM Gilligan's Island Moves from 11:30AM timeslot (October)
10:00AM Saved By The Bell New on MeTV (October)
10:30AM Saved By The Bell New on MeTV (October)
11:00AM Saved By The Bell New on MeTV. Replaces Gilligan's Island (October)
11:30AM Saved By The Bell New on MeTV. Replaces Gilligan's Island (October)
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 Rockford Files Moves from 6:00PM timeslot. Replaces Cannon
5:30PM
6:00PM Hawaii Five-0 Returns to MeTV. Replaces The Rockford Files
6:30PM
7:00PM Black Sheep Squadron New on MeTV. Replaces Kojak
7:30PM
8:00PM Columbo
8:30PM
9:00PM
9:30PM
10:00PM The Man from U.N.C.L.E. New on MeTV. Replaces Thriller
10:30PM
11:00PM Mission:Impossible Returns to MeTV. Replaces The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
11:30PM
12:00M Get Smart Moves from Sunday 1:00AM timeslot. No longer airing Monday primetime. Replaces The Fugitive
12:30AM Get Smart Moves from Sunday 1:30AM timeslot. No longer airing Monday primetime. Replaces The Fugitive
1:00AM The Saint Moves from 4:00AM timeslot. Replaces Naked City
1:30AM
2:00AM Naked City Moves from 1:00AM timeslot. Replaces Peter Gunn
2:30AM Replaces Mr. Lucky
3:00AM Route 66
3:30AM
4:00AM Peter Gunn Moves from 2:00AM timeslot. Replaces The Saint
4:30AM Mr. Lucky Moves from 2:30AM timeslot. Replaces The Saint

What’s Here: The Adventures of Superman, The Andy Griffith Show, Black Sheep Squadron, The Bob Newhart Show, Cheers, CHiPs, The Green Hornet, Hawaii Five-0, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible, The Rogues, Saved by the Bell, Taxi, That Girl, Voyage To The Bottom of The Sea

What’s Gone: 12 O’Clock High, Bosom Buddies, Cannon, Car 54 Where Are You?, Combat!, Family Affair, The Fugitive, Happy Days, The Honeymooners, Kojak, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Mod Squad, The Phil Silvers Show, The Rebel (will still air in some markets), The Twilight Zone, Wagon Train

Tuned In: MeTV Fall Additions, New Diginets Coming This Month

  • Classic TV digital network MeTV’s Fall 2014 lineup kicks off Monday September 1, Labor Day. Although the full schedule hasn’t been released yet, MeTV is now promoting airtimes for some new and returning shows. Cop drama CHiPs (1977-83) will air weeknights from 6-7PM Eastern (replacing The Rifleman), while sitcom Cheers (1982-93) takes over the 11PM slot (now occupied by The Twilight Zone). New additions to the weekend schedule include Superman (Saturdays 6-7PM), Black Sheep Squadron (Sundays 7-8PM), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Sundays 10-11PM) and Mission: Impossible (Sundays 11PM-12M). Those moves displace Adam-12, Kojak, Thriller and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, respectively.
  • Two new digital broadcast networks are scheduled to launch later this month. Katz Broadcasting (Bounce TV) will soon flip the switch on Escape and Grit. Escape will target a female audience, airing a mix of movies and off-cable series including Forensic Files, Snapped and Unsolved Mysteries. Grit will target men, airing a fully-loaded schedule of western, war and action movies. Both Escape and Grit have already cleared deals with stations reaching over 50% of the country.
  • A pair of classic TV contributors passed away recently. Veteran TV writer Rick Mittleman worked on such classic shows as Bewitched, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Flintstones, Gomer Pyle USMC, The Odd Couple, The Red Skelton Hour, Sanford & Son and You Asked for It. Animator David Weidman did background art on classic cartoons like Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, Mr. Magoo, Popeye and Wacky Races. His artwork has most recently been featured on the AMC drama series Mad Men.

Classic TV Diginets Summer 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 June 2014, which are subject to vary in local markets:

Time Period (ET) Antenna TV Cozi TV MeTV
5:00AM The Jack Benny Program Paid Program Wanted: Dead or Alive
5:30AM The Jack Benny Program Paid Program Make Room for Daddy
6:00AM Hazel Highway to Heaven Petticoat Junction
6:30AM Hazel The Beverly Hillbillies
7:00AM Movie The Lone Ranger The Donna Reed Show
7:30AM The Roy Rogers Show 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 The Love Boat
10:30AM Three's Company The Roy Rogers Show
11:00AM Bewitched Maverick The Mod Squad
11:30AM Bewitched
12:00N I Dream of Jeannie Marcus Welby M.D. The Rockford Files
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 Charlie's Angels The Big Valley
3:30PM Father Knows Best
4:00PM Dennis the Menace Make Room for Daddy Adam-12
4:30PM Dennis the Menace Make Room for Daddy Adam-12
5:00PM Mister Ed The Dick Van Dyke Show Emergency!
5:30PM Mister Ed The Dick Van Dyke Show
6:00PM Green Acres The Real McCoys The Rifleman
6:30PM Green Acres The Real McCoys The Rifleman
7:00PM I Dream of Jeannie Lassie M*A*S*H
7:30PM I Dream of Jeannie Lassie M*A*S*H
8:00PM Bewitched McCloud (M) Starsky & Hutch (T) The Six Million Dollar Man (W) Magnum P.I. (Th) Movie (F) Gilligan's Island
8:30PM Bewitched Happy Days
9:00PM All in the Family Starsky & Hutch (T) The Six Million Dollar Man (W) Magnum P.I. (Th) Hogan's Heroes
9:30PM All in the Family Welcome Back Kotter
10:00PM Sanford & Son McCloud (M) Knight Rider (T) The Bionic Woman (W) Magnum P.I. (Th) Get Smart (M) The Honeymooners (T) F Troop (W) Bosom Buddies (Th) The Odd Couple (F)
10:30PM Sanford & Son Hollywood Treasure (F) Get Smart (M) The Honeymooners (T) F Troop (W) Bosom Buddies (Th) The Odd Couple (F)
11:00PM Good Times Knight Rider (T) The Bionic Woman (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 Dragnet
1:00AM Too Close for Comfort Movie Adam-12
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 Thriller
3:30AM Burns and Allen The Cisco Kid
4:00AM Bachelor Father The Cisco Kid Wagon Train
4:30AM Bachelor Father The Cisco Kid

MeTV Coming To Delmarva

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WMDT-TV, the ABC affiliate in Salisbury, MD is adding national classic TV diginet MeTV to its lineup.

Beginning Memorial Day, Monday May 26, MeTV will air on broadcast channel 47.3. It will also be carried on several area cable systems. WMDT’s coverage area includes portions of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

For more info on MeTV, please visit their website.

MeTV Unveils Summer of Me Schedule

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National classic TV diginet MeTV has released their Summer 2014 programming schedule, which includes the addition of such shows as Bosom Buddies, Happy Days and Mod Squad.

Here’s a look at what’s changing on the MeTV schedule (all times Eastern, may vary by market):

  • M-F 5:30-6AM Make Room for Daddy (replaces My Three Sons)
  • M-F 10-11AM The Love Boat (replaces Perry Mason)
  • M-F 11A-12N The Mod Squad (replaces Ironside)
  • M-F 12N-1PM The Rockford Files (replaces Hawaii Five-0)
  • M-F 4-4:30PM Adam-12 (replaces Dragnet)
  • M-F 8-8:30PM Gilligan’s Island (was M-Th, replaces Friday Movie)
  • M-F 8:30-9PM Happy Days (replaces Gilligan’s Island/Movie)
  • M-F 9-9:30PM Hogan’s Heroes (was M-Th, replaces Friday Movie)
  • M-F 9:30-10PM Welcome Back Kotter (was M-Th, replaces Friday Movie)
  • Mon 10-11PM Get Smart (replaces The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
  • Tue 10-11PM The Honeymooners (replaces Taxi)
  • Wed 10-11PM F Troop (replaces The Bob Newhart Show)
  • Thu 10-11PM Bosom Buddies (replaces Rhoda)
  • M-F 12:30-1AM Dragnet (replaces The Untouchables)
  • M-F 1-1:30AM Adam-12 (replaces The Untouchables)
  • Sun 5-5:30AM He-Man & The Masters of the Universe (replaces The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis)
  • Sun 6-6:30AM Family Affair (replaces Make Room for Daddy)
  • Sun 6:30-7AM Family Affair (replaces Make Room for Daddy)
  • Sun 7-7:30AM Leave It To Beaver (replaces Family Affair)
  • Sun 7:30-8AM Leave It To Beaver (replaces Family Affair)

In summary:

  • Joining the schedule: Bosom Buddies, F Troop, Happy Days, He-Man & The Masters of the Universe, The Mod Squad
  • Leaving the schedule: The Bob Newhart Show, Hawaii Five-0, Ironside, Made-for-TV Movie, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, My Three Sons, Rhoda, Taxi and The Untouchables
  • Airing MORE often: Adam-12, Get Smart, Gilligan’s Island, Hogan’s Heroes, The Honeymooners, Leave It To Beaver, The Love Boat, Make Room for Daddy, The Rockford Files, Welcome Back Kotter
  • Airing LESS often: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Perry Mason

The new lineup launches on Memorial Day, Monday May 26.

MeTV Teases Summer of Me

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Classic TV diginet MeTV will be rolling out their annual Summer of Me lineup changes on Memorial Day, May 26.

MeTV has not released their summer schedule yet, but they are already teasing it on Facebook. Among the shows joining the lineup are Bosom Buddies (starring Tom Hanks), Happy Days and Mod Squad.

Stay tuned for more details on The Summer of Me…should be fun!

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

MeTV Coming To West Palm Beach

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National classic TV digital network MeTV will be launching in the nation’s 38th largest market next month.

Beginning Monday April 21, MeTV will air on West Palm Beach, Florida NBC affiliate WPTV subchannel 5.2. The station currently air lifestyle-themed Live Well Network on that frequency, most likely that programming will move to channel 5.3

Chicago-based Me-TV currently has 160 affiliates and reaches an estimated 91% of the United States population.