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The year 2000 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in 2000.

For the American TV schedule, see: 2000-01 United States network television schedule.

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Events

Date Event
January 3 The highest rated UK programme of the year is recorded, an episode of Coronation Street that gets 18.96 million, showing the death of Alf Roberts, a long running character who was in the show since 1961, the actor died a few days later after the broadcast. [1]
January 7 The long-running BBC children's programme Blue Peter reunites two former presenting teams to dig up the time capsules they buried for the year 2000 in 1971 and 1984.
January 17 Robin Givens replaces Mother Love as host of the talk show Forgive or Forget.
Late January Talk show host David Letterman undergoes quintuple heart bypass surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, following an angiogram that revealed that one of his arteries was seriously constricted.
February 4 Star Force make its debut to television and cinemas from Paramount.
February 15 Rick Rockwell marries stranger Darva Conger in front of 22 million viewers on the Fox reality show Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? While he and Darva are honeymooning, word surfaces that Rockwell—who is sometimes a comedian—had a restraining order against a former girlfiend, and he was not really a multi-millionaire. As a result, Fox cancels a rerun scheduled the following week, and does not air any new installments. In addition the couple break up shortly after the show's taping.
February 21 David Letterman returns to television following his quintuple heart bypass surgery in January. Letterman brings all of the doctors that had performed the operation out on stage with him, including Dr. O. Wayne Isom and Physician Louis Aronne, who makes frequent appearances on the show. In an unusual show of emotion, Letterman is nearly in tears as he thanked the doctors. The episode earned an Emmy nomination. Letterman's father died of a heart attack while still in his 50s.
March Japan's national broadcaster NHK gains approval from the International Telecommunications Union for the 1,125 scanning lines and 16:9 aspect ratio wide-screen standard HDTV format. NHK also broadcasts all-digital programming as of this year.[2]
April 1 Boomerang, The secondary Cartoon Network channel is launched.
April 30 Arabian Nights is shown on ABC in the United States and BBC One in the United Kingdom.
June 4 13-year-old Coronation Street character Sarah Platt gives birth to a baby daughter called Bethany.
July 1 C-Day in the United Kingdom. From today, most commercial broadcasters begin broadcasting commercials, promotions, and idents in 16:9 widescreen ratio.
July 5 Big Brother premieres in the United States. The series is considered a major failure and is retooled and renewed for the next season.
August 21 'ZDTV is renamed to TechTV
September 29 Eddie McGee is crowned the winner of the first American season of Big Brother and wins $500,000. Runners-Up are Josh Souza, winner of $100,000, and Curtis Kin, winner of $50,000. Toon Disney and Playhouse Disney launches in the United Kingdom.
October 23 15-year-old Sonia Jackson, a character in EastEnders, unexpectedly gives birth to a baby girl called Chloe.
November 25 Indonesian first 24-hours news channel, Metro TV bigin broadcasting.
Early December The character of Bianca Montgomery, played by Eden Riegel on the soap opera All My Children, comes out as a lesbian to her mother, Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci).
December 18 Actor Hank Azaria and actress Helen Hunt file for divorce.
ANT1 Satellite and Pacific extends its programming to 24 hour broadcasting.
Greek broadcasting networks Alter Channel and Tempo TV began broadcasting.
The British Film Institute publishes its list of the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century. Compiled by a poll of industry professionals, Fawlty Towers tops the list, followed by Cathy Come Home and Doctor Who.

Debuts

Date Debut
January 8 The New Woody Woodpecker Show premieres on January 8 Over the Top / Chilly & the Fur-Bearing Trout / Painfaker (Season 1: 1999–2000)
January 9 Malcolm in the Middle premieres on Fox (2000–2006).
January 23 Clocking Off debuts on BBC One in the UK (2000–2003).
February 7 Drop the Beat premieres on CBC in Canada (2000).
February 12 Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue premieres on Fox (2000).
April 3 Supermarket Sweep second revival premieres on PAX. (2000–2004)
May 31 Survivor premieres on CBS sparking a major blitz of interest in "reality TV" in the U.S. (2000–present). Many copy-cat programs follow. The show was based on the Swedish game show, Expedition Robinson.
June 12 Sailor Moon S premieres on Cartoon Network. (2000)
June 19 The Gavin Crawford Show premieres on The Comedy Network in Canada (2000–2002).
June 28 Soul Food premieres on Showtime (2000–2004).
July 5 The US version of Big Brother premieres on CBS (2000–present).
July 14 The UK version of Big Brother premieres on Channel 4 (2000–present).
August 14 The Weakest Link debuts on BBC Two in the UK (2000–present).
August 14 Dora The Explorer premieres on Nickelodeon (2000–present).
September 4 Clifford the Big Red Dog premieres on PBS. (2000–2003)
September 11 Girlfriends premieres on UPN. (2000–2006)
September 11 The Hughleys premieres on UPN after being cancelled ABC for 2 seasons.
September 26 Sailor Moon SuperS premieres on Cartoon Network. (2000)
September 30 MTV's Fear premieres on MTV. The first scary reality show and the first reality show shot by the contestants themselves. (2000–2001)
October 2 Tucker premieres on NBC (2000–2001).
October 2 Yes, Dear premieres on CBS (2000–2006) and Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda debuts in Canada/USA (2000–2005).
October 3 Dark Angel premieres on Fox (2000–2002).
October 5 Gilmore Girls premieres on The WB (2000–2007).
October 6 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation premieres on CBS (2000–present).
October 7 The District premieres on CBS (2000–2004).
October 8 Ed premieres on NBC (2000–2004).
October 11 Bette, with Bette Midler premieres on CBS (2000–2001).
October 14 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command premieres on the ABC and UPN (2000–2001).
October 15 Curb Your Enthusiasm premieres on HBO (2000–present).
October 23 Boston Public premieres on Fox (2000–2004).
October 25 As Told By Ginger premieres on Nickelodeon (2000–2005).
October 30 Blockbusters debuts on Sky One in the UK (1983–93, 1994–95, 1997, 2000–01).
November 4 Sheep in the Big City premieres on Cartoon Network (2000–2002).
November 10 Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz premieres on Cartoon Network (2000–2001).
December 6 The New Woody Woodpecker Show premieres 2nd season on December 6 Aunt Pecky / Terror Tots / Carney Con (Season 2: 2000–2001)
December 21 The Brak Show premieres on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block (2000–2003).
December 21 Sealab 2021 premieres on the Cartoon Network's

Adult Swim programming block (2000–2005).

December 30 Aqua Teen Hunger Force premieres on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block (2000–present).
December 30 Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law premieres on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block (2000–2007)

Miniseries

Television shows

See also 2000-01 United States network television schedule
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1940s

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

Returning this year

Ending this year

Date Show Debut
January 1 Gladiators (UK) 1992
February 4 Sliders 1995
March 4 Oh Baby 1998
May Forgive or Forget 1998
May 3 Party of Five 1994
May 4 Chicago Hope 1994
May 5 Boy Meets World 1993
May 8 Suddenly Susan 1996
May 17 Beverly Hills, 90210 1990
May 22 Malcolm & Eddie 1996
June 9 The Dating Game 1996
July 1 Profiler 1996
July 13 Stark Raving Mad 1999
September 10 Double Dare 2000 2000
September 30 The New Woody Woodpecker Show (Mirage Barrage / Queen of De-Nile / Party Animal 1st season finale) 1999
November 5 Hope and Glory 1999
November 15 Inspector Morse (UK) 1987
November 18 Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue 2000
November 20 One Foot in the Grave (UK) 1990
December 16 The New Woody Woodpecker Show (A Very Woody Christmas / It's a Chilly Christmas After All / Yule Get Yours from 2nd Season) 2000
December 30 KaBlam! 2000
Unknown Ads Infinitum (UK) 2000
Unknown Children's Ward (UK) 1988
Unknown Queer as Folk (UK) 1999

Changes of Network Affiliation

Show Moved from Moved to
The Hughleys ABC UPN
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch ABC The WB
The PJs Fox The WB
WWF RAW is WAR USA Network TNN
Home and Away (in the UK)1 ITV Channel 5
Friends (in the UK) Sky One Channel 4
Blockbusters (in the UK) BBC Two Sky One

Note 1: After Home and Away stopped airing on ITV it took a year break and debuted on Channel 5 in early 2001

Deaths

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