||CourtTV turns into TruTV
||An interim agreement between Worldwide Pants
Incorporated and the Writers Guild of America
Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show
with Craig Ferguson to return with their full writing
staffs, in spite of the ongoing WGA strike. By contrast, NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay
Leno, Late Night with Conan
O'Brien, and Last Call with Carson
Daly and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, which are all
produced by their respective networks, went back on the air without
writers (except for Jay
Leno, who writes his own material).
||Due to the writers strike, plans to hold the 65th Golden Globe Awards
ceremony were scrapped. A press conference which announced the
winners was substituted for the program.
presents her last episode of Blue Peter after over ten
years, having become the longest-running female presenter and
third longest-running overall in the shows' 50 year history.
||A unique episode of the UK soap opera EastEnders is broadcast, consisting of
just one character (Dot Branning) with a single monologue in the form of a
taped message to her husband. This 'one-hander' is a first in
UK soap history.
||VH1 Uno is discontinued
by MTV Networks to
expand distribution of mtvU beyond
college campuses and onto regular cable systems.
||Fox's telecast of Super Bowl XLII
Bowl XXX as the most watched Super Bowl game on television (up to this
point). It also becomes the second most watched television program
trailing the 1983 M*A*S*H series
finale and the highest rated telecast in Nielsen ratings
||The CW Television
Network and the WWE announced that WWE Friday
Night SmackDown would leave the CW prime time schedule at the
end of the 2007–2008 season. The news stepped in after negotiations
between the CW and WWE failed to reach a deal to keep the show on
the CW lineup. Three weeks later on February 26, MyNetworkTV announced
that they would pick up the program and would add it to its lineup
||Both the Writers Guild of America and
of Motion Picture and Television Producers reach a tentative deal
resolving the strike. Members vote three days later to
end the strike.
||The BBC Three
"Blobs" are played out for the last time in the early hours of the
morning. A new set of idents debuted the same day, this is the
channels first ever rebrand since launching in early 2003.
||The conversion of NTSC analog channels to DT channels using the
ATSC system begins in the United
States, with TV stations making last minute filings and their
intentions about when they will start their switchover ahead of the
February 17, 2009, mandatory date. Also, the US government starts
mailing out (USD)$40.00 coupons/rebates to consumers to use in
buying DTV converters before the switchover.
||Nickelodeon celebrates the revival of its hit show The
Fairly OddParents with the TV movie Fairly OddBaby. This has been the first
new episode since 2006.
||BBC One drama Hotel Babylon returns for its third
||ABC's telecast of the 80th
Academy Awards draws record low ratings in the history of the
ceremony's telecast surpassing the ratings from the ceremony that
place in 2003. 31.76 million on average watched the show over
its entire run with a Nielsen rating of 18.66 households
||The USA T.V. website Hulu goes live today.
||CBS soap The Young and the
Restless celebrates its 35th Anniversary.
||ABC soap General
Hospital celebrates its 45th Anniversary.
final episode of Home and Away is broadcast in Australia on Channel 7. She has played
the role of Sally
Fletcher for 20 years and 3 months, making her role the record
for a woman in Australian
Television. She has played the role since she was 8 years of
age. The only remaining member of the cast now who has been in the
show since its start in 1988, is Ray Meagher who plays Alf Stewart
||Doctor Who returns
on BBC One. David Tennant
returns as the Doctor and Catherine Tate
plays Donna Noble,
as the Doctor's companion.
||The 2008 BAFTA
Television Awards are held at the London Palladium. Winners included Dame Eileen Atkins
(Best Television Actress), Bruce Forsyth (Academy
Hill (Best Entertainment Performance), James Corden
(Best Comedy Performance) and the BBC Three Sitcom Gavin &
||The WB Television Network, a
former television channel launches again as an online website
||Former model Parvati Shallow was announced the
winner of Survivor: Micronesia. It was also announced that the next
season will be filmed in high definition.
||The Wilmington, North Carolina
television market is selected by the FCC to be the first
television market in the United States to sign off their analog
channels for ATSC early, starting September 8.
||David Cook is selected as the
winner of seventh season of American Idol.
||After over thirteen years, Kids' WB! ceases airing
and becomes The
CW4Kids. Kids' WB! would later launch again as an online
website only on the same day.
||Channel 4 broadcasts
a rare live advertisement on British television. The 3 minute Honda advert is shown during the
commercial break of the program Come Dine With Me.
fire damages portions of Universal Studios Hollywood
||The Euro 2008 opens in Basel (Switzerland). About 200 broadcasting
companies from all over the world showed it live.
Rivers is asked to leave the ITV1 afternoon talk show Loose Women after
swearing live on air. She was removed during the commercial break,
and said that she didn't realise the show was going out live and
thought her comments would be bleeped.
||The third season premiere of NBC's America's Got Talent.
Network and Comcast
announced a carriage agreement deal. The channel was added to
Comcast on August 15.
||In Doctor Who
Stolen Earth, many previous characters return characters from
Doctor Who spinoffs (Ianto Jones and Gwen Cooper from Torchwood and Luke Smith from
The Sarah Jane Adventures. Harriet Jones
returned for the last time. Also including Martha Jones, Jack Harkness, present companion Donna Noble and Rose Tyler. Sarah Jane
Smith returned as well plus Mickey Smith. The Daleks returned as well as
old enemy Davros who last
appeared in 1988.
||The Jewelry Channel, a US home shopping service that was shown
mostly on DirecTV and Dish Network,
launches a going out-of-business sale for its remaining items that
was shown on the channel that would last until December 1. From
December 1 onwards, TJC is now doing business as "The Liquidation
Television and Weigel Broadcasting announces the
launching of a new DT2 subchannel in the United States called This TV.
||Fox affiliate XETV/Tijuana
affiliate KSWB-TV/San Diego switched network affiliations:
KSWB to Fox, XETV to The CW.
||The Florence/Myrtle Beach, South
Carolina television market get their own NBC affiliate WMBF-TV.
||After 50 years of being served by WTAE-TV/Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, CBS affiliate WTRF/Wheeling, West Virginia
(covering the Wheeling-Stubenville TV market) and sister station WBOY-TV/Clarksburg, West Virginia (A
NBC affiliate covering the
Clarksburg-Fairmont TV market) adds ABC to their DT2
subchannels. Both stations had been ABC secondary affiliates in the
Network reached carriage deal agreements with Time Warner
Cable, Charter Communications, Brighthouse Networks, Mediacom and Cox Communications, ending the "cable carriage
controversies" that the network had in its first year of
existence. The network is now on all major cable TV systems in The Big Ten
||ESPNU launched its HD
version to only 5 American cable television or satellite
||TSN2, the secondary channel,
relaunches as replacing a simulcast TSN network.
||Music: High Definition (MHD) is renamed Palladia.
Up to Cancer, an event designed to raise cancer awareness, airs
on ABC, CBS, NBC and E! in the United States, and on CTV, Citytv
and Global in Canada.
||The Wilmington, North Carolina
television market officially becomes the first TV market in the
United States to have all of its stations broadcast exclusively in
digital, using the ATSC system.
||WTMJ-TV/Milwaukee, Wisconsin drops all of its
syndicated shows, featuring a lineup that consists of local news
(including a four hour afternoon news block from 3 to 7PM, a first
in the United States Central Time Zone) and NBC programming.
||After an 11 year run on the Cartoon Network, the action-adventure
block, Toonami, has been
cancelled, effective 11 PM EST.
||60th Primetime Emmy
||NBC announces that NBC Weather Plus would sign off at the
end of the year
||Longest-running children's television program, Blue Peter
celebrates its 50th birthday
Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann
makes headlines when she asks for an investigation into whether of
members of the United States Congress are anti-American during a live interview on
Hardball with Chris
airs a 30-minute infomercial that airs on CBS, NBC, Fox, BET, Univision, MSNBC and TV One. The
infomercial is seen by 33.6 million viewers.
||CNN becomes the first channel in
the history to use hologram technology on television, during
the 2008 United States Presidential Election.
Yellin became the first person ever to be transmitted via
hologram, followed by Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.
affiliate WFUM-TV (a.k.a. Michigan Television)
permanently turned off its analog signal and is now broadcasting
exclusively in digital, 9 months before
the federally mandated analog shut off date of June 12, 2009,
becoming the first station in its market, as well as the first PBS
station in Michigan, to broadcast in digital only.
||The CW announces that it has terminated its Sunday Night deal
with Media Rights Capital
||The world's longest running science fiction series Doctor Who celebrates its
||WBQC-CA/Cincinnati, Ohio asks the FCC permission to
change its callsign to WKRP in honor of the television
series that was set in the city.
||For the first time ever, a live music special is used to
announce the nominees for the 51st Grammy Awards.
versions of American cable channels The Style Network, E!
Entertainment Television and G4 were scheduled to launch, but did
not launch, leaving many people with unanswered questions. Golf Channel and Versus
are identified as their own separate HD versions instead (as
12/8/08, they no longer share HD channel space, they now broadcast
2 separate HD programs at the same time).
Company, owners of WGN-TV/Chicago and KTLA/Los Angeles, among other properties, files
for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
||A new episode of the popular animated series Wallace and
Gromit, titled A Matter of Loaf and Death,
airs on BBC One. Watched by
16.15 million, it is the highest rated UK TV programme of the year
and the most watched show on any channel at Christmas for five
Warner Cable and Bright House Networks announce
they are no longer carrying Viacom channels unless they come to an agreement
with Viacom, and they did.
||NBC Weather Plus is acquired and replaced by The Weather
||US radio and TV announcer (Ozzie and
Harriet, Leave it to
||US actor (Magilla Gorilla, The Brady
Bunch, All in the Family)
||US actress (In the Heat of the
||US actress (The Bob Newhart Show)
||Australian actor (Roar)
||Transgendered entertainer (Was "outed" on A
Current Affair in 1992 and made a guest starring role on
NYPD Blue in
||British presenter (Beadle's About, You've Been
||American actress and presenter (General
Hospital, HSN host)
||British-born Canadian actor (The Fugitive, Space:
||American actress (Another World, A World Apart, Loving)
||US news reporter/journalist (ABC News correspondent from 1979 to 2006; Was
Pentagon when it was struck by the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77
during the September
11, 2001 attacks)
||US TV writer and producer (Happy Days, Married with Children)
||US actor (seaQuest)
||US actor (Rhoda)
||TV sportscaster/commentator for KDKA-TV/Pittsburgh
from 1970 to 1981
||US illustrator/animator (Thundarr The
||US character actor (Star Trek)
||US TV outdoor sportscaster (The
||Chinese TV/Film character actress/comedienne and presenter
||William F. Buckley, Jr.
||US TV host and commentator (Firing Line)
||TV Sportscaster at WTAE/Pittsburgh
and color commentator for the Pittsburgh Steelers broadcasts
||Weathercaster/meteorologist at WTSP/St. Petersburg-Tampa,
||US TV/Film actor, producer and director (Hogan's
actor (Last of the Summer
||US actor (The
||US TV/Film actor (Monk)
|unknown, circa April 13
Scratchy & Co)
||One half of the Hager Twins and a regular on Hee Haw
||US soap opera actress (Another World, Texas,
||Australian child actress (The Saddle Club)
||American Christian children's' TV producer/animator (Davey and
||American composer (Star Trek theme song)
||British TV animator/producer (Thomas the Tank
||American TV actor (Bonanza)
||Czech TV actress (Survivors)
||American comedian and director (Rowan & Martin's
||US TV music composer/musician (The
Andy Griffith Show)
||US actor (Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher)
||US Film producer/director and actor (The Fugitive, Will &
Grace, The Sopranos and host of The
Essentials on Turner Classic Movies)
||US actor/comedian (The Carol Burnett Show,
||US TV/Film actor, producer and director (Falcon Crest,
Return of the Saint)
||US TV sportscaster, journalist, narrator, and commentator for
ABC, CBS and NBC Sports
||US TV journalist for NBC
News and host of Meet the Press from 1991 to
||US TV sportscaster for NBC and ABC Sports; Play-by-play
TV announcer for AFL and NFL games
||US TV journalist (Washington
Week in Review)
||US TV Sound archivist/ad executive and creator of Barry
Goldwater's 1964 "Daisy" political ad
||US TV/Film actress, singer and dancer (The Love Boat, Frasier, Fantasy Island,
||US puppeteer, costume designer, and TV actor (Sesame
||US TV/Film actor, writer, director and comedian (The
George Carlin Show, Shining Time Station)
||US TV/Film actress (Mary Hartman, Mary
||US actor (Stargate SG-1, Twin Peaks)
||US entertainer (Bozo the Clown)
||British actor (Emmerdale)
||US congressman, senator and former television
anchor/reporter/commentator for WRAL-TV/Raleigh, North Carolina
||US commentator (Fox News Sunday) and former White House Press
||US actor (Search for Tomorrow)
||US club radio DJ, Hip-Hop producer and remixer (The Wire, BET's Rap City)
||US TV/Film actress (The Golden Girls)
||US producer and agent (Buffalo Bill, ALF,
The Larry Sanders Show,
||First African-American to own a network-affiliated TV station
in the United States (WHEC/Rochester, New York) and radio
station group owner
||US TV/radio journalist and author (ABC News)
||US TV/film actor and comedian (The Bernie
||British scriptwriter (The Good Life)
||US singer/songwriter and voiceover artist (South Park)
||"Engineer Bill" Stulla
||US Children's TV show host ("Cartoon Express" on KHJ-TV/Los Angeles, California from 1954 to
||American actor (Doctor, Doctor,
The Adventures of
Brisco County, Jr.)
||Australian actor/writer (Matlock Police)
||American TV, film, and radio voiceover announcer (Entertainment Tonight)
||US TV/Radio news reporter (CBS News)
||"Captain" Mike Ambrose
||Weatherman at KGTV/San Diego, California
||US TV/Film actor and singer (The New Scooby-Doo
Movies, The Glenn Campbell
Goodtime Hour, The Concrete Cowboys, Hee Haw)
||Mexican-born US TV/Film director and animator (Peanuts TV specials and
The Charlie Brown and
||American TV and radio personality
||Canadian TV/film/stage actor (The Ugliest Girl in
||John Harden Norris
||Former owner of WGCB-TV/Red Lion,
Pennsylvania, whose former AM sister station was the center of
a dispute over the Fairness Doctrine, one that he
eventually lost, in 1964.
||Scottish-American film/stage/television actress (Hamlet, All My
||American TV/Radio host and producer (The Lloyd Thaxton
Back! With David Horowitz)
||American TV and film theme music composer (Batman, The Odd
Couple (Both the film and the TV
||British TV producer (The Six Wives of
Henry VIII, Casanova, Talking Heads)
||American TV game show host (Beat the Clock, Concentration)
||American TV anchorwoman and special assignment reporter for KATV/Little Rock, Arkansas
||American author, screenwriter, and television writer (ER)
||American baseball player and TV/Radio play-by-play announcer
for the Cleveland Indians
||British actor (On the Buses)
||American TV/film/stage character actor, writer and director
Jeffersons, Sesame Street)
||American TV/film actress, singer and businesswoman (My Three Sons,
Scarecrow and Mrs.
||Dutch-American TV/film/stage actress and dramatic arts teacher
||Filipino actor, dancer, and reality talent competition winner
of Igorot descent (Zaido:
||American TV/film actor (Hill Street Blues)
||American voice actress (Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dinosaur
||American TV/Film actor and singer (Batman, Here's Lucy,
The Pied Piper of
Hamelin (1957 TV movie))
||American actress (Star Trek: The Original Series)
||American TV/Film actress, dancer and singer (Batman)