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The following is a list of events affecting American television in 2009. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel launches.

Contents

Events

Date Event
January
1 After 51 years as an NBC affiliate, KBTV/Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas joins the Fox network. The NBC affiliation moves over to the DT subchannel of ABC affiliate KBMT.
Major League Baseball launches MLB Network, becoming the last of the 4 major American sports leagues to launch its own channel.[1]
3 Fox replaces the 4Kids TV block, with two hours from 8–10 AM going to the affiliates, and 10AM-12PM becoming Weekend Marketplace (infomercials).[2]
9 Nickelodeon kicks off year-long celebration of SpongeBob SquarePants' 10th anniversary.[3]
13 American cable channel Comedy Central launched its HD version. Cablevision systems added it first. DirecTV added the HD version on January 21. Cox Cable systems announced it would add it by the end of the month. Dish Network added it on April 9. Viacom (owner of Comedy Central) hopes to reach carriage agreements for the HD channel with several more providers later in the year.[4]
14 The Simpsons (on this day in season 20) begins a new slogan: Best. 20 Years. Ever.
15 Hawaii became the first state in the United States to have all of its television stations switch to digital television.[5]
William Petersen appears for the last time as a regular cast member on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Supervisor Gil Grissom.[6]
19 The Powerpuff Girls return to Cartoon Network for the tenth anniversary
26 Disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich goes on a media blitz appearing on The Today Show, The View, and Larry King Live while his impeachment trial continues in his homestate.[7] Blagojevich is later ousted from office on January 29.
February
1 Super Bowl XLIII, which saw the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Arizona Cardinals 27–23 and give the Steelers their history-making sixth Super Bowl win ever for the franchise, is televised live on NBC in the United States. International coverage of the Super Bowl is also served by Sky Sports and BBC One (UK), CTV Television Network (Canada), TV Azteca (Mexico), ESPN Australia, Foxtel, and Austar (Australia), Das Erste (Germany), TV6 (Sweden), TV3 (Denmark), Sport TV (Portugal), CCTV-5 (China), and SBS (South Korea).
2 Programming blocks Nick Jr. and TEENick discontinued on Nickelodeon.
10 My Network TV announced that they will switch from a network to a syndication programming service for the 2009–2010 television season.[8]
11 President Obama signed the DTV Delay Act into law, officially moving the DTV transition in the United States cutoff date to June 12, 2009.[9]
12 Charter Communications files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection[10]
13 Toon Disney rebranded itself as Disney XD.
15 The Simpsons season 20 begins broadcasting in HD with the first HD episode as "Take My Life, Please". To celebrate this event, there is a new opening and Bart writes "HDTV is worth every cent" on the chalkboard for this episode. Reruns that were not in HD will not broadcast in HD.
17 368 United States television stations permanently shut off their analog signals on the original February 17 date of the DTV transition in the United States and are now broadcasting exclusively in digital.[11] 53 stations qualify for nightlight service status, meaning they must use their analog signals only for DTV transition public service announcements and severe weather alerts.[12] All others must wait until June 12 to go all digital (see DTV Delay Act for further details).
20 After 16 years on the air, the last episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien aired on NBC.[13] Conan's favorite band The White Stripes was the final guest. Will Ferrell (impersonating former U.S. President George W. Bush) and former sidekick/O'Brien's Tonight Show announcer Andy Richter made surprise appearances, and pre-recorded clips of John Mayer and Abe Vigoda were shown.[13] Late Night leaves Studio 6A at NBC's Rockefeller Center studios in New York after 27 years.
22 81st Academy Awards are televised live on ABC.
March
1 The traditional Nielsen ratings February sweeps are moved to March.[14]
2 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon premiered on NBC.[13] The Roots is the house band. Oscar winner Robert DeNiro, Grammy winner Van Morrison, and singer / actor Justin Timberlake were Jimmy's first guests. Former host Conan O'Brien also made a cameo appearance. Late Night moves to Studio 6B (the former WNBC-TV news studio) at NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center.
9 NBC owned-and-operated station WNBC launches New York Nonstop, an entertainment/lifestyle channel.
16 Ion Television affiliates launch their HD channel.[15]
17 The Simpsons season 20 episode In the Name of the Grandfather broadcasts on Sky1 in the United Kingdom. The episode later premiered in the United States on March 22.
19 President Barack Obama appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, marking the first time a sitting President has appeared on a late night talk show.
23 American satellite television provider DirecTV paid $4 billion to extend its exclusive contract for the NFL Sunday Ticket package until 2014.[16] After the 2014 season, DirecTV will have had exclusive U.S. rights for the package for 20 straight seasons, since the package's (and DirecTV's) inception in 1994.
April
2 The TV Guide Network announces that they will no longer carry local television listing grids on their channel[17]
Emmy Award-winning medical drama ER airs its series finale on NBC after a one-hour retrospective.
7 The television special Charlie Brown's All-Stars returns to American television for the first time since 1982.[18]
16 Sportscaster John Madden announces his retirement at age 73.
Bob Barker returns to the set of his former game show of 35 years, The Price Is Right, to promote his new book Priceless Memories.[19]
20 The CW arrives in Guam with the on-air debut of KTKB-LP.
The CW affiliate WLGA/Columbus, Georgia becomes an independent station. The CW affiliation moves to a subchannel for NBC affiliate WLTZ, known as CW Ga-Bama.
23 Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids is discontinued on Dish Network and replaced by a west coast feed of Cartoon Network.
27 ABC launches an HD subchannel network called Live Well HD Network. The channel will air on its O&Os first before expanding it to other affiliates at the end of the year.[20]
28 CBS series NCIS features the characters of a spin-off called NCIS: Los Angeles. A second-part episode is continued next Tuesday.
May
1 May Sweeps begin.
The Fairly OddParents returns on Nickelodeon once again with a three day one hour movie called Wishology.
5 The CW announces that it will turn over its Sunday night schedule to its affiliates for the 2009–2010 TV season[21]
6 Noggin and The N split up on Dish Network.
20 The Game is cancelled by The CW. With the cancellation of The Game, there is no longer a scripted series (comedy or drama) on American network television with a predominantly African-American cast.
Kris Allen is declared the winner of American Idol season 8.
29 After 17 years on the air, the last episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno aired on NBC. Appearing on the show are incoming Tonight host Conan O'Brien and musician James Taylor.[13] Leno's depature from Tonight marks the end of the show's 37-year run at NBC Studios in Burbank, California.
June
1 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien premieres at 11:35 p.m. EDT on NBC, with Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam as the show's first guests. Tonight moves to Stage 1 at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, California.
12 All remaining NTSC full service television stations in the United States stop broadcasting analog television and start broadcasting digital television signals only[22] (see DTV transition in the United States for further details).
29 American cable news channel MSNBC launches its high definition version, becoming the last of the Big 3 cable news channels to do so.[23]
The Michael Jackson themed episode for American Idol season 8 was re-aired due to Michael Jackson's death on June 25.
July
7 A memorial service for the singer Michael Jackson, who died on June 25, is broadcast live around the world, with an estimated audience of one billion.[24]
Sci Fi Channel renames itself "Syfy".[25] Warehouse 13 is the first show on the network (with the new name), which premiered on this day.
13 New Vision Television files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
14 The 2009 MLB All-Star Game broadcasts. The ceremonial first pitch is thrown by President Barack Obama.
27 Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, announced that he is leaving the company.[26]
August
4 After eight seasons, Paula Abdul confirmed to her fans on her Twitter page that she will no longer be a judge for American Idol season 9 and so on.
5 Laura Ling and Euna Lee, both Asian-American journalists for Current TV, are released from prison in North Korea through negotiations between the government and Bill Clinton. Both women were sentenced to 12 years hard labor for accidentely crossing the border from China while doing a story in 2008.
8 Sonia Sotomayor's swearing in as United States Supreme Court Justice marks the first time that a televised event was shown live at the Supreme Court instead of the White House.
9 ABC airs Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for 11 episodes in primetime as an event to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the show.
13 ABC announced that All My Children will move its production from New York City to Los Angeles in 2010. This will mark the first time in its 40-year run (Its 40th anniversary will be in 2010) that the serial will switch studio production locations, and the first soap opera to do so since CBS' The Brighter Day in 1961.[27]
18 Rainbow Media launches a new theme channel named Wedding Central on its parent system Cablevision.[28]
Honolulu, Hawaii television outlets KGMB (CBS), KHNL (NBC) and KFVE (My Network TV) combine their operations under a SSA deal made between Raycom Media and MCG. As part of the deal, Raycom takes over KGMB's programming and newscast and swap channels with MCG, who oversee KFVE and move the station to KGMB's channel[29]
22 VH1 cancels the reality shows Megan Wants a Millionaire and I Love Money after Ryan Jenkins, a contestant on both shows, is charged with the murder of his ex-wife, swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore,[30] and is later found dead himself in Hope, British Columbia.[31]
27 Lifetime Entertainment Services, the parent company of Lifetime Television, is acquired by A&E Television Networks.[32]
28 After 26 years, PBS airs Reading Rainbow for the last time.[33] The children's program, hosted by LeVar Burton, had been in reruns since 2006.
31 The Walt Disney Company acquires Marvel Entertainment[34][35]
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS begins broadcasting in high-definition, along with a brand new opening, and a change to the theme song.
September
1 DirecTV removed sports channel Versus due to an ongoing carriage dispute about subscriber fees.[36][37]
Freedom Communications, the parent company of WPEC/West Palm Beach, Florida and WTVC/Chattanooga, Tennessee, among others, files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy[38]
7 ESPN celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special 90 minute edition of SportsCenter.[39]
9 Ellen DeGeneres is named successor to Paula Abdul as judge of American Idol season 9.[40]
10 John Stossel leaves ABC and his co-hosting duties at 20/20 to join Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel[41]
13 The NFL introduces Red Zone Channel, a special channel with extended highlights available during the regular season. AT&T U-Verse, Comcast, Dish Network, and Verizon FiOS are the first carriers to provide the new channel.[42][43][44]
The final two episodes of King of the Hill air on Fox. They are not the final episodes, since the show currently airs on the Cartoon Network block Adult Swim.
A tribute to Michael Jackson and Kanye West's interrupting Taylor Swift's speech were among the major highlights at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards[45]
14 Liberman Broadcasting launches a new Spanish-language TV network called Estrella TV.[46][47]
For the first time ever, NBC launches a prime-time weeknight talk/variety show with Jay Leno as host, titled The Jay Leno Show, which airs during the 10:00 p.m. Eastern/9:00 p.m. Central timeslots.[13]
16 For the first time ever on television, The Newlywed Game features a gay couple on their show. George Takei and his partner Brad Altman are the celebrity newlyweds that make history on the long-running game show.[48]
18 The final broadcast of Guiding Light, a CBS soap opera that began on radio in 1937 before moving to television in 1952 on CBS. In the last moments of the broadcast, supercouple Josh and Reva rode off into the sunset and "The End" would be the last thing viewers would see before it faded to black.[49]
19 CBS block KEWLopolis is renamed Cookie Jar TV by the Cookie Jar Group.
20 Barack Obama makes history by appearing on five Sunday news/talk shows on the same day: CBS's Face the Nation, ABC's This Week, CNN's State of the Union with John King, NBC/MSNBC's Meet The Press and on Univision.
Jimmy Mulville, head of the British production company Hat Trick Productions, announced plans to make a pilot for an American version of the long-running British satirical panel game Have I Got News for You.[50]
Mad Men wins Outstanding Drama Series and 30 Rock wins Outstanding Comedy Series at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and televised by CBS.[51]
21 President Barack Obama appears on the Late Show with David Letterman, marking the first time a sitting U.S. president has been host David Letterman's guest.[52]
22 ABC World News Now on the ABC television network becomes the first overnight newscast to broadcast in high definition.
25 Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien suffers a concussion after hitting his head on the studio floor while taping a stunt with guest Teri Hatcher. Production on that day's episode is halted, and a rerun airs in its place. O'Brien returned to work the following Monday.[53]
27 The Simpsons season 21 begins broadcasting with the season premiere episode titled "Homer the Whopper." The season establishes The Simpsons as the longest running prime-time entertainment program in history, replacing Gunsmoke.
The Cleveland Show, a spin-off of Family Guy, premieres on Fox. The show was mentioned at the end of Family Guy season 7 episode "Baby Not on Board". The pilot episode shows Cleveland Brown's official departure from Family Guy.
28 Viacom rebrands Noggin as Nick Jr., and The N as TeenNick, using former Nickelodeon block names to rebrand those channels.[54] All four networks (including the Nick@Nite block and Nicktoons) are rebranded with a new universal logo, replacing the iconic "orange splat" logo that had been in use since 1984. In addition, BET J is quietly rebranded as Centric.[55]
October
1
David Letterman admits on his Late Show to having sexual relationships with female members of his staff. He also tells the audience that he wrote a fraudulent check for $2 million to a 48 Hours producer who planned to blackmail him on the matter.[56]
5
ESPN's broadcast of Monday Night Football between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings becomes the most-watched cable television program in history, with 15 million homes tuning in to see Vikings quarterback Brett Favre face his former team for the first time. The Vikings won the game 30–23 and Favre became the first quarterback in NFL history to beat all 32 teams.[57]
14
News Corporation announces that Fox Reality Channel will be replaced by National Geographic Wild in April 2010.[58]
21
Nickelodeon (Viacom) acquires global rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Mirage Studios for $60 million.[59]
25
Steve Phillips is fired by ESPN after the baseball analyst admits to having an affair with Brooke Hundley, a 22-year-old production assistant at the sports network. Hundley, who was later given a court restraining order after trying to stalk Phillips, his soon-to-be-ex-wife and son, was also fired.[60]
26
The newscasts of Honolulu television outlets KGMB and KHNL/KFVE are combined into one, becoming "Hawaii News Now." KGMB and KHNL will simulcast their early morning show "Sunrise", 5PM and 10PM newscast, with the exception of KGMB's 7AM portion of "Sunrise" and 6PM newscast, KHNL's relocated 5:30PM newscast and during the 7AM hour when they start airing NBC's Today Show, and during separate programming. KFVE's 6:30PM and 9PM newscasts remains intact. Also effective with this move is KGMB moving from DT channel 8 (PSIP RF channel 9) to DT 23 (PSIP 5) and vise versa for KFVE[61]
29
Washington, D.C. station WJLA-TV, an affiliate of ABC, airs a local special "Touch of Life: The Guide to Breast Self Examination" featuring uncensored self breast exams. The special is also continued the next day.[62]
30 For the first time in its 27 year history, The Weather Channel begins showing weekly weather related movies, including The Perfect Storm and Misery.[63]
Epix, a new premium channel, launches, with Verizon FiOS being its first carrier.
November
2
TNT announced it has purchased the rights to Southland's original seven episodes from NBC, as well as six completed episodes from what would have been its second season. Southland will begin airing on TNT on January 12, 2010.[64] The station has no plans to change the look of the show, but no additional episodes of the series have been ordered pending an assessment of ratings for the original 13.[65]
5 Scripps Networks Interactive pays $1.1 billion for a 65% share of Travel Channel.[66]
10 First Lady Michelle Obama appears on the season premiere of Sesame Street, commemorating the PBS show's 40th birthday.[67]
11 CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, a mainstay at the channel since its start in 1980, announces he is leaving the network effective immediately.[68]
19 Oprah Winfrey announces that she will end her long-running talk show in 2011, after its 25th season.[69][70]
26 The NFL Network airs an expletive uttered by Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels during the team's Thanksgiving night football game with the New York Giants. Play-by-play announcer Bob Papa apologized for the network's gaffe later in the broadcast.[71]
December
3 It is announced that NBC Universal will become a joint venture between General Electric and Comcast, with GE retaining a 49 percent stake in the company and buying current NBC partner Vivendi's share. Comcast, meanwhile, will take a 51 percent controlling interest. The deal is subject to government approval.[72]
7 Comstar Media acquires semi-religious television and radio network FamilyNet.[73]
8 CBS announced that they're canceling As the World Turns (the last of the Procter & Gamble soaps) after more than 50 years on the air. The series will end its run on September 17, 2010.[74][75][76][77]
The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is rebranded as PBS NewsHour.[78]
11 After 20 years, Diane Sawyer leaves ABC's Good Morning America to succeed Charles Gibson as anchor of ABC World News beginning December 21. Chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos replaces Sawyer as "GMA" co-anchor.[79]
15 The FCC considers an order that would close the "terrestrial loophole" which keeps fiber delivered channels such as Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and 4SD off of satellite TV systems.[80]
17 The Times reports that Simon Cowell is expected to leave American Idol after season 9 so he can bring his British hit series The X Factor to America in 2011. Cowell, who will step down in May 2010, will be the second "American Idol" judge to exit the series, following Paula Abdul, who announced her departure in August after eight seasons.[81]
18 Charles Gibson retires as anchor of ABC World News and Diane Sawyer has took over as anchor on the following Monday.[79]
23 E! rehires Joan Rivers to host their specials in 2010.
26 After 17 seasons and 15 different incarnations, the Power Rangers series will end airing new episodes, though a "retro" 18th season in the form of a rebroadcast of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (possibly newly remastered with a new opening and logo) will begin airing the following week on January 2, 2010.
28 DirecTV launched a new satellite which, when fully installed, will give the provider the capacity of up to 80 more HD channels. It will become fully operational early in the 2nd quarter of 2010.[82]
31 DirecTV and Rainbow Media reach a last minute carriage renewal agreement, keeping Rainbow's channels AMC, WE tv, IFC, Fuse TV, Sundance Channel, MSG Network and MSG Plus on the satellite system.[83]

Debuts

Date Debut
January 3 Huntik: Secrets & Seekers on The CW4Kids[84]
January 3 Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight on The CW4Kids[85]
January 12 Hannity on Fox News [86]
January 18 State of the Union with John King on CNN
January 18 United States of Tara on Showtime
January 21 Lie To Me on Fox
January 23 The Electric Company on PBS[87]
January 23 Wolverine and the X-Men on Nicktoons Network
January 26 Trust Me on TNT
January 27 Toddlers & Tiaras on TLC
February 4 The Exterminators on A&E[88]
February 8 Sonny With a Chance on Disney Channel[89]
February 11 Important Things with Demetri Martin on Comedy Central[90]
February 13 Dollhouse on Fox[91]
February 13 Aaron Stone on Disney XD
Jimmy Two-Shoes on Disney XD
Kid vs. Kat on Disney XD
March 2 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC
March 7 Power Rangers: RPM on ABC[92]
March 11 The Chopping Block on NBC
March 15 Kings on NBC
March 23 Table for 12 on TLC
March 26 In the Motherhood on ABC.[93][94]
March 29 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (US debut) on HBO[95]
April 6 The Ed Show starring talk radio show host Ed Schultz on MSNBC [96]
April 6 Surviving Suburbia on ABC[97]
April 9 The Unusuals on ABC
April 9 Southland on NBC[98]
April 9 Parks and Recreation on NBC[99]
April 9 The newest version of Thursday Night Baseball on new channel MLB Network [100]
April 10 Harper's Island on CBS[101]
April 13 Closet Cases on Fine Living
April 15 The Cougar on TV Land
April 15 Pitchmen on Discovery
April 16 WWE Superstars on WGN America
April 17 Stranger Among Bears on Animal Planet
April 18 World's Strictest Parents
April 19 Sit Down, Shut Up on Fox[102]
April 19 Cake Boss on TLC
May 2 JONAS on Disney Channel
May 19 Glee on Fox
May 26 Mental on Fox
June 1 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on NBC
June 4 The Listener on NBC[103]
June 4 Hollywood's Best Film Directors on Reelz
June 4 Tosh.0 on Comedy Central
June 7 The International Sexy Ladies Show on G4
June 9 The Wrong Door on IFC
June 10 Top Chef Masters on Bravo
June 11 Total Drama Action on Cartoon Network
June 11 Raising Sextuplets on WEtv
June 12 The MOM Show on WEtv
June 13 Primal Grill on PBS
June 14 Hammertime on A&E
June 15 Zeke & Luther on Disney XD
June 15 It's On with Alexa Chung on MTV
June 15 Joe Buck Live on HBO
June 15 DJ & the Fro on MTV
June 16 Hawthorne on TNT
June 16 The Lazy Environmentalist on Sundance
June 17 The Othersiders and Survive This on Cartoon Network
June 19 Jeffery & Cole Casserole on Logo
June 20 BrainRush and Destroy Build Destroy on Cartoon Network
June 21 Merlin (US debut) on NBC[104]
June 22 Make It or Break It on ABC Family
June 23 NYC Prep on Bravo
June 24 The Philanthropist on NBC
June 25 Stoked on Teletoon
June 29 Dance Your Ass Off on Oxygen
July 1 Monsters Inside Me on Animal Planet
July 7 Warehouse 13 on Syfy
July 7 10 Things I Hate About You on ABC Family
July 7 The Great American Road Trip on NBC
July 8 Time Team America on PBS
July 10 The Assistants on The N
July 11 Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design on A&E
July 12 Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime[105][106]
July 14 Miami Social on Bravo
July 15 Dark Blue on TNT
July 15 Michael & Michael Have Issues on Comedy Central
July 16 Watch What Happens: Live on Bravo
July 16 Stoked on Cartoon Network and on Teletoon on June 25
July 17 Catch It Keep It on Science
July 19 Most Popular on WE tv
July 20 Wake Up With Al on Weather
July 20 Three Sheets on Fine Living
July 20 Dating in the Dark on ABC
July 21 Ruby & The Rockits on ABC Family
July 21 The Colony on Discovery
July 25 Being Human on BBC America
July 27 Making HIS Band on MTV
July 28 More to Love on Fox
July 29 Holidate on SOAPnet
July 31 Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey on History Channel
August 1 Face the Ace on NBC
August 2 Defying Gravity on ABC
August 2 Megan Wants a Millionaire on VH1
August 4 Addicted to Beauty on Oxygen
August 5 Giuliana & Bill on Style Network
August 5 How'd You Get So Rich? on TV Land
August 5 Make My Day on TV Land
August 7 Mr. Friday on Fine Living
August 7 Chef vs. City on Food Network
August 9 Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami on E! [107][108]
August 9 Shark Tank on ABC
August 15 Househusbands of Hollywood on Fox Reality Channel
August 18 Shaq Vs. on ABC
August 24 The Fresh Beat Band on Nickelodeon
August 25 Frankie & Neffe on BET
Fall Coolfuel on Planet Green [109]
Fall Planet Mechanics on Planet Green [109]
Fall The 100 Mile Challenge on Planet Green [109]
Fall Nature, Inc. on Planet Green [109]
September 8 Melrose Place on CW
September 10 Vampire Diaries on CW
September 14 The Jay Leno Show on NBC
The Dr. Oz Show in Syndication
September 17 Community on NBC
September 18 Brothers on Fox
September 19 Busytown Mysteries on Cookie Jar TV[110]
Noonbory and the Super Seven on Cookie Jar TV[110]
RollBots on The CW4Kids
Class of the Titans on qubo
Being Ian on qubo
Spliced on qubo
September 20 Bored to Death on HBO
September 21 Accidentally on Purpose on CBS
Amanpour on CNN
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (syndicated version) on CMT
September 22 The Forgotten on ABC
NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS
The Good Wife on CBS
September 23 Eastwick on ABC
Modern Family on ABC
Cougar Town on ABC
Mercy on NBC
September 24 FlashFoward on ABC
September 27 The Cleveland Show on Fox
September 27 Titan Maximum on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim
September 28 Trauma on NBC
September 29 The Joy Behar Show on HLN
September 30 Hank on ABC
The Middle on ABC
October 2 Stargate Universe on Syfy[111]
October 4 Three Rivers on CBS
October 5 Let's Make a Deal on CBS[112]
October 5 The Mo'Nique Show on BET
October 7 Secret Girlfriend on Comedy Central
October 9 I'm Alive (TV series) on Animal Planet
October 10 Fight Camp 360: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic on Showtime [113]
October 21 Living With Ed on Planet Green [109]
October 21 Lock N' Load on Showtime
October 22 The Jeff Dunham Show on Comedy Central
October 23 White Collar on USA Network
October 27 Monica: Still Standing on BET
October 28 Naruto: Shippuden on Disney XD
November 3 V on ABC
November 7 Fanboy and Chum Chum on Nickelodeon
November 7 The Wanda Sykes Show on Fox
November 9 Lopez Tonight on TBS
November 15 The Prisoner on AMC[114]
December 3 Jersey Shore on MTV
December 6 Alice on SyFy [115]
December 9 Campus PD on G4
December 7 Men of a Certain Age on TNT
December 12 American Ninja Warrior on G4 [116]
December 13 The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty on A&E
December 14 The Sing-Off on NBC
December 29 One Big Happy Family on TLC

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Changes of network affiliation

Show Moved From Moved To
Glenn Beck Headline News Fox News Channel
Scrubs NBC ABC
The Spectacular Spider-Man The CW4Kids Disney XD
The Tyra Banks Show Syndication The CW Daytime
Judge Jeanine Pirro The CW Daytime Syndication
Chaotic 4Kids TV The CW4Kids/Cartoon Network
Power Rangers Jetix ABC Kids
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! ABC NBC
The Singing Bee NBC CMT
Project Runway Bravo Lifetime
Medium NBC CBS
The Wiggles Playhouse Disney PBS KIDS Sprout
Nanny 911 Fox CMT
Three Sheets MOJO HD FLN
Imus in the Morning RFD TV[119] Fox Business Network[120]
Soul Train Music Awards WGN America/Syndication Centric
Living With Ed HGTV Planet Green [109]
Johnny Test Kids' WB! Cartoon Network

Returning this year

Show Network (Last Aired) Last aired Network (New/Returning) Returning
Nanny 911 Fox 2007 CMT January
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! ABC 2003 NBC June
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire[121] ABC 2002 ABC August
Let's Make a Deal NBC 2003 CBS October
Soul Train Music Awards WGN America/Syndication 2008 Centric[122] November

Ending this year

Date Show Debut Source
02010-01-09 January 9 Hannity & Colmes 1996
02010-01-09 January 9 Lipstick Jungle 2008
02010-01-09 January 9 Stargate Atlantis 2004
02010-01-09 January 9 The Big Spin 1985 [123]
02010-01-11 January 11 CNN Late Edition 1993
02010-01-19 January 19 Momma's Boys 2008
02010-01-24 January 24 Game Show in My Head 2009
02010-01-25 January 25 The Drinky Crow Show 2007
02010-01-26 January 26 Superstars of Dance 2009
02010-01-31 January 31 Crusoe 2008
02010-02-02 February 2 Bromance 2008
02010-02-12 February 12 Greg Behrendt's Wake Up Call 2009
02010-02-20 February 20 13: Fear Is Real 2009
02010-02-20 February 20 Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993
02010-02-24 February 24 Privileged 2008
02010-02-28 February 28 Sushi Pack 2007
02010-02-28 February 28 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003
02010-03-04 March 4 Knight Rider 2008
02010-03-08 March 8 The L Word 2004
02010-03-10 March 10 Homeland Security USA 2009
02010-03-12 March 12 Kath & Kim 2008
02010-03-15 March 15 Hole in the Wall 2008
02010-03-16 March 16 Kyle XY 2006
02010-03-20 March 20 Battlestar Galactica 2004
02010-03-22 March 22 Flight of the Conchords 2007 [124]
02010-03-25 March 25 The Chopping Block 2009
02010-03-25 March 25 Life With Derek 2005
02010-03-28 March 28 D. L. Hughley Breaks the News 2008
02010-03-30 March 30 The Replacements 2006
02010-04-01 April 1 Life on Mars 2008
02010-04-02 April 2 Eleventh Hour 2008
02010-04-02 April 2 ER 1994
02010-04-07 April 7 Trust Me 2009
02010-04-08 April 8 Life 2007
02010-04-10 April 10 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2008
02010-04-23 April 23 The Beast 2009
02010-05-01 May 1 Howie Do It 2009
02010-05-02 May 2 My Life as a Teenage Robot 2003
02010-05-03 May 3 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends 2004
02010-05-08 May 8 Everybody Hates Chris 2005
02010-05-10 May 10 The Unit 2006
02010-05-14 May 14 My Name Is Earl 2005
02010-05-15 May 15 Prison Break 2005
02010-05-15 May 15 The Game 2006
02010-05-16 May 16 MADtv 1995 [125]
02010-05-16 May 16 Talkshow with Spike Feresten 2006
02010-05-18 May 18 Deal or No Deal 2005
02010-05-19 May 19 Without a Trace 2002
02010-05-23 May 23 Transformers Animated 2007
02010-05-26 May 26 Reaper 2007
02010-05-29 May 29 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992 [126]
02010-06-02 June 2 According to Jim 2001
02010-06-06 June 6 Worst Week 2008
02010-06-12 June 12 The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet 2007
02010-06-12 June 12 Best Week Ever 2004
02010-06-13 June 13 Pushing Daisies 2007
02010-06-13 June 13 The Naked Brothers Band 2007
02010-06-14 June 14 Million Dollar Password 2008
02010-06-16 June 16 Cupid 2009
02010-06-17 June 17 The Unusuals 2009
02010-06-19 June 19 Don't Forget the Lyrics! 2007
02010-06-25 June 25 In the Motherhood 2009
02010-06-28 June 28 Three Delivery 2008
02010-06-30 June 30 Jail[127] 2007
02010-07-05 July 5 Speed Racer: The Next Generation 2008
02010-07-08 July 8 Reno 911! 2003
02010-07-11 July 11 Eli Stone 2008
02010-07-11 July 11 Harper's Island 2009
02010-07-19 July 19 Valentine 2008
02010-07-23 July 23 Samantha Who? 2007
02010-07-25 July 25 Kings 2009
02010-08-07 August 7 Surviving Suburbia 2009 [128]
02010-08-07 August 7 The Goode Family 2009 [128]
02010-08-08 August 8 Dirty Sexy Money 2007
02010-08-12 August 12 The Philanthropist 2009
02010-08-16 August 16 Easy Money 2008
02010-08-19 August 19 Megan Wants a Millionaire 2009
02010-08-24 August 24 Raising the Bar 2008 [129]
02010-09-04 September 4 Judge David Young 2007 [130]
02010-09-05 September 5 VeggieTales 2006
02010-09-13 September 13 King of the Hill 1997 [131]
02010-09-15 September 15 The Cleaner 2008
02010-09-18 September 18 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (primetime version) 2007
02010-09-18 September 18 Guiding Light 1952
02010-09-22 September 22 Ruby & The Rockits 2009 [132]
02010-09-23 September 23 The Beautiful Life 2009 [133]
02010-10-23 October 23 Defying Gravity 2009
02010-11-04 November 4 Hank 2009
02010-11-08 November 8 Ed, Edd n Eddy 1999
02010-11-11 November 11 Lou Dobbs Tonight 1980
02010-11-21 November 21 Sit Down, Shut Up 2009
02010-11-23 November 23 Jon & Kate Plus 8 2007
02010-12-04 December 4 Monk 2002
02010-12-07 December 7 Alice 2009
02010-12-07 December 7 Rita Rocks 2008
02010-12-10 December 10 The Jeff Dunham Show 2009
02010-12-17 December 17 It's On with Alexa Chung 2009 [134]
02010-12-20 December 20 Random! Cartoons 2008
02010-12-24 December 24 Raising the Bar 2008
02010-12-26 December 26 Power Rangers 1993 [117]
02010-12-26 December 26 Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight 2009 [135]

Deaths

Date Name Age Notability
January 3 Pat Hingle 84 American TV and film actor (Gunsmoke)
January 6 Cheryl Holdridge 64 American TV actress (The Mickey Mouse Club)
January 8 Don Galloway 71 American television actor (Ironside)
January 9 Jon Hager 67 American television actor/singer (Hee Haw)
January 13 Patrick McGoohan 80 American-born Irish actor (Danger Man, The Prisoner)
January 14 Ricardo Montalbán 88 Mexican-born actor (Fantasy Island, "Space Seed" episode of Star Trek)
January 16 Sir John Mortimer 85 British barrister, dramatist, screenwriter and author (Rumpole of the Bailey, Boston Legal)
January 19 Bob May 69 American actor and stuntman (Lost in Space)
January 25 Kim Manners 58 American TV producer-director (The X-Files, Supernatural)
January 31 Clint Ritchie 70 American actor (One Life to Live)
February 6 James Whitmore 87 American film/TV actor and commercial spokesman (The Practice)
February 6 Philip Carey 83 American film/TV actor and commercial spokesman (Laredo, One Life to Live)
February 7 Molly Bee 69 American TV actress and singer (Hometown Jamboree)
February 28 Paul Harvey 90 American radio and TV news commentator (Good Morning America, The Rest of the Story syndicated news segments)
March 13 Andrew Martin 33 American professional wrestler known as Test in the WWF/E & The Punisher in TNA
March 13 Alan W. Livingston 91 American music executive, songwriter, and former president of Capitol Records (Creator of Bozo the Clown)
March 16 Ron Silver 62 American television, film and stage actor, director, producer, and political activist (The West Wing)
March 17 Morton Lachman 90 American TV writer and producer (All in the Family, Gimme a Break!, Kate & Allie)
March 18 Natasha Richardson 45 British film, television and stage actress (Haven)
March 24 George Kell 86 Former American baseball player and sportscaster (Detroit Tigers play-by-play announcer from 1959–1996).[136]
March 26 Irving R. Levine 86 American journalist-correspondent for NBC News
March 29 Maurice Jarre 84 Musical composer (Cimarron Strip, Jesus of Nazareth, Shōgun, The Murder of Mary Phagan)
March 29 Andy Hallett 33 American singer and actor (Angel, Angel: Live Fast, Die Never)
April 1 Miguel Ángel Suárez 69 Puetro Rican film and soap opera actor (Señora Tentacion)
April 2 Tom Braden 92 American television journalist and commentator (Crossfire), whose book Eight Is Enough, recounting his experience raising his eight children, was adapted into the series of the same name
April 9 Dan Miller 67 American TV news anchorman, reporter, and presenter (anchorman at WSMV/Nashville, Tennessee and KCBS-TV/Los Angeles, California; The Pat Sajak Show)
April 12 Marilyn Chambers 56 American pornographic actress, producer, and politician (Women of the House, E! True Hollywood Story:"Blood Brothers: Jim & Artie Mitchell")
April 13 Harry Kalas 73 Philadelphia Phillies radio and television play-by-play announcer since 1971, narrator of NFL Films and NFL on Westwood One play-by-play man.[137]
April 15 Merle Harmon 82 American TV/radio sportscaster, commercial spokesman, and businessman (Play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers; Sportscaster/commentator for ABC and NBC Sports programs, including MLB Game of the Week and Sportsworld, respectively)
April 25 Beatrice Arthur 86 American actress (All in the Family, Maude, The Golden Girls)
May 1 Danny Gans 52 American singer, comedian and musical impressionist (portrayed Dean Martin in the 1992 miniseries Sinatra)
May 4 Dom DeLuise 75 American actor/comedian
May 13 Frank Aletter 83 American actor (Bringing Up Buddy, The Cara Williams Show, Nancy, and several TV guest appearances)
May 18 Wayne Allwine 62 American voice actor and voice of Mickey Mouse
May 21 Joan Alexander 94 American television, film, radio, stage, voice actress and game show panelist (The Name's the Same, The New Adventures of Superman)
May 26 Michael Ross 89 American TV comedy writer/producer (All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Three's Company)
June 3 David Carradine 72 American television and film actor (Kung Fu and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues)
June 11 Johnny Palermo 27 American television and film actor (Everybody Hates Chris)
June 19 Ken Roberts 99 American radio and television voiceover announcer and actor (The Love of Life, The Secret Storm, The Electric Company)
June 23 Ed McMahon 86 American TV comedian, game show host, and presenter (The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Star Search)
June 25 Farrah Fawcett 62 American film and TV actress (Charlie's Angels)
June 25 Michael Jackson 50 American entertainer and recording artist (also The Jackson 5)
June 28 Billy Mays 50 American commercial/infomercial pitchman (OxiClean, Orange Glo, ESPN360.com etc.)
June 28 Gale Storm 87 American television/film actress and singer (My Little Margie, The Gale Storm Show)
June 29 Fred Travalena 66 American impressionist, comedian, actor and game show host (Anything For Money)
July 1 Karl Malden 97 American actor (The Streets of San Francisco, The West Wing)
July 13 Mark Mandala 72 American television executive (President of ABC from 1986 to 1994)
July 17 Walter Cronkite 92 American television and radio journalist, reporter, author and narrator (Anchor of CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981)[138]
July 21 Les Lye 84 Canadian television actor and broadcaster (You Can't Do That On Television)
July 21 Gidget The Taco Bell Chihuahua 15 (105 in dog years) Advertiser for Taco Bell
August 6 John Hughes 59 American film producer, director and writer (Delta House, At Ease)
August 18 Robert Novak 78 American journalist, writer and commentator (Crossfire)
August 19 Don Hewitt 86 American television producer, creator of 60 Minutes [139]
August 19 Ed Reimers 96 American television and radio voiceover announcer and actor (The voice behind Allstate Insurance's "You're In Good Hands" commercials; Maverick, Star Trek)
August 23 Ryan Jenkins 32 Canadian businessman and reality television participant; Alleged killer of ex-wife Jasmine Fiore (Megan Wants a Millionaire)
August 25 Edward M. Kennedy 77 American politician, statesman, author, and nararrator (Appeared as himself in Designing Women, Chicago Hope and the 1989 TV movie The Ted Kennedy Jr. Story)
August 26 Dominick Dunne 83 American crime story writer and author, television/film screenwriter, producer and news contributor/commentator (Howdy Doody, Adventures in Paradise, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles), more recently host of Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice[140]
August 27 Adam Goldstein 36 American club DJ (stagename "DJ AM"), remixer and reality television participant (Punk'd, The Simple Life)
September 4 Buddy Blattner 89 American sportscaster (most recently for the Atlanta Hawks) [141]
September 9 Army Archerd 87 American entertainment columnist for "Variety" and television personality (Entertainment Tonight, The Movie Show) [142]
September 10 Frank Batten 82 American businessman, co-founder of The Weather Channel [143]
September 11 Larry Gelbart 81 American television/film/broadway/stage producer, director and writer (creator of M*A*S*H, The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, Caesar's Hour, The Red Buttons Show) [144]
September 12 George Eckstein 81 American television writer and producer (The Fugitive, Gunsmoke) [145]
September 14 Patrick Swayze 57 American film and television actor/singer (TV credits include The Beast and North and South) [146]
September 14 Henry Gibson 73 American actor (Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In) [147]
September 15 Fred Cusick 90 American sportscaster (Boston Bruins play-by-play announcer for 45 seasons) [148]
September 16 Mary Travers 72 American singer/songwriter; member of Peter, Paul and Mary (The Jack Benny Program, What's My Line and Peter Paul & Mary TV concert specials) [149]
September 17 Arnold Laven 87 American producer (creator of The Rifleman) [150]
September 21 Robert Ginty 60 American actor (The Paper Chase, Falcon Crest and Hawaiian Heat) and director (China Beach, Xena: Warrior Princess, Nash Bridges, Charmed, and Tracker) [151]
October 14 Lou Albano 76 American wrestler and actor (Mario on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!) [152]
October 19 Jay W. Johnson 66 American politician (Wisconsin's 8th congressional district) and television news anchor/reporter (Alumni of WFRV and WLUK/Green Bay, Wisconsin)
October 20 Vic Mizzy 93 American songwriter (The Addams Family and Green Acres theme songs) [153]
October 22 Soupy Sales 83 American children's television personality, actor, and comedian (Lunch with Soupy Sales, What's My Line, Junior Almost Anything Goes) [154]
October 28 Lou Jacobi 95 Canadian-born American television and film actor (The Dean Martin Show, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., That Girl) [155]
November 3 Carl Ballantine 92 American television and film actor, comedian, and magician (McHale's Navy, Night Court, Garfield & Friends)[156]
November 6 Sid McCoy American radio and television announcer, personality, jazz musician and music producer (Soul Train)[157]
November 11 David Lloyd 75 American television screenwriter (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Taxi, Cheers, Frasier and Wings)
November 12 Tom Sparks 33 American radio DJ at KSKI-FM/Sun Valley, Idaho and reality TV game show participant (Wipeout)[158]
November 15 Dennis Cole 69 American television actor (Felony Squad; Bracken's World; The Young and the Restless)[159]
November 16 Ken Ober 52 American television and radio actor, presenter, personality, and producer (Remote Control; The New Adventures of Old Christine)
November 16 Edward Woodward 79 British-born television and film actor (The Equalizer)[160][161]
November 27 Bill Bresnan 75 American cable TV pioneer (founder of Bresnan Communications) [162]
December 4 Eddie Fatu 36 Samoan-American professional wrestler known as Umaga in the WWE
December 7 Mark Ritts 63 American actor (Beakman's World)
December 9 Gene Barry 90 American actor (Bat Masterson, Burke's Law, The Name of the Game, and L.A. 2017)[163][164]
December 10 Aaron Schroeder 83 American songwriter (Scooby Doo, Where Are You! theme song)[165]
December 14 Conard Fowkes 76 American actor (Dark Shadows,As The World Turns,The Secret Storm,The Edge of Night)
December 15 Oral Roberts 91 American televangelist and educator[166]
December 16 Roy E. Disney 79 American television station group owner/shareholder (Shamrock Holdings) and senior executive of The Walt Disney Company; Nephew of Walt Disney
December 17 Alaina Reed Hall 63 American television/film/stage actress and singer (Sesame Street, 227)[167]
December 20 Brittany Murphy 32 American actress-singer (Drexell's Class, King of the Hill)[168]
December 20 Connie Hines 79 American television/film actress (Mister Ed, Love, American Style)[169][170]
December 20 Arnold Stang 90 American television/film actor/voice actor (Texaco Star Theater, Top Cat)[171]
December 22 Michael Currie 81 American television/film actor (Dark Shadows)[172]
December 24 George Michael 70 American sportscaster (The George Michael Sports Machine)[173][174]
December 26 Percy Sutton 89 American politician, lawyer, broadcaster, and owner of The Apollo Theater, the setting for Showtime at the Apollo
December 29 Dave Diles 78 American television/radio sportscaster, journalist and analyst (ABC's Wide World of Sports, The Prudential College Football Scoreboard Show)[175]
December 30 Erik Gates 47 American television personality and science contributor (Mythbusters)[176]


Years in television2009
Australia | Canada | United Kingdom | United States

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