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The year 2008 in television involved some significant plans.Below is a list of television-related events in 2008.



Date Event
January 1 CourtTV turns into TruTV
January 2 An interim agreement between Worldwide Pants Incorporated and the Writers Guild of America allows The 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).
January 7 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.
January 23 Konnie Huq presents her last episode of Blue Petermarker after over ten years, having become the longest-running female presenter and third longest-running overall in the shows' 50 year history.
January 31 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.
February 2 VH1 Uno is discontinued by MTV Networks to expand distribution of mtvU beyond college campuses and onto regular cable systems.
February 3 Fox's telecast of Super Bowl XLII surpasses Super 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 since Super Bowl XXXIV.
February 8 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 in September.
February 9 Both the Writers Guild of America and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reach a tentative deal resolving the strike. Members vote three days later to end the strike.
February 12 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.
February 17 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.
February 18 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.
February 19 BBC One drama Hotel Babylon returns for its third series.
February 24 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 took place in 2003. 31.76 million on average watched the show over its entire run with a Nielsen rating of 18.66 households watching.
March 12 The USA t.v. website Hulu goes live today.
March 26 CBS soap The Young and the Restless celebrates its 35th Anniversary.


Date Event
April 1 ABC soap General Hospital celebrates its 45th Anniversary.
April 3 Kate Ritchie's 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
April 5 Doctor Who returns on BBC One. David Tennant returns as the Doctor and Catherine Tate plays Donna Noble, as the Doctor's companion.
April 20 The 2008 BAFTA Television Awards are held at the London Palladiummarker. Winners included Dame Eileen Atkins (Best Television Actress), Bruce Forsyth (Academy Fellowship), Harry Hill (Best Entertainment Performance), James Corden (Best Comedy Performance) and the BBC Three Sitcom Gavin & Stacey
April 28 The WB Television Network, a former television channel launches again as an online website only.
May 11 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.
May 16 The Wilmington, North Carolinamarker television market is selected by the FCC to be the first television market in the United Statesmarker to sign off their analog channels for ATSC early, starting September 8.
May 21 David Cook is selected as the winner of seventh season of American Idol.
May 24 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.
May 29 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.
June 1 A large fire damages portions of Universal Studios Hollywoodmarker near Los Angelesmarker.
June 7 The Euro 2008 opens in Baselmarker (Switzerlandmarker). About 200 broadcasting companies from all over the world showed it live.
June 17 Comedian Joan 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.
June 17 The third season premiere of NBC's America's Got Talent.
June 19 Big Ten Network and Comcast announced a carriage agreement deal. The channel was added to Comcast on August 15.
June 28 In Doctor Who episode The 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.


Date Event
July 7 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 Channel".
July 28 MGM Television and Weigel Broadcasting announces the launching of a new DT2 subchannel in the United States called This TV.
August 1 Fox affiliate XETVmarker/Tijuanamarker and CW affiliate KSWB-TVmarker/San Diegomarker switched network affiliations: KSWB to Fox, XETV to The CW.
August 7 The Florencemarker/Myrtle Beach, South Carolinamarker television market get their own NBC affiliate WMBF-TVmarker.
August 8 After 50 years of being served by WTAE-TVmarker/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaniamarker, CBS affiliate WTRFmarker/Wheeling, West Virginiamarker (covering the Wheeling-Stubenville TV market) and sister station WBOY-TVmarker/Clarksburg, West Virginiamarker (A NBC affiliate covering the Clarksburg-Fairmont TV market) adds ABC to their DT2 subchannels. Both stations had been ABC secondary affiliates in the past.
Late August Big Ten 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 Region.
August 28 ESPNU launched its HD version to only 5 American cable television or satellite carriers.
August 29 TSN2, the secondary channel, relaunches as replacing a simulcast TSN network.
September 1 Music: High Definition (MHD) is renamed Palladia.
September 5 Stand 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.
September 8 The Wilmington, North Carolinamarker 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.
September 15 WTMJ-TVmarker/Milwaukee, Wisconsinmarker 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.
September 20 After an 11 year run on the Cartoon Network, the action-adventure block, Toonami, has been cancelled, effective 11 PM EST.
September 21 60th Primetime Emmy Awards


Date Event
October 7 NBC announces that NBC Weather Plus would sign off at the end of the year
October 16 Longest-running children's television program, Blue Petermarker celebrates its 50th birthday
October 17 United States Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (R-Minnesota 6th) 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 Matthews.
October 29 Barack Obama 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.
November 4 CNN becomes the first channel in the history to use hologram technology on television, during the 2008 United States Presidential Election. CNN's Jessica Yellin became the first person ever to be transmitted via hologram, followed by of the Black Eyed Peas.
November 19 Flint, Michiganmarker PBS affiliate WFUM-TVmarker (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.
November 20 The CW announces that it has terminated its Sunday Night deal with Media Rights Capital
November 23 The world's longest running science fiction series Doctor Who celebrates its 45th anniversary.
December 1 WBQC-CAmarker/Cincinnati, Ohiomarker asks the FCC permission to change its callsign to WKRP in honor of the television series that was set in the city.
December 4 For the first time ever, a live music special is used to announce the nominees for the 51st Grammy Awards.
December 8 HD 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).
December 8 The Tribune Company, owners of WGN-TVmarker/Chicagomarker and KTLAmarker/Los Angelesmarker, among other properties, files for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
December 25 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 years.
December 31 Time 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.
December 31 NBC Weather Plus is acquired and replaced by The Weather Channel.

Debuts (including scheduled)

Transformers: Animatedon Cartoon Network
January 9 Ghost Hunters International on Sci Fi Channel
January 9 Sophie on CBC Television
January 13 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles on Fox
January 20 Breaking Bad on AMC
January 22 The Guard on Global
January 23 The Moment of Truth on Fox
January 28 In Treatment on HBO
January 31 Eli Stone on ABC
February 1 Phineas and Ferb on Disney Channel
February 4 The Mr. Men Show on Cartoon Network
February 4 Welcome to The Captain on CBS
February 7 Ashes to Ashes on BBC One
February 7 Lipstick Jungle on NBC
February 7 Ni Hao, Kai-Lan on Nickelodeon
February 7 Survivor: Micronesia on CBS
February 18 Power Rangers: Jungle Fury on Toon Disney/Jetix
February 18 Being Human on BBC Three
March 2 Unhitched on Fox
March 4 New Amsterdam on Fox
March 8 The Spectacular Spider-Man on The CW
March 10 Canterbury's Law on Fox, The Latest Buzz on Family
March 14 The Return of Jezebel James on Fox
March 16 John Adams on HBO
March 18 Miss/Guided on ABC
March 23 Celebrity Bainisteoir on RTÉ One
March 30 Tracey Ullman's State of the Union on Showtime
April 12 Groomer Has It on Animal Planet
April 18 Ben 10: Alien Force on Cartoon Network
April 22 A Shot at Love 2 with Tila Tequila on MTV
April 26 The Mighty B! on Nickelodeon
April 28 Out of the Blue on BBC One
April 30 Farmer Wants a Wife on The CW
May 24 Denise Richards: It's Complicated on E!
May 24 Living Lohan on E!
June 1 Million Dollar Password on CBS
June 5 Big Brother 9 on channel 4.
June 5 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack on Cartoon Network
June 5 Swingtown on CBS
July 1 The Secret Life of the American Teenager on ABC Family
July 11 Queen Bees on The N
July 11 Flashpoint on CBS
July 13 Generation Kill on HBO
July 14 The Wendy Williams Show on Syndication
July 29 Jurassic Fight Club on History Channel
August 3 Pam: Girl on the Loose! on E!
August 9 Calefare on Channel 5
August 10 Spooks: Code 9 on BBC Three
August 15 Outsider's Inn on CMT
August 21 The Principal's Office on truTV
August 31 Hairspray: The School Musical on Sky1
September 1 Raising the Bar on TNT
September 2 90210 on The CW
September 3 Sons of Anarchy on FX
September 7 True Blood on HBO
September 8 The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC
September 8 Family Court With Judge Penny in syndication (US and Canada)
September 8 The Doctors in syndication (US and Canada)
September 9 Privileged on The CW
September 9 Fringe on Fox
September 10 Do Not Disturb on Fox
September 13 Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's on The CW4Kids
September 15 My Family's Got GUTS on Nickelodeon
September 18 Survivor: Gabon on CBS
September 21 In Harm's Way on The CW
September 21 Valentine on The CW
September 21 Easy Money on The CW
September 22 Worst Week on CBS
September 23 Opportunity Knocks on ABC
September 23 The Mentalist on CBS
September 24 Gary Unmarried on CBS
September 24 Knight Rider on NBC
September 25 Life on Mars on ABC
September 26 The Suite Life on Deck on Disney Channel
September 28 Little Britain USA on HBO
September 29 My Own Worst Enemy on NBC
September 30 Paris Hilton's My New BFF on MTV
October 3 The Ex-List on CBS
October 3 The Secret Saturdays on Cartoon Network.
October 3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network
October 3 Sanctuary on SCI FI
October 4 Making Fiends on Nicktoons Network
October 7 The Real Housewives of Atlanta on Bravo
October 9 Kath & Kim on NBC
October 9 Eleventh Hour on CBS
October 9 SNL Thursday Night Live on NBC
October 9 Testees on FX
October 13 Unsolved Mysteries on Spike
October 17 Crash on Starz
October 17 Crusoe on NBC
October 22 Stylista on The CW
October 25 D.L. Hughley Breaks the News on CNN
October 27 Argumental on Dave
October 27 Dead Set on E4
November 14 Batman: The Brave and the Bold on Cartoon Network
November 28 The Penguins of Madagascar on Nickelodeon
December 7 Leverage on TNT
December 20 Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle: Never Ending Odyssey on Nippon BS Broadcasting in Japan
December 29 The City on MTV

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Television movies (including scheduled)

January 25
Minutemen Disney Channel Lev L. Spiro Jason Dolley, Chelsea Staub, J.P. Manoux
March 16 The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream ABC Family Stuart Gillard Matt Lanter, Francia Raisa
April 20 Princess ABC Family Mark Rosman Nora Zehetner, Kip Pardue
June 8 The Circuit ABC Family Bill Campbell and Michelle Trachtenberg
June 20 Camp Rock Disney Channel Matthew Diamond The Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Meaghan Jette Martin
July 13 Picture This! ABC Family Stephen Herek Ashley Tisdale and Robbie Amell
August 22 The Cheetah Girls: One World Disney Channel Paul Hoen The Cheetah Girls
September Samurai Girl ABC Family
September 12 Gym Teacher: The Movie Nickelodeon Paul Dinello Nathan Kress, Christopher Meloni, Amy Sedaris and David Alan Grier
October 18 Living Proof Lifetime Dan Ireland a.o. Harry Connick, Jr., Amanda Bynes, Bernadette Peters
Fall Happy Campers ABC Family Gil Junger Kay Panabaker, French Stewart
Au Pair III ABC Family Mark Griffiths

Changes of Network Affiliation

Show Moved from Moved to
The Contender ESPN Versus
Emeril Live Food Network Fine Living
Friday Night Lights NBC The 101 Network
(later reair on NBC as of 1/2009)
Futurama Fox Comedy Central
High School Reunion The WB TV Land
Inside the NFL HBO Showtime
Jon & Kate Plus 8 Discovery Health TLC
Nashville Star USA NBC
Paradise Hotel Fox MyNetworkTV
Wayside Nickelodeon Nicktoons Network
World Poker Tour Travel Channel GSN
World Poker Tour GSN Fox Sports Net
WWE Friday Night SmackDown The CW MyNetworkTV
The Weakest Link BBC Two BBC One
Out of the Blue BBC One BBC Two
Neighbours BBC One Five
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Cartoon Network 4Kids TV
Viva Piñata 4Kids TV The CW4Kids
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4Kids TV The CW4Kids
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX 4Kids TV The CW4Kids
Dinosaur King 4Kids TV The CW4Kids
1st and 10 ESPN ESPN2

Ending this year

Date Show Debut
January 1 Mission: Man Band 2007
January 3 Between the Lions 2000
January 6 I Love New York 2007
January 7 Higglytown Heroes 2004
January 18 Game Head 2005
January 21 Codename: Kids Next Door 2002
January 23 Power of 10 2007
January 24 Big Shots 2007
January 27 Shorts in a Bunch 2007
January 28 Madre Luna 2007
January 30 Crowned: The Mother of All Pageants 2007
February 1 Star Jones 2007
February 3 Life Is Wild 2007
February 8 Flash Gordon 2007
February 11 Girlfriends 2000
February 11 Notes from the Underbelly 2007
February 15 Las Vegas 2003
February 20 Cashmere Mafia 2008
February 22 1 vs. 100 2006
February 23 Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle 2007
February 24 CW Now 2007
February 29 About a Girl 2007
March 1 Eon Kid 2007
March 3 The Palace 2008
March 3 Welcome to The Captain 2008
March 4 Carpoolers 2007
March 8 Endurance 2002
March 8 The Batman 2004
March 9 Quarterlife 2008
March 9 The Wire 2002
March 10 October Road 2007
March 13 The NightCap 2008
March 14 Tucker 2005
March 15 Control Room Presents 2007
March 15 Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue! 2006
March 21 The Return of Jezebel James 2008
March 22 Tom and Jerry Tales 2006
March 23 Blood+ 2007
March 23 Frisky Dingo 2006
March 25 Jericho 2006
March 27 Camp Lazlo 2005
March 28 How Much Is Enough? 2008
March 28 In the Loop with iVillage 2006
March 29 The Mint 2007
March 30 Unhitched 2008
April 3 Miss Guided 2008
April 5 Legion of Super Heroes 2006
April 5 Just Jordan 2007
April 6 Here Come the Newlyweds 2008
April 7 My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad 2008
April 7 Power of 10 2008
April 8 Secret Talents of the Stars 2008
April 11 Amnesia 2008
April 12 Magi-Nation 2007
April 13 Dirt 2007
April 14 New Amsterdam 2008
April 15 Ben 10 2005
April 18 Canterbury's Law 2008
April 20 Oprah's Big Give 2008
April 23 Pussycat Dolls Present: 2007
April 28 High School Confidential 2008
April 29 The Riches 2007
May 2 Magical DoReMi 2005
May 2 Zoey 101 2005
May 9 Merv Griffin's Crosswords 2007
May 13 Beauty and the Geek 2005
May 13 Women's Murder Club 2007
May 14 Back to You 2007
May 15 Lil' Bush 2007
May 16 The Montel Williams Show 1991
May 16 Moonlight 2007
May 18 Aliens in America 2007
May 20 Shark 2006
May 25 Class of 3000 2006
May 26 Flavor of Love 2006
May 26 Wildfire 2005
May 29 Out of Jimmy's Head 2007
May 30 WWE Heat 1998
May 31 My Kid's a Star 2008
May 31 The Rich List 2007
June 5 HolbyBlue 2007
June 11 Men in Trees 2006
June 13 Pecados Ajenos 2007
June 13 Temptation 2007
June 14 World of Quest 2008
June 21 Dance on Sunset 2008
June 25 Farmer Wants a Wife 2008
June 27 La Traición 2008
June 27 Million Dollar Wheel of Fortune 2008
June 30 Robson Arms 2005
July 4 Death Note 2007
July 4 Just In 2008
July 6 Assy McGee 2006
July 11 Dance Machine 2008
July 11 Duel 2007
July 19 Avatar: The Last Airbender 2005
July 21 Big Brother Australiamarker 2001
July 25 Nightline 1992
July 29 Celebrity Family Feud 2008
August 1 Victoria 2007
August 3 Sunday 1981
August 4 American Gladiators 2008
August 7 Passions 1999
August 17 All Grown Up! 2003
August 17 Code Monkeys 2007
August 17 Fat Guy Stuck in Internet 2007
August 22 Richard & Judy 2001
August 23 ChalkZone 2002
September 1 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody 2005
September 5 Judge Maria Lopez 2006
September 5 Northwest Afternoon 1984
September 5 Swingtown 2008
September 12 Cory in the House 2007
September 13 El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera 2007
September 15 Grange Hill 1978
September 20 Kappa Mikey 2006
September 20 Toonami 1997
September 23 E!'s Pam: Girl on the Loose! 2008
September 24 Do Not Disturb 2008
September 27 My Family's Got GUTS 2008
October 2 MTV's Top Pop Group 2008
October 11 Tutenstein 2003
October 21 General Hospital: Night Shift 2007
October 24 The Ex List 2008
October 25 America's Toughest Jobs 2008
October 25 Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion 2008
October 26 In Harm's Way 2008
October 29 Rap City 1989
November 1 Digimon Data Squad 2007
November 3 Power Rangers: Jungle Fury 2008
November 16 Total Request Live 1998
November 20 The Emperor's New School 2006
November 25 The Shield 2002
November 27 My Gym Partner's a Monkey 2005
November 29 Tak and the Power of Juju 2007
December 8 Boston Legal 2004
December 12 South of Nowhere 2005
December 15 My Own Worst Enemy 2008
December 17 Stylista 2008
December 18 Moral Orel 2005
December 25 WarioWare: Smooth Moves (tv series) 2007


Date Name Age Notability
January 6 Bob LeMond 94 US radio and TV announcer (Ozzie and Harriet, Leave it to Beaver)
January 16 Allan Melvin 84 US actor (Magilla Gorilla, The Brady Bunch, All in the Family)
January 18 Lois Nettleton 80 US actress (In the Heat of the Night)
January 19 Suzanne Pleshette 70 US actress (The Bob Newhart Show)
January 22 Heath Ledger 28 Australian actor (Roar)
January 25 Jahna Steele 49 Transgendered entertainer (Was "outed" on A Current Affair in 1992 and made a guest starring role on NYPD Blue in 1995)
January 30 Jeremy Beadle 59 British presenter (Beadle's About, You've Been Framed)
February 1 Shell Kepler 49 American actress and presenter (General Hospital, HSN host)
February 2 Barry Morse 89 British-born Canadian actor (The Fugitive, Space: 1999)
February 4 Augusta Dabney 89 American actress (Another World, A World Apart, Loving)
February 7 John McWethy 61 US news reporter/journalist (ABC News correspondent from 1979 to 2006; Was inside the Pentagonmarker when it was struck by the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 during the September 11, 2001 attacks)
February 10 Ron Leavitt 60 US TV writer and producer (Happy Days, Married with Children)
February 10 Roy Scheider 75 US actor (seaQuest)
February 12 David Groh 68 US actor (Rhoda)
February 14 Bill Currie 85 TV sportscaster/commentator for KDKA-TVmarker/Pittsburghmarker from 1970 to 1981
February 16 Steve Gerber 60 US illustrator/animator (Thundarr The Barbarian)
February 16 Perry Lopez 78 US character actor (Star Trek)
February 19 Claude "Grits" Gresham 85 US TV outdoor sportscaster (The American Sportsman)
February 19 Lydia Shum 62 Chinese TV/Film character actress/comedienne and presenter (Living with Lydia)
February 27 William F. Buckley, Jr. 82 US TV host and commentator (Firing Line)
February 27 Myron Cope 79 TV Sportscaster at WTAEmarker/Pittsburghmarker and color commentator for the Pittsburgh Steelers broadcasts
February 28 Dick Fletcher 66 Weathercaster/meteorologist at WTSPmarker/St. Petersburgmarker-Tampa, Floridamarker
March 8 Carol Barnes 63 Britishmarker newscaster (ITN)
March 16 Ivan Dixon 76 US TV/Film actor, producer and director (Hogan's Heroes)
March 20 Brian Wilde 80 Britishmarker actor (Last of the Summer Wine)
April 5 Charlton Heston 84 US actor (The Colbys)
April 8 Stanley Kamel 65 US TV/Film actor (Monk)
unknown, circa April 13 Mark Speight 42 Britishmarker presenter (SMart, Scratchy & Co)
May 1 Jim Hager 66 One half of the Hager Twins and a regular on Hee Haw
May 3 Beverlee McKinsey 67 US soap opera actress (Another World, Texas, Guiding Light)
May 10 Jessica Jacobs 17 Australian child actress (The Saddle Club)
May 11 Richard Towne "Dick" Sutcliffe 90 American Christian children's' TV producer/animator (Davey and Goliath)
May 15 Alexander Courage 88 American composer (Star Trek theme song)
May 16 David Mitton 69 British TV animator/producer (Thomas the Tank Engine)
May 18 Joseph Pevney 96 American TV actor (Bonanza)
May 22 Hana Maria Pravda 92 Czech TV actress (Survivors)
May 24 Dick Martin 86 American comedian and director (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In)
May 25 Earle Hagen 88 US TV music composer/musician (The Andy Griffith Show)
May 25 Mitch Mullany 39 US actor (Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher)
May 27 Sydney Pollack 73 US Film producer/director and actor (The Fugitive, Will & Grace, The Sopranos and host of The Essentials on Turner Classic Movies)
May 29 Harvey Korman 81 US actor/comedian (The Carol Burnett Show, The Flintstones)
June 2 Mel Ferrer 90 US TV/Film actor, producer and director (Falcon Crest, Return of the Saint)
June 7 Jim McKay 87 US TV sportscaster, journalist, narrator, and commentator for ABC, CBS and NBC Sports
June 13 Tim Russert 58 US TV journalist for NBC News and host of Meet the Press from 1991 to 2008
June 13 Charlie Jones 77 US TV sportscaster for NBC and ABC Sports; Play-by-play TV announcer for AFL and NFL games
June 14 Neil MacNeil 85 US TV journalist (Washington Week in Review)
June 16 Tony Schwartz 85 US TV Sound archivist/ad executive and creator of Barry Goldwater's 1964 "Daisy" political ad
June 17 Cyd Charisse 86 US TV/Film actress, singer and dancer (The Love Boat, Frasier, Fantasy Island, Burke's Law)
June 21 Kermit Love 91 US puppeteer, costume designer, and TV actor (Sesame Street)
June 22 George Carlin 71 US TV/Film actor, writer, director and comedian (The George Carlin Show, Shining Time Station)
June 22 Dody Goodman 93 US TV/Film actress (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman)
June 29 Don S. Davis 65 US actor (Stargate SG-1, Twin Peaks)
July 3 Larry Harmon 83 US entertainer (Bozo the Clown)
July 3 Clive Hornby 63 British actor (Emmerdalemarker)
July 4 Jesse Helms 86 US congressman, senator and former television anchor/reporter/commentator for WRAL-TVmarker/Raleigh, North Carolinamarker
July 12 Tony Snow 53 US commentator (Fox News Sunday) and former White House Press Secretary.
July 14 Bryan Cowgill 81 British executive.
July 17 Larry Haines 89 US actor (Search for Tomorrow)
July 21 Khia "K-Swift" Edgerton 29 US club radio DJ, Hip-Hop producer and remixer (The Wire, BET's Rap City)
July 22 Estelle Getty 84 US TV/Film actress (The Golden Girls)
August 7 Bernie Brillstein 77 US producer and agent (Buffalo Bill, ALF, The Larry Sanders Show, NewsRadio)
August 8 Ragan Henry 74 First African-American to own a network-affiliated TV station in the United States (WHECmarker/Rochester, New Yorkmarker) and radio station group owner
August 8 John K. Cooley 81 US TV/radio journalist and author (ABC News)
August 9 Bernie Mac 50 US TV/film actor and comedian (The Bernie Mac Show)
August 10 John Esmonde 71 British scriptwriter (The Good Life)
August 10 Isaac Hayes 65 US singer/songwriter and voiceover artist (South Park)
August 15 "Engineer Bill" Stulla 97 US Children's TV show host ("Cartoon Express" on KHJ-TVmarker/Los Angeles, Californiamarker from 1954 to 1966)
August 19 Julius Carry 56 American actor (Doctor, Doctor, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.)
August 29 Geoffrey Perkins 55 Britishmarker comedy producer
September 1 Michael Pate 88 Australian actor/writer (Matlock Police)
September 1 Don LaFontaine 68 American TV, film, and radio voiceover announcer (Entertainment Tonight)
September 2 Ike Pappas 75 US TV/Radio news reporter (CBS News)
September 2 "Captain" Mike Ambrose 69 Weatherman at KGTVmarker/San Diego, Californiamarker
September 3 Jerry Reed 71 US TV/Film actor and singer (The New Scooby-Doo Movies, The Glenn Campbell Goodtime Hour, The Concrete Cowboys, Hee Haw)
September 3 Bill Meléndez 91 Mexican-born US TV/Film director and animator (Peanuts TV specials and The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show)
September 12 George Putnam 94 American TV and radio personality
September 18 Peter Kastner 64 Canadian TV/film/stage actor (The Ugliest Girl in Town)
September 28 John Harden Norris 88 Former owner of WGCB-TVmarker/Red Lion, Pennsylvaniamarker, whose former AM sister station was the center of a dispute over the Fairness Doctrine, one that he eventually lost, in 1964.
October 8 Eileen Herlie 90 Scottish-American film/stage/television actress (Hamlet, All My Children)
October 9 Lloyd Thaxton 81 American TV/Radio host and producer (The Lloyd Thaxton Show, Fight Back! With David Horowitz)
October 11 Neal Hefti 85 American TV and film theme music composer (Batman, The Odd Couple (Both the film and the TV series))
October 11 Mark Shivas 70 British TV producer (The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Casanova, Talking Heads)
October 15 Jack Narz 85 American TV game show host (Beat the Clock, Concentration)
October 25 Anne Pressly 26 American TV anchorwoman and special assignment reporter for KATVmarker/Little Rock, Arkansasmarker
November 4 Michael Crichton 66 American author, screenwriter, and television writer (ER)
November 7 Herb Score 75 American baseball player and TV/Radio play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Indians
November 16 Reg Varney 92 British actor (On the Buses)
December 1 Paul Benedict 70 American TV/film/stage character actor, writer and director (The Jeffersons, Sesame Street)
December 5 Beverly Garland 82 American TV/film actress, singer and businesswoman (My Three Sons, Scarecrow and Mrs. King)
December 5 Nina Foch 84 Dutch-American TV/film/stage actress and dramatic arts teacher (Playhouse 90)
December 7 Marky Cielo 20 Filipino actor, dancer, and reality talent competition winner of Igorot descent (Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan)
December 8 Robert Prosky 77 American TV/film actor (Hill Street Blues)
December 11 Maddie Blaustein 48 American voice actress (Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dinosaur King)
December 12 Van Johnson 92 American TV/Film actor and singer (Batman, Here's Lucy, The Pied Piper of Hamelin )
December 18 Majel Barrett 76 American actress (Star Trek: The Original Series)
December 25 Eartha Kitt 81 American TV/Film actress, dancer and singer (Batman)


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