The following is a list of events affecting
American television during 1999. Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and channel initiations, closures and re-brandings, as well as information about controversies and disputes.
The Biography Channel, a spinoff of A&E Network, launches.
DIY Network, a spinoff of Home and Garden Television, launches.
A newer up-to-date version of the
PTV series premieres. Zoom
The longest running Cartoon Cartoon,
premieres. Ed, Edd, n' Eddy
Bob Newhart receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
controversial animated series debuts after Family Guy Super Bowl XXXIII.
Prevue Channel re-brands as
TV Guide Channel.
Nickelodeon GAS debuts.
Tom Snyder's last show on . The Late Late Show
NBC announces the cancellation of long-running daytime drama after years of declining ratings (a new serial Another World replaces Passions AW on July 5).
Susan Lucci receives a Daytime Emmy Award for her role as Erica Kane on , after eighteen failed nominations during previous years. All My Children
Style Network debuts.
actor The Simpsons Hank Azaria marries actress Helen Hunt. The couple would file for divorce over a year later.
Discovery Health Channel, one of the Discovery digital networks, debuts.
Countess Vaughn leaves the cast of to star in her own television spin-off Moesha with The Parkers Mo'Nique, making her the first African-American comedienne to receive a spin-off. The series airs until 2004.
UPN Kids ends
PBS retires the "PTV" brand for good, alongside the brand's mascots, the P-Pals.
PTV is completely re-branded as PBS Kids with new idents, bumpers, and promos. The weekly UPN children's programming block Disney's One Too, debuts, a spinoff of ABC's Disney's One Saturday Morning.
51st Primetime Emmy Awards presentation aired on Fox.
Discovery Military, one of the Discovery digital networks, debuts.
After a four-year hiatus,
resumes with a new host, Family Feud Louie Anderson, a new set and a new theme.
The infamous "YOU FOOL!" episode of
airs. Hollywood Squares
underwriting spots are revamped on Public television.
celebrates its 30th anniversary. Sesame Street
John Carpenter becomes the first player on to win $1,000,000. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
10th anniversary of the first half-hour episode of
. The Simpsons
ABC 2000 Today is broadcast live around the world. Peter Jennings hosted the special from New York City, joined later by Dick Clark who hosted the countdown in Times Square.
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