1999 in American television
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|List of years in American television:|
|1998–99 United States network television schedule|
|1999–2000 United States network television schedule|
|List of American television shows currently in production|
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 rebrandings, as well as information about controversies and disputes.
|January 1||The Biography Channel, a spinoff of A&E Network, is initiated in United States.|
|DIY Network, a spinoff of Home and Garden Television, is initiated in United States.|
|January 6||Actor Bob Newhart receives a star-shape on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.|
|January 31||Controversial series Family Guy broadcasts for the first time.|
|February 1||The EPG programming network guide Prevue Channel rebrands as TV Guide Channel.|
|February 2||The Nick Jr./Nickelodeon cable network Noggin debuts.|
|February 4||The series The Nanny ends with a final goodbye after 5 years. With the situation comedy ended due to low ratings, its demise was finally announced on January 21.|
|March 1||The Nickelodeon digital cable network Nickelodeon GAS debuts.|
|March 26||Tom Snyder has his last show on The Late Late Show.|
|March 28||Futurama broadcasts for the first time.|
|April 12||NBC announces the cancellation of long-running daytime drama Another World after years of declining ratings. AW broadcasts its final episode on June 25; new serial Passions replaces AW on NBC's daytime schedule on July 5.|
|May 21||Shemar Moore presents Susan Lucci with a Daytime Emmy Award for her role as Erica Kane on the series All My Children, after eighteen failed nominations during previous years.|
|June 12||Style Network debuts.|
|July 18||The Simpsons actor Hank Azaria marries actress Helen Hunt. The couple divorced on December 18, 2000.|
|August 2||Discovery Health Channel, one of its Discovery digital networks, debuts.|
|September 5||PBS retires the "PTV" brand for good, alongside the brand's mascots, the P-Pals.|
|September 6||PBS children's programming is rebranded completely 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 One Saturday Morning.|
|September 12||The 51st Primetime Emmy Awards were given by Fox|
|September 13||Discovery Military, one of its Discovery digital networks, debuts.|
|September 20||After a four-year hiatus, the game series Family Feud is resumed with a new host, Louie Anderson, along with a new set and a new theme.|
|October 1||The infamous "YOU FOOL!" episode of the game show Hollywood Squares is broadcast.|
|November 1||The current underwriting spot revamps on Public television.|
|November 10||The longest-running children television series Sesame Street celebrates its 30th anniversary.|
|November 19||John Carpenter becomes the first worldwide winner of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.|
|December 17||10th anniversary of the first half-hour episode of The Simpsons.|
|December 31||ABC 2000 Today is broadcast live around the world. Peter Jennings hosted this live news special program in New York City, and later, Dick Clark hosted the New Year's Eve Special in Times Square.|
|The American satellite company PrimeStar was acquired by the company DirecTV.|
Programs debuting during 1999
Programs returning during 1999
|Show||Last Aired||Previous Network||Retitled as/Same||New/Returning/Same Network||Returning|
|Dirk Niblick of the Math Brigade||1994||PBS||Same||Noggin||February 2|
|Are You Afraid of the Dark?||1996||Nickelodeon||Same||Same||February 6|
|Divorce Court||1992||Syndication||Same||Same||September 7|
|Family Feud||1995||Syndication||Same||Same||September 20|
Programs ending during 1999
|March 7||Beast Wars||1996|
|March 20||Noel's House Party||1991|
|April 13||The Sifl and Olly Show||1998|
|May 19||The Nanny||1993|
|May 21||Homicide: Life on the Street||1993|
|May 23||Sister, Sister||1994|
|May 24||Mad About You||1992|
|June 2||Star Trek: Deep Space Nine||1993|
|June 25||Another World||1964|
|July 24||Cow and Chicken||1997|
|September 12||Mystery Science Theater 3000||1988|
|September 17||Match Game||1998|
|September 24||Iron Chef||1993|
|November 22||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||1995|
|December 18||Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy||1999|
|December 31||Sunset Beach||1997|
Changes of Network Affiliation
|Show||Moved from||Moved to|
|Timothy Goes To School||CBS||ABC Kids|
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- January 4 – Iron Eyes Cody, 94, actor known for a popular anti-littering commercial from the 1970s.
- February 20 – Gene Siskel, 53, critic for the Chicago Tribune and co-host of the television movie show, Siskel & Ebert.
- March 22 – David Strickland, 29, actor (Todd Stities on Suddenly Susan), (suicide).
- March 30 – Gary Morton, 74, producer, second husband of Lucille Ball.
- April 10 – Jean Vander Pyl, 79, voice actor best known as the voice of Wilma Flintstone on The Flintstones and Rosie the Robot Maid on The Jetsons.
- April 14 – Ellen Corby, 87, actress (Grandma Esther Walton on The Waltons).
- May 8 – Dana Plato, 34, actress (Kimberly Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes).
- May 23 – Owen Hart, 34, wrestler Superstar on WWF RAW is WAR
- June 11 – DeForest Kelley, 79, actor (Bones McCoy on Star Trek).
- July 20 – Sandra Gould, 72, actress (Gladys Kravitz #2 on Bewitched).
- August 24 – Mary Jane Croft, 83, actress (I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy).
- September 5 – Allen Funt, 84, host of Candid Camera.
- November 9 – Mabel King, 66, actress (Mabel Thomas on What's Happening!!)
- November 11 – Mary Kay Bergman, 38, voice actress (South Park), (suicide).
- November 29 – Gene Rayburn, 81, television host (Match Game).
- December 28 – Clayton Moore, 85, actor (The Lone Ranger)