1999 in American television

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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.

Events[edit]

Date Event
January 1 The Biography Channel, a spinoff of A&E Network, is initiated.
DIY Network, a spinoff of Home and Garden Television, is initiated.
January 4 A newer up-to-date version of the PTV series Zoom broadcasts for the first time.
The longest running Cartoon Cartoon, Ed, Edd, n' Eddy broadcasts for the first time.
January 6 Actor Bob Newhart receives a star-shape on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
January 31 The controversial animated series Family Guy broadcasts for the first time.
February 1 The EPG programming network guide Prevue Channel re-brands as TV Guide Channel.
February 2 The Nick Jr./Nickelodeon cable network Noggin debuts.
March 1 The Nickelodeon digital cable network Nickelodeon GAS debuts.
March 26 Tom Snyder has his last show on The Late Late Show.
April 12 NBC announces the cancellation of long-running daytime drama Another World after years of declining ratings (new serial Passions replaces AW on July 5).
May 21 Susan Lucci receives a Daytime Emmy Award for her role as Erica Kane on 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 would file for divorce over a year later.
August 2 Discovery Health Channel, one of its Discovery digital networks, debuts.
August 30 Countess Vaughn leaves the cast of Moesha to star in her own television spin-off The Parkers with Mo'Nique, making her the first African-American comedienne to receive a spin-off. The series airs until 2004.
September 3 UPN Kids ends
September 5 PBS retires the "PTV" brand for good, alongside the brand's mascots, the P-Pals.
September 6 Completely, PTV is 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.
September 12 The 51st Primetime Emmy Awards presentation was aired on 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 aired.
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.

Programs[edit]

Debuting this year[edit]

Date Show Network
January 1 The Blame Game MTV
Cold Case Files A&E
Early Today NBC
Scrapbook Memories DIY Network
January 4 Ed, Edd n Eddy Cartoon Network
Zoom PTV
January 5 Total Recall 2070 Showtime
January 8 Providence NBC
January 10 Batman Beyond Kids' WB
The Sopranos HBO
January 11 The PJs Fox
January 13 60 Minutes II CBS
January 18 So Weird Disney Channel
January 25 Zooboomafoo PTV
January 30 The Jersey Disney Channel
January 31 Family Guy Fox
February 1 Crashbox HBO
Kipper Nick Jr.
February 2 The Phred on Your Head Show Noggin
What's Inside Heidi's Head?
February 4 Maisy Mouse Nick Jr.
February 6 Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy Fox Kids
February 17 The Planet's Funniest Animals Animal Planet
March 19 Farscape Sci-Fi Channel
March 24 It's Like, You Know... ABC
The Norm Show
Tenacious D HBO
March 28 Futurama Fox
March 30 The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn CBS
April 18 The Weekenders Disney's One Saturday Morning
April 26 Home Movies UPN
April 29 WWF SmackDown
May 1 Mickey Mouse Works Disney's One Saturday Morning
SpongeBob SquarePants Nickelodeon
May 8 The New Woody Woodpecker Show Fox Kids
June 10 The Chimp Channel TBS
June 19 Beggars and Choosers Showtime
July 5 Passions NBC
July 7 Good Eats Food Network
July 11 Making the Video MTV
July 26 Undressed
August 1 Grown Ups UPN
August 3 Downtown MTV
August 9 Independent Lens PBS
August 14 Digimon: Digital Monsters Fox Kids
August 16 Rocket Power Nickelodeon
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire ABC
August 17 City Confidential A&E
Chicken Soup for the Soul PAX TV
August 25 Twice in a Lifetime
August 30 The Parkers UPN
National Enquirer TV Syndication
September 4 Battle Dome
September 6 Dragon Tales PBS Kids
September 8 Get Real Fox
Detention Kids' WB
September 9 Early Today NBC
September 11 Sabrina: The Animated Series Disney's One Saturday Morning
September 12 Hope Island PAX TV
September 13 Blind Date Syndication
The Martin Short Show
The Queen Latifah Show
Fox Report Fox News Channel
September 16 Action Fox
September 18 Beast Machines Fox Kids
Monster Rancher
Rescue Heroes CBS Kidshow
September 19 Judging Amy CBS
September 20 Family Law
The Ladies Man
Judge Mathis Syndication
Safe Harbor The WB
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit NBC
September 21 The Mike O'Malley Show
Once and Again ABC
September 22 Oh Grow Up
The West Wing NBC
September 23 Stark Raving Mad
Third Watch
September 24 Cold Feet
Mission Hill The WB
Now and Again CBS
Odd Man Out ABC
September 25 Freaks and Geeks NBC
Xyber 9: New Dawn Fox Kids
September 26 Snoops ABC
Jack & Jill The WB
September 29 Popular
Judge Mathis Syndication
Work with Me CBS
September 30 Curb Appeal HGTV
October 2 Archie's Weird Mysteries PAX TV
Spider-Man Unlimited Fox Kids
October 5 Shasta McNasty UPN
Angel The WB
October 6 Roswell
October 7 House Hunters HGTV
Wasteland ABC
October 8 Harsh Realm Fox
Love & Money CBS
Random Acts of Comedy Fox Family
October 9 Angela Anaconda
October 12 The Strip UPN
October 15 Ryan Caulfield: Year One Fox
October 16 The Amanda Show Nickelodeon
100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd
October 18 Farmclub.com USA Network
October 25 Time of Your Life Fox
October 30 The Avengers: United They Stand Fox Kids
November 1 The Early Show CBS
November 4 Greed Fox
November 12 Courage the Cowardly Dog Cartoon Network
Mike, Lu, & Og
November 28 Little Bill Nick Jr.
December 8 webRIOT MTV

Ending[edit]

Date Title Debut
March 7 Beast Wars 1996
March 13 Maggie 1998
March 20 Noel's House Party 1991
April 10 Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain 1998
April 13 The Sifl and Olly Show 1997
May 4 NewsRadio 1995
May 19 The Nanny 1993
May 21 Homicide: Life on the Street
Millennium 1996
May 22 Viper 1994
May 23 Sister, Sister
May 24 Mad About You 1992
Melrose Place
May 25 Clueless 1996
Home Improvement 1991
June 2 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1993
June 25 Another World 1964
June 26 Doug 1991
July 24 Cow and Chicken 1997
September 3 UPN Kids 1995
September 5 PTV 1993
September 12 Mystery Science Theater 3000 1988
September 17 Match Game 1998
September 24 Iron Chef 1993
November 8 Downtown 1999
November 22 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 1995
December 10 Dexter's Laboratory (returned in 2001) 1996
December 18 Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy 1999
December 31 Sunset Beach 1997

Returning[edit]

Title Last aired Previous network New/same network Date of return
Dirk Niblick of the Math Brigade 1994 PTV Noggin February 2
Are You Afraid of the Dark? 1996 Nickelodeon Same February 6
Johnny Bravo 1997 Cartoon Network July 2
Divorce Court 1992 Syndication September 7
Family Feud 1995 September 20

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
Franklin CBS Kidshow Nick Jr.
Pokémon Syndication Kids WB!
Rupert Nick Jr. CBS Kidshow
ZOOM PTV PBS Kids
Teletubbies
Noddy
Wimzie's House
Arthur
Adventures from the Book of Virtues

Made-for-TV movies and miniseries[edit]

Title Network Date of airing
Atomic Train NBC May 16

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Credibility
January 4 Iron Eyes Cody 94 Actor known for a popular anti-littering commercial from the 1970s
February 20 Gene Siskel 53 Film critic (co-host of Siskel & Ebert)
March 22 David Strickland 29 Actor (Todd Stities on Suddenly Susan)
March 30 Gary Morton 74 Producer, second husband of Lucille Ball
April 10 Jean Vander Pyl 79 Voice actor (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 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 23 Martha Rountree 87 Broadcast journalist (Meet the Press)
August 24 Mary Jane Croft 83 Actress (I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy)
September 5 Allen Funt 84 Creator and 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)
November 29 Gene Rayburn 81 Host of Match Game
December 28 Clayton Moore 85 Actor (The Lone Ranger)