2000 in American television

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The following is a list of events affecting American television in 2000. Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and channel initiations, closures and rebrandings, as well as information about controversies and disputes.

Events[edit]

January[edit]

Date Event
5 All My Children celebrates its 30th anniversary.
15 Talk show host David Letterman undergoes quintuple heart bypass surgery in New York-Presbyterian Hospital, following an angiogram that revealed that one of his arteries was constricted seriously.
17 Robin Givens replaces Mother Love as host of the talk show series Forgive or Forget.
20 SoapNet, a channel dedicated to daytime/primetime soap operas, debuts.

February[edit]

Date Event
2 Oxygen debuts.
4 Star Force make its debut to television and cinemas from Paramount.
15 Rick Rockwell marries stranger Darva Conger watched by 22 million viewers on the Fox reality show Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? While he and Darva are honeymooning, it becomes apparent that Rockwell—who is sometimes a comedian—had a restraining order against a former girlfiend, and he was not really a multi-millionaire. As a result, Fox cancels a rerun scheduled the next week, and does not broadcast any new installments. In addition the couple end their relationship soon after the show's taping.
21 David Letterman resumes work after his quintuple heart bypass surgery during January. Letterman brings all of the doctors that had performed the operation out on stage with him, including Dr. O. Wayne Isom and physician Louis Aronne, who makes frequent appearances on the show. In an unusual show of emotion, Letterman is nearly in tears as he thanked the doctors. The episode earned an Emmy Award nomination. Letterman's father died of heart failure while still in his 50s of age.
25 Kids' WB premieres its first computer-generated TV series, Max Steel.

March[edit]

Date Event
1 The final regional SportsChannel in the Florida Panhandle market ends operations under that branding, converting to Fox Sports Florida.
fXM: Movies from Fox rebrands the Fox Movie Channel.

April[edit]

Date Event
1 Boomerang, The secondary digital Cartoon Network channel, debuts.

May[edit]

Date Event
8 VH1 Classic, a spinoff of the cable music channel VH1, debuts.
17 16.8 million American viewers watched the 2-hour final episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 on FOX.
19 The 27th Daytime Emmy Awards presentation was broadcast.
24 The season finale of Dawson's Creek, entitled "True Love", broadcasts U.S. television's first gay (not including lesbian) kiss.[citation needed]

July[edit]

Date Event
3 KNTV (channel 11) in San Jose, California drops its second ABC affiliation and carries minimal programming from The WB. (At that time, The WB were broadcast by KBWB channel 20 in San Francisco, California requiem for simulcasting a single affiliate network).
5 The series Big Brother premieres in the United States. The series is considered a major failure and is reformatted for the next season.
28 Kathie Lee Gifford made her final co-hosting appearance on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, after 15 years.

August[edit]

Date Event
3 KBEJ Channel 2, (now KCWX) commences programming in San Antonio, Texas.
21 ZDTV is renamed to TechTV.

September[edit]

Date Event
9 CBS Kidshow ends.
10 The 52nd Primetime Emmy Awards presentation was broadcast on ABC.
15 While most series debuted during the autumn season, The 2000 Summer Olympics was televised by NBC. Opening ceremonies were watched by 27 and a half million viewers.
16 CBS Kidshow was renamed Nick Jr. on CBS.
21 The 30th anniversary of Monday Night Football on ABC.
25 TNN is rebranded with The National Network, known as The New TNN.
29 Eddie McGee is the first-prize winner of the first American season of Big Brother, winning $500,000.
U.S. cable channels Toon Disney and Playhouse Disney debut in the United Kingdom.
30 PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch debuted.

October[edit]

Date Event
2 Triple Play is played for the first time on The Price is Right. This is the first pricing game of the show's history to offer three cars.

November[edit]

Date Event
2 Wheel of Fortune airs a Halloween-themed episode for celebrities on charity. The celebrities Halloween costumes were Jeopardy! longtime game show host Alex Trebek, fitness instructor Richard Simmons and American figure skater Tara Lipinski.

December[edit]

Date Event
14 Barker's Beauties Janice Pennington and Kathleen Bradley both quit CBS's series The Price is Right. (On her broadcast run, Pennington has been on the series since its premiere during 1972.) The following day, Barker's Beauties auditions are held for several months on the series The Price is Right. In the end, Claudia Jordan and Heather Kozar are selected as permanent models.
22 The character of Bianca Montgomery, played by Eden Riegel for the soap opera All My Children, reveals herself as a lesbian to her mother, Erica Kane (played by Susan Lucci).
31 ABC broadcasts "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve" at 10 p.m. ET for the first time of the 21st century, followed by local news or programming and the main "New Year's Rockin' Eve", which is resumed later that year.

Programs[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Date Show Network
January 3 Your Weather Today The Weather Channel
January 8 Winning Lines CBS
January 9 Malcolm in the Middle Fox
January 12 Higher Ground Fox Family
January 16 City of Angels CBS
January 17 Cleopatra 2525 Syndication
January 22 Jack of All Trades
January 23 Hollywood Showdown PAX TV
January 24 Brutally Normal The WB
Double Dare 2000 Nickelodeon
February 5 The Others NBC
February 12 Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue Fox Kids
February 16 Diary MTV
February 25 Max Steel Kids' WB!
March 6 Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Cartoon Network
March 7 Secret Agent Man UPN
March 11 Caitlin's Way Nickelodeon
March 20 First Outlook The Weather Channel
March 21 The Beat UPN
March 22 Then Came You ABC
March 23 Battery Park NBC
Daddio
March 27 Crush USA Network
March 30 Wonderland ABC
March 31 Call of the Wild Animal Planet
April 1 MasterChef USA PBS
April 2 D.C. The WB
April 3 Between the Lions PBS Kids
April 4 Falcone CBS
April 11 Talk to Me ABC
April 12 Jackass MTV
April 13 Food 911 Food Network
May 15 Secrets of the Dead PBS
May 31 Survivor CBS
June 12 Sailor Moon Cartoon Network
June 16 Strip Mall Comedy Central
June 17 Even Stevens Disney Channel
June 20 Shooting Gallery Outdoor Channel
June 26 Resurrection Blvd. Showtime
June 28 Soul Food
July 3 Masters of Illusion PAX TV
July 5 Big Brother CBS
July 23 The Brothers Garcia Nickelodeon
Strong Medicine Lifetime
July 24 Mysterious Ways PAX TV
August 9 Live Through This MTV
August 12 BattleBots Comedy Central
August 14 Dora the Explorer Nick Jr.
September 4 Caillou PBS Kids
Clifford the Big Red Dog
September 9 Jackie Chan Adventures Kids' WB
September 11 106 & Park BET
Girlfriends UPN
The Hughleys
September 16 Blue's Clues Nick Jr. on CBS
Dora the Explorer (since it's debut)
Little Bear
Little Bill
Franklin
Kipper
Maisy
Maggie and the Ferocious Beast (since it's debut)
September 22 Grosse Pointe The WB
September 23 Just Deal NBC
September 24 Every Woman Syndication
September 30 Fear MTV
Corduroy PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch
Elliot Moose
George Shrinks
Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse
Seven Little Monsters
Timothy Goes to School
October 1 That's Life CBS
October 2 Yes, Dear
Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda Sci-Fi Channel
Deadline NBC
Tucker
History IQ The History Channel
Moral Court Syndication
Street Smarts
Pelswick Nickelodeon
October 3 Dark Angel Fox
October 4 Titans NBC
October 5 Gilmore Girls The WB
MTV Cribs MTV
October 6 FreakyLinks Fox
Madigan Men ABC
The Trouble With Normal
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
October 7 The District
Noah Knows Best Nickelodeon
Maximum Exposure Syndication
Queen of Swords
Sheena
October 8 Ed NBC
October 9 Hype The WB
Nikki
October 10 The Geena Davis Show ABC
Gideon's Crossing
October 11 Bette CBS
Welcome to New York
A Makeover Story TLC
October 13 Trading Spaces
October 14 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Disney's One Saturday Morning
October 15 Curb Your Enthusiasm HBO
October 21 Cheaters Syndication
The Fearing Mind Fox Family
October 23 Scariest Places on Earth
Boston Public Fox
October 24 The Michael Richards Show NBC
October 25 As Told By Ginger Nickelodeon
October 26 Cursed NBC
October 27 Freedom UPN
Level 9
November 1 Normal, Ohio Fox
The $treet
November 4 Sheep in the Big City Cartoon Network
November 10 Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
November 14 DAG NBC
December 3 The Living Century PBS
Queer as Folk Showtime
December 6 TV Funhouse Comedy Central
December 8 Dot Comedy ABC
December 21 The Brak Show Cartoon Network
Sealab 2021
December 30 Aqua Teen Hunger Force

Returning this year[edit]

Show Last aired Previous network New network Return date
Twenty One 1958 CBS NBC January 9
Ripley's Believe It or Not! 1986 ABC TBS January 12
Double Dare 1993 Nickelodeon Double Dare 2000 January 24
Supermarket Sweep 1995 Lifetime PAX TV April 3
Shop 'til You Drop 1998 The Family Channel
This Week in Baseball Syndication Fox July 12
To Tell the Truth 1991 NBC Syndication September 18
The Further Adventures of Zook & Alison 1994 PTV Noggin September 21

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
January 2 The Moxy and Flea Show 1993
January 22 KaBlam! 1996
February 4 Sliders 1995
March 2 I Am Weasel 1997
March 4 Oh Baby 1998
April 28 Cosby 1996
May 3 Party of Five 1994
May 4 Chicago Hope
May 5 Boy Meets World 1993
A Little Curious 1998
May 11 Mobile Suit Gundam Wing 2000
May 13 Martial Law 1998
May 16 Sports Night
May 17 Beverly Hills, 90210 1990
May 22 Malcolm & Eddie 1996
May 25 Forgive or Forget 1998
May 27 Early Edition 1996
June 9 The Dating Game
June 11 Are You Afraid of the Dark? 1991
July 1 Profiler 1996
July 13 Stark Raving Mad 1999
July 15 All That (returned in 2002) 1994
Kenan and Kel 1996
September 9 CBS Kidshow 1998
September 10 Double Dare 2000 2000
October 7 Mickey Mouse Works 1999
November 18 Beast Machines
Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue 2000
December 26 Suddenly Susan 1996

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
Candid Camera CBS PAX
The Hughleys ABC UPN
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch The WB
The PJs Fox
WWF RAW is WAR USA Network TNN
This Week in Baseball Syndication Fox

Miniseries[edit]

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Notability
January 15 Fran Ryan 84 Character actress (Doris Ziffle #2 on Green Acres); sister of Irene Ryan
February 10 Jim Varney 50 Actor; creator of Ernest P. Worrell character (Hey Vern, It's Ernest!)
February 12 Charles M. Schulz 77 Cartoonist, creator of Peanuts
March 25 Helen Martin 90 Character actress (Pearl on 227)
April 10 Larry Linville 60 Actor (Major Burns on M*A*S*H)
June 18 Nancy Marchand 71 Actress (Livia on The Sopranos, Mrs. Pynchon on Lou Grant)
July 14 Meredith MacRae 56 Actress (Petticoat Junction)
August 12 Loretta Young 87 Actress (The Loretta Young Show)
September 14 Beah Richards 80 Actress
September 26 Richard Mulligan 67 Actor (Burt on Soap, Harry on Empty Nest)
October 18 Julie London 74 Singer, actress (Emergency!)
October 30 Steve Allen 78 Comedian, composer (original The Tonight Show host)
December 2 Gail Fisher 65 Actress (Peggy Fair on Mannix)
December 6 Werner Klemperer 80 Actor (Col. Klink on Hogan's Heroes)
December 23 Victor Borge 90 Danish comedian and pianist
December 26 Jason Robards 78 Actor (The Day After)

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