The following is a list of events affecting
American television in 2002. Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel initiations.
January [ edit ]
KRON-TV (channel 4) in San Francisco ends its 52-year affiliation with NBC and becomes independent after Young Broadcasting, which purchased the station more than a year earlier from the deYoung family (who also sold the to San Francisco Chronicle Hearst Corporation), earlier refuses to obey demands made by NBC to manage the station by the conventions of an NBC-owned station (e.g., renaming as "NBC 4", and managing the entire network schedule in pattern with no pre-emptions except for news emergencies). ABC affiliate KNTV (channel 11) in San Jose assumed the affiliation and was purchased soon afterward by NBC. KRON would not broadcast NBC programming until April 2010, when it began to broadcast shows preempted by KNTV due to news emergencies and local events.
5 The series
broadcasts its 1000th episode. Soul Train
TeleFutura, the secondary Univision Spanish-language television network, is initiated.
17 The series
tapes its 30th Anniversary Special broadcast in The Price is Right Las Vegas, and it was broadcast by CBS January 31st.
February [ edit ]
1 The N, a digital cable and satellite channel intended for teenagers, is initiated and shares the channel frequency of
Noggin. The N would later split from Noggin on New Year's Eve 2007, and be renamed TeenNick during September 2009.
broadcasts its milestone 10,000th episode. General Hospital
WTTV (channel 4) in Bloomington, Indiana with its translator WTTK (channel 29) in Indianapolis, Indiana buys Tribune Broadcasting from Sinclair for $125 million. The sale was approved on July 24th.
begins broadcasting. G4
1 The very first HD cable channel, Discovery HD Theater (now known as
Velocity) begin broadcasting.
3 The series
is resumed by the Sailor Moon Cartoon Network at 3:30pm EST/PST after a year of the network not showing the program.
has its first three episodes broadcast by Kim Possible Disney Channel.
NBC broadcasts its last NBA game after 12 years with the league. Currently the rights are being broadcast by ABC, with its first televised game on December 25th.
16 The series
premieres on The Dead Zone USA Network. It was the highest-rated cable series debut of television history.
ABC broadcasts a 3-hour primetime news special, entitled In Search of America: Celebration. The special was watched by 4 and a half million viewers.
Cartoon Network stops broadcasting the popular anime series , this is the last time the network or any other network in the US has broadcast the series. Sailor Moon
Fox News Channel overtakes CNN as the #1 cable TV news service of the US.
15 After negotiations concerning a new affiliation agreement with CBS failed,
WJXT (channel 4) in Jacksonville, Florida became an independent station on this date, with former UPN affiliate WTEV (channel 47) assuming the market's CBS affiliation.
September [ edit ]
Disney Channel discontinues its afternoon and late night programming blocks "Zoog Disney" and "Vault Disney".
Kelly Clarkson wins the first season of American Idol.
celebrates its 30th anniversary. The Price Is Right
8 In Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN,
WFTC (from Fox to UPN) and KMSP (from UPN to Fox) switched network affiliations.
Fox Kids, then owned by ABC Family, is transferred from Fox and is replaced by the Fox Box (now known as 4Kids TV.
ABC, One Saturday Morning was reinitiated, known as ABC Kids.
CBS, it added some of Nicktoons programming minus the Nick Jr. programming of this Saturday morning sequence named Nick on CBS.
Cartoon Network shows the program again, this is the last time Sailor Moon was featured in the United States, until 2009. Sailor Moon SuperS – The Movie: Black Dream Hole
and Friends won both Outstanding TV Series at the The West Wing 54th Primetime Emmy Awards.
25 Lisa Donahue is the winner of the contest
and wins the $500,000 prize. Runner-Up Danielle Reyes wins $50,000. Big Brother 3
American Movie Classics is revamped to a commercial general movie channel.
The ill-fated news network,
All News Channel ceased broadcasting.
October [ edit ]
December [ edit ]
Programs debuting during 2002 [ edit ]
Changes of network affiliation [ edit ]
Programs resuming during 2002 [ edit ]
Programs ending during 2002 [ edit ]
January 13 –
Ted Demme, 37, film and television director. ( Blow, Beautiful Girls). February 21 -
John Thaw, 60, actor ( The Sweeney, Inspector Morse, Kavanagh QC) February 22 –
Chuck Jones, 89, animator. February 24 –
Mel Stewart, 72, character actor (Henry Jefferson on and Billy Melrose on All in the Family ). Scarecrow and Mrs. King February 27 –
Spike Milligan, 83, comedian. February 28 –
Mary Stuart, 75, soap opera actress who starred as Jo in the entire 35-year run of . Search for Tomorrow March 15 –
Sylvester (Pat) Weaver, 93, longtime president of NBC, credited with creating The Today Show and The Tonight Show. March 17 –
Rosetta LeNoire, 90, Mother Winslow on . Family Matters March 27
April 2 –
Jack Kruschen, 80, character actor (Papa Papadopolous on ). Webster April 16 –
Robert Urich, 55, actor ( ). Spenser: For Hire May 24 –
Susie Garrett, 72, actress (Betty Johnson on ), sister of Punky Brewster Marla Gibbs. June 5 –
Dee Dee Ramone, 49, actor/songwriter of the Ramones. June 13 -
John Hope, 83, meteorologist of The Weather Channel. September 14 –
LaWanda Page, 81, comedian, actress (Aunt Esther on ). Sanford and Son September 28 –
Whitney Blake, 76, actress (Dorothy Baxter on ), co-creator of Hazel , and mother of One Day at a Time Meredith Baxter. October 3 –
Bruce Paltrow, 58, producer ( ). St. Elsewhere October 13 –
Keene Curtis, 79, actor (John Allen Hill on ). Cheers October 20 –
Barbara Berjer, 82, most known for her roles as Claire Cassen Shea on As the World Turns, Barbara Norris Thorpe on Guiding Light, and Bridget Connell on . Another World November 3 –
Jonathan Harris, 87, actor (Bradford Webster on , Doctor Zachary Smith on The Third Man , Commander Isaac Gampu on Lost in Space ) Space Academy November 9 -
Merlin Santana, 26, actor (Romeo Santana on the The WB hit series . The Steve Harvey Show) December 3 –
Glenn Quinn, 32, actor (Mark on ) Roseanne December 5 –
Roone Arledge, 71, sports producer, credited with creating . Monday Night Football