2003 in American television
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|2002–03 United States network television schedule|
|2003–04 United States network television schedule|
|List of American television shows currently in production|
The following is a list of events affecting American television during 2003. Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel initiations.
|19||The WB series Charmed, which debuted during 1998, broadcasts its 100th episode.|
|5||The long-running daytime game show The Price is Right broadcasts its first Million Dollar Spectacular on CBS.|
|16||The 300th episode of the series The Simpsons is broadcast the same night as the Married... with Children reunion special program is broadcast.|
|21||Talk show host David Letterman is forced to take a few weeks leave from his Late Show with David Letterman due to a bout of shingles (subsequent Top Ten Lists would occasionally have entries that ridiculed this). A series of celebrities guest host for Letterman while he's absent including Bruce Willis, Regis Philbin, Will Ferrell and Elvis Costello.|
|24||Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather interviews Saddam Hussein on national television, shortly before the Iraq invasion began.|
|The miniseries Giant Robot Week is broadcast by Cartoon Network, which includes 2 edited episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion. This is the first attempt to broadcast the series by network TV.|
|26||The Young and the Restless celebrates its 30th anniversary.|
|21||Farscape airs the series finale Bad Timing|
|1||General Hospital celebrates its 40th anniversary.|
|7||The series Dragonball Z broadcasts its final premiere episode on Cartoon Network. The series was first broadcast by Toonami on August 31, 1998. DBZ ended but returned during 2005 with the first 65 episodes redubbed and uncut.|
|22||For the series All My Children, character Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel) kisses Lena Kundera (Olga Sosnovska); this is the first lesbian kiss of American daytime television.|
|8||Nancy Christy becomes the first woman to win $1,000,000 on the syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.|
|16||The 30th Daytime Emmy Awards are given.|
|19||ABC televised it's 50th Anniversary Special.|
|US non-Canadian cable network Much USA is rebranded as Fuse TV.|
|20||The first "Cycle" of the series America's Next Top Model premieres on UPN.|
|21||Ruben Studdard wins the second season of the series American Idol.|
|11||The National Network was rebranded as Spike TV.|
|10||In an effort to woo Star Trek fans into watching the latest series of the franchise, the producers of UPN's series Enterprise begin a season-long story sequence, the first time a full season of a Star Trek series has been devoted to one storyline. Three episodes into the new season, as a gesture to win back "Trekkies", the series title is changed to the more traditional Star Trek: Enterprise.|
|21||Everybody Loves Raymond and The West Wing have won both Outstanding TV Series at the 55th Primetime Emmy Awards.|
|24||Jun Song is the winner of the American version of the program Big Brother 4 and wins the $500,000 prize. Runner-Up Allison Irwin wins $50,000.|
|20||The series The Price is Right broadcasts the final Rod Roddy appearance before his death 1 week later.|
|2||CBS televised it's 75th Anniversary Special titled, CBS at 75.|
|4||NFL Network debuts.|
|10||The 4000th episode of Wheel of Fortune since the pairing of host and hostess Pat Sajak and Vanna White is broadcast.|
|14||Gary Coleman, former actor of the series Diff'rent Strokes, is one of many candidates for Governor of California in the gubernatorial recall election. He is voted 8th place. Another Hollywood actor wins on October 8th: Arnold Schwarzenegger.|
Programs debuting during 2003
Programs ending during 2003
|January 12||Andy Richter Controls the Universe||2002|
|February 5||The Legend of Tarzan||2001|
|February 10||Clone High||2002|
|February 25||Clifford the Big Red Dog||2000|
|April 7||Dragonball Z||1996|
|April 13||My Big Fat Greek Life||2003|
|April 24||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||1997|
|April 26||Cubix: Robots for Everyone||2001|
|April 27||Touched by an Angel||1994|
|May 7||Stargate Infinity||2002|
|May 20||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||1997|
|May 21||The Twilight Zone||2002|
|May 23||Supermarket Sweep second revival||2000|
|May 28||Dawson's Creek||1998|
|June 2||Even Stevens||2000|
|July 14||Digimon: Digital Monsters||1999|
|August 14||Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon"||2003|
|August 16||Just Shoot Me!||1997|
|October 3||Port Charles||1997|
|October 25||X-Men: Evolution||2000|
|November 15||Power Rangers: Ninja Storm||2003|
|November 26||Time Squad||2001|
Changes of Network Affiliation
|Show||Moved from||Moved to|
|Grounded for Life||Fox||The WB|
|Robot Wars||BBC Two||Five|
- January 12 – Maurice Gibb, 53, actor/songwriter of the Bee Gees.
- January 23 – Nell Carter, 54, actress, singer, of Gimme a Break.
- February 27 – Fred Rogers, 74, TV's "Mister Rogers" of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
- March 22 – Terry Lloyd, 50, news reporter, killed during Iraq War skirmish.
- March 30 – Gaby Rado, 48, news reporter, accidental death while covering Iraq War.
- April 2 – Pat Leavy, Hannah Finnegan in Fair City after being taken ill on set.
- May 14 - Robert Stack, 84, Eliot Ness in The Untouchables
- June 19 – Laura Sadler, 22 Sandy Harper in Holby City after falling from a balcony.
- July 27 - Bob Hope, 100, comedian, host and actor
- September 11 – John Ritter, 54, known mostly as Jack Tripper from Three's Company, but at the time was involved in the sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter and the cartoon Clifford the Big Red Dog.
- October 4 – James Forlong, 44, dismissed Sky News journalist accused of faking Iraq War report, commits suicide.
- October 17 - Janice Rule, 72, The Fugitive (TV series)
- October 21 – Fred Berry, 52, actor (Freddie "Rerun" Stubbs on What's Happening!!).
- October 27 – Rod Roddy, 66, announcer on Press Your Luck, Soap, and, most famously, The Price Is Right.
- November 9 – Art Carney, 85, actor.
- December 29 – Earl Hindman, 61, actor Wilson J. Wilson Jr. on Home Improvement
- Dinsdale Landen, 71, actor
- Don Taylor, 67, director.
- Bob Monkhouse, 75, Comedian & Entertainer.