2003 in American television

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The following is a list of events affecting American television during 2003. Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel initiations.

Events[edit]

January[edit]

Date Event
19 The WB series Charmed broadcasts its 100th episode.

February[edit]

Date Event
5 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.
21 Late Show host David Letterman began a few weeks leave due to a bout of shingles (guest hosts included 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.

March[edit]

Date Event
21 Farscape's series finale, "Bad Timing", aired.

April[edit]

Date Event
1 General Hospital celebrates its 40th anniversary.
7 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 Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel) kisses Lena Kundera (Olga Sosnovska) on All My Children; this is the first lesbian kiss on American daytime television.

May[edit]

Date Event
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 broadcasts a four-hour 50th Anniversary Special.
U.S. non-Canadian cable network Much USA was rebranded as Fuse TV.
20 America's Next Top Model premiered on UPN.
21 Ruben Studdard became the winner of American Idolseason two.

August[edit]

Date Event
11 The National Network is rebranded as Spike TV.

September[edit]

Date Event
10 UPN's series Enterprise began 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, the series title is changed to 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 wins the American version Big Brother 4 and wins the $500,000 prize. Runner-Up Allison Irwin wins $50,000.

October[edit]

Date Event
20 Rod Roddy made his final appearance as announcer of The Price is Right (died one week later).

November[edit]

Date Event
2 CBS at 75, the special celebrating the network's 75th anniversary, was broadcast
4 NFL Network debuted
10 The 4000th episode of Wheel of Fortune, since the pairing of host and hostess Pat Sajak and Vanna White, was broadcast

Programs[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Date Show Network
January 6 The Berenstain Bears PBS Kids
January 9 Storm Stories The Weather Channel
January 17 That's So Raven Disney Channel
January 22 Chappelle's Show Comedy Central
January 23 MythBusters Discovery Channel
January 24 Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Showtime
January 27 Ask Rita Syndication
Jimmy Kimmel Live! ABC
February 8 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fox Box
February 15 Power Rangers Ninja Storm ABC Kids
February 16 The Venture Bros. Adult Swim
February 21 Da Ali G Show HBO
February 24 Animal Jam TLC
March 3 Live Prayer KBHK 44 San Francisco
March 9 Oliver Beene Fox
March 26 Wanda at Large
March 31 American Chopper Discovery Channel
April 12 All Grown Up! Nickelodeon
April 13 MXC TNN
May 17 Megaman NT Warrior Kids' WB!
May 23 Summer Fridays Cartoon Network
May 26 Unscrewed with Martin Sargent TechTV
June 13 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Cartoon Network
June 26 Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" Spike
June 27 Dead Like Me Showtime
July 1 Reno 911! Comedy Central
July 11 Evil Con Carne Cartoon Network
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series MTV
July 15 Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Bravo
July 19 Teen Titans Cartoon Network
July 22 Nip/Tuck FX
August 1 My Life as a Teenage Robot Nickelodeon
August 5 The O.C. Fox
August 23 Duck Dodgers Cartoon Network
August 25 Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks PBS Kids
August 26 Playmakers ESPN
August 29 Cowboy U CMT
September 1 Clifford's Puppy Days PBS Kids
September 8 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Syndication
September 9 Starting Over
Happy Family NBC
Whoopi
September 10 Jake 2.0 UPN
September 11 The Mullets
Run of the House The WB
Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge
September 12 All About the Andersons
September 13 Romeo! Nickelodeon
September 14 Carnivàle HBO
September 15 Living It Up! With Ali & Jack Syndication
The Sharon Osbourne Show
Eve UPN
September 16 All of Us
Rock Me Baby
September 18 Threat Matrix ABC
September 19 Like Family The WB
Luis Fox
September 20 Lilo & Stitch: The Series ABC Kids
Sabrina's Secret Life
September 22 Las Vegas NBC
Two and a Half Men CBS
September 23 NCIS
I'm with Her ABC
One Tree Hill The WB
September 24 The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire CBS
September 25 Coupling NBC
September 26 Miss Match
The Handler CBS
Joan of Arcadia
Hope and Faith ABC
September 28 10-8: Officers on Duty
Cold Case CBS
The Lyon's Den NBC
October 1 It's All Relative ABC
Karen Sisco
October 3 Married to the Kellys
Cartoon Network Fridays Cartoon Network
October 4 Battlefield Detectives History Channel
October 5 Animal Tails PAX
Tarzan The WB
October 6 The Big Break The Golf Channel
JoJo's Circus Playhouse Disney
Knock First ABC Family
October 12 Shootout AMC
October 13 King of the Jungle Animal Planet
October 14 Rich Girls MTV
October 17 VH1 ILL-ustrated VH1
October 19 When Ruled the World
October 20 Skin Fox
October 22 Kid Notorious Comedy Central
October 26 Viva La Bam MTV
Wildboyz
October 29 A Minute with Stan Hooper Fox
October 30 Tru Calling
November 1 Kenny the Shark Discovery Kids
Tutenstein
Xiaolin Showdown Kids' WB
November 2 Arrested Development Fox
November 3 Average Joe NBC
November 7 Dragonball GT Cartoon Network
Star Wars: Clone Wars
December 2 Line of Fire ABC
The Simple Life Fox

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
January 12 Andy Richter Controls the Universe 2002
January 24 Presidio Med
February 5 The Legend of Tarzan 2001
February 10 Clone High 2002
February 17 Birds of Prey
February 22 The Nick Cannon Show
February 23 Oz 1997
February 25 Clifford the Big Red Dog 2000
March 21 Farscape 1999
April 4 Liberty's Kids 2002
April 7 Dragon Ball Z (returned in 2005) 1996
April 13 My Big Fat Greek Life 2003
April 24 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1996
April 25 Fastlane 2002
April 26 Cubix: Robots for Everyone 2001
April 27 Touched by an Angel 1994
May 7 Stargate Infinity 2002
May 16 Cartoon Cartoon Fridays 1999
May 20 Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1997
Weakest Link 2001
May 21 The Caroline Rhea Show 2002
The Twilight Zone
May 23 Supermarket Sweep 2000
May 28 Dawson's Creek 1998
June 2 Even Stevens 2000
June 7 The Mummy: The Animated Series 2001
July 8 The Book of Pooh
July 14 Digimon: Digital Monsters 1999
August 10 Futurama (returned in 2008)
August 14 Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" 2003
August 16 Scaredy Camp 2002
August 16 Just Shoot Me! 1997
August 29 Summer Fridays 2003
August 31 Disney's One Too 1999
October 3 Port Charles 1997
October 21 Oswald 2001
October 25 Pokémon 1998
X-Men: Evolution 2000
November 7 Wanda at Large 2003
November 14 Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? 2002
November 15 Power Rangers Ninja Storm 2003
November 20 Dexter's Laboratory 1996
November 26 Time Squad 2001
December 12 Yakkity Yak 2002
December 24 Disney's House of Mouse 2001
December 31 The Brak Show 2000

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
Grounded for Life Fox The WB
The Magic School Bus Fox Kids TLC

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Notability
January 12 Maurice Gibb 53 Musician/songwriter (Bee Gees)
January 23 Nell Carter 54 Actress, singer (Gimme a Break)
February 27 Fred Rogers 74 Mister Rogers of (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood)
May 14 Robert Stack 84 Actor (Eliot Ness on The Untouchables)
July 6 Buddy Ebsen 95 Actor (The Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones)
July 27 Bob Hope 100 Comedian, host and actor
September 11 John Ritter 54 Actor (Three's Company, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter and voice of Clifford the Big Red Dog)
October 17 Janice Rule 72 Actress (The Fugitive)
October 21 Fred Berry 52 Actor (Freddie "Rerun" Stubbs on What's Happening!!)
October 27 Rod Roddy 66 Announcer (Press Your Luck, Soap, and most famously, The Price Is Right)
November 9 Art Carney 85 Actor (Ed Norton on The Honeymooners)
December 29 Earl Hindman 61 Actor (Wilson J. Wilson Jr. on Home Improvement)