The following is a list of events affecting
American television during 2006. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel initiations.
January [ edit ]
NBC Universal ends the channel program Trio and in its place begins Sleuth, a 24-hour entertainment cable TV channel dedicated to the crime, mystery and suspense genres.
original Viacom officially divides into two companies, with the CBS television network and Showtime Networks becoming part of CBS Corporation, and the MTV Networks group of channels (which includes MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central) and Black Entertainment Television becoming part of the new Viacom. Eventually, the greatest casualty of the division was that Paramount Television, which became part of CBS Corporation, would cease to exist after 38 years of television production, as it was merged into the CBS Productions, part of the CBS network. The studio had the name of CBS Paramount Television for three years, later becoming CBS Television Studios.
Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas begin anchoring duties for ABC News's , replacing World News Tonight Peter Jennings, who died of cancer during 2005.
After several years as part of
The WB's weekday programming sequence, The WB ends its weekday afternoon Kids' WB animation sequence. Kids' WB was relegated to Saturday mornings, and the weekday block is replaced by Daytime WB.
Second live episode of the program
is broadcast by Will & Grace NBC on both the East and West coasts of the USA.
Disney Channel's original movie, , was broadcast. High School Musical
CBS and Warner Bros. announce the initiation of The CW Television Network for the 2006–2007 season. This network is, in a sense, a merger of The WB and UPN and was designed to replace both of those networks. [1 ]
Directors Guild of America name Tony Croll and J. Rupert Thompson as best reality television directors for the programs and Three Wishes , respectively. Best director of a dramatic series is Fear Factor Michael Apted for . Television comedy series director is Rome Marc Buckland for . Directors My Name Is Earl Joseph Sargent ( ) and Warm Springs George C. Wolfe ( ) share best television movie awards. Lackawanna Blues General Hospitals Owen Renfroe is named best daytime television serial director.
February [ edit ]
Bravo's premiere of one of its most popular shows to date, Top Chef.
SportsNet New York is begun. It is home of the New York Mets and New York Jets.
United States premiere of the new series of
on Doctor Who Sci-Fi's Friday-night sequence.
Last first-broadcast episodes to date of the long-running TV series
. Reruns of the previous season are broadcast until October, when "The Best of Soul Train" reruns from the 1970s and 1980s begin being broadcast instead of new episodes. Soul Train
Stargate SG-1 is canceled officially by SCI FI Channel after the premiere broadcast of the show's 200th episode after just five poor rated episodes. The tenth, and possibly final, season makes the show the longest broadcast science fiction series in American television history.
Disney Channel's premiered and became the highest-rated Disney Channel original movie at that time, with ratings more than 8.1 million, exceeding that of The Cheetah Girls 2 . High School Musical
58th Primetime Emmy Awards are bestowed.
September [ edit ]
ESPN assumes production of ABC Sports broadcasts, renaming them ESPN on ABC. Both networks are owned by The Walt Disney Company.
Discovery Kids on NBC ends.
Initiation of the new
News Corp-owned American broadcast network MyNetworkTV.
Katie Couric becomes the first female sole anchor of the , replacing the temporary anchor CBS Evening News Bob Schieffer.
The longest-broadcast television drama program,
, broadcasts its 15,000th televised episode. Guiding Light
Kids' WB! series, Pokémon, makes its Cartoon Network debut with new voice actors.
Discovery Kids on NBC rebranded as Qubo on NBC.
Nick Jr. on CBS ends once again.
Mike Malin is named the winner of
and wins the $500,000 prize. Runner-Up Erika Landin wins $50,000. Big Brother: All-Stars
Meredith Vieira begins co-hosting duties of the program , replacing Katie Couric. The Today Show
, the Back to the Future CBS Saturday Morning cartoon show, marks its 15th Anniversary.
After 11 years,
UPN ceased operations, airing WWE Friday Night Smackdown! as its last program.
After six years,
Nick Jr. on CBS rebranded as KOL Secret Slumber Party.
After 11 years,
The WB ceased operations, two days after UPN.
The new American network
The CW is initiated 3 days after UPN cease operations and a day The WB cease operations.
Vickyann Sadowski wins $147,517 worth of cash and prizes for her performance for
. This not only made Sadowski the biggest winner of the daytime show's history, it also surpassed The Price Is Right own Press Your Lucks Michael Larson, making her the biggest one day winner in the history of American network daytime game shows in general.
presenter Top Gear Richard Hammond is seriously injured after crashing a jet-powered car at 280 mph.
October [ edit ]
NBC Universal announces a major restructuring in order to save US$750 million after several years of decreasing ratings. Among the changes is the announcement that NBC will no longer broadcast scripted dramas or comedies during the first hour of prime time, emphasizing instead less-expensive reality and game shows during those hours. Its news division is also trimmed. The announcement is made despite the early success of several new NBC series such as . Heroes [2 ]
Bob Barker announces that he will be retiring from his hosting duties for after 35 years in June 2007. The Price Is Right
November [ edit ]
Programs [ edit ]
Debuts (including scheduled) [ edit ]
Changes of network affiliation [ edit ]
The following shows will air new episodes on a different network than previous first-run episodes.
Ending this year [ edit ]
Anne Meacham 80
Actress (Louise on
) Another World
Shelley Winters 85
Actress (Nana Mary on
Al Lewis 82
Actor (Grandpa on
and Leo Schnauser on The Munsters ) Car 54, Where Are You?
Franklin Cover 77
Actor (Tom Willis on
) The Jeffersons
Dennis Weaver 81
Actor (Sam McCloud on
and Chester Good on McCloud ) Gunsmoke
Don Knotts Actor (Barney Fife on
and Ralph Furley on The Andy Griffith Show ) Three's Company
Darren McGavin 83
Actor (Hammer on
) Mike Hammer
Peter Tomarken 63
Game show host (
, Press Your Luck , Hit Man ) Wipeout
Buck Owens 76
Musician, host of
Dan Curtis 78
Henderson Forsythe 88
) As the World Turns
Jay Bernstein 68
); also manager to Mike Hammer Suzanne Somers and Farrah Fawcett
James Brolan 42
CBS News sound technician, killed by a car bomb in Iraq
Paul Douglas 48
CBS news cameraman, killed by a car bomb in Iraq
Robert Sterling 88
Actor (George Kerby on
Aaron Spelling 83
, Dynasty , Beverly Hills, 90210 , more) 7th Heaven
Lennie Weinrib 71
) The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
Benjamin Hendrickson 55
) As The World Turns
Jack Warden 85
Actor (Harry Fox on
and George Halas in Crazy Like a Fox ) Brian's Song
Tudi Wiggins 70
) Love of Life
Mako Iwamatsu 72
Iroh, Avatar: The Last Airbender
Mike Douglas 86
Talk show host (
) The Mike Douglas Show
Jane Wyatt 96
Actress (Margaret Anderson on
) Father Knows Best
Bettye Ackerman 82
Actress (Dr. Maggie Graham on
) Ben Casey
Ed Bradley 65
CBS News journalist ( ) 60 Minutes
Belinda Emmett 32
Actress (Rebecca Nash in
) Home and Away
Peter Boyle 71
Actor (Frank Barone on
) Everybody Loves Raymond
Mike Evans 57
Actor (Lionel Jefferson on
, All in the Family ) The Jeffersons
Joseph Barbera 95
and many others) The Flintstones
Jared Nathan 21
Child actor (
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