2006 in American television

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The following is a list of events affecting American television during 2006. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel initiations.

Events[edit]

January[edit]

Date Event
1 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.
2 The 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.
3 Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas begin anchoring duties for ABC News's World News Tonight, replacing Peter Jennings, who died of cancer during 2005.
6 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.
12 Second live episode of the program Will & Grace is broadcast by NBC on both the East and West coasts of the USA.
20 Disney Channel's original movie, High School Musical, was broadcast.
24 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]
28 The Directors Guild of America name Tony Croll and J. Rupert Thompson as best reality television directors for the programs Three Wishes and Fear Factor, respectively. Best director of a dramatic series is Michael Apted for Rome. Television comedy series director is Marc Buckland for My Name Is Earl. Directors Joseph Sargent (Warm Springs) and George C. Wolfe (Lackawanna Blues) share best television movie awards. General Hospitals Owen Renfroe is named best daytime television serial director.

February[edit]

Date Event
5 After 36 years, ABC broadcasts its final National Football League program when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Seattle Seahawks, 21–10, in Super Bowl XL.
22 Fox announces plans for a new network, named MyNetworkTV. The network was planned to be broadcast by UPN and WB affiliates which are not included in the initiation of The CW.

March[edit]

Date Event
8 Bravo's premiere of one of its most popular shows to date, Top Chef.
16 SportsNet New York is begun. It is home of the New York Mets and New York Jets.
17 United States premiere of the new series of Doctor Who on Sci-Fi's Friday-night sequence.
26 Last first-broadcast episodes to date of the long-running TV series Soul Train. 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.

April[edit]

Date Event
1 Kids Choice Awards are broadcast by Nickelodeon with special "slimed" guest, Robin Williams. The event was hosted by Jack Black.
28 The 33rd Daytime Emmy Awards are bestowed.

May[edit]

Date Event
21 Mike Wallace makes his last appearance on CBS' 60 Minutes. The WB series Charmed ends its eight year run with the final episode Forever Charmed.
24 Taylor Hicks wins American Idol (season 5).
31 Katie Couric performs as co-host of the program Today for the last time.

June[edit]

Date Event
20 18.46 million watch England vs Sweden in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, the UK's highest rated programme of the year.
26 MSG Network debuts SummerBall, a basketball series dedicated to the well-known summer streetball leagues in New York City. This was the first program ever broadcast by the network that was strictly dedicated to streetball in New York City.
28 Charles Gibson co-hosts the program Good Morning America for the last time in his 19-year stint.

July[edit]

Date Event
8 Pokémon broadcasts its final episode on Kids' WB!, "Pasta La Vista", also its final episode dubbed by 4Kids Entertainment.
17 SpongeBob SquarePants returns to Nickelodeon, after being canceled in 2002 (Leftover episodes aired during 2003 & 2004) and the success of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
24 The program Aquaman, previously not broadcast, becomes available for download on the iTunes Music Store.

August[edit]

Date Event
21 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.
25 Disney Channel's The Cheetah Girls 2 premiered and became the highest-rated Disney Channel original movie at that time, with ratings more than 8.1 million, exceeding that of High School Musical.
27 The 58th Primetime Emmy Awards are bestowed.

September[edit]

Date Event
2 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.
5 Initiation of the new News Corp-owned American broadcast network MyNetworkTV.
Katie Couric becomes the first female sole anchor of the CBS Evening News, replacing the temporary anchor Bob Schieffer.
6 The longest-broadcast television drama program, Guiding Light, broadcasts its 15,000th televised episode.
8 The former Kids' WB! series, Pokémon, makes its Cartoon Network debut with new voice actors.
9 Discovery Kids on NBC rebranded as Qubo on NBC.
Nick Jr. on CBS ends once again.
12 Mike Malin is named the winner of Big Brother: All-Stars and wins the $500,000 prize. Runner-Up Erika Landin wins $50,000.
13 Meredith Vieira begins co-hosting duties of the program The Today Show, replacing Katie Couric.
14 Back to the Future, the CBS Saturday Morning cartoon show, marks its 15th Anniversary.
15 After 11 years, UPN ceased operations, airing WWE Friday Night Smackdown! as its last program.
16 After six years, Nick Jr. on CBS rebranded as KOL Secret Slumber Party.
17 After 11 years, The WB ceased operations, two days after UPN.
18 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 The Price Is Right. This not only made Sadowski the biggest winner of the daytime show's history, it also surpassed Press Your Lucks own Michael Larson, making her the biggest one day winner in the history of American network daytime game shows in general.
20 Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond is seriously injured after crashing a jet-powered car at 280 mph.

October[edit]

Date Event
19 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]
31 Bob Barker announces that he will be retiring from his hosting duties forThe Price Is Right after 35 years in June 2007.

November[edit]

Date Event
9 Nickelodeon broadcasts a 24-hour marathon of SpongeBob SquarePants starting at 8:00 PM. The marathon increased Nickelodeon's ratings to an average of more than 6.7 million viewers and became the network's most highest-rated day ever.[3] It ends at the same time the next day.
16 On General Hospital, Luke and Laura Spencer remarry to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their first nuptials, which was the highest-rated hour in U.S. daytime television history.

Programs[edit]

Debuts (including scheduled)[edit]

Date Debut Network
January 1 In Justice ABC
January 2 It's a Big Big World PBS Kids
January 5 Four Kings NBC
January 6 The Book of Daniel
January 8 Campus Ladies Oxygen
January 12 Crumbs ABC
January 17 Love Monkey CBS
January 22 Number 1 Single E!
January 23 Courting Alex CBS
January 27 The Emperor's New School Disney Channel
February 2 Survivor: Panama CBS
February 6 Power Rangers Mystic Force Jetix
February 25 Kappa Mikey Nicktoons
March 1 Free Ride FOX
March 3 Conviction NBC
Wonder Pets Nick Jr.
March 7 The Unit CBS
March 12 Big Love HBO
March 15 The Loop Fox
March 22 Heist NBC
March 24 Hannah Montana Disney Channel
March 28 Teachers NBC
Thief FX
April 2 So NoTORIous VH1
April 3 Yo Momma MTV
April 9 Just for Kicks Nickelodeon
April 15 Eureka seveN Adult Swim
April 24 La Fea Más Bella Univision
May 5 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Playhouse Disney
May 28 Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman PBS Kids Go!
May 31 The Hills MTV
June 2 Beyond the Break The N
June 6 The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency Oxygen
June 10 Celebrity Deathmatch MTV2
June 12 Saved TNT
June 13 ECW SciFi
June 17 Spider Riders Kids' WB
July 7 Psych USA Network
July 14 Squirrel Boy Cartoon Network
August 6 Metalocalypse Adult Swim
August 21 Vanished Fox
August 28 Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Nick Jr.
August 30 Justice Fox
September 2 ESPN on ABC ABC
September 4 Curious George PBS Kids
September 5 Desire MyNetworkTV
Secrets
Standoff Fox
September 7 Happy Hour
'Til Death
September 8 Pucca Jetix
The Replacements Disney Channel
September 9 Bleach Adult Swim
Trinity Blood
Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes Cartoon Network
Growing Up Creepie Discovery Kids
September 10 NBC Sunday Night Football NBC
September 11 Monday Night Football ESPN
Judge Maria Lopez Syndication
September 12 Greg Behrendt
September 15 Men in Trees ABC
September 16 Handy Manny Playhouse Disney
Horseland KOL Secret Slumber Party
The New Adventures of Madeline
Sabrina's Secret Life
Cake
Strawberry Shortcake
Dance Revolution
September 18 American Idol Rewind Syndication
The Megan Mullally Show
Rachael Ray
Aquaman The CW
The Class CBS
Haversham Hall Disney Channel
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip NBC
September 19 Smith
September 20 Kidnapped
Jericho CBS
September 21 Six Degrees ABC
September 22 Mr. Meaty Nickelodeon
September 23 Legion of Super Heroes Kids' WB!
Monster Allergy
Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!
Tom and Jerry Tales
September 24 Brothers & Sisters ABC
September 25 Happy Tree Friends G4
Heroes NBC
Runaway The CW
September 26 Help Me Help You ABC
September 28 Ugly Betty
September 30 Grossology Discovery Kids
October 1 Dexter Showtime
The Game The CW
October 2 The Duel (Real World/Road Rules Challenge) MTV
Yin Yang Yo! Jetix
October 3 Friday Night Lights NBC
October 4 The Nine ABC
October 11 30 Rock NBC
October 13 1 vs. 100
October 16 The Upside Down Show Nick Jr.
October 17 The Knights of Prosperity ABC
November 3 Class of 3000 Cartoon Network
November 14 3 lbs CBS
December 11 The Lost Room Sci-Fi
December 18 The Black Donnellys NBC
Big Day ABC
In Case of Emergency
Notes from the Underbelly
Perfect Disaster (mini-series) Discovery Channel
'Til Death Do Us Part Court TV

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

The following shows will air new episodes on a different network than previous first-run episodes.

Show Moved From Moved To
7th Heaven The WB The CW
All Of Us
America's Next Top Model
Beauty and the Geek
Gilmore Girls
Girlfriends
One Tree Hill
Reba
Smallville
Everybody Hates Chris UPN
Supernatural
Veronica Mars
WWE Friday Night SmackDown
Spider-Man Fox Kids Jetix
X-Men
The Andy Milonakis Show MTV MTV2
Belmont Stakes NBC ABC
World's Most Amazing Videos Spike
Breeders' Cup ESPN
The Contender
Sunday Night Football
Monday Night Football ABC
Invader Zim Nickelodeon Nicktoons
Pokémon Kids' WB! Cartoon Network
The Simple Life FOX E!
The New Adventures of Madeline Playhouse Disney KOL Secret Slumber Party
Sabrina's Secret Life ABC Kids

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
January 20 The Book of Daniel 2006
January 28 Strange Days at Blake Holsey High 2002
February 5 Strong Medicine 2000
February 10 Arrested Development 2003
February 15 Yes, Dear 2000
Kenny the Shark 2003
February 24 Wildboyz
March 8 Still Standing 2002
March 18 Fullmetal Alchemist 2004
March 24 What I Like About You 2002
April 28 Bear in the Big Blue House 1997
May 6 Sonic X 2003
May 13 Xiaolin Showdown
Justice League Unlimited 2004
May 14 Malcolm in the Middle 2000
The West Wing 1999
May 18 That '70s Show 1998
Will & Grace
May 21 Charmed
May 22 Alias 2001
May 27 The Buzz on Maggie 2005
Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island
June 5 Everwood 2002
June 6 3 South
June 10 Yu-Gi-Oh! 2001
June 27 Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi 2004
July 10 Peregrina 2006
July 21 What's New, Scooby-Doo? 2002
July 23 Romeo! 2003
July 29 Lilo & Stitch: The Series
August 6 Blue's Clues 1996
August 12 The Cramp Twins 2002
August 13 Just for Kicks 2006
August 19 Invader Zim 2001
Phil of the Future 2004
August 25 Brandy & Mr. Whiskers
September 2 Discovery Kids on NBC 2002
September 9 Nick Jr. on CBS 2005
September 15 Teen Titans 2003
September 30 Time Warp Trio 2005
October 20 Extreme Makeover 2002
October 29 InuYasha
November 10 Reading Rainbow 1983
November 13 Power Rangers Mystic Force 2006
November 14 As Told by Ginger 2000
November 19 NASCAR on NBC (NBC only) 1999
November 25 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 2002
December 13 The X's 2005
December 15 Krypto the Superdog
December 25 Happy Tree Friends 2006
December 26 Danger Rangers 2005

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Notability
January 12 Anne Meacham 80 Actress (Louise on Another World)
January 14 Shelley Winters 85 Actress (Nana Mary on Roseanne)
February 3 Al Lewis 82 Actor (Grandpa on The Munsters and Leo Schnauser on Car 54, Where Are You?)
February 5 Franklin Cover 77 Actor (Tom Willis on The Jeffersons)
February 24 Dennis Weaver 81 Actor (Sam McCloud on McCloud and Chester Good on Gunsmoke)
Don Knotts Actor (Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show and Ralph Furley on Three's Company)
February 25 Darren McGavin 83 Actor (Hammer on Mike Hammer)
March 13 Peter Tomarken 63 Game show host (Press Your Luck, Hit Man, Wipeout)
March 25 Buck Owens 76 Musician, host of Hee Haw
March 27 Dan Curtis 78 Creator of Dark Shadows
April 17 Henderson Forsythe 88 Actor (As the World Turns)
April 30 Jay Bernstein 68 Producer (Mike Hammer); also manager to Suzanne Somers and Farrah Fawcett
May 29 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
May 30 Robert Sterling 88 Actor (George Kerby on Topper)
June 23 Aaron Spelling 83 Producer (Dynasty, Beverly Hills, 90210, 7th Heaven, more)
June 28 Lennie Weinrib 71 Actor (The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan)
July 3 Benjamin Hendrickson 55 Actor (As The World Turns)
July 19 Jack Warden 85 Actor (Harry Fox on Crazy Like a Fox and George Halas in Brian's Song)
Tudi Wiggins 70 Actress (Love of Life)
July 21 Mako Iwamatsu 72 Voice Iroh, Avatar: The Last Airbender
August 11 Mike Douglas 86 Talk show host (The Mike Douglas Show)
October 20 Jane Wyatt 96 Actress (Margaret Anderson on Father Knows Best)
November 1 Bettye Ackerman 82 Actress (Dr. Maggie Graham on Ben Casey)
November 9 Ed Bradley 65 CBS News journalist (60 Minutes)
November 11 Belinda Emmett 32 Actress (Rebecca Nash in Home and Away)
December 12 Peter Boyle 71 Actor (Frank Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond)
December 14 Mike Evans 57 Actor (Lionel Jefferson on All in the Family, The Jeffersons)
December 18 Joseph Barbera 95 Animator (The Flintstones and many others)
December 28 Jared Nathan 21 Child actor (ZOOM)

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