2009 in American television

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The following is a list of events affecting American television in 2009. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel launches.

Events[edit]

January[edit]

Date Event
1 After 51 years as an NBC affiliate, KBTV/Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas joins the Fox network. The NBC affiliation moves over to the DT subchannel of ABC affiliate KBMT and Orbit airs a series premimre titled Homecoming.
Major League Baseball launches MLB Network, becoming the last of the 4 major American sports leagues to launch its own channel.[1]
3 Fox replaces the 4Kids TV block, with two hours from 8–10 AM going to the affiliates, and 10AM-12PM becoming Weekend Marketplace (infomercials).[2]
9 Nickelodeon kicks off a year-long celebration of SpongeBob SquarePants' 10th anniversary.[3]
14 The Simpsons (on this day in season 20) begins a new slogan: Best. 20 Years. Ever.
15 Hawaii became the first state in the United States to have all of its television stations switch to digital television.[4]
William Petersen appears for the last time as a regular cast member on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Supervisor Gil Grissom.[5]
19 The Powerpuff Girls return to Cartoon Network for their tenth anniversary special.
26 Disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich goes on a media blitz appearing on The Today Show, The View, and Larry King Live while his impeachment trial continues in his homestate.[6] Blagojevich is later ousted from office on January 29.

February[edit]

Date Event
1 Super Bowl XLIII, which saw the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the Arizona Cardinals 27–23 and give the Steelers their history-making sixth Super Bowl win ever for the franchise, is televised live on NBC in the United States. International coverage of the Super Bowl is also served by Sky Sports and BBC One (UK), CTV Television Network (Canada), TV Azteca (Mexico), ESPN Australia, Foxtel, and Austar (Australia), Das Erste (Germany), TV6 (Sweden), TV3 (Denmark), Sport TV (Portugal), CCTV-5 (China), and SBS (South Korea).
2 Programming blocks Nick Jr. and TEENick discontinued on Nickelodeon.
10 My Network TV announced that they will switch from a network to a syndication programming service.[7]
11 President Obama signed the DTV Delay Act into law, officially moving the DTV transition in the United States cutoff date to June 12, 2009.[8]
12 Charter Communications files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection[9]
13 After over 10 years, Toon Disney rebrands itself as Disney XD.
15 The Simpsons season 20 begins broadcasting in HD with the first HD episode as "Take My Life, Please". To celebrate this event, there is a new opening and Bart writes "HDTV is worth every cent" on the chalkboard for this episode. Reruns that were not in HD will not broadcast in HD.
17 368 United States television stations permanently shut off their analog signals on the original February 17 date of the DTV transition in the United States and are now broadcasting exclusively in digital.[10] 53 stations qualify for nightlight service status, meaning they must use their analog signals only for DTV transition public service announcements and severe weather alerts.[11] All others must wait until June 12 to go all digital (see DTV Delay Act for further details).
20 After 16 years on the air, the last episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien aired on NBC.[12] Conan's favorite band The White Stripes was the final guest. Will Ferrell (impersonating former U.S. President George W. Bush) and former sidekick/O'Brien's Tonight Show announcer Andy Richter made surprise appearances, and pre-recorded clips of John Mayer and Abe Vigoda were shown.[12] Late Night leaves Studio 6A at NBC's Rockefeller Center studios in New York after 27 years.
22 The 81st Academy Awards are televised live on ABC.

March[edit]

Date Event
1 The traditional Nielsen ratings February sweeps are moved to March.[13]
2 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon premiered on NBC.[12] The Roots is the house band. Oscar winner Robert De Niro, Grammy winner Van Morrison, and singer / actor Justin Timberlake were Jimmy's first guests. Former host Conan O'Brien also made a cameo appearance. Late Night moves to Studio 6B (the former WNBC-TV news studio) at NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center.
9 NBC owned-and-operated station WNBC launches New York Nonstop, an entertainment/lifestyle channel.
16 Ion Television affiliates launch their HD channel.[14]
17 The Simpsons season 20 episode In the Name of the Grandfather broadcasts on Sky1 in the United Kingdom. The episode later premiered in the United States on March 22.
19 President Barack Obama appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, marking the first time a sitting President has appeared on a late night talk show.
23 American satellite television provider DirecTV paid $4 billion to extend its exclusive contract for the NFL Sunday Ticket package until 2014.[15] After the 2014 season, DirecTV will have had exclusive U.S. rights for the package for 20 straight seasons, since the package's (and DirecTV's) inception in 1994.
31 Osbournes Reloaded premieres on the Fox network, but due to several affiliates refusing to air the show, it gets the axe in the summer.

April[edit]

Date Event
2 The TV Guide Network announces that they will no longer carry local television listing grids on their channel.[16] However, as of 2010, they are still displayed only on local cable providers.
Emmy Award-winning medical drama ER airs its series finale on NBC after a one-hour retrospective.
7 The television special Charlie Brown's All-Stars returns to American television for the first time since 1982.[17]
16 Sportscaster John Madden announces his retirement at age 73.
Bob Barker returns to the set of his former game show of 35 years, The Price Is Right, to promote his new book, Priceless Memories.[18]
20 The CW arrives in Guam with the on-air debut of KTKB-LP.
The CW affiliate WLGA/Columbus, Georgia becomes an independent station. The CW affiliation moves to a subchannel for NBC affiliate WLTZ, known as CW Ga-Bama.
23 Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids is discontinued on Dish Network and replaced by a west coast feed of Cartoon Network.
27 ABC launches an HD subchannel network called Live Well HD Network. The channel initially airs on its O&Os before expanding it to other affiliates a year later.[19]
28 CBS series NCIS features the characters of a spin-off called NCIS: Los Angeles. A second-part episode is continued next Tuesday.

May[edit]

Date Event
1 May Sweeps begin.
The Fairly OddParents returns on Nickelodeon once again with a three day one hour movie called Wishology.
5 The CW announces that it will turn over its Sunday night schedule back to its affiliates.[20] SInce then, The CW only broadcasts on the weekdays.
6 Noggin and The N split up on Dish Network.
16 MADtv airs its series finale, with host Fred Willard and guest stars Alex Borstein, Mo Collins, Artie Lange, Will Sasso and Debra Wilson appear on the final episode to say goodbye to MADtv, which was Fox's longest-aired sketch-comedy show (it premiered in 1995).
20 The Game is cancelled by The CW. With the cancellation of The Game, there is no longer a scripted series (comedy or drama) on American network television with a predominantly African-American cast.
Kris Allen is declared the winner of American Idol season 8.
25 After 7 years of not airing in the United States, Cartoon Network airs the 3 movies of the popular anime Sailor Moon; Sailor Moon R: The Movie, Sailor Moon S: The Movie, and Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie.

June[edit]

Date Event
1 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien premieres at 11:35 p.m. EDT on NBC, with Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam as the show's first guests. Tonight moves to Stage 1 at Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City, California.
12 All remaining NTSC full-service television stations in the United States stop broadcasting analog television and start broadcasting digital television signals only[21] (see DTV transition in the United States for further details).
29 American cable news channel MSNBC launches its high definition version, becoming the last of the Big 3 cable news channels to do so.[22]
The Michael Jackson themed episode for American Idol season 8 was re-aired due to Michael Jackson's death on June 25.

July[edit]

Date Event
7 A memorial service for the singer Michael Jackson, who died on June 25, is broadcast live around the world, with an estimated audience of one billion.[23]
Sci Fi Channel renames itself "Syfy".[24] Warehouse 13 is the first show on the network (with the new name), which premiered on this day.
12 Many few television stations shut off all of their analog nightlight stations. the NBC O&Os stations were turned off the analog nightlight stations after June 26 and fewer of the other nightlight stations were turned off by the rest of June to July.[25]
13 New Vision Television files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
14 The 2009 MLB All-Star Game broadcasts. The ceremonial first pitch is thrown by President Barack Obama.
27 Ben Silverman, co-chairman of NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios, announced that he is leaving the company.[26]

August[edit]

Date Event
4 After eight seasons, Paula Abdul confirmed to her fans on her Twitter page that she will no longer be a judge for American Idol season 9 and so on.
5 Laura Ling and Euna Lee, both Asian-American journalists for Current TV, are released from prison in North Korea through negotiations between the government and Bill Clinton. Both women were sentenced to 12 years hard labor for accidentely crossing the border from China while doing a story in 2008.
8 Sonia Sotomayor's swearing in as United States Supreme Court Justice marks the first time that a televised event was shown live at the Supreme Court instead of the White House.
9 ABC airs Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for 11 episodes in primetime as an event to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the show.
13 ABC announced that All My Children will move its production from New York City to Los Angeles in 2010. This will mark the first time in its 40-year run (Its 40th anniversary will be in 2010) that the serial will switch studio production locations, and the first soap opera to do so since CBS' The Brighter Day in 1961.[27]
18 Rainbow Media launches a new theme channel named Wedding Central on its parent system Cablevision.[28]
Honolulu, Hawaii television outlets KGMB (CBS), KHNL (NBC) and KFVE (My Network TV) combine their operations under a SSA deal made between Raycom Media and MCG. As part of the deal, Raycom takes over KGMB's programming and newscast and swap channels with MCG, who oversee KFVE and move the station to KGMB's channel[29]
22 VH1 cancels the reality shows Megan Wants a Millionaire and I Love Money after Ryan Jenkins, a contestant on both shows, is charged with the murder of his ex-wife, swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore,[30] and is later found dead himself in Hope, British Columbia.[31]
27 Lifetime Entertainment Services, the parent company of Lifetime Television, is acquired by A&E Television Networks.[32]
30 After 26 years, Reading Rainbow ends its run on PBS Kids.
31 The Walt Disney Company acquires Marvel Entertainment[33][34]
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS begins broadcasting in high-definition, along with a brand new opening, and a change to the theme song.

September[edit]

Date Event
1 DirecTV removed sports channel Versus due to an ongoing carriage dispute about subscriber fees.[35][36]
Freedom Communications, the parent company of WPEC/West Palm Beach, Florida and WTVC/Chattanooga, Tennessee, among others, files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy[37]
7 ESPN celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special 90 minute edition of SportsCenter.[38]
9 Ellen DeGeneres is named successor to Paula Abdul as judge of American Idol season 9.[39]
10 John Stossel leaves ABC and his co-hosting duties at 20/20 to join Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel[40]
13 The NFL introduces Red Zone Channel, a special channel with extended highlights available during the regular season. AT&T U-Verse, Comcast, Dish Network, and Verizon FiOS are the first carriers to provide the new channel.[41][42][43]
The final two episodes of King of the Hill air on Fox. They are not the final episodes, as 4 unaired episodes are ran in syndication the following year and on Adult Swim.
A tribute to Michael Jackson and Kanye West's interrupting Taylor Swift's speech were among the major highlights at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards[44]
14 Liberman Broadcasting launches a new Spanish-language TV network called Estrella TV.[45][46]
For the first time ever, NBC launches a prime-time weeknight talk/variety show with Jay Leno as host, titled The Jay Leno Show, which airs during the 10:00 p.m. Eastern/9:00 p.m. Central timeslots.[12]
16 For the first time ever on television, The Newlywed Game features a gay couple on their show. George Takei and his partner Brad Altman are the celebrity newlyweds that make history on the long-running game show.[47]
18 The final CBS broadcast of Guiding Light, a CBS soap opera that began on radio in 1937 before moving to television in 1952 on CBS. In the last moments of the broadcast, supercouple Josh and Reva rode off into the sunset and "The End" would be the last thing viewers would see before it faded to black. Since its CBS ending, Guiding Light now airs on Hulu, the television internet.[48]
19 CBS block KEWLopolis is renamed Cookie Jar TV by the Cookie Jar Group.
20 Barack Obama makes history by appearing on five Sunday news/talk shows on the same day: CBS's Face the Nation, ABC's This Week, CNN's State of the Union with John King, NBC/MSNBC's Meet The Press and on Univision.
Jimmy Mulville, head of the British production company Hat Trick Productions, announced plans to make a pilot for an American version of the long-running British satirical panel game Have I Got News for You.[49]
Mad Men wins Outstanding Drama Series and 30 Rock wins Outstanding Comedy Series at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and televised by CBS.[50]
21 President Barack Obama appears on the Late Show with David Letterman, marking the first time a sitting U.S. president has been host David Letterman's guest.[51]
22 ABC World News Now on the ABC television network becomes the first overnight newscast to broadcast in high definition.
25 The Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien suffers a concussion after hitting his head on the studio floor while taping a stunt with guest Teri Hatcher. Production on that day's episode is halted, and a rerun airs in its place. O'Brien returned to work the following Monday.[52]
27 The Simpsons season 21 begins broadcasting with the season premiere episode titled "Homer the Whopper." The season establishes The Simpsons as the longest running prime-time entertainment program in history, replacing Gunsmoke.
The Cleveland Show, a spin-off of Family Guy, premieres on Fox. The show was mentioned at the end of Family Guy season 7 episode "Baby Not on Board". The pilot episode shows Cleveland Brown's official departure from Family Guy.
28 Viacom rebrands Noggin as Nick Jr., and The N as TeenNick, using former Nickelodeon block names to rebrand those channels.[53] All four networks (including the Nick@Nite block and Nicktoons) are rebranded with a new universal logo, replacing the iconic "orange splat" logo that had been in use since 1984. In addition, BET J is quietly rebranded as Centric.[54]

October[edit]

Date Event
1
David Letterman admits on his Late Show to having sexual relationships with female members of his staff. He also tells the audience that he wrote a fraudulent check for $2 million to a 48 Hours producer who planned to blackmail him on the matter.[55]
5
ESPN's broadcast of Monday Night Football between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings becomes the most-watched cable television program in history, with 15 million homes tuning in to see Vikings quarterback Brett Favre face his former team for the first time. The Vikings won the game 30–23 and Favre became the first quarterback in NFL history to beat all 32 teams.[56]
14
News Corporation announces that Fox Reality Channel will be replaced by National Geographic Wild in April 2010.[57]
21
Nickelodeon (Viacom) acquires global rights to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from Mirage Studios for $60 million.[58]
25
Steve Phillips is fired by ESPN after the baseball analyst admits to having an affair with Brooke Hundley, a 22-year-old production assistant at the sports network. Hundley, who was later given a court restraining order after trying to stalk Phillips, his soon-to-be-ex-wife and son, was also fired.[59]
26
The newscasts of Honolulu television outlets KGMB and KHNL/KFVE are combined into one, becoming "Hawaii News Now." KGMB and KHNL will simulcast their early morning show "Sunrise", 5PM and 10PM newscast, with the exception of KGMB's 7AM portion of "Sunrise" and 6PM newscast, KHNL's relocated 5:30PM newscast and during the 7AM hour when they start airing NBC's Today Show, and during separate programming. KFVE's 6:30PM and 9PM newscasts remains intact. Also effective with this move is KGMB moving from DT channel 8 (PSIP RF channel 9) to DT 23 (PSIP 5) and vice versa for KFVE[60]
29
Washington, D.C. station WJLA-TV, an affiliate of ABC, airs a local special "Touch of Life: The Guide to Breast Self Examination" featuring uncensored self breast exams. The special is also continued the next day.[61]
30 For the first time in its 27 year history, The Weather Channel begins showing weekly weather related movies, including The Perfect Storm and Misery.[62]
Epix, a new premium channel, launches, with Verizon FiOS being its first carrier.

November[edit]

Date Event
2
Nickelodeon launches in Canada as a Replacement to Discovery Kids Canada. The channel focuses on children's programing from the U.S.[63]
5 Scripps Networks Interactive pays $1.1 billion for a 65% share of Travel Channel.[64]
10 First Lady Michelle Obama appears on the season premiere of Sesame Street, commemorating the PBS show's 40th birthday.[65]
11 CNN anchor Lou Dobbs, a mainstay at the channel since its start in 1980, announces he is leaving the network effective immediately.[66]
19 Oprah Winfrey announces that she will end her long-running talk show in 2011, after its 25th season.[67][68]
26 The NFL Network airs an expletive uttered by Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels during the team's Thanksgiving night football game with the New York Giants. Play-by-play announcer Bob Papa apologized for the network's gaffe later in the broadcast.[69]

December[edit]

Date Event
3 It is announced that NBC Universal will become a joint venture between General Electric and Comcast, with GE retaining a 49 percent stake in the company and buying current NBC partner Vivendi's share. Comcast, meanwhile, will take a 51 percent controlling interest. The deal is subject to government approval.[70]
7 Comstar Media acquires semi-religious television and radio network FamilyNet.[71]
8 CBS announced that they are canceling As the World Turns (the last of the Procter & Gamble soaps) after more than 50 years on the air. The series ended its run on September 17, 2010.[72][73][74][75]
The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is rebranded as PBS NewsHour.[76]
11 After 20 years, Diane Sawyer leaves ABC's Good Morning America to succeed Charles Gibson as anchor of ABC World News beginning December 21. Chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos replaces Sawyer as "GMA" co-anchor.[77]
15 The FCC considers an order that would close the "terrestrial loophole" which keeps fiber delivered channels such as Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and 4SD off of satellite TV systems.[78]
17 The Times reports that Simon Cowell is expected to leave American Idol after season 9 so he can bring his British hit series The X Factor to America in 2011. Cowell, who stepped down in May 2010, was the second "American Idol" judge to exit the series, following Paula Abdul, who announced her departure in August after eight seasons.[79]
18 Charles Gibson retires as anchor of ABC World News and Diane Sawyer has took over as anchor on the following Monday.[77]
23 E! rehires Joan Rivers to host their specials in 2010.
28 DirecTV launched a new satellite which, when fully installed, will give the provider the capacity of up to 80 more HD channels. It will become fully operational early in the 2nd quarter of 2010.[80]
31 DirecTV and Rainbow Media reach a last minute carriage renewal agreement, keeping Rainbow's channels AMC, WE tv, IFC, Fuse TV, Sundance Channel, MSG Network and MSG Plus on the satellite system.[81]

Television Programs[edit]

Programs debuting in 2009[edit]

Date Debut Network Source
January 3 Orbit The CW4Kids
Huntik: Secrets & Seekers [82]
Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight [83]
January 5 Prime 9 MLB Network
January 8 Greg Behrendt's Wake Up Call SOAPnet
January 9 Howie Do It NBC [84]
January 12 Hannity Fox News [85]
January 18 State of the Union with John King CNN
United States of Tara Showtime
January 19 The Electric Company PBS Kids Go!
January 21 Lie To Me Fox
January 23 Wolverine and the X-Men Nicktoons
January 26 Trust Me TNT
Olivia Nickelodeon
January 27 Toddlers & Tiaras TLC
February 4 The Exterminators A&E [86]
February 8 Sonny With a Chance Disney Channel [87]
The CollegeHumor Show MTV
February 11 Important Things with Demetri Martin Comedy Central [88]
February 13 Dollhouse Fox [89]
Aaron Stone Disney XD
Jimmy Two-Shoes
Kid vs. Kat
March 2 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon NBC
March 7 Power Rangers: RPM ABC Kids [90]
March 9 Castle ABC
March 11 The Chopping Block NBC
March 15 Kings
March 23 Table for 12 TLC
March 26 In the Motherhood ABC [91][92]
March 28 The Penguins of Madagascar Nickelodeon
March 29 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (US debut) HBO
April 4 Special Agent Oso Playhouse Disney
April 6 The Ed Show MSNBC
Surviving Suburbia ABC
April 9 The Unusuals
Southland NBC
Parks and Recreation
Thursday Night Baseball MLB Network
April 10 Harper's Island CBS
April 13 Closet Cases Fine Living
April 15 The Cougar TV Land
Pitchmen Discovery Channel
April 16 WWE Superstars WGN America
April 17 Stranger Among Bears Animal Planet
April 18 World's Strictest Parents
April 19 Sit Down, Shut Up Fox [93]
Cake Boss TLC
May 2 JONAS Disney Channel
May 19 Glee Fox
May 26 Mental
May 31 DJ & the Fro MTV
June 1 The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien NBC
June 4 The Listener [94]
Hollywood's Best Film Directors ReelzChannel
Tosh.0 Comedy Central
June 7 The International Sexy Ladies Show G4
June 9 The Wrong Door IFC
June 10 Top Chef Masters Bravo
June 11 Total Drama Action Cartoon Network
Raising Sextuplets WE tv
June 12 The MOM Show
June 13 Primal Grill PBS
June 14 Hammertime A&E
June 15 Zeke & Luther Disney XD
It's On with Alexa Chung MTV
Joe Buck Live HBO
June 16 Hawthorne TNT
The Lazy Environmentalist Sundance Channel
June 17 The Othersiders Cartoon Network
Survive This
June 19 Jeffery & Cole Casserole Logo
June 20 BrainRush Cartoon Network
Destroy Build Destroy
June 21 Merlin (US debut) NBC [95]
June 22 Make It or Break It ABC Family
June 23 NYC Prep Bravo
June 24 The Philanthropist NBC
June 29 Dance Your Ass Off Oxygen
July 1 Monsters Inside Me Animal Planet
July 7 Warehouse 13 Syfy
10 Things I Hate About You ABC Family
The Great American Road Trip NBC
July 8 Time Team America PBS
July 10 The Assistants The N
July 11 Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design A&E
July 12 Drop Dead Diva Lifetime [96][97]
July 14 Miami Social Bravo
July 15 Dark Blue TNT
Michael & Michael Have Issues Comedy Central
July 16 Watch What Happens: Live Bravo
Stoked Cartoon Network
July 17 Catch It Keep It Science Channel
July 19 Most Popular WE tv
July 20 Wake Up With Al The Weather Channel
Three Sheets Fine Living
Dating in the Dark ABC
July 21 Ruby & The Rockits ABC Family
The Colony Discovery Channel
July 25 Being Human BBC America
July 27 Making HIS Band MTV
July 28 More to Love Fox
July 29 Holidate SOAPnet
July 31 Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey History Channel
August 1 Face the Ace NBC
August 2 Defying Gravity ABC
Megan Wants a Millionaire VH1
August 4 Addicted to Beauty Oxygen
August 5 Giuliana & Bill Style Network
How'd You Get So Rich? TV Land
Make My Day
August 7 Mr. Friday Fine Living
Chef vs. City Food Network
August 9 Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami E! [98][99]
Shark Tank ABC
August 15 Househusbands of Hollywood Fox Reality Channel
August 18 Shaq Vs. ABC
August 24 The Fresh Beat Band Nickelodeon
August 25 Frankie & Neffe BET
September 7 Dinosaur Train PBS Kids
September 8 Melrose Place CW
Coolfuel Planet Green [100]
September 9 Planet Mechanics [100]
September 10 The Vampire Diaries CW
September 12 The Troop Nickelodeon
September 14 The Jay Leno Show NBC
The Dr. Oz Show Syndication
September 16 The Beautiful Life: TBL CW
September 17 Archer FX
Community NBC
September 18 Brothers Fox
September 19 Busytown Mysteries Cookie Jar TV [101]
Noonbory and the Super Seven [101]
RollBots The CW4Kids
Class of the Titans qubo
Being Ian
Spliced
September 20 Bored to Death HBO
September 21 Amanpour CNN
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (syndicated version) CMT
Accidentally on Purpose CBS
September 22 NCIS: Los Angeles
The Good Wife
The Forgotten ABC
September 23 Cougar Town
Eastwick
Modern Family
September 24 FlashFoward
Mercy NBC
September 27 The Cleveland Show Fox
Titan Maximum Adult Swim
September 28 Trauma NBC
September 29 The Joy Behar Show HLN
September 30 Hank ABC
The Middle
October 2 Stargate Universe Syfy [102]
October 3 SuperFetch Animal Planet
Top 20 Countdown: Most Shocking TruTV
October 4 Dallas Divas & Daughters Bravo
Three Rivers CBS
October 5 Let's Make a Deal [103]
The Mo'Nique Show BET
Sherri Lifetime
Jungle Junction Playhouse Disney
October 7 Secret Girlfriend Comedy Central
October 9 I'm Alive (TV series) Animal Planet
October 10 Fight Camp 360: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic Showtime [104]
October 18 On the Case with Paula Zahn Investigation Discovery
October 19 All Worked Up truTV
October 21 Living With Ed Planet Green [100]
The 100 Mile Challenge [100]
Nature, Inc. [100]
Lock N' Load Showtime
October 22 The Jeff Dunham Show Comedy Central
October 23 White Collar USA Network
October 27 Monica: Still Standing BET
October 28 Naruto: Shippuden Disney XD
October 29 The League FX
October 30 Pit Bulls and Parolees Animal Planet
November 3 V ABC
November 7 Fanboy and Chum Chum Nickelodeon
The Wanda Sykes Show Fox
November 9 Lopez Tonight TBS
November 15 The Prisoner AMC [105]
November 28 Big Time Rush Nickelodeon
December 3 BBQ Pitmasters TLC [106]
Jersey Shore MTV
December 6 Alice SyFy [107]
December 9 Campus PD G4
December 7 Men of a Certain Age TNT
December 12 American Ninja Warrior G4 [108]
December 13 The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty A&E
December 14 The Sing-Off NBC
December 19 CHRISJayify Lifetime
December 29 One Big Happy Family TLC

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Show Moved From Moved To
Glenn Beck Headline News Fox News Channel
Scrubs NBC ABC
Medium CBS
The Singing Bee CMT
Nanny 911 Fox
The Spectacular Spider-Man The CW4Kids Disney XD
The Tyra Banks Show Syndication The CW Daytime
Judge Jeanine Pirro The CW Daytime Syndication
Chaotic 4Kids TV The CW4Kids/Cartoon Network
Power Rangers Jetix ABC Kids
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! ABC NBC
Project Runway Bravo Lifetime
The Wiggles Playhouse Disney PBS KIDS Sprout
Three Sheets MOJO HD FLN
Imus in the Morning RFD TV[109] Fox Business Network[110]
Soul Train Music Awards WGN America/Syndication Centric
Living With Ed HGTV Planet Green [100]
King of the Hill FX Network Adult Swim
Masters of Illusion PAX MyNetworkTV
Sabrina: The Animated Series Disney's One Saturday Morning Cookie Jar TV

Programs returning in 2009[edit]

Show Network (Last Aired) Last aired Network (New/Returning) Returning
Nanny 911 Fox 2007 CMT January
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! ABC 2003 NBC June
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire[111] 2002 ABC August
Let's Make a Deal NBC 2003 CBS October
Soul Train Music Awards WGN America/Syndication 2008 Centric[112] November

Milestone episodes in 2009[edit]

Show Network Episode# Episode Title Episode air date Source
Power Rangers ABC Kids 700th "Danger and Destiny, Part 2" December 26

Programs ending in 2009[edit]

Date Show Debut Source
January 9 Hannity & Colmes 1996
Lipstick Jungle 2008
Stargate Atlantis 2004
The Big Spin 1985 [113]
January 11 CNN Late Edition 1993
January 19 Momma's Boys 2008
January 24 Game Show in My Head 2009
January 25 The Drinky Crow Show 2007
January 26 Superstars of Dance 2009
January 31 Crusoe 2008
February 2 Bromance
Nick Jr. 1988
TEENick 1992
February 12 Greg Behrendt's Wake Up Call 2009
February 20 13: Fear Is Real
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993
February 24 Privileged 2008
February 28 Sushi Pack 2007
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003
March 4 Knight Rider 2008
March 7 Gone Country
March 8 The L Word 2004
March 10 Homeland Security USA 2009
March 12 Kath & Kim 2008
March 15 Hole in the Wall
The CollegeHumor Show 2009
March 16 Kyle XY 2006
March 20 Battlestar Galactica 2004
March 22 Flight of the Conchords 2007 [114]
March 25 The Chopping Block 2009
Life with Derek 2005
March 28 D. L. Hughley Breaks the News 2008
March 30 The Replacements 2006
March 31 Schoolhouse Rock! 1973
April 1 Life on Mars 2008
April 2 Eleventh Hour
ER 1994
April 7 Trust Me 2009
April 8 Life 2007
April 10 Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2008
April 23 The Beast 2009
May 1 Howie Do It
May 2 My Life as a Teenage Robot 2003
May 3 Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends 2004
May 8 Everybody Hates Chris 2005
May 10 The Unit 2006
May 14 My Name Is Earl 2005
May 15 Prison Break
The Game (moving to BET in early 2011) 2006
May 16 Talkshow with Spike Feresten
MADtv 1995 [115]
May 18 Deal or No Deal 2005
May 19 Without a Trace 2002
May 23 Transformers Animated 2007
May 26 Reaper
June 2 According to Jim 2001
June 6 Worst Week 2008
June 12 Best Week Ever 2004
The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet 2007
June 13 Pushing Daisies
The Naked Brothers Band
June 14 Million Dollar Password 2008
June 16 Cupid 2009
June 17 The Unusuals
June 19 Don't Forget the Lyrics! 2007
June 25 In the Motherhood 2009
DJ & the Fro
June 28 Three Delivery 2008
June 30 Jail 2007 [116]
July 5 Speed Racer: The Next Generation 2008
July 8 Reno 911! 2003
July 11 Harper's Island 2009
Eli Stone 2008
July 19 Valentine
July 23 Samantha Who? 2007
July 25 Kings 2009
August 5 I Survived a Japanese Game Show 2008
August 7 Surviving Suburbia 2009 [117]
The Goode Family [117]
August 8 Dirty Sexy Money 2007
August 12 The Philanthropist 2009
August 16 Easy Money 2008
August 19 Megan Wants a Millionaire 2009
August 24 Raising the Bar 2008 [118]
August 26 Michael & Michael Have Issues 2009
September 4 Judge David Young 2007 [119]
September 5 VeggieTales 2006
September 15 The Cleaner 2008
September 18 Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (primetime version) 2007
Guiding Light (CBS Daytime) 1952
September 22 Ruby & The Rockits 2009 [120]
September 23 The Beautiful Life [121]
October 23 Defying Gravity
November 4 Hank
November 8 Ed, Edd n Eddy 1999
November 11 Lou Dobbs Tonight 1980
November 18 The Spectacular Spider-Man 2008
November 21 Sit Down, Shut Up 2009
ChalkZone 2002
November 23 Jon & Kate Plus 8 2007
December 4 Monk 2002
December 7 Rita Rocks 2008
Alice 2009
December 8 Joe Buck Live [122]
December 10 The Jeff Dunham Show
December 17 It's On with Alexa Chung [123]
December 20 Random! Cartoons 2008
December 24 Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight 2009 [124]
December 26 Power Rangers RPM

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Notability
January 3 Pat Hingle 84 American TV, stage and film actor (1990s Batman film series)
January 6 Cheryl Holdridge 64 American TV actress (The Mickey Mouse Club)
January 8 Don Galloway 71 American television actor (Ironside)
January 9 Jon Hager 67 American television actor/singer (Hee Haw)
January 13 Patrick McGoohan 80 American-born Irish actor (Danger Man, The Prisoner)
January 14 Ricardo Montalbán 88 Mexican-born actor (Fantasy Island, "Space Seed" episode of Star Trek)
January 16 Sir John Mortimer 85 British barrister, dramatist, screenwriter and author (Rumpole of the Bailey, Boston Legal)
January 19 Bob May 69 American actor and stuntman (Lost in Space)
January 25 Kim Manners 58 American TV producer-director (The X-Files, "Supernatural")
January 31 Clint Ritchie 70 American actor (One Life to Live)
February 6 James Whitmore 87 American film/TV actor and commercial spokesman (The Practice)
Philip Carey 83 American film/TV actor and commercial spokesman (Laredo, One Life to Live)
February 7 Molly Bee 69 American TV actress and singer (Hometown Jamboree)
February 28 Paul Harvey 90 American radio and TV news commentator (Good Morning America, The Rest of the Story syndicated news segments)
March 13 Andrew Martin 33 American professional wrestler known as Test in the WWF/E & The Punisher in TNA
Alan W. Livingston 91 American music executive, songwriter, and former president of Capitol Records (Creator of Bozo the Clown)
March 16 Ron Silver 62 American television, film and stage actor, director, producer, and political activist (The West Wing)
March 17 Morton Lachman 90 American TV writer and producer (All in the Family, Gimme a Break!, Kate & Allie)
March 18 Natasha Richardson 45 British film, television and stage actress (Haven)
March 24 George Kell 86 Former American baseball player and sportscaster (Detroit Tigers play-by-play announcer from 1959–1996).[125]
March 26 Irving R. Levine American journalist-correspondent for NBC News
March 29 Maurice Jarre 84 Musical composer (Cimarron Strip, Jesus of Nazareth, Shōgun, The Murder of Mary Phagan)
Andy Hallett 33 American singer and actor (Angel, Angel: Live Fast, Die Never)
April 1 Miguel Ángel Suárez 69 Puetro Rican film and soap opera actor (Señora Tentacion)
April 2 Tom Braden 92 American television journalist and commentator (Crossfire), whose book Eight Is Enough, recounting his experience raising his eight children, was adapted into the series of the same name
April 9 Dan Miller 67 American TV news anchorman, reporter, and presenter (anchorman at WSMV/Nashville, Tennessee and KCBS-TV/Los Angeles, California; The Pat Sajak Show)
April 12 Marilyn Chambers 56 American pornographic actress, producer, and politician (Women of the House, E! True Hollywood Story:"Blood Brothers: Jim & Artie Mitchell")
April 13 Harry Kalas 73 Philadelphia Phillies radio and television play-by-play announcer since 1971, narrator of NFL Films and NFL on Westwood One play-by-play man.[126]
April 15 Merle Harmon 82 American TV/radio sportscaster, commercial spokesman, and businessman (Play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers; Sportscaster/commentator for ABC and NBC Sports programs, including MLB Game of the Week and Sportsworld, respectively)
April 25 Beatrice Arthur 86 American actress (All in the Family, Maude, The Golden Girls)
May 1 Danny Gans 52 American singer, comedian and musical impressionist (portrayed Dean Martin in the 1992 miniseries Sinatra)
May 4 Dom DeLuise 75 American actor/comedian
May 13 Frank Aletter 83 American actor (Bringing Up Buddy, The Cara Williams Show, Nancy, and several TV guest appearances)
May 18 Wayne Allwine 62 American voice actor and voice of Mickey Mouse
May 21 Joan Alexander 94 American television, film, radio, stage, voice actress and game show panelist (The Name's the Same, The New Adventures of Superman)
May 26 Michael Ross 89 American TV comedy writer/producer (All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Three's Company)
June 3 David Carradine 72 American television and film actor (Kung Fu and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues)
June 11 Johnny Palermo 27 American television and film actor (Everybody Hates Chris)
June 19 Ken Roberts 99 American radio and television voiceover announcer and actor (The Love of Life, The Secret Storm, The Electric Company)
June 23 Ed McMahon 86 American TV comedian, game show host, and presenter (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Star Search)
June 25 Farrah Fawcett 62 American film and TV actress (Charlie's Angels)
Michael Jackson 50 American entertainer and recording artist (also The Jackson 5)
June 28 Billy Mays American commercial/infomercial pitchman (OxiClean, Orange Glo, ESPN360.com etc.)
Gale Storm 87 American television/film actress and singer (My Little Margie, The Gale Storm Show)
June 29 Fred Travalena 66 American impressionist, comedian, actor and game show host (Anything For Money)
July 1 Karl Malden 97 American actor (The Streets of San Francisco, The West Wing)
July 13 Mark Mandala 72 American television executive (President of ABC from 1986 to 1994)
July 17 Walter Cronkite 92 American television and radio journalist, reporter, author and narrator (Anchor of CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981)[127]
July 21 Les Lye 84 Canadian television actor and broadcaster (You Can't Do That on Television)
Gidget The Taco Bell Chihuahua 15 (105 in dog years) Advertiser for Taco Bell
August 6 John Hughes 59 American film producer, director and writer (Delta House, At Ease)
August 18 Robert Novak 78 American journalist, writer and commentator (Crossfire)
August 19 Don Hewitt 86 American television producer, creator of 60 Minutes [128]
Ed Reimers 96 American television and radio voiceover announcer and actor (The voice behind Allstate Insurance's "You're In Good Hands" commercials; Maverick, Star Trek)
August 23 Ryan Jenkins 32 Canadian businessman and reality television participant; Alleged killer of ex-wife Jasmine Fiore (Megan Wants a Millionaire)
August 25 Edward M. Kennedy 77 American politician, statesman, author, and nararrator (Appeared as himself in Designing Women, Chicago Hope and the 1989 TV movie The Ted Kennedy Jr. Story)
August 26 Dominick Dunne 83 American crime story writer and author, television/film screenwriter, producer and news contributor/commentator (Howdy Doody, Adventures in Paradise, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles), more recently host of Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice[129]
August 27 Adam Goldstein 36 American club DJ (stagename "DJ AM"), remixer and reality television participant (Punk'd, The Simple Life)
September 4 Buddy Blattner 89 American sportscaster (most recently for the Atlanta Hawks) [130]
September 9 Army Archerd 87 American entertainment columnist for "Variety" and television personality (Entertainment Tonight, The Movie Show) [131]
September 10 Frank Batten 82 American businessman, co-founder of The Weather Channel [132]
September 11 Larry Gelbart 81 American television/film/broadway/stage producer, director and writer (creator of M*A*S*H, The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine, Caesar's Hour, The Red Buttons Show) [133]
September 12 George Eckstein American television writer and producer (The Fugitive, Gunsmoke) [134]
September 14 Patrick Swayze 57 American film and television actor/singer (TV credits include The Beast and North and South) [135]
Henry Gibson 73 American actor (Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In) [136]
September 15 Fred Cusick 90 American sportscaster (Boston Bruins play-by-play announcer for 45 seasons) [137]
September 16 Mary Travers 72 American singer/songwriter; member of Peter, Paul and Mary (The Jack Benny Program, What's My Line and Peter Paul & Mary TV concert specials) [138]
September 17 Arnold Laven 87 American producer (creator of The Rifleman) [139]
September 21 Robert Ginty 60 American actor (The Paper Chase, Falcon Crest and Hawaiian Heat) and director (China Beach, Xena: Warrior Princess, Nash Bridges, Charmed, and Tracker) [140]
October 14 Lou Albano 76 American wrestler and actor (Mario on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!) [141]
October 19 Jay W. Johnson 66 American politician (Wisconsin's 8th congressional district) and television news anchor/reporter (Alumni of WFRV and WLUK/Green Bay, Wisconsin)
October 20 Vic Mizzy 93 American songwriter (The Addams Family and Green Acres theme songs) [142]
October 22 Soupy Sales 83 American children's television personality, actor, and comedian (Lunch with Soupy Sales, What's My Line, Junior Almost Anything Goes) [143]
October 28 Lou Jacobi 95 Canadian-born American television and film actor (The Dean Martin Show, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., That Girl) [144]
November 3 Carl Ballantine 92 American television and film actor, comedian, and magician (McHale's Navy, Night Court, Garfield & Friends)[145]
November 5 Sid McCoy 87 American radio and television announcer, personality, jazz musician and music producer (Soul Train)[146]
November 11 David Lloyd 75 American television screenwriter (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Bob Newhart Show, Taxi, Cheers, Frasier and Wings)
November 12 Tom Sparks 33 American radio DJ at KSKI-FM/Sun Valley, Idaho and reality TV game show participant (Wipeout)[147]
November 15 Dennis Cole 69 American television actor (Felony Squad; Bracken's World; The Young and the Restless)[148]
November 16 Ken Ober 52 American television and radio actor, presenter, personality, and producer (Remote Control; The New Adventures of Old Christine)
Edward Woodward 79 British-born television and film actor (The Equalizer)[149][150]
November 27 Bill Bresnan 75 American cable TV pioneer (founder of Bresnan Communications) [151]
December 4 Eddie Fatu 36 Samoan-American professional wrestler known as Umaga in the WWE
December 7 Mark Ritts 63 American actor (Beakman's World)
December 9 Gene Barry 90 American actor (Bat Masterson, Burke's Law, The Name of the Game, and L.A. 2017)[152][153]
December 10 Aaron Schroeder 83 American songwriter (Scooby Doo, Where Are You! theme song)[154]
December 14 Conard Fowkes 76 American actor (Dark Shadows,As The World Turns,The Secret Storm,The Edge of Night)
December 15 Oral Roberts 91 American televangelist and educator[155]
December 16 Roy E. Disney 79 American television station group owner/shareholder (Shamrock Holdings) and senior executive of The Walt Disney Company; Nephew of Walt Disney
December 17 Alaina Reed Hall 63 American television/film/stage actress and singer (Sesame Street, 227)[156]
December 20 Brittany Murphy 32 American actress-singer (Drexell's Class, King of the Hill)[157]
Connie Hines 79 American television/film actress (Mister Ed, Love, American Style)[158][159]
Arnold Stang 90 American television/film actor/voice actor (Texaco Star Theater, Top Cat)[160]
December 22 Michael Currie 81 American television/film actor (Dark Shadows)[161]
December 24 George Michael 70 American sportscaster (The George Michael Sports Machine)[162][163]
December 26 Percy Sutton 89 American politician, lawyer, broadcaster, and owner of The Apollo Theater, the setting for Showtime at the Apollo
December 29 Dave Diles 78 American television/radio sportscaster, journalist and analyst (ABC's Wide World of Sports, The Prudential College Football Scoreboard Show)[164]
December 30 Erik Gates 47 American television personality and science contributor (Mythbusters)[165]

TV Ratings[edit]

Top Scripted Shows: CBS- NCIS. ABC- Grey's Anatomy. FOX- House. NBC- The Office. CW- The Vampire Diaries. 2009–2010 TV Season: Final Ratings (Live+SD)

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