1982 in American television
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The year 1982 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1982.
For the American TV schedule, see: 1982-83 American network television schedule.
- 1 Events
- 2 Noted Debuts
- 3 Noted Miniseries
- 4 Television shows
- 5 Returning this year
- 6 Ending this year
- 7 Changes of network affiliation
- 8 Births
- 9 Deaths
- 10 References
|January 1||Cable News Network (CNN) initiates an associated channel, dubbed CNN2, that features a round-the-clock "news wheel" format. The channel would be renamed CNN Headline News a year later and is now known as HLN.|
|The National Association of Broadcasters ends its long-standing Television Code in response to a Washington, D.C. circuit court ruling which declared parts of it unconstitutional.|
|January 2||American Playhouse on Public Broadcasting Service/Channel 13 presents John Cheever's teleplay The Shady Hill Kidnapping, featuring George Grizzard, Polly Holliday, Judith Ivey, E. Katherine Kerr, and Celeste Holm as The Celebrity.|
|January 4||Bryant Gumbel begins his 15 year stint as co-anchor of The Today Show.|
|American Broadcasting Company broadcasts a TV adaptation of The Elephant Man, with Philip Anglim and Kevin Conway reprising the roles they originated for the Broadway version of the story.|
|January 23||CBS Reports broadcasts The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception, a documentary alleging a manipulation of intelligence estimates before the Tet Offensive in Vietnam. Retired Gen. William Westmoreland, the commander of U.S. military operations at the time of the alleged estimates, would file a libel suit against CBS believing the report described him unfairly.|
|February 1||Late Night with David Letterman debuts on NBC; Letterman's first guests are Bill Murray (who dances around to the songs "Physical") and "Mr. Wizard" Don Herbert.|
|February 3||Singer Jermaine Jackson guest-features as Tootie, gets to meet the person she admires on a very special episode of The Facts of Life.|
|February 7–8||Superman: The Movie is broadcast on American television for the first time, with ABC broadcasting it during 2 nights.|
|March 4||The crime drama spoof Police Squad! premieres on ABC; though it only lasts 6 episodes (the last being broadcast July 8); the comedy would serve as the origin of the Frank Drebin character and the inspiration for the Naked Gun movie series.|
|March 8||Night of 100 Stars, a benefit for the Actors' Fund taped at Radio City Music Hall, is broadcast by ABC.|
|March 26||Series Password Plus is cancelled by NBC after 801 episodes.|
|The soap opera series Search for Tomorrow is broadcast for the final time by CBS; NBC immediately purchases it and begins broadcasting it March 29.|
|April 2||John Chancellor anchors the NBC Nightly News for the final time, replaced on April 5 by the team of Roger Mudd and Tom Brokaw, a partnership that lasts 17 months.|
|April 9||The season finale of the series Dallas finds J.R. Ewing's longtime enemy Cliff Barnes fighting for his life after a suicide attempt.|
|April 21||Norman Lear purchases Avco Embassy Pictures and rechristens his TAT Communications Company as Embassy Television.|
|May 2||The Weather Channel is begun in the U.S.|
|May 28||At about 5:00 pm, Joseph Billie Gwin, wanting to "prevent World War III", forces his way into the studios of Phoenix station KOOL-TV, fires a gunshot, takes 4 people hostage (holding one of them, cameraman Louis Villa, at close gunpoint), and demands national broadcasting time. Three hours later, Gwin releases 2 hostages, Jack Webb and Bob Cimino. At 9:30 pm, with Gwin sitting next to him with a gun, KOOL anchor Bill Close reads a 20-minute statement; when finished, Close takes Gwin's gun and sets it on the table.|
|July 29||Professional wrestler Jerry Lawler slaps actor Andy Kaufman in the face on the program Late Night with David Letterman; Kaufman responds by throwing coffee and shouting profanities at Lawler. The incident was revealed later to have been staged.|
|September 6||After Tom Wopat and John Schneider quit The Dukes of Hazzard as a result of a contract dispute, their characters, Bo and Luke Duke, are written out of the series as joining a NASCAR team and are replaced by cousins Coy and Vance (played respectively by Byron Cherry and Christopher Mayer). Bo and Luke—and Wopat and Schneider—would return to the series by season's end.|
|September 11||NBC resurrects Texaco Star Theater as a one-time special; however, instead of inviting Milton Berle, the man who hosted the original series during the 1950s, the special presents a salute to musicals.|
|September 13||Mary Hart joins Entertainment Tonight as reporter and later co-host; the latter role she had until 2011.|
|September 25||Future Seinfeld actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus begins a 3-year stint (1982–1985) as featured player/regular castmember of Saturday Night Live.|
|October 1||KDOC-TV commences broadcasting in Los Angeles.|
|October 2||Mary Jo Catlett replaces Nedra Volz on the series Diff'rent Strokes, as the new housekeeper, Mrs. Pearl Gallagher, from 1982 until the series ending during 1986.|
|October 22||Susan Stafford departs as Wheel of Fortune co-host to do humanitarian work. Auditions occur for who will replace her, with Vanna White formally replacing Stafford on December 13; White continues on Wheel to this day.|
|December 11||ESPN broadcasts its first live college football game, simulcasting the Independence Bowl match-up between Kansas State University and the University of Wisconsin.|
|December 29||Nastassja Kinski makes a puzzling appearance on the program Late Night with David Letterman, seeming somewhat oblivious to the jokes and everything else that was going on around her and appearing with an unusual hair style Letterman describes as "looking like there was an owl perched on top of her head." (Letterman's second guest, John Candy, comes out with his own hair moussed up in a pile as a spoof of Kinski's hair.)|
|Surround Sound is introduced for home use by Dolby.|
- The Blue and the Gray
- The Executioner's Song
- Inside the Third Reich
- Dramatic Adventure of Sara Dane
- Women of the Sun
- Once Upon a Time... Space
- Truth or Consequences (1950–1988).
- Search for Tomorrow (1951–1986).
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951–present).
- American Bandstand (1952–1989).
- Guiding Light (1952–2009).
- The Today Show (1952–present).
- Face the Nation (1954–present).
- The Tonight Show (1954–present; 1962–1992 as The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson).
- Captain Kangaroo (1955–1984).
- As the World Turns (1956–2010).
- The Edge of Night (1956–1984).
- General Hospital (1963–present).
- Another World (1964–1999).
- Days of our Lives (1965–present).
- 60 Minutes (1968–present).
- One Life to Live (1968–present).
- Hee Haw (1969–1993).
- Sesame Street (1969–present).
- All My Children (1970–present).
- Monday Night Football (1970–present).
- Masterpiece Theatre (1971–present).
- Soul Train (1971–present).
- Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (1972–1984).
- M*A*S*H (1972–1983).
- The Price Is Right (1972–present).
- Match Game (1962–1969, 1973–1984, 1990–1991, 1998–1999).
- Schoolhouse Rock! (1973–1986).
- The Young and the Restless (1973–present).
- Happy Days (1974–1984).
- Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983).
- Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1974–1984).
- Good Morning America (1975–present).
- One Day at a Time (1975–1984).
- Ryan's Hope (1975–1989).
- Saturday Night Live (1975–present).
- The Jeffersons (1975–1985).
- Wheel of Fortune (1975–present).
- Alice (1976–1985).
- Family Feud (1976–1985, 1988–1995, 1999–present).
- Laverne & Shirley (1976–1983).
- Quincy, M.E. (1976–1983).
- The P.T.L. Club (1976–1987).
- CHiPs (1977–1983).
- Fantasy Island (1977–1984).
- The Love Boat (1977–1986).
- Three's Company (1977–1984).
- 20/20 (1978–present).
- Battle of the Planets (1978–1985).
- Dallas (1978–1991).
- Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986).
- Taxi (1978–1983).
- Archie Bunker's Place (1979–1983).
- Benson (1979–1986).
- Knots Landing (1979–1993).
- Real People (1979–1984).
- The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–1985).
- The Facts of Life (1979–1988).
- Trapper John, M.D. (1979–1986).
- Nightline (1979–present).
- This Old House (1979–present)
- It's a Living (1980–1982, 1985–1989).
- Magnum, P.I. (1980–1988).
- Solid Gold (1980–1988).
- That's Incredible! (1980–1984).
- Too Close for Comfort (1980–1986).
- Dynasty (1981–1989).
- Entertainment Tonight (1981–present).
- Falcon Crest (1981–1990).
- Gimme a Break! (1981–1987).
- Hill Street Blues (1981–1987).
- SCTV Network 90 (US) (1981–1983).
- Simon & Simon (1981–1988).
- T.J. Hooker (1982–1986).
- Knight Rider (1982–1986).
- The Fall Guy (1981–1986).
- Walt Disney (1981–1983).
- Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981–1983).
Returning this year
|Show||Last Aired||Previous Network||Retitled as/Same||New/Returning/Same Network||Returning|
Ending this year
|January 29||Late Night with Tom Snyder||1973|
|February 24||The Lawrence Welk Show||1955|
|March 1||In Search of...||1976|
|March 22||Mr. Merlin|
|March 26||Password Plus||1979|
|April 21||WKRP in Cincinnati||1978|
|May 12||The Incredible Hulk||1977|
|May 20||Barney Miller||1975|
|May 27||Mork & Mindy||1978|
|September 4||The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show|
|September 13||Lou Grant||1977|
|December 31||The Doctors||1963|
Changes of network affiliation
|Show||Moved from||Moved to|
|Search for Tomorrow||CBS||NBC|
|January 1||Natalie Denning||British model|
|January 3||Amanda Robbins||British model|
|January 19||Jodie Sweetin||US actress (Full House).|
|March 3||Jessica Biel||US actress.|
|March 11||Thora Birch||US actress.|
|April 30||Kirsten Dunst||US actress.|
|July 17||Brooke Kinsella||UK actress.|
|September 3||Fearne Cotton||British television presenter|
|September 30||Lacey Chabert||US actress, voice actor (Party of Five, The Wild Thornberrys, Mean Girls).|
|October 15||Toran Caudell||voice actor ("Arnold" from Hey Arnold! in 1996–1997 and "Wolfgang" in 1997).|
|January 1||Victor Buono||43||actor.|
|January 5||Hans Conried||64||actor.|
|January 10||Paul Lynde||55||actor and comedian known for his work on Bewitched and Hollywood Squares.|
|January 18||Trent Lehman||21||a former child actor on Nanny and the Professor, (suicide).|
|March 5||John Belushi||33||actor, best known for Saturday Night Live|
|May 15||Hugh Beaumont||73||actor (Ward Cleaver) on Leave It to Beaver.|
|July 21||Dave Garroway||69||journalist, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.|
|August 13||Joe E. Ross||68||actor.|
|November 4||Dominique Dunne||22||actress, homicide.|
|December 6||Will Lee||74||actor who played Mr. Hooper on Sesame Street.|
|December 23||Jack Webb||62||actor, producer, best known for playing Sgt. Joe Friday on Dragnet.|
- "Gunman releases TV-station hostages". google news (The Ledger). May 30, 1982. Retrieved October 22, 2009.[dead link]
- "Gunman forces TV anchorman to read message". google news (The Free-Lance Star). May 29, 1982. Retrieved October 22, 2009.[dead link]
- "Gunman holds two in TV studio". google news (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). May 29, 1982. Retrieved October 22, 2009.