1992 in American television

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The year 1992 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1992.

Events[edit]

Date Event
January 6 The weekly overnight news program World News Now debuts on ABC.
January 10 The Days of Our Lives nighttime special One Stormy Night is broadcast by NBC.
January 26 During halftime of CBS' telecast of Super Bowl XXVI, Fox counter-programs with a special live-edition of the sketch comedy program In Living Color.
February 24 CBS acquires the assets of Midwest Communications, owners of the network's dominant affiliate in the Twin Cities, WCCO-TV. This also results in an affiliation swap in both Marquette, Michigan and Green Bay, Wisconsin: WJMN-TV, the Midwest-owned satellite station of Green Bay's ABC affiliate WFRV-TV, swaps its own ABC affiliation with primary CBS/secondary NBC affiliate WLUC-TV on this date, while WFRV-TV itself swaps with CBS affiliate WBAY-TV on March 15. (The delay in Green Bay occurs since WBAY-TV wanted to swap on or near March 17, the 39th anniversary of its first sign-on.)
March 28 CBS broadcasts the East Regional men's basketball final between Duke and Kentucky. With 2.1 seconds remaining in overtime, Christian Laettner hit a jumper as time expired to give Duke the 104–103 win. The game which was called by Verne Lundquist and Len Elmore, has since been considered by many to be the greatest college basketball game ever played[1][2].
April 30 The Cosby Show airs its series finale on NBC.
The Nickelodeon time capsule was buried at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida.
May 22 After 30 years, 66-year-old Johnny Carson hosts The Tonight Show on NBC for the 4,531st and last time.
May 25 Jay Leno debuts as host of NBC's The Tonight Show.
May 30 The final Hee Haw airs in syndication.
June 1 In New York City, NBC's flagship television station WNBC dropped the "-TV" suffix from its call letters (following the sale in 1988 of its sister radio station WNBC-AM by NBC's then-parent company General Electric) in favor of the new branding slogan "4 New York". The accompanying station image campaign was titled We're 4 New York and featured a musical theme composed by Edd Kalehoff. The campaign is revived two times, one is during the 2002 Winter Olympics and the recent one in 2007.
June 3 Presidential candidate Bill Clinton appears on The Arsenio Hall Show and sits in with the house band on saxophone.
June 10 The first ever edition of the MTV Movie Awards is broadcast.
June 19 Barney & Friends debuts on PBS.
June 23 Another World broadcasts its first and only primetime episode on NBC, named Summer Desire, right before the Daytime Emmy Awards.
June 29 On CBS, Family Feud with Ray Combs becomes the hour-long Family Feud Challenge.
August 7 After Growing Pains actress Tracey Gold loses a massive amount of weight due to anorexia nervosa, she is placed in hospital care. As a result, she is written out of most of the ABC sitcom's final episodes.
August 15 Nickelodeon began a Saturday night programming block called SNICK.
September 2 TBS airs WCW's Clash of the Champions XX (20) from the Center Stage Theater in Atlanta. The event was not only the 20th time WCW held a "Clash of the Champions" show but also marked the 20th anniversary of professional wrestling being shown on TBS as Mid-Atlantic Wrestling in 1972. It also was the final wrestling TV appearance for André the Giant, who died several months later.
September 4 Scared Silent: Ending and Exposing Child Abuse, a one-hour live special hosted by Oprah Winfrey, is simulcast on CBS and NBC. Two nights later, the special is rebroadcast on ABC.[3]
September 8 NY1, a 24-hour news channel dedicated to New York City, launches.
September 12 NBC is the first network to cancel all their Saturday morning cartoons in favor of four shows, Saved By The Bell, California Dreams, NBA Inside Stuff, and Name Your Adventure under the TNBC banner. A weekend version of Today, which debuted on August 1, is also added. Animated programming would not return to NBC until 2006.
September 21 Square One TV begins its fifth and final season on PBS.
September 24 The Sci-Fi Channel launches with a broadcast of Star Wars.
September 27 Marlon Wayans and Alexandra Wentworth join the cast of the Fox sketch comedy show In Living Color. Wayans only joins the cast for 13 episodes, but Wentworth stays full-time for both this and the next season (which would turn out to be the show's fifth and final season).
October 1 The Turner Broadcasting System's Cartoon Network goes on the air.
October 3 Sinéad O'Connor causes controversy when she rips up a picture of Pope John Paul II on NBC's Saturday Night Live.
October 17 Kristy McNichol's last episode of Empty Nest, entitled The Boomerang Affair, is broadcast on NBC. (McNichol would return for the series finale in 1995.)
November 1 Texas billionaire Ross Perot acquires blocks of TV time for his presidential campaign.
November 18 The Seinfeld episode "The Contest" is broadcast on NBC. (Despite its controversy, the episode will win an Emmy Award and be named as the number one episode of all time by TV Guide.)
November 27 The TV movie Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style is broadcast by NBC.
December 1 On CBS, The Young and the Restless broadcasts its 5,000th episode. In celebration of this, a Y&R-themed Showcase is presented on The Price is Right, which also airs on CBS.

Television programs[edit]

Debuts[edit]

Date Show Network
January 6 World News Now ABC
January 10 Hearts Are Wild CBS
January 17 Tequila and Bonetti
January 20 The Dennis Miller Show Syndication
January 29 Nightmare Cafe NBC
January 31 Billy
Capitol Critters ABC
February 23 I Witness Video NBC
February 28 Scorch CBS
Fish Police
March 7 The Powers That Be NBC
March 24 Room for Two ABC
March 31 Dateline NBC NBC
April 5 Mann & Machine
Stand By Your Man Fox
April 6 Barney & Friends PBS
April 11 Code 3 Fox
April 18 Nick News with Linda Ellerbee (then known as Nick News W-5) Nickelodeon
May 21 The Real World MTV
May 25 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno NBC
May 30 Julie ABC
June 15 Doctor Dean NBC
June 19 Barney & Friends PBS
Raven CBS
July 8 Melrose Place Fox
August 15 The Larry Sanders Show HBO
SNICK Nickelodeon
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Roundhouse
August 16 Secret Service NBC
August 27 The Heights Fox
Martin
August 31 Vicki! Syndication
September 5 Batman: The Animated Series Fox Kids
Goof Troop Disney Channel and ABC
September 10 Lamb Chop's Play-Along PBS
September 11 The Little Mermaid Disney Channel and CBS Toontastic
September 12 Fievel's American Tails
The Addams Family ABC
Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa
California Dreams TNBC
Name Your Adventure
Eek! The Cat Fox Kids
September 13 Flying Blind Fox
September 14 Hearts Afire CBS
That's Amore Syndication
Rush Limbaugh: The Television Show
The Whoopi Goldberg Show
September 15 Delta ABC
September 16 The Hat Squad CBS
September 18 Bob
The Golden Palace
Picket Fences
Camp Wilder ABC
Final Appeal NBC
The Round Table
September 19 The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys CBS
Raw Toonage CBS and Disney Channel
Beakman's World Syndication
Renegade
Nickelodeon Guts Nickelodeon
The Plucky Duck Show Fox Kids
September 20 Great Scott! Fox
September 21 Love & War CBS
September 22 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper ABC
September 23 Mad About You NBC
September 24 Street Stories with Ed Bradley CBS
Sci-Fi Channel USA Network
Rhythm & Blues NBC
September 25 What Happened?
September 26 Dog City Fox Kids
September 27 The Ben Stiller Show Fox
Woops!
September 30 Laurie Hill ABC
October 4 Ghostwriter PBS
Great Scott! Fox
October 5 Born Lucky Lifetime
October 17 I Witness Video NBC
October 31 X-Men Fox Kids
December 1 The Jackie Thomas Show ABC

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
January 3 Pacific Station 1991
January 4 P.S. I Luv U
January 24 Best of the Worst
March 2 James Bond Jr.
March 5 Drexell's Class
March 13 Candid Camera (returned in 1996)
Hearts Are Wild 1992
Fish Police
Scorch
March 14 Capitol Critters
April 3 Nightmare Cafe
April 12 Eerie, Indiana 1991
April 17 Tequila and Bonetti 1992
April 25 Growing Pains 1985
Who's the Boss? 1984
April 30 The Cosby Show
May 6 Jake and the Fatman 1987
Sibs 1991
May 9 The Golden Girls 1985
May 13 The Royal Family 1991
May 17 Superboy 1988
Stand By Your Man 1992
May 21 MacGyver 1985
May 22 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962
May 31 Night Court 1984
The Adventures of Mark & Brian 1991
June 3 Anything but Love 1989
June 11 McGee and Me!
June 29 Salute Your Shorts 1991
July 4 Billy 1992
Julie
July 13 Man of the People 1991
July 14 Mann & Machine 1992
July 22 Dear John 1988
July 24 The Dennis Miller Show 1992
October 24 Rhythm & Blues 1992
November 1 Donald Duck Presents 1983
November 5 WWE Saturday Night's Main Event 1985
November 6 Square One TV 1987
November 26 The Heights 1992
November 28 Good Morning, Mickey! 1983
The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys 1992
November 29 Great Scott!
December 5 Captain Planet and the Planeteers (returned in 1993) 1990
Fievel's American Tails 1992
Raw Toonage
December 12 The Plucky Duck Show
Darkwing Duck 1991
December 26 Widget the World Watcher 1990

Entering syndication this year[edit]

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

The following shows aired new episodes on a different network than previous first-run episodes:

Show Moved From Moved To
Monday Night Baseball ABC ESPN
Hi Honey, I'm Home! Nick at Nite
Davis Rules CBS
In the Heat of the Night NBC
Matlock ABC
Camp Candy Syndication
Muppet Babies CBS Nick Jr.
Tiny Toon Adventures Syndication Fox Kids
Taz-Mania

Made-for-TV movies and miniseries[edit]

Premiere date Title Channel
November 15-18 The Jacksons: An American Dream ABC
December 26-27 Lincoln

Births[edit]

Date Name Notability
January 17 Nate Hartley Actor (Zeke and Luther)
January 19 Logan Lerman Actor (Jack & Bobby)
February 1 Kelli Goss Actress (Big Time Rush, The Young and the Restless, The Ranch)
February 6 Dylan Efron Actor
February 8 Karle Warren Actress (Judging Amy)
February 9 Avan Jogia Canadian actor (Victorious, Twisted)
February 10 Lexi Atkins Actress
February 11 Taylor Lautner Actor (Cuckoo, Scream Queens)
February 14 Freddie Highmore Actor (Bates Motel, The Good Doctor)
February 15 Greer Grammer Actress (Awkward.) and daughter of Kelsey Grammer
February 17 Meaghan Martin Actress (10 Things I Hate About You, Awkward.) and singer
Laivan Greene Actress (All of Us)
February 18 Logan Miller Actor (I'm in the Band)
Melinda Shankar Canadian actress
February 19 Kaili Thorne Actress
February 28 Annie Bovaird Canadian voice actress (Caillou)
February 29 Caitlin EJ Meyer Actress
Jessie T. Usher Actor (Level Up)
March 2 Maisie Richardson-Sellers English actress (Legends of Tomorrow, Of Kings and Prophets)
March 7 Justin Kelly Canadian actress
March 9 Luis Armand Garcia Actor (George Lopez)
March 10 Emily Osment Actress (Hannah Montana, Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil, Young & Hungry)
March 13 Kaya Scodelario English actress (Skins)
March 15 Anna Shaffer English actress (Harry Potter)
March 16 Brett Davern Actress (Cold Case, Awkward)
March 23 Vanessa Morgan Canadian actress
March 25 Elizabeth Lail Actress (Once Upon a Time, Dead of Summer)
March 26 Haley Ramm Actress (Without a Trace, Chasing Life)
March 30 Caitlin Carver Actress (The Fosters)
April 4 Alexa Nikolas Actress (Zoey 101, The Walking Dead)
April 8 Shelby Young Actress (Days of Our Lives)
April 10 Daisy Ridley British actress
April 13 Emma Degerstedt Actress (Unfabulous)
April 18 Chloe Bennet Actress (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
April 24 Doc Shaw Actor (Tyler Perry's House of Payne, The Suite Life on Deck, Pair of Kings)
May 4 Courtney Jines Actress
Grace Phipps Actress (The Nine Lives of Chloe King, The Vampire Diaries, Baby Daddy, Scream Queens, Z Nation) and singer
Ashley Rickards Actress (One Tree Hill, Awkward, The Flash)
May 7 Alexander Ludwig Canadian actor (Vikings)
May 8 Ana Mulvoy-Ten English actress (House of Anubis)
May 12 Ali Sepasyar Actor (Dude, What Would Happen)
Malcolm David Kelley Actor (Lost) and rapper
May 18 Spencer Breslin Actor (Teamo Supremo, Center of the Universe)
May 19 Sam Smith English singer
May 20 Jack Gleeson Irish actor (Game of Thrones)
May 21 Hutch Dano Actor (Zeke and Luther)
Olivia Olson Voice actress (Phineas and Ferb, Adventure Time)
May 24 Travis T. Flory Actor (Everybody Hates Chris)
June 10 Kate Upton Actress and model
June 11 Eugene Simon English actor (House of Anubis)
June 12 Allie DiMeco Actress (The Naked Brothers Band)
June 14 Daryl Sabara Actor (Weeds, Wizards of Waverly Place, Generator Rex, Ultimate Spider-Man, Ben 10)
June 21 Max Schneider Actor (How to Rock)
June 23 Kate Melton Actress (Scooby-Doo)
June 24 Raven Goodwin Actress (Just Jordan, Good Luck Charlie)
June 26 Jennette McCurdy Actress (iCarly, Sam & Cat, Between)
July 3 Nathalia Ramos Spanish actress (House of Anubis)
July 13 Dylan Patton Actor (Days of Our Lives)
July 17 Billie Lourd Actress (Scream Queens) and daughter of Carrie Fisher
Harrison Chad Voice actor (Dora the Explorer, Little Einsteins)
July 20 Jordan Rodrigues Australian actor (Dance Academy, The Fosters)
July 22 Selena Gomez Actress (Barney & Friends, Wizards of Waverly Place) and singer
July 28 Spencer Boldman Actor (Lab Rats)
August 2 Hallie Kate Eisenberg Actress (Pepsi commercials)
August 4 Dylan and Cole Sprouse Actors (Grace Under Fire, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life on Deck, Riverdale)
August 8 Casey Cott Actor (Riverdale)
August 9 Burkely Duffield Canadian actor (House of Anubis)
August 12 Cara Delevingne English actress, model
August 20 Demi Lovato Actress (Barney & Friends, As the Bell Rings, Sonny with a Chance, Glee, The X Factor) and singer
Alex Newell Actor (Glee) and singer
August 21 Brad Kavanagh Actor (House of Anubis)
August 22 Ari Stidham Actor (Scorpion)
Erin Unger Actress
August 27 Blake Jenner Actor (Glee)
September 12 Molly Tarlov Actress (Awkward)
September 16 Nick Jonas Actor (Jonas, Scream Queens) and singer (Jonas Brothers)
September 27 Sam Lerner Actor (The Secret Saturdays, Suburgatory, The Goldbergs)
Jake Burbage Actor (Dora the Explorer, Grounded for Life)
September 28 Keir Gilchrist Actor (United States of Tara)
October 9 Tyler James Williams Actor (Everybody Hates Chris)
October 12 Josh Hutcherson Actor
October 15 Vincent Martella Actor (Everybody Hates Chris, Phineas and Ferb, Milo Murphy's Law)
October 17 Jacob Artist Actor (Glee)
October 19 Taylor Masamitsu Voice actor (Eubie on Higglytown Heroes)
October 22 Sofia Vassilieva Actress (Medium)
October 27 Charles Cottier Australian actor (Home and Away)
October 28 Lexi Ainsworth Actress (General Hospital)
October 30 Tequan Richmond Actor (Everybody Hates Chris, General Hospital) and rapper
October 31 Vanessa Marano Actress (The Young and the Restless, Scoundrels, Switched at Birth)
November 7 Christopher Tavarez Actor
November 12 Macey Cruthird Actress (Hope & Faith, Two and a Half Men)
November 18 Nathan Kress Actor (iCarly)
November 23 Miley Cyrus Actress (Hannah Montana), singer and daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus
November 28 Adam Hicks Actor (Titus, Zeke and Luther, Jonas, Pair of Kings, Texas Rising, Freakish)
Cameron Ansell Canadian voice actor (The Save-Ums!, Arthur, Time Warp Trio)
December 14 Tori Kelly American singer
December 18 Bridgit Mendler Actress (Wizards of Waverly Place, Good Luck Charlie, Undateable) and singer
December 23 Spencer Daniels Actor (Mom)
December 25 Rachel Keller Actress (Fargo)
December 30 Michael Eric Reid Actor (Victorious)

Deaths[edit]

Date Name Age Notability
January 7 Richard Hunt 40 Puppeteer (The Muppet Show)
January 26 José Ferrer 80 Actor (Newhart recurring role)
February 2 Bert Parks 77 Longtime host of the Miss America beauty pageant
February 20 Dick York 63 Actor (the 1st Darren Stephens on Bewitched)
March 25 Nancy Walker 69 Actress (Ida on Rhoda, Rosie the Bounty lady)
April 10 Sam Kinison 38 Comedian and actor (Charlie Hoover)
May 12 Robert Reed 59 Actor (Mike Brady on The Brady Bunch)
May 17 Lawrence Welk 89 Accordionist and bandleader (The Lawrence Welk Show)
June 6 Larry Riley 38 Actor (Knots Landing)
June 15 Chuck Menville 52 Animator and writer (The Smurfs)
June 22 Chuck Mitchell 64 Actor (General Hospital)
July 9 Eric Sevareid 79 News commentator
October 16 Shirley Booth 94 Actress (Hazel)
October 22 Cleavon Little 53 Actor (Temperatures Rising)
November 7 Jack Kelly 65 Actor (Bart Maverick on Maverick)
November 10 Chuck Connors 71 Actor (Lucas McCain on The Rifleman)
November 22 Sterling Holloway 87 Actor (original voice of Winnie-the-Pooh)
December 18 Mark Goodson 77 Producer of game shows (Match Game, Blockbusters, The Price Is Right)
December 24 Peyo 64 Also known as "Peyo"; Belgian creator of (The Smurfs)


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matthew Waxman = 16 Greatest Games Sports Illustrated (On Campus), March 10, 2004
  2. ^ Mike Douchant – Greatest 63 games in NCAA Tournament history. The Sports Xchange, published in USA Today, March 25, 2002
  3. ^ Oprah Winfrey Documentary Breaks Silence Of Child Abuse