2003 in American television

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The following is a list of events affecting American television during 2003. Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel initiations.



Date Event
2 ABC affiliate WBKP in Calumet, Michigan greatly improves its coverage area in the Upper Peninsula when it signs-on satellite station WBUP in Ishpeming.
19 The WB series Charmed broadcasts its 100th episode.
20 KMAY-LP (now KAGS-LD) in Bryan, Texas signs-on as a satellite of Temple-based NBC affiliate KCEN-TV.


Date Event
5 The Price Is Right broadcasts its first Million Dollar Spectacular on CBS.
16 The 300th episode of the series The Simpsons is broadcast on Fox the same night as the Married... with Children reunion special.
21 Late Show host David Letterman begins a few weeks' leave from the CBS talk show due to a bout of shingles (during this time, guest hosts will include Bruce Willis, Regis Philbin, Will Ferrell and Elvis Costello).
24 CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather interviews Saddam Hussein on national television, shortly before the Iraq invasion began.
The miniseries Giant Robot Week is broadcast by Cartoon Network, which includes 2 edited episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion. This is the first attempt to broadcast the series by network TV.
26 On CBS, The Young and the Restless celebrates its 30th anniversary.


Date Event
21 Farscape's series finale, "Bad Timing", airs on Sci Fi.


Date Event
1 On ABC, General Hospital celebrates its 40th anniversary.
7 Dragon Ball Z broadcasts its final episode on Cartoon Network. The series was first broadcast by Toonami on August 31, 1998. The series will return in 2005 with the first 65 episodes re-dubbed and uncut.
12 All Grown Up!, a spin-off of Rugrats, premieres on Nickelodeon. The series premiere becomes the highest-rated premiere in Nickelodeon history and held that record until 2010.
22 Bianca Montgomery (Eden Riegel) kisses Lena Kundera (Olga Sosnovska) on the ABC soap opera All My Children; this is the first lesbian kiss on American daytime television.


Date Event
8 Nancy Christy becomes the first woman to win $1,000,000 on the syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.
16 The 30th Daytime Emmy Awards are given, in a ceremony telecast by ABC.
Cartoon Cartoons Fridays airs its final episode on Cartoon Network. The following Friday, "Summer Fridays" takes its place.
19 ABC broadcasts a four-hour 50th Anniversary Special.
U.S./Canadian cable network Much USA is rebranded as Fuse.
20 America's Next Top Model premieres on UPN.
21 On Fox, Ruben Studdard becomes the winner of American Idolseason two.


Date Event
13 Liz Cho co-anchors her last World News Now newscast on ABC before heading to the network's flagship station WABC-TV in New York City.


Date Event
11 The National Network is rebranded as Spike TV.


Date Event
1 In Casper, Wyoming, Pax TV affiliate KCWY switches its affiliation to NBC, taking that affiliation from KTWO-TV which will join ABC in March 2004. In the interim, KTWO-TV becomes an independent station with select programming from Pax.
10 UPN's series Enterprise begins a season-long story sequence – the first time a full season of a Star Trek series has been devoted to one storyline. (Three episodes into the new season, the series title is changed to Star Trek: Enterprise.)
21 The CBS comedy Everybody Loves Raymond wins its first Outstanding Comedy award and the NBC drama The West Wing wins its fourth straight Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series at the 55th Primetime Emmy Awards. The ceremonies are telecast by Fox.
24 Jun Song wins the American version of Big Brother 4 on CBS and wins the $500,000 prize. Runner-Up Allison Irwin wins $50,000.


Date Event
1 James Marsters joins the cast of Angel on The WB, carrying his Buffy the Vampire Slayer character of Spike over from the former series.
6 Young Sir is named the new host of BET's The Center, replacing Amerie, who left the show to continue working on her music.
20 Rod Roddy makes his final appearance as announcer of The Price Is Right on CBS. Roddy would pass away from colon cancer exactly a week later, on October 27.


Date Event
2 CBS at 75, the special celebrating the network's 75th anniversary, is broadcast by CBS.
4 NFL Network launches.
10 The 4000th episode of Wheel of Fortune (since the 1982 pairing of host and hostess Pat Sajak and Vanna White) is broadcast in syndication.


Date Event
2 Tamala Edwards is named the new co-anchor of ABC's World News Now, replacing Andrea Stassou.



Date Show Network
January 6 The Berenstain Bears PBS Kids (Joining Seven Little Monsters)
Joe Millionaire Fox
January 8 The Bachelorette ABC
January 9 Storm Stories The Weather Channel
January 17 That's So Raven Disney Channel
January 22 Chappelle's Show Comedy Central
January 23 106 & Park: Prime BET
MythBusters Discovery Channel
January 24 Penn & Teller: Bullshit! Showtime
January 27 Ask Rita Syndication
Jimmy Kimmel Live! ABC
February 8 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fox Box
February 15 Power Rangers Ninja Storm ABC Kids
February 16 The Venture Bros. Adult Swim
February 17 The Save-Ums! TLC
February 21 Da Ali G Show HBO
February 24 Animal Jam TLC
March 3 Live Prayer KBHK 44 San Francisco
The Center BET
March 9 Oliver Beene Fox
March 26 Wanda at Large Fox
March 31 American Chopper Discovery Channel
April 7 Oobi Noggin
Miffy and Friends
April 12 All Grown Up! Nickelodeon
April 13 MXC Spike
May 15 DaySide with Linda Vester Fox News Channel
May 17 Megaman NT Warrior Kids' WB
May 20 America's Next Top Model UPN
May 23 Summer Fridays Cartoon Network
May 26 Unscrewed with Martin Sargent TechTV
June 13 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Cartoon Network
June 26 Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" Spike
June 27 Dead Like Me Showtime
July 1 Reno 911! Comedy Central
July 11 Evil Con Carne Cartoon Network
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series MTV
July 15 Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Bravo
July 19 Teen Titans Cartoon Network
July 22 Nip/Tuck FX
August 1 My Life as a Teenage Robot Nickelodeon
August 5 The O.C. Fox
Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica MTV
August 23 Duck Dodgers Cartoon Network
August 25 Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks PBS Kids
August 26 Playmakers ESPN
August 29 Cowboy U CMT
September 2 Rubbadubbers Nick Jr.
September 8 Anderson Cooper 360° CNN
Connie the Cow Noggin
The Ellen DeGeneres Show Syndication
September 9 Starting Over
Happy Family NBC
September 10 Jake 2.0 UPN
September 11 The Mullets
Run of the House The WB
Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge
September 12 All About the Andersons
September 13 Romeo! Nickelodeon
Eye for an Eye Syndication
September 14 Carnivàle HBO
September 15 Living It Up! With Ali & Jack Syndication
The Sharon Osbourne Show
Clifford's Puppy Days PBS Kids
September 16 All of Us
Rock Me Baby
September 18 Threat Matrix ABC
September 19 Like Family The WB
Luis Fox
September 20 Lilo & Stitch: The Series Disney Channel
Sabrina's Secret Life Syndication
September 22 Las Vegas NBC
Two and a Half Men CBS
September 23 NCIS
I'm with Her ABC
One Tree Hill The WB
September 24 The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire CBS
September 25 Coupling NBC
September 26 Miss Match
The Handler CBS
Joan of Arcadia
Hope & Faith ABC
September 28 10-8: Officers on Duty
Cold Case CBS
JoJo's Circus Playhouse Disney
The Lyon's Den NBC
October 1 It's All Relative ABC
Karen Sisco
October 3 Married to the Kellys
Cartoon Network Fridays Cartoon Network
October 4 Battlefield Detectives History Channel
October 5 Animal Tails Ion Television
Tarzan The WB
October 6 The Big Break Golf Channel
Knock First ABC Family
October 12 Shootout AMC
October 13 King of the Jungle Animal Planet
October 14 Rich Girls MTV
October 17 VH1 ILL-ustrated VH1
October 19 When Ruled the World
October 20 Skin Fox
October 22 Kid Notorious Comedy Central
October 26 Viva La Bam MTV
October 29 A Minute with Stan Hooper Fox
October 30 Tru Calling
November 1 Kenny the Shark Discovery Kids
Xiaolin Showdown Kids' WB
November 2 Arrested Development Fox
November 3 Average Joe NBC
November 7 Dragon Ball GT Cartoon Network
Star Wars: Clone Wars
November 27 Pororo the Little Penguin EBS1
December 2 The Simple Life Fox
The Tracy Morgan Show NBC
Line of Fire ABC
December 3 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Returning this year[edit]

Show Channel Last aired New network Returning
George Shrinks PBS Kids 2002 Same January 6
Seven Little Monsters PBS Kids (Joining The Berenstain Bears)
The Wild Thornberrys Nickelodeon February 3
Johnny Bravo Cartoon Network 2001 February 14
Dexter's Laboratory 2002 April 25
The Ren and Stimpy Show Nickelodeon, MTV 1995 Spike TV June 26
Justice League Cartoon Network 2002 Same July 5
Ed, Edd n Eddy August 24
The Powerpuff Girls September 5

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
January 1 Truth or Scare 2001
January 3 Cita's World 1999
January 12 Andy Richter Controls the Universe 2002
January 14 In-Laws
January 21 Hidden Hills
January 24 Presidio Med
January 30 Columbo 1968
February 5 The Legend of Tarzan 2001
February 7 3 South 2002
February 14 King of the hill (returned in 2004) 1997
February 17 Birds of Prey 2002
February 22 The Nick Cannon Show
February 23 Oz 1997
February 25 Clifford the Big Red Dog 2000
February 28 Hits from the Street 1999
March 7 Talkback Live 1994
March 21 Farscape 1999
April 4 Liberty's Kids 2002
April 5 Jim Lehrer: Generation 2000
April 7 Dragon Ball Z (returned in 2005) 1996
Nicktoons TV 2002
April 13 Clone High
My Big Fat Greek Life 2003
April 24 Sabrina the Teenage Witch 1996
April 25 Fastlane 2002
John Doe
April 26 Cubix: Robots for Everyone 2001
April 27 Touched by an Angel 1994
May 7 Stargate Infinity 2002
May 9 Greetings from Tucson
May 17 The Agency 2001
May 20 Weakest Link
Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1997
May 21 The Caroline Rhea Show 2002
The Twilight Zone
The Jenny Jones Show 1991
May 23 Supermarket Sweep 2000
May 28 Dawson's Creek 1998
June 2 Even Stevens 2000
June 7 The Mummy: The Animated Series 2001
June 25 Hamtaro 2002
June 26 30 Seconds to Fame
July 8 The Book of Pooh 2001
July 14 Digimon: Digital Monsters 1999
July 24 Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" 2003
August 10 Futurama (returned in 2008) 1999
The National Network 2000
August 16 Just Shoot Me! 1997
Scaredy Camp 2002
August 29 Summer Fridays 2003
August 31 Disney's One Too 1999
September 12 Spider-Man: The New Animated Series 2003
September 27 Oswald 2001
October 3 Port Charles 1997
October 24 Disney's House of Mouse 2001
October 25 X-Men: Evolution 2000
November 7 Wanda at Large 2003
November 14 Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones? 2002
November 15 Power Rangers Ninja Storm 2003
South park (returned in 2004) 1997
November 20 Dexter's Laboratory
November 23 Tarzan 2003
November 26 Time Squad 2001
November 30 The Lyon's Den 2003
December 15 Miss Match
December 26 Arthur (returned in 2004) 1996
December 31 The Brak Show 2000

Entering syndication this year[edit]

Show Seasons In Production Source
Angel 4 Yes [1]
Becker 5 No [citation needed]
Family Guy 3 Yes
Futurama 4 Yes
The King of Queens 5 Yes [2]
Judging Amy 4 Yes [3]
The Parkers 4 Yes [citation needed]

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
Da Ali G Show Channel 4 HBO
The Ren & Stimpy Show Nickelodeon, MTV Spike
Teamo Supremo ABC Toon Disney
Fillmore! Disney Channel
Futurama Fox Adult Swim and TBS
Family Guy
Grounded for Life The WB


Date Name Notability
February 20 Olivia Rodrigo Actress (Bizaardvark)
April 16 Alina Foley Actress (The League)
April 18 Benjamin Cole Royer Actors (Best Friends Whenever)
Matthew Lewis Royer
May 1 Lizzy Greene Actress (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn)
May 19 JoJo Siwa Actress (Dance Moms) and singer
June 11 Breanna Yde Actress (The Haunted Hathaways, School of Rock, The Loud House)
July 5 Terrell Ransom Jr. Actor (Days of Our Lives, The Amazing World of Gumball)
August 18 Max Charles Actor (The Neighbors, Harvey Beaks, The Lion Guard, The Strain)
August 28 Quvenzhané Wallis Actress
September 8 Carmen Blanchard
September 18 Nina Lu Actress (Bunk'd)
Aidan Gallagher Actor (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn)
November 1 Hudson Yang Actor (Fresh Off the Boat)


Date Name Age Notability
January 12 Maurice Gibb 53 Musician/songwriter (Bee Gees)
January 23 Nell Carter 54 Actress, singer (Gimme a Break)
February 27 Fred Rogers 74 Mister Rogers of (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood)
March 12 Lynne Thigpen 54 American television/film/stage actress (The District, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?)[4]
March 30 Michael Jeter 50 Voice actor/stage actress (Sesame Street, Evening Shade, and voice of Nate Horowitz (Eugene's Dad) on Hey Arnold!)
April 30 Lionel G. Wilson 79 Voice actor (The Aldrich Family, Tom Terrific, The Hector Heathcote Show and first voice of Eustace Bagge on Courage the Cowardly Dog)
May 14 Robert Stack 84 Actor (Eliot Ness on The Untouchables)
May 15 June Carter Cash 73 Singer and actress (The Johnny Cash Show)
July 6 Buddy Ebsen 95 Actor (The Beverly Hillbillies, Barnaby Jones)
July 27 Bob Hope 100 Comedian, host and actor
September 11 John Ritter 54 Actor (Three's Company, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, and voice of Clifford the Big Red Dog)
September 12 Johnny Cash 71 Singer and actor (The Johnny Cash Show)
October 17 Janice Rule 72 Actress (The Fugitive)
October 21 Fred Berry 52 Actor (Freddie "Rerun" Stubbs on What's Happening!!)
October 27 Rod Roddy 66 Announcer (Press Your Luck, Soap, and most famously, The Price Is Right)
November 9 Art Carney 85 Actor (Ed Norton on The Honeymooners)
November 12 Jonathan Brandis 27 Actor (Lucas Wolenczak on seaQuest DSV)
November 14 Gene Anthony Ray 41 Actor (Leroy Johnson on Fame)
December 14 Jeanne Crain 78 Actress
December 28 Helen Kleeb 96 Actress (Miss Mamie Baldwin on The Waltons)
December 29 Earl Hindman 61 Actor (Wilson J. Wilson Jr. on Home Improvement)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New(est) For NATPE In A Nutshell" from Broadcasting & Cable
  2. ^ [1] from Broadcasting & Cable
  3. ^ [2] from Broadcasting & Cable
  4. ^ "Lynne Thigpen, Actress in CBS's 'District,' Dies at 54". New York Times. Nytimes.com. 2003-03-14. Retrieved 2014-02-04.