2005 in American television

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The following is a list of events affecting American television during 2005. Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel initiations.



Date Event
1 The U.S. channel package PT East, originally created by the New York, New York, company PrimeTime 24, and used by satellite TV viewers where over-the-air TV is unavailable, changes its ABC affiliate from WKRN-TV (Nashville, Tennessee) to flagship station WABC-TV (New York City).
DirecTV deletes the Trio channel from its lineup. The network loses two-thirds of its 20 million viewers, putting in doubt the future of the NBC Universal channel.
2 Fox canceled the reality Who's Your Daddy? which had aired after only one episode.
3 Craig Ferguson replaces Craig Kilborn as its new CBS The Late Late Show host. He was the first non-US host to have his own late-night talk show.
5 The 35th anniversary episode of the series All My Children is broadcast by ABC. The special episode, which used former characters Mark Dalton (Mark LaMura) and Nick Davis (Larry Keith), was also unique in that it was the last appearance of ailing actress Ruth Warrick. She died less than two weeks after the episode was broadcast.
8 CBS aired the first episode of the reality series The Will. Ratings for the show are so low, it was canceled after only one episode, following Fox's Who's Your Daddy would've been canceled for a week ago.
17 After over 6 years, Big Tigger hosts Rap City: Tha Bassment for the last time. He reveals that his mother has sold the basement and forced him out to live with his father. The following day, the show is retitled as Rap City with Mad Linx taking over as the new host.
22 Fox Box, Fox's Saturday morning programming owned by 4Kids Entertainment, is rebranded as 4Kids TV.


Date Event
2 Paramount Television and UPN announce the cancellation of the series Star Trek: Enterprise. Soon afterward, fan efforts begin in order to save the show, climaxing in a campaign that raises more than $3 million (US) towards funding further production, an offer Paramount ultimately rejects.
6 American Dad! airs its pilot episode Fox after a new episode of The Simpsons which airs after Super Bowl XXXIX.
7 MTV2 revamps the two-headed dog symbol.


Date Event
9 On the 24th anniversary of his debut, Dan Rather retires as main anchorman of the CBS Evening News and is succeeded by Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer on an interim basis.
18 G4 broadcasts the final episode of the former TechTV series The Screen Savers; the series was replaced by a new show known as Attack of the Show! the following week.
26 After a 16-year hiatus, Doctor Who returns to television in the UK. Around this time efforts are under way to get the cult program a berth on an American network, however Sci-Fi Channel rejects it for the entire first two seasons on its revival run. The following Doctor Who episodes were returned to the air on BBC America in December 2009.


Date Event
1 ABC news anchorman Peter Jennings anchors what will turn out to be his final World News Tonight telecast. Four days later, Jennings informs viewers of World News Tonight, via a taped segment, that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer and beginning of chemotherapy.
15 PBS Kids celebrates Tax Day with the first two-hour Cyberchase special "Know Your Dough".


Date Event
1 Family Guy begins airing new episodes on Fox after three years off the schedule. This return was brought about after the unexpected popularity of the series' cable reruns and DVD releases.
2 Hunter Tylo resumes playing for the series The Bold and the Beautiful after her character, Dr. Taylor Forrester, was "killed off" three years ago. The revelation that she was alive surprised many viewers as it had not been hinted by any other sources, print or online.
13 The controversial final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise is broadcast in the United States, ending an 18-year, uninterrupted run of four consecutive or concurrent Star Trek series dating back to 1987.
23 Tom Cruise appears on The Oprah Winfrey Show, which made several public pronouncements of his relationship with Katie Holmes, and most notably "the couch incident."
25 Carrie Underwood wins season four of the popular singing competition, American Idol.


Date Event
30 Logo, a TV channel intended for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults, premieres, with VH1 Mega Hits ceased operations as a replacement to Logo TV to provide the bulk of its carriage.


Date Event
1 The PAX network is renamed as i: Independent Television.
29 After 5 years, AJ and Free retire as hosts of 106 & Park and are succeeded by Big Tigger (co-host of BET Style) and Julissa (host of The Center) on an interim basis.


Date Event
1 Current TV, a 24-hour youth-oriented news channel owned by the former U.S. vice president Al Gore, is initiated. The channel replaced Newsworld International.
7 ABC's acclaimed news anchor Peter Jennings dies of lung cancer. He is then succeeded by Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas for World News Tonight in 2006.
13 In response to Linda Vester's year-long maternity leave, Fox News Channel announces that she will not be hosting DaySide again. Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy have been hosting the program since July.
29 Hurricane Katrina strikes the Greater New Orleans area, causing major disruption of the region's television broadcasts. Local television news programs relocate to other cities in order to cover the story, though most are interrupted by the storm; some continue to broadcast reports by the Internet.


Date Event
2 While presenting for the NBC telecast of Concert for Hurricane Relief, music producer and rapper Kanye West ignored his script and addressed what he perceived as the racism of both the government and of the media, stating: George Bush doesn't care about black people, and called for the media to stop labeling African-American families as "looters" while white families were depicted as "looking for food."
10 Naruto marks its North American television debut for the first time on Cartoon Network's Toonami program sequence.
18 The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were given at the Shrine Auditorium by CBS.
20 Maggie Ausburn is the winner of the American version of Big Brother 6, and wins the $500,000 prize. Runner-Up Ivette Corredero wins $50,000.
23 Nicktoons is rebranded as Nicktoons Network (4 years later Nicktoons rebranded again using the same name).
26 Comcast, a joint venture brought PBS to launch on its digital cable and Video-on-demand channel PBS Kids Sprout, a children's non-commercial network spun-off by PBS Kids.


Date Event
1 NBC's Saturday Night Live begins broadcasting in HDTV format.
3 Rap City host Mad Linx goes on a break to host a game show titled The Road Show. His place is taken by J-Nicks.
20 Neon Genesis Evangelion debuted on U.S. network TV on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim program sequence.
22 Tina Fey returned from maternity leave to resume her duties for Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update skit.


Date Event
7 Ray J resigns as host of BET.com Countdown to focus on his music.
8 Days of Our Lives celebrated its 40th anniversary.
22 Ted Koppel resigns as host of ABC's Nightline after 25 years.


Date Event
1 Oprah Winfrey appears on the Late Show with David Letterman, joining host David Letterman for the first time in sixteen years.
2 Knots Landing aired its special non-fiction program entitled, Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again.
12 Lamorne and Alesha Renee, winners from BET's "New Faces" search, become the new hosts of BET.com Countdown.



Date Debut Network
January 3 Medium NBC
January 4 Committed
January 9 Zoey 101 Nickelodeon
January 13 Tilt ESPN
January 15 Battlestar Galactica Syfy
January 16 Iron Chef America Food Network
January 21 American Dragon: Jake Long Disney Channel
January 23 Numb3rs CBS
Pet Alien Cartoon Network
February 5 Power Rangers S.P.D. ABC Family and Jetix
February 6 American Dad! Fox
February 14 Kudlow & Company CNBC
February 19 Mew Mew Power 4Kids TV
February 20 Robot Chicken Adult Swim
February 21 Avatar: The Last Airbender Nickelodeon
February 23 Unique Whips Speed
March 8 Blind Justice ABC
March 11 Wonder Showzen MTV2
March 14 Mad Money CNBC
March 18 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Disney Channel
March 21 Charlie and Lola Playhouse Disney
March 24 The Office NBC
March 25 Krypto the Superdog Cartoon Network
March 27 Grey's Anatomy ABC
March 28 Attack of the Show! G4
April 1 The Eyes of Nye PBS
April 8 Living with Fran The WB
April 12 Deadliest Catch Discovery Channel
April 24 Strip Search VH1
May 14 Game Show Moments Gone Bananas
May 26 Kept
May 30 The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Cartoon Network
June 2 Beauty and the Geek The WB
June 17 The Buzz on Maggie Disney Channel
June 19 12 oz. Mouse Adult Swim
June 20 Wildfire ABC Family
July 6 Mind of Mencia Comedy Central
July 8 Camp Lazlo Cartoon Network
July 9 Catscratch Nickelodeon
Time Warp Trio Discovery Kids
July 20 Criss Angel Mindfreak A&E Network
So You Think You Can Dance Fox
August 4 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX
August 17 Weeds Showtime
August 29 Prison Break Fox
September 3 Danger Rangers PBS Kids
September 6 Go, Diego, Go! Nick Jr.
September 10 Bratz 4Kids TV
G.I. Joe: Sigma 6
Magical DoReMi
Naruto Toonami
September 12 Meerkat Manor Animal Planet
The Tyra Banks Show Syndication
The War at Home Fox
September 13 Bones
Supernatural The WB
September 16 Twins
Threshold CBS
September 17 Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island Kids' WB
Loonatics Unleashed
September 19 How I Met Your Mother CBS
Just Legal The WB
Surface NBC
September 20 My Name Is Earl
September 21 E-Ring
September 22 Everybody Hates Chris UPN
Love, Inc.
Criminal Minds CBS
September 23 Ghost Whisperer
Inconceivable NBC
September 24 Get Ed Jetix
September 27 Commander in Chief ABC
October 1 Flight 29 Down Discovery Kids
October 3 The Road Show BET
October 4 Close to Home CBS
October 5 The Adam Carolla Project TLC
Related The WB
Freddie ABC
October 7 Hot Properties
October 9 Johnny and the Sprites Playhouse Disney
Little Einsteins
October 10 Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Cartoon Network
October 13 Run's House MTV
October 16 Squidbillies Adult Swim
October 17 The Colbert Report Comedy Central
Miss Seventeen MTV
October 28 A Haunting Discovery Channel
I Shouldn't Be Alive
Masters of Horror Showtime
October 30 But Can They Sing? VH1
November 1 Robotboy Cartoon Network
November 4 South of Nowhere TeenNick
November 5 IGPX Toonami
November 6 The Boondocks Adult Swim
November 25 The X's Nickelodeon
December 4 Sleeper Cell Showtime
December 6 Madden Nation ESPN2
December 15 Celebrity Eye Candy VH1
December 18 Moral Orel Adult Swim
December 19 Deal or No Deal NBC
December 26 My Gym Partner's a Monkey Cartoon Network
December 27 Ben 10

Returning this year[edit]

Show Channel Last aired Returning
Dirty Jobs ABC Family 2003 July 26
Dragon Ball Z Cartoon Network June 14
Family Guy Fox May 1
Nick Jr. on CBS CBS 2002 September 10
SpongeBob SquarePants Nickelodeon 2004 May 6

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
January 2 The Mountain 2004
January 15 Megas XLR
January 19 Center of the Universe
January 20 Life as We Know It
January 22 Dave the Barbarian
January 24 Second Time Around
January 28 Grounded for Life 2001
February 5 Living with Lydia
February 11 Kudlow & Cramer 2002
Oobi 2003
February 28 ¡Mucha Lucha! 2002
March 1 NYPD Blue 1993
March 11 Bullseye 2003
Tru Calling
March 15 Committed 2005
March 18 The Screen Savers 1998
March 21 The Osbournes 2002
March 25 The Powerpuff Girls (original series) 1998
Medical Investigation 2004
Star Wars: Clone Wars 2003
March 27 Carnivàle
March 30 American Dreams 2002
April 11 Dragon Tales 1999
April 15 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter 2002
April 16 Dragon Ball GT 2003
LAX 2004
April 20 Baby Looney Tunes 2002
April 22 Joan of Arcadia 2003
April 25 Sealab 2021 2000
April 29 JAG 1995
May 3 Judging Amy 1999
May 6 Third Watch
May 11 Jack & Bobby 2004
May 13 Andromeda 2000
Star Trek: Enterprise 2001
May 16 Everybody Loves Raymond 1996
May 18 Kevin Hill 2004
My Wife and Kids 2001
May 26 Pet Alien 2005
May 27 U-Pick Live 2002
June 15 CatDog 1998
June 17 Complete Savages 2004
June 21 Blind Justice 2005
June 22 ChalkZone (returned in 2008) 2002
June 24 Zoom 1999
July 1 Train 48 2003
July 8 Jackie Chan Adventures 2000
July 18 Summerland 2004
August 19 The Proud Family 2001
August 21 Six Feet Under
August 27 Braceface
September 2 60 Minutes II 1999
September 3 Shaman King 2003
October 10 Dragon Ball Z 1996
October 22 All That 1994
November 11 Duck Dodgers 2003
November 14 Power Rangers S.P.D. 2005
December 2 The Road Show
December 19 Miss Seventeen
December 24 Little Britain 2003
December 25 Stroker and Hoop 2004
December 30 Hot Properties 2005
Jay Jay the Jet Plane 1998

Changes of network affiliation[edit]

Show Moved from Moved to
The Journal Editorial Report PBS Fox News Channel
National Geographic Explorer MSNBC National Geographic Channel
Project Greenlight HBO Bravo
TNA iMPACT! Fox Sports Net Spike TV
Whose Line is it Anyway? ABC ABC Family
Wildboyz MTV MTV2
WWE Raw Spike TV USA Network
Kipper Sprout
Sesame Street Noggin
American Casino Discovery Channel Travel Channel
Digimon: Digital Monsters ABC Family Jetix
Dragon Booster
Get Ed
Power Rangers
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!
Spider-Man Fox Kids
The Mummy: The Animated Series Kids' WB
Pokémon 4Kids TV Cartoon Network

Made-for-TV movies[edit]

Title Channel Date of airing
Lackawanna Blues HBO February 12
Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama Disney April 8
Warm Springs HBO April 30
The Proud Family Movie Disney August 12
The Flight That Fought Back Discovery September 11
Mrs. Harris HBO September 16


Title Channel Premiere date
Thief FX March 28
Elvis CBS May 8
Empire Falls HBO May 28
Into the West TNT June 10
Elizabeth I HBO September 29
Sleeper Cell Showtime December 4
The Lost Prince PBS December 18


Date Name Notability
March 26 Ella Anderson Actress (Henry Danger)


Date Name Age Notability
January 19 Lamont Bentley 31 Actor (Moesha, The Parkers)
January 23 Johnny Carson 79 Comedian, host of The Tonight Show
March 25 Paul Henning 93 Producer (The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, Green Acres)
April 5 Debralee Scott 52 Actress, game show panelist (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Match Game)
April 26 Mason Adams 86 Actor (Charlie Hume on Lou Grant)
May 17 Frank Gorshin 72 Actor (The Riddler on Batman)
May 21 Howard Morris 85 Actor, director (The Andy Griffith Show, Your Show of Shows)
May 22 Thurl Ravenscroft 91 Actor (Tony the Tiger of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes commercials)
May 26 Eddie Albert 99 Actor (Oliver Wendell Douglas on Green Acres, Frank MacBride on Switch)
June 24 Paul Winchell 82 Ventriloquist, actor (The Smurfs, Wacky Races, The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
June 25 John Fiedler 80 Actor (The Bob Newhart Show, Buffalo Bill)
July 20 James Doohan 85 Actor (Scotty on original Star Trek)
August 7 Peter Jennings 67 ABC news anchor
August 8 Barbara Bel Geddes 82 Actress ("Miss Ellie" on Dallas)
August 23 Brock Peters 78 Actor
September 2 Bob Denver 70 Actor (Gilligan on Gilligan's Island and Maynard G. Krebs on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis)
September 25 Don Adams 82 Actor (Get Smart, Tennessee Tuxedo, and Inspector Gadget)
October 2 Nipsey Russell 87 Actor, comedian and game-show panelist
October 6 Ray Bumatai 52 Actor
October 7 Charles Rocket 56 Actor (Saturday Night Live)
November 13 Eddie Guerrero 38 Professional wrestler and star of WWE SmackDown
November 24 Pat Morita 73 Actor (Sanford and Son, Happy Days, Ohara)
November 29 Wendie Jo Sperber 47 Actress (Babes, Bosom Buddies)
December 16 John Spencer 58 Actor (Leo McGarry on The West Wing and Tommy Mullaney on L.A. Law)