The following is a list of events affecting American television during 2006. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel initiations Included
, Beyond the Break , Chaotic , Curious George , Dexter , The Emperor's New School , Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman , Hannah Montana , It's a Big Big World , Kappa Mikey , Mickey Mouse Clubhouse , The Replacements , Squirrel Boy , The Upside Down Show , and Wonder Pets . Wow Wow Wubbzy!
January [ edit ]
NBC Universal ends the channel program Trio and in its place begins Sleuth, a 24-hour entertainment cable TV channel dedicated to the crime, mystery and suspense genres.
After several years as part of
The WB's weekday programming sequence, The WB ends its weekday afternoon Kids' WB animation sequence. Kids' WB was relegated to Saturday mornings, and the weekday block is replaced by Daytime WB.
original Viacom officially divides into two companies, with the CBS television network and Showtime Networks becoming part of CBS Corporation, and the MTV Networks group of channels (which includes MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central) and Black Entertainment Television becoming part of the new Viacom. Eventually, the greatest casualty of the division was that Paramount Television, which became part of CBS Corporation, would cease to exist after 38 years of television production, as it was merged into the CBS Productions, part of the CBS network. The studio had the name of CBS Paramount Television for three years, later becoming CBS Television Studios.
Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas begin anchoring duties for ABC News's , replacing World News Tonight Peter Jennings, who died of cancer during 2005.
Dari Alexander (anchor of 2pm and 4pm portions of on weekends) and Fox News Live Rick Folbaum (anchor of ) are transferred from Fox Report Weekend Fox News Channel to the Fox-owned-and-operated station WNYW/ New York City. They are replaced by Jamie Colby and Trace Gallagher, respectively (Gallagher would make it official on February 4). Folbaum, however, would return to the network in 2009.
Second live episode of the program
is broadcast by Will & Grace NBC on both the East and West coasts of the USA.
CBS and Warner Bros. announce the initiation of The CW Television Network for the 2006–2007 season. This network is, in a sense, a merger of The WB and UPN and was designed to replace both of those networks. 
Directors Guild of America name Tony Croll and J. Rupert Thompson as best reality television directors for the programs and Three Wishes , respectively. Best director of a dramatic series is Fear Factor Michael Apted for . Television comedy series director is Rome Marc Buckland for . Directors My Name Is Earl Joseph Sargent ( ) and Warm Springs George C. Wolfe ( ) share best television movie awards. Lackawanna Blues General Hospitals Owen Renfroe is named best daytime television serial director.
February [ edit ]
Bravo's premiere of one of its most popular shows to date, Top Chef.
SportsNet New York is begun. It is home of the New York Mets and New York Jets.
United States premiere of the new series of
on Doctor Who Sci-Fi's Friday-night sequence.
Last first-broadcast episodes to date of the long-running TV series
. Reruns of the previous season are broadcast until October, when "The Best of Soul Train" reruns from the 1970s and 1980s begin being broadcast instead of new episodes. Soul Train
September [ edit ]
ESPN takes over production of ABC Sports broadcasts, rebranding them as ESPN on ABC. Both networks are owned by The Walt Disney Company.
MTV en Español is relaunched as
Debut of the new
News Corp-owned American broadcast network MyNetworkTV with the premiere of two prime-time telenovelas, Desire and Fashion House.
Katie Couric becomes the first female sole anchor of the , replacing the temporary anchor CBS Evening News Bob Schieffer.
The longest-broadcast television drama program,
, broadcasts its 15,000th televised episode. Guiding Light
Kids' WB series, Pokémon, makes its Cartoon Network debut with new voice actors.
Qubo debuts as a Saturday morning block on NBC as well as a Spanish-dubbed version on Telemundo and a Friday afternoon programming block on i: Independent Television.
& Wheel of Fortune become the first game shows to be broadcast in High Definition. Jeopardy!
John O'Hurley replaces Richard Karn as the host of . Family Feud
Mike Malin is named the winner of
and wins the $500,000 prize. Runner-Up Erika Landin wins $50,000. Big Brother: All-Stars
Fox officially shuts down Foxnet, a cable service for television markets that did not have a local Fox affiliate.
Meredith Vieira begins co-hosting duties of the program , replacing Katie Couric. The Today Show
Following the Viacom/CBS split, the
Nick Jr. on CBS block is replaced by KOL Secret Slumber Party, a female-oriented Saturday morning block produced by DiC Entertainment. Rebrandings took place a year later when it became KEWLopolis, and with the merge to Cookie Jar Entertainment in the fall of 2009, Cookie Jar TV.
The CW network debuts as the sixth broadcast network, merging with UPN (owned by CBS which split in the original Viacom, three days after UPN ceased operations) and The WB (owned by Warner Bros., a day after The WB ceased operations).
Vickyann Sadowski wins $147,517 worth of cash and prizes for her performance for
. This not only made Sadowski the biggest winner of the daytime show's history, it also surpassed The Price Is Right contestant Press Your Luck Michael Larson, making her the biggest one day winner in the history of American network daytime game shows in general.
presenter Top Gear Richard Hammond is seriously injured after crashing a jet-powered car at 280 mph.
co-anchor Fox & Friends E.D. Hill quits the show and is replaced by Gretchen Carlson.
Outdoor Life Network is relaunched as Versus.
October [ edit ]
NBC Universal announces a major restructuring in order to save US$750 million after several years of decreasing ratings. Among the changes is the announcement that NBC will no longer broadcast scripted dramas or comedies during the first hour of prime time, emphasizing instead less-expensive reality and game shows during those hours. Its news division is also trimmed. The announcement is made despite the early success of several new NBC series such as . Heroes 
Bob Barker announces that he will be retiring from his hosting duties for after 35 years in June 2007. The Price Is Right
November [ edit ]
Programs [ edit ]
Debuts (including scheduled) [ edit ]
Returning this year [ edit ]
Changes of network affiliation [ edit ]
The following shows will air new episodes on a different network than previous first-run episodes.
Ending this year [ edit ]
Made-for-TV movies [ edit ]
Anne Meacham 80
Actress (Louise on
) Another World
Shelley Winters 85
Actress (Nana Mary on
Al Lewis 82
Actor (Grandpa on
, Leo Schnauser on The Munsters ) Car 54, Where Are You?
Franklin Cover 77
Actor (Tom Willis on
) The Jeffersons
Norma Candal 78
Actress (Petunia in
La criada malcriada)
Dennis Weaver 81
Actor (Sam McCloud on
, Chester Good on McCloud ) Gunsmoke
Don Knotts 81
Actor (Barney Fife on
, Ralph Furley on The Andy Griffith Show ) Three's Company
Darren McGavin 83
Actor (Hammer on
) Mike Hammer
Peter Tomarken 63
Game show host (
, Press Your Luck , Hit Man ) Wipeout
Buck Owens 76
Musician, host of
Dan Curtis 78
Henderson Forsythe 88
) As the World Turns
Jay Bernstein 68
); also manager to Mike Hammer Suzanne Somers and Farrah Fawcett
James Brolan 42
CBS News sound technician, killed by a car bomb in Iraq
Paul Douglas 48
CBS news cameraman, killed by a car bomb in Iraq
Robert Sterling 88
Actor (George Kerby on
Billy Preston 59
Aaron Spelling 83
, Dynasty , Beverly Hills, 90210 , more) 7th Heaven
Lennie Weinrib 71
) The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan
Benjamin Hendrickson 55
) As the World Turns
Jack Warden 85
Actor (Harry Fox on
, George Halas in Crazy Like a Fox ) Brian's Song
Tudi Wiggins 70
) Love of Life
Mako Iwamatsu 72
Voice actor (
, Samurai Jack ) Avatar: The Last Airbender
Mike Douglas 86
Talk show host (
) The Mike Douglas Show
Steve Irwin 44
Australian actor (
) The Crocodile Hunter
Daniel Wayne Smith 20
Actor and son of
Anna Nicole Smith
Jane Wyatt 96
Actress (Margaret Anderson on
) Father Knows Best
Bettye Ackerman 82
Actress (Dr. Maggie Graham on
) Ben Casey
Ed Bradley 65
CBS News journalist ( ) 60 Minutes
Belinda Emmett 32
Actress (Rebecca Nash in
) Home and Away
Peter Boyle 71
Actor (Frank Barone on
) Everybody Loves Raymond
Mike Evans 57
Actor (Lionel Jefferson on
, All in the Family ) The Jeffersons
Joseph Barbera 95
and many others) The Flintstones
Gerald Ford 93
President of the United States
Jared Nathan 21
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