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|1978–79 United States network television schedule|
|1979–80 United States network television schedule|
|List of U.S. television programs currently in production|
This is a list of American television-related events of 1979.
|January 3||The USA Network is founded.|
|January 10||The Music for UNICEF Concert is televised from New York City on NBC.|
|February 11||In the U.S., 43 million viewers watch Elvis , an ABC movie starring Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley.|
|February 18||The Daytona 500 is broadcast live from start to finish, in its entirety for the very first time by CBS.|
|March 5||KSTP-TV in Saint Paul, Minnesota ends its 31-year relationship as the Twin Cities' NBC affiliate and joins ABC in what is called the network's biggest coup yet. NBC, meanwhile, aligns with Metromedia-owned independent station WTCN-TV, while former ABC affiliate KMSP-TV, having failed to procure a NBC affiliation, becomes independent itself.|
|March 6||On NBC, Another World becomes the only soap opera to air regularly scheduled 90-minute telecasts (it would go back to 60-minute episodes in 1980). Meanwhile, on ABC, Family Feud increases its goal to 300 points.|
|March 19||C-SPAN, an American television channel focusing on government and public affairs, is launched.|
|April 1||QUBE's child-oriented C-3 channel, originally named "Pinwheel" after its flagship program, is rebranded as Nickelodeon.|
|April 8||On CBS, the final episode of All in the Family is seen by 40.2 million American viewers (it will relaunch the following season as Archie Bunker's Place ).|
|April 20||The 1,439th and final CBS episode of Match Game 79 airs – however, the show didn't air on April 5, causing the Friday episode from that week to air on April 9. The last 9 aired episodes were culled together from 3 separate taping sessions, leaving 6 unaired until Game Show Network aired them for the first time. Match Game continues for 3 more years in syndicated daytime (sans the omnipresent 2-year designation in the title).|
|April 22||Friendly Fire , an ABC movie starring Carol Burnett as a mother who wants to know how her son died in Vietnam, airs.|
|April 23||The Price Is Right , on CBS, moves to 11:00 A.M. EST, the time slot that it holds to this day.|
|August 1||In Indianapolis, Indiana, NBC affiliate WRTV swaps affiliations with ABC affiliate WTHR, citing a stronger affiliation (at the time, NBC is in last place among the three major networks).|
|September 7||ESPN, an all-sports channel, launches and becomes the first cable TV channel to be launched as a 24-hour channel.|
|September 12||On the two-hour season four premiere of Charlie's Angels on ABC, Shelley Hack is introduced as new angel Tiffany Welles, replacing Sabrina Duncan played by Kate Jackson.|
|September 19||On the two-hour Eight Is Enough season premiere on ABC, both David and Susan Bradford married their respective loves in a double ceremony.|
|October 6||KTAB-TV in Abilene, Texas begins broadcasting as a CBS affiliate, taking that affiliation from KTXS-TV. KTXS-TV then elevates its secondary ABC affiliation to full-time status, making Abilene one of the last markets in the country to receive full service from the three major networks.|
|November 4||Jaws is broadcast on television for the first time on ABC.|
|November 25||Pat Summerall calls his first NFL telecast (Minnesota Vikings–Tampa Bay Buccaneers) with John Madden.|
|December 1||The Movie Channel, an American premium cable channel, begins broadcasting movies 24/7.|
General Hospital is an American daytime television medical drama. It is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap opera in production and the second longest-running drama in television in American history after Guiding Light. Concurrently, it is the world's third longest-running scripted drama series in production after British serials The Archers and Coronation Street, as well as the world's second-longest-running televised soap opera still in production. General Hospital premiered on the ABC television network on April 1, 1963. Same-day broadcasts as well as classic episodes were aired on SOAPnet from January 20, 2000, to December 31, 2013, following Disney-ABC's decision to discontinue the network. General Hospital is the longest-running serial produced in Hollywood, and the longest-running entertainment program in ABC television history. It holds the record for most Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, with 13 wins.
One Life to Live is an American soap opera broadcast on the ABC television network for more than 43 years, from July 15, 1968, to January 13, 2012, and then on the internet as a web series on Hulu and iTunes via The Online Network from April 29 to August 19, 2013. Created by Agnes Nixon, the series was the first daytime drama to primarily feature ethnically and socioeconomically diverse characters and consistently emphasize social issues. One Life to Live was expanded from 30 minutes to 45 minutes on July 26, 1976, and then to an hour on January 16, 1978.
All My Children is an American television soap opera that aired on ABC for 41 years, from January 5, 1970, to September 23, 2011, and on The Online Network (TOLN) from April 29 to September 2, 2013, via Hulu, Hulu Plus, and iTunes. Created by Agnes Nixon, All My Children is set in Pine Valley, Pennsylvania, a fictional suburb of Philadelphia, which is modeled on the actual Philadelphia suburb of Rosemont. The original series featured Susan Lucci as Erica Kane, one of daytime television's most popular characters. The title of the series refers to the bonds of humanity. All My Children was the first new network daytime drama to debut in the 1970s. Originally owned by Creative Horizons, Inc., the company created by Nixon and her husband, Bob, the show was sold to ABC in January 1975. The series started at a half-hour in per-installment length, then was expanded to a full hour on April 25, 1977. Earlier, the show had experimented with the full-hour format for one week starting on June 30, 1975, after which Ryan's Hope premiered.
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Search for Tomorrow is an American television soap opera. It began its run on CBS on September 3, 1951, and concluded on NBC after 35 years on December 26, 1986.
Guiding Light is an American television soap opera. It is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running drama in television in American history, broadcast on CBS for 57 years from June 30, 1952, until September 18, 2009, overlapping a 19-year broadcast on radio from 1937 to 1956. With an uninterrupted 72 years of radio and television runs, Guiding Light is the longest running soap opera, ahead of General Hospital, and the fifth-longest running program in all of broadcast history; only the American country music radio program Grand Ole Opry, the BBC religious program The Daily Service (1928), the CBS religious program Music and the Spoken Word (1929), and the Norwegian children's radio program Lørdagsbarnetimen (1924-2010) have been on the air longer.
Meet the Press is a weekly American television news/interview program broadcast on NBC. It is the longest-running program in television history, though the current format bears little resemblance to the debut episode on November 6, 1947. Meet the Press specializes in interviews with leaders in Washington, D.C., across the country and even the world on issues of politics, economics, foreign policy and other public affairs, along with panel discussions that provide opinions and analysis. It originates from NBC's bureau in Washington, D.C. (WRC-TV).
Today, also called The Today Show, is an American news and talk morning television show that airs on NBC. The program debuted on January 14, 1952. It was the first of its genre on American television and in the world, and after 67 years of broadcasting it is the fifth-longest-running American television series.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is an American talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under the Tonight Show franchise from October 1, 1962 through May 22, 1992.
Sesame Street is an American educational children's television series that combines live action, sketch comedy, animation and puppetry. It is produced by Sesame Workshop and was created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its images communicated through the use of Jim Henson's Muppets, and includes short films, with humor and cultural references. The series premiered on November 10, 1969, to positive reviews, some controversy, and high viewership; it has aired on the U.S.'s national public television provider PBS since its debut, with its first run moving to premium channel HBO on January 16, 2016.
Nova is an American popular science television series produced by WGBH Boston. It is broadcast on PBS in the U.S., and in more than 100 other countries. The series has won many major television awards.
Candid Camera was a popular and long running American hidden camera reality television series. Versions of the show appeared on television from 1948 until 2014. Originally created and produced by Allen Funt, it often featured practical jokes, and initially began on radio as The Candid Microphone on June 28, 1947.
Truth or Consequences is an American game show originally hosted on NBC radio by Ralph Edwards (1940–1957) and later on television by Edwards (1950–1954), Jack Bailey (1954–1956), Bob Barker (1956–1975), Steve Dunne (1957–58), Bob Hilton (1977–1978) and Larry Anderson (1987–1988). The television show ran on CBS, NBC and also in syndication. The premise of the show was to mix the original quiz element of game shows with wacky stunts.
The Lawrence Welk Show was an American televised musical variety show hosted by big band leader Lawrence Welk. The series aired locally in Los Angeles for four years, from 1951 to 1955, then nationally for another 16 years on ABC from 1955 to 1971, followed by 11 years in first-run syndication from 1971 to 1982. Repeat episodes are broadcast in the United States by Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations. These airings incorporate an original program—usually, a color broadcast from 1965 to 1982—in its entirety. In place of the commercials, newer performance and interview clips from the original stars and/or a family member of the performers are included; these clips are occasionally updated.
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American Bandstand is an American music-performance and dance television program that aired in various versions from 1952 to 1989, and was hosted from 1956 until its final season by Dick Clark, who also served as the program's producer. It featured teenagers dancing to Top 40 music introduced by Clark; at least one popular musical act—over the decades, running the gamut from Jerry Lee Lewis to Run–D.M.C.—would usually appear in person to lip-sync one of their latest singles. Freddy Cannon holds the record for most appearances, at 110.
The Edge of Night is an American television mystery series/soap opera produced by Procter & Gamble. It debuted on CBS on April 2, 1956, and ran as a live broadcast on that network for most of its run until November 28, 1975; the series then moved to ABC, where it aired from December 1, 1975, until December 28, 1984; 7,420 episodes were produced, of which some 1,800 are available for syndication.
|January 8||All Star Secrets||NBC|
|January 18||Delta House||ABC|
|January 20||Salvage 1|
|January 21||Brothers and Sisters||NBC|
|January 22||Nightly Business Report||PBS|
|January 26||Hello, Larry||NBC|
|The Dukes of Hazzard||CBS|
|January 28||CBS News Sunday Morning|
|February 1||Makin' It||ABC|
|February 3||The New Fred and Barney Show||NBC|
|February 20||This Old House||PBS|
|March 4||Stockard Channing in Just Friends||CBS|
|March 13||The Ropers||ABC|
|March 15||Harris and Company||NBC|
|March 24||The Bad News Bears||CBS|
|March 28||Dear Detective||ABC|
|April 6||The Mackenzies of Paradise Cove|
|April 12||Highridge Manor||NBC|
|April 18||Real People|
|July 31||Detective School||ABC|
|August 24||The Facts of Life||NBC|
|August 25||Hart to Hart||ABC|
|September 1||Lap Quilting with Georgia Bonesteel||PBS|
|The Woodwright's Shop|
|September 8||Fred and Barney Meet The Thing||NBC|
|September 9||Jason of Star Command||CBS|
|Out of the Blue||ABC|
|September 15||Working Stiffs||CBS|
|September 16||A New Kind of Family||ABC|
|September 17||Three's a Crowd||Syndication|
|September 18||The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo||NBC|
|September 19||The Last Resort||CBS|
|Struck by Lightning|
|September 20||Buck Rogers in the 25th Century||NBC|
|September 22||Casper and the Angels|
|A Man Called Sloane|
|The New Adventures of Flash Gordon|
|The New Shmoo|
|The Super Globetrotters|
|Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo||ABC|
|September 23||The Associates|
|Archie Bunker's Place||CBS|
|September 25||California Fever|
|Trapper John, M.D.|
|September 29||Big Shamus, Little Shamus|
|October 29||Freedom Road|
|November 8||Nightline (debuting as The Iran Crisis–America Held Hostage)||ABC|
|November 28||Young Maverick||CBS|
|December 17||House Calls|
|December 27||Knots Landing|
|January 12||The Eddie Capra Mysteries||1978|
|January 14||The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries||1977|
|January 16||Grandpa Goes to Washington||1978|
|March 2||Jeopardy! (returned in 1984)||1964|
|March 16||Makin' It||1979|
|April 8||All in the Family||1971|
|April 20||Match Game||1973|
|April 24||The Paper Chase (returned in 1983)||1978|
|April 28||What's Happening!!||1976|
|April 29||Battlestar Galactica||1978|
|May 15||Starsky and Hutch||1975|
|June 8||Welcome Back, Kotter|
|June 23||Stockard Channing in Just Friends||1979|
|July 6||The Amazing Spider-Man||1977|
|July 11||Sword of Justice||1978|
|July 12||David Cassidy: Man Undercover|
|August 1||Good Times||1974|
|September 8||Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics||1977|
|September 11||Wonder Woman||1976|
|November 24||Detective School||1979|
|All Quiet on the Western Front||CBS||November 14|
|Backstairs at the White House||NBC||January 29|
|Roots: The Next Generations||ABC||February 18 (7 episodes)|
|Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July||ABC||November 25|
|The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree||NBC||December 3|
|The Miracle Worker||NBC||October 14|
|January 2||Erica Hubbard||Actress ( The Replacements , Lincoln Heights )|
|January 8||Sarah Polley||Actress ( Ramona , Road to Avonlea )|
|January 9||Joshua Harto||Actor ( That's So Raven )|
|January 14||James Scott||British actor ( All My Children , Days of Our Lives )|
|January 16||Aaliyah||Singer (d. 2001)|
|January 24||Ricardo Medina Jr.||Actor ( Power Rangers Wild Force )|
|Tatyana Ali||Actress ( The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air )|
|January 25||Christine Lakin||Actress ( Step by Step )|
|January 26||Sara Rue||Actress ( Less than Perfect )|
|January 30||Michelle Langstone||New Zealand actress ( Power Rangers S.P.D. )|
|February 1||Rachelle Lefevre||Canadian actress ( Under the Dome )|
|February 7||Cerina Vincent||Actress ( Stuck in the Middle )|
|February 8||Josh Keaton||Voice actor ( Bratz , The Spectacular Spider-Man , Green Lantern: The Animated Series , DC Super Hero Girls , Voltron: Legendary Defender , Justice League Action , Ben 10 )|
|February 11||Brandy Norwood||Singer and actress ( Moesha , The Game )|
|February 12||Jesse Spencer||Australian actor ( House , Chicago Fire )|
|February 17||Conrad Ricamora||Actor ( How to Get Away with Murder ) and singer|
|February 18||Tyrone D. Burton||Actor ( The Parent 'Hood )|
|February 20||Bianca Lawson||Actress ( Pretty Little Liars )|
|February 21||Jennifer Love Hewitt||Actress ( Party of Five , Ghost Whisperer ) and singer|
|Jordan Peele||Actor and comedian ( Mad TV , Key & Peele )|
|February 23||Maryke Hendrikse||Voice actress ( Johnny Test )|
|March 5||Riki Lindhome||Voice actress ( Monsters vs. Aliens )|
|March 7||Stephanie Anne Mills||Canadian actress ( My Dad the Rock Star , Total Drama , Sidekick )|
|March 10||Danny Pudi||Actor ( Community , DuckTales )|
|March 17||Stephen Kramer Glickman||Canadian actor ( Big Time Rush )|
|March 18||Danneel Ackles||Actress ( One Life to Live , One Tree Hill )|
|March 24||Lake Bell||Actress ( How to Make it in America , Boston Legal )|
|March 25||Lee Pace||Actor ( Pushing Daisies )|
|March 26||Heidi Zeigler||Actress ( Rags to Riches , Just the Ten of Us )|
|April 4||Heath Ledger||Australian actor ( Sweat ) (d. 2008)|
|April 9||Keshia Knight Pulliam||Actress ( The Cosby Show )|
|April 11||Josh Server||Actor ( All That )|
|April 12||Claire Danes||Actress ( Homeland )|
|Jennifer Morrison||Actress ( House , Once Upon a Time )|
|April 18||Kourtney Kardashian||Actress ( Keeping Up with the Kardashians )|
|April 23||Jaime King||Actress ( Hart of Dixie )|
|May 5||Vincent Kartheiser||Actor ( Mad Men )|
|May 9||Rosario Dawson||Actor ( Gemini Division )|
|May 16||Jessica Morris||Actress ( One Life to Live )|
|May 19||Kyle Carrozza||Voice actor ( Mighty Magiswords )|
|May 22||Maggie Q||Actress ( Nikita , Stalker ) and model|
|May 25||Corbin Allred||Actor ( Teen Angel )|
|May 26||Elisabeth Harnois||Actress ( CSI: Crime Scene Investigation )|
|May 30||Jenny Mollen||Actress|
|June 2||Morena Baccarin||Actress ( Homeland )|
|June 5||Pete Wentz||American musician ( Fall Out Boy )|
|June 7||Anna Torv||Actress ( Fringe )|
|June 11||Preslaysa Edwards||Actress ( The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo )|
|June 21||Chris Pratt||Actor ( Everwood , Parks and Recreation )|
|June 24||Mindy Kaling||Actress ( The Office , The Mindy Project )|
|June 25||Busy Philipps||Actress ( Dawson's Creek , Freaks and Geeks , Cougar Town )|
|June 26||Julia Benson||Canadian actress ( Stargate Universe )|
|June 28||Felicia Day||Actress ( The Guild )|
|June 30||Rick Gonzalez||Actor ( Reaper , Arrow )|
|July 3||Elizabeth Hendrickson||Actress ( All My Children )|
|July 14||Scott Porter||Actor ( Hart of Dixie )|
|July 16||Jayma Mays||Actress ( Heroes , Ugly Betty , Glee , The League , The Millers , Trial & Error )|
|July 17||Mike Vogel||Actor ( Under the Dome )|
|July 18||Jason Weaver||Actor ( Smart Guy ) and singer|
|July 31||B. J. Novak||Actor (Ryan Howard on The Office )|
|August 1||Jason Momoa||Actor ( Stargate Atlantis , Game of Thrones )|
|August 3||Danso Gordon||Canadian actor ( In a Heartbeat , South of Nowhere )|
|Evangeline Lilly||Canadian actress ( Lost )|
|August 7||Eric Johnson||Canadian actor ( Smallville , Rookie Blue )|
|August 10||JoAnna Garcia||Actress ( Are You Afraid of the Dark? , Freaks and Geeks , Reba , Privileged , Better with You , The Astronaut Wives Club )|
|August 11||Drew Nelson||Canadian actor ( Girlstuff/Boystuff , Total Drama )|
|Rob Kerkovich||Actor ( NCIS: New Orleans )|
|August 12||Peter Browngardt||Voice actor ( Secret Mountain Fort Awesome , Uncle Grandpa )|
|August 22||Jennifer Finnigan||Actress ( The Bold and the Beautiful , Close to Home , Better with You , Tyrant )|
|August 23||Clare Grant||Actress|
|September 9||Nikki DeLoach||Actress ( Awkward )|
|September 15||Dave Annable||Actor ( Brothers & Sisters , 666 Park Avenue , Red Band Society , Heartbeat )|
|Amy Davidson||Actress ( 8 Simple Rules )|
|September 18||Alison Lohman||Actress ( Pasadena )|
|September 24||Erin Chambers||Actress ( General Hospital )|
|Justin Bruening||Actor ( All My Children )|
|September 28||Anndi McAfee||Voice actress ( Hey Arnold! , Recess , Lloyd in Space )|
|September 30||Mike Damus||Actor ( Teen Angel , Brutally Normal , Men, Women & Dogs , Trust Me )|
|October 2||Brianna Brown||Actress ( General Hospital , Devious Maids )|
|October 4||Rachael Leigh Cook||Actress ( Perception )|
|October 7||Aaron Ashmore||Canadian actor ( Smallville , Warehouse 13 )|
|Shawn Ashmore||Canadian actor ( In a Heartbeat , The Following )|
|October 8||Kristanna Loken||Actress and model ( Painkiller Jane )|
|October 9||Brandon Routh||Actor ( Arrow , Legends of Tomorrow )|
|October 20||John Krasinski||Actor (Jim Halpert on The Office )|
|October 25||Sarah Thompson||Actress ( Angel , 7th Heaven )|
|November 2||Erika Flores||Actress ( Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman )|
|November 8||Dania Ramirez||Dominican-American actress ( Entourage , Heroes , Devious Maids , Once Upon a Time )|
|November 12||Cote de Pablo||Chilean-American actress ( NCIS )|
|November 13||Henry Wolfe||Actor, singer and son of Meryl Streep and Don Gummer|
|Metta World Peace||NBA player|
|November 23||Jonathan Sadowski||Actor ( $h*! My Dad Says , Young & Hungry )|
|Kelly Brook||Model and actress ( Smallville )|
|November 30||Diego Klattenhoff||Canadian actor ( Homeland , The Blacklist )|
|December 2||Melissa Archer||Actress ( One Life to Live )|
|December 7||Eric Bauza||Canadian voice actor ( Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island , El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera , The Fairly OddParents , The Looney Tunes Show , Ben 10: Omniverse , Xiaolin Chronicles , Uncle Grandpa , Breadwinners , New Looney Tunes , Atomic Puppet , Mighty Magiswords , Ben 10 , Unikitty , Muppet Babies , Legend of the Three Caballeros , Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles )|
|December 11||Rider Strong||Actor ( Boy Meets World , Kim Possible , Girl Meets World , Star vs. the Forces of Evil )|
|December 15||Adam Brody||Actor ( The O.C. )|
|December 17||Jaimee Foxworth||Actress ( Family Matters )|
|December 19||Tara Summers||English actress ( Boston Legal )|
|December 21||Rutina Wesley||Actress ( True Blood )|
|December 26||Chris Daughtry||Singer ( American Idol )|
|December 28||Bree Williamson||Actress ( One Life to Live )|
|December 30||Catherine Taber||Voice actress ( Star Wars: The Clone Wars , The Loud House )|
|January 11||Jack Soo||61||Actor (Nick Yemana on Barney Miller )|
|January 16||Ted Cassidy||46||Actor (Lurch on The Addams Family )|
|January 27||Dick Wesson||59||Actor, announcer ( The Wonderful World of Disney )|
|February 2||Sid Vicious||21||English musician (Sex Pistols)|
|June 22||Hope Summers||83||Actress (Clara Edwards on The Andy Griffith Show )|
|July 29||Bill Todman||62||Game show producer ( Match Game , What's My Line? )|
|August 17||Vivian Vance||70||Actress (Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucy )|
|November 1||Mamie Eisenhower||82||First Lady of the United States and spouse of President Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|November 30||Zeppo Marx||78||Actor and comedian|
A military dictatorship is a dictatorship wherein the military exerts complete or substantial control over political authority.
For the American TV schedule, see: 1970–71 United States network television schedule.
The year 1972 involved some significant events in television. Below is a list of notable television-related events.
For the American TV schedule, see: 1974–75 United States network television schedule.
For the American TV schedule, see: 1975–76 United States network television schedule.
This is a list of American television-related events in 1977.
This is a list of American television-related events in 1978.
The year 1980 involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events in the United States.
The year 1981 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1981.
The year 1982 involved some significant events in television. Below is a list of television-related events in the United States.
The year 1983 in television involved some significant events.
This article is a list of television-related events during 1984.
This is a list of American television-related events in 1976.
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