So Long, Mary

Classic TV fans lost a true legend last week with the passing of Mary Tyler Moore at the age of 80.

Mary is best remembered for her two iconic sitcom roles: Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-66) and Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-77). She also guested on such early classics as 77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Thriller and Wanted: Dead or Alive. Her legs and voice appeared on the 1950s David Janssen crime series Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

Mary Tyler Moore and her then-husband Grant Tinker (who passed away last November) teamed up to create the production company MTM Enterprises in 1969. In MTM’s nearly 30 years of existence, the company was an entertainment juggernaut, creating such classic series as The Bob Newhart Show, Hill Street Blues, Lou Grant, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Newhart, Phyllis, Rhoda, St. Elsewhere, The White Shadow and WKRP in Cincinnati.

We’ve lost many more classic TV friends recently, including:

  • Actor William Christopher, who played Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H
  • Actor Mike Connors (Mannix)
  • Veteran character actor Bernard Fox, who guested on many classic shows of the 1960s and 70s. His best known roles were on Bewitched (Dr. Bombay) and Hogan’s Heroes (Colonel Crittendon)
  • Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who guested on such classic shows as Batman, Burke’s Law, Gilligan’s Island and Mister Ed
  • Actress Barbara Hale, Della Street on Perry Mason
  • Legendary film star Debbie Reynolds, who starred in several short-lived TV series (1969-70’s The Debbie Reynolds Show and 1981’s Aloha Paradise). She also guested on Alice and The Love Boat
  • Actor Alan Thicke, who played Jason Seaver on the 1985-92 sitcom Growing Pains. He also produced the talk show spoof Fernwood Tonight, hosted several game and talk shows and wrote the theme songs to Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life
  • Actress Francine York, who guested on countless classic 60s/70s series including Death Valley Days, Gomer Pyle USMC, Love American Style, My Favorite Martian, Perry Mason, The Streets of San Francisco and The Untouchables
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Cozi Adds Columbo, Rockford, Emergency!


NBC’s classic TV digital network Cozi TV is dipping into the Universal library to freshen it’s schedule for Winter 2017.

Joining the Cozi lineup in January: Alias Smith and Jones, Columbo (1970s episodes), Emergency!, McCloud, McMillan & Wife and The Rockford Files. All but Alias Smith and Jones previously aired on competitor MeTV.

Exiting the schedule are Adam-12, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hart to Hart, Starsky and Hutch and Zorro.

The weekday lineup changes are as follows (all times Eastern):

12:00N The Rockford Files (Replacing 2x Adam-12)
1:00PM Emergency! (Replacing Hart to Hart)
6:00PM Little House On The Prairie (Replacing 2x The Munsters)
7:00PM The Munsters (Replacing Frasier)
7:30PM The Munsters (Replacing Frasier)
9:00PM Frasier (Replacing various programming)
9:30PM Frasier (Replacing various programming)

The new schedule kicks off Monday. For the complete Cozi TV Winter 2017 lineup, click here.

Antenna TV Launches Winter Lineup


Tribune-owned classic TV diginet Antenna TV is bringing back Patty Duke (moving over from competitor MeTV), adding several sitcoms and moving Johnny Carson. The changes are all part of the network’s new schedule which launches Monday.

Joining the Antenna TV sked for the first time are 227, Becker, Good Morning World, The Joey Bishop Show, My Two Dads and What’s Happening!! Returning to the fold are The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Circus Boy and The Patty Duke Show. Johnny Carson will now air 7 nights a week at 10PM, with the 90-minute 1970s-80s episodes airing Friday and Saturday nights.

The weekday lineup changes are as follows (all times Eastern):

6:00AM Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Replacing Mork & Mindy)
6:30AM Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Replacing Mork & Mindy)
7:00AM Mork & Mindy (Replacing Bewitched)
7:30AM Mork & Mindy (Replacing Bewitched)
8:00AM Green Acres (Replacing I Dream of Jeannie)
8:30AM Green Acres (Replacing I Dream of Jeannie)
9:00AM The Burns and Allen Show (Replacing Green Acres)
9:30AM The Burns and Allen Show (Replacing Green Acres)
10:00AM Father Knows Best (Replacing Hazel)
10:30AM Father Knows Best (Replacing Hazel)
11:00AM The Patty Duke Show (Replacing McHale’s Navy)
11:30AM The Patty Duke Show (Replacing McHale’s Navy)
12:00N Hazel (Replacing Father Knows Best)
12:00N Hazel (Replacing Father Knows Best)
1:00PM The Joey Bishop Show (Replacing Leave It to Beaver)
1:30PM The Joey Bishop Show (Replacing Leave It to Beaver)
2:00PM I Dream of Jeannie (Replacing One Day at a Time)
2:30PM I Dream of Jeannie (Replacing One Day at a Time)
3:00PM Bewitched (Replacing Three’s Company)
3:30PM Bewitched (Replacing Three’s Company)
4:00PM Good Times (Replacing Family Ties)
4:30PM Good Times (Replacing Family Ties)
5:00PM Sanford and Son (Replacing Maude)
5:30PM Sanford and Son (Replacing Maude)
6:00PM All in the Family (Replacing Sanford and Son)
6:30PM All in the Family (Replacing Sanford and Son)
7:00PM The Jeffersons (Replacing Good Times)
7:30PM The Jeffersons (Replacing Good Times)
8:00PM What’s Happening!! (M-Th)/One Day at a Time (F) (Replacing The Jeffersons)
8:30PM What’s Happening!! (M-Th)/One Day at a Time (F) (Replacing The Jeffersons)
9:00PM 227 (M-Th)/Barney Miller (F) (Replacing All in the Family)
9:30PM 227 (M-Th)/Barney Miller (F) (Replacing All in the Family)
10:00PM Johnny Carson (Replacing 2x Barney Miller)
11:00PM Wings (M-Th) (Replacing Johnny Carson)
11:30PM Wings (Replacing Johnny Carson)
12:00M Becker (Replacing Wings)
12:00AM Becker (Replacing Wings)
4:00AM Mr. Belvedere (Replacing Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
4:30AM Mr. Belvedere (Replacing Sabrina the Teenage Witch)

See the complete Winter 2017 Antenna TV schedule here.

Tuned In: Antenna TV 2017 Additions, Dick Van Dyke Gets Colorized

News and notes from the world of classic TV:

  • Classic TV diginet Antenna TV will be adding a bunch of sitcoms to their lineup in 2017, mostly 80s and 90s fare along with a couple obscure classics from the 60s. Joining the lineup: 227, Alice, Becker, Good Morning World (1967-68 starring Ronnie Schell and a pre Laugh-In Goldie Hawn), Growing Pains, Head of the Class, The Hogan Family, The Joey Bishop Show (1961-65), Murphy Brown, My Two Dads and What’s Happening!!
  • NBC-owned classic TV digital network Cozi TV picks up a trio of NBC classics that last aired on MeTV. Getting Cozi in January: Columbo (Weekends), Emergency! (1PM Weekdays) and The Rockford Files (12N Weekdays).
  • The classic black-and-white sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show will follow in fellow B&W sitcom I Love Lucy’s footsteps. CBS will air two back-to-back episodes of DVD in color at 8PM Eastern tonight (Sunday Decemmber 11). “That’s My Boy??” and “Coast to Coast Big Mouth” were chosen by series creator and co-star Carl Reiner.
  • There have been more losses of classic TV favorites in recent weeks: actor Don Calfa (guested on Barney Miller, Kojak, Streets of San Francisco), actor Ron Glass (Barney Miller), comic actor Milt Moss (best known for saying “I can’t believe I ate that whole thing” in a classic Alka-Seltzer TV commercial), producer/network executive Grant Tinker (The Bob Newhart Show, Hill Street Blues, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, WKRP in Cincinnati), actor Fritz Weaver (guested on such classics as Hawaii Five-0, Mannix, Rawhide, The Twilight Zone) and actor Van Williams (The Green Hornet, Surfside 6).

Ponch and The Beav Are Back: MeTV Unwraps Winter Sked


Classic TV diginet MeTV has unveiled their new winter programming schedule, highlighted by the returns of Leave It To Beaver (from competitor Antenna TV) and CHiPs, plus the MeTV debut of the 1985-92 action-adventure series MacGyver.

The weekday lineup changes are as follows (all times Eastern):

  • 7:30AM Beverly Hillbillies (Replacing Petticoat Junction)
  • 8:00AM Leave It To Beaver (Replacing Beverly Hillbillies)
  • 8:30AM Leave It To Beaver (Replacing Beverly Hillbillies)
  • 1:00PM Gunsmoke (The original half-hour episodes, replacing the 60-minute version)
  • 1:30PM Gunsmoke (The original half-hour episodes, replacing the 60-minute version)
  • 4:00PM CHiPs (Replacing Emergency!, which is moving to MeTV competitor Cozi TV)
  • 5:00PM MacGyver (Replacing Emergency!, which is moving to MeTV competitor Cozi TV)
  • 9:00PM MacGyver (Replacing Happy Days and Gilligan’s Island, which will now air weekends only)
  • 2:00AM Mannix (Replacing Kojak)
  • 3:00AM Ironside (Replacing MeTV Mystery Movie)
  • 4:00AM 77 Sunset Strip (Replacing MeTV Mystery Movie)

Weekend additions include the James Garner western Maverick (10AM Saturdays), 1989-2003 episodes of Columbo (8PM Sundays…the 1970s version moves to Cozi TV) and the cult classic horror-mystery series Kolchak: The Night Stalker (10PM Sundays). The latter stars Darren McGavin, best known by modern audiences as the dad on A Christmas Story.

Both CHiPs and MacGyver launch Monday December 19. The rest of the changes take effect January 2, 2017. Find the full schedule here.

What’s Here: 77 Sunset Strip, CHiPs, Columbo (90s), Gunsmoke (1/2 hr), Ironside, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Leave It To Beaver, MacGyver, Mannix, Maverick

What’s Outta Here: Columbo (70s), Daniel Boone, Emergency!, Kojak, MeTV Mystery Movie, Petticoat Junction

Classic TV Roll Call

Breaking news this Black Friday: Brady mom Florence Henderson has passed away at age 82. Sadly, we have lost a long list of classic TV friends since our last posting…

  • Director Norman Abbott, who worked on shows like Get Smart, The Jack Benny Program, Leave It To Beaver, The Munsters and Sanford and Son
  • Actor Eddie Applegate, Patty’s boyfriend Richard on The Patty Duke Show
  • Actress Patricia Barry, who guested on such classics as Gunsmoke, Perry Mason and The Twilight Zone. She was a regular on daytime dramas All My Children, Days of Our Lives and Guiding Light
  • Longtime CBS executive Mike Dann, who was VP of programming from 1963-70
  • Actress Gloria DeHaven, who guested on classics including Flipper, Mannix, The Rifleman and Wagon Train. She was a regular on daytime soaps As The World Turns and Ryan’s Hope
  • Actress Ronnie Claire Edwards, best known for her role as Corabeth Walton Godsey on The Waltons
  • Actress Tammy Grimes, who guested on Burke’s Law, Route 66 and The Virginian. She starred in her own self-titled sitcom in 1966
  • Actress Ann Morgan Guilbert, Millie Helper on The Dick Van Dyke Show
  • Actress Florence Henderson, who played mother Carol Brady on the iconic sitcom The Brady Bunch and it’s numerous sequels
  • Actor Steven Hill, Dan Briggs on Mission: Impossible and D.A. Adam Schiff on Law & Order
  • Actress Beth Howland, Vera on the 1970s-80s sitcom Alice
  • Character actor David Huddleston, who guested on such classics as Adam-12, Bewitched, Cannon and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He later played Kevin Arnold’s grandfather on The Wonder Years
  • Actor Barry Jenner, who appeared on 1970s daytime dramas Another World and Somerset. He guested on shows like Barnaby Jones and Hart to Hart
  • Writer Austin Kalish, who teamed with his wife Irma to write episodes of such classic series as All in the Family, Family Affair, The Facts of Life, F Troop, Gilligan’s Island, Good Times, Maude and My Three Sons
  • Local news executive Melvin Kampmann, creator of Action News
  • Actor Marvin Kaplan, best known as the voice of Choo-Choo on the classic cartoon Top Cat and Henry the telephone lineman on Alice
  • Musician Julius La Rosa, best remembered for being fired on-air by Arthur Godfrey
  • Actor Dan Marshall, Dan Erickson on Irwin Allen’s Land of the Giants
  • Veteran producer-actor Garry Marshall, creator of Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. He was also the brother of actress Penny Marshall
  • Director Leslie Martinson, who worked on such classics as Batman, CHiPs, Mannix and Mission: Impossible
  • Actor John McMartin, who guested on such shows as Cannon, Hawaii Five-0, Marcus Welby M.D. and The Partridge Family
  • Longtime Philadelphia children’s TV host W. Carter Merbreier, who played Captain Noah on WFIL/WPVI from 1967-1994
  • 2’9″ tall actor Michu Meszaros, who worked on H.R. Pufnstuf and later ALF
  • Writer-producer Agnes Nixon, best known for creating the ABC daytime dramas All My Children, Loving and One Life to Live
  • Actress Noel Neill, Lois Lane on Seasons 2-6 of the classic 1950s series Adventures of Superman
  • Actor Hugh O’Brian, best known for playing the title role on the early western series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp
  • Veteran character actor Jack Riley, who guested on such shows as Barney Miller, Gomer Pyle USMC and Hogan’s Heroes. His best-known role was neurotic patient Elliot Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show
  • Actress Doris Roberts, who guested on classic series like Alice, Barney Miller, Ben Casey and The Naked City. She was a regular on the ABC sitcom Angie but achieved her greatest success as Marie Barone on the long-running sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Veteran newsman Morley Safer, who worked on the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes from 1970-2016
  • Legendary character actor William Schallert, who appeared on countless classics like The Dick Van Dyke Show, Hawaii Five-0, Leave It To Beaver and Perry Mason. In his later years, his work included My Name Is Earl and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His best known role was as Martin Lane, Patty’s dad on The Patty Duke Show. Three of that show’s cast members have passed away in 2016, including Duke, Schallert and Eddie Applegate (see above)
  • Broadway and film actress Madeleine Sherwood, known to classic TV fans as Reverend Mother Placido on The Flying Nun
  • Production executive Robert E. Short, who worked on numerous classic series including Another World, Car 54 Where Are You?, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Rifleman
  • Actor James Stacy, who guested on shows like Combat!, Gunsmoke and Perry Mason. He starred in the late 60s western series Lancer. Sadly, he lost his left arm and leg in a 1973 motorcycle accident.
  • Actor Robert Vaughn, best known as suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E
  • Voice actress Janet Waldo, the voice of classic cartoon characters Judy Jetson and Josie of Josie & The Pussycats
  • Actor Alan Young, Wilbur on the talking horse comedy Mister Ed
  • Local horror movie host John Zacherle, who appeared on Shock Theater and Chiller Theatre in Philadelphia and New York

Tuned In: Antenna TV and Cozi Fall Program Changes

Classic TV diginets Antenna TV and Cozi TV are shifting their lineups for fall, adding some shows and pulling a few others.

Antenna TV is unveiling a pair of sitcoms: The Addams Family (moving over from ThisTV) and Wings. Father Knows Best returns to the schedule, while Mister Ed gallops back to competitor MeTV.

Cozi-TV-LogoNBC-owned Cozi TV is dipping into the NBC archives for a trio of new entries on their fall lineup: Frasier, Little House on the Prairie and Quincy M.E.

For more info on the fall changes, visit the Antenna TV and CoziTV websites.

Mister Ed, Wild Wild West Join MeTV Fall Lineup


Classic TV diginet MeTV has unveiled their new fall schedule, which features a handful of changes but keeps most of the lineup intact.

Weekday mornings feature the additions of Our Miss Brooks, Mister Ed (returning to MeTV after a run/trot on competitor Antenna TV) and I Love Lucy. Other weekday changes include the return of a double-run of Emergency! and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.

MeTV’s weekend lineup has more changes, among them the expansion of western and sci-fi programming blocks and the shift of all government-mandated E/I programming to Sunday mornings. Westerns will now run from 8AM-6PM Saturdays, with sci-fi shows airing from 6PM Saturday to 6AM Sunday. The western/sci-fi series The Wild Wild West will bridge the transition Saturdays at 6PM Eastern.

Additions to the weekend lineup include Daniel Boone (10/1), Family Affair, Have Gun Will Travel (10/1), Land of the Giants, The Little Rascals (10/1), Planet of the Apes, Sledge Hammer!, The Time Tunnel, Trackdown (10/1) and The Wild Wild West.

Leaving the MeTV schedule: The Adventures of Superman, CHiPs, H.R. Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost, The Lucy Show, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Patty Duke Show, The Rockford Files, Thriller and Welcome Back Kotter.

The new lineup starts on Labor Day, Monday September 5. Here’s a link to the full MeTV Fall 2016 schedule.

And Then There’s Maude! Antenna TV Shuffles Lineup Starting Monday

Classic TV diginet Antenna TV is mixing up their weekday lineup for the rest of summer.

The biggest changes are the return of the Bea Arthur sitcom Maude to the schedule (5PM and 5:30PM ET) and The Partridge Family (2PM and 230PM ET) to the weekday lineup. Sabrina The Teenage Witch upgrades to a M-F overnight slot (4AM and 4:30AM ET).

Many other shows are getting new time slots, including Barney Miller, Bewitched, Dear John, Family Ties, Green Acres, Hazel, I Dream of Jeannie, Leave It To Beaver, McHale’s Navy, Mister Ed and Mork & Mindy.

Father Knows Best leaves the schedule, while Burns & Allen and Dennis The Menace will air weekends only.

The changes take affect tomorrow, July 4. For the complete schedule, visit Antenna TV’s website.

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getTV Launches New Lineup Monday

Sony’s classic movie diginet getTV is overhauling their schedule, adding a 13-hour block of classic TV series to their weekday lineup.

Here’s a rundown of the new lineup (all times Eastern):

7:00AM The Thin Man (Mystery)
7:35AM The Jimmy Stewart Show (Comedy)
8:15AM Nanny and the Professor (Comedy)
8:50AM The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (Comedy)
9:30AM A Man Called Shenandoah (Western)
10:05AM The Restless Gun (Western)
10:45AM Laredo (Western)
12:00N Tour of Duty (Drama)
1:00PM S.W.A.T. (Crime Drama)
2:00PM Airwolf (Action)
3:00PM Riptide (Detective)
4:00PM Hardcastle & McCormick (Action)
5:00PM The Equalizer (Crime Drama)
6:00PM In the Heat of the Night (Drama)
7:00PM In the Heat of the Night (Drama)

getTV also airs classic television programming Monday nights (variety shows), Wednesday nights (comedies) and Saturday afternoons (Westerns).

You can find getTV on such affiliates as WFTY 67.3 New York, KFTR 46.2 Los Angeles and WGBO 66.2 Chicago. For the complete schedule and affiliate directory, visit the getTV website.