1994 in American television


The following is a list of events affecting American television during 1994 Events listed include television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and channel initiations, closures and re-brandings, as well as information about controversies and disputes

Contents

  • 1 Events
  • 2 Programs
    • 21 Debuts
    • 22 Ending this year
    • 23 Entering syndication
    • 24 Resuming this year
    • 25 Changes of network affiliation
    • 26 Made-for-TV movies and miniseries
  • 3 Births
  • 4 Deaths
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References

Eventsedit

Date Event
January 18 The Peanuts special You're in the Super Bowl, Charlie Brown is broadcast by NBC It will prove to be the last new Peanuts special broadcast on television for eight years until A Charlie Brown Valentine airs on ABC
January 23 CBS, which had broadcast National Football League games since 1956, broadcasts its final telecast, with the Dallas Cowboys defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, 38–21 CBS had been outbid during December 1993 for rights to the NFC package by the Fox Network CBS, however, would regain NFL rights taking over the AFC rights from NBC in 1998
January 31 Bill Cosby returned to NBC for a two-hour movie, The Cosby Mysteries, after ending production of The Cosby Show for 21 months
February 1 American pay television channel Encore initiates seven new themed multiplex channels Westerns, True Stories, Love Stories, WAM!: America's Kidz Network, Action and Mystery, primarily on TCI cable systems, becoming the first premium service to offer themed premium services Starz, which features more recent movie fare than its parent channel, is also initiated on this date as part of the Encore multiplex and would later become a rival to HBO, Showtime, Cinemax and The Movie Channel
February 19 During the opening monologue on Saturday Night Live, guest host Martin Lawrence makes sexually explicit jokes about female genitalia and feminine hygiene, which results in NBC banning him from appearing on the network for the next year and SNL for life In repeats of the episode, the offending section of the monologue is replaced by a title card read by an off-screen player writer Jim Downey, saying that although SNL is neutral about the issues mentioned by Lawrence, network policy prevents his remarks from being re-broadcast, and that the incident almost cost the entire cast of SNL their jobs
March 11 Viacom assumes control of Paramount Pictures, which includes Paramount Television Later during the year Paramount/Viacom announces plans to initiate a new over-the-air television network, in conjunction with United Television The new network, the United Paramount Network or UPN for short, is initiated during January 1995
March 31 Madonna appears on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman and makes headlines for going on a profanity-laden tirade—one of the most censored events of American TV talk-show history, swearing 13 times during the interview Though infamous, it results in some of the highest ratings of Letterman's late-night career Robin Williams would later describe the segment as a "battle of wits with an unarmed woman"
April 14 Turner Classic Movies channel, an extension of Turner Broadcasting System debuted
April 17 ABC/Fox affiliate KARD in Monroe, Louisiana disaffiliates from ABC and moves its secondary affiliation with Fox to primary status, in the first unofficial affiliation swap of the 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment ABC will not have an affiliate in Monroe until KAQY signs-on in 1998
April 24 Barney the Dinosaur makes his commercial network television debut on the NBC prime-time special spin-off program Bedtime with Barney: Imagination Island However, the song "I Love You" wasn't sung in the special due to a lawsuit about the song at the time; this explains why "I Love You" wasn't used in Barney's Favorites Vol 2, as it uses songs from the spin-off Surprisingly enough after this special aired, the 1965 film The Sound of Music was also included in the lineup for a Family Friendly Night of the '90s
April 28 The Simpsons broadcasts its 100th episode on Fox
May 13 Johnny Carson makes a surprise appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman to deliver Letterman his "Top Ten Lists" This would prove to be Carson's final television appearance
May 23 Star Trek: The Next Generation concludes its seven-year run with the series finale, All Good Things The two-hour finale was broadcast at 6 pm on most affiliates, rather than as part of the prime time lineup
June 1 FX begins broadcasting This was first cable TV network to be owned by Fox
First formal broadcast of Newsworld International
June 10 The Pay television content descriptors, which describe the varying degrees of suggestive or explicit content in series and movies being broadcast by pay cable channels, are first implemented by HBO and Cinemax Showtime and The Movie Channel added the system a month later
June 11 World Wrestling Federation wrestler Hulk Hogan signs a deal with World Championship Wrestling on a live broadcast of WCW Saturday Night
June 17 With all major networks providing live coverage, former NFL player O J Simpson, suspected in the murder of his former wife and her acquaintance, flees from police with his friend Al Cowlings in his white Ford Bronco; the low-speed chase ends with Simpson's surrender to police at his Brentwood mansion
DirecTV, a direct broadcast satellite service, begins broadcasting in Jackson, Mississippi
July 4 America's Talking, a talk and information channel and forerunner to MSNBC, launched
July 12 The 1994 Major League Baseball All-Star Game from Pittsburgh is broadcast on NBC NBC's first Major League Baseball telecast since Game 5 of the 1989 National League Championship Series The game is the first production of The Baseball Network, a joint venture between MLB, NBC, and ABC Hampered by its much-criticized regional policy for game broadcasts and a players' strike that cancels the 1994 postseason, the venture will be termed a failure even before it dissolves at the end of the 1995 season
August 12 The ABC soap opera All My Children broadcasts a memorial episode for original cast member Frances Heflin, who died during June The memorial is in the form of a funeral service for Heflin's character, Mona Kane Tyler
Fox broadcasts its first National Football League broadcast, a pre-season game in San Francisco between the 49ers and Denver Broncos
August 21 HBO broadcasts a concert appearance by Barbra Streisand, the entertainer's first public concert in 27 years
September 1 The Independent Film Channel debuted
September 11 The 46th Primetime Emmy Awards were presented on ABC
September 12 The first television stations involved in the 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment, as part of a larger affiliation deal between Fox and New World Communications, change their network affiliation WDAF-TV in Kansas City ends its 45-year affiliation with NBC and WJW-TV in Cleveland ends its longtime affiliation with CBS, in both cases to become Fox affiliates WDAF and WJW also trade their former affiliations with Fox affiliates KSHB-TV becoming an NBC affiliate and WOIO becoming a CBS affiliate Meanwhile, in Phoenix, KSAZ-TV channel 10 ends its 40-year affiliation with CBS, and temporarily becomes an independent station, 3 months before becoming a Fox affiliate CBS then signs an affiliation deal with former independent station KPHO-TV channel 5, reuniting CBS with its original Phoenix affiliate, and ABC signs with former Fox outlet, KNXV-TV channel 15 through an affiliation deal between ABC and The EW Scripps Company, owners of KNXV This leaves the former ABC affiliate, KTVK channel 3, to become an independent station briefly becoming a WB affiliate in January 1995 until KASW-TV channel 61 signs on a year later and assumes the WB affiliation from KTVK, who enters into a LMA with the station
Original Family Feud host Richard Dawson returns to the series after nine years, replacing his successor, Ray Combs; the show also expands from half-hour to full-hour episodes
October 31 fxM: Movies from Fox debuts as a spinoff of FX, broadcasting movies from the Fox library on a round-the-clock basis
December 1 The Game Show Network, a network devoted to broadcasting classic game shows 24 hours a day, debuts
Home & Garden Television debuted
December 8 The 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment continues as WITI in Milwaukee ends its CBS affiliation after 37 years to become a Fox affiliate After failing to procure affiliations with Milwaukee's other major stations, CBS eventually aligns with former independent station WDJT channel 58 Former Fox affiliate WCGV-TV channel 24, who had turned down CBS, briefly becomes an independent station again before affiliating with UPN a month later
December 11 The 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment continues as WJBK in Detroit and WAGA-TV in Atlanta end their longtime affiliations with CBS and switch their affiliations to Fox As in Milwaukee, CBS struggles to find replacement stations in both areas, and eventually align with former independent stations WGPR which CBS also acquires and renames WWJ-TV and WGCL then WGNX Former Fox affiliates WKBD in Detroit and WATL in Atlanta both become independents briefly before respectively joining UPN and The WB one month later
December 12 The 1994 United States broadcast TV realignment continues as WTVT channel 13 in St Petersburg, Florida ends its longtime CBS affiliation to become a Fox affiliate Through an affiliation deal between CBS and Citicasters, the network joins the former ABC affiliate, WTSP-TV channel 10 while ABC aligns with former Fox affiliate WFTS-TV channel 28 through an affiliation deal between ABC and The EW Scripps Company, owners of WFTS-TV

Programsedit

Debutsedit

Date Show Network
January 2 Viper NBC
January 17 Can We Shop starring Joan Rivers Syndication
Rolonda
January 26 Babylon 5 PTEN
The Critic ABC
January 31 The Cosby Mysteries NBC
February 5 Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego Fox Kids
February 14 Trashed MTV
March 5 Duckman USA Network
March 7 Boggle The Family Channel
Shuffle
March 9 The Busy World of Richard Scarry Showtime
Turning Point ABC
March 29 Ellen
April 1 Sister, Sister
April 14 Turner Classic Movies TNT and TBS
April 15 Space Ghost Coast to Coast
April 16 All That Nickelodeon
April 22 Dennis Miller Live HBO
June 1 Breakfast Time FX
Personal fX: The Collectibles Show
The Pet Department
Sound fX
Under Scrutiny with Jane Wallace
June 13 Jumble The Family Channel
June 15 Dead at 21 MTV
June 27 Free 4 All USA Network
Quicksilver
June 29 Models Inc Fox
July 4 Politics with Chris Matthews America's Talking
August 14 Inside the Actors Studio Bravo
August 15 The Brothers Grunt MTV
August 25 My So Called Life ABC
August 26 MANTIS Fox
September 1 The Head MTV
September 3 VR Troopers Syndication
September 4 Fortune Hunter Fox
Wild Oats
September 5 Aladdin Syndication and CBS
Extra Syndication
September 8 New York Undercover Fox
September 10 The Magic School Bus PBS
The Tick Fox Kids
September 11 The Boys Are Back CBS
September 12 Party of Five Fox
The Dennis Prager Show Syndication
The Gordon Elliott Show
Jones & Jury
Judge for Yourself
The New Price is Right
The Newz
The Suzanne Somers Show
September 13 On Our Own ABC
September 14 All American Girl
September 15 Due South CBS
September 17 The Baby Huey Show Syndication
Beethoven CBS
September 18 Chicago Hope
September 19 ER NBC
September 20 Me and the Boys ABC
September 21 Daddy's Girls CBS
Touched by an Angel
September 22 Friends NBC
September 24 Free Willy ABC
ReBoot
The 5 Mrs Buchanans CBS
October 1 Wild CATs
October 3 Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills USA Network
October 8 The Secret World of Alex Mack Nickelodeon
October 15 My Brother and Me
October 24 Allegra's Window Nick Jr
Gullah Gullah Island
Gargoyles Syndication
October 29 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Nickelodeon
November 6 Earth 2 NBC
November 16 Essence of Emeril Food Network
November 19 Spider-Man Fox Kids

Ending this yearedit

Date Show Debut
January 2 Doug returned in 1996 1991
January 9 Cadillacs and Dinosaurs 1993
January 14 The Les Brown Show
January 19 George
January 23 The NFL on CBS 1956
January 30 CityKids 1993
February 8 Saved by the Bell: The College Years
February 18 Thea
February 23 Bonkers
March 6 Liquid Television 1991
April 21 Herman's Head
The Sinbad Show 1993
May 10 Roc 1991
May 19 In Living Color 1990
LA Law 1986
May 22 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr 1993
Rugrats returned in 1997 1991
May 23 Star Trek: The Next Generation 1987
Evening Shade 1990
May 27 The Arsenio Hall Show 1989
May 28 Café Americain 1993
June 10 Shuffle 1994
June 18 Getting By 1993
Harts of the West
July 10 I Witness Video 1992
July 20 Dinosaurs 1991
July 23 Trashed 1994
August 8 Droopy, Master Detective 1993
August 14 Bakersfield PD
August 27 Baby Races
August 28 America's Funniest People 1990
September 7 Dead at 21 1994
September 25 Wild Oats
October 1 Clarissa Explains It All 1991
October 2 Fortune Hunter 1994
October 12 Daddy's Girls
October 22 Cro 1993
November 4 Free 4 All 1994
November 12 Animaniacs returned in 1995 1993
November 18 Boggle 1994
November 26 Free Willy
Dog City 1992
The Little Mermaid
December 3 Beethoven 1994
Sonic the Hedgehog 1993
December 10 Tales from the Cryptkeeper returned in 1999
Garfield and Friends 1988
December 20 Romper Room 1953
December 30 Jumble 1994

Entering syndicationedit

Show Seasons In Production Source
Beverly Hills, 90210 4 Yes 1
Doogie Howser, MD 4 No 1
Evening Shade 4 No 1
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 4 Yes 1
Northern Exposure 5 Yes 1
The Simpsons 5 Yes 1

Resuming this yearedit

Changes of network affiliationedit

Show Moved from Moved to
Sirens ABC Syndication

Made-for-TV movies and miniseriesedit

Air date Title Channel
January 24 Pointman PTEN
February 13 Knight Rider 2010 syndication: Action Pack
February 27 Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III ABC
May 8–12 The Stand
October 30 Without Warning CBS
November 13 Scarlett TNT

Birthsedit

Date Name Notability
January 19 Kristi Lauren Actress I Hate My Teenage Daughter
January 21 Marny Kennedy Australian actress Mortified
Chanelle Peloso Canadian actress Incredible Crew
January 24 Booboo Stewart Actor Descendants: Wicked World
February 1 Harry Styles English actor and singer One Direction
February 10 Makenzie Vega Actress The Geena Davis Show, The Good Wife and sister of Alexa Vega
February 11 Dominic Janes Actor ER, Out of Jimmy's Head
February 14 Allie Grant Actress Weeds, Suburgatory
Paul Butcher Actor Zoey 101
February 21 Hayley Orrantia Actress The Goldbergs and singer
February 23 Dakota Fanning Actress Taken
Cameron Palatas Actor
March 1 Justin Bieber Canadian singer and actor Saturday Night Live
March 5 Aislinn Paul Canadian actress Wild Card, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Heroes Reborn
March 12 Christina Grimmie American singer d 2016
Tyler Patrick Jones Actor Ghost Whisperer
March 14 Ansel Elgort American actor
Frankie Ryan Manriquez Actor Life With Bonnie
March 16 Sierra McClain Actress
April 4 Chris O'Neal Actor How to Rock
April 9 Joey Pollari Actor
April 11 Dakota Blue Richards British actress Skins
April 12 Saoirse Ronan Canadian actress Kingdom Hospital
April 14 Skyler Samuels Actress The Nine Lives of Chloe King, Scream Queens
April 16 Liliana Mumy Actress Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Higglytown Heroes, Catscratch, Chowder, The Cleaner, The Loud House and singer
April 18 Moisés Arias Actor Hannah Montana
May 4 Alexander Gould Actor Weeds
May 7 Dylan Gelula Actress Jennifer Falls, Chasing Life
May 9 Braison Cyrus Actor
May 16 Miles Heizer Actor Parenthood
May 20 Peyton Clark Actor I Didn't Do It
May 24 Cayden Boyd Australian actor
June 2 Jemma McKenzie-Brown English actress
June 3 Anne Winters Actress Tyrant
June 11 Ivana Baquero Spanish-American actress The Shannara Chronicles
June 15 Alice Englert Australian actress Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell
June 16 Caitlyn Taylor Love Actress I'm in the Band
June 23 Connor Jessup Actor Falling Skies
June 24 Erin Moriarty Actress Red Widow, Jessica Jones
June 29 Camila Mendes Actress Riverdale
July 16 Mark Indelicato Actor Ugly Betty, Dead of Summer
July 17 Jessica Amlee Canadian actress Heartland
July 28 Tyler Peterson Actor How I Met Your Mother
August 9 Forrest Landis Actor
August 17 Taissa Farmiga Actress American Horror Story and sister of Vera Farmiga
August 18 Jessie Flower Voice actress Toph on Avatar: The Last Airbender
Madelaine Petsch Actress Riverdale
August 27 Ellar Coltrane Actor
September 8 Cameron Dallas
September 13 Mitch Holleman Actor Reba
September 17 Denyse Tontz Actress Big Time Rush, Dog with a Blog
September 25 Jansen Panettiere Voice actor Truman X on The X's
October 9 Jodelle Ferland Actress Kingdom Hospital
October 13 Noah Crawford Actor My Name is Earl, How to Rock
October 25 Chloe Rose Canadian actress Degrassi: The Next Generation
October 26 Morgan Saylor Actress Homeland
November 1 Rocky Lynch Actor and singer R5
November 10 Zoey Deutch Actress Ringer
November 13 David Levi Actor The Naked Brothers Band
November 15 Emma Dumont Actress Bunheads, Aquarius
November 16 India Ennenga Actress Treme, The Returned
November 17 Raquel Castro Actress
November 30 William Melling British actor Harry Potter
December 3 Jake T Austin Actor Go, Diego, Go, Wizards of Waverly Place, The Fosters
December 11 Gabriel Basso Actor The Big C
December 15 Emma Lockhart Actress
December 17 Nat Wolff Actor The Naked Brothers Band and singer
December 26 Samantha Boscarino Actress How to Rock

Deathsedit

Date Name Age Notability
January 1 Cesar Romero 86 Actor The Joker on Batman
January 8 Pat Buttram 78 Actor Mr Haney on Green Acres
January 22 Telly Savalas 72 Actor Theo Kojak on Kojak
January 28 Hal Smith 77 Actor Otis on The Andy Griffith Show, Dr Seuss special
February 11 Sorrell Booke 64 Actor Boss Hogg on The Dukes of Hazzard
William Conrad 73 Actor Cannon, Jake and the Fatman, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
February 24 Dinah Shore 77 Singer and talk show hostess Dinah!
March 4 John Candy 43 Comedian and actor SCTV
March 21 Dack Rambo 52 Actor Jack Ewing on Dallas
Macdonald Carey 81 Actor Tom Horton in Days of Our Lives
March 22 Walter Lantz 94 Cartoonist, creator of Woody Woodpecker
April 2 Betty Furness 78 Consumer advocate and spokesperson The Today Show
April 5 Kurt Cobain 27 Singer, songwriter, musician Nirvana, Saturday Night Live 1992/93
April 22 Richard Nixon 81 37th President of the United States
May 8 George Peppard 65 Actor Banacek, Hannibal on The A-Team
May 19 Jacqueline Kennedy 64 First Lady of the United States and spouse of President John F Kennedy
June 1 Frances Heflin 73 Soap opera actress All My Children
June 11 Herbert Anderson 77 Actor Henry Mitchell on Dennis the Menace
June 14 Henry Mancini 70 Composer "Peter Gunn Theme"
July 7 Cameron Mitchell 75 Actor Uncle Buck on The High Chaparral
July 8 Dick Sargent 64 Actor Darrin Stephens #2 on Bewitched
August 21 Danitra Vance 40 Comedian the first African-American woman regular on Saturday Night Live
September 3 James T Aubrey 75 Head of programming at CBS 1963–64
September 16 Jack Dodson 63 Actor Howard Sprague on The Andy Griffith Show
October 2 Harriet Nelson 85 Singer and actress The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
October 19 Martha Raye 78 Comic actress and singer The Martha Raye Show
October 25 Mildred Natwick 89 Actress The Snoop Sisters
November 8 Michael O'Donoghue 54 Comedy writer Saturday Night Live
November 9 Priscilla Morrill 67 Character actress Mrs Vanderkellen on Newhart
November 11 Pedro Zamora 22 HIV-positive participant of The Real World
November 18 Cab Calloway 86 American jazz singer
November 30 Lionel Stander 86 Actor Max on Hart to Hart
December 18 Don Fedderson 81 Producer My Three Sons


See alsoedit

  • 1994 in the United States
  • List of American films of 1994

Referencesedit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Newest For NATPE In A Nutshell" from Broadcasting & Cable


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