We are now in the second quarter of 2019 and several schedule changes big and small, so let’s get right to it.
Goodbye: Small Wonder
The largely loathed ’80s syndicated sitcom Small Wonder is out of Antenna TV’s schedule, though it only aired on Sundays. It is replaced by Gimme a Break!.
Another week of minimal changes, but the new entry replaces a longtime vintage staple.
Hello: According to Jim
Goodbye: Night Court
Laff parts ways (for now?) with Night Court and adds According to Jim to various spots in its schedule. It’s not an overhaul as the primetime scheduling remains the same, but the morning, afternoon, and late night all get a little Jim, totaling eight episodes per day. Jim also airs Sunday morning. Meanwhile, Grounded for Life gets (re)upgraded from Sunday mornings to episodes every weekday.
A few updates I missed last week and a few minor tweaks.
Goodbye: A Different World
(I missed these last week…) Not that A Different World aired more than a couple times a week, but its now been a couple weekends since the ’80s sitcom was a part of the network’s lineup. It (re)joined Laff this past weekend. The network recruiting Scandal might not have worked out as hoped as its already been bumped to the overnight hours. The weekday schedule shuffles its sitcom and movie blocks (weekdays and weekends) around and Half & Half moves to weekends, but the changes aren’t major.
Hello: La Femme Nikita
Goodbye: Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons; Space 1999; Thunderbirds
La Femme Nikita joins CHiPs as Charge!’s weekday retro programming with three episodes every afternoon.
And at some point in January, the weekend schedule converted movies. The newcomers Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons didn’t even last the month. Space 1999 is also gone as are weekend editions of its weekday shows.
An update for a handful of networks…
Hello: Mr. Lucky; I Married Joan
Goodbye: The Millionaire
Beginning this week, Decades changed its late-night Lost TV block. Joining are the one season casino-then-restaurant drama Mr. Lucky and ’50s sitcom I Married Joan. The earlier was last seen weekly (though its also available on Amazon and on DVD) in 2018 on Decades’ sister netlet MeTV until it vanished — and not having finished a full cycle. The duo replaces back-to-back episodes of The Millionaire.
Hello: Yancy Derringer
On Sunday morning, short-lived Western Yancy Derringer returns to getTV, replacing Dolly, which didn’t fit in the lineup anyway.
Hello: Adventures of Superman; Batman
Goodbye: Hercules: The Legendary Journeys; The Incredible Hulk; Xena: Warrior Princess
H&I bids farewell to its late night offering Hercules and Xena. The duo is replaced with Hunter and Renegade, including in the Sunday night/Monday morning block.
Here is a quick rundown of what’s in, what’s out, and any notable changes that occurred at the start of the year.
(These are general overviews, and not something that will go over a schedule line by line. If you think I missed something important or if there’s an error, let me know in the comments.)
Goodbye: Good Morning, World, Welcome Back, Kotter, What’s Happening!!, What’s Happening Now!!
Weekdays: What’s Happening!! and What’s Happening Now!! are wiped from the schedule while The Jack Benny Program is bumped to weekends. Meanwhile, Maude is promoted from weekends and Archie Bunker’s Place is upped back-to-back episodes. In the evening, Johnny Carson moves to 10 p.m. while the late night lineup gets a big shuffling. Semi-recent additions The Hogan Family, Head of the Class, and Silver Spoons, are now weekends-only.