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.
After a great response for its tribute last Sunday to Peter Tork, MeTV is making The Monkees a permanent fixture to its Sunday schedule. The ’60s show, known for its quick cuts, occasional meta humor, and music videos, was seen on Antenna TV until early 2018 and remains a Saturday fixture for fetv. It has also aired on IFC — but I couldn’t tell you if it is still on its schedule. The Monkees replaces The Jeffersons, which can still be seen Monday through Friday.
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.
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 Goodbye: Dolly
On Sunday morning, short-lived Western Yancy Derringer returns to getTV, replacing Dolly, which didn’t fit in the lineup anyway.
Heroes & Icons
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.
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.
This chart of TV schedules was first compiled in July 2017 with about a half dozen channels. I created it because I wanted a shortcut to see what the local sub-channels were airing and to see what those unavailable to me were airing — something still difficult, if not impossible, to do.
For several months, the chart was linked to directly on the subreddit r/ClassicTV, and I’d occasionally share it on other various sites. The schedules for the major retro networks were updated whenever a new schedule rolled out, while the lesser players were generally updated on a quarterly basis (or really, whenever I felt like taking the time to check in on them). The number of networks listed has greatly expanded.
I’ve long wanted to do a website for the schedules, and here is the first version; a mostly bare-bones site that has the schedules, some channel info but no functionality. That will hopefully change in the months ahead.
For now, the compilation is kept to over-the-air networks, though some cable networks like INSP, TV Land, and Nick-at-Nite, among others, are on the shortlist for addition at a later time. Classic shows on streaming services is also on the list of tentative additions.