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American television in 2005, notable events included television series debuts, finales, cancellations, and new channel initiations.
January [ edit ]
The U.S. channel package PT East, originally created by the New York, New York, company PrimeTime 24, and used by satellite TV viewers where over-the-air TV is unavailable, changes its ABC affiliate from WKRN-TV ( Nashville, Tennessee) to flagship station WABC-TV (New York City).
DirecTV deletes Trio from its lineup. The network loses two-thirds of its 20 million viewers, putting in doubt the future of the NBCUniversal-owned channel.
Fox cancels the reality show Who's Your Daddy? after only one episode.
Craig Ferguson replaces Craig Kilborn as the host of on The Late Late Show CBS, becoming the first non-US host to have his own late-night talk show.
The 35th anniversary episode of the series is broadcast by All My Children ABC. The special episode, which used former characters Mark Dalton ( Mark LaMura) and Nick Davis ( Larry Keith), was also unique in that it was the last appearance of ailing actress Ruth Warrick. She died less than two weeks after the episode was broadcast.
Tamala Edwards resigns as co-anchor of ABC's and heads to the World News Now network's O&O WPVI/ Philadelphia.
CBS airs the first episode of the reality series . Ratings for the show are so low, it is canceled after The Will only one episode, following Fox's which was cancelled six days ago.
Who's Your Daddy?
Cartoon Network airs , the first of 4 movies of Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers: Ignition Hot Wheels: AcceleRacers, as part of the channel's Toonami block.
After over 6 years, Big Tigger hosts for the last time on Rap City: Tha Bassment BET. He reveals that his mother has sold the basement and forced him out to live with his father. The following day, the show is retitled as Rap City with Mad Linx taking over as the new host.
Heather Cabot becomes the new co-anchor of ABC's .
World News Now
FoxBox, Fox's Saturday morning programming block owned by 4Kids Entertainment, is rebranded as 4Kids TV.
Nickelodeon's successful Saturday night block, SNICK, is discontinued after 12 years. It would then be revamped as a Saturday night edition of TEENick for the 2004-2005 television season and onward until the TEENick name was dropped in February 2009.
February [ edit ]
Paramount Television and UPN announce the cancellation of the series . Soon afterward, fan efforts begin to save the show, climaxing in a campaign that raises more than $3 million (US) towards funding further production, an offer Paramount ultimately rejects.
Star Trek: Enterprise
Super Bowl XXXIX is telecast by Fox. Following the game, Fox airs episode " The Simpsons Homer and Ned's Hail Mary Pass", followed by the pilot of .
MTV2 revamps the two-headed dog symbol.
held its Jeopardy! and concluded on May 25; Ultimate Tournament of Champions Brad Rutter emerged as the champion of the tournament and won the grand prize of $2,000,000; with his career winnings of $3,270,102 (which include another $15,000 for winning a match), Rutter surpassed Ken Jennings's $3,022,700 as the new largest winner in the show's program, as well as the all-time biggest game show winner in the history of American and international television, a title which Rutter held on until October 10, 2008, where Jennings regained the status (Rutter would later top Jennings' record on May 16, 2014, after winning another Jeopardy! tournament, ; Rutter would later lose the record to Jennings on January 14, 2020, after losing to another Battle of the Decades Jeopardy! tournament, ).
The Greatest of All Time
airs its hour-long series premiere on Avatar: The Last Airbender Nickelodeon.
ABC news anchorman Peter Jennings anchors what will turn out to be his final telecast. Four days later, Jennings informs viewers of World News Tonight World News Tonight, via a taped segment, that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer and beginning of chemotherapy. He dies four months later at the age of 67.
PBS Kids Go! celebrates Tax Day with the first two-hour Cyberchase special "Know Your Dough".
begins airing new episodes on Family Guy Fox with " North by North Quahog". Initially cancelled by Fox in 2002, the unexpected popularity of the show's reruns on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block and DVD releases, as well as letters addressed to Fox, forces the network to renew the show. Fox's revival of Family Guy coincides with the launch of the network's Animation Domination block, which also debuts on this night and pairs Family Guy with , King of the Hill , and the official series premiere of The Simpsons .
Hunter Tylo resumes her role as Dr. Taylor Forrester on the CBS soap opera , after the character was "killed off" three years ago. The revelation that she was alive surprises many viewers as it had not been hinted by any other sources, print or online.
The Bold and the Beautiful
debuts its SpongeBob SquarePants fourth season on Nickelodeon after a 7-month hiatus. Originally set to end in 2004, the success of the third season forces Nickelodeon to renew the series for a fourth season before the development of .
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
The controversial final episode of is broadcast in the United States on Star Trek: Enterprise UPN, ending an 18-year, uninterrupted run of four consecutive or concurrent series dating back to 1987.
Tom Cruise appears on , which made several public pronouncements of his relationship with The Oprah Winfrey Show Katie Holmes, and most notably "the couch incident."
CBS aired a special, , featuring the marriage of Rob and Amber Get Married and Survivor contestants The Amazing Race Amber Brkich and Rob Mariano, in The Bahamas. They were earlier engaged on May 9 last year on the live finale of , in which Brkich won the season.
On Fox, Carrie Underwood wins season four of the popular singing competition, .
September [ edit ]
While presenting for the NBC telecast of , music producer and rapper A Concert for Hurricane Relief Kanye West ignores his script and addresses what he perceives as the racism of both the government and of the media, stating: , and calls for the media to stop labeling African-American families as "looters" while white families were depicted as "looking for food."
George Bush doesn't care about black people
In Champaign, Illinois, NBC affiliates WICS/ WICD end their 46-year relationship with the network and swap affiliations with ABC affiliate WAND due to an affiliation deal between LIN Media, operators of WAND, and NBC.
The franchise makes its North American television debut on Naruto Cartoon Network's Toonami block.
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards are given at the Shrine Auditorium in a ceremony broadcast by CBS.
Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy take over as new hosts of DaySide on Fox News Channel.
Maggie Ausburn is the winner of the American version of on Big Brother 6 CBS, and wins the $500,000 prize. Runner-Up Ivette Corredero wins $50,000.
Nicktoons is rebranded as Nicktoons Network (but will revert to the Nicktoons name in 2009).
Sprout (now Universal Kids) is launched by a joint venture between PBS, Comcast, HIT Entertainment, and Sesame Workshop. The new network replaces PBS Kids, allowing for an initial reach of 16.5 million subscribers.
October [ edit ]
November [ edit ]
December [ edit ]
Oprah Winfrey appears on CBS's , making her first appearance on a Late Show with David Letterman David Letterman-hosted show in sixteen years.
A retrospective, Knots Landing , is broadcast (appropriately) by Knots Landing Reunion: Together Again CBS.
ABC anchor Heather Cabot leaves the program due to her pregnancy.
World News Now
Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas unofficially begin anchoring duties for ABC News's , replacing World News Tonight Peter Jennings, who died of cancer almost four months ago.
The 2005 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is broadcast on CBS. 8.9 million people tune in.     
Smile of a Child is launched.
The first episode of airs as a sneak peek before officially premiering on February 24, 2006.
My Gym Partner's a Monkey
ABC broadcasts its 555th and final telecast of , a game between the Monday Night Football New England Patriots and New York Jets.
The original Viacom officially divides into two companies, with the CBS television network and Showtime Networks becoming part of CBS Corporation, and the MTV Networks group of channels (which includes MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central) and Black Entertainment Television becoming part of the new Viacom. Eventually, the greatest casualty of the division was that Paramount Television, which became part of CBS Corporation, would cease to exist after 38 years of television production, as it was rebranded as CBS Paramount Television in January 2006, using that name until it became CBS Television Studios three years later.
Programs [ edit ]
Who's Your Daddy? Fox
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson CBS
The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott UPN
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search NBC
The Will CBS
Strange Love VH1
Zoey 101 Nickelodeon
Queer Eye for the Straight Girl Bravo
Jonny Zero Fox
Point Pleasant Fox
American Dragon: Jake Long Disney Channel
D.I.C.E. Cartoon Network
Pet Alien Cartoon Network
Digging for the Truth History
It Takes a Thief Discovery Channel
Power Rangers S.P.D. ABC Family ( Jetix)
American Dad! Fox
Most Outrageous Moments NBC
Kudlow & Company CNBC
Robot Chicken Adult Swim
Avatar: The Last Airbender Nickelodeon
Unique Whips Speed
Law & Order: Trial By Jury NBC
Damage Control MTV
Iron Chef America Food Network
The Starlet The WB
Fat Actress Showtime
Blind Justice ABC
Wonder Showzen MTV2
Jake in Progress ABC
Mad Money CNBC
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Disney Channel
The Office NBC
Life on a Stick Fox
Kojak USA Network
Krypto the Superdog Cartoon Network
Grey's Anatomy ABC
Attack of the Show! G4
The Eyes of Nye PBS
Lost Worlds History
Pinky Dinky Doo Noggin
Con Comedy Central
Meet the Barkers MTV
Living with Fran The WB
Deadliest Catch Discovery Channel
The Doodlebops Playhouse Disney
Strip Search VH1
Showdog Moms & Dads Bravo
The Search for the Funniest Mom in America Nick at Nite
Game Show Moments Gone Bananas
Britney and Kevin: Chaotic UPN
The Bad Girl's Guide
Hell's Kitchen Fox
The Life and Times of Juniper Lee Cartoon Network
Dancing with the Stars ABC
Hit Me, Baby, One More Time NBC
Sports Kids Moms & Dads Bravo
Beauty and the Geek The WB
Fire Me...Please CBS
The Scholar ABC
The Inside Fox
The Cut CBS
The Buzz on Maggie Disney Channel
12 oz. Mouse Adult Swim
Wildfire ABC Family
I Want To Be a Hilton NBC
The Andy Milonakis Show MTV
Stella Comedy Central
Being Bobby Brown Bravo
Mind of Mencia Comedy Central
Camp Lazlo Cartoon Network
Time Warp Trio Discovery Kids
Hogan Knows Best VH1
The Princes of Malibu Fox
Rock Star CBS
Ooh, Aah & You Playhouse Disney
Criss Angel Mindfreak A&E
So You Think You Can Dance Fox
R U the Girl UPN
The Law Firm NBC
Hi-Jinks Nick at Nite
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Bravo
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia FX
American Princess We TV
Carl² Cartoon Network
The Girls Next Door E!
Man, Moment, Machine The History Channel
Beautiful People ABC Family
The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer CNN
Delilah and Julius Cartoon Network
My Kind of Town ABC
Tommy Lee Goes to College NBC
Tickle-U Cartoon Network
Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto!
Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs
Gordon the Garden Gnome
Prison Break Fox
Danger Rangers Syndicated through PBS Kids
The Zula Patrol
Go, Diego, Go! Nick Jr.
Bratz 4Kids TV
G.I. Joe: Sigma 6
Breaking Bonaduce VH1
My Fair Brady
The War at Home Fox
Judge Alex Syndication
Jack's Big Music Show Noggin
Meerkat Manor Animal Planet
The Tyra Banks Show Syndication
The Martha Stewart Show Syndication
Supernatural The WB
Engineering an Empire The History Channel
Head Cases Fox
Twins The WB
Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island Kids' WB
The Showbiz Show with David Spade Comedy Central
Life with Derek Disney Channel
How I Met Your Mother CBS
Out of Practice
Just Legal The WB
Kitchen Confidential Fox
My Name Is Earl NBC
The Apprentice: Martha Stewart NBC
Everybody Hates Chris UPN
Criminal Minds CBS
Killer Instinct Fox
Three Wishes NBC
Get Ed Jetix
America's Heartland Syndication
Commander in Chief ABC
Sex, Love & Secrets UPN
Night Stalker ABC
Flight 29 Down Discovery Kids
The Road Show
Close to Home CBS
The Adam Carolla Project TLC
Related The WB
Little Einsteins Playhouse Disney
Johnny and the Sprites
Run's House MTV
Squidbillies Adult Swim
The Colbert Report Comedy Central
Pokémon: Advanced Challenge
Miss Seventeen MTV
I Shouldn't Be Alive Discovery Channel
Masters of Horror Showtime
But Can They Sing? VH1
Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil Adult Swim
South of Nowhere Noggin (during " The N" block)
The Boondocks Adult Swim
Charlie and Lola Playhouse Disney
The X's Nickelodeon
Sleeper Cell Showtime
Madden Nation ESPN2
Celebrity Eye Candy VH1
Moral Orel Adult Swim
Deal or No Deal NBC
My Gym Partner's a Monkey Cartoon Network
Mr. Meaty Nickelodeon
Returning this year [ edit ]
Ending this year [ edit ]
Changes of network affiliation [ edit ]
Television films [ edit ]
Miniseries [ edit ]
Television stations [ edit ]
Station launches [ edit ]
City of License/ Market
Columbia, South Carolina
Great Falls, Montana
Translator of KTVH/ Helena
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Ames/ Des Moines, Iowa
NBC Weather Plus
Charlotte, North Carolina
Frederiksted, U.S. Virgin Islands
The Tube Music Network
Pittsburg, Kansas (
Translator of KXLY-TV/Spokane
Actor ( , Moesha ) and rapper
Comedian, host of
The Tonight Show
Actor ( , Straightaway )
Producer ( , The Beverly Hillbillies , Petticoat Junction )
Actress, game show panelist ( , Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman )
Actor (Charlie Hume on )
Actor ( The Riddler on )
Actor, director ( , Your Show of Shows , The Flintstones , The Jetsons , The Andy Griffith Show , DuckTales , Garfield and Friends )
Cow and Chicken
Actor ( Tony the Tiger of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes commercials)
Actor (Oliver Wendell Douglas on , Frank MacBride on Green Acres )
Ventriloquist, actor ( , Wacky Races , Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines , Heathcliff , The Smurfs , Yogi's Treasure Hunt , Adventures of the Gummi Bears )
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Actor ( , The Bob Newhart Show , Buffalo Bill )
The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Actor ( Scotty on original )
Actress ( )
3rd Rock from the Sun
ABC news anchor
Barbara Bel Geddes
Actress ("Miss Ellie" on )
Actor (Gilligan on and Maynard G. Krebs on Gilligan's Island )
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis
Actor ( , Get Smart , Tennessee Tuxedo , Inspector Gadget , Gadget Boy & Heather )
Actor, comedian and game-show panelist
Actor (Tito Makani on )
Actor ( )
Saturday Night Live
Professional wrestler and star of
Actor ( , Sanford and Son , Happy Days )
Wendie Jo Sperber
Actress ( , Babes )
Actor, comedian ( )
The Richard Pryor Show
Actor (Leo McGarry on and Tommy Mullaney on The West Wing )
Actor ( )
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Grossman, Ben (December 8, 2005). "UPN Shares Victoria's Secret". BroadcastingCable.com . Retrieved . January 11, 2014
de Moraes, Lisa (December 8, 2005). "Viewers Are Scanty for 'Victoria's Secret Fashion Show'. " The Washington Post . Retrieved . January 11, 2014
Robertson, Campbell (November 11, 2005). "Boldface". The New York Times . Retrieved . March 7, 2009
Critchell, Samantha (November 27, 2005). "Camp On The Catwalk – Victoria's Secret puts on a show – How to make a supermodel smile". Houston Chronicle . Retrieved . March 7, 2009
"The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (2005)". Internet Movie Database . Retrieved . March 7, 2009
Amodio, Joseph V. (December 5, 2005). "Prime-Time Catwalk Are supermodels a dying breed? Victoria's Secret may be the last launching pad for the next big name". Newsday . Retrieved . March 7, 2009
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