1998 in television

The year 1998 in television involved some significant events.Below is a list of television-related events in 1998.

"For the American TV schedule, see: 1998-99 United States network television schedule."

Events

*March 29 - BBC America launches in the United States.
*April 9 - "The Price is Right" airs its 5,000th episode on CBS.
*April 16- CITV was supposed to air the tenth episode of "ReBoot"'s third season. The episode was not aired. "Timmy Mallet" aired instead. "ReBoot" hasn't aired since.
*April 18 - Toon Disney, a United States cable network devoted to playing Disney cartoons 24 hours a day, launches.
* 24 April Follwing brillant ratings from the first reunion. Cbs order a second reunion movie for dallas. And all the cast members return from the first movie and steve kanaly reprise his role as ray krebbs. The movie is entitled war of the ewings and this movie will invole the fight for ewing oil will JR get it ?
*May 11 - "ZDTV", a technology based cable channel (later TechTV, then G4techTV, now G4), is launched in the US.
*May 18 - The British Academy Television Awards are awarded in the separate ceremony to the British Academy Film Awards for the first time.
*July 15 - Zee TV, a Hindi television channel is launched in the USA.
*July 31 - Former child star Gary Coleman is charged with assaulting a young female bus driver in a California shopping mall.
*August 31 - PAX TV launches, with very little or no sex, gay or other adult things.
*September 23 - BBC Choice, the UK's first digital-only TV station, launches. BBC Parliament also launches on the same day.
*September 26 - "Cupid" premieres on US television.
*October 1 - Digital satellite television launches in the UK, operated by Sky Digital. This sees the start of UK channels transmitting in 16:9 widescreen.
*October 2 - Kimberlin Brown makes her final contractual appearance as the villainess Sheila Carter on the soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful". Brown will return for non-contractual encores to reprise the character in 2002 and 2003.
*November 1 - FilmFour launches in the UK. The opening night is simulcast on Channel 4.
*November 15 - Digital terrestrial television launches in the UK, operated by ONdigital.
*December 7 - ITV2 launches in the UK.
*December 14 - After a world-record-breaking 75 consecutive victories, Ian Lygo makes his final appearance on the UK game show "100%", after being forced to retire by the show's producers.

Debuts

*January 20 – "Dawson's Creek" premieres on The WB (1998-2003).
* February 24 - "All Saints" premieres on Seven Network in Australia.
*March 16- "Love Connection" revival premieres on SYN (1998-2000).
*March 17 - "For Your Love" premieres on NBC (1998-2002)
*May 11 - "Call For Help" premieres on ZDTV (1998-2004).
*June 1 - "Sailor Moon" premieres on Cartoon Network (1998-2001).
*June 6 - "Sex and the City" premieres on HBO (1998-2004).
*June - "Forgive or Forget", hosted by Mother Love, premieres on syndication (1998-2000).
*July 13 - "The Sifl and Olly Show" premieres on MTV (1998-1999).
*July 19 - "Oh Yeah! Cartoons" premieres on Nickelodeon (1998-2001).
*August 23 - "That '70s Show" premieres on FOX (1998-2006).
*August 26 - "Oh Baby" debuts on Lifetime (1998-2000).
*August 29 - "SMTV Live" premieres on ITV in the UK (1998-2003).
*August 31 - "Dragonball Z" premieres on Cartoon Network (1998-2003).
*September 4 - "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (1998-present) premieres on ITV. In 1999, an American version premiered.
*September 8 - "Pokémon" premieres in syndication.
*September 9 - "First Wave" premieres on Sci Fi Channel (1998-2000).
* September 14 - "Histeria!" premieres on the WB. (1998-2001)
*September 21 - "The King of Queens" premieres on CBS (1998-2007).
*September 21 - "Will & Grace" premieres on NBC (1998-2006).
*September 21 - "Felicity" premieres on The WB (1998-2002)
*September 22 - "Sports Night" premieres on ABC
*October 5 - "CatDog" premieres on Nickelodeon (1998-2001).
*October 7 - "Charmed" premieres on The WB (1998-2006).
*November 2 - "Becker" premieres on CBS (1998-2004).
*November 18 - "The Powerpuff Girls" premieres on Cartoon Network (1998-2005).
*December 26 - "Rolie Polie Olie" premieres on Playhouse Disney (1998-2002)

Television shows

1940s

*"Meet the Press" (1947-present).
*"Candid Camera" (1948-present).

1950s

*"Hallmark Hall of Fame" (1951-present).
*"Guiding Light" (1952-present).
*"The Today Show" (1952-present).
*"Panorama" (UK) (1953-present).
*"Face the Nation" (1954-present).
*"The National" (Canada) (1954-present)
*"The Tonight Show" (1954-present).
*"This Is Your Life" (UK) (1955-2003).
*"As the World Turns" (1956-present).
*"What the Papers Say" (UK) (1956-present).
*"The Sky at Night" (UK) (1957-present).
*"Blue Peter" (UK) (1958-present).
*"Grandstand" (UK) (1958-2007).

1960s

*"Coronation Street" (UK) (1960-present).
*"Four Corners" (Australia) (1961-present).
*"It's Academic" (1961-present).
*"The Late Late Show" (Ireland) (1962-present).
*"General Hospital" (1963-present).
*"Another World" (1964-1999).
*"Top of the Pops" (UK) (1964-2006).
*"Days of Our Lives" (1965-present).
*"Play School" (Australia) (1966-present).
*"Shoten" (Japan) (1966-present).
*"The Money Programme" (UK) (1966-present).
*"60 Minutes" (1968-present).
*"One Life to Live" (1968-present).
*"Sesame Street" (1969-present).

1970s

*"All My Children" (1970-present).
*"Monday Night Football" (1970-present).
*"Masterpiece Theatre" (1971-present).
*"Soul Train" (1971-present).
*"Emmerdale" (UK) (1972-present).
*"Newsround" (UK) (1972-present).
*"The Price Is Right" (1972-present).
*"Last of the Summer Wine" (UK) (1973-present).
*"The Young and the Restless" (1973-present).
*"Wish You Were Here...?" (UK) (1974-present).
*"Arena" (UK) (1975-present).
*"Good Morning America" (1975-present).
*"Saturday Night Live" (1975-present).
*"the fifth estate" (Canada) (1975-present).
*"Wheel of Fortune" (1975-present).
*"20/20" (1978-present).
*"Grange Hill" (UK) (1978-2008).
*"Antiques Roadshow" (UK) (1979-present).
*"Nightline" (1979-present).
*"This Old House" (1979-present).

1980s

*"Entertainment Tonight" (1981-present).
*"What Now" (1982-present)
*"Timewatch" (UK) (1982-present)
*"Jeopardy!" (1964-1975, 1984-present).
*"The Bill" (UK) (1984-present).
*"EastEnders" (UK) (1985-present).
*"Neighbours" (Australia) (1985-present).
*"Sally" (1985-2002).
*"The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986-present).
*"Comic Relief" (UK) (1986-present).
*"Casualty" (UK) (1986-present).
*"ChuckleVision" (UK) (1987-present).
*"Inspector Morse" (UK) (1987-2000).
*"The Bold and the Beautiful" (1987-present).
*"America's Most Wanted" (1988-present).
*"The American Experience" (1988-present).
*"Fair City" (1988-present).
*"Home and Away" (Australia) (1988-present).
*"Inside Edition" (1988-present)
*"This Morning" (UK) (1988-present).
*"Red Dwarf" (UK) (1988-1999).
*"Mystery Science Theater 3000" (1988-1999).
*"The Ward" (UK) (1988-2000).
*"Electric Circus" (Canada) (1988-2003).
*"Baywatch" (1989-2001).
*"COPS" (1989-present).
*"The Simpsons" (1989-present).

1990s

*"The X-Files" (1993-2002).
*"Law & Order" (1990-present).
*"America's Funniest Home Videos" (1990-present).
*"One Foot in the Grave" (UK) (1990-2000).
*"Home Improvement" (1991-1999).
*"Rugrats" (1991-2004).
*"The Jerry Springer Show" (1991-present).
*"The Red Green Show" (1991-2006).
*"Barney & Friends" (1992-present).
*"Dateline NBC" (1992-present).
*"Mad About You" (1992-1999).
*"The Real World" (1992-present).
*"Frasier" (1993-2004).
*"Ricki Lake" (1993-2004).
*"Walker, Texas Ranger" (1993-2001).
*"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993-present).
*"NYPD Blue" (1993-2005).
*"" (1993-1999).
*"" (1993-1999).
*"The Late Show with David Letterman" (1993-present).
*"The Nanny" (1993-1999).
*"WWF RAW Is War/WWF War Zone" (1993-present).
*"ER" (1994-present).
*"Friends" (1994-2004).
*"Time Team" (UK) (1994-present).
*"Touched by an Angel" (1994-2003).
*"JAG" (1995-present).
*"Pamela Wallin Live" (Canada) (1995-1999).
*"Pokémon" (Japan, US) (1997,1998-present).
*"Sesame Park" (Canada) (1995-2002).
*"Sliders" (1995-2000).
*"" (1995-2001).
*"The Drew Carey Show" (1995-2004).
*"WCW Monday Nitro" (1995-2001).
*"7th Heaven" (1996-2006).
*"Access Hollywood" (1996-present).
*"Dexter's Laboratory" (1996-2003).
*"Doug" (1991-1994, 1996-1999).
*"Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996-2005).
*"Hey Arnold!" (1996-2004).
*"Judge Judy" (1996-present).
*"Nash Bridges" (1996-2001).
*"Spin City" (1996-2002).
*"The Daily Show" (1996-present).
*"100% (game show)" (UK) (1997-2001).
*"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003).
*"Cow and Chicken" (1997-1999).
*"Daria" (1997-2001).
*"Dharma & Greg" (1997-2002).
*"Disney's One Saturday Morning" (1997-2001).
*"Family Affairs" (UK) (1997-2005).
*"Johnny Bravo" (1997-2003).
*"Just Shoot Me!" (1997-2003).
*"King of the Hill" (1997-2006).
*"La Femme Nikita" (1997-2001).
*"South Park" (1997-present).
*"Stargate SG-1" (1997-present).
*"Sunset Beach" (1997-1999).
*"The Practice" (1997-2004).
*"Teletubbies" (UK) (1997-2001).
*"The Wonderful World of Disney" (1997-present).
*"Match Game" (1962-1969, 1973-1984, 1990-1991, 1998-1999).
*"3rd Rock from the Sun" (1996-2001).

Ending this year

*January 22 - "The Demon Headmaster" (UK) (1996-1998).
*January 25 - "The NFL on NBC" (1939-1998, with numerous interruptions)
*May 14 - "Seinfeld" (1989-1998).
*May 18 – "Murphy Brown" (1988-1998).
*May 31 - "The Larry Sanders Show" (1992-1998).
*June 26 – "Step by Step" (1991-1998).
*July 2 - "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (UK) (1988-1998)
*July 17 – "Family Matters" (1989-1998).
*July 25 - "Weird Science" (1994-1998).
*October 16 - "Derrick" (Germany) (1974-1998).
*November 25 - "Babylon 5" (1994-1998)
*December 9 - "Is It Legal?" (UK) (1995-1998)
*"Timon and Pumbaa" (1995-1998).
*"Dexter's Laboratory" (1996-1998, 2001-2003)
*"".
*"The Statler Brothers Show" (1991-1998)

Changes of network affiliation

Deaths

*January 21 - Jack Lord, 77, star of "Hawaii Five-O".
*February 19 - Grandpa Jones, 84, star of "Hee Haw", comedian and musician.
*February 28 - Dermot Morgan, 45, star of "Father Ted".
*May 28 - Phil Hartman, 49, actor/comedian ("Saturday Night Live", "The Simpsons," "Newsradio"), shot by his wife in a murder/suicide.
*September 23 - Mary Frann, 55, actress (Joanna on "Newhart").
*September 28 - Eric Malling, 52, Canadian television journalist.
*October 17 - Joan Hickson, 92, actress, Agatha Christie's Miss Marple.
*November 17 - Esther Rolle, 78, actress (Florida on "Maude" and "Good Times").
*Dick O'Neill, 70, recurring actor (Family Matters, Home Improvement)
*December 6 - Michael Zaslow, 56, actor (Roger Thorpe, Guiding Light)
*December 22 - Michelle Thomas, 29, actress (Myra on "Family Matters", Justine on "The Cosby Show").
*December 28 - Richard Paul, 58, American actor ("Carter Country", "Match Game")


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