2012 in American television

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The following is a list of events affecting American television in 2012. Events listed include television show debuts, finales, and cancellations; channel launches, closures, and rebrandings; stations changing or adding their network affiliations; and information about controversies and carriage disputes.


Notable events


1Regional sports networks MSG and MSG Plus go dark on Time Warner Cable systems in the New York City area and upstate New York after Time Warner and the networks' parent, MSG Media, fail to reach a new fee-for-carriage agreement.[1] The two sides reached a resolution to restore the signals on February 17, a deal that also restores MSG-owned music channel Fuse TV to Time Warner systems (TWC had dropped Fuse in December 2011).[2]
Three stations and their related satellites in the Casper and Cheyenne, Wyoming markets vanish from the Dish Network lineup due to a retransmission dispute. The stations are Casper's KTWO-TV (ABC), KGWC (CBS), and KFNB (Fox) and Cheyenne's KLWY (Fox/ABC).[3]
2Versus rebrands as NBC Sports Network, reflecting the sports channel's common ownership and synergies with NBC Sports.[4]
4The Walt Disney Company and Comcast announce a 10-year distribution agreement to deliver content from Disney-owned networks and ABC owned-and-operated stations to Comcast's multiple Xfinity platforms, including TV, online, video on demand, smartphones, and tablet computers.[5]
5Neal Tiles steps down from his position as president and CEO of G4 and is replaced by Adam Stotsky.[6][7]
Cowles Media announces a reorganization in the news department of its stations in the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara market, KCOY-TV (CBS) and KKFX-CA (Fox), that includes several layoffs of on- and off-screen personnel, the elimination of its sports department, and the move of the evening anchor desk out of market to Monterey Bay area sister station KION-TV.[8]
9CBS This Morning, the network's attempt at a unique news-and-analysis-intensive morning show, makes its debut, featuring a host team of Erica Hill, Gayle King, and Charlie Rose.[9]
13A week-long commemoration of Today's 60th anniversary culminates in a gathering of past and current personalities from the NBC morning program.[10]
After more than 11,000 episodes, long-running daytime drama One Life to Live ended its nearly 44-year-run on ABC.[11]
14Sunbeam Television's stations in Miami (WSVN) and Boston (WHDH-TV and WLVI) go dark on DirecTV after talks to increase the retransmission fees by a reported 300% failed.[12] The two sides reached an agreement on January 26 to restore the signals.[13]
16Lionsgate Entertainment and One Equity Partners announce that they will explore a sale of their TV Guide Network, whose conversion over the years from a listings guide to an entertainment channel has made it profitable enough for a sale by the two companies.[14]
17Food Network personality Paula Deen, known for her high-calorie recipes, reveals on Today that she has Diabetes mellitus type 2, and was diagnosed with the condition in 2008 (choosing not to reveal her condition until now in part to avert health rumors).[15]
23NBC Sports reaches a four-year deal for exclusive rights (on NBC and NBC Sports Network) to the Breeders' Cup thoroughbred horse racing championships beginning with the November 3 event. The deal includes the first prime time staging of event's premiere race, the Breeders' Cup Classic.[16] The deal reunites the Breeders' Cup with NBC, which broadcast the first 21 editions of the event (with ESPN holding rights from 2006 to 2011).
25Bill Myers steps down from his position as president and CEO of Starz Entertainment after 10 years with the company.[17]
30Following the lead of Telemundo (who has done it in one form or another since 2003), Univision becomes the second Spanish-language network to provide English subtitles (appearing as closed captions on CC3) on its weeknight telenovelas, an effort to attract viewers who do not speak or are not fluent in the Spanish language.[18]
30-31A shakeup in the on-air makeup of Fox's The X Factor takes place: The network confirms on the 30th that host Steve Jones and judge Nicole Scherzinger will not return for the show's 2nd season in the fall. The next day, judge Paula Abdul confirms she will not return either.[19]


2The FCC approves Time Warner Cable's $3 million purchase of Insight Communications, giving TWC access to Insight's 750,000 customers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.[20]
3The FCC rules that television stations have the right to refuse to air ads under “reasonable access” provisions of the law pertaining to political candidates. The ruling comes after WMAQ-TV/Chicago rejected an anti-abortion ad that activist that presidential candidate Randall Terry wanted the NBC O&O to run during Super Bowl XLVI.[21]
NFL Network announces it will expand its Thursday Night Football package from eight to 13 games beginning with the 2012 NFL season.[22]
5NBC's broadcast of Super Bowl XLVI, in which the New York Giants defeat the New England Patriots, attracts 111.3 million viewers. This is the third straight year that the NFL's championship event sets the all-time record for total viewership.[23]
During a Super Bowl halftime show headlined by Madonna, guest singer M.I.A. appears to deliver a curse word and obscene gesture that escapes the reach of NBC's censors. The network and the NFL (the event's producer) both issue apologies afterwards for the incident.[24]
6Video distributor Netflix makes its original programming debut with the release of the comedy-drama series Lilyhammer.[25]
7With the episode "Life Before His Eyes," CBS' NCIS crosses the 200 episode milestone.[26]
8CNN suspends commentator Roland S. Martin after he posted homophobic messages on his Twitter and Facebook pages the night of the Super Bowl.[27]
12CBS' broadcast of the 54th Grammy Awards—an event marked by remembrances of Whitney Houston (who died the previous day) and six wins for Adele—attract 39 million viewers, the biggest audience for the Grammys since 1984.[28]
17MSNBC announces that it has parted ways with political commentator Pat Buchanan, who was suspended by the network in October 2011 after the publication of a book he had authored that drew controversy for its content.[29]
19With the episode "At Long Last Leave," Fox's The Simpsons reaches the 500 episode plateau.[30]
20The Rachael Ray Show marks its 1,000th episode.[31]
Roberts Broadcasting announced it was exploring the possibility of selling one or all four of its television stations in order to raise enough cash to pay off its creditors.[32]
21Fulfilling a caveat in its 2011 purchase of NBCUniversal, Comcast announces it will launch four minority-owned networks on its cable systems within the next two years: the children-oriented BabyFirst Americas (which has planned April 2012 launch date); Aspire (summer 2012 launch), which will include positive, family-oriented programming; Revolt (2013 launch), a music- and artist-oriented channel; and El Rey (2014 launch), a general entertainment network.[33]
24In a cost-saving move, the E.W. Scripps Company announces that they will drop certain syndicated programs from its television stations beginning in September in favor of in-house programming and expansion of local content.[34]
27Thanks to the event's first ever postponement (due to rain), the Daytona 500 is run for the first time on a Monday night. Fox's broadcast of the race attracts 36 million viewers, the event's second biggest TV audience ever.[35]
29Molly Solomon is named executive producer for Golf Channel, becoming the first woman to hold such a position on a national TV sports network.[36]
Video blogger James O'Keefe sues Keith Olbermann and Current TV after Olbermann says O'Keefe was convicted of rape (a charge which was actually reduced to harassment).[37]


1Nick Jr., Nickelodeon's 24-hour preschool-oriented cable channel, receives a brand new look produced by Gretel, Inc. and a new advertising campaign created by BBDO to coincide with the permanent retirement of the network's former mascots, Moose A. Moose and Zee D. Bird.[38]
Univision tlnovelas, a Univision Communications-owned cable channel devoted to Spanish-language telenovelas, launches on Dish Network as part of a carriage deal with the satellite provider to give it initial carriage of the channel and two other upstart cable networks owned by Univision.[39]
7WNBC/New York announces it has declined to renew the contract of Sue Simmons, who has anchored the news on NBC's flagship station since 1980.[40] Simmons leaves the station on June 15.[41]
11NBC Sports begins its relationship with Major League Soccer with an NBC Sports Network broadcast of a season-opening match between the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas.[42]
13Tony Cassara submits his resignation as CEO of TV-station owner Young Broadcasting.[43]
14In the wake of the deaths of three horses during production, HBO announces that all production of Luck will permanently cease.[44] The freshman series, set in the world of thoroughbred racing, had previously been renewed for a second season in 2013.[45]
15The CW announces the launch of a smartphone app that will offer next-morning streaming of CW primetime episodes (coinciding with a similar change in the timing of episode streaming on the network's website).[46]
WLNY/Melville, New York announces the suspension (effective March 29) of its 11 p.m. newscast, along with giving 20 of its 55 news staffers buyout offers. About 30 WLNY employees (including news anchor Richard Rose) will remain with the station following the completion of its purchase by CBS Corporation, after which WLNY's news operations will be combined with that of CBS' New York City flagship, WCBS-TV.[47]
National Communications announces it will purchase Fox affiliate KUQI/Corpus Christi from High Maintenance Broadcasting, with its intent to enter into a shared services agreement with London Broadcasting-owned ABC affiliate KIII-TV.[48]
17Fox Sports San Diego, the newest affiliate of Fox Sports Net, makes its debut. It serves as the exclusive local TV home of the San Diego Padres, which is also its minority owner.[49][50]
23Disney Junior, Disney Channel's daytime children's programming block, becomes a standalone 24-hour cable channel. The channel replaces Soapnet, which remains available (in a limited, automated form) for some cable and satellite providers who have not yet finalized carriage deals for Disney Junior, as well for Cablevision and Verizon FiOS (both of them have kept Soapnet on the air and added Disney Junior to their lineups as an additional channel).[51]
26Providence Equity Partners announced that it will put all of Newport Television's 56 stations on the selling block in an effort to pay off debt.[52]
The FCC approves the sale of WUPW/Toledo from LIN TV to American Spirit Media. The sale includes American Spirit ceding WUPW's daily operations (including news) to Raycom's Toledo station, WTOL-TV, via a shared services agreement (mirroring similar arrangements in four other markets where Raycom operates American Spirit stations).[53]
30Current TV announces the firing of Keith Olbermann, with his Countdown immediately replaced on this date by Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer.[54] Olberman filed a wrongful termination suit against Current TV on April 5.[55]


1Twenty-three broadcast stations owned by Tribune Broadcasting (notably stations in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago) as well as WGN America disappear from DirecTV after the two companies fail to reach a carriage agreement before a midnight (ET) deadline.[56] The stations and WGN America were restored on April 4, after a new carriage deal was reached.[57]
C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb steps down from his position as CEO of the public affairs network, with Rob Kennedy and Susan Swain stepping in as co-CEOs (Lamb remains with C-SPAN as executive chairman).[58]
2Four Arkansas NBC stations operated by Nexstar Broadcasting jointly launch a statewide noon newscast titled Arkansas Today. The newscast originates from KARK-TV/Little Rock and is simulcast on and utilizes the news divisions of KTAL-TV/Texarkana, KTVE/El Dorado, and KNWA-TV/Fayetteville (the latter station produces sports segments for the program).[59]
Nexstar launches a combined news operation, under the Eyewitness News banner, at its virtual duopoly in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pennsylvania, on Nexstar-owned WBRE-TV and Mission Broadcasting's WYOU. The newscasts utilize existing WBRE news staff, and marks the return of local news on WYOU since that station's news division was shuttered in April 2009. The newscasts (along with existing outsourced newscasts on New Age Media-owned Fox affiliate WOLF-TV) are also upgraded to high-definition.[60]
7The Univision Deportes Network commences programming. The Spanish language sports network owned by Univision Communications primarily features soccer from the Mexican Primera División.[61]
Fox Saturday Baseball premieres a new pregame studio show, produced by and featuring personalities from MLB Network.[62]
10MLB Strike Zone, a commercial-free subscription cable and satellite network, launches as a companion service to MLB Network. The channel allows viewers to watch various Tuesday and Friday evening Major League Baseball regular season games and features up-to-the-minute highlights from around the league.[63]
12A ruling by a judicial panel on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit strikes down a FCC ban against political campaign and issue advertising on public television and radio stations, stating that the ban violates the First Amendment's free speech clause.[64]
13ABC's Good Morning America ends the week with 31,000 more viewers than Today, topping the NBC morning show in weekly ratings for the first time since December 1995 (ending an unprecedented 852-week win streak for Today).[65]
14Fox begins a regular (April through December) block of live Saturday night sports programming, featuring broadcasts of NASCAR, UFC, Major League Baseball, and Pacific 12 Conference football.[66]
16DirecTV and Starz Entertainment reach a new carriage agreement which will allow the satellite provider to carry the online versions of Starz and Encore, as well as the linear, online and on demand versions of MoviePlex, IndiePlex and RetroPlex for the first time.[67]
18Cartoon Network announces plans to begin live streaming its linear television channel on its website and Apple mobile devices to customers of participating cable and satellite providers as part of parent company Time Warner's TV Everywhere initiative.[68]
22Fox commemorates its 25th anniversary of prime time programming with a two-hour retrospective special, preceded by re-airings of the first episodes to two of Fox's most noteworthy shows, Married... with Children (Fox's first prime time series) and The Simpsons (the network's longest-running scripted series).[69]
23CBS Television Distribution files a lawsuit against FamilyNet and its parent company ComStar, claiming that FamilyNet has aired CTD-owned shows without paying licensing fees (CTD claims FamilyNet's most recent payment was in June 2010).[70]
WOW! acquires West Point, Georgia-based Knology for $1.5 billion in cash.[71] The acquisition was completed on July 18, making WOW! the 9th largest cable operator in the United States.[72]
30A federal judge in Los Angeles rules that Dick Clark Productions acted properly when it negotiated a deal with NBC to produce the Golden Globe Awards broadcast for the network through 2018. The ruling is the outcome of a lawsuit against DCP by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Globes' organizers, who argued that DCP acted without their approval.[73]


1Saban Capital Group subsidiary Kidsco Media Ventures LLC placed a $10 million bid to acquire certain assets owned by 4Kids Entertainment, including the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise and The CW4Kids program block.[74] 4Kids commenced an auction between Kidsco and Konami subsidiary 4K Acquisition Corp. on June 5; 4K Acquisition placed a bid to acquire 4Kids' entire assets on June 7, which was later adjourned so 4Kids, Kidsco, and 4K Acquisition could consider an alternative transaction.[75][76][77] 4Kids filed a notice on June 15 outlining a proposed deal in which its assets will be split amongst Kidsco and 4K Acquisition, with the latter gaining rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! assets, which is expected to be assessed on June 20, 2012.[78]
2Lifetime and sister channels Lifetime Movie Network and Lifetime Real Women rebrand with new logos and slogans.[79]
3Time Warner Cable announces a carriage agreement with News Corporation that will allow the provider to add four channels owned by India's STAR TV (Star Plus, STAR Gold, Life OK and STAR News) to its systems in certain markets with a large Southern Asian/Indian population.[80]
4Journal Communications files an application with the FCC to acquire, for $2 million, MyNetworkTV affiliate WACY/Appleton, which has been operated through Journal-owned NBC affiliate WGBA/Green Bay since 1994. Journal includes a "failed station" request to waive ownership limits that apply to the Green Bay/Appleton market, basing the request on WACY's condition prior to 1994 (the station had gone bankrupt under prior ownership and ceased operations in 1992).[81]
7ABC News and Univision announce that they will partner on a new English-language news network that will cater to a Hispanic audience. The network, as yet unnamed, has a target launch date of 2013.[82]
LIN Media announces that it will acquire the 13 television stations owned by New Vision Television in eight markets: Portland, Birmingham, Wichita, Honolulu, Savannah, Youngstown (two stations), Topeka (two stations) and Mason City. The deal, priced at $330.4 million, includes the assumption of $12 million in debt as well as the operations (via shared services agreements) of three stations owned by PBC Broadcasting (in Topeka, Youngstown and Savannah).[83]
8H3 Communications (owned by the adult children of Charles Harker, owner of local ABC affiliate WABG and NBC affiliate WNBD-LD through licensee Commonwealth Communications) announces its intent to purchase CBS affiliate WXVT/Greenville, Mississippi from Saga Communications for $3 million. If approved by the FCC, the Harker family will have control of all three major network affiliates in the Greenville-Greenwood market.[84]
9ESPN extends its agreement with the Atlantic Coast Conference, expanding coverage of ACC athletic events through the 2026–2027 academic year in a deal reportedly worth $3.6 billion.[85]
TV Land rebrands with a new logo, retiring the multi-squared logo the network had used in various forms since its 1996 inception.[86]
13After 10 seasons on air, CBS announced that they have canceled CSI: Miami, the first show in the CSI franchise to end.[87]
14Charter Communications signs a carriage agreement with Liberman Broadcasting to carry its Spanish-language network Estrella TV on Charter systems in certain Latino/Hispanic markets.[88]
Fox confirms that Demi Lovato and Britney Spears will join the judges' panel of The X Factor for the show's second season in the fall.[89]
15Sinclair Broadcast Group and Fox extend an affiliation agreement with Sinclair's 19 Fox affiliates for five years through 2017. The deal includes an option, exercisable from July 2012 thru March 2013, for Sinclair to purchase Fox-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate WUTB/Baltimore, while also allowing Fox the option to purchase Sinclair-owned stations in three of four markets: Raleigh, Las Vegas, Cincinnati and Norfolk (all of which are either MNT standalones or CW/MNT duopolies).[90]
16Time Warner Cable and Viacom settle a lawsuit filed in April 2011 over carriage of Viacom-owned cable channels on TWC's in-home streaming app for tablets and computers. As part of the agreement, Time Warner Cable resumes carriage of Viacom channels made available on the app prior to the lawsuit such as MTV, CMT and Comedy Central, and also adds additional channels such as MTV Hits and MTV Jams and the high-definition versions of TV Land and BET.[91]
17Intermountain West Communications Company announces two of its Idaho stations, KXTF/Twin Falls and KFXP/Pocatello (the latter is operated by Intermountain West through a management agreement with Compass Communications), will disaffiliate from Fox effective July 1, 2012 due to a retransmission consent dispute between Intermountain West and Fox citing demands for compensation payments that the company alleged exceeds both stations' current revenue. Intermountain West has announced it will seek primary affiliations with This TV (a joint venture between Weigel Broadcasting and MGM) for the two stations.[92][93]
22Donald Driver wins the 14th season of Dancing with the Stars.[94]
23Dish Network files lawsuits against ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in response to litigation threats by those networks regarding the recently-unveiled AutoHop feature on its Hopper DVR device's "PrimeTime Anytime" service, which automatically skips commercials during pre-recorded programming. Dish's suit asks for a declaratory judgment that the AutoHop feature does not infringe copyrights. CBS, Fox and NBC countersue Dish alleging the feature violates copyright law and may compromise their advertising revenue.[95]
A visitor identified as Ray Miles enters the studios of CBS affiliate WIBW-TV/Topeka and demands to have the station investigate how the local Department of Veterans Affairs was handling his case. After the station's news director refuses Miles' request for the second time (he had previously visited the station on March 22 to discuss the issue), Miles turns violent: he destroys the studio lobby, threatens newsroom staffers and stabs the station's sales manager and a sales associate in the leg before being taken down and held until police arrive.[96]
Phillip Phillips wins the 11th season of American Idol.[97]
After debuting in February, independent station WADL/Mount Clemens, Michigan cancels its half-hour 9 p.m. newscast (produced under a partnership with Journal Register Company and the Independent News Network). The news department's existence saw the abrupt firing of initial news director Matt Stevens in February after one day of employment (following a confrontation between acting station president Kevin O'Brien and station management regarding O'Brien's firing), replaced the following month with WADL program host Joelle Lukasiewicz (wife of Kevin Adell, CEO of owner Adell Broadcasting).[98]
25Time Warner Cable reaches an agreement with Cordillera Communications, restoring four stations owned by the Evening Post Publishing Company subsidiary in TWC's Corpus Christi, Texas service area (NBC affiliate KRIS-TV, KRIS' CW subchannel, Telemundo affiliate K68DJ, and independent station K47DF); the deal ends a five-month retransmission consent dispute between the two companies that resulted in the stations being pulled on December 12, 2011.[99]
Three Honolulu television stations — PBS member station KHET, TBN O&O KAAH, and multicultural independent KIKU — are served with a Notice of Violation by the FCC for failure to retransmit the monthly Emergency Alert System test on May 1 and failing to air the audio script on the March 1 test.[100]
26Discovery Networks-owned Planet Green — a channel that originally aired eco-centric programming before concentrating on archived Discovery Channel documentaries — is rebranded and revamped to Destination America, which features American-centric food, travel, history and adventure programming.[101]
After a four-year hiatus, the action-oriented animated programming block Toonami returns to Cartoon Network as part of their Adult Swim programming block.[102]
28New Orleans based regional sports network Cox Sports Television's contract with the NBA's New Orleans Hornets ends after owner Cox Cable announces it will exit the sportscasting industry.[103]
30Fox Television Stations signs an agreement with AccuWeather to provide on-air and online weather content in 11 out of 16 markets where Fox has an owned-and-operated station, which include providing meteorological data, online weather products and the addition of 24-hour weather services on digital multicast channels.[104]
The third and final episode of the History miniseries Hatfields & McCoys draws 14.2 million viewers, setting a new record for a non-sports program on ad-supported cable and breaking the record (13.9 million viewers) set by the first episode on May 28.[105][106]
31Buckeye CableSystem (owned by Block Communications) files a lawsuit against the owners of two Toledo television stations: Raycom Media, which owns CBS affiliate WTOL and American Spirit Media, owner of Fox affiliate WUPW (which has been operated under a shared services agreement with WTOL since April 20), alleging the station groups are demanding higher carriage fees to continue allowing the cable provider to broadcast WUPW.[107]


1Two Louisville stations owned by Block Communications (Fox affiliate WDRB and MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYO) disappear from Insight Communications systems within the market, the result of a dispute with Time Warner Cable, which purchased Insight in February 2012 and asked for a re-negotiation of their retransmission consent agreement with the stations.[108] The stations' signals were restored on June 6, after both companies reach a fee agreement.[109]
New York Network, the television production arm of the State University of New York, announced it will cease operations at the end of a phaseout period of several months, due to its equipment becoming obsolete.[110]
MountainWest Sports Network (informally known as The Mtn.) discontinues operations.[111] The channel, a joint venture between the Mountain West Conference, NBCUniversal and CBS Corporation, aired MWC sporting events since its 2006 launch but was plagued by lack of full cable/satellite coverage in the conference's territory. The closure is also the result of the MWC's ongoing realignment.
The district attorney in Utah County, Utah officially drops bigamy charges (a third-degree felony in Utah) against Kody Brown and his family, the stars of the TLC reality series Sister Wives, after it was determined that despite being married to four wives there was no evidence or signs of fraud that would warrant any criminal charges.[112]
DirecTV's 24-hour 3D channel n3D (which launched in July 2010 as the first 3D television channel to operate 24 hours a day) cuts back its programming hours to become a part-time service, citing lack of programming available in the 3D format.[113]
2Low-powered Fox affiliate KNPN-LD/St. Joseph, Missouri is launched by locally-based media firm News-Press & Gazette Company. Along with airing 22 hours of local newscasts weekly, it simulcasts two channels that were formerly cable-exclusive (local news and weather channel News-Press 3 NOW and CW Plus affiliate St. Joseph CW 6) on its second and third digital subchannels, and carries Telemundo on a fourth subchannel. It replaces WDAF/Kansas City as the default Fox affiliate for Suddenlink, Dish Network, and DirecTV subscribers (DirecTV will not add the station until July 1).[114][115]
4Allegedly in response to an ad run during a June 3 episode of AMC's Mad Men asking customers to urge Dish Network to keep AMC Networks' channels on the satellite provider (both companies have been embroiled in a carriage dispute), Dish abruptly relocates AMC and sibling channels WE tv and IFC to higher channel positions (AMC from channel 130 to 9609 for SD and 9610 for HD, WEtv from 128 to 9608 and IFC from 393 to 9607), with HDNet, Style and Indieplex filling their former channel positions. Sibling network Sundance Channel had already been removed from Dish two weeks earlier on May 20.[116]
5The Walt Disney Company announces that, beginning in 2015, it will impose limits on advertising for food and beverage products across its kid-targeted media properties (TV, radio, and internet) to only accept ads for those that meet certain nutritional guidelines. The change affects Disney-owned commercial-free channels Disney Channel and Disney Junior (which limit traditional advertising to underwriter sponsorships) and children's programming on ad-supported channels including ABC Family and Disney XD (ABC's educational and informational programming syndication provider has not sold any child-targeted ads in that block since it took over).[117]
DirecTV removes WABI-TV/Bangor, Maine (which carries CBS and The CW) and WCJB-TV/Gainesville, Florida (which carries ABC and The CW) after it fails to reach a carriage deal with their owner Diversified Communications, claiming the company wanted 300% more than their previous retransmission consent agreement.[118]
6Hoak Media blocks access to 14 of its stations from Dish Network due to an unresolved carriage dispute in which Dish alleges that Hoak asked for a 200% rate increase for carriage of its stations and demanded that the satellite provider eliminate its controversial AutoHop commercial-skipping DVR feature.[119] Hoak's signals were restored on Dish by June 14.[120]
11Good Morning America host Robin Roberts reveals to viewers that she has a rare blood disease known as Myelodysplastic syndrome and that her sister, WWL-TV/New Orleans anchor Sally-Ann Roberts, will be her donor for a bone marrow transplant that will take place in this fall. She will continue in her role as the show's co-host during her treatments.[121][122]
Warner Bros. Television acquires Alloy Entertainment from investment group ZelnickMedia, with Warner closing the deal in the fourth quarter and retaining Alloy's staff. Both companies are co-producers on five shows: Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game and 666 Park Avenue.[123]
1321 years after ending its original run on CBS, the classic soap opera Dallas returns to television, this time on TNT, with several of its original cast members reprising their roles.[124]
14LM Communications Television (founded by Lynn Martin, owner of 12 radio stations in Kentucky, South Carolina and West Virginia) announces its intent to purchase CW affiliate WBKI-TV/Louisville, Kentucky from Louisville TV Licenses, LLC.[125] Block Communications (owners of Fox affiliate WDRB and MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYO) entered into a shared services agreement with WBKI on June 22.[126]
The Walt Disney Company launches apps for Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) offering live streams of Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior to Comcast Xfinity subscribers, as well as on-demand content from the kid-oriented cable channels (including a limited array of on-demand content accessible to non-Comcast subscribers).[127]
15A U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles turns down CBS' request to block the June 18 premiere of ABC's The Glass House. CBS has sued ABC for copyright infringement over The Glass House, claiming the reality competition closely resembles its Big Brother, where several Glass House staffers had previously worked.[128]
In an event telecast by ABC, daredevil Nik Wallenda crosses Niagara Falls on a wire, becoming the first person to complete the feat (and the first in 116 years to even attempt it). During his walk, Wallenda is attached to the 2-inch-wide wire by a tether, a precaution insisted on by ABC.[129]
18Just two years after they were replaced by a real band, Victorious Secrets (later renamed American Secrets), in a contest, FreeCreditScore.com brings back the "Original Band" for a series of new ads, due to popular demand and a "mistake" by the agency that decided to drop the fake band in 2010.[130]
20Just one month after cancelling the series, CBS announces that it will bring Unforgettable back for a 13-episode 2nd season that will air in the Summer of 2013.[131]
21In a ruling favoring US broadcast networks, the United States Supreme Court determines that the FCC violated its due process in failing to give advance notice on policies concerning isolated instances of fleeting offensive words and nudity on television. However, the court declines to issue a much broader ruling (which the broadcasters had hoped would occur) that the FCC's indecency policies constituted a violation of the First Amendment, meaning that the FCC can continue to limit what can be said or broadcast on television.[132]
23ESPN launches espnW, a live streaming website spun off from ESPN3 and dedicated to women's sports; the debut coincides with the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law commonly regarded as the springboard for increased involvement of females in athletics.[133]
The 39th Daytime Emmy Awards air on HLN, the first time the event airs on cable.[134]
25The University of Central Florida's Board of Trustees approves the school's purchase of WMFE-TV/Orlando from Community Communications. It's Community's 2nd attempt to sell WMFE (an earlier deal to sell to Daystar Television Network fell through in March), and, should the FCC approve the license transfer, would likely return PBS programming to WMFE, which dropped the network in July 2011 (since that time, UCF has programmed Brevard Community College-owned WBCC-DT1 with PBS programming through a time-lease agreement).[135][136]
KSAX/Alexandria, Minnesota and its Redwood Falls satellite KRWF (both ABC affiliates owned by Hubbard Broadcasting) are converted into full-time satellites of Hubbard television flagship KSTP/St. Paul, resulting in the elimination of local news and weather inserts during simulcasts of KSTP's local newscasts and the layoffs of 17 of KSAX's 19 employees. KSAX/KRWF's Alexandria studio will remain open as a news bureau and sales office, and local commercial inserts will be retained.[137]
27Aspire, a digital cable and satellite network owned by a joint venture consisting of Comcast and Magic Johnson that airs programming geared towards African American families, makes its debut on Comcast.[138]
DirecTV announces they are in a carriage dispute with Northwest Broadcasting, owner of six stations in four states (Washington, Oregon, Texas and New York), claiming the company is asking double the amount of their previous agreement.[139]
28After days of speculation regarding her future on the program, Ann Curry bids an emotional farewell as co-host of NBC's Today, moving to a correspondent and anchor-at-large position for NBC News.[140] On June 29, the network announces that Savannah Guthrie, host of Today's third hour, will replace Curry effective July 9.[141]
News Corporation announces its intention to split into two separate companies, an entertainment unit (which will include the Fox network and its cable channels) and a publishing unit.[142]
ESPN signs a 12-year extension agreement with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association to retain the U.S. broadcast rights to the Rose Bowl Game from 2015 through 2026.[143]


2HDNet rebrands as AXS TV, beginning a refocus towards lifestyle and live event programming. The change is a result of the purchase of a share in the channel by a joint venture consisting of Ryan Seacrest, Anschutz Entertainment Group and Creative Artists Agency, a deal announced on January 18 (original co-owner/co-founder Mark Cuban retains a share).[144][145]
After being interviewed in an online article by The Daily Beast,[146] CNN anchorman and syndicated talk show host Anderson Cooper officially comes out as a homosexual man, thus confirming rumors about his sexuality that have surrounded his life.[147]
The CW announces a partnership with Saban to take over the network's children's program block Toonzai, bringing programs such as Saban's Yu-Gi-Oh! and Power Rangers to the network and ending the current partnership with 4Kids Entertainment.[148]
The Weather Channel announces plans to acquire Weather Underground, one of the internet's oldest weather services. While the site will no longer operate independently, Weather Underground will retain all existing staff and be run separately from TWC's online services.[149]
6Dish Network subscribers within the Youngstown, Ohio market lose access to NBC affiliate WFMJ-TV, the result of a breakdown in re-negotiations between the satellite provider and owner Vindicator Printing Company to renew the station's carriage agreement.[150]
7NBC and Telemundo replace their weekend morning Qubo children's program blocks with NBC Kids and MiTelemundo, both preschool-oriented lineups are programmed by PBS Kids Sprout (which NBC's parent company NBCUniversal jointly owns with Sesame Workshop, Apax Partners and PBS). Qubo will continue as a program block on Ion Television and as a 24-hour multicast channel on that network's stations (NBCUniversal will also continue to maintain an ownership stake in the channel).[151]
9ABC launches Good Afternoon America, an afternoon extension of Good Morning America, hosted by Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer. The show is a temporary placeholder (airing for a nine-week limited run) for ABC's 2 p.m. (Eastern Time) slot, an hour where ABC would relocate General Hospital after it cedes the 3 p.m. (ET) slot (GH's longtime home) to its affiliates on September 10.[152]
1013 stations owned by Hearst Television are removed from Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Insight Communications systems in Honolulu, Cincinnati, Plattsburgh, Boston, Manchester, Kansas City (two stations), Winston-Salem, Tampa, Orlando (two stations), Portland (Maine), Omaha, Louisville and Clarksburg (via Pittsburgh) after Hearst and TWC fail to reach a carriage agreement.[153][154] Except for Honolulu (where only a message explaining the removal of the local Hearst-owned ABC affiliate is shown, which resulted in asking KHON and Hawaii News Now to simulcast their televised Honolulu Mayor's debate on July 11; its channel was later replaced with the Hallmark Movie Channel on July 13), the affected stations were replaced by out-of-market affiliates of their corresponding networks, including Nexstar-owned stations from Rochester, Wilkes-Barre and Terre Haute; the move prompted Nexstar to file legal action against TWC for using its stations as de facto affiliates in the affected markets without consent.[155] Hearst's Milwaukee station, which was granted an exemption due to a technicality from a prior agreement with Charter Communications, was pulled from TWC on July 13.[156] Both Time Warner and Hearst reached a deal that restored the stations back on the systems on July 19.[157]
Shortly before midnight ET, 17 Viacom-owned networks (most notably MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and VH1) are removed from DirecTV after both companies fail to reach a new carriage agreement, with both sides accusing the other of being responsible.[158] DirecTV replaced the channels with compatible outlets from other companies.[159] In response to DirecTV advising subscribers to view original programming from the affected networks online, Viacom "temporarily slimmed down" access to current and other recent episodes of many programs from their websites on July 11, remaining in place until a deal is reached (as DirecTV does not offer internet service, the removal of Viacom-owned episodic streaming program content also affected internet users that do not subscribe to DirecTV, with access to this content mainly being restricted to subscription streaming websites such as Netflix and Hulu Plus).[160] On July 18, renewed negotiations between the companies broke off after reportedly Viacom asked DirecTV to pay $500 million to carry premium channel Epix.[161] The Viacom channels were restored on DirecTV after a new carriage agreement was made on July 20, with DirecTV gaining rights to carry live streams of Viacom-owned channels for its subscribers on laptops and mobile devices.[162]
NBCUniversal confirms plans to sell its 15.8% stake in A+E Networks to co-owners The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Corporation, who will become 50-50 partners in the joint venture.[163]
12-13Two members of American Idol's judging panel — Steven Tyler (on the 12th) and Jennifer Lopez (on the 13th) — announce their departures from the show after two seasons.[164][165]
13A Delaware bankruptcy court grants Tribune Company (owners of 23 television stations including WGN-TV/Chicago, KTLA/Los Angeles and WPIX/New York City, superstation WGN America, Antenna TV and 19 U.S. newspapers) approval of its reorganization plan for the company to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (Tribune filed for Chapter 11 in 2008 after accruing $13 billion in unsustainable debt from Sam Zell's $8 billion buyout of the company the year before). The company's senior debt holders, investment groups Oaktree Capital Management, JPMorgan Chase and Angelo, Gordon & Co., will assume control of Tribune Company.[166] Tribune's junior creditor Aurelius Capital Management and indenture trustees Law Debenture Trust Company and Deutsche Bank Trust Company appealed the July 23 confirmation decision in the case, with Aurelius asking presiding U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Carey to stay the consummation of the restructuring plan.[167] The junior creditors won a stay of the bankruptcy plan confirmation order on August 22 on the pretense the appealing parties pay a $1.5 billion bond by August 29.[168]
15After 16 years since the inception of MSNBC, NBC News ends their partnership with Microsoft and rebrands their website as NBCNews.com. The decision was the result of issues regarding contract requirements that prevented Microsoft from using news content from other outlets on its co-owned websites, as well as NBC trying to distance its online news content from public perceptions of a slant towards a political ideology due to the MSNBC television channel's gradual programming shift to appeal to a liberal audience. NBC News plans to launch a new website for MSNBC by 2013.[169]
17Scripps Networks Interactive strikes a new multi-year carriage agreement with Comcast that will result in on-demand program content from Scripps-owned cable networks (such as HGTV and Food Network) being made available to Comcast Xfinity subscribers through its linear television and online services as well as through mobile devices.[170]
18Suddenlink Communications accepts a buyout offer from BC Partners Ltd., several investment firms (including Goldman Sachs, Quadrangle Group and Oaktree Capital Management) and company management, led by chairman and CEO Jerry Kent to purchase the cable operator for $6.6 billion ($2 billion in cash, along with the assumption of $4.6 billion in debt).[171][172]
Montreal-based Cogeco purchases Quincy, Massachusetts-based cable operator Atlantic Broadband for $1.36 billion. The purchase will expand the presence of Cogeco (which already operates cable systems in several Eastern Canada provinces, primarily Ontario and Quebec) into the United States.[173]
19Newport Television announces the sale of 22 stations to three broadcasting firms: Nexstar Broadcasting will purchase 10 stations for $285 million (included are Little Rock duopoly KLRT/KASN, to be spun off to Mission Broadcasting (which is involved in several local marketing agreements with Nexstar in other markets) due to existing ownership of KARK and KARZ).[174] Sinclair Broadcast Group will acquire six stations in San Antonio, Harrisburg, Cincinnati, Mobile and Wichita, along with local marketing agreements with stations in Harrisburg and Wichita. Cox Media Group will also purchase two duopolies: WAWS-WTEV/Jacksonville and KOKI-KMYT/Tulsa, all pending FCC approval (Cox later announced on July 20 that it will sell its television stations in Johnstown, Stubenville and Reno [including an LMA with Reno's MyNetworkTV affiliate][175]). Newport will continue to seek buyers for stations in Bakersfield, Fresno, Rochester, Albany and Eugene that were not included in the pending deals.[176]
Through an agreement separate from its purchase of six Newport Television-owned stations, Sinclair Broadcast Group will acquire the assets of shareholder-owned Bay Television, Inc., owners of MyNetworkTV affiliate WTTA/Tampa, for $40 million. Sinclair has operated WTTA under a local marketing agreement since 1998 (although not in conjunction with another station, as Sinclair does not own any other television stations in the Tampa Bay market).[177]
Actor/comedian Fred Willard is removed from his narrator duties on the upcoming PBS series (and Antiques Roadshow spinoff) Market Warriors,[178] following his July 18 arrest on lewd conduct charges after Los Angeles police officers allegedly caught Willard exposing his genitalia inside an adult movie theater in Hollywood.[179] Antiques Roadshow host Mark L. Walberg will replace Willard as narrator of the program, including narrating episodes that were already completed with Willard.[178]
24The Federal Communications Commission upholds a December 2011 ruling in a complaint case filed by The Tennis Channel, Inc. (owners of Tennis Channel) against Comcast, that alleged the cable provider discriminated against the channel by putting Comcast-owned sports channels (such as Golf Channel and NBC Sports Network) in digital basic programming tiers, while placing Tennis Channel on digital sports tiers that have fewer subscribers; the ruling required Comcast to move the Tennis Channel to the same tier as its co-owned networks. This is the first instance in which the FCC upheld a program carriage complaint by an independent company.[180]
Actors Sofía Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell (later joined by Ed O'Neill) file a lawsuit against 20th Century Fox Television arguing that their contracts for the ABC series Modern Family violate California state laws prohibiting personal service contracts from extending for longer than seven years (the lawsuit states the contracts required the actors to work on the series from February 2009 to June 2016) and include a cap on the percentage of annual salary increases that the actors receive for each additional season of the show. The lawsuit asks a judge to grant a ruling to void the contracts as the suit claims that clauses within them prohibit the actors from other work.[181] The actors agreed to new contracts on July 27, effectively ending the lawsuit as part of the agreement.[182]
Hearst Television extends its affiliation deal with Me-TV for three years through 2015 and expands the digital network to five more outlets in Boston, Sacramento, Winston-Salem, Oklahoma City and Baltimore.[183]
25News-Press & Gazette Company enters the Columbia-Jefferson City, Missouri market with the purchase of ABC affiliate KMIZ (including its MyNetworkTV and Me-TV affiliated subchannels) and Fox affiliate KQFX-LD from JW Broadcsting for $16 million.[184]
26Google announces the launch of a fiber optic television service set to make its initial roll out in Kansas City in September (alongside a high speed internet service also set to be offered by Google). Neighborhoods that initially receive the TV and internet services will be selected through feedback from Kansas City area residents and online registration.[185] Google Fiber TV (which will also provide live streams of program content to iPad and Android devices) debuts with the absence of cable networks owned by Time Warner, The Walt Disney Company, AMC Networks and News Corporation from its channel lineup due to Google being unable to sign carriage agreements with those companies.[186]
The Spokane Public Schools announced that it will vote to end its relationship with PBS member station KSPS, which the school holds the license for (one of five PBS outlets in the United States owned by public schools; six that are owned by municipalities overall) and has funded since its 1967 sign-on but since 1972 had been run by a non-profit group (Friends of KSPS), due to financial reasons.[187]
CBS Sports Network signs an agreement with the United Football League giving the channel the television rights to broadcast Wednesday and Friday night games from the fledgling sports league during its eight-week regular season starting September 19 (CBS Sports Network replaces NBC Sports Network and AXS TV as national broadcasters of the UFL).[188]
27The 2012 Summer Olympics commence in London and continue through August 12, broadcasting domestically within the U.S. on NBC and certain other NBCUniversal-owned cable channels (including NBC Sports Network, Bravo, USA Network, Telemundo, MSNBC, and CNBC).[189] The opening ceremonies for the London Games draw a record 40.7 million viewers stateside, beating the 39.7 million mark set during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.[190]
Jim Walton announces his resignation as president of CNN effective at the end of the year, after being employed with the network for over 30 years.[191]
Tribune Broadcasting renews its affiliation agreement with Fox for six of seven Tribune-owned stations affiliated with the network in Seattle, Hartford, Indianapolis, Sacramento, Grand Rapids and Harrisburg (KSWB/San Diego is exempt from the renewal agreement as that station has a separate affiliation agreement with Fox).[192]
Shield Media, owned by White Knight Broadcasting vice president Sheldon Galloway, announces its purchase of Fox affiliate WXXA/Albany from Newport Television for $19.2 million. Shield plans on entering into a shared services agreement with ABC affiliate WTEN (owned by Young Broadcasting).[193]
Mark Steines steps down from his position as co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight after 17 years to host the revival of Home & Family on Hallmark Channel.[194]


1Al Jazeera launches Bein Sport One and Bein Sport Dos, two new sports channels dedicated to soccer, the former in English and the latter in Spanish.[195]
The expiration of a carriage agreement for NFL Network and NFL RedZone results in the two channels being removed from Insight Communications systems in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, due to a long-running impasse between the National Football League and Insight parent company Time Warner Cable that has prevented a carriage agreement for the channels on TWC's existing systems and the prior removal of NFL Network from Adelphia systems acquired by TWC in 2006.[196]
Subscription streaming television service FilmOn and the four major U.S. broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox) reach a settlement in a 2010 lawsuit over the company's streaming of the networks' programming on the website. Each of the parties involved in the suit stipulated to a consent judgment and permanent injunction in the settlement, and FilmOn will pay $1.6 million each to the plaintiffs. The settlement bars FilmOn from streaming broadcast network programming.[197]
2American Spirit Media announces that it will acquire Fox affiliate WDBD/Jackson, Mississippi and that it has donated MyNetworkTV affiliate WUFX/Vicksburg-Jackson, Mississippi to Tougaloo College, to be operated by American Spirit Media through shared services and joint sales agreements with Raycom Media (owners of local NBC affiliate WLBT). The transactions, pending FCC approval, will take place at the end of the year.[198][199]
4The Buffalo-based syndicated movie series Off Beat Cinema airs its first episode on new flagship station WBBZ-TV, after 19 years airing from WKBW-TV.[200] As part of the change, the series begins taping before a live studio audience.[201]
6Jason Vincent resigns as news director of Fox affiliate KQDS/Duluth amid controversy following a racially-offensive comment that he had posted August 1 on Facebook, regarding a Native American man that he had discovered in his yard that evening, whom Vincent referred to in the post as a "drunk, homeless... animal".[202]
7Two stations in Milwaukee, both owned by Weigel Broadcasting, switch channel assignments. Independent station WMLW-CA moves to full-power UHF channel 49 to facilitate the station's upgrade to high definition broadcasts with a market-wide signal, while WBME-TV moves to the low-power channel 41 assignment of WMLW-CA, with an added relay on the DT2 subchannel of CBS-affiliated sister station WDJT-TV, due to WBME's main Me-TV schedule broadcasting solely in standard definition and universal cable and near-full satellite carriage for both stations in the Milwaukee market negating the need for a full-power signal for WBME (the Bounce TV and Telemundo subchannels on channel 49 were unaffected). An official switch of call signs between the two stations occurred eleven days later.[203]
8Liberty Media announces plans to spin off its Liberty Starz subsidiary (which operates premium movie channels Starz, Encore and MoviePlex) into its own publicly-traded company. The spinoff is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.[204]
9CNN suspends Fareed Zakaria and his program Fareed Zakaria GPS after it was revealed that Zakaria had plagiarized an article featured in the August 20 issue of Time on gun control from an article that was originally written by columnist Jill Lepore for the April 23 issue of The New Yorker.[205] Zakaria, who has since apologized for his actions, was also suspended from Time for one month.[206]
FilmOn founder Alki David launches a new streaming service using the domain Barrydriller.com that is similar to Aereo (for which the domain parodies the name of that company's founder Barry Diller, and which is currently in litigation with ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox in a separate lawsuit). The site streams network-affiliated stations via individual antennas and intends to pay retransmission fees to carry their programming.[207] Fox filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the site in a Los Angeles U.S. District Court on August 10, alleging that it is retransmitting broadcast network and syndicated programs owned by Fox without the company’s permission.[208] NBC, CBS and ABC followed with a joint copyright lawsuit on August 13.[209]
12Fond du Lac, Wisconsin television station WWAZ-TV, a station owned by Pappas Telecasting Companies which has had a tenuous history of staying on the air since 2000 as a station unable to find a niche or popular network affiliation in either the Green Bay or Milwaukee markets, along with their parent company's financial struggles, returns to the air as WIWN, carrying programming as an affiliate of WeatherNation from a new tower in the Milwaukee tower site, with translator towers in the west part of their service area serving Columbus and Ripon.[210]
13MundoFox, which had an August 1 soft launch, makes its formal debut. The Spanish-language broadcast network is a partnership between Fox International Channels and Colombia's RCN TV.[211][212][213]
VH1 pulls the launch of the reality series Ev and Ocho (originally planned to debut on September 3) indefinitely following the August 11 arrest of its star, NFL player Chad Johnson, on domestic battery charges on accusations that Johnson allegedly head-butted wife Evelyn Lozada during an argument.[214]
The producers of The Good Wife has announced that Kristin Chenoweth, who was scheduled to play a reporter in a multiple storyline arc, will not be returning due to an accident on the set in which a gust of wind caused her to be struck by a piece of lighting equipment during the show's filming on July 11, resulting in the producers to alter her appearance to one episode. Chenoweth, who later treated for her injuries and released, said she needs time to recover before returning to work.[215] However, Chenoweth later returned to the set on August 31.[216]
15Avoiding a 12:01 a.m. (ET) August 16 deadline, Dish Network reaches a retransmission agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group, covering 70 Sinclair-owned or -operated stations in 45 markets.[217]
The Pacific-12 Conference launches the national sports channel Pac-12 Network as well as six regional sports networks.[218] It is the first channel of its kind owned and operated entirely by a college conference, without the backing of a media conglomerate (unlike similar channels Big Ten Network, Longhorn Network and the defunct MountainWest Sports Network).
16Cablevision signs an agreement with the National Football League to allow NFL Network and NFL Redzone to be carried on that company's systems for the first time (which further expands the reach of the two networks deeper into the New York City area as a result).[219] The channels will be available on Cablevision systems starting on August 17.[220] The agreement leaves Time Warner Cable as the only major pay television provider that does not carry either network.
17Hours after the NFL Network deal was announced, Cablevision pulls four television stations owned by Tribune Broadcasting (WPIX/New York City, WCCT/Hartford, KWGN/Denver and WPHL/Philadelphia) from its systems in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Colorado. Cablevision accuses the broadcast group of demanding high retransmission consent fees for its stations due to its parent Tribune Company working to get out of bankruptcy and illegally bundling carriage agreements for WCCT's Fox-affiliated sister WTIC-TV to WPIX.[221] WGN America across Cablevision's service area and WTIC-TV in its Connecticut service area were originally unaffected by the dispute,[222] though both were also pulled by Cablevision on August 25.[223]
NBCUniversal (which has been attempting to improve its financial performance since Comcast took majority ownership in 2011) imposes budget cutbacks for The Tonight Show (although the program is the highest-rated of the network late night talk shows), leading to the layoffs of about two dozen staff members (roughly 10% of the show's approximately 200 person staff), the program's weekly budget being reduced by 25% to $1.7 million, and host Jay Leno's annual salary from being cut from $25–$30 million to around $20 million (the show was operating under the same increased weekly budget prior to the budget cuts as that during Leno's stint as host of the short-lived The Jay Leno Show in 2009).[224]
20New York City-based hedge fund Standard General files an application with the Federal Communications Commission to approve an increase of its ownership stake in the 11-station Young Broadcasting group (which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2010) from 36.34% to a majority stake of 50.03%.[225]
21ABC announces changes to its late night lineup that will take effect in January 2013: the network's long-running newsmagazine Nightline will leave the 11:35 p.m. (ET) timeslot that the program has held since it debuted in March 1980 (being bumped one hour later to 12:35 a.m. ET), while talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! will move up 25 minutes to the 11:35 slot (which places it in direct competition with fellow late night talkers The Tonight Show, Late Show with David Letterman, The Colbert Report and Conan).[226]
22Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington files a petition to the Federal Communications Commission asking them to deny the pending license renewals of three stations owned by Fox Television Stations (the Washington, D.C. duopoly of WTTG-WDCA and Baltimore station WUTB) citing the phone hacking scandal involving British newspapers owned by FTS parent News Corporation.[227]
23Nexstar Broadcasting Group announces the sale of Fox affiliate KBTV-TV/Beaumont to Deerfield Media, LLC. Sinclair Broadcast Group (owners of CBS affiliate KFDM-TV) will operate KBTV under a shared services agreement, identical to pending operational agreements between Sinclair and Deerfield (which will operate in a relatively similar capacity with Sinclair as Cunningham Broadcasting) in Mobile (two stations), Cincinnati and San Antonio.[228]
24NBC affiliate KSL-TV/Salt Lake City announced that it will not carry the sitcom The New Normal because of its premise involving a gay couple trying to have a family, which the station's parent company Bonneville International (which in turn is owned by the LDS Church, which opposes gay marriage) sees as being too controversial, offensive, and not reflecting the station's conservative program policies, with the GM stating that "For our brand, this program feels inappropriate on several dimensions, especially during family viewing time," the latter referring to the Tuesday night 8:30PM (MT) slot and its decision in 2011 to not carry The Playboy Club. As with some NBC programs that KSL refuses to air, the series will be seen on CW affiliate KUCW instead.[229]
25Saban Brands, via Kidsco Media Ventures, began programming The CW's children's programming block, Toonzai, which was relaunched under the name Vortexx.[230] Programming aired on the block includes Yu-Gi-Oh! and Power Rangers. The former Toonzai block ended its four-year run on The CW (dating back its existence under its former branding as TheCW4Kids) on August 18.[231]
28ESPN renews its broadcast rights to Major League Baseball Spring training and Sunday, Monday and Wednesday evening regular season games for eight years through 2021 (as well as retaining highlight program Baseball Tonight). The $5.6 billion deal (averaging $700 million annually) is nearly double the $2.8 billion that ESPN paid under the previous contract and includes added rights to show games joined in progress, a 13% increase in the number of live games shown and the virtual elimination of home market blackouts for Monday and Wednesday games. Though rights to a single Wild Card game each season are included, all other playoff games are exempt from the deal (rights to the post-season games are held by Fox and TBS though the 2013 season).[232]
31CBS Corporation renews its carriage agreement with AT&T U-verse, covering retransmission consent compensation for CBS-owned television stations and continued carriage of cable channels Showtime, Smithsonian Channel and CBS Sports Network.[233]
DirecTV renews its carriage agreement with Local TV LLC for the Oak Hill Capital Partners-run station group's 21 television stations.[234]
ABC affiliate WKDH/Houston, Mississippi (owned by Southern Broadcasting under a local marketing agreement with WTVA, Inc., owners of NBC affiliate WTVA/Tupelo) ceases operations after 11 years.[235] The ABC affiliation for the Tupelo-Columbus market moved to the second digital subchannel of WTVA on September 1, bumping Me-TV programming seen on that channel to sister station WLOV-TV's second digital subchannel.[236]
Ohio News Network, a Columbus-based regional cable news channel owned by Dispatch Broadcast Group, ceases operations after 15 years.[237]


1Dish Network pulls Dispatch Broadcast Group's two television stations, NBC affiliate WTHR/Indianapolis and CBS affiliate WBNS-TV/Columbus, due to a retransmission consent dispute with the satellite provider.[238] The dispute ended on October 5, when Dispatch and Dish struck a new carriage agreement.[239]
At the same time, Dish Network reaches a short-term carriage agreement with Big Ten Network to keep the cable channel devoted to sports events from the Big Ten Conference on the satellite provider until a longer-term contract is agreed upon.[240]
2One year after being shortened from 21½ to six hours, the MDA Labor Day Telethon is revamped again, paring down to three pre-recorded primetime hours and retitled MDA Show of Strength in an effort to move away from its 46-year heritage as a long-form telethon.[241][242]
3Gray Television launches two low-power network affiliates in Parkersburg, West Virginia (the first of four LPTV licenses that Gray acquired in March and April to sign on the air): WIYE-LD debuts as the area's CBS affiliate, while WOVA-LD assumes the Fox affiliation from the second digital subchannel of NBC-affiliated sister station WTAP-TV. WIYE-LD replaces WBNS/Columbus as the default CBS affiliate on cable and satellite providers within the market.[243][244]
4Journal Communications purchases CBS affiliate WTVF/Nashville from Landmark Media Enterprises for $215 million.[245] Once the sale of the station is completed, it will leave fellow CBS station KLAS-TV/Las Vegas as the only remaining television station in Landmark's portfolio.
Live! with Kelly becomes Live! with Kelly and Michael, as former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is formally introduced as Kelly Ripa's new co-host.[246] Strahan will continue his duties as analyst for the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show, which originates from Los Angeles (Live! is based at New York City's WABC-TV).[247]
E! names former 106 & Park co-host Terrence Jenkins to replace Ryan Seacrest as co-host of the network's flagship entertainment news program E! News. Seacrest's departure from his co-hosting duties on E! News is part of the terms of a two-year agreement that he signed with E! parent NBCUniversal in April that will have him become a contributor for NBC,[248] though Seacrest will move to a contributor role on the program, while retaining his position as the show's managing editor and serving as co-host of the network's Live From the Red Carpet specials.[249]
Epix strikes a distribution agreement with Amazon that will provide the website's Amazon Instant Video service with film content from the parent companies of the fledgling premium cable channel: Paramount Pictures (whose corporate parent Viacom jointly operates the channel), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Lionsgate. Films will appear on Amazon Instant Video on a 90-day delay after their pay cable premiere on Epix (Netflix will also retain rights to Epix film content as part of an existing five-year deal that began in 2010, though it will no longer hold exclusivity).[250]
Red Zone Capital Management, an investment firm owned by Daniel Snyder, agrees to sell (for an undisclosed amount) TV production firm Dick Clark Productions to a partnership headed by Guggenheim Partners, Mandalay Entertainment and Mosaic Media Investment Partners.[251]
5CBS Corporation signs a retransmission consent agreement with Cablevision, allowing continued carriage of three CBS-owned television stations in the cable provider's New York, New Jersey and Colorado service areas (WCBS-TV/New York City, KYW-TV/Philadelphia and KCNC-TV/Denver), as well as Showtime, Smithsonian Channel and CBS Sports Network.[252]
The transmitter tower of PBS member station KSMQ-TV/Austin, Minnesota collapses due to straight-line thunderstorm winds that moved through the area during the early morning hours, knocking the station off the air for several hours.[253] The station set up alternate transmitter facilities that evening utilizing a microwave dish installed atop the station's studios that was manually directed towards a backup tower near Grand Meadow. The station later set up a fund to help cover insurance deductible costs (estimated at $7,000 minimum), though insurance is expected to cover the costs for the construction of a new transmitter.[254]
6Google Fiber enters into a carriage agreement with the National Football League to carry the NFL Network and NFL RedZone upon the September 10 launch of the service in the Kansas City metropolitan area.[255]
7ESPN renews its agreement to broadcast college football, basketball and baseball games from the Big 12 Conference through the 2024-25 athletics season. The deal, which encompasses ESPN's cable channels and ABC, is reported to be worth an estimated $1.3 billion and increases the number of televised regular season games starting with the 2016 season.[256]
News-Press & Gazette Company enters into an agreement to purchase ABC affiliate KEYT-TV/Santa Barbara from Smith Media LLC (which is expected to be completed by the end of 2012, pending FCC approval). The sale price for the station is $14.3 million.[257][258]
10Nexstar Broadcasting Group renews affiliation contracts for nine of its 11 CBS-affiliated stations for six years. The agreement, which runs through 2018, exempts WTAJ-TV/Altoona (which will remain with CBS through at least June 2016) and Nexstar-operated WYOU/Scranton (which is owned by Mission Broadcasting, and will remain with CBS through at least June 2015) due to separate existing affiliation agreements.[259]
ABC affiliate KSFY-TV/Sioux Falls, South Dakota (owned by Hoak Media) will begin carrying CW network programming via a new second digital subchannel.[260]
ACME Communications announces it will sell its last remaining stations — the Albuquerque duopoly of CW affiliate KWBQ, its Roswell satellite KRWB, and MyNetworkTV affiliate KASY-TV; the buyer is Tamer Media, who will purchase the stations in a $17.3 million all-cash transaction in its first TV station acquisition. The stations will continue to be operated by LIN Media stations KASA-TV (Fox) and KRQE (CBS) via shared services agreements.[261]
Professional wrestling commentator Jerry Lawler collapses and is sent to a Montreal hospital during a live broadcast of WWE Monday Night Raw. Lawler's partner, Michael Cole, announces the incident "is not part of (the evening's) entertainment" and there is no further commentary during the matches for the first time in the show's 19-year history.[262]
11Today causes controversy after the NBC morning program continues on with an interview with Keeping Up with the Kardashians co-star Kris Jenner instead of airing the remembrance ceremonies for the September 11 attacks, when a moment of silence was conducted at 8:46 a.m. ET (the time that American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center) in memory of those who died in the attacks.[263] Though Today did not broadcast the tribute on NBC's national feed, WNBC/New York City interrupted the program to broadcast locally-produced special coverage of the ceremonies.[264] Though the network will not issue a public apology, NBC News president Steve Capus sent a memo on September 12 to managers at all of NBC's affiliates apologizing for criticism the stations have faced.[265]
12Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez acquires a minority ownership interest in Nuvo TV. As part of the deal, Lopez's production company Nuyorican Productions will develop series for the channel, which is aimed at a English-speaking Latino-American audience.[266]
13Beef Products Inc. files a defamation lawsuit against ABC News (with ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer and correspondents Jim Avila and David Kerley among those named as defendants), seeking $1.2 billion in damages for claims of roughly 200 "false, misleading and defamatory" statements. The suit alleges that the network's March 2012 investigation on ammonia-treated lean, textured ground beef trimmings misled consumers to believing that the product (nicknamed "pink slime") is unsafe for consumption, resulting in an impact to the company that forced the closure of three of its four U.S. processing plants and the layoffs of more than 650 employees.[267][268]
DirecTV drops GOL TV after the channel loses U.S. broadcast rights to Spain's La Liga soccer league (which are now held by Al Jazeera-owned beIN Sport).[269]
ESPN's flagship sports news program SportsCenter broadcasts its 50,000th episode.[270]
15Dish Network drops Big Ten Network from the satellite provider due to the two parties' inability to settle on a new carriage agreement (this after Dish and BTN reached a temporary extension of their previous agreement on September 1 in order to allow subscribers to view college football games during the first two weeks of the NCAA football season).[271][272] Dish reached a new long-term carriage agreement with the network one week later, restoring the channel on September 22.[273]
16American Idol announces Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are the two newest members of its judging panel.[274] Minaj and Urban will join fellow new judge Mariah Carey, who joined the show on July 23,[275] and Randy Jackson, who had announced his intentions to leave the panel on August 31[276] but will instead continue not only as judge but also add duties as contestant mentor.
19Fox Sports and TBS renew their broadcast contracts with Major League Baseball to continue broadcasting MLB games through 2021. Fox will pay approximately $500 million annually to broadcast MLB games, while TBS will pay around $300 million. The deal removes TBS' exclusivity for carriage of all first-round MLB playoff games, as Fox will obtain rights to some first-round games to air on its cable motorsports channel Speed, which is rumored to undergo a revamp of programming.[277]
20NRJ TV purchases family-oriented independent station WGCB-TV/Red Lion, Pennsylvania for $9 million from Red Lion Television.[278]
HBO announces that CEO Bill Nelson will retire at the end of 2012, after nearly three decades with the pay cable service. Nelson will be succeded by network co-president Richard Plepler.[279]
21Time Warner Cable reaches an agreement with the National Football League to carry the NFL Network and NFL RedZone on its systems (as well as those owned by co-managed Bright House Networks). TWC was the largest cable television provider in the United States that did not carry either channel (and the last remaining major pay TV provider not to carry them as Cablevision reached an agreement with the network on August 16).[280]
23ABC hosts the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. This event, which was telecast live in all time zones, also marked the first time in its 64-year history that the four major over-the-air broadcast networks did not receive any nominations in three of the five main categories: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.[281]
24Gray Television signs on low-power WECP-LD/Panama City, Florida to serve as the CBS affiliate for the market. The station replaces WTVY/Dothan, Alabama as the de facto affiliate for the Panama City area (a designation WTVY held due to that station's city-grade signal coverage in Panama City proper).[243][282][283]
Willie Geist is named co-host of the 9 a.m. hour of NBC's Today, replacing now-7 to 9 a.m. co-host Savannah Guthrie. Geist will reduce his duties at MSNBC as a result: stepping down as host of the cable news channel's morning program Way Too Early, and continuing to appear on Morning Joe in a reduced capacity.[284]
ESPN's SportsCenter records a 5.0 overnight Nielsen rating leading out of a controversial ending to the Monday Night Football telecast between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. The rating is the highest for the sports news program in its 33-year history.[285]
27Bayou City Broadcasting announces the sale of its eight stations (Fox affiliates KXVA/Abilene and KIDY/San Angelo, Texas, MyNetworkTV affiliate KIDZ-CD/Abilene and four other low-power stations) to London Broadcasting Company (the sale price was initially undisclosed). The sale marks a temporary exit from the broadcasting industry for the company's owner DuJuan McCoy, who plans on acquiring network-affiliated stations in mid-sized markets larger than San Angelo and Abilene.[286]
Fox Sports Net announces its Southern California affiliates Fox Sports West, Prime Ticket and Fox Sports San Diego have reached a new long term carriage deal to exclusively broadcast Big West Conference college sports. [287]
28During coverage of a police pursuit that started with 33-year-old Jodon Romero carjacking a vehicle in Phoenix, ending near I-10 outside Salome, Arizona, Fox News Channel inadvertently broadcasts Romero's suicide from a handgun shot to the head. Studio B anchor Shepard Smith issued an on-air apology minutes later for the broadcast delay error made by FNC's master control that led to the suicide being shown live on-air (through a helicopter feed from Fox-owned Phoenix station KSAZ-TV).[288][289][290]


1Time Warner Cable launches two Los Angeles-based regional sports networks, TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes. The networks serve as exclusive homes to the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. TWC Deportes broadcasts in Spanish, the first RSN to do so.[291]
Comcast SportsNet Houston, the newest affiliate of Comcast SportsNet, co-owned by the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets, and NBCUniversal, launches. [292] As a result, the teams' previous rights owner Fox Sports Houston was shut down four days later. [293]
2CBS affiliate WKBT/La Crosse, Wisconsin makes headlines when morning news anchor Jennifer Livingston responds to a e-mail sent to her by a viewer about her weight, who she later criticizes on air after she perceived the e-mail as bullying and calls the viewer out for making the statement.[294] Livingston later received a apology from the viewer for the message.[295]
3CBS Television Distribution announced that it is teaming up with Yahoo! to rename its syndicated program The Insider as omg! NOW (after Yahoo! News' celebrity news and gossip website omg!). The move is expected to take place in January 2013 and will retain hosts Kevin Frazier and Brooke Anderson for the new format.[296]
Gray Television signs on low-power CBS affiliate WSVF-LD/Harrisonburg, Virginia. Harrisonburg was previously unserved by an in-market CBS affiliate with WUSA/Washington, D.C. available as a default affiliate on cable and satellite.[243][282]
4Cablevision and The Walt Disney Company reach an agreement to continue distribution of Disney-owned cable channels across Cablevision system footprint and ABC stations WABC and WPVI in the respective New York City and Philadelphia markets. The deal includes carriage of the planned ABC News/Univision news channel (set to launch in 2013), online service ESPN3, 3DTV channel ESPN 3D, expanded video-on-demand offerings and the ability for customers to view live streams of ESPN, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior programming online, on tablet computers and mobile devices through authentication apps (with apps for ABC and ABC Family forthcoming).[297]
8Narrowly averting a blackout, Gannett Company reaches a long-term carriage agreement with Dish Network for all 23 of its television stations to remain on the satellite provider. The deal was reached despite reported contentious demands made by Gannett for Dish to disable its controversial AutoHop ad-skipping feature (which is currently involved in a separate copyright infringement lawsuit) on its digital video recorders or pay a "massive penalty" of a 300% increase in carriage fees (claims that Gannett publicly denied).[298]
9Viacom strikes a deal to add programming from two additional networks to Hulu: the Hulu Plus subscription service adds current season episodes of Nickelodeon's original programming with the five most recent episodes available, and new episodes added 21 days after their original airdate (in addition to being the first U.S.-based children's network and Viacom's fifth cable channel whose program content is available on Hulu, it is Nickelodeon's second streaming deal as the channel's programming is available on Netflix).[299] Programming from Spanish-language network Tr3s will also become available on its Hulu Latino service.[300]
11DirecTV announces the release of the Genie digital video recorder, which among its features allows the simultaneous recording of up to five TV shows on up to 8 connectable TV sets, client boxes, gaming or Blu-ray consoles from a single receiver (with recording storage of up to 200 hours of high definition and 800 hours of standard definition programs); recommends shows based on past TV viewing habits; timer-records shows up to two weeks in advance and the ability to view a show's 5 most recent episodes.[301]
12Retirement Living TV enters into a carriage agreement that will allow the channel (which is aimed at adults age 50+) to be available on Time Warner Cable and co-managed Bright House Networks systems. Both cable providers will carry the channel as part of their digital cable tiers by the end of 2012.[302]
After 17 years, Formula One racing has announced that they will no longer air their racing events on Speed after this year due to Speed being outbid for the US rights. While no word has been made on where Formula One will land, it is expected that NBC Sports Network will be the new home in 2013, as they were the high bidder.[303]

Scheduled future events

The following is a list of scheduled events to take place in 2012. Be aware that the events detailed may be changed or rescheduled depending on a variety of factors.


31Fox Sports New Orleans, the newest affiliate of Fox Sports Net, will launch, becoming the new exclusive home of the NBA's New Orleans Hornets.[304]


1Luken Communications (in a joint venture with Jim Owens Entertainment) will relaunch The Nashville Network as an over-the-air digital multicast network, resurrecting the brand and country music-oriented format of the old cable network that existed from 1983 to 2000 (a general entertainment channel now known as Spike).[305]


1The TV Parental Guidelines (in use since January 1997) will expand further onto the internet as ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Univision, Telemundo and Telefutura will begin providing content rating information on all full-length programs, except for news, that are streamed online (content rating information is already provided during streaming program content from NBC, ABC, and Fox on their respective websites as well as Hulu and Netflix).[306]
12The FCC announces that the Viewability Rule, in effect since 2007 and requires hybrid, analog-digital cable systems to offer viewers TV broadcast signals in an analog format so that viewers with old analog sets can continue to receive them under the "Must-Carry" guidelines, will end on this date after failing to reach a vote on a 3-month extension. Once the rule is gone, viewers with analog TV sets may need a set-top box to continue to receive the stations.[307]


TBA[specify]Univision Noticias, a Spanish-language news channel owned by Univision Communications, will launch.[308]
Surf Channel, a digital cable and satellite video-on-demand channel owned by Steve Bellamy (founder of Tennis Channel and The Ski Channel) devoted to surfing and water sports, will launch.[309]

Television programs

Programs debuting in 2012

The following is a list of shows scheduled to premiere in 2012. Be aware that the premiere dates may be changed depending on a variety of factors.

Due to the economic slowdown, there will be notably fewer television pilots in 2012 than in the years immediately prior to that, which reduces the number of roles available for actors.[310]

The fall of 2012 is also expected to mirror 1992 in the volume of new daytime talk shows. The new talk roster will include shows hosted by first-timers Katie Couric, Steve Harvey, Jeff Probst, and Bethenny Frankel (Frankel's show had a Summer trial run on six Fox Television Stations after an earlier effort to gain a wider fall clearance failed, and will launch nationwide next fall).[311][312] New talk shows will also feature Trisha Goddard (who hosted a talk show in her native United Kingdom) and Ricki Lake (whose new show will take a more mature tone compared to her 1993–2004 series).[313]

Also expected to make history in 2012, its first ever television series to be produced in English and Spanish simultaneously, Justice for All with Judge Cristina Pérez, which is being produced by Entertainment Studios and will air on both English and Spanish language broadcasting outlets starting in September.[314]

Start DateShowChannelSource
January 1Oprah's Next ChapterOWN[315]
January 2Early StartCNN[316]
Starting Point[317]
January 3Jane by DesignABC Family[318]
Work ItABC[319]
January 8The FirmNBC[320]
House of LiesShowtime[321]
January 10Shipping WarsA&E[322]
January 11Are You There, Chelsea?NBC[323]
January 12The FinderFox[324]
January 15Napoleon DynamiteFox[324]
January 16AlcatrazFox[324]
Betty White's Off Their RockersNBC[326]
Fred: The ShowNickelodeon[327]
The RevolutionABC[328]
January 17ReModeledThe CW[329]
January 19UnsupervisedFX[330]
January 20On Freddie RoachHBO[331]
January 25TouchFox[324]
January 27Spartacus: VengeanceStarz[332]
February 4How to RockNickelodeon[333]
February 6SmashNBC[334]
February 7The RiverABC[319]
February 12Comic Book MenAMC[335]
Full Metal JoustingHistory[336]
February 18Melissa Harris-PerryMSNBC[337]
February 27Lab RatsDisney XD[338]
March 1AwakeNBC[339]
March 4Good Christian BitchesABC[319]
March 11Shahs of SunsetBravo[340]
March 13Fashion StarNBC[341]
March 15MissingABC[342]
March 21BentNBC[343]
March 25Leave It to NiecyTLC[344]
March 29The Pauly D ProjectMTV[345]
April 4Hit Music Central USANBC Nonstop[346]
April 3HollistonFearnet[347]
April 4Best Friends ForeverNBC[348]
April 5ScandalABC[349]
April 6Magic CityStarz[350]
April 8The Client ListLifetime[351]
April 11Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23ABC[349]
April 15GirlsHBO[352]
NYC 22CBS[353]
April 19KathyBravo[349]
April 22VeepHBO[352]
May 8United Stats of AmericaHistory[336]
May 11Common LawUSA Network[354]
May 20Mrs. Eastwood & CompanyE![355]
May 24DuetsABC[356]
May 28The Annoying OrangeCartoon Network[357]
June 2Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-LotHub[358]
June 2Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel MastersThe Hub[359]
June 4Are You Normal, America?OWN[360]
June 7Saving HopeNBC[361]
June 8Lives on FireOWN[360]
June 9Million Dollar Neighborhood
Real Life: The Musical
June 11BethennyFox O&O's[312]
BunheadsABC Family[362]
June 12World's Worst TenantsSpike[363]
June 13DallasTNT[364]
June 15Gravity FallsDisney Channel[365]
June 18The Glass HouseABC[366]
June 19Bristol Palin: Life's a TrippLifetime[367]
June 20The Soul ManTV Land[368]
Baby DaddyABC Family[362]
School SpiritsSyfy[369]
Paranormal Highway
June 21Snooki & JWowwMTV[370]
June 24The Great EscapeTNT[124]
The NewsroomHBO[371]
June 25The CycleMSNBC[372]
June 28Anger ManagementFX[373]
Brand X With Russell Brand
July 1Shark WranglersHistory[374]
July 8Bounty WarsDiscovery Channel[375]
Big AngVH1[376]
Mega MansionsTravel Channel[377]
Xtreme Waterparks
July 9PerceptionTNT[124]
Opening ActE![378]
July 10Trust Us with Your LifeABC[379]
July 10NY MedABC[380]
July 11Beverly Hills NanniesABC Family[362]
July 11Picked OffHistory[381]
July 12Natural Born SellersHGTV[382]
July 12Property WarsDiscovery[383]
July 15Small Town SecurityAMC[384]
July 19Great Lake WarriorsHistory[385]
Sullivan & SonTBS[386]
July 20Super Saver ShowdownOWN[360]
July 25Wake BrothersMTV[387]
July 26Code: 9Disney Channel[388]
July 29Black DynamiteAdult Swim[389]
July 31Rat BastardSpike TV[390]
August 8Go OnNBC[391]
August 11BoogeymanSyFy[392]
August 12Animal PracticeNBC[391]
Insane Coaster WarsTravel Channel[393]
High School MomsTLC[394]
August 13Hotel HellFox[395]
Major CrimesTNT[124]
Gallery GirlBravo[396]
August 14Collection InterventionSyFy[392]
The Week the Women WentLifetime[397]
The Burn with Jeff RossComedy Central[398]
Counting CarsHistory[399]
August 15Toy HunterTravel Channel[400]
Oh Sit!The CW[401]
August 16The Next: Fame Is at Your Doorstep[402]
August 17A Chance to DanceOvation[403]
August 19CopperBBC America[404]
Lovetown USAOWN[405]
Married to JonasE![378]
August 20The InbetweenersMTV[406]
August 25Buying and SellingHGTV[382]
WWE Saturday Morning SlamThe CW[407]
September 3Daniel Tiger's NeighborhoodPBS[408]
September 4Highway Thru HellDiscovery[409]
The Steve Harvey ShowSyndication[410]
September 9Breaking AmishTLC[411]
September 10Jeff ProbstSyndication[412]
September 11The New NormalNBC[391]
September 12America's Car ShowWBBZ-TV[414]
September 17Justice for All with Judge Cristina PérezSyndication[415]
The Mob DoctorFox[416]
September 19How Booze Built AmericaHistory[418]
September 20Bling It OnTLC[419]
September 21Secret PrincesTLC[420]
September 22Ben 10: OmniverseCartoon Network[421]
Mr. Box OfficeFirst-run syndication[422]
The First Family[422]
September 24PartnersCBS[423]
$24 in 24Food Network[424]
Making it in AmericaHLN[425]
September 25Ben and KateFox[416]
The Mindy Project
September 26Guys with KidsNBC[391]
The NeighborsABC[426]
September 27ElementaryCBS[423]
Last ResortABC[426]
September 28Made in JerseyCBS[423]
Hot SetSyFy[427]
Flea Market FlipHGTV[428]
September 29Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesNickelodeon[430]
September 30666 Park AvenueABC[426]
Destination FearTravel Channel[431]
October 2Airport 24/7: MiamiTravel Channel[432]
October 3Life After Top ChefBravo[349]
October 3WWE Main EventIon Television[433]
October 9Mash UpComedy Central[434]
Abby's Ultimate Dance CompetitionLifetime[435]
October 10Chicago FireNBC[391]
ArrowThe CW[436]
October 11Beauty and the BeastThe CW[436]
October 11Little Shop of GypsiesTLC[437]
October 12Dog with a BlogDisney Channel[438]
October 13This is How I Made itMTV[439]
October 14See Dad RunNick at Nite[440]
October 16Emily Owens, M.D.The CW[436]
The Men Who Built AmericaHistory[441]
Extreme CheapskatesTLC[442]
October 17My Life is a Lifetime MovieLifetime[444]
October 22Dr. Drew On CallHLN[445]
October 24The Houstons: On Our OwnLifetime[446][447]
October 24A-List ListingsE![448]
October 26Health InspectorsFood Network[449]
November 2Malibu CountryABC[426]
November 5Dangerous GroundsTravel Channel[450]
November 5Silicon Valley Start-UpsBravo[451][452]
November 6Caught Red HandedTruTV[453]
November 10Wedding BandTBS[454]
November 11Breaking MagicDiscovery[455]
November 12Catfish: The TV ShowMTV[443]
November 13Little People Big World: Wedding FarmTLC[456]
November 23Killer KaraokeTruTV[457]
November60 Minutes of SportsShowtime[458]
December 18Hardcore Pawn: ChicagoTruTV[457]
DecemberCheer PerfectionTLC[459]
FallKaijudo: Rise of the Duel MastersThe Hub[359]
Littlest Pet Shop

Programs changing networks

The following shows will air new episodes on a different network than previous first-run episodes:

ShowMoved FromMoved ToSource
The Ultimate FighterSpikeFX[460]
Dog Whisperer with Cesar MillanNat GeoNat Geo Wild[461]
The Bill Cunningham ShowSyndicationThe CW[462]
Cougar TownABCTBS[463]
Hollywood HeightsNick at NiteTeenNick[464]

Programs returning in 2012

The following shows will return with new episodes after being canceled previously:

ShowLast AiredPrevious ChannelRetitled as/SameNew/Returning/Same ChannelReturn DateSource
CBS This Morning1999CBSSameSameJanuary 9[9]
The Wonderful World of Disney2008ABCThe Magical World of Disney JuniorDisney JuniorMarch 23[465]
Punk'd2007MTVSameSameMarch 29[466]
Cartoon Planet2000Cartoon NetworkMarch 30[467]
Dancin' On Air1987SyndicationWPHL-TVMarch 31[468]
World's Wildest Police Videos2001FoxSpikeMay 7[469]
Hollywood Squares2004SyndicationHip Hop SquaresMTV2May 22[470]
Toonami2008Cartoon NetworkSameSameMay 26[102]
Figure It Out1999NickelodeonJune 11[471]
Dallas1991CBSTNTJune 13[124]
Pyramid2004SyndicationThe PyramidGSNSeptember 3[472]
The Joy Behar Show2011HLNJoy Behar: Say Anything!Current TVSeptember 4[473]
Ricki Lake2004SyndicationThe Ricki Lake ShowSameSeptember 10[474]
TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes2007ABCBloopersSyndicationSeptember 15[475]
Cristina's Court2009SyndicationJustice for All with Judge Cristina PerezSame (both English and Spanish broadcasting platforms)September 17[314]
Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday2009NBCSameSameSeptember 20[476]
In Living Color1994Fox(reunion specials only)Canceled[477]

Programs ending in 2012

End DateShowChannelFirst AiredStatusSource
JanuaryLifechangersThe CW2011Cancelled[479]
January 1Dragon Ball Z KaiNicktoons2010Ended[480]
January 6Wizards of Waverly PlaceDisney Channel2007[481]
January 7The Early ShowCBS1999[9]
January 8All-American MuslimTLC2011Canceled[482]
January 10Work ItABC2012[483]
January 13Extreme Makeover: Home Edition2003Ended[484]
One Life to Live1968Canceled[485]
January 19Man, Woman, WildDiscovery Channel2010[486]
January 22Prime SuspectNBC2011[487]
January 26Bakugan Battle BrawlersCartoon Network2010Ended[488]
January 27ChuckNBC2007[489]
Jim Rome is BurningESPN22003[490]
January 30Who's Still Standing?NBC2011Canceled[491]
February 9Money & PowerFox Business Network2010[492]
Follow The Money
Freedom Watch
February 10The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd MargaretIFC2010Ended[493]
February 17The Life & Times of TimHBO2008Canceled[494]
February 19Pam AmABC2011[495]
March 1NY InkTLC[496]
March 2A Gifted ManCBS2011[498]
March 4Napoleon DynamiteFox2012[499]
March 20The RiverABC[500]
I Hate My Teenage DaughterFox2011[501]
March 24LuckHBO[502]
March 25So Random!Disney Channel[503]
March 26AlcatrazFox2012[504]
March 28Are You There, Chelsea?NBC[505]
March 29Countdown with Keith OlbermannCurrent TV2011[506]
March 30The Rosie ShowOWN[507]
March 31Ben 10: Ultimate AlienCartoon Network2010Ended[508]
April 2Zeke and LutherDisney XD2009[509]
April 3Breaking InFox2011Cancelled[510]
April 4One Tree HillThe CW2003Ended[511]
April 5I Just Want My Pants BackMTV2011[513]
April 8CSI: MiamiCBS2002[514]
April 11Man v. FoodTravel Channel2008Ended[515]
April 17RingerThe CW2011Canceled[516]
April 25Swift Justice with Jackie GlassSyndicated2010[517]
April 29Breakout KingsA&E Network2011[518]
May 4In Plain SightUSA Network2008Ended[519]
May 6GCBABC2012Canceled[520]
May 8UnforgettableCBS2011Originally canceled, but will return in 2013[521]
May 10The Secret CircleThe CWCanceled[522]
May 11The FinderFox2012[523]
MarthaHallmark Channel2005[524]
May 13Desperate HousewivesABC2004Ended[525]
May 14Make It or Break ItABC Family2009[526]
May 17MissingABC2012Canceled[527]
May 18Who Do You Think You Are?NBC2010[528]
May 21HouseFox2004Ended[529]
May 23Second ChancesABC2005[525]
May 24The Nate Berkus ShowSyndication2010Canceled[530]
May 27The Game of LifeThe Hub2011[532]
Scrabble Showdown[532]
Harry's LawNBC[532]
June 1Best Friends ForeverNBC2012[533]
June 9Bucket & Skinner's Epic AdventuresNickelodeon2011[534]
June 17The KillingAMC2011[535]
June 22The Dylan Ratigan ShowMSNBC2009Ended[536]
June 23How to Be a GentlemanCBS2011Canceled[537]
June 24Dog the Bounty HunterA&E Network2004[538]
June 29John King, USACNN2009[539]
July 6The RevolutionABC2012[540]
July 14The FirmNBC[541]
July 16EurekaSyfy2006Ended, but originally Canceled[542]
Fear FactorNBC2011Canceled[543]
July 24Trust Us with Your LifeABC2012[544]
July 28Beyblade: Metal MastersCartoon Network2011Ended
July 293CBS2012Canceled[545]
July 31Jane by DesignABC Family[546]
August 10Tyler Perry's House of PayneTBS2006Ended[547]
August 11NYC 22CBS2012Canceled[548]
August 13The CloserTNT2005Ended[549]
August 27RemodeledThe CW2012Canceled[550]
August 28Teen MomMTV2009Ended[551]
September 12DamagesAudience Network2007[552]
September 16WeedsShowtime2005[553]
October 5Made in JerseyCBS2012Canceled[554]
December 8How to Rock2012Canceled[556]
TBACash CabDiscovery Channel2006[557]
Jersey ShoreMTV2009Ended[558]
Gossip GirlThe CW2007Ended[559]

Made-for-TV movies and miniseries

Premiere DateTitleChannelSource
January 7Fixing PeteHallmark Channel[560]
Walking the HallsLifetime[561]
January 13FrenemiesDisney Channel[562]
January 14Sexting in SuburbiaLifetime[561]
A Taste of RomanceHallmark Channel[560]
January 21Drew Peterson: UntouchableLifetime[561]
January 28Goodnight for Justice: The Measure of a ManHallmark Channel[563]
The Pregnancy ProjectLifetime[561]
January 29A Smile as Big as the MoonABC[564]
February 4CupidLifetime[565]
February 11Secrets of EdenHallmark Channel[560]
February 17Radio RebelDisney Channel[566]
February 25Black ForestSyfy[567]
Gretl: Witch Hunter
March 3Blue-Eyed ButcherLifetime[568]
March 10Game ChangeHBO[569]
Of Two MindsLifetime[570]
March 17Leprechaun's RevengeSyfy[571]
April 14TitanicABC[572]
April 21Space TwisterSyfy[573]
April 22FirelightABC[574]
April 28Alien TornadoSyfy[573]
May 5Treasure Island[575]
May 13Notes from the Heart HealerHallmark Channel[576]
May 19Lake Effects[577]
May 20Jesse Stone: Benefit of the DoubtCBS[578]
Kiss at Pine LakeHallmark Channel[576]
May 26Super SharkSyfy[579]
May 28Hatfields and McCoysHistory[336]
Hemingway & GellhornHBO[580]
June 9Hannah's LawHallmark Channel[576]
Jersey Shore Shark AttackSyfy[582]
June 15Let It ShineDisney Channel[583]
June 16Blue Lagoon: The AwakeningLifetime[584]
Operation CupcakeHallmark Channel[585]
June 23Arachnoquake[582]
Big Baboon HouseNat Geo Wild[586]
June 30BigfootSyfy[582]
July 8Puppy LoveHallmark Channel[576]
July 15How to Fall in Love
Political AnimalsUSA Network[354]
July 21An Officer and a MurdererLifetime[587]
Always a BrideHallmark Channel[576]
AugustThe Week the Women WentLifetime[588]
August 12The Music TeacherHallmark Channel[589]
August 19Cedar Cove[576]
August 25Strawberry Summer
October 6Abducted: The Carlina White StoryLifetime[590]
October 7Steel MagnoliasLifetime[591]
October 13American Horror HouseSyFy[592]
October 27Rise of the ZombiesSyFy[592]
November 4Love at the Thanksgiving ParadeHallmark[593]
November 17Matchmaker SantaHallmark[593]
November 25Liz & DickLifetime[594]
TBABaby JaneBET[595]
Gun Hill

Television stations

Station launches

June 2Saint Joseph, MissouriKNPN-LD26.1Fox[114]
September 1Parkersburg, West VirginiaWOVA-LD22.1[282][596]
September 24Panama City, FloridaWECP-LD18.1[282][283]

Station closures

DateMarketStationChannelAffiliationSign-on dateSource
August 31Tupelo, MississippiWKDH45.1ABCJune 18, 2001[597]

Stations changing network affiliation

The following is a list of television stations that have made or will make noteworthy network affiliation changes in 2012. In addition to the changes listed below, other stations were affected by the move of Universal Sports from an over-the-air to cable/satellite network,[598] with affiliated stations either moving to other services (including some NBC O&O stations, which added the network's Nonstop-branded information channel) or letting the channel go dark.

DateMarketStationChannelPrior AffiliationNew AffiliationSource
January 1Jackson, TennesseeWBBJ-DT37.3Weather radarCBS (primary), Me-TV (secondary)[599]
January 23Boise, IdahoKTRV-TV12.1IndependentMyNetworkTV[600]
FebruaryDallas, TexasKTXD-TV47.1Me-TV[601]
April 2Paducah, KentuckyWPSD-TV6.2Weather forecastsAntenna TV[602]
April 8Biloxi, MississippiWLOX13.2Weather radarCBS[603]
May 21Honolulu, HawaiiKHNL13.2NBC PlusAntenna TV[604]
KUPU56.1Antenna TVIndependent
June 11Hattiesburg, MississippiWDAM-TV7.2This TVABC[605]
June 24Portland, OregonKATU2.2Me-TV[606]
June 25Biloxi, MississippiWXXV25.2MyNetworkTV
(moves to cable only status)
July 1Pocatello/Idaho Falls, IdahoKFXP31.1FoxThis TV[92][608]
(moves to secondary status)
Fox (primary)[608]
Twin Falls, IdahoKXTF35.1FoxThis TV[93][608]
(moves to secondary status)
Fox (primary)[609]
August 1Milwaukee, WisconsinWBWT-LP38Azteca AméricaMundoFox[213]
Salt Lake City, UtahKBTU-LP23[213]
August 6Greensboro, North CarolinaWXII-TV12.2This TVMe-TV[610]
August 13Dallas, TexasKFWD52.1IndependentMundoFox[611]
Fresno, CaliforniaKGMC43.1[612]
Los Angeles, CaliforniaKWHY-TV22.1Spanish independent[613]
Oklahoma City, OklahomaKOHC-CD45.1Azteca América
(moves to 45.2)
Miami, FloridaWJAN-CD41.1Spanish independent[612]
September 1Tupelo, MississippiWTVA9.2Me-TVABC
(moves from WKDH-TV)
September 3Sacramento, CaliforniaKCRA-TV3.2IndependentMe-TV[615]
September 17Oklahoma City, OklahomaKAUT-TV43.1MyNetworkTVIndependent (primary), Antenna TV (secondary)[616]
October 3Harrisonburg, VirginiaWSVF-CA43.1Religious independent
(as repeater of WAZT-CA/Woodstock, Virginia)


Jan. 2Jim Huber67Anchor/reporter for CNN and CNN/SI (The Sporting Life, Pro Golf Weekly); announcer and essayist for Turner Sports[619]
Jan. 6Robert Dozier81Writer (Have Gun–Will Travel, Dr. Kildare, Hawaii Five-O) and producer (Harry-O, The Devlin Connection)[620]
Jan. 13Andrea Moar55Actor (All My Children)[621]
Richard Threlkeld74Reporter for CBS News and ABC News; anchor of CBS Morning News (1977–1979)[622]
Jan. 14David Dziedzic49Senior VP/business development for National Association of Broadcasters[623]
Jan. 20Etta James73American singer/songwriter (Performed her 1961 song "At Last" on Dancing with the Stars in 2009)[624]
Jan. 22Dick Tufeld85Announcer (ABC Daytime and several shows), on-air personality (KABC-TV), and voiceover actor (the robot on Lost in Space)[625]
Jan. 24James Farentino73American television and film actor (The Bold Ones: The Lawyers, Blue Thunder)[626]
Jan. 26Robert Hegyes60Actor (Welcome Back, Kotter, Cagney & Lacey)[627]
Jan. 28Ian Abercrombie77Actor (Seinfeld, Wizards of Waverly Place)[628]
Jan. 29John Rich86Emmy-winning TV director (Where's Raymond?, Mister Ed, The Dick Van Dyke Show, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, Good Times, Barney Miller, Newhart, Benson, The Brady Bunch, and Gilligan's Island).[629]
Jan. 31Leslie Carter25American actress, singer and reality TV personality (House of Carters)[630]
Feb. 1Don Cornelius75American television host (Was the creator and first host of Soul Train)[631]
Feb. 3Ben Gazzara81Actor (Run for Your Life, An Early Frost, Hysterical Blindness)[632]
Feb. 6Peter Breck82Actor (Maverick, Black Saddle, The Big Valley)[633]
Feb. 8Philip Bruns80Actor (The Jackie Gleason Show, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman)[634]
Laurie Main89Actor (Welcome to Pooh Corner)[635]
Feb. 9D. Thomas Miller86Former GM of WLS-TV/Chicago and executive with CBS Television Stations[636]
Feb. 11Whitney Houston48American Grammy and Emmy Award-winning singer, actress, and producer (TV work includes the made-for-television movie Cinderella, guest appearances on Gimme a Break! and Silver Spoons, 2-time host of the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, performance appearances including Dancing with the Stars and Saturday Night Live, and commercial pitch work including Diet Coke)[637]
Feb. 13Carlos DeJesus67American radio and television host (New York Hot Tracks)[638]
Feb. 20Jeff Rice39TV producer (The Amazing Race)[639]
Feb. 24Jan Berenstain88Co-author of the Berenstain Bears book franchise, which was adapted into an American and Canadian animated TV series.[640]
Feb. 29Davy Jones66British actor and musician (star of the TV series The Monkees and member of the band of the same name; also had a successful solo career)[641]
March 1Andrew Breitbart43Political commentator and frequent pundit for several TV networks who broke the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal story and the controversial story that resulted in the forced Resignation of Shirley Sherrod, both of which resulted in media circuses.[642]
March 9Joseph Donnelly52Chief financial officer of Comcast and NBCUniversal.[643]
March 28Earl Scruggs88American musician and actor (co-sang the theme song to The Beverly Hillbillies)[644]
April 5Gil Noble80Reporter/anchor for WABC-TV/New York; host of Like It Is[645]
April 7Mike Wallace93American journalist for CBS News, original correspondent on the network's 60 Minutes program[646]
April 14Jonathan Frid87Canadian actor (Dark Shadows)[647]
April 15Chris Lonergan54TV executive for Discovery Communications[648]
Paul Bogart92American television and film director (All in the Family, Get Smart, The Defenders)[649]
April 18Dick Clark82American television host (The Dick Clark Show, Pyramid, American Bandstand, Dick Clark's World of Talent, TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes, The Other Half, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve) and producer (founder of Dick Clark Productions)[650]
April 29Joel Goldsmith54American composer (Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Universe)[651]
April 30Robert Finkel94American television producer and director (credits include work on television specials for Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley and John Denver; TV directing credits include Barney Miller and The Bob Newhart Show)[652]
May 2Junior Seau43Football player for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. TV work includes Sports Jobs with Junior Seau.[653]
Digby Wolfe82British-born writer (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), actor, and singer[654]
May 4Bob Stewart91American television game show producer, creator of To Tell the Truth, Password, and The Price Is Right for Goodson-Todman and Pyramid, among a dozen other shows, for his own company.[655]
May 5Stephen Lord85American writer (Bonanza, CHiPs, Fantasy Island, Ironside, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Matlock, McCloud, The Outer Limits, T.J. Hooker)[656]
May 6George Lindsey83American actor (The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D., Hee Haw)[657]
May 8Maurice Sendak83American children's book and television writer (Little Bear, Seven Little Monsters, Really Rosie, various segments for Sesame Street)[658]
May 17Donna Summer63American singer/songwriter and actress (TV credits include guest appearances on Family Matters and Hollywood Squares and performance appearances including American Idol and America's Got Talent)[659]
May 20Eugene Polley96Engineer for Zenith Electronics (1935–1982) and inventor of the wireless remote control for TV[660]
May 22Janet Carroll71American television, stage and film actress (TV credits include guest appearances in Hill Street Blues, Married... with Children, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Bronx Zoo, Quantum Leap, Still Standing, Melrose Place and Murphy Brown)[661][662]
May 23Al Gordon89American television writer (TV credits include The Jack Benny Program, That's My Mama, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Flip Wilson Show, Three's Company, The Carol Burnett Show, Carter Country, Hello, Larry and 227)[663]
May 24Howard Shapiro86Chairman of Weigel Broadcasting[664]
Lee Rich93Co-founder and chairman of Lorimar Television[665]
May 25William Hanley80American playwright and TV writer (TV credits include Flesh and Blood, Something About Amelia and The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank)[666]
May 29Jim Paratore59Former Telepictures production executive and American television producer (producing credits include TMZ on TV and Lopez Tonight)[667]
Dick Beals85American voice actor (TV credits include The Gumby Show, Davey and Goliath and the voice of "Speedy Alka-Seltzer" in long-running Alka-Seltzer ad campaign)[668]
June 2Kathryn Joosten72American Emmy-Award winning character actress (most notable for playing Kathryn McCluskey on Desperate Housewives; other TV credits include recurring roles in Dharma & Greg, The West Wing and Joan of Arcadia)[669][670]
Richard Dawson79British-American actor (Hogan's Heroes, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, The New Dick Van Dyke Show) and game show personality (Match Game, Family Feud)[671]
June 3Mark Pearson54American television and radio host (host of Iowa Public Television's Maret to Market)[672]
June 4Eduard Khil77Russian singer whose vocalised song, known in the U.S. as "Trololo," received extensive television exposure in 2010[673]
June 5Ray Bradbury91American horror, mystery, science fiction and fantasy writer (TV work includes writing for The Twilight Zone and writing/hosting The Ray Bradbury Theater; his works have been adapted for TV several times, including for anthology series and miniseries such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Tales of Tomorrow, CBS Television Workshop, Fireside Theatre and The Martian Chronicles)[674]
June 6Lillian Gallo84American television producer and director (TV credits include The Stranger Who Looks Like Me, Hustling, I Know What You Did and Duel); was notable for being part of one of the first film producing teams, producing the 1980 TV movie Fun and Games with Fay Kanin[675]
June 10Frank Cady96American television, radio, stage and film actor and commercial pitchman (Notable for playing Sam Drucker on Petticoat Junction, Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies; Doc Williams in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet)[676]
June 10Judy Freudberg62Sesame Street writer who co-created the sketch Elmo's World, popularizing its "host" Elmo.[677]
June 11Ann Rutherford94Canadian-American film and TV actress (TV work includes guest appearances on Perry Mason, Love, American Style, Tales of Wells Fargo, The Bob Newhart Show, and Kraft Television Theatre)[678]
June 15Yvette Wilson48American television/film actress and comedienne (TV credits include Moesha, The Parkers and Thea)[679]
June 16Dan Dorfman82Former CNBC financial journalist[680]
June 22Barry Beecher71American infomercial pitchman[681]
June 26Nora Ephron71American television/print media journalist, actress, author, blogger, playwright, screenwriter, and director (Adam's Rib, Hopeless Pictures)[682]
Doris Singleton92American actress, most notable for playing Carolyn Appleby on I Love Lucy (other TV credits include series regular roles in The Great Gildersleeve and Angel, and guest appearances in The Adventures of Superman, Hogan's Heroes, My Three Sons, Hazel, The Munsters, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Fugitive, All in the Family, Marcus Welby, M.D., Phyllis and Dynasty)[683]
June 27Don Grady68American actor/musician (TV credits include series regular roles in My Three Sons and The Mickey Mouse Club)[684]
July 3Andy Griffith86American actor/musician (TV credits include leading roles on The Andy Griffith Show, The New Andy Griffith Show, The Headmaster, Salvage 1, and Matlock)[685]
Julian Goodman90American television news journalist, producer, and broadcasting executive (President of NBC from 1966 to 1974)[686]
July 8Ernest Borgnine95American actor (TV credits include leading roles on McHale's Navy and Airwolf, and a recurring role as Mermaid Man on SpongeBob SquarePants)[687]
July 13Ginny Tyler86American television actress (TV credits include hosting segments of the Mickey Mouse Club for syndication, and voice roles in Space Ghost and Dino Boy and Davey and Goliath)[688]
Richard D. Zanuck77American film director and producer (TV credits include producing the 72nd Academy Awards telecast in 2000 and CBS Summer Playhouse)[689]
July 15Celeste Holm95American film, stage and television actress (TV credits include Wonder Woman and The Fugitve)[690]
July 16William Asher90American television and film director/writer (directing credits include I Love Lucy, The Danny Thomas Show, The Colgate Comedy Hour, Gidget, The Paul Lynde Show, Tabitha, Alice, Fibber McGee and Molly, The Twilight Zone and Bewitched; served as co-creator of The Patty Duke Show)[691]
Kitty Wells92American country music artist (co-host of The Kitty Wells/Johnnie Wright Family Show, solo host of The Kitty Wells Show)[692]
July 19Tom Davis59American television writer (Saturday Night Live)[693]
July 24Sherman Hemsley74American actor (All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Amen, Dinosaurs)[694]
July 25Chad Everett75American television and film actor (TV credits include Medical Center and Surfside 6)[695]
July 26Lupe Ontiveros69American television and film actress (TV credits include regular roles in Rob and Greetings from Tucson; recurring roles in Maya & Miguel, Desperate Housewives, Pasadena, Hill Street Blues, The Brothers García and Veronica's Closet; and guest appearances on Weeds, Alice, Resurrection Blvd., Cory in the House and King of the Hill)[696]
July 27Norman Alden87American television and film actor, known as the voice of Aquaman in Super Friends (1973–1974), and The All-New Super Friends Hour (1977–1978)[697]
Russ Mayberry86American television director, known for directing That Girl, The Brady Bunch, Ironside, McCloud, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Rockford Files, Kojak, Magnum, P.I., Dallas, The Equalizer and In the Heat of the Night[698]
August 7Marvin Hamlisch68American Broadway, film, music, stage and television composer, musician, songwriter and actor, and one of eleven performers to win a Oscar, a Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, as well as a Pulitzer Prize and a Golden Globe Award (TV credits include The Nanny, the theme song for Late Night with David Letterman and two Barbra Streisand television specials)[699]
Judith Crist90American television and film critic for TV Guide and Today[700]
August 9Al Freeman, Jr.78American actor (was the first African-American to win a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor for his portrayal of Ed Hall on One Life to Live in 1979)[701]
August 13Kathi Goertzen54American television anchor/reporter (KOMO-TV/Seattle)[702]
August 14Ron Palillo63American actor (best known for portraying Arnold Horshack on Welcome Back, Kotter)[703]
Al Rabin76American producer and director, Days of our Lives; served as co-executive producer of the series from 1979-1989, and again from 1989-1992.[704]
Phyllis Thaxter92American actress, television credits include Lux Video Theatre, Climax!, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Rawhide, The Twilight Zone, The Defenders, The Fugitive, Bonanza, The F.B.I., Cannon, Marcus Welby, M.D., Barnaby Jones, and Murder, She Wrote[705]
August 15Biff Elliot89American actor (TV credits include guest appearances on Star Trek, Starman, Falcon Crest, Cannon, Planet of the Apes, Bonanza, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 77 Sunset Strip and Mission: Impossible)[706]
August 16William Windom88American actor (TV credits include an Emmy-winning role in My World and Welcome to It, a lead role in The Farmer's Daughter, and guest appearances in The Twilight Zone, Star Trek, and Murder, She Wrote)[707]
August 17Joey Kovar29American reality television personality (appeared on the 2008 season of MTV's The Real World)[708]
August 19Tony Scott68British-born American film and television director/producer (TV producing credits include NUMB3RS, The Good Wife, Gettysburg and AFP: American Fighter Pilot)[709]
August 20Phyllis Diller95American comedienne and actress (TV credits include The Pruitts of Southampton, Batman, The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, Love American Style, The Gong Show, The Muppet Show, The Bold and the Beautiful, Boston Legal, Titus, Even Stevens, and voice roles in Family Guy, Robot Chicken, The New Scooby Doo Movies, The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians and The Powerpuff Girls)[710]
August 23Jerry Nelson78American puppeteer and voice actor (was a puppeteer for The Muppets starting in 1970, most notably serving as the puppeteer for Count von Count from 1969 to 2004 on Sesame Street and voiced the character until Nelson's death)[711]
August 24Steve Franken80American television and film actor (TV credits include The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, McHale's Navy, Tom, Dick and Mary, Charlie's Angels, The Lieutenant, Bewitched, The Mod Squad, Love, American Style, That Girl, Adam-12, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Barney Miller, Hotel, Seinfeld, The King of Queens and The Mary Tyler Moore Show)[712]
Claire Malis69American actress (TV credits include portraying Dorian Lord on One Life to Live from 1977 to 1979 and Rose Polniaczek recurringly on The Facts of Life, and guest appearances in Lou Grant, Taxi, St. Elsewhere, Falcon Crest, Murphy Brown, Picket Fences, Suddenly Susan and The Division)[713]
August 25Neil Armstrong82American astronaut who became the first man to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. An estimated 500 million people worldwide watched this event, the largest television audience for a live broadcast at that time.[714][715]
August 27Russell Scott91American children's television host (star of Blinky's Fun Club on KKTV/Colorado Springs from 1958 to 1966 and from 1966 to 1998 on KWGN-TV/Denver)[716]
Sept. 1Sun Myung Moon92Korean leader of the Unification Church and its associated international business conglomerate; owned American Life Network from 2001 to 2009[717]
Sept. 3Michael Clarke Duncan54American film and television actor, best known for his Oscar-nominated role in 1999's The Green Mile (TV credits include The Finder and the made-for-TV film They Call Me Sirr, and guest roles in Sister, Sister, Two and a Half Men and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody)[718]
Sept. 10Lance LeGault77American film and television actor (television roles include Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Battlestar Galactica, The Dukes of Hazzard, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Dynasty, Knight Rider, Automan, Simon & Simon, The A-Team, Airwolf, Murder, She Wrote, Magnum, P.I., Werewolf, Quantum Leap, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dallas, and MacGyver)[719]
Sept. 14Stephen Dunham48American television and film actor (TV credits include regular roles in Hot Properties, Oh, Grow Up, DAG and What I Like About You, and guest appearances on Hot in Cleveland, Presidio Med, The Bill Engvall Show, True Jackson, VP and Just Shoot Me)[720]
Sept. 15John Ingle84American television and film actor (most notable for playing Edward Quartermaine on General Hospital from 1993-2004 and 2006-2012 and Mickey Horton on Days of our Lives from 2004–2006; other TV credits include guest appearances on Port Charles, Who's the Boss?, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, The Golden Girls, Night Court, Cheers, Beverly Hills, 90210, Mama's Family, Boy Meets World, The Office, The Drew Carey Show, Silver Spoons and Life Goes On)[721]
Sept. 18Steve Sabol69President and co-founder of NFL Films, whose clips are used on Inside the NFL and various NFL Network shows.[722]
Sept. 23Henry Champ75Canadian-born journalist for NBC News as well as Washington, D. C.-based reporter for Canada's CTV and CBC[723]
Sept. 25Andy Williams84American singer (hosted the variety series The Andy Williams Show from 1962 to 1971 and annual Happy New Year, America special in the 1980s; other TV credits include guest appearances on The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Jack Benny Program and The Dick Powell Theatre)[724]
Sept. 26Johnny Lewis28American actor (TV credits include regular roles in Sons of Anarchy, The Sausage Factory and Quintuplets, recurring roles in Boston Public, American Dreams and The O.C. and guest appearances in Malcolm in the Middle, 7th Heaven, Judging Amy, Yes, Dear, The Guardian, Drake & Josh, Smallville, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Minds and Bones)[725][726]
Sept. 28Michael O'Hare60American actor (TV credits include regular role as Commander Jeffrey Sinclair in Babylon 5 and guest appearances in Law & Order, Kate & Allie, The Equalizer, One Life to Live, L.A. Law and Tales from the Darkside)[727]
Chris Economaki91American motorsports commentator and journalist (covered NASCAR and Formula One events for ABC Sports from 1961 to 1984 and CBS Sports from 1984 to 1995, and Formula One events for ESPN from 1987 to 1988; served as contributor for ESPN's SpeedWeek and TBS' Motorweek Illustrated)[728]
Oct. 6John Rovick93American children's program host (portrayed Sheriff John as host of Cartoon Time and Sheriff John's Lunch Brigade on KTTV/Los Angeles from 1952 to 1970, and served as the station's staff announcer at its 1949 sign-on until 1981)[729]
Oct. 10Beano Cook81American college football commentator (served as a studio commentator for ABC from 1982 to 1985 and for ESPN from 1986 to 2012; employed as media director for ABC from 1966 to 1974)[730]
Alex Karras77American actor and former quarterback for the Detroit Lions (notable for portraying George Papadapolis in the sitcom Webster and serving as an analyst for Monday Night Football; other TV credits include guest appearances in M*A*S*H, The Odd Couple and Match Game '75, and a lead role in the 1977 made-for-TV movie Mad Bull)[731]


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  428. ^ "Extreme Dwellings, Global Home Tours and Amazing Renos Round Out HGTV Fall 2012 Lineup". The Futon Critic. August 30, 2012. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2012/08/30/extreme-dwellings-global-home-tours-and-amazing-renos-round-out-hgtv-fall-2012-lineup-576013/20120830hgtv01/. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
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  431. ^ ""Destination Fear" Premieres Sunday, September 30 at 11:00PM & 11:30PM on Travel Channel". The Futon Critic. August 21, 2012. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2012/08/21/destination-fear-premieres-sunday-september-30-at-1100pm-and-1130pm-on-travel-channel-692100/20120821travel02/. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
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  433. ^ Ion To Air 'WWE Main Event' Starting In October, TVNewsCheck, June 25, 2012.
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  435. ^ "'Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition' to Premiere Tuesday, October 9 on Lifetime". TV By the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/09/06/abbys-ultimate-dance-competition-to-premiere-tuesday-october-9-on-lifetime/147635/. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
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  441. ^ "New HISTORY Series 'The Men Who Built America' to Premiere Tuesday, October 16". TV By the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/09/05/new-history-series-the-men-who-built-america-to-premiere-tuesday-october-16/147362/. Retrieved September 5, 2012. 
  442. ^ "Frugal Families Stretch a Dollar on TLC's "Extreme Cheapskates"". The Futon Critic. September 28, 2012. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2012/09/28/frugal-families-stretch-a-dollar-on-tlcs-extreme-cheapskates-31314/20120928tlc01/. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
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  444. ^ "'My Life is a Lifetime Movie' to Premiere October 17". TV By the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/09/13/my-life-is-a-lifetime-movie-to-premiere-october-17/148589/. Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
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  447. ^ "Lifetime's Highly Anticipated New Series, "The Houstons: On Our Own," to Premiere Wednesday, October 24". The Futon Critic. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2012/09/25/lifetimes-highly-anticipated-new-series-the-houstons-on-our-own-to-premiere-wednesday-october-24-504311/20120925lifetime01/. Retrieved September 25, 2012. 
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  449. ^ "Food Network Uncovers America's Dirtiest Restaurants in New Series "Health Inspectors"". The Futon Critic. September 26, 2012. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2012/09/26/food-network-uncovers-americas-dirtiest-restaurants-in-new-series-health-inspectors-482101/20120926food01/. Retrieved October 3, 2012. 
  450. ^ "Travel Channel's "Dangerous Grounds" Brews the Perfect Blend of Adventure and Intrigue". The Futon Critic. August 21, 2012. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2012/08/21/travel-channels-dangerous-grounds-brews-the-perfect-blend-of-adventure-and-intrigue-81000/20120821travel01/. Retrieved August 31, 2012. 
  451. ^ "Bravo Media Powers Up for Huge November with Two New and Four Returning Original Series". The Futon Critic. September 5, 2012. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2012/09/20/bravo-media-powers-up-for-huge-november-with-two-new-and-four-returning-original-series-755011/20120920bravo01/. Retrieved September 23, 2012. 
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  453. ^ "truTV Ready to Turn Up the Heat this Winter After Scoring Best Third Quarter Ever in Key Demos". The Futon Critic. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2012/10/02/trutv-ready-to-turn-up-the-heat-this-winter-after-scoring-best-third-quarter-ever-in-key-demos-933412/20121002trutv02/. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
  454. ^ "'Wedding Band' Set To Premiere Saturday Nov. 10 on TBS". TV By the Numbers. August 27, 2012. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/08/27/wedding-band-set-to-premiere-saturday-nov-10-on-tbs/146311/. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  455. ^ "Discovery Channel Goes Global to Find the Science Behind the Illusion in 'Breaking Magic'". TV By the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/10/09/discovery-channel-goes-global-to-find-the-science-behind-the-illusion-in-breaking-magic/152283/. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  456. ^ "New TLC Series 'Little People Big World: Wedding Farm' to Premiere November 13". TV By the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/10/05/new-tlc-series-little-people-big-world-wedding-farm-to-premiere-november-13/151724/. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
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  461. ^ "Nat Geo Wild Announces New Episodes of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan". TheFutonCritic.com. March 11, 2011. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2011/03/11/nat-geo-wild-announces-new-episodes-of-dog-whisperer-with-cesar-millan-as-hit-series-moves-to-new-network-229515/20110311natgeowild01/#ixzz1Xnxc8YQU. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
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  465. ^ Disney Junior Takes Next Big Step, Launches as a 24-Hour Channel on Friday, March 23
  466. ^ MTV confirms 'Punk’d' revival with Ashton Kutcher as producer New York Post December 19, 2011
  467. ^ New Cartoon Planet promo (2012) Youtube, March 27, 2012
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  470. ^ "'Hip Hop Squares': New Game Show Coming To MTV2!" from MTV.com (March 30, 2012)
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  475. ^ "'Bloopers' to Premiere in Weekly Syndication This Fall" from Broadcasting & Cable (December 20, 2011)
  476. ^ TCA 2012: NBC Resurrecting 'Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday' The Hollywood Reporter, July 24, 2012
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  481. ^ “Wizards Of Waverly Place” Ends After Four Season, Leaving Selena Gomez “Heartbroken” Pop Crunch June 13, 2010
  482. ^ TLC's "All-American Muslim" canceled CBS News, March 8, 2012
  483. ^ ABC Dumps Work It The Futon Critic, January 13, 2012
  484. ^ ABC Cancels Extreme Makeover: Home Edition E! Online December 15, 2011
  485. ^ 'One Life to Life' and 'All My Children' dead: Online plans canceled EW.com November 23, 2011
  486. ^ Man Woman Wild update: Show is Ending! Survival Starter, January 5, 2012
  487. ^ 'Prime Suspect' Canceled As Production Is Shut Down By NBC TV By The Numbers November 15, 2011
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  492. ^ Fox Business Makes Over Its Prime-Time Lineup from New York Times (February 9, 2012)
  493. ^ David Cross Interview, AVClub January 6, 2012
  494. ^ HBO cancels 'The Life and Times of Tim' again The Hit Fix, April 21, 2012
  495. ^ Pan Am: (Finally) Cancelled; No Season Two TV Series Finale, May 12, 2012
  497. ^ ¡Rob!: Cancelled by CBS; No Second Season TV Series Finale, May 15, 2012
  498. ^ CBS Cancels ‘A Gifted Man’ ScienceFiction.com, May 13, 2012
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  504. ^ Fox renews 'Touch,' cancels 'The Finder,' 'Alcatraz' Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2012
  505. ^ Are You There, Chelsea?: Cancelled, No Season Two TV Series Finale, May 12, 2012
  506. ^ "Breaking: Current TV Fires Keith Olbermann" from The Moderate Voice (March 30, 2012)
  507. ^ OWN cancels Rosie Show Variety March 16, 2012
  508. ^ Cartoon Network March 2012 Premiere Timeslot Schedule Toon Zone, February 29, 2012
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  512. ^ Bent Cancelled After Six Episodes IsMYShowCancelled.com, May 11, 2012
  513. ^ I Just Want My Pants Back Will Not Be Back On MTV Perez Hilton, May 18, 2012
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  517. ^ "Exclusive: CTD's 'Swift Justice' Won't Return for Third Season" from Broadcasting & Cable (April 25, 2012)
  518. ^ Breakout Kings Canceled Entertainment Weekly, May 17, 2012
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  520. ^ Good Christian Bitches Cancelled by ABC TV Over Mind, May 11, 2012
  521. ^ Unforgettable: Cancelled; No Season Two TV Series Finale, May 13, 2012
  522. ^ The CW Cancels The Secret Circle and Ringer TV.com, May 11, 2012
  523. ^ The Finder: Cancelled; No Season Two TV Series Finale, May 9, 2012
  524. ^ "Hallmark Cancels 'The Martha Stewart Show'" from The Hollywood Reporter (January 4, 2012)
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  528. ^ NBC Cancellation Of ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ Uproots Ancestry.com Investors Deadline, May 14, 2012
  529. ^ House Canceled After 8th Season TV By The Number February 8, 2012
  530. ^ Harpo’s ‘Nate Berkus Show’ To End Its Run, Deadline Hollywood, December 9, 2011
  531. ^ Awake: Cancelled; No Season Two TV Series Finale, May 12, 2012
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  533. ^ 'Awake' Canceled: NBC Pulls Plug On Drama, 'Best Friends Forever,' 'Are You There Chelsea?' And 'Bent' The Huffington Post, May 11, 2012
  534. ^ Nickelodeon Cancels “Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures” Nickutopia, July 5, 2012
  535. ^ AMC's Cancelled Series The Killing Could Find A New Home Television Blend, August 22, 2012
  536. ^ Dylan Ratigan Leaving MSNBC, The New York Times, June 10, 2012.
  537. ^ CBS Plans Burn-Off of How to Be a Gentleman, Again Sitcoms Online, May 2, 2012
  538. ^ 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' canceled by A&E Yahoo! News, May 22, 2012
  539. ^ "CNN Cancels 'John King, USA'" from TV By The Numbers (June 14, 2012)
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  544. ^ Trust Us with Your Life
  545. ^ CBS Pulls Dating Show '3' Off Schedule The Hollywood Reporter, July 31, 2012
  546. ^ ABC Family’s ‘Jane By Design’ Cancelled After One Season Deadline, August 17, 2012
  547. ^ TBS To Take A Third Shot On Tyler Perry Broadcasting & Cable April 26, 2011
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  551. ^ Original 'Teen Mom' Cast to Bid Farewell in 90-Minute Series TV By The Numbers, August 28, 2012
  552. ^ Exclusive: Damages To End After Season 5 TV Wise UK, February 10, 2012
  553. ^ It's Official: Showtime's 'Weeds' To End Its Run After Season Eight Deadline, June 13, 2012
  554. ^ Garden Staked: CBS Cancels Made in Jersey Deadline, October 10, 2012
  555. ^ Exclusive: iCarly Is Coming to an End, Cast to Film Together for Final Time in June TV Guide, May 17, 2012
  556. ^ "Nickelodeon's 'How To Rock' Cancelled After One Season" Deadline TV, August 27, 2012
  557. ^ "It’s the End of the Road for Cash Cab" from Vulture (April 18, 2012)
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  559. ^ It’s Official! Gossip Girl Renewed for Season 6 — Its Last! Wet Paint, May 11, 2012
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  561. ^ a b c d Lifetime Adds "24 Hour Catwalk" Sneak Behind "Project Runway All Stars" Premiere on Thursday, January 5, The Futon Critic, December 22, 2011.
  562. ^ "Disney Channel: Frenemies". http://tv.disney.go.com/disneychannel/originalmovies/frenemies/. 
  563. ^ "Goodnight For Justice: The Measure of a Man," Starring Luke Perry, A Hallmark Movie Channel Original World Premiere January 28 The Futon Critic, December 6, 2011
  564. ^ John Corbett Stars in "A Smile as Big as the Moon," New Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie Airing Sunday, January 29 on ABC
  565. ^ Lifetime Original Movie "Secrets of Eden" Premieres Saturday, February 4 at 8:00PM (ET), The Futon Critic, January 20, 2012.
  566. ^ Debby Ryan’s Disney Channel Original Movie “Radio Rebel” Premieres February 17, 2012 Disney Dreaming, January 20, 2012
  567. ^ Tinsel Korey and Shannen Doherty Star in Syfy's First Ever Original Fairy Tale Double Feature in February, The Futon Critic, January 30, 2012.
  568. ^ Lisa Edelstein, Sara Paxton and Justin Bruening Star in Lifetime Original Movie "Blue-Eyed Butcher", The Futon Critic, February 9, 2012.
  569. ^ HBO's 'Game Change' Debuts March 10; Look at 2008 Presidential Campaign Stars Moore, Harris & Harrelson, Indiewire, February 27, 2012.
  570. ^ Kristin Davis Stars In and Executive Produces Lifetime Original Movie "Of Two Minds", The Futon Critic, February 14, 2012.
  571. ^ Syfy's Spring 2012 to Feature More Original Series and Original Hours of Programming Than Any Spring Season in Channel's History, The Futon Critic, February 16, 2012.
  572. ^ "Titanic Press Launch". http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2108860/Downton-Abbey-creator-takes-Titanic-challenge-looks-reveal-sinking-ship.html.  Daily Mail 1st March 2012
  573. ^ a b Erica Cerra Battles a "Space Twister," While Jeff Fahey and Kari Wuhrer Take on an "Alien Tornado" in April Syfy Saturday Original Movies, The Futon Critic, March 26, 2012.
  574. ^ Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. Stars in Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Firelight" for ABC, The Futon Critic, January 27, 2012
  575. ^ Syfy's New Adaptation of "Treasure Island" Premieres Saturday, May 5 from 7-11PM in Special One Night Movie Event, The Futon Critic, March 21, 2012.
  576. ^ a b c d e f Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel 2012 Summer Preview, The Futon Critic, April 10, 2012.
  577. ^ "Lake Effects," A Hallmark Movie Channel Original With a Star-Studded Cast, Makes Its World Premiere May 19, The Futon Critic, February 13, 2012.
  578. ^ 'Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt' may be Tom Selleck's last Stone turn at CBS, Zap2It, May 20, 2012.
  579. ^ Syfy Kicks Off Summer 2012 With Memorial Day Weekend Movie Festival, The Futon Critic, May 18, 2012.
  580. ^ Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen Star in HBO Films' "Hemingway & Gellhorn," a Film by Philip Kaufman, Debuting May 28, The Futon Critic, May 9, 2012.
  581. ^ Disney gives Nickelodeon a run, sparks run on new series, USA Today, March 19, 2012.
  582. ^ a b c d Syfy Saturday Original Movies Kicks Off Summer 2012 With... Snake Fish! Albino Spiders! Bigfoot! And Guidos Versus Sharks!, The Futon Critic, May 4, 2012.
  583. ^ Let it Shine press release, ABC Media, June 11, 2012
  584. ^ Lifetime Original Movie "Blue Lagoon: The Awakening," Starring Denise Richards, Brenton Thwaites and Indiana Evans, to Premiere June 16, The Futon Critic, May 15, 2012.
  585. ^ Date Change for the Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere "Operation Cupcake", The Futon Critic, April 25, 2012.
  586. ^ Meet the Baboons of the Big Baboon House, National Geographic, June 19, 2012.
  587. ^ Lifetime Original Movie 'An Officer and a Murderer' Starring Gary Cole Set to Premiere July 21 2012 TV by the Numbers, June 20, 2012.
  588. ^ Lifetime's Major Program Event, "The Week the Women Went," to Premiere in August, The Futon Critic, May 25, 2012.
  589. ^ "The Music Teacher," a Hallmark Channel Original Movie Starring Annie Potts, Goes Into Production in Canada for World Premiere, August 12, The Futon Critic, February 21, 2012.
  590. ^ "Lifetime's "Abducted: The Carlina White Story," Starring Aunjanue Ellis, Keke Palmer and Sherri Shepherd, to Premiere Saturday, October 6". The Futon Critic. August 28, 2012. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2012/08/28/lifetimes-abducted-the-carlina-white-story-starring-aunjanue-ellis-keke-palmer-and-sherri-shepherd-to-premiere-saturday-october-6-711213/20120828lifetime01/. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  591. ^ "World Premiere of the highly Anticipated Lifetime Original Movie Event 'Steel Magnolias' To Debut Sunday October 7th". TV By the Numbers. August 27, 2012. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/08/27/world-premiere-of-the-highly-anticipated-lifetime-original-movie-event-steel-magnolias-to-debut-sunday-october-7th/146346/. Retrieved August 28, 2012. 
  592. ^ a b "Syfy and NYC & Company Will Launch Second Annual 31 Days of HalloweeNYC in October". The Futon Critic. October 1, 2012. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2012/10/01/syfy-and-nyc-and-company-will-launch-second-annual-31-days-of-halloweenyc-in-october-83100/20121001syfy01/. Retrieved October 6, 2012. 
  593. ^ a b "Hallmark Channel Delivers a Dozen Ways to Have a Merry Christmas". The Futon Critic. September 24, 2012. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2012/09/24/hallmark-channel-delivers-a-dozen-ways-to-have-a-merry-christmas-733121/20120924hallmark01/. Retrieved October 10, 2012. 
  594. ^ "'Liz & Dick' Starring Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler to Premiere Sunday, November 25 on Lifetime". TV By the Numbers. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/10/01/liz-dick-starring-lindsay-lohan-and-grant-bowler-to-premiere-sunday-november-25-on-lifetime/150865/. Retrieved October 1, 2012. 
  595. ^ Upfronts 2012: BET To Launch Late-Night Series Multichannel News, April 18, 2012
  596. ^ New CBS Affiliate Coming To Mid-Ohio Valley, WTAP-TV, August 24, 2012.
  597. ^ "ABC affiliate to go off air" from Djournal (August 9, 2012)
  598. ^ Universal Sports Dropping Multicast Outlets, TVNewsCheck, September 12, 2011
  599. ^ Knox, Merrill (November 7, 2011). "Jackson, TN Will Get CBS Affiliate In January 2012". TVSpy. http://www.mediabistro.com/tvspy/jackson-tn-will-get-cbs-affiliate-in-january-2012_b28234. Retrieved November 8, 2011. 
  600. ^ "KTRV, KBOI, KINF change programming," from Idaho Statesman, 1/23/2012
  601. ^ London Broadcasting Completes Dallas Buy
  602. ^ WPSD Paducah Adds Antenna TV To Lineup, TVNewsCheck, March 27, 2012.
  603. ^ WLOX to Air CBS Programming on Digital Subchannel, TVSpy, March 28, 2012.
  604. ^ from Antenna TV Twitter feed (May 21, 2012)
  605. ^ Raycom Adds ABC Affil In Hattiesburg, TVNewsCheck, June 7, 2012.
  606. ^ Me-TV Signs KATU Portland As Affiliate, TVNewsCheck, May 15, 2012.
  607. ^ "Exclusive: NBC Signs Affiliate For Biloxi" from Broadcasting & Cable (March 22, 2012)
  608. ^ a b c KXPI to become Fox affiliate on July 1st, KIFI-TV, June 15, 2012.
  609. ^ KTWT Takes Over Fox Affiliation in Twin Falls, TVSpy, June 7, 2012.
  610. ^ WXII adds 10 p.m. newscast, WXII-TV, August 6, 2012.
  611. ^ Manana: KFWD-TV set to become D-FW's Spanish language MundoFox affiliate, ending association with Belo-owned WFAA8
  612. ^ a b MundoFox Secures First Affiliation Agreements, Broadcasting & Cable, March 4, 2012.
  613. ^ MundoFox makes KWHY-TV Channel 22 its Los Angeles home, Los Angeles Times, March 4, 2012.
  614. ^ MundoFox launches across the country, Radio-TV Broadcast Report, August 13, 2012.
  615. ^ KCRA adds classic TV network, Sacramento Business Journal, July 25, 2012.
  616. ^ KAUT Freedom 43 TV to air classics, The Oklahoman, September 12, 2012.
  617. ^ Fall Programming Lineup on KSBI, KSBI YouTube channel, Uploaded June 20, 2012.
  618. ^ KSBI-52 joining MyNetworkTV, The Oklahoman, August 21, 2012.
  619. ^ Obituary for Jim Huber from The Hollywood Reporter, 1/3/2012
  620. ^ Obituary for Robert Dozier from The Hollywood Reporter, 1/19/2012
  621. ^ Obituary for Andrea Moar from Minneapolis StarTribune, 1/26/2012
  622. ^ Obituary for Richard Threlkeld from Associated Press/TVNewsCheck, January 13, 2012
  623. ^ Obituary for David Dziedzic from TVNewsCheck, January 16, 2012
  624. ^ "Etta James, Powerful Voice Behind ‘At Last,’ Dies at 73" from The New York Times (January 20, 2012)
  625. ^ Obituary for Dick Tufeld from The Hollywood Reporter, 1/24/2012
  626. ^ "James Farentino dies at 73; prolific TV actor" from Los Angeles Times (January 25, 2012)
  627. ^ Obituary for Robert Hegyes from Associated Press, 1/26/2012
  628. ^ 'Seinfeld' actor Ian Abercrombie dead at 77 from Entertainment Weekly, 1/28/2012
  629. ^ John Rich dies at 86; director of landmark sitcoms Los Angeles Times January 29, 2012
  630. ^ "Nick & Aaron Carter's Sister Leslie Dead At 25" from Yahoo (February 1, 2012)
  631. ^ Breaking: Don Cornelius dead. Newsday.com. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  632. ^ Obituary for Ben Gazzara from Reuters via Yahoo!, 2/3/2012
  633. ^ Obituary for Peter Breck from The Hollywood Reporter, 2/10/2012
  634. ^ Obituary for Philip Bruns from AP/Yahoo!, 2/10/2012
  635. ^ Obituary for Laurie Main from Variety, 2/15/2012
  636. ^ Obituary for D. Thomas Miller from Broadcasting & Cable, 2/13/2012
  637. ^ Whitney Houston, superstar of records, films, dies from Entertainment Weekly, 2/11/2012
  638. ^ "Deejay Carlos De Jesus, disco era legend and rap pioneer in NYC, is dead" from New York Daily News (February 16, 2012)
  639. ^ Cab driver admits selling 'bad cocaine' to Amazing Race producer who died in Uganda Daily Mail, February 27, 2012
  640. ^ "Berenstain Bears co-creator Jan Berenstain dies". News & Record. Associated Press. 2012-02-27. http://www.news-record.com/content/2012/02/27/article/berenstain_bears_co_creator_jan_berenstain_dies. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  641. ^ "Davy Jones of The Monkees dies aged 66". BBC Online. 29 February 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17214430. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  642. ^ "Andrew Breitbart Dies at 43," from Broadcasting & Cable, 3/1/2012
  643. ^ Joseph Donnelly, Longtime Comcast-NBCU Exec, Dies at 52 Multichannel News, March 13, 2012
  644. ^ "Earl Scruggs, banjo legend, dies" from USA Today (March 28)
  645. ^ Obituary for Gil Noble from Broadcasting & Cable, 4/6/2012
  646. ^ Obituary for Mike Wallace from Associated Press via TVNewsCheck, 4/8/2012
  647. ^ Cooper, Gael Fashingbauer (April 19, 2012). "Jonathan Frid, who played Barnabas Collins in 'Dark Shadows' show, dead at 87". Today official site. http://theclicker.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/19/11287058-jonathan-frid-who-played-barnabas-collins-in-dark-shadows-show-dead-at-87. 
  648. ^ Chris Lonergan, Former Discovery Communications Distribution Executive, Dies at 54 Multichannel News, April 16, 2012
  649. ^ Paul Bogart, TV Director, Dies at 92, The New York Times, April 17, 2012
  650. ^ TV legend Dick Clark dies at age 82 USA Today, April 18, 2012
  651. ^ Hinman, Michael (April 30, 2012). "Stargate Composer Joel Goldsmith Dies At 54". Airlock Alpha. http://www.airlockalpha.com/node/9105/stargate-composer-joel-goldsmith-dies-at-54.html. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  652. ^ TV Director-Producer Robert Finkel Dies At 94, TVNewsCheck (via the Associated Press), May 29, 2012.
  653. ^ EXCLUSIVE: Football great Junior Seau dead in suicide, sources say North Country Times, May 2, 2012
  654. ^ Obituary for Digby Wolfe from AP/TVNewsCheck, 5/9/2012
  655. ^ "Bob Stewart, Legendary TV Game Show Producer, Dies at 91". The Hollywood Reporter. 2012-04-05. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bob-stewart-legendary-tv-game-320439. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  656. ^ "R.I.P. Stephen Lord". Deadline Hollywood. 2012-05-11. http://www.deadline.com/2012/05/r-i-p-stephen-lord/. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  657. ^ Duke, Alan (2012-05-06). "'Goober Pyle' actor George Lindsey dies". CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/06/showbiz/george-lindsey-obit/index.html?hpt=hp_t3. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  658. ^ Fox, Margalit (May 8, 2012). "Maurice Sendak, Children’s Author Who Upended Tradition, Dies at 83". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/books/maurice-sendak-childrens-author-dies-at-83.html. Retrieved May 8, 2012. 
  659. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (May 17, 2012). "Donna Summer has died at 63". Entertainment Weekly. http://music-mix.ew.com/2012/05/17/donna-summer-dead/. Retrieved May 17, 2012. 
  660. ^ "Eugene Polly, inventor of TV remote, dead at 96" from New York Daily News (May 22, 2012)
  661. ^ "'Risky Business' mom Janet Carroll dies at 71", Zap2It, May 24, 2012.
  662. ^ "Sitcom, Film Actress Janel Carroll Dies At 71", TVNewsCheck (via the Associated Press), May 24, 2012.
  663. ^ Gordon, Jack Benny Comedy Writer, Dies At 89, TVNewsCheck (via the Associated Press), May 25, 2012.
  664. ^ Obituary for Howard Shapiro from TVNewsCheck, 5/24/2012
  665. ^ R.I.P. Lee Rich, Deadline, May 25, 2012
  666. ^ Obituary for William Hanley from The New York Times, 6/3/2012
  667. ^ 'TMZ' Executive Producer Jim Paratore Dies at 59, The Wrap, May 29, 2012.
  668. ^ Dick Beals Dies, Was Voice Of 'Gumby', TVNewsCheck (via Associated Press), June 3, 2012.
  669. ^ "'Housewives' actress Kathryn Joosten dies at 72" from Yahoo/Reuters (June 2, 2012)
  670. ^ 'Desperate Housewives' actress Kathryn Joosten dead at 72, Zap2It, June 2, 2012.
  671. ^ Obituary for Richard Dawson from The New York Times, 6/3/2012
  672. ^ Mark Pearson, popular Iowa farm broadcaster, dead at 54, The Des Moines Register, June 3, 2012.
  673. ^ "'Mr. Trololo' Dies in St. Petersburg, Aged 77". En.ria.ru. 4 September 1934. http://en.ria.ru/world/20120604/173831212.html. Retrieved 7 June 2012. 
  674. ^ Daughter says author Ray Bradbury has died in California, USA Today, June 6, 2012.
  675. ^ Lillian Gallo, Pioneering TV Producer, Dies at 84, The Hollywood Reporter, June 18, 2012.
  676. ^ "R.I.P. Frank Cady" from Western Boot Hill (June 10, 2012)
  677. ^ Judy Freudberg, a Writer for ‘Sesame Street’ for 35 Years, Dies at 62 The New York Times, June 19, 2012
  678. ^ 'Gone With the Wind' Actress Ann Rutherford Dead at 94, The Hollywood Reporter, June 12, 2012.
  679. ^ "'Moesha' Actress Yvette Wilson Dead at 48" from The Hollywood Reporter (June 15, 2012)
  680. ^ Financial Journalist Dan Dorfman Dies At 82, TVNewsCheck (via the Associated Press), June 18, 2012.
  681. ^ Infomercial Pioneer Barry Becher Dies At 71, TVNewsCheck (via the Associated Press), June 28, 2012.
  682. ^ Reports: Nora Ephron dead at 71, from USA Today (June 26, 2012)
  683. ^ Doris Singleton, Neighbor of Lucy and Ricky on 'I Love Lucy,' Dies at 92, The Hollywood Reporter, June 27, 2012.
  684. ^ Actor Don Grady dies at 68 Variety, June 27, 2012
  685. ^ BREAKING NEWS: Friend Says Andy Griffith Has Died WITN-TV July 3, 2012
  686. ^ "Julian Goodman Dies at 90; Led NBC" from New York Times (July 3, 2012)
  687. ^ Oscar-winning star Ernest Borgnine dies at 95 San Francisco Chronicle July 8, 2012
  688. ^ Ginny Tyler dies at 86; voice actress was Disney legend, Los Angeles Times, July 22, 2012.
  689. ^ "Richard Zanuck, legendary Hollywood producer, dies at 77" from Los Angeles Times (July 13, 2012)
  690. ^ Celeste Holm Dead: Oscar-Winning Star Of 'Gentleman's Agreement' Dies At 95 The Huffington Post, July 15, 2012
  691. ^ 'Lucy', 'Bewitched' Director Bill Asher Dies At 90, TVNewsCheck (via the Associated Press), July 17, 2012.
  692. ^ Friskics-Warren, Bill (July 16, 2012). Kitty Wells, Trailblazing Country Singer, Dies at 92. The New York Times. Retrieved July 16, 2012.
  693. ^ Tom Davis Dies at 59; ‘SNL’ Writer and Comedy Partner to a Future Senator. The New York Times, July 19, 2012.
  694. ^ Coughlan, Maggie (July 24, 2012). Sherman Hemsley Dies at 74. People. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  695. ^ 'Medical Center' star Chad Everett dies at 75 from AP/Yahoo (July 25, 2012)
  696. ^ Lupe Ontiveros dead at 69: 'Selena' and 'Desperate Housewives' actress had liver cancer, Zap2It, July 27, 2012.
  697. ^ Character Actor Norman Alden Dies at 87
  698. ^ "Russ Mayberry Chicago Tribune". http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-07-31/entertainment/sns-201207311609reedbusivarietynvr1118057276-20120731_1_tv-director-tv-business-series. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  699. ^ "Marvin Hamlisch dies at 68: Sudden, brief illness halted busy life" from Los Angeles Times (August 7, 2012)
  700. ^ Judith Crist, Zinging and Influential Film Critic, Dies at 90, from The New York Times (August 7, 2012)
  701. ^ One Life to Live history-maker Al Freeman, Jr. dead at 78, SoapCentral.com, August 12, 2012.
  702. ^ KOMO Anchor-Reporter Kathi Goertzen Dies, TVNewsCheck, August 13, 2012.
  703. ^ Ron Palillo, Horshack on 'Welcome Back, Kotter,' dies at 63, Zap2It, August 14, 2012.
  704. ^ "Al Rabin Dead at 76" from We Love Soaps (August 15, 2012)
  705. ^ Superman actress Phyllis Thaxter dies, Herald Sun (via the Australian Associated Press), August 16, 2012.
  706. ^ Biff Elliot Obituary from Los Angeles Times (August 15, 2012)
  707. ^ William Windom dies at 88; Emmy-winning character actor, Los Angeles Times, August 20, 2012.
  708. ^ "Real World" star Joey Kovar found dead, Reuters, August 17, 2012.
  709. ^ UPDATED: 'Top Gun' director Tony Scott jumps to his death from Vincent Thomas Bridge, Contra Costa Times, August 19, 2012.
  710. ^ Comedian Phyllis Diller dies in Los Angeles, USA Today, August 20, 2012.
  711. ^ Sesame Street’s Count Von Count Puppeteer, Jerry Nelson, Dies, WCAU, August 24, 2012
  712. ^ "Character Actor Steve Franken Dies at 80". The Hollywood Reporter. August 29, 2012. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/steve-franken-dobie-gillis-dies-366702. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  713. ^ Actress Claire Malis Callaway Dies at 69, The Hollywood Reporter, September 11, 2012.
  714. ^ "Manned Space Chronology: Apollo_11". spaceline.org. http://www.spaceline.org/flightchron/apollo11.html. Retrieved 6 February 2008. 
  715. ^ "Neil Armstrong, First Man on Moon, Dies at 82". The New York Times. Associated Press. August 25, 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/26/science/space/neil-armstrong-dies-first-man-on-moon.html. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  716. ^ "Blinky the Clown, Denver TV icon for more than 40 years, dead at 91". Denver Post. August 27, 2012. http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21411432/blinky-clown-denver-tv-icon-more-than-40. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  717. ^ Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Unification Church Founder Dies at 92. The Washington Times. Retrieved September 1, 2012
  718. ^ 'Green Mile' actor Michael Clarke Duncan dead at 54, NBCNews.com (via the Associated Press), September 3, 2012.
  719. ^ "Lance LeGault Obutuary LA Observed". http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2012/09/lance_legault_actor_was_7.php. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  720. ^ "Actor Stephen Dunham Bowers dies at age 48". Zap2It. http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2012/09/actor-stephen-dunham-bowers-dies-at-age-48.html. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  721. ^ "'General Hospital's' John Ingle dies at 84". Zap2It. http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2012/09/general-hospitals-john-ingle-dies-at-84.html. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  722. ^ Steve Sabol, president of NFL Films, dies. NFL.com (September 18, 2012). Retrieved September 18, 2012.
  723. ^ Obituary for Henry Champ from CBC News, 9/23/2012
  724. ^ Singer Andy Williams dies at 84, CNN, September 26, 2012.
  725. ^ 'Sons of Anarchy's' Johnny Lewis dies in bizarre double death, Zap2It, September 27, 2012.
  726. ^ 'Sons of Anarchy' actor found dead, is suspect in fatal attack, Los Angeles Times, September 27, 2012.
  727. ^ Michael O'Hare, 'Babylon 5' star, dead at 60, On the Red Carpet, September 29, 2012.
  728. ^ Chris Economaki, Rumbling Voice of Auto Racing, Dies at 91, The New York Times, September 28, 2012.
  729. ^ 'Sheriff' John Rovick dies at 93; popular L.A. children's TV host, The Los Angeles Times, October 7, 2012.
  730. ^ Beano Cook, staple of the game, dies ESPN, October 11, 2012.
  731. ^ Alex Karras, Former NFL Lineman, Actor, Dies At 77, TVNewsCheck (via the Associated Press), October 10, 2012.

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