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The 1980 WGA strike caused some shows to delay their premieres. CBS takes Walt Disney away from NBC. ABC dominates on Tuesday and CBS dominates on Sunday, while Thursday lays fallow. CBS adds a news brief at 9:58, imitating ABC, which started theirs in 1977. Late Night with David Letterman debuts on February 1, 1982. Fred Silverman gets fired as NBC President in the Summer of 1981.

Sunday 7pm 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC Code Red (Nov.) Today’s F.B.I. (Oct.) The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS 60 Minutes Archie Bunker’s Place One Day at a Time Alice The Jeffersons Trapper John, M.D.
NBC Father Murphy (Midseason) CHiPs NBC Sunday Night at the Movies

Monday 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC Sep That’s Incredible! Monday Night Football
Jan ABC Monday Night Movie
CBS Sep Private Benjamin The Two of Us M*A*S*H House Calls Lou Grant
Mid Mr. Merlin Private Benjamin
Apr Private Benjamin Report to Murphy
NBC Little House on the Prairie NBC Monday Night at the Movies

Tuesday 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC Happy Days Laverne & Shirley Three’s Company Too Close for Comfort Hart to Hart
CBS Simon & Simon (Nov.) The CBS Tuesday Night Movies
NBC Sep NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies
Nov Father Murphy Bret Maverick Flamingo Road
Mar Bret Maverick Flamingo Road Cassie & Co.

Wednesday 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC The Greatest American Hero The Fall Guy Dynasty
CBS Sep Mr. Merlin (Oct) WKRP in Cincinnati The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
Nov Nurse Shannon (Nov.)
Mid WKRP in Cincinnati The Two of Us The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
Mar Herbie the Love Bug WKRP in Cincinnati Baker’s Dozen Shannon
Apr The Incredible Hulk The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
NBC Sep Real People NBC Wednesday Night at the Movies
Mid The Facts of Life Love, Sidney Quincy, M.E.
Apr Teachers Only

Thursday 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC Sep Mork and Mindy Best of the West Barney Miller Taxi 20/20
Mid Bosom Buddies
CBS Sep Magnum, P.I. Nurse Knots Landing
Nov Knots Landing Nurse (Dec.)
Mar Simon & Simon (May 2) Knots Landing
NBC Sep Harper Valley Lewis & Clark (Oct.) Diff’rent Strokes Gimme a Break! (Oct. 29) Hill Street Blues
Mid Fame

Friday 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC Sep Benson Making a Living The ABC Friday Night Movie
Nov Bosom Buddies Darkroom Strike Force
Mid Open All Night Best of the West Making a Living
Mar Maggie (April 30) The Phoenix
CBS Sep The Incredible Hulk The Dukes of Hazzard Dallas
Dec The Dukes of Hazzard Dallas Falcon Crest
NBC Sep NBC Magazine NBC Friday Night at the Movies
Nov McClain’s Law Cassie & Co. (Mid.)
Feb NBC Friday Night at the Movies
Apr specials Chicago Story McClain’s Law

Saturday 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC Sep Open All Night (Nov. 28) Making a Living The Love Boat Fantasy Island
Mid King’s Crossing
Apr Today’s F.B.I.
CBS Walt Disney The CBS Saturday Night Movies
NBC Sep Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters NBC Saturday Night at the Movies / various
Mid One of the Boys Harper Valley Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour
Mar Chicago Story McClain’s Law
Apr Harper Valley One of the Boys Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters NBC Magazine

ABC: Police Squad! ran Thursdays at 8pm-8:30, March 4-25. Joanie Loves Chachi ran at 8:30-9pm Tuesdays, March 23-April 13. Specials ran on Wednesdays 9-10pm until The Fall Guy debuted on November 4. Open All Night was initially scheduled for 8:30-9pm on Fridays. King’s Crossing was initially scheduled for the Fall. T.J. Hooker ran Saturdays at 8-9pm, March 13-April 10. Barney Miller ran Fridays at 8:30-9pm, March 19-April 23. 9 to 5 ran at 9pm Thursdays, March 25-April 15. Maggie ran Saturdays at 8pm-8:30 until November 28. No Soap Radio ran Thursdays at 8pm-8:30, April 15-May 13.

CBS: Specials ran Tuesday at 8-9pm until Simon & Simon debuted on November 24. Bosom Buddies ran on Thursdays at 9pm until October 29. Cagney & Lacey ran Thursdays at 9-10pm, in April. Jessica Novak ran Thursdays at 10-11pm, Nov. 5-Dec. 3.

NBC: Q.E.D. ran Tuesdays at 8-9pm, March 23-April 27. The Book of Lists ran Tuesdays at 8-9pm, May 4-25. The Devlin Connection, initially scheduled for Fridays at 10-11pm, was delayed one season due to Rock Hudson’s heart surgery, and local programming filled the slot until Midseason. The Powers of Matthew Star, initially scheduled for Sundays at 7-8pm, was delayed one season due to Peter Barton’s injury, and local programming filled the slot until Midseason. Pat Sajak replaced Chuck Woolery and taped his first Wheel of Fortune on December 28. The Smurfs premiered on September 12.

Syndication: Mary Hart was hired as a reporter for Entertainment Tonight in early 1982.

Cable: MTV launched on August 1, 1981. Showtime went full-time on July 4. CNN Headline News launched on January 1, 1982 as CNN2. The Weather Channel launched on May 2.

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