Earlier this week, digital specialty network getTV announced plans to launch a new weekday lineup featuring TV shows like Nanny and the Professor, The Jimmy Stewart Show, Laredo, S.W.A.T., and In the Heat of the Night. The new 13-hour lineup will debut on Monday, May 2nd. It will run from 7AM ET to 8PM ET.
“getTV’s viewers have made it clear that, in addition to the classic films we’re known for, they also want to dig even deeper into their favorite long-lost TV programs of yesteryear,” said Jeff Meier, Senior Vice President, Programming, getTV. “This new lineup allows us to give our audience the best of both worlds, as we present great series during the day, and memorable movies at night.”
The new lineup will feature 14 TV shows broken into three blocks: comedies, westerns, and action/crime. Many of these shows will be new to getTV. It’s unclear exactly how this new lineup will impact the network’s current prime time TV blocks. If the Monday variety block and Wednesday “Get Lost in TV” blocks remain in place, that only leaves five nights for movies.
Here’s a look at the full schedule:
7:00AM – The Thin Man
7:35AM – The Jimmy Stewart Show
8:15AM – Nanny and the Professor
8:50AM – The Ghost & Mrs. Muir
9:30AM – A Man Called Shenandoah
10:05AM – The Restless Gun (Monday-Thursday)
10:45AM – Laredo (Monday-Thursday)
12:00PM – Tour of Duty (Monday-Thursday)
1:00PM – S.W.A.T.
2:00PM – Airwolf
3:00PM – Riptide
4:00PM – Hardcastle and McCormick
5:00PM – The Equalizer
6:00PM – In the Heat of the Night
7:00PM – In the Heat of the Night
(On Fridays from 10AM-1PM ET, getTV airs children’s programming to fulfill the FCC’s educational and informational requirement.)
Despite the use of phrases like “hard-to-find” and “rarely seen” in the getTV press release announcing the new lineup, I’m not sure any of these TV shows qualify as rare. Several originally aired in the 1980s and many are available on DVD. The press release does state that additional TV shows will be added at a later date. Perhaps some of them will truly be rare.
The new weekday lineup is only the latest push by getTV into the classic TV business. When the network launched in February 2014, it focused exclusively on movies but expanded its focus to include television in September 2015 with the addition of several Western TV shows on Saturdays. It later added a variety block on Mondays in October 2015. Earlier this year, getTV debuted a revolving Wednesday “Get Lost in TV” block featuring episodes of TV shows like The Thin Man, The Lieutenant, and The Jimmy Stewart Show.