The Simpsons

CBS Television

Eleven new TV series debut. Forty-three returning shows season premieres. Welcome to TV's biggest week.

Now that they've handed out the Prime-Time Emmys, the 2016-17 TV season starts today with a big TV wedding, as Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco) repeat their vows for their families on "The Big Bang Theory."

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On this day 29 years ago, the long-awaited “fourth network” began competing with the three-decades TV monopoly of ABC, CBS and NBC.

Fox Broadcasting launched  “The Late Show” hosted by comic Joan Rivers on Oct. 9, 1986.

Prime-time programming would not begin until the following April with a Sunday night lineup featuring “Married… with Children,” “The Tracey Ullman Show,” “21 Jump Street,” “Duet” and “Mr. President.”

I’ll be honest, I didn’t realize the significance when WXIX-TV program director Patrice Mohn told me in summer of 1986 that Channel 19 had picked up Rivers’ show for fall.

Nancy Cartwright

Oct 12, 2012

She’s sometimes a he, or even possibly an animal. She has a voice everyone recognizes, but her name or face may be more of a mystery.