The Waltons, Adam-12 and Dragnet join the MeTV schedule in January
New year, new Me. It all begins on January 1.
MeTV, America’s No. 1 classic television network, will welcome one of television’s most beloved families to its daytime lineup next year. The Waltons will air weekdays, premiering on Wednesday, January 1, at 12PM | 11C. Additionally, two classic cop dramas will join the weekday schedule when Adam-12 and Dragnet report for duty starting New Year's Day. Let's take a closer look at the new members of the MeTV lineup. You can download the complete new schedule below.
Weekdays 12PM | 11C
The Waltons is based on the rural upbringing of creator Earl Hamner, Jr., who detailed his childhood memories in the 1961 novel Spencer’s Mountain, which was made into a feature film two years later starring Oscar-winners Henry Fonda and Maureen O’Hara. Following the success of a 1971 made for television movie based on the beloved characters, The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, and with urging from Congress for TV networks to air more family-oriented programming, The Waltons television series premiered on CBS in 1972.
"MeTV is proud to bring The Waltons back to broadcast television after many years," says Neal Sabin, Vice Chairman of Weigel Broadcasting Co. "This timeless series plays as well as it did when first telecast, and our HD prints make it look better than ever."
Set in a fictional mountain town, The Waltons followed the life and trials of John Walton, Jr., known as “John-Boy” (Richard Thomas), along with his six siblings and parents John and Olivia Walton, portrayed by Ralph Waite and Primetime Emmy Award Winner Michael Learned.
Originally airing for nine seasons and spawning six made-for-TV movie specials, the long-running storyline spanned 37 years and covered several major historical events including the Great Depression, World War II and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The Waltons earned two Golden Globe Awards and 13 Primetime Emmy Awards including three for Best Lead Actress (Michael Learned), one for Best Lead Actor (Richard Thomas) and one for Outstanding Drama Series. The series earned a Peabody Award in 1972 for its success in "evoking a mood of nostalgia, of love and of honesty."
Weekdays at 5PM | 4C
Veteran cop Pete Malloy and his partner, rookie Jim Reed, rove the streets of Los Angeles in their LAPD patrol unit, 1-Adam-12. A spinoff of Dragnet, Adam-12 portrays the officers' daily beat with gritty realism, from the tragic and brutal to the trivial and comic. During the show's seven-year run, viewers witness Reed blossom from probationer to full-fledged officer and Malloy earn the distinction of officer three plus one, just one rank below sergeant.
Weekdays at 5:30AM | 4:30C & 6AM | 5C
Saturdays at 5:30AM | 4:30C
Retooled for the turbulent America of the late 1960s, Dragnet (1967) revisits no-nonsense Sgt. Joe Friday (series creator-director Jack Webb) from the original Dragnet series of the 1950s. Now joined by Officer Bill Gannon (M*A*S*H's Harry Morgan), Friday is not only confronted by traditional police work, but also the challenges indicative of the era, such as drug abuse, racial tensions and counterculture dissidence. The series continued the realism that was the hallmark of the original series, taking it further for a more contemporary audience.
That's not all! Sunday night has a new look, beginning with the early episodes of Columbo (1971–1978) at 8PM | 7C. That leads into an all-new season of Collector's Call at 9:30PM | 8:30C (premiering January 12). Host Lisa Whelchel returns to uncover even more stunning collections — and some surprising guest stars from The Brady Bunch, the Winter Olympics and beyond!
Then, we are pairing up The Flintstones with The Honeymooners — the sitcom that inspired the cartoon — at 10PM | 9C & 10:30PM | 9:30C. You can still catch The Flintstones weekdays 6P | 5C and Sundays 10A | 9C.
Lovers of Sixties suspense can catch episodes of The Fugitive (2AM | 1C) and Mission: Impossible (3AM | 2C) overnight.
The new lineup begins on January first! Download the new schedule: