A Year in Review: The Biggest Moments in TV

Damian Holbrook
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The only calendar that matters to TV fans is the one that begins in September — the official kickoff of a new television season. As we set our DVRs for what’s to come, we also take a look back at all the big news, onscreen and off, from the last year.

Jan. 2, 2018: Hoda Kotb is officially named Savannah Guthrie’s cohost on Today, making them the first all-female anchor team on NBC’s morning show.

Feb. 7, 2018: NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics kicks off in PyeongChang, South Korea. Over 2,400 hours of programming air on more platforms than ever before.

Feb. 25, 2018: The midseason premiere of The Walking Dead ends with Carl Grimes shooting himself after being bitten by a walker.

April 29, 2018: With its 636th show, “Forgive and Regret,” The Simpsons bests Gunsmoke as America’s longest-running scripted series in episode count. Fittingly, the opening sequence features a gunfight between Maggie and Marshal Matt Dillon.

May 8, 2018: Pauley Perrette closes out 15 seasons as NCIS forensic specialist Abby Sciuto by coming out of a gunshot-induced coma, catching her attacker and then leaving town to start a charity in a fallen colleague’s honor.

Aug. 21, 2018: Still no return date for Game of Thrones. Dragons everywhere heave a huge, fiery sigh of frustration.

Sept. 24, 2017: Star Trek: Discovery boldly launches on CBS All Access as the first new Trek series in 12 years… but not the last: More spinoffs are in development. (And how ’bout the original U.S.S. Enterprise popping up in the finale?!)

Jan. 12, 2018: David Letterman returns to TV with his Netflix talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. His first guest: Barack Obama.

Sept. 25, 2017: CBS’s Young Sheldon premieres, and The Big Bang Theory spinoff becomes the highest-rated new comedy of the season. ABC’s The Good Doctor nabs the same honor among dramas.

Feb. 4, 2018: Super Bowl Sunday gives the Philadelphia Eagles a massive win over the New England Patriots and the postgame This Is Us episode finally reveals that Pearson patriarch Jack died of a heart attack caused by smoke inhalation.

March 27, 2018: She’s back! After a 21-year wait, more than 18 million people tune in for the return of Roseanne. Three days later, the show is renewed.

May 29, 2018: She’s gone! Just two months after her triumphant return, Roseanne Barr tweets herself out of a job. Three weeks later, a Barr-less retooling of the sitcom, retitled The Conners, is announced with the rest of the cast intact.

First Look as Productions Begins on 'The Conners'

First Look as Productions Begins on 'The Conners'

The cast has reunited for the 'Roseanne' spinoff series without the lead character.

May 19, 2018: The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Suits alum Meghan Markle airs across most broadcast networks and cable news outlets, attracting an estimated 1.9 billion romantics worldwide.

July 12, 2018: Netflix is the most Emmy-nominated network of the season with 112 nods, besting perennial leader HBO.

Aug. 13, 2018: Maurice Benard celebrates 25 years as General Hospital’s tortured mob-throb Sonny Corinthos.

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This article also appeared in the Sept 3 - 16 issue of TV Guide Magazine.

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