Hey Little Buddies, Three TV Classics Return to the Small Screen: ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ ‘The Love Boat,’ and the Steve McQueen Western ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive’

Aug 9, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Three classic TV shows are returning to the small screen next month: "Gilligan’s Island," "The Love Boat" and "Wanted: Dead or Alive," starring Steve McQueen.

All of the shows will be returning on Me-TV, the Memorable Entertainment Television digital network from Weigel Broadcasting that’s primarily distributed on TV stations’ subchannels.

Me-TV made the announcement of its fall schedule — which starts Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 — during its airing of "Night Gallery" last night, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. It also posted the announcement on its Facebook page.

This is from Me-TV’s official press announcemnt:

Joining the Me-TV schedule for their maiden voyage on the network are two seaworthy series: ‘Gilligan’s Island’ and ‘The Love Boat.’ Other brand new shows to the ‘Fall for Me’ schedule, as well as the Me-TV library, include ‘F Troop,’ ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive,’ starring Steve McQueen, and beginning in November, ‘The Alfred Hitchcock Hour’ joins the Sunday Night Noir lineup.

Returning to Me-TV this fall are ‘I Love Lucy,’ ‘Cannon,’ ‘The Untouchables,’ ‘Rawhide,’ ‘The Twilight Zone,’ ‘Taxi,’ ‘The Bob Newhart Show,’ ‘Remington Steele,’ ‘The Streets of San Francisco,’ ‘The Rockford Files,’ and ‘Hogan’s Heroes.’

The annoucement has this statement from Neal Sabin, president of content and networks for Weigel:

“This fall’s Me-TV schedule has more than 60 different classic TV programs every week. No other network has as much variety or as many of the most beloved series of all time. ‘Gilligan’s Island’ and ‘The Love Boat’ are two of the most requested series from Me-TV viewers of all ages. We are happy they will both be part of our schedule this fall.”

The announcement also notes:

The Me-TV network has 150 broadcast affiliates, representing more than 90% of the country and can be found in 28 of the top 30 U.S. markets on cable and satellite. Several major media groups that have Me-TV affiliates include: Hearst, Gannett, Raycom, Sinclair, Media General, Post-Newsweek, Nexstar, Allbritton, London Broadcasting, Belo, Hubbard, Cordillera, Bahakel, Fisher, Cox, Morgan Murphy, Grant, New Press Gazette, New Age, Granite, Capitol, Dispatch, Journal, Bonten and Titan.

… Me-TV’s library includes almost 100 series from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, CBS Television Distribution, NBCUniversal Television as well as many independent series owners and producers. Me-TV’s lineup includes … M*A*S*H, The Brady Bunch, Cheers, Perry Mason, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gunsmoke, I Love Lucy, and Hawaii Five-O.

gilligan's island.bmpThe Ballad of Gilligan’s Island
Just sit right back
And you’ll hear a tale
A tale of a fateful trip,
That started from this tropic port,
Aboard this tiny ship.
The mate was a mighty sailin’ man,
The Skipper brave and sure,
Five passengers set sail that day,
For a three hour tour,
A three hour tour.

The weather started getting rough,
The tiny ship was tossed.
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
The Minnow would be lost.
The Minnow would be lost.

The ship set ground on the shore
Of this uncharted desert isle
With Gilligan,
The Skipper too.
The millionaire
And his wife,
The movie star,
The professor and Mary Ann,
Here on Gilligan’s Isle.


  1. They’re taking more programming away from rapidly dying rival ANTENNA-TV. They were using Hitchcock to counter ME-TV’s Serling shows.
    I can live without LOVE BOAT but it probably has some appeal. I’ve been kind of surprised that none of the digital OTA channels have run GILLIGAN already. I wish they’d move into the 80’s television catalog.

  2. Neil Sabin is a genious. METV has been around longer than any of the other “networks” that are airing old television episodes. Antenna TV and COZI are cool, but not as much as METV and METOO are. In my opinion of course…LOL…

  3. I can’t wait for those shows to air. My husband and I love METV; we have our individual favorites and we can agree on Dragnet and Beverly Hillbillies. It’s great that these shows have a home on a channel with such a great variety of retro programs.

  4. I can’t wait for those shows to air. My husband and I love METV; we have our individual favorites and we can agree on Dragnet and Beverly Hillbillies. It’s great that these shows have a home on a channel with such a great variety of retro programs.

  5. I applaud networks like MeTV, Antenna TV and Cozi TV for taking up where the once excellent TVLand once stood. TVLand has become a virtual cesspool. It’s one done broken little puppy.
    I can do without Gilligan’s Island, F-Troop and The Brady Bunch, but these shows are still more tolerable to watch than any comedy made nowadays.
    I only hope that these classic networks will abstain from airing shows from the mid ’80s on. That’s when TV took the plunge head first and never recovered.
    AntennaTV showing Married With Children is a major NO, NO! That’s the kind of inferior programming that garbage networks like TVLand are limited to.

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