Lipton, Conway Tributes

(Above: Peggy Lipton, Tim Conway)

Over-the-air classic TV channels are working overtime to honor the stars who’ve passed away this week.

Decades, MeTV and Antenna TV have now scheduled special programming starting Saturday to honor Peggy Lipton and Tim Conway. Decades had previously announced a weekend marathon of The Doris Day Show from May 25-27.

Decades: The Mod Squad

Peggy Lipton leaped to fame as the blonde third of The Mod Squad (ABC, 1968-1973), and Decades will show 42 straight episodes from Saturday, May 18, at 1 pm ET through Monday. May 20, at 7 am.

You can also now see Lipton’s second major role, as the diner owner in Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990-1991), weeknights at 12:30 am on Decades.

MeTV: The Carol Burnett Show

MeTV will present episodes of The Carol Burnett Show (CBS, 1967-1978) featuring classic Tim Conway skits next Monday to Friday in the show’s regular timeslot, 11 pm ET/PT.

The episodes will include:

Monday, May 20: Mr. Tudball (Conway) tries to teach Mrs. Wiggins (Burnett) how to use an intercom.

Tuesday, May 21: Dentist Tim has a mishap with novocaine.

Wednesday, May 22: The “Oldest Man” (Conway) fixes Harvey Korman’s grandfather clock.

Thursday, May 23: A heroic soldier(Conway) wants The Queen (Burnett) to reward him with a blue pony.

Friday, May 24: The Oldest Man comes to the rescue when Korman’s house is on fire.

Antenna TV: McHale’s Navy

Antenna TV will run a 26-episode marathon of Conway’s breakout series, McHales Navy (ABC, 1962-1966), on Sunday, May 19, from 9 am to 10 pm ET.

Then, at 10 pm, Conway will talk about how he first met Burnett on an August 1979 episode of Johnny Carson. That will be followed by two guest appearances on Coach starting at 11:30 pm.

McHale’s Navy airs regularly on Antenna TV weekdays 8 am, weekends at 5:30 am and Saturdays only at 2 am.

Bonus: Here’s the theatrical movie version of McHale’s Navy (1964):

How to Watch

Over-the-air channels can be seen via an antenna hooked up to your TV set. Visit Antenna TV, Decades and MeTV to find your local channel numbers.

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About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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