LOS ANGELES (FoxKansas.com) -- FOX will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an historic look back at the groundbreaking and irreverent shows that have defined the network since its first signal transmission on April 5, 1987.
The star-studded evening, which will air Sunday, April 22 from 7 pm to 9 pm CT, will include talent from both past and present FOX series and reunite cast members from some of your favorite shows. Take a walk down memory lane with the network responsible for launching the careers of Johnny Depp, Jim Carrey, Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Aniston; not to mention turning 90210 into the most famous zip code in the world and adding the word “D’oh” into the English language.
The big names scheduled to appear on FOX’s 25th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL include Calista Flockhart from “Ally McBeal”; Gabrielle Carteris, Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering from “Beverly Hills, 90210”; Christina Applegate, David Faustino, Ed O'Neill and Katey Sagal from “Married With Children”; Patrick Warburton from “The Tick”; and Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny and creator Chris Carter from “The X-Files.”
Here's a FOX timeline:
April 1985 -- News Corporation buys 50 percent interest in Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation for $250 million.
December 1985 -- News Corporation buys the remaining 50 percent interest in Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation for $325 million.
March 1986 -- News Corporation buys the six Metromedia, Inc. television stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Washington, DC, for $1.9 billion and forms the Fox Television Stations Group.
May 1986 -- With the Fox Television Stations Group as its anchor, the formation of the nation’s fourth major broadcast network, Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), is announced.
October 1986 -- FOX premieres with the new late-night series “The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers.”
April 1987 -- FOX primetime schedule premieres with the debut of its Sunday line-up.
July 1987 -- FOX Saturday primetime schedule premieres.
September 1989 -- FOX Monday primetime schedule premieres.
August 1990 -- FOX Thursday primetime schedule premieres.
September 1990 -- FOX Friday primetime schedule premieres.
July 1992 -- FOX Wednesday primetime schedule premieres.
January 1993 -- FOX Tuesday primetime schedule premieres.
February 1994 -- Fox Television Stations buys 20 percent of New World Communications for $500 million, and all 12 major-market New World broadcast stations switch their affiliations to FOX.
August 1994 -- NFL on FOX premieres.
April 2, 1995 -- NHL on FOX premieres.
August 1995 -- FOX’s World Wide Website FOXWORLD (currently FOX.com) launches.
October 1995 -- FOX’s Saturday late-night series “MADtv” premieres.
April 1996 -- FOX moves into news programming with the premiere of
“Fox News Sunday.”
June 1996 -- Major League Baseball on FOX premieres.
January 1997 -- News Corporation and Fox Television Stations complete acquisition of New World Communications Group for $2.3 billion, making Fox the largest and most powerful station operator with 22 stations covering more than 40 percent of the nation.
May 1999 -- FOX finishes its first-ever broadcast season as the most popular network among Adults 18-34 and Teens, while also ranking second among its target audience of Adults 18-49 by the smallest margin in the network’s history.
November 1999 -- Sandy Grushow, President of 20th Century Fox Television is named Chairman, Fox Television Entertainment Group. He assumes responsibility over both 20th Century Fox Television and programming, scheduling and marketing operations of the Fox Broadcasting Company.
May 2000 -- FOX finishes the broadcast season ranked No. 1 among Adults 18-34 for the second consecutive year.
May 2000 -- Gail Berman, the founding president of Fox Television Studios unit Regency Television, is named President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. She assumes day-to-day responsibility for all FOX program development and scheduling, as well as marketing and promotion. She is the first-ever creative producer to hold the top FOX programming post.
August 2000 -- News Corporation announces a deal with Fox Television Stations to acquire Chris-Craft Industries, BHC Communications and United Television, which together own 10 television stations and other assets, for $5.35 billion in cash and stock. The addition of the Chris-Craft stations gives News Corporation and Fox Television Stations an unequaled presence in the largest U.S. television markets, subject to the divestiture of stations as necessary to comply with FCC ownership restrictions.
February 2001 -- NASCAR on FOX premieres.
May 2001 -- FOX finishes the broadcast season ranked No. 2 among Adults 18-49 by the closest margin in its history – 0.3 percent. In addition, for the third consecutive year, FOX ranks No. 1 among Adults 18-34 and also finishes No. 1 among Teens.
July 2001 -- News Corporation and Fox Television Stations announce the completion of the acquisition of Chris-Craft Industries, BHC Communications and United Television. The addition of the Chris-Craft stations makes the Fox Television Stations group the most powerful in the nation, with 34 stations and duopolies in eight major television markets.
May 2002 -- FOX completes the 2001-2002 season ranked a competitive No. 2 among Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34 behind NBC, and finishes No. 1 in Teens and Men 18-34.
May 2002 -- During the 2001-2002 season, FOX launches two critically acclaimed hits – the one-hour drama “24” and the comedy “The Bernie Mac Show.”
June 2002 -- Fox Entertainment Group and News Corporation combine the strategic business activities of Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports and Fox Cable Networks Group into a new operating entity, Fox Networks Group, headed by President and CEO Tony Vinciquerra.
June-August 2002 -- FOX’s AMERICAN IDOL: THE SEARCH FOR A SUPERSTAR becomes the hit of the summer, increasing exponentially in ratings as the series progresses, and ultimately dominating Tuesday and Wednesday nights in all demographics. With the series’ success, FOX is the only network to show growth vs. the previous summer among all demos. It is the No. 1-rated show of the summer in all demographics, and for eight consecutive weeks is rated No. 1 among Adults 18-49.
August 2002 -- News Corporation and Fox Television Stations complete the acquisition of television station WPWR in Chicago from Newsweb Corporation, bringing the Fox Television Stations group to 35 stations with duopolies in nine major television markets.
September 2002 -- FOX’s freshman series “The Bernie Mac Show” wins the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and “24” wins the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.
January 2003 -- FOX launches “Joe Millionaire” on Jan. 6, 2003. The show is an instant smash as almost 23 million viewers tune in. By the end of the show’s run, 40 million people – 40% of the available audience – will be watching.
February 2003 -- “Joe Millionaire” couples with the launch of Season 2 of AMERICAN IDOL and the revitalized “24,” “The Bernie Mac Show” and “That ’70s Show” to propel FOX to its first-ever sweeps victory in February 2003.
May 2003 -- FOX wins its second sweeps victory in Adults 18-49, finishes the traditional broadcast season ranked No. 2 among Adults 18-49 by the closest margin in the network’s history (.2 of a ratings point behind NBC) and returns to dominance in other key demos, finishing No. 1 by considerable margins in Adults 18-34 and Teens.
August 2003 FOX successfully launches the young adult drama “The O.C.,” marking the network’s first foray into year-round series launches.
December 2003 -- FOX launches “The Simple Life.” The show is an instant hit.
January 2004 -- FOX receives four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Comedy (freshman series “Arrested Development”), Lead Actor/Drama (Kiefer Sutherland for “24”) and Lead Actor/Comedy (Bernie Mac in “The Bernie Mac Show”). The network wins the Golden Globe for Best Drama with “24.”
April 2004 -- Ed Wilson is named President, Fox Television Network, assuming responsibility for all Sales, Affiliate Relations, Broadcast Standards and Business Affairs supervision.
May 2004 -- FOX finishes the traditional broadcast season ranked No. 2 among Adults 18-49 by the closest margin in the network’s history (.1 of a ratings point behind NBC) and remains dominant in other key demos, finishing No. 1 by considerable margins in Adults 18-34 and Teens.
July 2004 -- FOX premieres “Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy” to the biggest numbers of any new unscripted series of the summer.
September 2004 -- FOX’s freshman series “Arrested Development” wins the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, making it one of the only first-year series ever to be accorded this honor.
December 2004 -- FOX receives three Golden Globe nominations, including Best Drama (“24”), Best Comedy (“Arrested Development”) and Lead Actor/Comedy (Jason Bateman wins for “Arrested Development”).
February 2005 -- FOX broadcasts “Super Bowl XXXIX.” The network wins the February sweeps. Fox Networks Group re-launches Fox Sports World and Fox Soccer Channel.
March 2005 -- FX President Peter Liguori is named the network’s new entertainment chief.
May 2005 -- AMERICAN IDOL concludes its fourth and most successful season ever, leading FOX to a win in the May sweeps. Concurrently, FOX clinches its first seasonal victory among Adults 18-49 and continues its dominance in the young adult and teen demos.
July 2005 -- FOX receives 49 Emmy Award nominations, the most in its history, including 11 each for “24” and “Arrested Development”; six for AMERICAN IDOL; five each for HOUSE and “MADtv”; three each for “Malcolm in the Middle,” THE SIMPSONS and “That ’70s Show”; and one each for FAMILY GUY and “The NAACP Image Awards” special.
July 2005 -- The series premiere of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE delivers the highest-rated night of entertainment programming to date in summer 2005. It is the highest-rated premiere of any new FOX summer series since 2003 and marks FOX’s highest-rated summer Wednesday among Adults 18-49 in nearly three years.
August 2005 -- FOX launches “Prison Break,” which over the course of the show’s initial 13 episodes becomes the No. 1 new drama of the season among Adults 18-34 and Teens, and the No. 1 new program on FOX among Adults 18-49.
September 2005 -- FOX launches another successful drama, BONES, which premieres as the network’s highest-rated Tuesday drama in nearly four years among Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers (since “24” on 11/6/01).
December 2005 -- “Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller is nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Outstanding Actor in a Drama. He shares the nomination with “24’s” Kiefer Sutherland and Hugh Laurie of HOUSE. “Prison Break” also receives a nomination as Best Drama Series. HOUSE and “24” are selected by the American Film Institute as two of the “10 Most Outstanding Programs of the Year.” FOX nominees for Writers Guild of America awards include “Arrested Development” (Best Comedy Series), HOUSE (Best Episodic Drama), “Kitchen Confidential” and “Malcolm in the Middle” (Best Episodic Comedy) and THE SIMPSONS (five episodes nominated in the Animation category).
May 2006 -- AMERICAN IDOL concludes its record-breaking fifth season. Primetime’s highest-rated night of the week in the 2005-06 season belongs to FOX Tuesday (8.1/20), a network first. AMERICAN IDOL-Tuesday and AMERICAN IDOL-Wednesday rank as the No. 1 and No. 2 programs of the season among all key demos.
May 2006 -- For the second consecutive year, FOX is the No. 1 network among Adults 18-49. FOX remains dominant in the Young Adult and Teen demos, finishing No. 1 in Adults 18-34 for the fourth straight year, and No. 1 in Teens for the sixth year in a row.
June 2006 -- Fox Networks Group and the Big Ten Conference enter into a joint venture to create the Big Ten Network, set to debut in August 2007. It is the first network dedicated to the major events and campus activities surrounding a major collegiate conference.