History Creator / DuMont

6th Mar '17 6:41:52 PM mlsmithca
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Most, if not all, of [=DuMont=]'s programs were produced on small budgets out of necessity rather than a conscious decision (again, Paramount refused to help and had stopped financially supporting the network in 1941), but the network made up for this shortcoming by use of good writing and ''very'' energetic crews. The result was a bunch of wobbly sets filled with people (typically from Broadway shows) who come across as genuinely putting 110% into what they're doing, with a lot of now-famous faces gracing the lineup. [=DuMont=]'s endearing charm, "gung-ho" attitude, general quirkiness, and abundant imagination resulted in being SoCoolItsAwesome on its best days and SoBadItsGood on its worst even when nothing seems to go right, especially on a live show, they're at least ''trying''... which is a lot more than can be said of some shows or networks today.

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Most, if not all, of [=DuMont=]'s programs were produced on small budgets out of necessity rather than a conscious decision (again, Paramount refused to help and had stopped financially supporting the network in 1941), but the network made up for this shortcoming by use of good writing and ''very'' energetic crews. The result was a bunch of wobbly sets filled with people (typically from Broadway shows) who come across as genuinely putting 110% into what they're doing, with a lot of now-famous faces gracing the lineup. [=DuMont=]'s endearing charm, "gung-ho" attitude, general quirkiness, and abundant imagination resulted in being SoCoolItsAwesome awesome on its best days and SoBadItsGood on its worst even when nothing seems to go right, especially on a live show, they're at least ''trying''... which is a lot more than can be said of some shows or networks today.
15th Jan '17 1:26:40 PM Xtifr
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The fourth network from the early days of television in the United States, though actually the third to come to the air in 1946. [[note]](ABC was the fourth in 1948. NBC and CBS were first [1941] and second [1941, an hour later the same day] respectively.)[[/note]] It eventually failed, as its problems included an FCC ruling restricting it because of part-ownership by [[Main/ParamountPictures Paramount]] (who also operated their own TV network on the West Coast); not having an associated radio network to bring over programs and performers (and absorb costs); a forced over-dependence on UHF stations in an era when all-channel tuning wasn't required on TV sets (and it wouldn't be until 1964); and aforementioned part-owners Paramount doing little to help the network to overcome these problems, and creating new ones of their own, partly because [[NewMediaAreEvil they feared the impact television would have on their main movie business]]. [[note]]Said fears might've been the reason that, following [=DuMont=]'s fall, they mostly stopped doing television until Gulf+Western bought [[Creator/DesiluStudios Desilu]] in 1967 and renamed it Paramount Television, being the last major film studio to get their own TV division.[[/note]]

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The fourth network from the early days of television in the United States, though actually the third to come to the air in 1946. [[note]](ABC was the fourth in 1948. NBC and CBS were first [1941] and second [1941, an hour later the same day] respectively.)[[/note]] It eventually failed, as its problems included an FCC ruling restricting it because of part-ownership by [[Main/ParamountPictures Paramount]] Creator/{{Paramount}} (who also operated their own TV network on the West Coast); not having an associated radio network to bring over programs and performers (and absorb costs); a forced over-dependence on UHF stations in an era when all-channel tuning wasn't required on TV sets (and it wouldn't be until 1964); and aforementioned part-owners Paramount doing little to help the network to overcome these problems, and creating new ones of their own, partly because [[NewMediaAreEvil they feared the impact television would have on their main movie business]]. [[note]]Said fears might've been the reason that, following [=DuMont=]'s fall, they mostly stopped doing television until Gulf+Western bought [[Creator/DesiluStudios Desilu]] in 1967 and renamed it Paramount Television, being the last major film studio to get their own TV division.[[/note]]
25th Dec '16 9:23:39 PM ADrago
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After Creator/PaulWinchell sued Metromedia over the rights to his children's series ''Winchell-Mahoney Time'', company management opted to [[WhatAnIdiot destroy the tapes]] a mistake of epic proportions that resulted in Winchell being awarded $17.8M in compensation and punitive damages. [[note]](Even so, Winchell was likely still upset - a ruling in his favor can't offset the fact that his show was quite probably LostForever.)[[/note]]

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After Creator/PaulWinchell sued Metromedia over the rights to his children's series ''Winchell-Mahoney Time'', company management opted to [[WhatAnIdiot destroy the tapes]] a mistake of epic proportions that resulted in Winchell being awarded $17.8M in compensation and punitive damages. [[note]](Even so, Winchell was likely still upset - a ruling in his favor can't offset the fact that his show was quite probably LostForever.[[MissingEpisode lost]].)[[/note]]
25th Dec '16 9:23:39 PM ADrago
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5th Nov '16 6:53:43 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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It should be noted that Alfred B. [=DuMont=], the creator of the network, seemed to realize the benefits of keeping his network's programming library as intact as possible, and admirably did so despite the general practices of the era and the network's own escalating money issues. [[DownerEnding That was for naught, however]], as several of the kinescopes (both 35mm and 16mm ones) were destroyed by 1958 to reclaim the ''tiny'' amounts of silver that were within, and by the early 1970s the remaining library wound up in the hands of ABC, who ultimately loaded most (if not all) of the lot in three trucks and dumped it in New York City's Upper Bay to make room in their warehouse for more recent videotapes. As such, only an estimated 350 complete shows by the network survive; TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_DuMont_Television_Network_broadcasts a list]] if you're so inclined, which also includes video links.

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It should be noted that Alfred Allen B. [=DuMont=], the creator of the network, seemed to realize the benefits of keeping his network's programming library as intact as possible, and admirably did so despite the general practices of the era and the network's own escalating money issues. [[DownerEnding That was for naught, however]], as several of the kinescopes (both 35mm and 16mm ones) were destroyed by 1958 to reclaim the ''tiny'' amounts of silver that were within, and by the early 1970s the remaining library wound up in the hands of ABC, who ultimately loaded most (if not all) of the lot in three trucks and dumped it in New York City's Upper Bay to make room in their warehouse for more recent videotapes. As such, only an estimated 350 complete shows by the network survive; TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_DuMont_Television_Network_broadcasts a list]] if you're so inclined, which also includes video links.
5th Nov '16 6:51:24 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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31st Oct '16 9:06:28 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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The fourth network from the early days of television in the United States, though actually the third to come to the air in 1946. [[note]](ABC was the fourth in 1948. NBC and CBS were first [1941] and second [1941, an hour later the same day] respectively.)[[/note]] It eventually failed, as its problems included an FCC ruling restricting it because of part-ownership by [[Main/ParamountPictures Paramount]] (who also operated their own TV network on the West Coast); not having an associated radio network to bring over programs and performers (and absorb costs); a forced over-dependence on UHF stations in an era when all-channel tuning wasn't required on TV sets (and it wouldn't be until 1964); and aforementioned part-owners Paramount doing little to help the network to overcome these problems, and creating new ones of their own, partly because [[NewMediaAreEvil they feared the impact television would have on their main movie business]]. [[note]]Said fears might've been the reason that, following [=DuMont=]'s fall, they mostly stopped doing television until they bought [[Creator/DesiluStudios Desilu]] in 1967 and renamed it Paramount Television, being the last major film studio to get their own TV division.[[/note]]

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The fourth network from the early days of television in the United States, though actually the third to come to the air in 1946. [[note]](ABC was the fourth in 1948. NBC and CBS were first [1941] and second [1941, an hour later the same day] respectively.)[[/note]] It eventually failed, as its problems included an FCC ruling restricting it because of part-ownership by [[Main/ParamountPictures Paramount]] (who also operated their own TV network on the West Coast); not having an associated radio network to bring over programs and performers (and absorb costs); a forced over-dependence on UHF stations in an era when all-channel tuning wasn't required on TV sets (and it wouldn't be until 1964); and aforementioned part-owners Paramount doing little to help the network to overcome these problems, and creating new ones of their own, partly because [[NewMediaAreEvil they feared the impact television would have on their main movie business]]. [[note]]Said fears might've been the reason that, following [=DuMont=]'s fall, they mostly stopped doing television until they Gulf+Western bought [[Creator/DesiluStudios Desilu]] in 1967 and renamed it Paramount Television, being the last major film studio to get their own TV division.[[/note]]
27th Oct '16 7:18:06 AM themisterfree
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...Except Paramount [[ExecutiveMeddling vetoed the plan almost out of hand]] due to antitrust concerns, as the FCC had ruled a few months earlier that Paramount controlled [=DuMont=] - and there were still doubts as to whether UPT had really separated from Paramount.

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...Except Paramount [[ExecutiveMeddling [[ExecutiveVeto vetoed the plan almost out of hand]] due to antitrust concerns, as the FCC had ruled a few months earlier that Paramount controlled [=DuMont=] - and there were still doubts as to whether UPT had really separated from Paramount.



As the years progressed, Metromedia purchased more TV and radio stations as well as producing and distributing many series, most notably ''TruthOrConsequences'' and the 1972-86 era of ''The Creator/MervGriffin Show''.

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As the years progressed, Metromedia purchased more TV and radio stations as well as producing and distributing many series, most notably ''TruthOrConsequences'' and ''Series/TheCrossWits'', plus the 1972-86 era of ''The Creator/MervGriffin Show''.
Show''. They also distributed many of Creator/AaronSpelling's series in syndication during the era.



On March 6, 1986, nearly 30 years after [=DuMont=] folded, the Metromedia TV stations and Metromedia Producers Corp. were purchased by UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch's News Corporation for $3.5B and became the {{FOX}} network, with the Fox Television Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre (the Metromedia Telecenter during that era, and a set of exterior doors on the building have even retained the 1970s "double M" logo on the handles).

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On March 6, 1986, nearly 30 years after [=DuMont=] folded, the Metromedia TV stations and Metromedia Producers Corp. were purchased by UsefulNotes/RupertMurdoch's News Corporation for $3.5B and became the {{FOX}} network, with the Fox Television Center right where WABD (now WNYW) sits the former [=DuMont=] Tele-Centre (the Metromedia Telecenter during that era, and a set of exterior doors on the building have even retained the 1970s "double M" logo on the handles).
handles). Fox's TV division also took over production of Metromedia Producers' ''Series/SmallWonder'', their only series at the time.
10th Oct '16 5:30:47 PM WarioBarker
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-->-- ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' (episode "Death is a Bitch").

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-->-- ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' -->--''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' (episode "Death is a Bitch").



In 1957, after purchasing two New York radio stations (WNEW and WHFI), the [=DuMont=] Broadcasting Corporation was renamed the Metropolitan Broadcasting Company to distance itself from the failure of the [=DuMont=] network. The next year, John Kluge bought Paramount's shares for $4,000,000 and became Metropolitan's chairman; Kluge renamed the company "Metromedia" in 1961, although the "Metropolitan" name remained for the broadcasting division until 1967.

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In 1957, September 1958, after purchasing two New York radio stations (WNEW and WHFI), the [=DuMont=] Broadcasting Corporation was renamed the Metropolitan Broadcasting Company to distance itself from the failure of the [=DuMont=] network.network, with WABD renamed WNEW. The next year, John Kluge bought Paramount's shares for $4,000,000 and became Metropolitan's chairman; Kluge renamed the company "Metromedia" in 1961, although the "Metropolitan" name remained for the broadcasting division until 1967.



After Creator/PaulWinchell sued Metromedia over the rights to his children's series ''Winchell-Mahoney Time'', company management opted to [[WhatAnIdiot destroy the tapes]] a mistake of epic proportions that resulted in Winchell being awarded $17.8M in compensation and punitive damages.[[note]](Even so, Winchell was likely still upset - a ruling in his favor can't offset the fact that his show was quite probably LostForever.)[[/note]]

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After Creator/PaulWinchell sued Metromedia over the rights to his children's series ''Winchell-Mahoney Time'', company management opted to [[WhatAnIdiot destroy the tapes]] a mistake of epic proportions that resulted in Winchell being awarded $17.8M in compensation and punitive damages. [[note]](Even so, Winchell was likely still upset - a ruling in his favor can't offset the fact that his show was quite probably LostForever.)[[/note]]



It should be noted that Dr. [=DuMont=] seemed to realize the benefits of keeping his network's programming library as intact as possible, and admirably did so despite the general wipe-and-reuse practices of the era and the network's own escalating money issues. [[DownerEnding That was for naught, however]], as several of the kinescopes (both 35mm and 16mm ones) were destroyed by 1958 to reclaim the ''tiny'' amounts of silver that were within, and by the early 1970s the remaining library wound up in the hands of ABC, who ultimately loaded most (if not all) of the lot in three trucks and dumped it in New York City's Upper Bay to make room in their warehouse for more recent videotapes. As such, only an estimated 350 complete shows by the network survive; TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_DuMont_Television_Network_broadcasts a list]] if you're so inclined, which also includes video links.

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It should be noted that Dr. [=DuMont=] Alfred B. [=DuMont=], the creator of the network, seemed to realize the benefits of keeping his network's programming library as intact as possible, and admirably did so despite the general wipe-and-reuse practices of the era and the network's own escalating money issues. [[DownerEnding That was for naught, however]], as several of the kinescopes (both 35mm and 16mm ones) were destroyed by 1958 to reclaim the ''tiny'' amounts of silver that were within, and by the early 1970s the remaining library wound up in the hands of ABC, who ultimately loaded most (if not all) of the lot in three trucks and dumped it in New York City's Upper Bay to make room in their warehouse for more recent videotapes. As such, only an estimated 350 complete shows by the network survive; TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_DuMont_Television_Network_broadcasts a list]] if you're so inclined, which also includes video links.



** Mention is also made of how ''Commie'' and Ellen were implicated in the quiz show scandals, heavily suggesting it was a local WABD series that replaced ''Sense and Nonsense'' (1951-54) and ended circa 1959 despite Ellen eventually being cleared of any charges (the "Commies" were actually generous people who liked jazz).

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** Mention is also made of how ''Commie'' and Ellen were implicated in the quiz show scandals, heavily suggesting it was a local WABD WABD/WNEW series that replaced ''Sense and Nonsense'' (1951-54) (a 1951-54 kids show) and ended circa 1959 despite Ellen eventually being cleared of any charges (the "Commies" were actually generous people who liked jazz).



Finally, [=DuMont=] has no relation (that we're aware of) to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuPont DuPont]], despite the rather similar logo.

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Finally, Also, [=DuMont=] has no relation (that we're aware of) to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DuPont DuPont]], despite the rather similar logo.
2nd Oct '16 12:26:33 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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->''"Your TV's so old, I bet you get the [=DuMont=] network on it!"''
-->--'''Death''', ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' (episode "Death Is A Bitch").

The fourth network from the early days of television in the United States, though actually the third to come to the air. [[note]](ABC was the fourth. NBC and CBS were first and second, respectively.)[[/note]] It eventually failed, as its problems included an FCC ruling restricting it because of part-ownership by Paramount; not having an associated radio network to bring over programs and performers (and absorb costs); a forced over-dependence on UHF stations in an era when all-channel tuning wasn't required on TV sets (and it wouldn't be until 1964); and aforementioned part-owners Paramount doing little to help the network to overcome these problems, and creating new ones of their own, partly because [[NewMediaAreEvil they feared the impact television would have on their main movie business]].

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->''"Your TV's so old, I bet you ->'''Death:''' Hey, how old is this TV? You could probably get the [=DuMont=] network on it!"''
-->--'''Death''',
this thing!
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''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' (episode "Death Is A is a Bitch").

The fourth network from the early days of television in the United States, though actually the third to come to the air. air in 1946. [[note]](ABC was the fourth. fourth in 1948. NBC and CBS were first [1941] and second, second [1941, an hour later the same day] respectively.)[[/note]] It eventually failed, as its problems included an FCC ruling restricting it because of part-ownership by Paramount; by [[Main/ParamountPictures Paramount]] (who also operated their own TV network on the West Coast); not having an associated radio network to bring over programs and performers (and absorb costs); a forced over-dependence on UHF stations in an era when all-channel tuning wasn't required on TV sets (and it wouldn't be until 1964); and aforementioned part-owners Paramount doing little to help the network to overcome these problems, and creating new ones of their own, partly because [[NewMediaAreEvil they feared the impact television would have on their main movie business]].
business]]. [[note]]Said fears might've been the reason that, following [=DuMont=]'s fall, they mostly stopped doing television until they bought [[Creator/DesiluStudios Desilu]] in 1967 and renamed it Paramount Television, being the last major film studio to get their own TV division.[[/note]]



Most, if not all, of [=DuMont=]'s programs were produced on small budgets out of necessity rather than a conscious decision (again, Paramount refused to help and had stopped financially supporting the network in 1941), but the network made up for this shortcoming by use of good writing and ''very'' energetic crews. The result was a bunch of wobbly sets filled with people (typically from Broadway shows) who come across as genuinely putting 110% into what they're doing, with a lot of now-famous faces gracing the lineup. [=DuMont=]'s endearing charm, "gung-ho" attitude, general quirkiness, and abundant imagination resulted in being SoCoolItsAwesome on its best days and SoBadItsGood on its worst even when nothing seems to go right, especially on a live show, they're at least ''trying''...which is a lot more than can be said of some shows or networks today.

[=DuMont=] was also unique in that it employed a potentially-money-saving advertising tactic of letting advertisers '''choose''' where their commercials ran, rather than do what the other three networks did and force a large number of stations on them.

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Most, if not all, of [=DuMont=]'s programs were produced on small budgets out of necessity rather than a conscious decision (again, Paramount refused to help and had stopped financially supporting the network in 1941), but the network made up for this shortcoming by use of good writing and ''very'' energetic crews. The result was a bunch of wobbly sets filled with people (typically from Broadway shows) who come across as genuinely putting 110% into what they're doing, with a lot of now-famous faces gracing the lineup. [=DuMont=]'s endearing charm, "gung-ho" attitude, general quirkiness, and abundant imagination resulted in being SoCoolItsAwesome on its best days and SoBadItsGood on its worst even when nothing seems to go right, especially on a live show, they're at least ''trying''... which is a lot more than can be said of some shows or networks today.

[=DuMont=] was also unique in that it employed a potentially-money-saving advertising tactic of letting advertisers '''choose''' where their commercials ran, rather than do what the other three networks did and force a large number of stations on them.
them. They also started the modern practice of selling advertising time to several sponsors per show due to their difficulty in attracting enough sponsors for their programs.



While the network was mostly forgotten, there were two later references of note:
* One was in ''Film/{{Tron}}'' (released July 9, 1982), where the crucial turning point is facilitated by an aged, near-abandoned information guardian named [=DuMont=].
* The second was in the GrandFinale [[note]] (by production order)[[/note]] of ''Ellen'' (May 13, 1998), presented as a SeriousBusiness documentary by Linda Ellerbee about the fictional [=DeGeneres=]' long career. Clips were shown of Ellen hosting the [=DuMont=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NechRuEE4t8&t=10m13s game]] ''[[RedScare Who's the Commie?]]'' (with announcer John O'Hurley) in 1954, apparent proof that the network was desperate to get some sort of ratings; [[TheCameo Orson Bean]] recalled that he was skeptical about a woman hosting a game show, "But then the camera went on, and there she was: Creator/BillCullen with a rack!"

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While the network was mostly forgotten, there were two a few later references of note:
* One was in ''Film/{{Tron}}'' (released July 9, 1982), where In ''Film/{{Tron}}'', the crucial turning point is facilitated by an aged, near-abandoned information guardian named [=DuMont=].
* The second was in the GrandFinale [[note]] (by [[note]](by production order)[[/note]] of ''Ellen'' (May 13, 1998), was presented as a SeriousBusiness documentary by Linda Ellerbee about the fictional [=DeGeneres=]' long career. Clips were shown of Ellen hosting the [=DuMont=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NechRuEE4t8&t=10m13s game]] ''[[RedScare Who's the Commie?]]'' (with announcer John O'Hurley) in 1954, apparent proof that the network was desperate to get some sort of ratings; [[TheCameo Orson Bean]] recalled that he was skeptical about a woman hosting a game show, "But then the camera went on, and there she was: Creator/BillCullen with a rack!"




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* The ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Death is a Bitch" quoted at the top of this page. For context, Death had to crash with the Griffins for a while to recover from a sprained ankle and he's trying to entertain himself while couch-ridden.
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