Question: I was looking through the TV Guide Online feature on old TV listings and saw that in the early 1950s there was a fourth network, the DuMont network. I had never heard of it before, and I was wondering if you could give me a little background on it. What happened to it? And what happened to the shows that aired on it when the network went off the air? Thanks. Jane
Televisionary: Well, Jane, it's actually a fairly convoluted story, but I'll see if I can give you the simple version. DuMont, the original fourth network, was the creation of electronics whiz Allen B. DuMont, who first made his name manufacturing cathode-ray tubes before moving into radio and then TV sets. His company experimented with TV broadcasting for years before getting its first commercial broadcast license for what's now New York's WNYW in 1944. Two years later, as NBC started its three-station "East Coast Network," DuMont opened a Washington, D.C., station and a race began to build a
Question: I can't remember the name of the actor who played the beast on the TV series Beauty and the Beast. I am told this actor recorded poetry to music from the show. I would like to find a copy of this recording, but according to the retail stores, they need to order using his name. When browsing the Web, all I find are facts about the movie. Help! Karen, Columbia, Tenn.
Televisionary: Not only can I tell you name of the actor, Karen, but I'll also throw in the name of the album. Actor Ron Perlman (Blade II), who played romantic, lion-faced underdweller Vincent in the CBS cult favorite, read poetry amid cuts of music from the show on Capitol Records's Beauty and the Beast: Of Love and Hope. Unfortunately, what I can't do is find you an easily obtained copy of the disc, which is out of print. However, checking around with your favorite used-record shops and on various auction websites should net you
Question: What's the name of the actor who plays the guy in the wheelchair on HBO's Oz?
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