Back in May 2015, MeTV aired “MeTV Remembers the M*A*S*H Finale,” a three-hour special presentation of the series finale featuring new interviews with members of the M*A*S*H cast and creative team. MeTV uploaded those interviews to YouTube in December 2015. Over the next 10 days, I’ll be posting each of the interview segments for everyone to watch and discuss. Read more about the MeTV interviews here.
Today we’re kicking things off with “A National Phenomenon,” which includes comments from Ken Levine, Burt Metcalfe, Alan Alda, and David Pollock:
The first half of this segment acts as a teaser of sorts and is made up of short snippets before cutting to an interview with scriptwriter Ken Levine discussing just how big of national event the M*A*S*H series finale was. An international event, even.
I’m pleased to hear Burt Metcalfe correctly state that some 106 million viewers tuned in rather than the inflated figure of 125 million viewers (that’s how many people watched at least part of the finale). Alan Alda then points out that it’s impossible to know how many people actually watched because there were viewing parties.
David Pollock remembers how the streets were completely empty while he was driving to a Moroccan restaurant (a favorite of Alan Alda’s) the night of the finale.
Finally, Metcalfe repeats the famous story that water levels in New York City were incredibly low because so many people waited until the end of the finale to go to the bathroom.
Check back tomorrow at 12PM ET for the next MeTV interview.