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CBS Press Release for the Premiere

Here’s a two-page CBS press release, dated August 7th, 1972, for the premiere of M*A*S*H. Click on either of the images for larger versions: I’ve added the press release to my Promoting the Premiere feature, where you can also find a CBS press image for the series.

Pilot Script: The People

Here’s a list of characters included in Larry Gelbart’s script for the pilot episode of M*A*S*H: THE PEOPLE CAPT. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PIERCE (“HAWKEYE”) New Englander; 28, stoop-shouldered, spectacled, usually in need of a haircut.   CAPT. JOHN F.X. McINTYRE (“TRAPPER JOHN”) Mid-or-Southwesterner, 28. A bit neater than Hawkeye, but not much. Chief interest: medicine, golf, … Continue Reading →

Pilot Script: The Place

Larry Gelbart’s script for “M*A*S*H — The Pilot” (titled simply “Pilot”) included the following brief description of the 4077th: THE PLACE The river valley in which the 4077th MASH is situated is almost surrounded by mountains. The components of the post are spread out in a rough horseshoe with a large compound of level ground … Continue Reading →

The History of Poker on M*A*S*H

I don’t play poker. But a lot of people do. And some of them even write about it. One such player and writer is Martin Harris, who pens a column at PokerListings called “Pop Watch,” in which he plans to explore “the many ways poker and pop culture intersect.” He recently wrote about the history … Continue Reading →

More on Robert Pierpoint

After reporter Robert Pierpoint, whose voice was heard announcing the end of the Korean War in “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen,” passed away last year at the age of 86, I wondered whether the audio heard in the episode was Pierpoint’s original radio report or a recreation. Two people left comments stating they had heard or … Continue Reading →

Press Release for 1973 Move to Saturdays

Ever wonder why “Divided We Stand,” the Season Two premiere, feels like a premiere episode for a new show rather than the season premiere for a returning series? Because in many ways it was an attempt at a new premiere episode. And here’s the proof: a two page press release announcing M*A*S*H‘s upcoming move to … Continue Reading →

Prince Charles Visits M*A*S*H Set

In October of 1977, Prince Charles spent two weeks visiting the United States. On Thursday, October 27th, he attended a luncheon at the 20th-Century Fox studio in Hollywood, California. Among those in attendance were Cary Grant, Charlton Heston and Lauren Bacall as well as the cast of M*A*S*H, several of whom were still in costume … Continue Reading →