Attempted Assassination of Reagan Pre-Empted M*A*S*H

On Monday, March 30th, 1981 at roughly 2:30PM Eastern, John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D.C., wounding the President and several others. As news of the shooting spread the TV networks–ABC, CBS and NBC–interrupted their regularly scheduled programming for live coverage that continued into the evening. ABC scrapped its planned … Continue Reading →

More on M*A*S*H’s Cancellation/Renewal in Late 1970s

I’ve been doing some more research on the state of M*A*S*H in the late 1970s. Everything I’ve found thus far continues to point towards the final decision on the series being renewed at the end of each season resting on Alan Alda’s shoulders. This fits with everything I’ve read or heard over the years. Alda … Continue Reading →

M*A*S*H Almost Cancelled After 1979-1980 Season?

I wrote yesterday about the possibility that M*A*S*H was considered for cancellation at the end of the 1978-1979 season. In that case, however, it was an investment firm surveying advertising agencies coming to the conclusion that M*A*S*H might end after its seventh season. I’ve now found an interesting article in The Chicago Tribune — by … Continue Reading →

M*A*S*H Slated for Cancellation After 1978-1979 Season?

An annual advertising survey conducted by investment firm Bache Halsey Stuart Shields Inc. suggested that M*A*S*H and three other “long-running series” were “considered candidates for cancellation before the season ends,” according to an August 4th, 1978 article in The New York Times. The other three shows were The Rockford Files on NBC and Barnaby Jones … Continue Reading →

Alan Alda Discusses “Lend a Hand”

For the past few months I’ve been slowly going through a large stack of New Yorker magazines from 2004/2005 that have been sitting on my bookshelf since they were first published. In the September 5th, 2005 issue I found a short article about Alan Alda. At the time, he was wrapping up his run in … Continue Reading →

All About MASHback

In December 2003, Variety reported that Larry Gelbart had blessed a proposed CBS special called “MASHback” dramatizing the first three years of M*A*S*H. The project never got off the ground. Continue Reading →