It was a slow year in the world of M*A*S*H. The series was dropped by Hallmark Channel in February, returned in May and then was pulled again in July and has not aired since. In September, the series was relegated to filler status on ION. In December, it began airing on the national ME-TV Network.
January 25th was the 40th anniversary of MASH having its world premiere in New York City. February 28th was the 27th anniversary of the series finale. And September 17th was the 38th anniversary of the series premiere. It’s hard to believe that 2012 will be the 40th anniversary of M*A*S*H premiering on CBS.
In July, M*A*S*H received the Heritage Award at the 26th Annual TCA Awards.
In September, it was revealed that Roy Goldman had passed away in September of 2009. Pernell Roberts, who starred in Trapper John, M.D., passed away in January. Other deaths this year included Patricia Stevens, who was credited in 13 episodes between 1974 and 1978, Corinne Camacho, who played Lieutenant Regina Hoffman in “L.I.P (Local Indigenous Personnel),” William Self, an executive at 20th Century-Fox Television who was instrumental in getting the pilot produced, and Leslie Nielsen, who played Colonel Buzz Brighton in “The Ringbanger.”
Here’s Colonel Potter’s eloquent quote about transitioning from one year to the next, from “A War For All Seasons:”
“Here’s to the new year. May she be a damn sight better than the old one, and may we may we all be home before she’s over.”
It’s not 100% applicable to those not currently in the midst of a war but it fits the New Years theme.