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MASH Reunion Shocks Fans with Shocking Revelations - Discover 10 Untold Secrets! 😱
2024/06/06

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The Hidden Gems from the M*A*S*H Reunion

Introduction: A Timeless Classic Revisited

The M*A*S*H reunion brought to light many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories from the beloved series. From quick scriptwriting to surprising exits, the revelations added depth to our understanding of how this iconic show came to be.

A Speedy Start: The Pilot Written in Two Days

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Larry Gelbart, the mastermind behind the M*A*S*H pilot, managed to write the script in just two days. Despite the rush, the pilot successfully established the chemistry among the cast and set the tone for the series. Gelbart’s swift writing process was a testament to his talent and the strong foundation he built for the show.

Struggling Beginnings: Poor Initial Ratings

M*A*S*H faced a tough start with its original Sunday 8 pm timeslot. Despite critical acclaim, it struggled in the ratings, finishing its first season at the 51st slot.

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The game-changer came when CBS moved it to Saturday nights, allowing the show to flourish and find its audience.

Unexpected Beginnings: Alan Alda’s Script Delivery

Alan Alda, who became the face of M*A*S*H as Hawkeye, received the script in an unusual location—a prison in Iowa, where he was filming a movie. This quirky beginning was just the start of Alda’s deep involvement in the series, where he would eventually write, direct, and produce several episodes.

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