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But get this... their decision led to one of the WORST spinoffs in TV history!
2024/05/14

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The Accidental Blunder: How a Cast Vote Led to *M*A*S*H*'s Biggest Mistake

*M*A*S*H*, the acclaimed CBS sitcom that ran for 11 seasons, is a beloved classic. However, even the most successful shows can make missteps, and for *M*A*S*H*, that misstep was a spinoff titled *AfterMASH*.  The creation of this ill-fated series was, ironically, the direct result of a cast vote to end the original show.

A Show Running on Fumes

By season 10, the creative team felt the strain of over 250 episodes. Storylines became repetitive, and the actors were eager for new opportunities.  "We had...exhausted the storylines and the actors want to get on with their careers," executive producer Burt Metcalfe admitted. Key actors like Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, and Mike Farrell felt the show’s quality was on the verge of decline. They voted to end the series with season 11, ensuring a strong final bow.

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This decision highlights the dedication of the cast to maintaining the show's legacy. They were willing to walk away at the height of their success, prioritizing artistic integrity over potential profits.  However, not everyone shared this sentiment.

The Dissenting Voices and a Network’s Greed

Jamie Farr, William Christopher, and Harry Morgan, who played Klinger, Father Mulcahy, and Colonel Potter respectively, voted against ending *M*A*S*H*.

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