M*A*S*H special to commemorate 40 years since finale

M*A*S*H special to commemorate 40 years since finale

America is set to get M*A*S*H: The Comedy That Changed Television, a two-hour special which features new interviews with surviving cast memners.

While it isn’t clear if they will physically reunite together, they include Alan Alda (Capt. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce), Gary Burghoff (Cpl. Walter “Radar” O’Reilly), Jamie Farr (Cpl./Sgt. Maxwell Q. “Max” Klinger), Mike Farrell (Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt) and Loretta Swit (Maj. Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan), as well as EPs Gene Reynolds and Burt Metcalfe.

It will also remember the late writer / producer Larry Gelbart and stars Larry Linville (Maj. Frank Burns), Harry Morgan (Col. Sherman T. Potter), McLean Stevenson (Lt. Col. Henry Blake), Wayne Rogers (Capt. “Trapper” John McIntyre), William Christopher (Father Francis Mulcahy) and David Ogden Stiers (Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III) through clips and rarely-seen archival interviews.

The retrospective will also include “never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage, photos and stories.”

M*A*S*H is not only a great television series, it is a cultural phenomenon. It has made multiple generations of viewers laugh, cry and think, often in the same episode,” said Executive Producers John Scheinfeld and Andy Kaplan. “We are excited to team with Fox to create this unprecedented window into an innovative television classic.”

M*A*S*H is among the most iconic sitcoms in the annals of television history,” said Dan Harrison, Fox’s EVP of Program Planning & Content Strategy, in a statement. “It’s a timeless show that comedically captures the 4077th medical corps and how they managed to maintain their sanity while saving lives on the front lines of the Korean War… Fox is proud to celebrate the landmark achievements of one of the best comedies ever created.”

The emotional 1983 finale M*A*S*H: Goodbye, Farewell and Amen is still the highest rated TV drama of all time in the USA at 105.9m viewers.

The special screens in the USA on January 1 but an Australian date is yet to be confirmed.

Source: TV Line