Rumors of a M*A*S*H reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Tuesday (September 29) as reports claimed that CBS confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2021.
UPDATE 30/09/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 48 years since M*A*S*H first aired?! (48 years, 13 days to be exact.)
Why in the world did M*A*S*H end?
When M*A*S*H came to an end after 11 years in February 1983, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Hawkeye Pierce (Alan Alda), Maxwell Q. Klinger (Jamie Farr) and Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan (Loretta Swit). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Would a M*A*S*H reunion disappoint people?
M*A*S*H aired from 1972-1983 and is considered one of the most influential TV shows ever on pop culture. Although no original episodes have been shot since, it has remained a regular feature on many station's schedules. But Swit said she's not sure if M*A*S*H would work today. “I don't want to see old Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan,” she told a journalist (Swit turned 82 in November). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” she added.
Still hoping for a M*A*S*H movie?
In a recent interview, Jamie Farr said he can't imagine a M*A*S*H reunion hitting the big screen. “I'd rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.’”
Co-star Allan Arbus (who played Dr. Sidney Freedman) has also previously explained, “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good,”. “It was so terrific ... If we did a M*A*S*H movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a M*A*S*H film, Alan Alda stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a M*A*S*H reboot?
Recasting M*A*S*H for a modern reboot. Hollywood is known for remaking remakes of films or tv series and the studios might think it would be great to bring the story back with a new set of characters.
Be it in the form of a M*A*S*H reunion, a M*A*S*H movie, or a M*A*S*H reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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