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Old 03-18-2005, 12:16 AM   #16
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pscisme's post was very sharp and on the mark. "AfterMASH" was one of the most expensive shows on television in 1984, and Tuesday 8:00-8:30 was CBS' equivalent of dead air at the time. They were in the toilet there even before "The A-Team" came along. Bud Grant knew what he was doing. The critics massacred the show, too, so it wasn't like there was going to be an uproar over its cancellation.

Ironically, Tuesday 8:00-8:30 is currently NBC's equivalent of dead air, so it wouldn't surprise me to see the "AfterMASH" of today, "Joey," wind up there next year.
The show just wasn't that funny. I loved MASH and was looking forward to this show and I lost interest fast.Maybe if Alan Alda was in it, it would have been better.
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During the end of M*A*S*H's run, the actors voted as to whether the series should continue. Guess which actors voted to keep the show going??

I saw very little of this show, as I didn't have a VCR and had a part-time job nights. I wish TV land would show this - it would be almost like seeing a brand new show.

A similar thing happened when Bea Arthur left The Golden Girls and the show was retooled as The Golden Palace. It just didn't have the same panache with a key character gone and lasted less than a season.
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What killed "AfterMASH" was that everyone's expectations of it were too high. The network expected it to be the same quality as "MASH" and it wasn't. They even put it in the same time slot, hoping that lightning would strike twice. It wasn't a bad show, it just wasn't great.

Shades of Joey!

the Friends spin off sux big time.

Some spin off shouldn't be made at all.

I don't care for either show.
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A similar thing happened when Bea Arthur left The Golden Girls and the show was retooled as The Golden Palace. It just didn't have the same panache with a key character gone and lasted less than a season.

I care less about The Golden Palace. I didn't watch it once.

The girls didn't have no business of running a hotel.

I will rather to watch all the girls on THE GOLDEN GIRLS.
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Monday Night Football was too much for AfterMASH. MNF was becoming very popular at the Time AfterMash premiered on CBS
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Old 07-10-2005, 06:06 PM   #21
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The show just wasn't that funny. I loved MASH and was looking forward to this show and I lost interest fast.Maybe if Alan Alda was in it, it would have been better.

If Alan Alda was the star, it probably would've been a hit.
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I always suspected that Klinger was just using the war as an excuse to cross dress.
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I think it was because of Low Ratings that Killed The Show
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I had only seen the show a few times. The first episodes were okay, but it started to seem like every one was trying to hard. Maybe almost like they were kind of lost on what they were doing. And as usual for me with spin offs, it was weird for me to get used to seeing only some one the characters in a different setting.
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It didn't help that they used 3 of the dullest characters on the show. Father Mulahey(sp?) was dull, dull, dull. Col. Potter was ok, but he was more of the straight man on MASH. Jamie Farr was good on MASH, but when he dressed up like a lady and tried to be crazy. He got married and grew up on AfterMash.

Right, but when the ratings weren't good in the first season, they resorted to having him wear drag again.

I've said it before, but you can't base a show on three supporting characters and expect it to fly. They needed a Hawkeye-type character to shake things up. They tried bringing in Radar and Colonel Flagg as guest stars, but it didn't revive the show.

They tried a similar thing years later with The New WKRP In Cincinnati: They revived the show based on three supporting characters (Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson, Les Nessman and Herb Tarlek) and that didn't work either. Like After-MASH, it only lasted a couple of seasons, if I recall correctly.

Sometimes, it's better to just let go. Harry Morgan, Jamie Farr & William Christopher stayed too long at the party. Hell, the IBM commercials with Morgan, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers & Gary Burghoff were funnier. Plus, it was kind of cool to see "Colonel Potter" and "Trapper John" together in the same commercial.
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A time slot change and some cast changes in the second season also served to put the nails in the coffin. The first season did a respectable #15 in the year end Nielsens.
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A time slot change and some cast changes in the second season also served to put the nails in the coffin. The first season did a respectable #15 in the year end Nielsens.

What network executives fail to realize is that TV watchers (especially back then) are creatures of habit. They get used to a show being on certain night.

If you have a show that's in the top 20, don't mess with the time slot?

Also, if I recall, they changed the actress who played Potter's wife, right? And they brought in a new hospital administrator, right?

Don't mess with something if it's getting a rating!

Ironically, AfterMASH's first season ratings were better than M*A*S*H's.
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Never scene After MASH. Did the show take place in Hannibal MO? I know Potter was from Hannibal.
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^ Yes it did.

What killed this show was basically the premise. What made MASH so unique was it's comedy/drama within the war setting. When they took that setting away with AfterMASH, it was like any other sitcom. I watched with great interest at first, but just couldn't get into it and lost interest soon after.
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It really wasn't funny. Also it was moved opposite the A-Team for season 2.

I remember bumping into that promo for the 2nd season of AfterMASH on Youtube one day and I kind of laughed at Klinger butchering up a dummy that looked like Mr. T and Klinger taunting him.

In the end the joke was really on AfterMASH!
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