They are family and they are sending Toledo a televised love letter.
The cast of M*A*S*H, one of television’s most honored and successful television programs, shares insights and inside stories in their own words on “M*A*S*H Memories & Magic” Thursday at 7:00pm on 13abc.
Hometown actor Jamie Farr was among the M*A*S*H family. The humourous and touching stories of the half hour program comes from hours of interviews with actors Farr, Loretta Swit, Gary Burghoff, Mike and Mike Farrell. Clips from the late William Christopher are included from prior interviews and with Ed Asner, star from the Mary Tyler Moore show. Each relates personal stories about the show about the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War. M*A*S*H appeared on CBS from 1972 until 1983 when the final episode was viewed by more than 125 million people.
Hosted by Diane Larson and Lee Conklin, the 13abc production traces the stories of the characters including Farr’s Max Klinger. Klinger was frequently seen in Toledo Mud Hens shirts and hats and Toledo was often incorporated into Farr’s moments on the show.
Originally produced and aired last year, 13abc’s production returns Thursday at 7:00pm on 13abc as part of a Jamie Farr homecoming celebration. Farr, a popular icon of Toledo, will be honored at the Mud Hens game on Friday and at a ceremony Saturday morning at 11:00am at Jamie Farr Park on Summit Street.
Burghoff, who played Radar O’Reilly told 13abc last year that “when you’re in any kind of a family, you have spats once in a while. But we were always on the same page. It was always about the work and doing it to the best of our abilities.”
Farr was originally intended to be in a single episode but ended up remaining for the remainder of the show’s eleven year run, sometimes dressing in women’s clothing as an attempt to get out of the Army. “I came in to do the role…I didn’t even see the script. I didn’t know what I was playing and there was this woman’s Army Corps uniform hanging up and these huge high heeled shoes. I thought I was dressing with an actress in the show. They said no, no, that’s yours. Put them on. I said what the hell kind of part is this? So he put me into this outfit and I’ve got the hairy bow legs and he took me onto the set and of course craft services and the cast started laughing and then I got my dialogue in it.”
M*A*S*H Memories & Magic Is presented by The Beirut.