Hallmark US gets cult television series M*A*S*H

Hallmark Channel US has announced that one of television's most recognisable shows "M*A*S*H" - will helicopter on to the channel in September 2003. The series will be cable exclusive to Hallmark Channel.

All 255 episodes of the sitcom were acquired under the deal with Twentieth Television. Each of the 255 episodes has been digitally remastered, an official release informs. The deal also includes the two-and-a-half hour M*A*S*H finale, which is still the most watched telecast in television history.

Executive V-P, programming, David Kenin said: " This is a series that will continue to drive the growth of Hallmark Channel and can be utilised in multiple dayparts. During its 11-year run, 'M*A*S*H' aired in six different time periods on five different nights, and left the network ranked as the No. 1 sitcom on television. "

For nine of its 11 seasons on broadcast television M*A*S*H was a top five sitcom. It has been nominated for or won 23 Emmy Awards, 16 Golden Globe Awards, four Humanitas Prizes and six People's Choice Awards the release states.

M*A*S*H influenced by the Robert Altman film was produced and distributed by Fox from its premiere on 17 September 1972 to its finale on 28 February 1983 the release states. Cast Members include Alan Alda, McLean Stevenson, Wayne Rogers Harry Morgan. Guest appearances during the 11-year run of "M*A*S*H include Richard Gere, Brian Dennehy and the Oscar winning director of 'A Beautiful Mind' Ron Howard.

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