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Clip o’ the Day: It’s Like M*A*S*H But Different

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Just when you think you’ve seen the main title to every show from the ’70s, you find another one. This show, called Roll Out!, ran on CBS in the 1973-4 season, and was a half-hour comedy set during World War II. It looks a lot like M*A*S*H, which had premiered the previous season, and the creators of the show were the producers of M*A*S*H — Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds. The network asked them to come up with another war comedy, so to counterbalance M*A*S*H, a show with no black regulars (after Spearchucker was dropped during the first season) they created a period war comedy that would comment on contemporary race issues. I’ve never seen the show so I have no idea how good or bad it was. IMDB says Gelbart wrote seven of the eleven aired episodes himself, the same season he was writing fourteen episodes of M*A*S*H. A prolific man, is what I’m saying.

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