The Greatest Scene Ever.. This Week: M*A*S*H

(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)
In July, Nowhere California launched the first edition of “The Greatest Scene Ever.. This Week” and in a reverse of any truth in labeling laws, it’s time for the next installment. Before we continue, let us remind you about the reason behind this article.

“The Greatest Scene Ever.. This Week” gives the Nowhere California faction and our followers a chance to take a long, hard look at a specific scene of interest from the world of pop culture. The scenes in question will be selected for their importance and will be deconstructed in that special Nowhere California way, but there will be some random times where the scene will speak for itself and we’ll add our own commentary into that mix.

The first installment of this article took us to the familiar surroundings of the movie theater, but I will be taking a trip to the couch and the small screen. This scene comes from the iconic television series M*A*S*H, this series was based on the movie from 1970 (which was based on the book written by Richard Hooker) and the series ran for 11 seasons.

I’ll save you from the history lesson on M*A*S*H, since this show predates most of you, but I would highly recommend checking out this series as a whole. If you take that trip, enter with an open mind and realize that some of this shows aspects are clearly out of date, but the creativity and positives outweigh the negatives and this moment from “Abyssinia, Henry” will show why.

The original air date for this episode was March 18,1975 (Season 3 Episode 24) and saw the closing to the story of Lt. Col. Henry Blake (played by McLean Stevenson) Blake was discharged from the ARMY and everyone at the 4077 prepare to say their goodbyes, but the story doesn’t end there and it doesn’t end happily.

At this time, this scene was groundbreaking and shocking to the television viewers. M*A*S*H was exposing people to the side of a war no one could imagine and this series had just killed off a major character. Normally, a character would leave and their story would end there, but the creative minds wanted to take it to a new level.

As stated above, this series predates many of the readers of this site and predates the internet, so there have been varying takes on how this scene unfolded before the cameras rolled and the truth is better then fiction on this one, as a long standing myth had been debunked in recent years.

The urban legend was that none of the actors knew about this closing scene, they were called to set and reacted to the announcement of Radar for the first time. Personally, I ran with this information and recently learned the truth.
The first part of this information came from the pages of “The Complete Book Of M*A*S*H” and from the man that portrayed Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger, Jamie Farr.

Farr says in the book, “The last episode of the third year … when we read the script page and found out that Henry died, we were all stunned, and Larry Gelbart asked for comments and a lot of people had their say. But I didn’t say anything because I didn’t think they would really care what I had to say. I happened to agree with doing it, but I didn’t say a word.
The whole thing about Henry’s death was very hush-hush. I had already finished my scenes and was at home waiting for a call about the end of season wrap party. Loretta Swit was finished also. Then I got a call from the studio asking me to come in for an added scene, and they said Loretta was coming, too. I asked if I needed the pages ahead of time, if I had to study any lines, and they said no, not to worry, it was a quick scene in the OR and just to come on in. I said fine. I came down and they called all the regulars into a corner and Larry had a big manila envelope and he pulled out these pages. We couldn’t believe what we had read. We blocked it without saying a word so the crew wouldn’t know anything until we actually did it.”

This story was confirmed by the series creator, Larry Gelbart. Gelbart confirmed the story in his book “Laughing Matters” He discusses the casts reactions to Blake’s finale and how the production unfolded.

 “Having Henry die was not a show-business decision; we were not punishing an actor for leaving the series. We were trying to make his departure one that would be apt, as well as memorable,” Gelbart made this comment when some people thought the character’s death was revenge toward Stevenson’s departure.

The history of television will have multiple iconic moments and the death of Henry Blake still hits the right emotional buttons. M*A*S*H is part of the foundation that modern television is built on, but this show could not happen today and that is a good thing. M*A*S*H was a moment in time and the moments where the world learns the fate of Henry Blake will not be forgotten. In the creative world, this was a game changer and this scene opened the door on taking a risk, when your audience would least expect it.  

Netflix Is Ready To Sweep The Leg…

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

YouTube had the great idea of starting original programming and this lead to the birth of the series known as “Cobra Kai.” This series is set decades after the original “Karate Kid” films and follows Johnny Lawrence (played by William Zabka). Lawerence is middle aged and running low on luck, so he reopens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo in an attempt to get his life in order.

As the series unfolds, Lawerence begins to teach a band of misfits and crosses paths with ghosts from his pasts, one of the biggest ghosts being Daniel LaRusso (played by Ralph Maccio). LaRusso is now a successful car dealer and has issues with Lawerence reopening the dojo, leading to their famous martial-arts rivalry restarting.

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Since Cobra Kai’s May 2018 debut on YouTube, the show has had two incredibly popular seasons and started work on a third season, but YouTube changed their plans and pulled the plug on their original series. This could have been the end of “Cobra Kai”, but the show was able to quickly find a new home at Netflix.

On August 28th 2020, the first two seasons of “Cobra Kai” will be released on the streaming platform and, hopefully, this will quickly lead to an announcement for the release of season 3.

Beavis And Butt-Head Do Comedy Central..

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

In a world that is still in the grips of a toilet paper shortage, there is only one hero to call upon. The great and powerful Cornholio!

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Beavis and Butt-Head will return to the small screen, after a short lived return in 2011 and take part in revamped animation line-up for Comedy Central. The cable network is checking all of the correct boxes with this project by having Mike Judge returning to helm his creation.

“Beavis and Butt-Head were a defining voice of a generation, and we can’t wait to watch as they navigate the treacherous waters of a world light-years from their own,” Chris McCarthy of Comedy Central told Deadline.com.

The comedy cable network is showing great faith in an established franchise, but how will these Gen-Xers stand toe-to-toe in the pop culture landscape of today. As this news is still developing, there is no set production or release date scheduled and it will be interesting to see what else Comedy Central will have in store for their animation line-up.

Show Us Your Junk! Vol.2

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

Welcome to the next installment of Nowhere California’s unique take on a pop culture show and tell known as “Show Us Your Junk” Last month, Nicholas Dye exposed his sloth to the internet and we didn’t get shut down, so it’s time for the next volume. Now, it’s my turn to show the world what I got…

As you can tell from this item and the person it honors, I knew that this piece was going to be my first submission into this new series. Like everyone at Nowhere California, I am very excited to see where “Show Us Your Junk” will take us and I’m a little fearful of the possible nudity, as a reminder all nudes should go to Nick.

Anyways, all kidding aside, please show us your pop culture collections and items that you deem worthy. Send your submissions to nowhere_california@yahoo.com or www.facebook.com/nowherecalifornia or just message us right here. No matter what, we want you to Show Us Your Junk!

Is Another Jedi Ready To Rise?

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

In the current news cycle, some good news is welcome treat and some great nerd news is a dish to savor. As we wait for the next season of the Disney+ series “The Mandalorian”, some casting information has been released and it’s possibly a fantasy casting dream come true. Rosario Dawson will be joining the cast for the new season slated for release this fall (..hopefully)
Dawson has made a career on a path she has controlled and has chosen projects that weren’t about the check, but about the creation of something special. Now, as she enters this galaxy, Rosario is rumored to be playing the role of Ahsoka Tano and this rumor has sparked a lot of excitement in the Star Wars universe.

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The character of Ahsoka debut in the feature film version of “The Clone Wars” and was voiced by Ashley Eckstein. This character continued her evolution through the REBELS animated series and developed a fan following that continued to grow, after the original series came to an end.
This news is still developing and the production of “The Mandalorian” seems to not have been stalled by the current state of the world. As new information is released and rumors become fact, we will continue to watch this story.

 

 

These Bananas Are Going To Split Some Skulls..

 

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

The world of children’s television was an interesting landscape in the late 60s to 70, there was Sesame Street at the top of the mountain and there were the strange, off-beat offerings. The list of off-beat creators can run a mile long, but two individuals were prominent on this list and they were the Krofft Brothers.
Sid and Marty Krofft were the creative minds behind a lot of classic television, from H.R. Pufnstuf to Wonderbug and the memorable group known as The Banana Splits, if you might have forgotten or you are too young to remember, here is the opening to their television series that ran from 1968-1970..

“No drugs involved. You can’t do drug when you’re making a show. Maybe after, but not during. We’re bizarre, that’s all,” Marty Krofft said that in a 2005 USA Today interview and that statement rings true all these years later and one of their creations is getting the hard R rated horror treatment.

If the original wasn’t insane enough, Jeff Elinoff and Scott Thomas poured some blood all over it. Elinoff and Thomas are the writer’s behind this creation, with Danishka Esterhazy in the director’s helm and Blue Ribbon Content is the studio unleashing this film onto the world.
This movie does not have a set release date, but is expect to be released this year. As more is revealed on the “What The Fuck” level production, stay locked into NowhereCalifornia.com for any new information.

Goodbye Mr. Andrews

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It’s been 10 minutes since I learned about Luke Perry’s death and I have not been able to stop crying. Its weird how celebrities can gain entry into our deepest emotions, that when we lose them its like losing a member of your family. I always knew of Luke’s work from 90210 but having not been the right age for that show it never came into my watching ethos, but I always saw Luke on other things. It was always nice to know that Luke was a genuine person. He didn’t let his teen fame make him someone who was fake and superficial. Luke really entered my thoughts on a show called Riverdale. He played Fred Andrews, father of Archie Andrews, and the BEST DAMN parent on the show.

Watching Luke play Mr. Andrews really spoke to me on not just a son level, but a father level as well. Fred cared for nothing more than Archie’s well-being. He never put himself before Archie, even if that meant letting Archie be a spoiled, rotten, brat. He made me appreciative of my own father. I saw much of both my father and myself in Fred, and I on more than one occasion told myself that he was the father I hoped to be. Surrounded by teen angst, and melodrama, here was a character who was pure, of good moral standing, and a caring individual who took homeless gang members into his home and cared for them when the whole city had turned their back on them.

Many times, we see actors portray different characters, from good to evil, loving to hated, but there was a real part of Luke Perry that had entered the part of Fred Andrews. It is with a saddened heart that I have to say goodbye to you. Goodbye, Mr Andrews, and Rest in Love and Peace, Luke Perry.

More Stranger Things To Come..

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(Douglas Porter-Staff Writer)

    They say there are two things inevitable in life, Death and Taxes. Now obviously this phrase is old and dated, as there are many more inevitable things in our day to day non-colonial lifestyles. Something that was obviously inevitable but somehow still need the fanfare to go with it was just announced today by the powers that be at streaming service company Netflix. Stranger Things has been renewed for a 3rd season.

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     Stranger Things has become a transcending show on Netflix. Appealing to the different masses on a level we haven’t seen in pop culture since Game of Thrones and Walking Dead. While no official numbers have ever been released (why they hide these things I don’t know) it was estimated that over 15 million viewers tuned in to the season 2 premiere within its first three days of release on October 27th. Boosting a score of 94% on rotten tomatoes it seems most everybody has agreed that Stranger Things is doing something right. “The Duffer Brothers have again managed to wield their particular alchemy and create a follow-up worthy of the hype created by its predecessor.” Allison Keene of Collider.com said of season 2.

        Minor spoiler warning ahead: Season 2 ends on a minorish cliff-hanger and with no season 3 announcement made prior to its release fans were left up in arms. Netflix has made it a habit of only renewing shows on a season by season basis, with some exceptions Vis-à-vis House of Cards. Using this model has fans salivating at any news that may come from the officials and it is one of the most asked questions of both production staff and the actors. Now I want to put something out on front street with this announcement: Yes we will be getting a season 3….eventually. Yep, no release date was attached to this press release.

   In an interview with indiewire.com, before the announcement of season 3, the Duffer Brother have stated “Season 3 is still so early in it’s stages of development that it hasn’t even gotten the official greenlight. It’s really just Matt and me working with some writers and figuring out where it’s going to go,” said Ross Duffer. So while we know a season 3 will happen it looks like everyone involved s finding the best way to bring us that story.

If you haven’t checked out Stranger Things yet, both seasons 1 and 2 are available for streaming anytime through Netflix. For those of you who are not on the streaming train, a season 1 box set has been released and can found at all major retailers.

 

 

The Doom Song Rehearsals Begin Now!

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

 Beware the stars, there is an invasion looming and we have Nickelodeon to blame for this. The nostalgia trend continues to pick up steam at the kid’s cable network and they have announced that “Invader Zim” will be returning in a special television movie.

“As a network that prides itself on a 25-year history of creating groundbreaking, hilarious animation for kids, Invader Zim is one of our great loves. It’s been so exciting to see its popularity grow over the last decade through social media, consumer products, and the Zim comic books,” comments Nick’s senior VP, Content Development and Production, Animation, Chris Viscardi (via VARIETY)

The “Invader Zim” movie has jumped into the current mix of Nickelodeon’s blasts from the pasts, as several other classic NICKtoons are preparing for the television movie treatment.

The details of this production are still developing, but here are a few piece of information that is known. The creator of “Invader Zim”, Jhonen Vasquez, will be returning to lead this new era of Zim. Also, the original voice cast will be returning to give the proper touch to this event.

As details develop, we will pass that information on to you through this site and the Nowhere California Podcast, but for now there is no set air date.

 

A Look From Nowhere At Special Unit..

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(Joshua Gilmore-Staff Writer)

 The worst cop in Los Angeles has hit rock bottom and his commanding officer has a new assignment for him. In a swing from the fairness in disability act, Officer Garrett Fowler has to train the department’s four new handicapped detectives and keep his sanity intact.

 Now, with that being established, here is the trailer for the movie “Special Unit.”

“Special Unit” was written and directed by stand-up comedy artist Christopher Titus. Titus has been a stand-up comic for many years, jumping into the mainstream with his stand-up specials and underrated FOX sitcom. This film has been a pet project for a few years and the pieces fell together into possibly a darkly hysterical piece of independent film. The tone for the movie is quickly set in this trailer and the cast of “Special Unit” is a gathering of some of the most talented minds in comedy.

During the 2016 Studio City Film Festival, “Special Unit” was an official selection of the festival and will continue to travel to other events. This is one of those dark comedies that will gain the right audience and will gain a positive word of mouth wave.

Nowhere California has history of love for the world of independent films and creativity, so we will work towards viewing this movie and give you our review.
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CLICK HERE For The Christopher Titus Official Website And Stay Locked In For More Information On “Special Unit”