Fans of the popular 1970’s wartime sitcom M*A*S*H have praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s decision to return his country to a war-footing with South Korea, hoping the calculated move may lead to new episodes of their favourite sitcom.
Earlier today, the Supreme Commander of the North Korean military explained that he would no longer tolerate hostile incursions by South Korean or its American allies, and would commence immediate military action if there was any tactical response from the south.
While diplomats and pacifists condemned the escalation in tensions, television nostalgists have a very different view.
“For fans of the show, this is a win-win,” said Dwight Granson, president of the Asia-Pacific chapter of the M*A*S*H fanclub.
“Although a conflict between Seoul and Pyongyang would lead to many thousands of casualties at best, and a nuclear holocaust at worst, it would certainly provide for some entertaining material and hijinks for the much loved sitcom.”
The popular comedy programme aired between 1972 and 1983, and its final episode was the most watched television programme in history at the time, with 125 million viewers.
“You just can’t ignore those ratings,” media analyst Bruce Gibbs told Broken News. “A Korean conflict would be a ratings bonanza for cable news channels like CNN, but if it was to provide material for fresh episodes of M*A*S*H, then there could be a payoff for free-to-air operators as well.”
Twentieth Century Fox did not respond to Broken News’s enquiries about the possibility of a M*A*S*H relaunch.
Comment is also being sought from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, who is understood to be interested in playing himself in the television series.