• ‘M*A*S*H’ 40 years later: Must-know trivia

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    Forty years ago, on September 17, 1972, "M*A*S*H" premiered. Here are some answers to a few nagging questions about this iconic TV series.

    Where did Hawkeye get his nickname?

    According to the book on which the movie and TV series were based, "MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors," by Richard Hooker, Benjamin Franklin Pierce got his nickname from his dad. It came from the main character in the only piece of fiction his father ever read. In James Fenimore Cooper's novel "The Last of the Mohicans," Natty Bumppo is nicknamed Hawkeye. In the film version of "Mohicans," the character of Hawkeye is played by Daniel Day-Lewis.

    Was there a real 4077th?
    Although there were seven Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals operating during the Korean War, the 4077th is fictional. Hooker, author of the novel "MASH," served in the 8055th MASH. The other actual MASH units were the 8054th, 8063rd, 8076th, 8209th, 8225th, and 8228th.

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    What does MASH stand for?

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  • Mandy Patinkin’s big television regret

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    Mandy Patinkin, co-star of Showtime's Emmy Award-nominated psychological thriller "Homeland," has every reason to take a bow.  Critics say he deserved his own nomination for his work as grizzled CIA agent Saul Berenson, opposite Claire Danes and Damian Lewis (both nominated for their performances).  But despite his "Homeland" success, 59-year-old Patinkin can't say he's proud of every bullet point on his TV résumé.

    He told New York Magazine:

    "The biggest public mistake I ever made was that I chose to do 'Criminal Minds' in the first place. I thought it was something very different. I never thought they were going to kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year. It was very destructive to my soul and my personality. After that, I didn't think I would get to work in television again."

    Patinkin starred in the first two seasons of the hit procedural "Criminal Minds," which will enter its eighth season in September. When the series debuted on CBS in

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  • How cable dominates Emmy drama

    Mad Men star Jon Hamm (AMC)Mad Men star Jon Hamm (AMC)Those cable guys never give the broadcast networks a break.

    For four years running, Mad Men has taken home the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, and this year, the AMC juggernaut has another Emmy nod.  Cable drama darlings Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, and Game of Thrones also made the cut.  But where's the Emmy love for the networks?  "I think The Good Wife gets in as broadcast's noble representative," NPR blogger Linda Holmes predicted to The Hollywood Reporter back in June.  But no such 'Good' luck. The truth is cable is built for drama, and Hollywood knows it.

    Cable envy has been spreading around studio circles for a few years now.  One reason is shorter show cycles.  Cable channels typically order 13 episodes per show verses the 22 episode standard at the networks.  A-list talent with tight schedules are more willing to sign on for a drama on cable.  "Jessica Lange was not interested in doing 22 episodes," American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy revealed to the New York Times

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  • Heidi Klum celebrates “Project Runway” Emmy nods

    Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Michael Kors have a lot to celebrate. Not only did the 10th season of their Lifetime reality show "Project Runway" premiere July 19, but the series just nabbed four Primetime Emmy nominations. (Associated Press Videos)

  • "American Idol" isn't having its best year. First, the once-unstoppable Fox institution experienced a 23 percent dip in ratings during Season 11. Then its two superstar judges, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, quit last week, leaving the show in a state of flux. And now, for the first time ever, "Idol" has been snubbed in the Emmys' Outstanding Reality-Competition Program category. That's gotta hurt.

    Adding insult to injury is the fact that "Idol's" biggest rival program, "The Voice," was nominated. Ouch.

    Well, at least "Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe can take solace in the fact that his other (better) show, "So You Think You Can Dance," quite deservedly earned an Outstanding Reality-Competition Program nomination, for the second year in a row--and that "The X Factor," the show helmed by his arch nemesis Simon Cowell, was passed over entirely. "Idol" emcee Ryan Seacrest also received a nod in the Best Reality Host category--and with "Survivor's" Jeff Probst, who has won that award every

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