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September 4, 1998 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Larry Gelbart can hardly bring himself to watch reruns of "MASH," but not because the creator of the seminal sitcom is wracked with nostalgia for the old days. It has to do with the laugh track he hears over all those jokes--the roars and guffaws serving as a painful reminder of the battle he lost with CBS over the canned laughs used, in industry parlance, to "sweeten" the finished product each week.
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September 4, 1998 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Larry Gelbart can hardly bring himself to watch reruns of "MASH," but not because the creator of the seminal sitcom is wracked with nostalgia for the old days. It has to do with the laugh track he hears over all those jokes--the roars and guffaws serving as a painful reminder of the battle he lost with CBS over the canned laughs used, in industry parlance, to "sweeten" the finished product each week.
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