AmericanLife channel to salute Altman

Filmmaker's 'Combat!' episodes will kick off week-long tube festival

AmericanLife TV network is saluting the late Robert Altman by airing a week of the director’s “Combat!” episodes Dec. 4-8.

The network, a 24-hour channel devoted to America’s baby boomer faves, kicks off the week-long Altman fest Monday.

“We rarely change our schedule on such short notice,” said Larry Meli, network president and COO. “But Altman was such an influence on the Baby Boomer generation through films like “MASH” and “Nashville” it seemed appropriate.

Known at times as a gruff and unpredictable director, “Combat!” seemed to be a fitting name for an Altman project.

According to reports, for his fifth and last installment of the show, Altman waited for his bosses to leave town and, defying their objections, then proceeded to direct the episode with little or no dialogue. He was promptly fired.

“Combat!” aired from 1962 to 1967.

Altman, who’s last film “Prairie Home Companion” hits theaters this spring, died of canncer Monday. He was 81.

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