Featured Article

The Gods of Liberalism Revisited

 

The lie hasn't changed, and we still fall for it as easily as ever.  But how can we escape the snare?

 

READ ABOUT IT...

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Jericho to Rise from the Ashes?

Jericho, the CBS series that was canceled and brought back and canceled again may yet survive.

In case you've missed the pleasure of watching this series, Jericho premiered about two years ago on CBS. It was about a small Kansas town called Jericho and what happened to the people there after a mysterious nuclear attack on the United States.

While you might be tempted to dismiss such a premise as some cheap post-apocalyptic Mad Max ripoff, the show has nothing in common with such trash (Max Max was fun, but the rip-offs were all trash). The nuclear attack only sets the backdrop for a story filled with intrigue, plot twists, and 3-dimensional characters who really pull you in.

The series was canceled after the first season, probably because the idiot network ran no new episodes for 2-3 months mid-season...plenty of time to lose a viewership.

Then, after a fan campaign sent tons of peanuts (the story behind that is contained in the final episode of Season 1) to CBS, the network resurrected it.

However, because the show got a late production start, it didn't get going again until several months after the normal TV season starts...again, giving potential viewers plenty of time for either forget about the show or get used to watching something else. So CBS canceled it again, to the bitter disappointment of fans.

Now word comes from Media Daily News that the show may be revived on another network:

Executives say Paramount has been talking to a number of networks--including Sci-Fi Channel and Hallmark Channel. Paramount could be looking at three partners for a new deal, perhaps including a cable operator such as Comcast in the mix--as well as trimming back production costs for the show.

The New York Times recently reported that CBS Paramount was possibly looking to start up the show with cable system operator Comcast Corp., perhaps running it on one of its VOD channels.

A few shows have gone on to ratings success after changing networks. JAG, the Navy lawyer drama, ran for one season on NBC before being canceled and moving to CBS, where it ran for several more highly successful years.

CBS treated Jericho like the proverbial red-headed step-child from the beginning.

This fantastic show deserves a real chance. Hopefully it will get one at another network.


17 comments:

ratkeeper said...

Thanks for helping to spread the word that Jericho is NOT dead.

Jericho fans - The fight to save Jericho is not over!

If you want more Jericho please write to: Ms. Nancy Tellem, President, CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group, 4024 Radford Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604-2190.

Ask her to continue to produce Jericho and sell it to another network. These letters need to go out now, if we wish to save Jericho.

For more information go to: http://www.jericho-kansas.com/Community/SaveJerichoCampaign/tabid/195/Default.aspx

Gwen

Sam said...

Thanks for sharing this news. My family and I are optimistic that Jericho will find a new home on another network. We look forward to a third season of this excellent show!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this article about Jericho! Jericho fans from many different groups are working hard to bring about a third season.

Don(VeeMaxx)
www.jerichonet2.com

lilmama said...

Thanks for the Jericho story. it is a good reminder Jericho is not dead. We keep fighting everyday. It is the best show on tv.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a wonderful article about Jericho. The show deserves all the praise it can get!!! I am so hoping that we are getting close to a deal to save our show!!! Come on Rangers keep those letters going out to all the networks to let them know that you love this show and that you will watch it wherever it goes!!!

Rangerette

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this great article about a wonderful show...Intellegent television is becoming a thing of the past with the popularity of reality tv...We are fighting to prove that intellegent tv shows...like Jericho...are not dead!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for getting the word out! Jericho will live on and make history Twice! If you have a favorite show on the bubble, help save Jericho and get the word to the networks execs that it is unacceptable to whack quality shows. It is time to find a new way to count viewers; help us - help your show too!
N2N2
www.JerichoNet2.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for telling it like it is, this show was treated so poorly from the start that it makes you wonder how it came to air in the first place. Well at least it did! :)

Adriana

Anonymous said...

Like everyone else, I'd like to thank you for shedding the light on Jericho and it's search for a new home.
I'm a big fan of this show, and eagerly look forward to a third season!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your article. I think this show is what TV should be about. I for one feel that under the current way viewership is monitored I was not counted even though I watched live. It is outdated and should be replaced. Two I really feel CBS did not want this show to succeed. I know the first year I watched and during this timeI had heard and read a variety of entertainment news that said Jericho was doing well in its time slot and that being it was a brand new show it had a good following. Enough so that in the same entertainment news I heard on shows on TV and read in magazines that CBS I had decided before it's haitus from televison that CBS Was going to renew it for the fall season. Than it returned and against American Idol on Wednesday appeared to not have quite as many viewers but still had over 8million loyal Viewers who continued to follow the story. E ough viewers that it was Number 2 everytime against Idol in the same time slot. While this was going on still heard on the TV and in articles that CBS was IMPRESSED that this was a brand new show and still was doing well against Idol. Than all of a sudden right after the season finale it was a wham bam thank you Maam CBS said they cancelled Jericho. I heard all sorts of positive things on tv, radio talk shows and Magazines That Jericho would be renewed. So we did What any loyal fans do
and that is write to save our show. They gave not even Half a season and PUT us in the worst Time slot they had and expected family's who made that there family show at 8:00 stay up until 10:00. I know several families that DVR'd it to watch when they could because the time was to late. They were not counted. So for anyone who reads this post realize that if you are thinking about picking up this show It would be wise business Decision. So I will continue fight for this show by writing letters, E-mailing, calling and Posting to blogs such as this that I am not going anywhere and I am going to do what it takes to get it back!!!! Georgian 101

curlybean said...

This article has truly made my day, week, month, year. Nothing would make me happier than to have Jericho back. I'm proud to be a Jericho Ranger and will continue to fight for such a great show. The writing on this show is brilliant, the acting phenomenal. I have never been pulled into a show so completely, and I've never been quite so devastated when a show I liked was cancelled. This is why we fight. If there are any intelligent networks left, and I think there are still a few, I'm sure one will realize Jericho's potential and how they can capitalize on that. What other show has such devoted fans? What other show means so much to so many people that they fight this hard, and what other show has Skeet Ulrich in almost every scene. Need I say more?

Cdogg said...

Jericho deserves another chance with a more responsible network. CBS has a history of loosing viewers due to the way the schedule their programming and another network could have a lot more success if they dont space out the seasons/episodes in such a way that causes viewers to loose interest.

Cher said...

Thanks for the article, our family is hoping someone picks up this show. The Jericho storyline and the whole cast were awesome!

Susan said...

Thank you so much for your kind words about Jericho.

Jericho truly is a show that is cut from a different cloth and I am happy about that. Jericho is the only reason my eyes returned to network programming...if Jericho does not get the respect it deserves then my eyes will once again turn to the cable networks.

cyncity30 said...

AMEN! Jericho is such a wonderful drama-- a change from the reality drivel. CBS really blew this opportunity, but I am confident the brainpower is with CBS Paramount - they know a gold mine when they see it! Who wouldn't want a guaranteed fan base?? Would be a smart move for SciFi, Hallmark, Comcast etc. Win-Win for all!

Anonymous said...

I want to thank this VERY INTELLEGENT writer for his uplifting article concerning Jericho. I have never been so enthralled with a tv show as I am with JERICHO. My family and I watch together and discuss the events as they may pertain to our world today. There are no other shows on television at this time that I can say portray the high quality values that Jericho portrayed. People helping one another get through very hard times and trying to survive the most horrific tragedy imaginable. People doing what is right and good and moral. Thank you again for your article and getting the word out about the fight to bring Jericho back. --Jericho911

susan-gator said...

Thank you for noticing that Jericho is not dead....just in transit to a home that will love it as much as the Jericho fans do. Jericho is not dead, join the Rangers in the battle to save one of the best shows in years from the evil step-parent that didn't love it. Long live Jericho (hopefully on SciFi/USA/TNT or something similar)

Susan-Gator

 
Clicky Web Analytics