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Thomas Veil
Jun 6, 2007, 03:25 PM
CNN (http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/06/06/jericho.cancellation.ap/index.html)

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Fans trumpeting the cause of CBS' canceled drama "Jericho" have caught the network's ear.

CBS, deluged with calls, messages and shipments of nuts signifying viewer displeasure, is reconsidering its decision, a source close to the production said Tuesday.

The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly. A decision on whether to bring the show back, probably for a midseason run, is imminent, the source said.

"We are tired of the networks (not just CBS) tossing aside quality programming," was the message carried by jericholives.com, one of several Web sites protesting the cancellation. "Enough! We're going to fight for this one."

Clarke Ingram, a "Jericho" fan from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a spokesman for jericholives, said he was optimistic that CBS would find a way to revive the drama about a Kansas town isolated by a nuclear terrorist attack.

"People would paint this as teenagers in tinfoil hats" rallying behind the show, said Ingram, 50, an operations manager for two radio stations. "That's not what this is. These are educated professionals."

The show's daring premise, its writing and acting make the case for its survival, he said.

Several factors could work in the show's favor: It appeals to the young adult viewers sought by advertisers and was one of CBS' most popular shows streamed online, indicating an audience beyond that measured by traditional ratings.

CBS may also be considering the dent a long hiatus put in the show's viewership, the same scheduling misstep that hurt ABC's "Lost" and NBC's "Heroes."

The network apparently has been impressed by the display of viewer passion, which included the delivery of 50,000 pounds of peanuts to its New York offices. In the season finale, a character replies "Nuts!" to a demand that the beleaguered town of Jericho surrender.

That's the same response that a U.S. general in World War II made to a German demand for surrender at the Battle of the Bulge.

There's already been one positive outcome: CBS is donating the protest peanuts to charities, including one that sends care packages to troops overseas.Oh please let this come to pass so that we have something to make up for The Bionic Woman this fall.

MacNut
Jun 6, 2007, 03:46 PM
You wonder how many other networks would bring back shows if the uproar was strong enough, I do recall Family Guy returned because of it.

Thomas Veil
Jun 6, 2007, 07:54 PM
Holy crap! They did it!!

(AP) "Jericho" fans who slammed CBS with protests over the drama's cancellation have won the battle: It will return next season, the network said Wednesday.

It was an unusual display of viewer might since networks usually put ratings ahead of even the most passionate, well-organized fan base. But CBS said the show deserved another chance, while cautioning that it must prove it has wider appeal.

"Wow! Over the past few weeks you have put forth an impressive and probably unprecedented display of passion in support of a prime time television series," CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said in a letter to "Jericho" boosters.

The letter was released to The Associated Press.

"You got our attention; your emails and collective voice have been heard," Tassler wrote, and seven episodes have been ordered for midseason 2007-08. "In success, there is the potential for more. But, for there to be more `Jericho,' we will need more viewers."

Fans must do their part to rally interest while the network does its job, she said.

CBS is planning a campaign to reintroduce "Jericho," including rerunning the show on CBS this summer, streaming episodes and clips online and releasing the first season on DVD on Sept. 25. The show's return date and scheduling has yet to be determined.CBS News (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/06/06/ap/entertainment/main2895340.shtml)

Bravo, CBS! Nice to know I'll be watching your network again in the near future.

:DRS:Church
Jun 7, 2007, 12:45 AM
Ohhh dear God, this show stinks. I was really into it at first, then it just got lame. Really, its lame.

Kingsly
Jun 7, 2007, 01:53 AM
Holy crap! They did it!!

CBS News (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/06/06/ap/entertainment/main2895340.shtml)

Bravo, CBS! Nice to know I'll be watching your network again in the near future.

W00t! Our campaign paid off! I was soo disappointed when they canned Jericho!

:D :D :D :D :D :D

I am so excited!!!!! Thank you CBS!

P.S. I must stress the importance of a proper dialogue writer. Please, for the love of god, please, please hire someone who can actually write for this second season! The overall concept and story line is awesome, but some of the dialogue sounds like it was written by a [really, really stupid] four-year-old. :mad:

Thomas Veil
Jun 7, 2007, 08:31 AM
Sometimes these campaigns work, more often they don't. Who knows, it may be possible that the biggest deciding factor was that CBS was ambivalent about the cancellation in the first place, and then when they took a look at the new stuff the studios were offering for mid-season, they had second thoughts and decided they already had something better.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing whether Hawkins gets caught by that bald little SOB who claims to be the president now. But I am gonna miss Johnston.

Nuc
Jun 7, 2007, 09:40 AM
Now if we can get Sci-Fi to bring back Stargate SG-1 and possibly Battlestar Galactica.

Nuc

i.Feature
Jun 7, 2007, 09:43 AM
I'm pretty happy about this descision. I've gotten really tired of networks dropping shows prematurely.

longofest
Jun 7, 2007, 09:48 AM
Now if we can get Sci-Fi to bring back Stargate SG-1 and possibly Battlestar Galactica.

Nuc

still got another season for BSG :)

Kingsly
Jun 7, 2007, 02:22 PM
Anyway, I'm looking forward to seeing whether Hawkins gets caught by that bald little SOB who claims to be the president now. But I am gonna miss Johnston.
Hopefully Hawkins will be able to escape and him and Jake go after the DHS guy...

Another complaint I have about Jericho is that I am pretty sure thy don't have a military advisor. You don't even have to be in the military to understand some of the tactical situations that the people of Jericho (and New Bern) are getting themselves into. The ONLY way Jericho can win using their current battle-plan is through the all powerful might of movie magic. :o

artalliance
Jun 7, 2007, 02:24 PM
It didn't work for Carnivale. :mad: :mad: :mad:

Eclipse278
Jun 8, 2007, 03:00 AM
Bring back Firefly!

Kingsly
Jun 8, 2007, 11:54 AM
It didn't work for Carnivale. :mad: :mad: :mad:

Bring back Firefly!

http://enquata.com/mr-images/wtf.jpg

TheAnswer
Jun 8, 2007, 12:02 PM
P.S. I must stress the importance of a proper dialogue writer. Please, for the love of god, please, please hire someone who can actually write for this second season! The overall concept and story line is awesome, but some of the dialogue sounds like it was written by a [really, really stupid] four-year-old. :mad:

It really doesn't sound like they are gonna spend more money to hire a better writer at this point, just sounds like they are thinking that Jericho as a mid-season replacement is less of a gamble than something completely new.

Sometimes these campaigns work, more often they don't. Who knows, it may be possible that the biggest deciding factor was that CBS was ambivalent about the cancellation in the first place, and then when they took a look at the new stuff the studios were offering for mid-season, they had second thoughts and decided they already had something better.

Spot on...especially when you add in the fact that they don't need to subject this thing to internal testing, it'll be easier for them to ramp up into production, and it'll cost less to advertise than a new show.

chief_wiggum_PI
Jun 13, 2007, 12:51 AM
I liked this show. It was fun to watch it while eating chicken pot pies.

samh004
Jun 13, 2007, 01:03 AM
Ohhh dear God, this show stinks. I was really into it at first, then it just got lame. Really, its lame.

It figures that they'll bring it back and do a bad job of it, or even if they do a good job, ratings will go down for it and it wont survive the next season...

arkitect
Jun 13, 2007, 02:30 AM
It didn't work for Carnivale. :mad: :mad: :mad:

Great series it deserved better.