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CBS Nukes JERICHO, CLASS, CLOSE TO HOME, Keeps AMAZING, UNIT, WHISPERER!!

Published at: May 16, 2007, 1:20 a.m. CST

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When CBS announces its fall slate Wednesday, some “bubble” shows will be on it, others not. “Jericho,” “The Class” and “Close To Home” will all be gone next autumn. “The Amazing Race,” “The Unit” and “The Ghost Whisperer” are all returning. Read Variety’s story on the matter here.





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  • May 16, 2007, 1:24 a.m. CST

    First?

    by zaggnutt

    Bah

  • May 16, 2007, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Amazing Unit Whisperer

    by runrun

    Sounds like a show about blowjobs

  • May 16, 2007, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Bummer

    by slapshot

    I *loved* The Class. Funniest thing on any of the networks last season. And what about "How I Met Your Mother"?

  • May 16, 2007, 1:28 a.m. CST

    Jericho was cool.

    by zaggnutt

    Another good show, down the drain. Say "hello" to Angel, Firefly, and now Veronica Mars in the TV shit can.

  • May 16, 2007, 1:30 a.m. CST

    The Class got cancelled?...

    by DanielKurland

    It was continually being toted as "the new comedy with highest ratings". It was a perfect companion piece to How I Met Your Mother, had great acting and writing, and truly explored how far an arc-based sitcom can go. I know a lot of people hated it, but giving it a chance, I definitely think it was one of the better sitcoms around. At least How I Met Your Mother is back.

  • May 16, 2007, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Jericho was 2nd best new show this season.

    by StanTheCritic

    :( I want to see the Tank in the train and the battle for Jericho. Where is the Talk Back for this weeks LOST?

  • May 16, 2007, 1:36 a.m. CST

    No Jericho?

    by BicNowler

    I know many of you have been anti-Jericho this past season, but I ask this; what else is there? Us AICN fans/dweebs/etc. are going to severely miss shows like this when the networks are ruled by NOTHING but "reality" shows & cheesy medical/crime dramas. I for one was & am a fan.

  • May 16, 2007, 1:38 a.m. CST

    Where's the LOST TB???

    by smellmycheese

    Has it been deleted?? Why? The damage has already been done (that's if the spoilers weren't foilers...)!<br><br>Seriously, that is very disappointing. I bet we'll get punished now with no Lost TB until the season ends. We're all going to be sent to our rooms without any supper.

  • May 16, 2007, 1:40 a.m. CST

    jericho finally started getting good...

    by funnyhat

    when CBS execs finally got their hands off of it in the 2nd half of the season. the weak 1st half was due to the networks constant interference. it was finally coming into its own, and now it will never prevail. Showtime or HBO should pick it up.

  • May 16, 2007, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Noooo not Jericho!

    by Eyegore

    I really liked it. It can't be true. There must be more Jericho!

  • May 16, 2007, 1:48 a.m. CST

    i'm gonna cut someone

    by Bob C. Cock

    jericho should have come back, not the unit.

  • May 16, 2007, 1:51 a.m. CST

    And agree about Jericho...

    by smellmycheese

    it certainly got better in the 2nd half! It took some perseverance to get there, mind. Shame it won't be returning.

  • May 16, 2007, 1:56 a.m. CST

    if they didnt kill off the mayor

    by funnyhat

    and had gotten rid of the overacting mom who starred in "kindergarten cop", and went more with the US going to shit storyline...jericho would be back. shame shame shame. I recently heard DirecTV was picking up some shows that were recently canned, perhaps someone will offer more eps of jericho. my 2nd fav new show this year, after heroes, is gone. :-(, the weird thing is it had pretty decent ratings, too.

  • May 16, 2007, 2 a.m. CST

    Runrun, pshaw,

    by Napoleon Park

    you did the "Amazing Unit Whisperer" gag I was going to do. Great minds...

  • May 16, 2007, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Jericho hiatus

    by thevision

    The cancellation would be justified if on Jericho lost viewers during its hiatus but Lost and Heroes did too! And those shows don't compete head to head with American Idol. Instead of spending resources on Jericho like changing its timeslot they're going to risk resources on a fucking vampire detective show and that other crap! CBS doesn't look at the big picture.

  • May 16, 2007, 2:20 a.m. CST

    Fuck Jericho, bring back miracles

    by Doc_Strange

    That show was some of the best horror/sci-fi I saw on TV. ABC should seriously consider bringing it back now that genre shows have a better chance for an audience than drama or reality. Fuck while they're at it, bring back Smith.

  • May 16, 2007, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Jericho, Surface, nothing left to live for

    by Aloy

    Not really but like everyone else I agree that it got more compelling in the last half, now I'm back where Surface left me last year. But Ghost Whisperer?...the story lines are minimally interesting but c'mon the way she has the "twins" on display in every scene appropriate or not. Either haul 'em out and show us what you got or try to at least pretend that you don't need them to carry the show. (I swear I thought I saw them listed as co producers.)

  • May 16, 2007, 2:27 a.m. CST

    How bad

    by Shivv

    did Jericho's ratings get? I thought it was still doing pretty well. Would love to see another network pick it up and run it for several profitable seasons, like CBS did with JAG all of those years ago. Probably won't happen, but we can dream.

  • May 16, 2007, 2:30 a.m. CST

    Doc_Strange, couldn't agree more...

    by DanielKurland

    I've always been a huge Miracles supporter. Richard Hatem, the creator fled to Minear's The Inside, but since then has done nothing. That show was building to huge things too, it easily could, and should have been "the next X-Files".

  • May 16, 2007, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Not wishing to lower the tone BUT...

    by smellmycheese

    those "twins" are pretty good.<br><br> http://tinyurl.com/27s7jt

  • May 16, 2007, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Adios Jericho

    by newkie brown

    Although it had many faults, including taking an age to tell you what had happened and who set off the nukes, I enjoyed Jericho and will miss it. It's cancellation is yet another strike against watching network serials though. I'm really sick of the networks cancelling great shows, and am getting to the point where I'm going to do what a lot of other people do, which is wait a couple of seasons to see if the thing is succesful before catching up on DVD. I've already started to approached genre shows carefully. Shows like Invasion, I avoided completely because it looked good, it had got cancellation written all over it before the first episode even aired. I suppose you could argue that by not watching I added to it's chances of being cancelled, but that's how you feel when, year after year, your favourite shows are unceremoniously canned.

  • May 16, 2007, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Thanks, networks wankers...

    by OtisSpofford

    Surface... Drive... Jericho... Each show starts to really generate some cool shit and then you shut it down in favor of some more soapy drivel, game show crap or "reality" nonsense... I gotta say, you folks cancel The Riches or Heroes and there will be reprisals...

  • May 16, 2007, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Newkie...

    by OtisSpofford

    Augh - I forgot to mention Invasion! And my subject line should have read "Thanks, network wankers..." - I gets frustrated and me punctuation skills go all to hel!?"&@

  • May 16, 2007, 3:17 a.m. CST

    I think all the AICN Talkbackers

    by Purgatori

    should start our own network called TalkBack TV. For every sad fucker like myself that gets on here and impotently voices our pissedness at shows being canned that we love, if we'd donate like a dollar or five, we could start a damn network. I mean, how much does Skeet Ulrich cost a season?? Ray Liotta? I bet you we could get them cheap. And what the hell is James Marsters doing that we couldn't buy him or Alexis Denisof for that matter? We have the power...go Team Talkback. I'll go crawl into my corner now.

  • May 16, 2007, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Jericho joins the great choir invisible:

    by newc0253

    It has gone to that great, post-apocalyptic wasteland in the skies. It's a shame because it was a fantastic concept spoiled by crummy instincts. And as flawed as it was, there were, in fact, worse things to watch on tv.

  • May 16, 2007, 3:26 a.m. CST

    CBS Executives = Ass Muchers

    by masteryoda007

    CBS totally fucked up the airing of this show. Why can't they show 24 episodes over 24 weeks instead of this broken up schedule shite. I was pissed a few weeks back when Drive was cancelled after only 4 episodes. With the amount of drivel on the networks at the moment I just cannot get my head around these dumb motherfuckers' stupid decisions. I fuckin give up.

  • May 16, 2007, 3:31 a.m. CST

    I rather like watching Jennifer Love Hewitt's breasts.

    by Cotton McKnight

    There, I said it. And she loves showing em off too- I have seen several episodes of that show and her outfits get skimpier and skimpier as the hour goes on. By the end of the episode, they are practically popping out of a negligee or something. Good stuff.

  • May 16, 2007, 3:36 a.m. CST

    there's no shame in watching J Love Hewitt's breasts

    by newc0253

    but even i draw the line at watching the Ghost Whisperer. Maybe if they released a DVD highlights, featuring just the scenes with her in skimpy outfits. That I'd watch.

  • May 16, 2007, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Alyson Hannigan stays employeed! IN YOUR FACE, HERC!

    by LordEnigma

    Yay! We finally get to meet the fucking mother next year. It's about damn time. Seriously, Craig and Carter, do not spend all season with Ted playing the field. Let him meet the mom by November sweeps. That's not an order, but a freakin PLEA!

  • May 16, 2007, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Jericho was so freakin boring

    by SherlockMonk

    I'm surprised I lasted throughout the entire season, but I did give it chance. By the last episode I was thankful the season was over and had already decided I wouldn't be tuning in during the fall. Unlike the rest of you, I found it entertaining the first half of the season and then when it came back each episode just became more and more of a chore to sit through. I'm not sure what I was expecting from the start, but it wasn't what I had hoped.

  • May 16, 2007, 5:18 a.m. CST

    The DVD

    by JohnIan

    As I understand the DVD, now the complete series release for Jericho is August. It sucks that it got fucked. But what I'm hoping. Very much. Even if it's just the creator sitting on a lawn chair; answers. Have him rattle on, maybe fifteen minutes on what the show was going had season two been given a go - and beyond. The overall tale. If that happens, I'll be sad, but pleased.

  • May 16, 2007, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Jericho: Everybody dies...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Whenever a show I watch is canceled but ends in a cliffhanger, I simply imagine that every character died afterwards, in order for me to move one. So this is what I imagined happened after the finale: 1) The New Bern militia overtook the Jericho soldier-residents, killing them all. 2) The marines captured Hawkins, tortured him and threatened to kill his family -- he told them where the nuke was hidden. (But they killed his family first, and then him, anyway.) 3) The marines activated the timer on the nuke and evacuated Jericho. 4) The nuke went off, totally destroying Jericho, New Bern and anything else living in the nearby vicincities. THE END.

  • May 16, 2007, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Oh, and one more thing...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    5) Afterwards, the marines executed the cute schoolteacher from Jericho, because she knew too much.

  • May 16, 2007, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Why Network TV sucks

    by harosa

    I have a friend who refuses to watch tv because of shows dragging on forever (X-Files, Lost) but just when I get him to tune into some new shoes they all get cancelled either before a full season airs or only last one season.

  • May 16, 2007, 6:34 a.m. CST

    I'm guessing since Numb3rs isn't mentioned that ...

    by chrth

    it's a given that it's back, right? I just hope Larry is back from the "monastery" next season! (And this string here represents my time as Chief of Staff to the President ...)<p> I never realized MadTV was a "skein". Are they suggesting that it's a "flock of geese, ducks, or the like, in flight?" Because the other definitions don't fit.<p> Tolkien Wept.

  • May 16, 2007, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Not Jericho???!!!!

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    It had just got very good!<p> Bastards!

  • May 16, 2007, 7:12 a.m. CST

    I'd put my "Amazing Unit" in the "Ghost Whisperer"

    by Abin Sur

    Couldn't resist. Also, semi-sucks about Jericho, since now we'll get more procedural crime shows and reality tv. Scripted drama gets a "Unit" in the backside again.

  • May 16, 2007, 7:17 a.m. CST

    My 2 cents

    by 1FearlessJay

    I've got to agree with both sides on Jericho. Before the break, I was ready to drop it, but gave it a 2nd chance. Then the second half of the season became the compelling story I had hoped for when it started. It's another show that networks don't know what to do with, and could only exist as a cable series - much like how even Ron Moore admitted if BSG were on network, it would have been cancelled long ago. (not that Jericho was THAT compelling - but it had promise)

  • May 16, 2007, 7:37 a.m. CST

    I still hate CBS for canning Now and Again...

    by ComputerGuy68

    I see Les trained the new exec on how to can interesting shows and add more crap. I d/l the Unit, but other than that I'm done with CBS.

  • May 16, 2007, 7:56 a.m. CST

    How the fuck...

    by thewoodpecker

    Are we supposed to get Jennifer Love Hewitt in Playboy if her craptastic show keeps getting renewed? all red blooded American males MUST boycott the show so JLH will finally be forced to unleash the sweater puppies to save her career. Oh, wait... guys don't watch the show now. Fuck...

  • May 16, 2007, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Jericho vs. Heroes

    by I Own You

    Both were easily the best new shows of the season, but where Heroes was about hope and the thrill of discovery, Jericho seemed to merely paint a bleaker future week after week. I can see why it got canned.

  • May 16, 2007, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Ghost Whisperer = My Guilty Pleasure

    by Atomik Steve

    Seriously, it's a pretty good show. Worthy of my Tivo time at least.

  • May 16, 2007, 8:02 a.m. CST

    In all honesty, I didn't realize Ghost Whisperer was on

    by chrth

    I thought it had been cancelled, I never see ads for it (although considering I only watch Numb3rs on CBS ... and I usually watch it on Saturday after tivo'ing it Friday night ... and I fast-forward through the commercials ... maybe it's my fault?)

  • May 16, 2007, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Bailed on Ghost Whisperer when they offed Tyler..

    by ComputerGuy68

    and added the cow MANheim, was so hoping this was going to be canned..

  • May 16, 2007, 8:17 a.m. CST

    FUCK CBS

    by themidnighter23

    Jericho was the one show that surprised me. I really enjoyed that show and now we will never know how the war for Jericho turned out. I hate tv now

  • May 16, 2007, 8:21 a.m. CST

    DON'T BE AFRAID, HERC!

    by biggles2_22

    LOST TB NOW!

  • May 16, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    the class was ass

    by mthrndr

    I watched 10 minutes of the first episode. So derivative. So horrible. I can't believe it lasted this long.

  • May 16, 2007, 8:40 a.m. CST

    ComputerGuy68

    by zer0cool2k2

    good to see someone else around here bemoaning the premature death of NOW & AGAIN. I spent about a year bitching every tuesday that NOW & AGAIN still has not been released on DVD. I finally gave up when i realized most people thought I was talking about that awful Sela Ward show on ABC. Istill want my NOW & AGAIN complete series box set though, Damnit!!!

  • May 16, 2007, 8:51 a.m. CST

    FUCK CBS FOR CANCELING JERICHO

    by Booster Gold Lives

    Those fuckers wouldn't know a decent show if it crawled out of their TV and gave them head. I hope all the nuts that were sent in to save the show give the CBS execs the burning shits. Assholes.

  • May 16, 2007, 8:53 a.m. CST

    zeroCool

    by slkboxrman

    now and again was an awesome show with an awesome plot....they ended it on such a tense cliffhanger too "find them !!!!" all good shows get canned in favor of BS shows and more crappy reality crap....but thats what the mindless american public wants...paying attention to a complicated story week after week is too hard compared to watching reality shows

  • May 16, 2007, 8:54 a.m. CST

    And I also agree about NOW & AGAIN

    by Booster Gold Lives

    Another example of CBS execs showing they have pudding for brains. Apparently if your show isn't a crime procedural or a reality show, your chances of survival on CBS drop to nil. I hope they're hit with the Seinfeld Curse full-on. Also the clap.

  • May 16, 2007, 8:55 a.m. CST

    only 2 cbs shows i watched

    by smutpeddlar

    jericho and the class,wow,thanks cbs for wasting another 30+ hours of my life,whi in the world did you let jericho go a full year,they got their feet under them,and started running full speed..THEN, you cancel em,brilliant..abc did the same thing to invasion..and have not watched a single minute of abc programming since...well bit torrent for lost of course,but i never turn to abc's channel,cbs just joined the list..have fun with your "unit" to i own you..i think the story of a wayward son comming home and making amends and becomming a hero is a very uplifting story,the jericho landscape was bleak yes,based on the circumstances the first year would almost have to be,but it would have been nice to see where they went with the story,oh well,nbc renewed scrubs,only 7 million viewers,and they pay zach braff a ton of money..but they still showed balls by giving them 1 more year..bravo

  • May 16, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Well CBS Just lost a viewer... RIP Jericho :(

    by nrn

    Jericho was mine, and my wife's Favorite new show behind heroes. We watched it and loved it. We stared at the screen sadly when they Killed Johnston Green. <p> What the hell was CBS expecting? They bring in a brand new show, its getting MAJOR Ratings, Lost is off the air and no competition was going on.. so what do they do.. OH a 2 month haitus won't effect us! We can just come back Vs Bones then American Idol. WEDNESDAY WAS THE MOST EPISODE HEAVY DAY: <P> American Idol<p> Lost<p> Medium<p> Bones<p> Jericho<p> Halfway Home and a few others.<p> Jericho was the only reason I have EVER tuned to CBS. Screw the network execs. Surface & Jericho would have been in fine fucking form in their second seasons. Thanks for screwing us loyal viewers and leaving us with a HUGE ass cliff hanger.

  • May 16, 2007, 9:02 a.m. CST

    There is a god.

    by Mooly

    I never watched Jericho or any of those other shows, but I did TRY watching The Class when it started. I even was fair and watched like 6 episodes. God that show was terrible. I can't believe it lastest THIS long. I'd rather watch other shows like King of Queens or Life with Jim than that piece of crap. And who has a third grade reunion anyway? And funny how they all became best friends right away.

  • May 16, 2007, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Hey, if CBS hadn't cancelled "Now and Again"...

    by Christopher3

    We would never have gotten "24", which took half of that show's cast and crew. Oh wait, was that supposed to be an apology?

  • May 16, 2007, 9:24 a.m. CST

    What was Jericho about???

    by Ang_Lee

    I watched the very first episode and never came back. I only have a couple questions. What happen? Nukes? Who set them off and why? What was the black guys part in it all? Spy or something? What was the on-going storyline? A very brief answer by anyone would be great.

  • May 16, 2007, 9:24 a.m. CST

    When a series is cancelled in mid-cliffhanger...

    by Osmosis Jones

    There should be a requirement that the show's creator should write an ending specifically for the DVD release. Not film a new episode, per se, just write a text script that would resolve the cliffhanger and give viewers some closure.

  • May 16, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST

    That's a load of Crap

    by crazay

    CBS is brutal. Whoever is in charge there should have his nuts cut off. They didn't give the show a fair chance. They took it off air for what? 3 months? Give me a break. As far as I'm concerned, CBS has failed 2 shows this year. Smith wasn't given a fair shot (it was starting to get really interesting)and now Jericho. To end a show like that with so many unasnwered questions is just fucking brutal. It was seriously the only show on CBS that I watched. Here's hoping that they decide to move it's nights instead and prepare for season 2 to be the final season with the hopes that maybe ratings will jump and they can carry on.

  • May 16, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    The Unit

    by Pooter the Clown

    I don't get the lack of publicity this show gets. It's easily one of the best one-hour dramas on television. Maybe the military angle rubs some people the wrong way, but damn it's nice to see a compelling hour of serial ass kicking. A dash of family drama to keep the ladies happy doesn't hurt either. At least it gives the characters some depth. Glad it's back. Jonas owns all. I'm talking to you Jack Bauer, you whiny melodramatic drama queen.

  • May 16, 2007, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Twins...

    by Kid Z

    ...(chortle)... Remember when she was this svelte li'l thing in I Know What You Did Last Summer? Has she been visiting Pamela Anderson's surgeon or something?

  • May 16, 2007, 9:49 a.m. CST

    At least Jericho taught us...

    by Kid Z

    ... When there's an all-out nuclear assault... don't sweat it! Just say inside for a few hours until it rains and later, you can still go out trick-or-treating! (And people wonder why it was cancelled...)

  • May 16, 2007, 9:53 a.m. CST

    The Unit.......

    by Doc_Strange

    Cmon, with a name like that, what do you think it's really about? Makes me laugh every time I see a commercial for it.

  • May 16, 2007, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Goodbye CBS...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Jericho is the only reason I gave your network a chance.<p>Please die, like most of your demo.

  • May 16, 2007, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Jericho sympathy

    by Cobbio

    I feel bad for people who enjoyed "Jericho," of which there are many on this talkback. But even with Michael J. Straczynski's involvement, this show never hit its stride or grabbed my attention. It had high production values and fairly good acting, but the stories themselves left me shaking my head. I watched the first seven episodes hoping for intrigue and minor payoffs, but the utter -- and, in my opinion, stupid -- implausibilty of the show ruined it for me. The "Jericho" writers could've given this show such depth, such drama, but they took the safe route and shot themselves in the foot.<p> I know many people dug the show, and I feel bad for people who were hoping for a season 2, but I'm actually glad it's getting cancelled. Maybe something better will replace it.

  • May 16, 2007, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Hey cheesy, about those twins

    by Mel Gibsteinberg

    That's got to be a photoshop, no way that pic is real, looks to bizzare. Also, why is Herc so scared to bring back the Lost TB? I think those who wanted spoilers found them, now we should be able to talk about Lost for tonight's anticipation.

  • May 16, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Ang_Lee

    by blackmantis

    The nukes were bought on the black market from the Russians and set off by a domestic terror group. The "black guy" was an undercover agent who had infiltrated the terrorists and assigned one of the nukes to set off. He was unable to stop the terrorists plans when they moved up their timetable and escaped to Jericho with his bomb, which he buried. Also, the head of homeland security, played by Daniel Benzali, may have been a part of the domestic terror group, although that was unresolved at season's end. Jericho was uneven, but had a great start and really got interesting at the end of the season so it's a shame they are cancelling this.

  • May 16, 2007, 10:29 a.m. CST

    zer0cool2k2, my guess is the music is why Now

    by ComputerGuy68

    & Again is MIA, too cheap to pay the license fees probably...

  • May 16, 2007, 10:34 a.m. CST

    damn

    by kitkats99

    The Class was consistently funny.

  • May 16, 2007, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Jericho vs American Idol

    by riker33

    The REALLY stupid thing about CBS is that JERICHO had decent ratings before the Christmas hiatus, but the writing was weak. When it came back, the writing improves tenfold but it got trounced in the ratings by American Idol. Go figure! Does it not occur to the Idiots-That-Be that if it had good rating once, it could have good rating again IF THEY MOVED IT FROM OPPOSITE AMERICAN IDOL??? LOSERS! Plus, as usual, they left it in a cliff-hanger. Invasion, anyone? Oh, and for those who say it sucked, just because YOU thought it sucked, doesn't mean it actually did. That's the beauty of a democracy. We are ALLOWED to have differing opinions and likes/dislikes without having to listen to morons spout off about what should and shouldn't be seen on televison, etc.

  • May 16, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST

    They should move Jericho to the CW!

    by Neo Zeed

    Show was really great and was my top three shows Lost, Heroes, and Jerico. Fuck you CBS.

  • May 16, 2007, 10:51 a.m. CST

    The Jericho Hiatus

    by Jor-El23

    Did they take the hiatus because there were no more episodes left and they had to make new ones?

  • May 16, 2007, 10:55 a.m. CST

    The unit........

    by viranth

    I bought the book because of the show, and after reading the book the show is so much more interesting. Glad the show got renewed, the season ending was intense.

  • May 16, 2007, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I'm not watching any new programs.

    by modlight

    I've railed against people who wait for DVD's to watch programs because I know that murders program's ratings, but every damn show I get into gets cancelled. Invasion kind of sucked, but This and Surface were awesome shows that got kicked off right after an amazing cliffhanger. These dumb friggin networks forgot to let things grow.

  • May 16, 2007, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Re: The Jericho Hiatus

    by Shivv

    Jericho went on hiatus for the same reason Lost did: to avoid showing reruns and interrupting the flow of the show as they built towards the end of the season. It probably would have worked too if American Idol didn't steamroll everything in its path. Then again, with AI tanking a bit lately, next year might be a different story.

  • May 16, 2007, 11:35 a.m. CST

    I tell you what hasn't been cancelled - LOST!

    by smellmycheese

    So, in the absence of a LOST talkback I figure we should just hijack this one. <br><br>Umm... only I got nothing to say because some dude told us what's going to happen and... well... that's that.<br><br>...but by God I hope they kill Charlie off tonight. As much as I like the actor, that character is beginning to bore the shit right out my ass.

  • May 16, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    Screw CBS - Jericho was just getting good

    by Itchy

    It was retarded, but watchable, until episode 9 or 10 ... then it got real promising. CBS has no idea what to do with Sci-Fi, in any form. Heroes is a sci-fi hit for NBC. Lost is a sci-fi hit for ABC. But CBS just putters along with no clue how to develope a promising concept. It's pathetic, really. Why didn't they just retitle is "CSI: Jericho" - then CBS would've kept it around for 10 seasons.

  • May 16, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Jericho is fringe sci-fi

    by Jor-El23

    at best. I still enjoyed it and i think the fringe aspect is enough to get all sorts of viewers into it. Oh well

  • May 16, 2007, 12:02 p.m. CST

    Jericho = Lost if it was written by 'tards...

    by trojanwilliams

    I watched the first 6 episodes begrudgingly hoping for an improvement in the writing and it never came (I also did the same with Heroes and was somewhat rewarded). Jericho was a good concept hampered by horrible execution and even worse writing. 90% of the characters were cliches - the other 10% were pointless. <br><br> Lost, on the other hand, for all it's slow exposition and deliberate pacing is still one of the best written shows on television. I can't remember the last time I heard a line in Lost that seemed out of place or didn't serve a purpose. Jericho was full of them.<br><br> The hiatus didn't kill Jericho - the writing and lack of ratings did.<br><br> P.S. The 9 was a far better show both in concept and execution and that got cut a while back. It was only a matter of time for Jericho.

  • May 16, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST

    call CBS and complain!

    by Phildogger

    (212) 975-4321

  • May 16, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST

    CBS shocked, SHOCKED they lost viewers thru hiatus

    by Photoman

    They said they lost viewers because of the hiatus...so they canceled it. DUH. How about quit with the fricken hiatus and just keep going with the shows.

  • May 16, 2007, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Jericho = Lost if it was written by 'tards... - NOT

    by vich1

    Dude, you've got it COMPLETELY backwards. It's "Lost" that's written by 'tards. I can't believe we have to endure another 48 episodes of that go-nowhere crapfest and "Jericho" gets cancelled.

  • May 16, 2007, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Fuck the networks

    by liljuniorbrown

    First Angel, now Jericho.....fuck off CBS and WB. You cancel Riches or Smallville and i'm off tv forever.

  • May 16, 2007, 12:56 p.m. CST

    vich1

    by optimus122

    Please stop being a moron , Jericho was barely entertaining. Lost even at 1/2 as good as it first was blows it away. Its not even close.

  • May 16, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    The more I read of this, the more I'm amazed BSG is ...

    by Shan

    ... (and grateful that) still on the air.

  • May 16, 2007, 2:45 p.m. CST

    prof pop cult

    by paulrichard

    Thanks for your mass death system for copping with premature cancelation. I think I may finally be able ti get over the cancellation of Harsh Realm (and more recently Drive).

  • May 16, 2007, 3:20 p.m. CST

    paulrichard: I'll help end DRIVE later this summer...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    But first we have to wait until the last two episodes air in July. My post-finale scenario will result in everybody dying/getting killed off somehow. ... I was chatting with a co-worker today about shows that get canceled in mid-cliffhanger, and he came up with an interesting idea. Somebody should set up a site for aspiring TV show writers who could contribute TV scripts that resolve cliffhangers within one or two episodes. That would be the rule: You can't try to launch a "virtual season" with a bunch of scripts (determined fans of some prematurely canned shows, like Millennium, have done this). No, you are only allowed one or two more episodes to wrap everything up. Imagine if Jericho had been given a 23 or 24 episode order by CBS. Thus, how would you wrap up most of the plot points by the end of such an imagined, extended season?

  • May 16, 2007, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Ending Veronica Mars.

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    I like that idea Professor. Veronica Mars got 20 episodes this season. How would fans wrap things up with two more episodes? I think Jericho would need two more episodes to wrap up most of its finale cliffhangers.

  • May 16, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Jericho was not up against Idol

    by MGTHEDJ

    It aired one hour before. The Unit was against Idol and it's coming back. Jericho's competition was George Lopez (now gone), Friday Night Lights (now moved), and Bones. The show came in 2nd in its time slot. Some exec. hated the show. This move makes no sense.

  • May 16, 2007, 4:06 p.m. CST

    More bullshit, thanks CBS for cancelling Jericho

    by JohnnyS2

    Fuck you in the ass.

  • May 16, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST

    I would like to know who was the..

    by glodene

    TV executive who concocted this fucktard business model of putting serialized dramas on 6 to 8 week hiatueses thinking that the audience would return. Hell, according to NBC, Heroes lost over 3 million viewers after its' 7 week hiatus. Hopefully, next season they'll forsake this whole multiple month hiatus bus. model for something resembling common sense scheduling. Damn! Jericho was a decent show too :-(

  • May 16, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Finally! Jericho was boooring

    by MrFloppy

    I saw the whole season, so I can bash.

  • May 16, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST

    I liked Jericho

    by lfhlaw

    But some people don't like serialized TV shows. Most serialized TV shows take time to get started, with the exception of Lost and Heroes, there aren't a lot of serialized TV shows on Network TV. The ones that caught on tended to be on the smaller networks. i.e. Buffy, Angel. Major networks tend to be much more 'yank' happy anymore. I recall that Seinfield 1st episodes weren't that great and that probably would be canned in this era. Along with Friends didn't have a great start either. TV Networks need to show some patience. JAG as someone mentioned got the quick yank, but flourished on another network. I'd love for maybe the CW to pick up Jericho, but that's unlikely. I wish Sci-fi Channel would leave one programming slot open to scavenge good programming from fickle TV Networks, but then again they're run by NBC too. I like the paulrichard idea.

  • May 16, 2007, 5:03 p.m. CST

    RIP Jericho

    by slone13

    Like 2-Pac and Pope John Paul II, you left us too soon.

  • May 16, 2007, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Jericho was promising...

    by Z0D

    CBS, you bunch of fucktards, go to hell. You keep stupid ass shit on the air, yet kill the intelligent and thought provoking stuff that gets ratings. /sigh/ I tuned into Jericho every frickin night to watch. It had a message that one day could come true: America will die in the fires started by their own people. You might have just lost one of your only viewers of Survivor. This stuff is why the damn networks are losing viewers: They don't know what works and is good tv, so they stick to carbon copy shows and shitfest pop-cult shows that cater to fucktard teens and young adults who can't think for themselves. Bye bye CBS. ___KNEEL___ before Z0D

  • May 16, 2007, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Wrap Up Jericho In A Mini-Series or TV Movie.

    by uss cygnus

    Answer the questions, put a bullet in the carcass and move on.

  • May 16, 2007, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Does Anyone Even OWN a Nielson Box??? Jericho was Great

    by krylyyk

    Seriously, Ive lived all over the US, and NEVER met anyone who even knew anyone that had one. EVERYONE I know is watching and loving Jericho. Yet all the decisions are made over the box? STUPID. CBS is clearly out of touch. A show like Heroes, that was really amazing when it started and has grown progressively more and more ripped off (unexcitedly) from X-Men: Days of Future Past (they even called Suresh "The Professor" two weeks ago) gets a spin off (and twelve new characters each week!), but Jericho which only got better every week (except killing Johnston-- uh duh???), gets canned? This is why I dont watch as much TV as I used to.

  • May 16, 2007, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Kid Z...RE: Love's lovelies

    by Pendragon23

    Svelte?...Hardly...Check out a sitcom she did back in '92 titled "Shaky Ground (w/ Matt Frewer)...She was all of thirteen, and even then they would have been termed "knockers"

  • May 16, 2007, 6:54 p.m. CST

    "termed"?

    by Pendragon23

    Make that "called"

  • May 16, 2007, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Jericho sucked big balls! Buhhh Byyyyeee!

    by Sappers Forward

    I always thought that show sucked worse than anything else on T.V. It was so friggen lame. Technically, it was a nightmare. Could they not have hired anyone with any tactical sense to at least help them put together a decent action scene? No...cancelled...got what they deserved...it sucked.

  • May 16, 2007, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Prof. Pulp Cult, and virtual seasons...

    by DanielKurland

    It's hardly a new idea, but one of the most impressive ones I've seen was a site called Sports Night on CSC. It contained about 2.5 seasons worth of scripts for Sports Night. What was impressive about it though is that it scoured every other Sports Night fanfiction/virtual scripts online, took the best parts, dialogue snippets, etc. and incorporated them into their scripts (while giving credit). It even approached things as if the show was actually on air, by doing things like having Huffman's character absent from the first bunch of episodes of "Season three", as realistically, she'd be on maternity leave at that point. It was just a really professional, well-rounded effort. And I was glad to see that amount of dedication be poured into something.

  • May 17, 2007, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Jericho

    by NudeandAroused

    Could have been a really great series. Itstarted strong. For some reason, it went really soap opera for a while. Then, the last two episodes were verys trong. I don't know if the writers knew where they were going with the show. It could have been one of the better shows around.

  • May 17, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    according to directv...

    by funnyhat

    I have DirecTV and it has an option to see what everyone from your time zone is watching, and whats the most watched show nationally that night. well, jericho was always in the top 5 on wednesdays. i dont know who the fuck has a nielsen box, i've never met anyone, but i would gladly put a nielson box in every home in america to see whos watching what so we stop cancelling good shows on faux and faulted reports! bring on more celebrity fit club and wife swap and super nanny, because a smart show about the end of civilization in the US with towns going to civil war is totally not what america wants to watch. Seriously, WTF.

  • May 17, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    How I Met Your Mother will get a third season.

    by CrichtonAstronut

    Amist all the bad news I have to say. I am seriously thrilled to see one of the most clever and original sitcoms to come out in years has survived the long knives. If you've read the last few Entertainment Weekly reviews, you'd thinks the show had already been cancelled, or at least on the bubble. Thankfully that is not the case according to the Variety article in the link above. I beleive I heard elswewhere that Scrubs will be back as well.

  • May 17, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    hey computerguy68..

    by Cotton McKnight

    I used to think just like you- I hated CBS for cancelling Now and Again. You know what though? That freed up Dennis Haysbert to do 24, so you will get NO complaints from me now.