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NEWLY UPDATED W/ NOTE FROM CBS (SATURDAY 1:56 PM CST USA):"Nuts"!! Stand Up & Defend JERICHO!!

Published at: May 19, 2007, 2:34 p.m. CST by merrick

UPDATED 2:06 PM CST USA 05.19.07
Merrick again...
CBS has released a message to fans of JERICHO via the JERICHO message boards on CBS.com. The message reads thusly:
To the fans of Jericho: We have read your emails over the past few days and have been touched by the depth and passion with which you have expressed your disappointment. Please know that canceling a television series is a very difficult decision. Hundreds of people at the Network, the production company and the incredibly-talented creative team worked very hard to build and serve the community for this show -- both on-air and online. It is a show we loved too. Thank you for supporting Jericho with such passion. We truly appreciate the commitment you made to the series and we are humbled by your disappointment. In the coming weeks, we hope to develop a way to provide closure to the compelling drama that was the Jericho story. Sincerely, Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment
Hmmm..."we hope to develop a way to provide closure"...what does this mean? Webisodes? Books? A TV movie (or conditional series of TV movies)? A miniseries? VERY interesting. If I had to bet, I'd say they're considering a means of resolving the story that wouldn't necessarily commit them to a complete reactivation of the series; i.e. webisodes, and so forth. This would dovetail with the network's previous use webisodes to set up the series' back story/periphery stories. This is just a guess, though - I have no hint of what they're actually contemplating at this time. EVEN THOUGH THIS APPEARS TO BE POSITIVE MOTION, I WOULD STRONGLY ADVISE FULL-ON CONTINUANCE OF EFFORTS TO SAVE THE SHOW (see below for details). It's critical The Powers That Be do not perceive the fan base as wavering, or as being easily placated. It's a simple equation: the more they hear from fans, the more fans are likely to receive. By the way, the online petition to save the show now has roughly 51,600 signatures on it. Yesterday around this time, it had approximately 42,600. Pretty cool. As a side note to CBS, we've received a great deal of impassioned e-mail regarding the series here at AICN. The fans really, truly do appreciate your consideration of this. They really do. More info as more comes in. ORIGINAL ARTICLES BELOW.




UPDATED 5:06 PM 05.18.07
Merrick again... ..with a bit of insight immediately pertinent to the "Save JERICHO" campaign. I've been contacted by several learned individuals who strongly indicate that PHYSICALLY MAILED LETTERS ARE CONSIDERED IN A HIGHER REGARD THAN E-MAILS, ON-LINE PETITIONS, ETC. Electronic forms of communication are certainly noted, but might be perceived as too easy, too knee jerk. Physical letters...written, addressed, stamped, etc...are viewed as representing more sincerity, dedication, effort, and commitment. Physical letters also decrease the likelihood of the same person sending multiple messages (on-line, there would be issue of multiple screen names, and whatnot). To be fair, if a network is being asked to make such a massive commitment, it deserves to know how big its potential audience really is. As much of the "Save JERICHO" effort thus far as been electronically focused, I thought I'd pass this information along for your consideration. The CBS folks who should receive such letters:
Mr. Kelly Kahl Senior Exec VP of Programming CBS Television Network 51 West 52nd St. New York, NY 10019 Ms. Nina Tassler, President CBS Entertainment 7800 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90039-2112
I know fans of the show are encouraging supporters to deluge CBS with nuts. An amusing notion, to be sure, but a simple letter would undoubtedly have the greatest meaning. This said, CBS is more than welcome to ship potential mountains of nuts to the staff of AICN. We'd have no problem with that, especially salted ones or cashews. More info as more comes in. [[[ORIGINAL ARTICLE FOLLOWS]]]




Merrick here...
Earlier this week, we learned that CBS decided not to renew JERICHO for next season. I love this show. I really love it. I don’t/won’t say that about many TV shows. Even GALACTICA, which I follow religiously, I can only claim to “like a lot”. JERICHO is different. At the very least, Herc “likes” it too - I’m not clear to what extent. We’ve discussed it frequently amongst ourselves, even though (for whatever reason) it never received much play on the site. In retrospect, this was probably an error on our behalf. We should’ve talked about it more on AICN…we should’ve said more. In an effort to increase awareness for JERICHO, and to correct some misunderstandings about the nature of the show, I contacted CBS publicity a few weeks back to arranging some coverage for the series before it headed into its season finale. I never heard back from CBS. The next thing I knew…despite rumors of a begrudging renewal and a new timeslot…it was gone. JERICHO didn’t find the audience network exes were wanting (needing) it to find. I hold this happened for some very fundamental reasons: 1) TIMESLOT (against BONES or AMERICAN IDOL depending on Fox’s schedule); 2) A three month, mid season break (after which the show’s audience dropped 25% by some counts). In a masterpeice of lousy timing, it was at this same, awkward juncture that JERICHO kicked into high gear. I.e. I personally hold that the prolonged hiatus allowed audiences to drift away before the true nature of the show became evident. And…most critically… 3) PEOPLE DID NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS SHOW WAS ABOUT. Early promotion looked like, and felt like, JERICHO was some sort of post apocalyptic drama – MAD MAX –meets- THE WALTONS. Which, in actuality, is only partially true.

SPOILERS BELOW!!!

(Yeah, I know, “spoilers” for a series that just got canceled ? Well…they’ll be some folks watching it on an inevitable DVD release. And, in the event it is resurrected…)
JERICHO was one of the smartest, most compelling shows on television. It took a while to find its rhythm…but when it did…it did it in a big way. In a macro sense, JERICHO considers what happens when a cross section of Americans are forced to completely redefine their value system, and reassess their perceptions of what’s important in life. Who do we choose to hate, and to what end? Who do we allow ourselves to love? How large a price do we exact for forgiveness? And, at what point does hope of forgiveness turn into thirst for primal revenge. How do we rediscover ourselves when the material attainment which has patterned our lives is suddenly rendered irrelevant? What do we stand for, and why? What is the cost of cowardice and selfishness? The list goes on. What brings our characters to such a lofty cross roads? A series of nuclear attacks on 23 multiple American cities, apparently organized & perpetrated by a faction within Homeland Security (using atomic material bagged during the fragmenting of the Soviet Union). America is not destroyed by these attacks – but over 30 million people are instantly killed. The rest of the country sees America’s functionality grind to a halt. Squabbling over the Presidential right of succession ensues as surviving politicians vie for their piece of the pie. At one point, America is divided into six regions...each claiming to be the seat of legitimate government...each amassing regional militaries (National Guard units, and so forth). Insinuations of possible Civil War abound. In the midst of this upheaval lies a small Kansas town called Jericho. Why’s it so important? Several reason: Jericho’s location is unique – it was beyond the reach of fallout patterns; its farmland remained relatively uncontaminated. It has a massive salt mine, an untainted water supply, and barely enough resources to support its townspeople (some episodes of the series are almost like a SIMS game…dealing with how many people can be fed, how many refugees can be housed, and the ramifications of turning away the waves of displaced wanderers who the town can not afford to feed or house). And, based on all these desirable factors, Jericho is also a rallying point for the CIA personnel who’ve spent four frustrating years trying to thwart the atomic bomb plot – unaware that the conspiracy to bring down our country was actually orchestrated by the same people who determined their deployment in the field. One of these agents finds his way to Jericho...with an atomic bomb in his possession; he had infiltrated the conspirators and was supposed to blow up a city. He bailed on ‘em and ran away with their bomb. He’s stashed it, underground, in a rickety shack. And the conspirators (bad ass assassins) are hot on his trail, looking for their nuke. Ultimately, the world comes to Jericho. Neighboring cities adapt factories & builds mortars to shell Jericho…in an effort to bring the town to its knees so farmland & resources can be taken over. Some form of government, under an oddly configured American(ish) flag, comes to Jericho looking for the missing atomic bomb. Simplicity…becomes a hot spot. Armed via a high-tech stockpile assembled by the increasingly rogue CIA agent, peaceful Jericho is forced to gear up for war. Despite such grand concepts, Jericho is ultimately driven by very touching, very rudimentary truths. It’s about dedication, love, strength of family, and the danger of divisiveness. Despite its frequent nihilism, the show sends one of the most positive messages on TV right now. Oh, yeah. JERICHO isn’t on TV anymore. Which, frankly, really pisses me off. HOWEVER, fevered efforts are underway to resurrect the series. Doing so is an enormously challenging proposition. And, frankly, is unlikely to succeed. Please know, though, that “unlikely” doesn’t necessarily denote “impossible”. Like the people of Jericho, this series should NOT go down without a fight. Without a GOOD fight. If a resurrection campaign has ANY chance of working, IT’LL NEED TO MAKE A LOT OF NOISE VERY QUICKLY. Most importantly, The Powers That Be are unlikely to respond to knee-jerk reactions. SUSTAINED AND CONSTANT CAMPAIGNING…that does not fade after a week or two…will be more effective & be more noticed in the long run. Towards this end, several efforts are afoot.
HERE is a link to a petition that has over 42,600 signatures on it since its inception two days ago (I think it was). HERE is a link to JerichoLives…a good clearing house for information about efforts to save the series (including the names of appropriate execs, network folks, etc.) HERE is a link to the “Nuts” campaign (“Nuts” is a World War II reference used by characters on the show when facing invasion). HERE is an excellent Wiki entry that’ll get you up to speed on all things JERICHO. And, finally, HERE is where every episode of the series can be downloaded. If you give the show a shot, allow half a season for it to kick in, reach full stride, and “work” on the level the series was clearly meant to work.
So, get going. Even if you’ve never watched the show...but you love this site and the Geek sensibilities it advances…lend a hand, sign your name, watch some episodes, and give JERICHO a chance (in every regard). It's drama/action driven by ideas and meaning. It's fast moving, but also thought provoking. It's nuanced, but also remarkable accessible. It is a drama for Geeks and thriller fans that has simply not found enough Geeks or thriller fans to sustain it. Little else on TV balances so many different qualities so deftly. Television needs JERICHO. We need JERICHO.

e-mail Merrick!!!


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  • May 18, 2007, 12:02 p.m. CST

    garbage

    by Magnum Opus

    This show stunk

  • May 18, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST

    If it got better Ill watch it again

    by Lovecraftfan

    Because the first batch of episodes were terrible.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST

    but...

    by Magnum Opus

    since I am first, I will give it another chance to honor this occasion. Hopefully it got better after the first handful of episodes.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Huh?

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Oh well.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Is there really any hope for this show?

    by Jor-El23

    It's not a situation where it's on the bubble but still on the air. The show is off the air and CBS has probably let all of the regulars out of their contracts to pursue other shows.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Jericho

    by EddieBlake

    Jericho is a great show. And I really really hate the fact that great shows I love get cancelled. Miracles, Nowhere Man, Surface (the latter half of which was INCREDIBLE and stepped up the plot immensely), Invasion...the list goes on forever.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Jericho wasn't good. Office is better.

    by Err

    Hence why Office got a request for 30 episodes from NBC instead of the usual 24.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Jericho was the 2nd best new show of the season!

    by swinky

    It's biggest problem was being on CBS, which has no idea how to cater to the demographic that's drawn to a show like this. Which studio actually made the show? Maybe they can shop it to another network. At the very least Viacom could have moved it from the "Tiffany" network to one of the other channels.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    i only watched 1 episode of this show.

    by Boomers_Lips

    and i didnt like it. so i didnt watch any future episodes.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:11 p.m. CST

    Why Not?

    by Kilgores Doubt

    I really enjoyed this show. While not as well executed as it could of been. It is a fucking awesome premise. What if America in a split second went from Number one super power to ass backward/U.S.S.R. type country. What else does CBS have? really? How much could a show shot in Canada starring the killer from Scream 1 really cost to make anyway? So you had to rent a tank...C'mon CBS.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Can't get into it

    by lost.rules

    Bu bye Jericho!

  • May 18, 2007, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Most Americans are stupid

    by slone13

    Shows like 2.5 Men and According to Jim stink up the airwaves for years but Jericho gets the shaft. There's a lot of idiots between our two coasts.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:14 p.m. CST

    GIVE IT UP!

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    I'm sick of people and their petitions and letter-writing campaigns. The decision has been made, the show's canceled; accept it and move on.<br><br>Besides, IF any show was worth saving, it's Veronica Mars, but I am realistic and can accept it's gone without whining and starting petitions.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Boooooooooooooooring

    by Heckles

    I'd rather watch the WWE wrestler Chris Jericho body slam Ric Flair's sagging old man-tits. Whoooooooooooo!

  • May 18, 2007, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Insert bullet, point at foot, pull trigger...

    by Darth_Nader

    Hey, CBS dumbasses, what made you think you could send shows on three month long haitus and expect people to come back? ABC's paying the price for doing the same thing to Lost.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST

    The 2nd half of the show is just great

    by Marsellus

    After one hell of a pilot, Jericho became a show worth seeing, but not "incredible" either. But then, after the second half of the season, it became pretty great, and the season final is just excellent. And worth DEMANDING a second season !

  • May 18, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST

    BRING BACK...

    by cekma

    CARNIVALE! ALBRECHT IS NO LONGER HBO CEO, THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW!!!!!!

  • May 18, 2007, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Supporting crap like Jericho over Studio 60...

    by exie

    ...or Andy Barker for that matter makes you look like you wouldn't know good TV if it bit you on your ass. Jericho was a great idea executed so fucking poorly it deserved to be axed way before the season ended. Besides, these write the network campiagns never work. They have budgets. They've picked their shows for next season and all the actors on Jericho are already scrambling for work next year. I just can't believe that this site would champion mediocrity like this over truly good shows that get the shaft. Give me a petition for bringing back Deadwood and locking Milch in a room until he finished 3 more seasons of it, I'll sign that. But Jericho? Come on.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Creepshow III?

    by tonagan

    What the hell?

  • May 18, 2007, 12:29 p.m. CST

    I know nothing about this show....

    by Stuntcock Mike

    it sounds interesting though.It has elements of the John Titor story to it. I'll check out the dvd if and when it comes out.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:31 p.m. CST

    if it wasn't so soap opera-y

    by Spice-Orange

    it would have been great. i dont care about who likes who. i mean, the world just ended! show me action and adventure!

  • May 18, 2007, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Jericho was catching its second wind...

    by Fat Chooch

    ... but I always felt that the show just wasn't quite dark enough. Someone else nailed it on the head when they called it "the end of the world - brought to you by Hallmark." Maybe it was the acting, casting, or direction, but it just seemed too "light" to give any real credibility to the subject matter.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:35 p.m. CST

    A Good Show

    by NudeandAroused

    That could have been great. Whomever is sleeping with whoever was so irrelevant. The show got sidetracked on manny different issues that the intense point of view was obstructed. Still, there was strong drama that gave "Jericho" great potential. It should have another season.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Great summary and...

    by vich1

    haters: bite me.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Won't miss it

    by viranth

    I thought this show could be great, but it was not any good at all. It had crappy acting, crappy sets and what not. Every episode was the same, just different wrapping.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    THANK YOU MERRICK!

    by fedrich519

    Thanks for taking up the cause!

  • May 18, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Drive? Studio 60?

    by CoolFrood

    If I am going to try to save a show, it will be something worth saving, such as Drive or Studio 60. Jerico had an audience and lost it because it was not very good. If Drive and Studio 60 were given a chance, they would find their audience and not lose them like Jerico did.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Rubiks Doob, that is probably the most naive statemtent

    by jim

    I have ever read on this site: "Meh- if it were good it wouldn't be cancelled after one season." It's not a matter of "good" or "bad" but "popular" and "not popular". Just because people didn't watch doesn't mean it wasn't good; just as bad shows can be highly rated, good shows can fare poorly.<p>I am guessing you have eiher never read The Stand or never seen Jericho because you can't really compare the two. The Stand deals with the aftermath of a plague that wipes out 99% of the population; it is a supernatural story of good vs. evil. Jericho is much more rooted in the real world, dealing with the after-effects of a nuclear attack that happened all around the country but not to Jericho itself.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Fellow TBers

    by Abin Sur

    I watched the show, and while I definitely saw room for improvement, it's a great concept and was showing potential towards the end of the season. Even if you weren't a fan, how 'bout filling out the online petition for your fellow geeks? It helps ALL of us when there is more genre television on the air.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Jericho in the UK

    by welshjohnnyboy

    I watch this show over here in the UK on the Hallmark channel. Brilliant show, but I understand the ratings have dropped over here because they did the same dumb thing as the US network: THEY DROPPED IT FOR OVER A MONTH. Effing stupid. They also brought it back at a different time. Double stupid. I've just shot myself in the foot by reading the spoilers, but hey? I'll stick by it and watch it until it fades away into the mushroom cloud of cancellation oblivion.......

  • May 18, 2007, 12:46 p.m. CST

    JERICHO was like a good series, only without the good

    by SpyGuy

    It wasn't a bad series either, but certainly not worth saving just for mediocre ratings. The acting and directing was pretty weak and CBS can do better than shows like this.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Typical TB....apes, chimps, and gibbons.

    by Ninja Nerd

    From reading the TB so far, it's clear only two posters and Merrick actually watched the whole thing. I DVR'd it every week, but saw every episode. It started slow, but the last 6 eps were pretty darn good. Hawkins was a total badass...I'd let him have my back anytime. Yeah, CBS has folded the tent, but JAG (which was painful most of the time) successfully jumped networks, so Jericho could as well. TNT or Sci-Fi are good choices. And it'd be nice to see the outcome of the final battle.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Every episode was the same?

    by theruggedman

    I find that hard to fathom since it was one of the most wildly uneven shows I've ever watched. At several points during the initial batch of episodes before the break, I contemplated removing it from my season pass. As the series went on it gained steam and by it's end was a tremendous show packed with potential. The season (series) finale is one of my favorite episodes of ANY television show ever. I want it to come back as well, but the fade to black as the bullets begin to rain is a fitting end if it indeed must be the end.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Lack of focus

    by Billy Oblivion

    A lot of folks seem to feel the show concentrates too much on personal side issues. I see the point. However, in a "disaster" where everyone is still well-fed and warm, you wouldn't expect ordinary townspeople to instantly forget their petty lives and turn into John Rambo. In the meantime, we've learned who these people are. When they have to change to survive, we understand what it means to them. If they die, we understand that they were part of the web of continuity of the town. Anyway, the body count for this season is approaching levels that should please even the twitch generation.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST

    I will miss Jericho

    by photoboy

    It took a while to really work out what it was about but Jericho was a really terrific show by the end. It deserved to be given another season, especially since it was the hiatus that killed most viewer's interest rather than any deficiency in the show itself. <br><br>Plus it looked like next season Daniel Benzali would have been the main bad guy, and any show that hires people from Murder One is automatically awesome.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST

    Sorry, but to be honest...

    by CatVutt

    The show didn't even interest me enough to read that whole thing. For all I know, it may have been quite good. But it didn't grab me at all.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Jericho was GREAT!

    by Neo Zeed

    They should move it to the CW. Doesn't CBS have part ownership in that network? If they start now they can re-run all the episodes in the summer without any breaks. BTW I don't get the Jericho haters on this site. Maybe they needed a character talking about superheros or something.

  • May 18, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    It was too silly for it's own good.

    by Shermdawg

    And when that's coming from someone who watches Smallville...

  • May 18, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Thank god, I thought they were going to....

    by SantiagoAtez

    ...give away the game-changing twist. Better delete the topic, just in case.

  • May 18, 2007, 1 p.m. CST

    I stuck with it for 15 eps

    by Diablo77

    but just found it too saccharine, teasy, and unsatisfying . . and now you're telling me it got good in episode 16?!!?!? the weekly montage of "normal people working together like real life heroes" became bile inducing, and the show was taking too long pussyfooting around the bigger, national issues, which was the main initial draw of the show.. i thought it quite respectable that they constantly heavily pushed good clean family values, but even that became overwhelming and cloying. i cant honestly say i'll miss it - it was too Clean to appeal to the sort of cult audience it started out wanting, but too Nihilistic for a viewing mainstream public to comfortably embrace. Having said that, i might skip to the finale out of morbid curiosity. :)

  • May 18, 2007, 1:01 p.m. CST

    And besides...

    by CatVutt

    I have to admit that 'Bones' has really grown on me in that time slot, particularly the last half of this past season. The cast is clicking, and it genuinely makes me laugh on a regular basis.

  • May 18, 2007, 1:01 p.m. CST

    And while you are already trying to save a show...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...help save "Raines" too! You can't tell me that you want more MTV-style crime shows with pathologists instead!<br> http://tinyurl.com/32dcge

  • May 18, 2007, 1:02 p.m. CST

    The show won me over

    by Triplesic

    I started watching because my girlfriend wanted to see it. I'm not a fan of the majority of network tv. The pilot was pretty good, but then they weren't getting on with the story. I also felt like they had to have a happy moment in every episode, you know one of those scenes were they have to have a current pop song playing in the background while everybody has a good time. That made me sick. but once they came back from the hiatus they really started to put together a show I can get behind.

  • May 18, 2007, 1:11 p.m. CST

    CatVutt...

    by Abin Sur

    Bones has grown on me as well - looks like they're having fun making the show. And that chick that plays Andrea...wowzers!

  • May 18, 2007, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Heck yeah!

    by Triceratops on Fire

    Definitely with Merrik on this one. While Jericho tended to bend disbelief a bit with the 6 different presidents and the whole government conspiracy thing in general, what it was great at, like other great survivalist shows (Lost, Galactica) was realistically thinking about the problems people in these situations would face. How to find/keep food, how to live w/o power, how to maintain government, how to deal with your empty neighbors house on the off chance that they're still alive somewhere... there was some good stuff in that show. I'll support these campaigns but I'll also be fine if it never resolves. We got 22 episodes of a good show rather than 50 of a crap-fest.

  • May 18, 2007, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Duh...

    by Abin Sur

    I meant Angela.

  • May 18, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    This Show was AWFUL

    by wretchedradiov3

    I'm sorry...I stuck with this show past that "magical" point where it supposedely got good, and it really just kinda still sucked. It was plagued by awful acting, a terrible score (did we really need some crappy music playing over EVERY single scene??) I really tried to like it. It had a really cool concept, but to have people lump it in with great canceled shows like Angel, Firefly, and now Veronica Mars is a joke. Give it up guys. Seriously.

  • May 18, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Is it any surprise???

    by PlasmaOrb

    The show was a complete steaming gome pyle of shit. Im surprised it lasted as long as it did. I dont know how or why they greenlight bad shows. Like that Andy Barker PI show.. one of the worst shows i have seen in forever. Andy needed to stay with Conan... he is prime time poison, cause all of his projects suck the proverbial donkey balls. Hell, American Idol was more entertaining and that show sucks, I never watch it cause my ears just cant stand the post high school talent show rejects they put on that insipid show.

  • May 18, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Premise and promise

    by CopyChief

    The early buzz for Jericho reminded me of the hype for Lost. My first reaction was, "Gee, how can they make this more than just a mini-series?" Early on, even in the first epis, Lost did a good job showing there was more at work than a plane crash. Jericho showed its dark face pretty early, at it appeared to be humorless and stark. It was hard to see beyond the "Day After" kinds of scenarios. The premise did have promise... but in the early episodes it wasn't borne out, and I, like many others, tuned out.

  • May 18, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    So long

    by batzilla

    stupid tv show. I hardly knew ye yet, I know ye sucked donkey bawz like 98% of television. Of course they will just replace it with some mindless game show or far out drama with bizarre lighting and quick flashing scenes that all the coooo kidz like.

  • May 18, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Siller than smallville!

    by supersize

    HAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA ! What crack are you smoking?

  • May 18, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Fuck Jericho BRING BACK TWIN PEAKS!!!!

    by batzilla

    fuck yeah! that show ruled the weld. Yes, THE WEEEEEEEEEEEEELDUH

  • May 18, 2007, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Still don't get the haters

    by Neo Zeed

    All those shows mentioned that are supposedly "better" than Jericho, also have cornball elements like pop song montages playing and endless hugging. The show was pretty damn tight, and much tightly written than Heroes.

  • May 18, 2007, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Bad production values...

    by Kid Z

    ... Hammy acting by Major Dad and others, preposterous plot points (radiation gets washed away by rain, we just had a nuclear attack... let's go trick or treating)... yeah... wotta great show! (Insert ironic snort) It was a bad, bad, BAD show and this is a bad Talkback. Maybe someone will post a link to some real spoilers and Harry will delete everything Jericho-related from the site!

  • May 18, 2007, 1:33 p.m. CST

    That flag...

    by Kid Z

    ... Isn't it the US flag from the Bizarro World?

  • May 18, 2007, 1:33 p.m. CST

    LMAO.

    by Chest_Rockwell

    I might have liked this show had I got into it. But does anyone else see the pure irony of placing a link to download all the eps on a site that quickly went into Red Alert Shutdown over posting some spoilers?

  • May 18, 2007, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Amazing concepts, Merrick, but SHIT execution

    by planetablaze

    I love a good apocalypse social drama as well as the next guy. And I watched a BUNCH of Jericho eps, multiple times, trying to get into the show. Unfortunately, for all the grand concepts you speak of (which are admittedly, badass), note that you NEVER ONCE bring up interesting human drama or even mention the name of any of the characters.<br><br>My problem with Jericho is that the writing, the cast, the characters, and the music (good god, the music) are all nearly unwatchable. It's a show built around really excellent concepts that doesn't seem to be able to pull anything off. There's a reason the show was cancelled, man. I've seen my favorite shows go the way of the dinosaur many times, and I know it's a bitch, but Jericho would be better off fading into the sunset so we can have a sweet post-Apoc show later on down the line, one with Lost-esque character drama that can withstand criticism and engage audiences with character real drama.<br><br> For an example of my issues with the show, take in the second episode, the bit with the fallout rain. The episode is generally uninteresting, but it all comes to a head with the final beat. Agent Hawkins has this really cool beat (which I'm sure was awesome on paper) where he starts putting pins in the map in all the locations that the bomb had decimated. You can tell how much it haunts him, it's kinda cool. Except instead of holding on it, instead of being interested in the human drama of the moment, the show favors a fucking ROCK MUSIC MONTAGE over one of the most haunting possible beats for the show. Jericho ruined its best ideas with sloppy execution.<br><br> TV doesn't need sloppiness, and TV most certainly doesn't need Jericho.

  • May 18, 2007, 1:40 p.m. CST

    I watched up until the break...

    by obiwayne

    and realized I didn't care enough to come back when it restarted. Nothing prevented me from watching as it was recorded on my Tivo each week for my wife to watch, but I just never had the desire to. I imagine it's what happened to a lot of former viewers.

  • May 18, 2007, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Abin.

    by CatVutt

    Yeah, it does seem like the writers have really found voices for the characters and are having a lot of fun with it. Much greater emphasis on the humor elements ever since Boothe shot the clown and got sent to therapy. And Tuesday's subtle callback to Zack and Hodgins 'face inflation' ('You said you'd fire us if we did any more experiments') was great.

  • May 18, 2007, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Er...Wednesday's.

    by CatVutt

    I know what I meant.

  • May 18, 2007, 1:45 p.m. CST

    i can think of many other shows i'd rather save.

    by JacksonsPole

    jericho was clunky. and, long on corn. i much preferred other series that got the ax: veronica mars (which this site promoted heavily to no avail...), vanished and most of all- smith! smith was awesome. ray liotta and virginia madsen were excellent. now that was a sad cancellation...

  • May 18, 2007, 1:47 p.m. CST

    That's like saying "The Clonus Horror" was good...

    by Thick McRunFast

    ...because it had a nifty premise (which "The Island" later ripped off). Sorry, but I watched the first episode, and the only compelling things were Ashley Scott and Shoshannah Stern. Sub-par writing, casting, and production values brought this show down mercifully.

  • May 18, 2007, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Enough with the postapocalyptic disaster porn.

    by Christopher3

    There's enough of it in BSG and Lost to satisfy.

  • May 18, 2007, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Did someone say that Studio 60 wasn't give a chance?

    by TVguy4566

    I have never seen a studio bend over backwards to give a show a kick off as I did for Studio 60. They advertised that show on every commericial break for two months straight. Studio 60 didn't make it because it was too pretentious and mocked Middle America when they needed them to watch the show to survive. NBC bent over backwards to make it a hit and Aaron Sorkin blew it. On the other hand, Jericho was on its way to be a hit. I think at the time of it's hiatus it was the second highest rated new drama after Heroes. And then they left it off the air for three months and when it came back the ratings were crushed. This happened too to Heroes and Lost to a lesser extent so there is a prescidences. The fact of the matter is that the TV audience do not like long breaks in the action on serialized dramas. In fact, CBS readily admit to the fact that they blew Jericho's chances by giving it an hiatus and are now learning from their mistake and launching Swingtown in January so they can play it straight through.

  • May 18, 2007, 2 p.m. CST

    network TV needs more sci fi, thats why we need jericho

    by funnyhat

    Jericho is essentially a continuation of the most watched made-for-tv-movie of all time, "The Day After", which scared the bejezzus out of us and our parents back in the 80's. This show was a driven, serialzed drama set in a world that none of us want to be in, but we can watch and theorize about how we ourselves would cope. The situation is dire, this show wasn't the greatest but it had the potential to be a heavyweight.

  • May 18, 2007, 2:03 p.m. CST

    This show is unwatchable...

    by Pdorwick

    ...let it die.

  • May 18, 2007, 2:07 p.m. CST

    I've seen many shows I've really liked come & go...

    by BicNowler

    ...but this will be the first that I'll stand behind & make an effort to bring back. Even if you didn't watch Jericho you should do the same as you have to admit that it is, @ the very least, better than any reality BS or "ER"/"Law & Order" knock-off that is likely to replace it.

  • May 18, 2007, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Jericho was an amazing show!

    by fedrich519

    BRING BACK JERICHO!!

  • May 18, 2007, 2:14 p.m. CST

    So it's become officially hip to bash Jericho?

    by Neo Zeed

    Add that to list of wacky trends on AICN like people actually enjoying Terminator 3. I've seen it, but I don't believe it.

  • May 18, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST

    I watched every episode up until the break....

    by exie

    ...and they all sucked. I did not care about anyone on Jericho. When it went on hiatus, I pulled it from my DVR schedule because my wife and I didn't want to waste DVR space on it. She actually quit on it way before me. There are few great shows on TV. Jericho was never one of them. Studio 60 was ambitious television and was incredibly entertaining. It got fucked by being placed after Heroes just like every series that has followed Lost has been canceled until it got moved to 10pm. Just like Friday Night Lights deserved it's second season even though the ratings weren't boffo, so did Studio 60. And anyone claiming Andy Barker sucked doesn't have a funny bone in their goddamn body. Those 6 episodes were laugh out loud hilarious.

  • May 18, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST

    http://tinyurl.com/32dcge

    by DerLanghaarige

    Thank you :)

  • May 18, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST

    LOL, Someone would start a campaign for Studio 60?!?

    by jimmy_009

    What a joke. That would be saddest 'Save This Show' campaign in the history of the such campaigns.

  • May 18, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Jericho sucked until the hiatus

    by AvonBarksdale

    Then someone must have kicked them in the ass, because when they came back on the air the show got good. My favorite line from the finale: "We'll can talk later, we're about to go to war with the town with the nearest Costco."

  • May 18, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST

    I think geeks watched the show

    by SylarTheCylon

    because the premise was so damn good. So much could have been done with it. We all know the whole family drama and who will he kiss next stuff should have been axed, but we kept watching because we were hoping the show would become good. Sadly, it did become good when most of us geeks had abandoned faith and left. I didn't leave because i got attatched to the characters. Even though i knew the show wasn't gonna get better. My humble opinion is that the show shouldn't have gone down the terrorist path. Instead it should have opted for a more paranormal, Lost, kind of vibe. Instead of the island of weirdness, they should have done: Jericho, the island of normality in an oncean of paranormal weirdness. They could have had the whole town displaced into another dimension, or maybe the future or very distant past when gods or aliens walked the earth. There's a manga called floating classroom. That's how Jericho should have been. Weird as fuck, with zombies, faceless aliens lurking inside gigant stone towers watching the town from a distances. Flying things that kidnap people. Weird stuff, like maybe the moon doesn't come out at night. Something "dark and ancient" playing with the humans, using them for fun or something else. Then as the season continued they could find other towns, some with fake zombie people etc. etc. One other thing, the tv transmission they saw, with news and stuff should have been a lot weirder. Maybe it could have had news of the destruction of Jericho and the death of all inhabitants, like Lost. Mindfucks! In one of the final episodes of Jericho i got a whole Silent Hill vibe, and said to myself -now that would have been an interesting path to follow.

  • May 18, 2007, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Is this the Lost talkback?

    by Err

  • May 18, 2007, 2:28 p.m. CST

    I think people who thought this show was bad

    by TVguy4566

    Didn't stick around long enough. I agree in the first half the season that they were far too much family dramaish and not as much post-nucleur war intrigue. But when they got back from hiatus, they cranked up the mystery, intrigue, and just plain kaos of the situation they were in and the family stuff took a major backseat to the action. The problem was that CBS decided to pull the show for months before people could see it had turned a corner. I would give the first half the season a B or a B- and the second half an A-. The problem is that people who look down on the show don't realize how good it got by the end of the season. I think they needed to build to the who New Bern storyline or it wouldn't have worked if they didn't because you needed to see how dire both towns had become. They probably should have sped it up to get to that point a bit.

  • May 18, 2007, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Here's the email that I sent:

    by Geophyrd

    Good afternoon. I’d like to request that your network bring Jericho back. It was my favorite new show during 2007 and I was very much looking forward to its return. I am certain that I am not alone in my request, that there are plenty of other people who thought the show was terrific. If I might venture an opinion, it is my belief that midseason hiatus is about the worst idea that I’ve ever heard. As momentum builds, particularly in dramatic storylines with a strong arc, to have to go weeks without any shows can do nothing to sustain the narrative in the programming. I believe that given a chance, Jericho could be as popular a television show as Prison Break, 24, Heroes and Battlestar Galactica. Several of these shows not only went on hiatus but then returned with substantially different timeslots. If not for my DVR (which I believe does NOT count for ratings) I would never have known that the shows (including Jericho) had returned or when to watch for them. I believe I am a person who is discriminating in what I watch, tuned in to how to find details about the shows that I like but I still missed the return of one or two of them. Please allow this show to find its footing. I believe it will earn its way in a hurry. Thank you for your attention, <me>

  • May 18, 2007, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Dont support mediocre genre shows just cuz theyre genre

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    Too many people on here have said things like "tv needs sci-fi, so support Jericho" or "tv needs more genre shows, so we should support it"<br><br>WRONG!<br><br>I'm not going to support a mediocre show just because it's "genre." That's like saying, "we need more good comedy movies, so i should go see Wild Hogs and Pink Panther even though they suck!" If you support mediocre genre shows, they'll assume we'll settle for more mediocre genre shows in the future, and we'll never get good ones.

  • May 18, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Jericho was Aiht'.

    by Khrono

    Was Ok. Nothing HUGE. -Cough Boston Legal Iz Better-Cough

  • May 18, 2007, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Hot Properties...

    by Napoleon Park

    And Love, Inc. and Townies. And Anything But Love. <p> Too late?

  • May 18, 2007, 3:01 p.m. CST

    No, I understood it perfectly... and it sucked.

    by An4h0ny

    Some of the lamest and laziest writing I've seen on TV in the past decade or so. I make it a rule to never watch any show that features a helpless victim being saved from a crushed windpipe by having the heroic, quick thinking protagonist borrow a pen from someone and use it to poke a hole in victim's throat, allowing them to continue breathing JUST long enough to get to a hospital or have an ambulance show up. I would prefer the writers just show up at my house and piss on my shoes, b/c that's how much respect they're showing me. Glad Jericho's dead. It's the poster show for what's wrong with popular entertainment in the early 21st century.

  • May 18, 2007, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Where for art thou, Lost TB?

    by googamooga

    ?

  • May 18, 2007, 3:21 p.m. CST

    So now that it's cancelled

    by SithMenace

    there's a talkback for it? That a little ass backwards, dontcha think?

  • May 18, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST

    For people who were looking for Post Apocoliptic...

    by Silverhour

    war and action, then Jericho wouldn't work for them. The thing is, Jericho didn't have to deal with the destruction of a neuclear bomb, because they weren't hit. They had to deal with loosing everything, because the major cities and infrastructors they relied on were destroyed. Of course they would still worry about property and marriage and keeping a sembelance of normal life, because they don't know how else to act. Do they use it as an excuse to give in to their basest instincts, or do they keep their heads together and act like civilized human beings. How do they deal with people who have given in? Is it justified to suddenly adopt a See it-want it-take it mentality because no one is around to tell them not to? They did become an 'island', and island of sanity, in a world that decided that it was ok to be insane.

  • May 18, 2007, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Great Premise, Bad Show, Rotton Industry...

    by bswise

    As has been said, Jericho had a fantastic premise and a very cool overall story arc. (Hey, how can you not love something from the mind of a guy by the name name of "Frank Military.") However, the acting, the writing, the overall direction sucked bags, sorry, it's true. However, I can't resist an opportunity to rag on the TV industry. Never in history has there been such a powerful communications medium, and yet the people who own this medium seem completely clueless on how to market their products or even communicate if and when the show will be on. Because of this, I have completely given up watching commercial TV in favor of DVDs and downloads. I would be happy never to see another TV ad in my entire life. Plus, this way, I know what's available and how to get it, when I want it. I have no time to try and follow a show's nebulous TV schedule. I really favor a pay-per-view system for everything, because then we could vote for the shows we want with our wallets. (Except that most TV shows should really only cost 25 or 50 cents.) If a show could receive financial support directly from its audience, then maybe it could just exist away from the endless bean-counting, schedule-shuffling, sponsor interference, and proven-to-be-complete-BS TV ratings system that have killed many a worthwhile program.

  • May 18, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    erm...that would be "Rotten Industry..."

    by bswise

    ...as in rotten spelling.

  • May 18, 2007, 3:37 p.m. CST

    agreed, great idea but poor execution

    by SantiagoAtez

    It was like a Dawson's Creek genre stuck in a post-apocolyptic story arc. This could have been GREAT. Definitely a fantastic setting for a serialized show. Up there with the Lost premise...but Lost usually has good execution.

  • May 18, 2007, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Sorry Merrick

    by PantherMatt

    It takes more than a god idea to make a show even halfway decent. The script was consistantly awful, the acting (with some exception) was about on par with daytime drama, and the plot holes were MASSIVE. Good riddance, "Jericho". You will not be missed by anyone in my household. And Merrick, let's be honest, there's not one aspect of Jericho that was as good as Galactica. Not one. I'm kind of shaken by your thoughts to the contrary...

  • May 18, 2007, 3:48 p.m. CST

    In a Word: No

    by Scooter McGavin

    C'mon, the dude who created Invasion thought Jericho moved too slowly. If you are going to waste your time trying to save a canceled show, at least do it for a quality show like Veronica Mars.

  • May 18, 2007, 3:52 p.m. CST

    "smart, compelling, rhythm" Jericho? XD Sure...

    by MrFloppy

    I saw the whole season, and it was boring crap. It's better dead.

  • May 18, 2007, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Those helicopters and train arriving....?

    by Bill Clay

    That wasn't the weird flag Western Army arriving to look for Hawkins. That was the Eastern Bloc Army arriving, the legitimate US government. Season Two would have given us the new Civil War, East vs West. How in Hell could CBS be so foolish to pull the plug now?! Will anyone be watching the stupid reality show that replaces Jericho? I doubt it.

  • May 18, 2007, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Good on you, Merrick.

    by Julius Dithers

    I didn't care about Jericho's relevance to the sci-fi genre. I just liked the characters. It was more Davy Crockett than Mad Max. It was about Americans who were pioneers, not narcissists. What's strange is that a TV show dealing with the effects of The Day After gave me assurance that the U.S. could survive such a catastrophe. Jon Turtletaub would have been better served by another network.

  • May 18, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    "its better dead

    by funnyhat

    so when the show that replaces jericho's timeslot next year turns out to be a mindless rehash of some show everyone saw years ago, will we see everyone crying to bring back something original? like, perhaps, a fucking civil war in middle america? jericho finally got its balls in the last 3 episodes and was building towards what i was hoping to be a compelling 'omgwhatshappeningnextweek' serialzed drama.

  • May 18, 2007, 4:03 p.m. CST

    You defend this show Merrick.

    by LordEnigma

    That says a lot. It says you are a movie fan with crap taste in TELEVISION. I type this with a big grin on my face, and I am just busting balls. However, nothing sucks worse, than losing a serialized drama to bullshit executives. While you most likely have lost this show forever. May the DVDs actually have something on them. Unlike the INVASION DVDs, that were totally balls.

  • May 18, 2007, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Err... "Jericho wasn't good. Office is better." What??

    by moto

    I hate throwing insults out on talkbacks, but that post was retarded. Comparing those two shows is just... well, retarded. A post apocylptic drama vs. a comedy. <p> BUT, The Office frickin' rocks!

  • May 18, 2007, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Jericho. Good concept....poorly executed.

    by trojanwilliams

    I can't in good conscience vote for it to return. It really just wasn't that good. I watched the first 6 episodes and it was awful. Cliches aplenty, ludicrous dialogue and heavy handed overacting. Am I supposed to really believe that the show became that much better after I stopped watching. The producers and writers should have considered the possibility of cancellation before they decided to write and air 6 crappy first episodes. I like Heroes a lot now but I was also willing to admit that had the quality of writing not improved from the first 3 episodes I would not have been sad to see it cancelled. Eventually actual execution beats concept no matter how cool... Seriously is Jericho really worth any of this?

  • May 18, 2007, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Townies ??????

    by jimmy rabbitte

    Holy crap!!!!! <p> A Molly Ringwald vehicle from... what, ten years ago? <p> Again I say Holy crap!!!! ...and it probably is a little too late to save it, yeah. <p> It's probably not likely that Jericho will be back either; but I gotta give it to those who are willing to storm CBS' bastille to get it back. Good luck... yer gonna need it.

  • May 18, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    I'm with Merrick...

    by TheWacoKid

    I have been a faithful Jericho watcher since Day 1, and have loved every episode. CBS treated this whole show like shit. I loved the show, but thank God I had TiVo because it recorded the new episodes after it came back after 3 months. I would of never known, and they put it against American Idol. Nice work guys! Let's take a shit on a successful show! I don't really know the possibility of Jericho coming back, but it does show me not to trust any new CBS shows because they obviously do not know what they are doing. The most original idea they have is, "Hey, I know, how about another CSI???"

  • May 18, 2007, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Damn, I gave up on the show

    by Volstaff

    too soon, it sounds like.I watched thye first couple episodes and wrote it off as another "Lost" wannabee, like Threshhold and those other clones I can't even remember names for.

  • May 18, 2007, 4:50 p.m. CST

    One other thing...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...if Jericho were to come back, I'd watch it; and it would be the only CBS show *not* called CSI that I actually watch.

  • May 18, 2007, 4:52 p.m. CST

    And Merrick jumps to Ludicrous Speed...

    by -guyinthebackrow

    "JERICHO was one of the smartest, most compelling shows on television." Wow. You must not watch a lot of television. And I saw every single episode of that horrible, horrible show. JERICHO could be consider a good show if writing, acting, plot, and premise had no meaning. If those things were simply specks of lint, free floating in the cosmos. I mean, Jesus, really? You're going to spend your time trying to save JERICHO? It was awful, ill conceived, wretched. Please, stop the madness! At very least LOST still has good acting... something that JERICHO never, ever, even toyed with.

  • May 18, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST

    typical

    by slkboxrman

    im amazed that so many experts in dialogue and storytelling, and the television industry are amongst us small insignificant souls that actually watched the show and thought it was great..was that sarcastic enuf ?.......anyways, someone mentioned that jericho was the poster-boy , i think he meant poster-child for whats bad in entertainment in the 21st century...reality shows are whats wrong...people that actually like the office, that pine for veronica mars but then beat on jericho for being a soap opera..thats whats wrong....bad boring shows that stay on for years and years and years, like the game and girlfriends...american idol, dancing with the stars, americas next top model, and anything with flavor flav... just because all u experts are brain dead, dont mean we cant like a show that took a great concept to a tense season finale..if u dont LIKE THE show then why come in here , to beat on the people that do, including some people that can get u banned from the site....its sad because this is the latest GREAT show to be cancelled, SURFACE, INVASION, even THRESHOLD, and if u wanna go back a few years NOW and AGAIN, WITCHBLADE, BIRDS OF PREY..etc

  • May 18, 2007, 4:54 p.m. CST

    Can't download

    by conniebrean1

    It only streams. You can't download it, which makes it a whole lot less likely I'll give this show a shot.

  • May 18, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST

    up against bones?

    by Automaton Overlord

    Bones has really been hitting its stride this season. I have nothing negative to say about Jericho but, at this point, it would have to have robots or something to get me off Bones.

  • May 18, 2007, 4:58 p.m. CST

    guyinthebackrow

    by slkboxrman

    "horrible , horrible show" ? but u watched "every single episode" ??? i guess u must not watch alot of TV either huh ?

  • May 18, 2007, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Doomed from the start

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    Network television is too bland for a darker concept like JERICHO. It would be better suited for FX or HBO. Cable is where the best edgy program offerings are. There is more room there to explore complex subjects. You just cannot put this stuff on CBS. Frankly, I am surprised LOST has survived on ABC all this time.

  • May 18, 2007, 5:17 p.m. CST

    eyeofpolyphemus

    by slkboxrman

    ur prob right ...too edgy for people wanting american idol and dancing with the stars BS ..bet alot of these fools watched the price is right thing the other day and thought bob barkers dialogue and acting were great....lol......put it on FX or USA or even SCIFI

  • May 18, 2007, 5:19 p.m. CST

    bones

    by slkboxrman

    bones is a one trick pony, how many storylines can they come up with that deal with her analyzing bones

  • May 18, 2007, 5:21 p.m. CST

    sad

    by slkboxrman

    that shit like GHOST WHISPERER lasted this long too.....prob cuz all the guys in here that watch solely to see jennifer love hewitts tits...she could prob speak gibberish for a whole episode but they would say 'oooh its such a great show, well acted, blah blah"

  • May 18, 2007, 5:37 p.m. CST

    I am floored

    by crashbarbarian

    what show is good if not this show, i love this show, i live for wednesdays for this show, please save it!!!!!

  • May 18, 2007, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Jericho on cable

    by crashbarbarian

    why can't a cable station pick it up and do new shows with it, like TNT, TBS, or USA, heck even the sci fi channel? I might actually watch those stations then.

  • May 18, 2007, 5:43 p.m. CST

    This was a show I kept telling people about!

    by Phillyflopper

    Hell, This year, I was actually more hooked on this show than I was with "24". Although there were some moments that felt sort of Hallmarkish, I still think this is a show that needed more of a chance. If this doesn't end up getting saved, I'll at least relish when the dvd's come out at the end of Summer.

  • May 18, 2007, 5:43 p.m. CST

    "It got good after the first 17 hours..."

    by BangoSkank

    I also watched up until the point that it disappeared for three months... I feel for those of you who are losing a show that you love, but to say that it really started getting good after the first 17 or 18 hours is fucked. If something hasn't found its pace after a dozen or so hours... it means the ball was dropped. Jericho was a Lifetime original apocalypse... another case of a good idea, but with no clue of where to take it.... I live for the post- apocalypse stuff, but a month into the hiatus I removed from my DVR 'cause I realized I didn't give a shit. Still, good luck, maybe they could do a couple of TV movies to wrap it up, those I'd probably watch.... I've got friends who are heartbroken over it's demise.

  • May 18, 2007, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Bring back...The Brady Bunch!

    by sparkflyer

    marciamarciamarcia.com

  • May 18, 2007, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Should have been better

    by DryBones

    I remember reading about Jericho before it came on the air and thought that it was a great premise for ongoing show. Great Premise. Poor Execution. I stuck with it to until the abbreviated end, and think that it had its moments. Just not consistently. I won't miss the shitty music constantly telling me how I should feel unstead of just letting the acting do so. Speaking of the acting, it was poor at times. Some episodes had moments of "drama" that instead elicited laughter. Gerald McRaney was the standout, and not enough cast members were able to keep a consistent pace with him. A recent TB poster here mentioned "Sci Fi" being any appropriate place for this show, and I'd agree. Not the overachieving Galactica Sci-Fi, but rather the Stargate/bad original movie Sci-Fi. Maybe I'm just spoiled by quality programs such as Lost, Rome, Battlestar Galactica, and the Sopranos. But it's more likely that Jericho was dragged down by its inconsistent acting, writing, and production qualities. It's unfortunate, because the story held promise.

  • May 18, 2007, 6:03 p.m. CST

    LETTERS COUNT MORE THAN EMAILS? NO WAY!

    by Demosthenes2

    Has Merrick ever heard of a save-TV-show campaign before? Also these methods you're supposed to try BEFORE the networks present their new fall schedules. It doesn't work if it's already been canceled.

  • May 18, 2007, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Actually, Demosthenes2, that's not entirely true

    by chrth

    The real *kill* date for a show is when they break down the sets (because the cost of rebuilding them can be a deal-breaker for a renewal). As long as they haven't done so (and presuming the actors' contracts haven't been terminated -- usually they're good through the summer) they can still revive the show.

  • May 18, 2007, 6:15 p.m. CST

    I can't handle another serial show...

    by Tverijonas

    Too many of them get cancelled before they even get close to the end. It's like reading chapter 1 of a 4 chapter book and throwing it away.

  • May 18, 2007, 6:21 p.m. CST

    save our show campaigns

    by johnnysunshine

    i do hope this campaign works so the fans get their show back, though i confess i haven't watched since the first few episodes. i kind of doubt it will work though. creative campaigns have worked before to bring shows back - The infamous Roswell "tabasco sauce" campaign in 2000 comes to mind - but i feel like theres one of these for every scifi show that gets cancelled now and the networks probably expect it. It would probably take an enormous amount of snail mail to really get this show back on CBS next year.

  • May 18, 2007, 6:25 p.m. CST

    snail mail

    by johnnysunshine

    also, it is most definitely true that networks take actual mailed letters way more into account than e-mails. Anyone can send 10 e-mails a day from different addresses with barely any effort. Writing a letter out and paying the 41 cents to have your voice heard counts way more.

  • May 18, 2007, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Good Riddance

    by Karuma

    Like a lot of other posters I was excited to see this level of intrigue come to network TV. I envisioned a latter day "The Day After", or perhaps a slow moving "24" type drama, and, ...for the first few weeks it was interesting to see how a small town adapted to pioneer life. But, and a big one it is, too soon the writers decided to delve into a plethora of personal back stories that made no sense and overall had no bearing on the continuance of the story. Every single year, one network or the other comes out with a high concept story that appears interesting and looks well thought out....on paper. "Invasion" comes to mind..."Threshold" too..good ideas but ruined by back story or in the case of "Threshold"...no story...So true of Jericho....so your son is a wild boy..so you've been the mayor for a gadzillion years and now you're not...so your wedding was messed up..so your boyfriend is eying another girl....big deal and so what..we don't CARE.....GET ON WITH THE STORY!!! At least one series a year falls into this trap..either the writers are not smart enough to come up with enough story so that they can actually advance the plot or they tell themselves that this time it will be different...this time the back story will be relevant...and every single time they are wrong...

  • May 18, 2007, 6:59 p.m. CST

    The Good Fight

    by newkie brown

    Not to be too pessimistic, but it's a rare in hell when the networks admit they've made a mistake and revive a show based on fan 'begging letters'. I can only think of about three or four times when this has happened, offhand. Quality is certainly not a barometer they measure by, otherwise Carnivale would have gone to a third season. Still, thanks for taking up the good fight, Merrick.<p> What I can't get my head round is the way that networks treat their own product; introducing hiatuses, pre-emptions, changing airdates, schedule them poorly etc.

  • May 18, 2007, 7:02 p.m. CST

    "Jericho was a Lifetime Original Apocolypse..."

    by CatVutt

    Ha! Hilarious. Thanks for that, Bango.

  • May 18, 2007, 7:11 p.m. CST

    "Little House on the Radioactive Prarie."

    by Nodwick

    I couldn't stomach this show after the standoff on the bridge. Did they ever address the rain being radioactive (along with, presumably, the crop the town "came together," yet again, to harvest)? Did they ever address the soil being contaminated? And the show's direction and pacing were often WAY off. The scene with the gas truck, where they tried making the removal of the gas cap suspenseful? Didn't work in the least. "Jeremiah" did this concept better, even with the squished second season, and "The Day After" was a tighter drama than Jericho has been.

  • May 18, 2007, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Horrible Show

    by BrunoTheDog

    Sorry guys, but I don't get it. I gave this show a chance, but right from the beginning I knew it was going to be a flop. The first time the characters started interacting and I got a whiff of that horrible dialogue, I knew that I would never really be able to take Jericho seriously. As the show went along, I, my wife, and my friends all found ourselves laughing at the "dramatic" scenes, and getting bored at the touchy-feely stuff. It got old, and I am not sorry to see it go. It sounds good in theory, but the execution was really lousy.

  • May 18, 2007, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Karuma: Lost got it right

    by BrunoTheDog

    Lost made the characters' back stories relevant to the show while still moving them forward in an intriguing plot. I still love Lost, and though they've had some admitted hits and misses, this season has really helped start pulling the strings together.

  • May 18, 2007, 7:20 p.m. CST

    One last thing

    by BrunoTheDog

    This has been bothering me in a couple of posts lately. "They'll" is a contraction of "they" and "will". "There'll" is the contraction for "there" and "will". This is an important distinction: "Well…they’ll be some folks watching it on an inevitable DVD release. And, in the event it is resurrected…" is incorrect.

  • May 18, 2007, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Not a good show, but I couldn't stop watching...

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    Jericho had a weird effect on me: I didn't like it, but kept watching it. It certainly wasn't boring. But I'm not going to miss it now that it's off the air. That said, why all the love by Coaxial for Jericho, when you guys hardly ever posted TalkBacks for it? Your sudden official support for this show is too little and way too late.

  • May 18, 2007, 7:27 p.m. CST

    you HEART Jericho?

    by newc0253

    really? i mean, you really LOVE it? i like Jericho up to a point, by which i mean i like the concept, and the cast and i don't hate some of the story elements. But LOVE it? No. I like Jericho more for the show that I wish it was, not the show that it actually is, which falls far short of the ideal. I'm sorry that it's being cancelled: that would make Jericho one of several watchable shows that are getting shafted in the ass by the networks. But would i defend it with the passionate love i would defend, say, Veronica Mars, Firefly or Angel? No. Not by a country mile. As much as i continue to watch it, Jericho is a mediocre show in many ways. It could be a great show if it were better written and better directed, but I 'm not gonna pretend it's better than it actually is, which is not very.

  • May 18, 2007, 7:32 p.m. CST

    TV sucks.

    by Bronx Cheer

    Yes, it sucks mightily.

  • May 18, 2007, 7:36 p.m. CST

    AICN as a personal soapbox

    by ShiftyEyedDog2

    Nothing like one of the AICN contributors posting entire articles just to support their personal crusades! Yeah, sure there's a few people who agree with him (the tiny minority from the looks of this talkback), but it's really a pointles article. <br><br>No campaign will undo the decision, the fall schedules have already been announced, and no doubt the cast and crew have already started looking for new jobs.<br><br>...and I have to agree with the TBer who said Merrick must have never heard of a Save-a-Show campaign before. Snail mail is seen as more personal and highly regarded?!?? WHAT?!?? We've never heard that before!!! and its because people can use multiple screennames and resend over and over?!? You dont say! Wow, thanks for educating us!

  • May 18, 2007, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Jericho

    by sweat1951

    CBS is dead to me. What show could possibly top American Idol numbers? CBS screwed up & they're NUTS!! Save Jericho!!

  • May 18, 2007, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Don't hire Tobias Fuenke

    by INWOsuxRED

    Sending nuts reminds me of the Arrested Development where Tobias would send glitter and all the executives would open his letters and decide not to hire him. I imagine anyone working at a network that starts getting nuts in the mail will probably realize that if they cave in, then the next time they have to cancel the show they'll get even more nuts, so they'll just figure they will ignore this protest rather than endure it twice, unless they're allergic to nuts and they die when they open their mail.

  • May 18, 2007, 7:45 p.m. CST

    As someone who saw at least part of every episode...

    by INWOsuxRED

    this quote is absolutely not true.</br></br>"JERICHO was one of the smartest, most compelling shows on television."</br></br>Even when Jericho "got good", or at least better than it was durring the phase were every episode had an improbable and insulting happy ending, it still wasn't smart.

  • May 18, 2007, 7:46 p.m. CST

    Letters are geographically located..

    by Pegase

    we non-US are not even meant to have seen the show at all..

  • May 18, 2007, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Uhhhh...

    by pole

    Yeah, I gotta agree with, well, almost everybody. Of all the shows that have been cancelled this year, why the hell would anyone get riled up about this one? High concept, ZERO EXECUTION. Skeet Ulrich is potentially the weakest lead actor on any series. The rest of the ensemble is serviceable at best. I watched it only because I watch every show on television (except for the procedurals) and there weren't two shows in the same timeslot to give me a reason to stop. Nice work Nina, you put a dog out of it's misery.

  • May 18, 2007, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Might as well Fed-Ex them while you're at it . . .

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Really waste your time and money.

  • May 18, 2007, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Uhhhh...

    by pole

    Yeah, I gotta agree with, well, almost everybody. Of all the shows that have been cancelled this year, why the hell would anyone get riled up about this one? High concept, ZERO EXECUTION. Skeet Ulrich is potentially the weakest lead actor on any series. The rest of the ensemble is serviceable at best. I watched it only because I watch every show on television (except for the procedurals) and there weren't two shows in the same timeslot to give me a reason to stop. Nice work Nina, you put a dog out of it's misery.

  • May 18, 2007, 7:55 p.m. CST

    And One More Thing...

    by pole

    Merrick, I think you've made a poor assumption. I think Jericho found plenty of Geeks and thriller fans...they just quit watching because the show was a pos.

  • May 18, 2007, 8:07 p.m. CST

    as much as I don't care if JERICHO comes back...

    by INWOsuxRED

    networks promoting this type of show that has at least some foundation on mystery really need to pay off in the end, and they need to be prepared to do it quickly. Not just for the fans of the specific show, but for fans of TV. I didn't watch the first two seasons of Lost until they were out on DVD because I've been burned by networks enough to know networks don't care if these types of shows get resolved. Just about everyone has watched at least one network (or HBO) show that ended in a cliffhanger and then got cancelled. Either resolve or continue, but don't keep screwing over your base. Why would anyone check out new pilots this season when we all know at least some of them will establish some kind of hook or mystery that will NEVER be resolved and NEVER have a real payoff. For the sake of network TV, CBS really should try to work out a TV movie or miniseries that resolves this show completely. This type of cancellation is just one more factor in the eroding popularity of network television.

  • May 18, 2007, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Die Hard Petetion

    by teamneedle

    Why not do this with Die Hard? O, because they are being pussys because Bruce said hi to them.....

  • May 18, 2007, 8:29 p.m. CST

    *** SPOILER ***

    by ArcadianDS

    The Isrealites turn for lap seven, and the whole city falls apart. Well, except for some prostitute's house, which may or may not be a gigantic paper mache elephant. Spectacular Spectacular!

  • May 18, 2007, 8:40 p.m. CST

    "smartest, most compelling" show

    by oisin5199

    Are you frakkin' kidding me? I watched the whole show and I give a lot of crap shows a chance, but in no way was this smart or compelling. I thought it was ok and I would have kept watching if it made a second season, but come on. Cliche situations, stereotyped 2-d characters, contrived plots, all with little to no understanding of what rural life is actually like (hint, it's not the Waltons) or where Kansas is on a FREAKIN' MAP! It's definitely this year's Invasion - that genre show that somehow makes it one whole season. Although having said that, Invasion was much smarter with much more compelling situations than Jericho. I'd call it this year's Surface. I really think Merrick is fantasizing about the show he WISHED Jericho was.

  • May 18, 2007, 9 p.m. CST

    INWOsuxRED

    by TheHichhiker

    Actually unlike Lost, Jericho managed to close up pretty much all existing mysteries by season's end. Sure we do not know how the CURRENT events will turn out, but we know all the big mysteries - who is behind bombings, who is Hawkins and why he has a nuke, what New Burn is up to, etc, etc, etc. And it managed to do that while revealing a whole interesting plot. Not bad for a network show. It was very lame in the beginning, but it really got good towards the end.

  • May 18, 2007, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Great Show

    by Victor Creed

    It was kind of like Dawson's Creek with nuclear bombs, which would have been a negative if the cheese hadn't worked so perfectly well. Those modern soft-rock/forbidden love montages were hilarious but also pretty great. This show was alot of fun and was definitely my favorite new show of the season. I really hope they pull it off death row somehow. Althought *spoiler* I dont know if it will recover from Johnston getting his cap peeled.

  • May 18, 2007, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Yeah...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    ...Jericho wasn't the best acted show in the world; but it did manage to offer enough escapist entertainment to be a decent guilty pleasure.<p> As TV shows go I think it belongs right next to Emergency! and The A-Team. It's too easy to shoot Jericho full of holes if you try to hold it up next to The Sopranos or any other top flight drama. <p> I agree that if CBS is set against continuing the series; then they could atleast attempt a mini-series to resolve the story. At this point, I'm finding myself unwilling to bother getting into another new show only to have it cancelled after a cliffhanger finale, with no hope of a resolution. <p> Off topic: I haven't lost *all* hope for the new Die Hard... after all, The Bourne movies are all PG-13 and they're pretty intense... just a thought... which I'm sure to get a whole heap of crap for expressing...

  • May 18, 2007, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Still burning over Invasion, Eh Oisin?

    by Billyeveryteen

    At least Jericho deliverd the goods. I saw mushroom clouds, flying missles, and a Tank to the rescue. I saw Gans doing what he does best, and the death of Major Dad.<p>Invasion had glowy rain, and a tired "body-snatcher" concept.

  • May 18, 2007, 9:35 p.m. CST

    Help me out here guys

    by Raymar

    Did they ever explain who was on the recieving end of those nuclear missles that were seen launching in a really early ep? I think they abondoned the implications of that as the show went on.

  • May 18, 2007, 10:35 p.m. CST

    No, they never explained the missle launch...

    by Bill Clay

    ...AFAIK. We have to assume the US was retaliating against whoever we perceived was behind the attack? Maybe when the plot turned toward domestic terrorism they just dropped that hot potato. "Oops, sorry Iran, our mistake!"

  • May 18, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Once again...

    by BicNowler

    ...even if you weren't a fan of Jericho you MUST admit that what CBS has slated to run its place is just plain silly: WEDNESDAY 8:00-9:00 PM KID NATION (N) KID NATION is a reality-based series in which 40 kids will have 40 days to build a new world — in a ghost town that died in the 19th Century. So there it is. In the event that the World Series or Dubya making a half-assed attempt @ talking happens to take over your other-than-CBS station for a night, you'd rather tune to CBS for THIS?

  • May 18, 2007, 11:15 p.m. CST

    I like JERICHO but I am not sure whether it will give..

    by wackybantha

    ....me more pleasure to write my letter of support OR to send the enclosed jars of generic brand salted peanuts to a pair of millionaire network executives. Either way, both will be fun. I would send PLANTER'S brand but I'm on a tight budget. heeheehoohoo!!!

  • May 18, 2007, 11:38 p.m. CST

    I wasn't really that invested

    by oisin5199

    in Invasion either. I just thought it dealt with interesting themes about family and community through the lens of a scifi construct. Whereas Jericho had contrived "mysteries" and stereotypes. I especially loved the annoyingly overbearing mother, the 'strong, suffering' type whose word is law. And just because a show 'answers questions' doesn't mean it's a great show. The questions have to actually be interesting first. Don't get me wrong - I didn't mind the show too much, but I think of it on the same level as Prison Break (and now 24) - ridiculous and unbelievable, but entertaining enough. I won't miss it.

  • May 19, 2007, 12:30 a.m. CST

    JERICHO deserves to be saved!

    by fedrich519

    THANK YOU MERRICK!!

  • May 19, 2007, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Jericho wasn't bad...

    by cornstalkwalker

    but it just wasn't that great. If it got renewed, I'd keep watching it, but it's nothing I'll truly miss. They got a whole season, and still couldn't answer anything with depth. Now if it had ratings like lost, then sure, it could take its time. But with the ratings it was getting, they should have rushed the storyline. That is, if the writers had a set course of direction.

  • May 19, 2007, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Hawkins and a Tank

    by captainbread

    ..nuff said.

  • May 19, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST

    "This is crappiest thing I've seen since........

    by lost.rules

    I Heart Huckabees."

  • May 19, 2007, 2:59 a.m. CST

    episode 2

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    As i`d only watched the Pilot i thought i`d give Jericho another chance so i D/L episode 2 last night watched it this morning and though it was a bit of an improvement still thought it was mediocre .....

  • May 19, 2007, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Jericho delivers nothing

    by Evil Hobbit

    Better watch real compelling shows like the Sopranos, Lost and Heroes. And the Wire when it returns.

  • May 19, 2007, 3:05 a.m. CST

    Note

    by Evil Hobbit

    Above is just my opinion and I think that an action like this is nice for those who like the show.

  • May 19, 2007, 4 a.m. CST

    I watched every episode...

    by The Selecter

    and would even welcome its return, but I don't know how anybody could use Jericho and "smartest" in the same sentence. Well, maybe somebody who would throw a party or hang out in a bar after a nuclear disaster has changed the rules of the game.<br><br>This show went from merely bad at the beginning, to a cheesy, guilty pleasure, and finally to being somewhat entertaining by the last four episodes. It was not great television by any stretch of the imagination.

  • May 19, 2007, 5:48 a.m. CST

    jericho

    by ningrant

    jericho is worse than aids, and less interesting

  • May 19, 2007, 6 a.m. CST

    *waves bye*

    by Dragulf

    I won't miss Jericho. Way too much filler and stretching out of the plots. The next to last episode was so slow I fell asleep.

  • May 19, 2007, 7 a.m. CST

    fuck this site for not doing this for black donneleys

    by angrykirby.tk

    donneleys is now gonna be replayed on hd net (in june)and if it does well they're gonna pick it up for a second season in case anyone cares

  • May 19, 2007, 12:08 p.m. CST

    I'll help your little campaign if...

    by genesis495

    you all help HBO realize they need to bring back Carnivale to finish the series off. I just watched the dvds this past summer and loved the show to death, but it was premature in canceling it. The only thing to describe it would be if ABC decided to pull Lost right about now, even though they are bringing it back. Please I will help if you guys help with this.

  • May 19, 2007, 1:04 p.m. CST

    What is Skeet Ulrich gonna do now?

    by theruggedman

    SKEET'S GOTTA EAT!!

  • May 19, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST

    black donnellys

    by slkboxrman

    was retarded on its best night....would best be described as a poor mans sopranos but with irish kids instead of the italian mob..

  • May 19, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    INWOsuxRED

    by slkboxrman

    i love comments like yours...you "watched part of every episode" ......PART ? ....if u dont watch the whole episode u didnt watch it and have no business commenting on something u only watched PART of.....thats worse than the guy earlier that said it was a "horribe, horrible show" but he "watched every episode"

  • May 19, 2007, 1:52 p.m. CST

    CBS ruined TV for me.

    by Tadhg

    By canceling Jericho I have made it my personal mission to never watch a new series again as it airs. It would be one thing if Jericho ended on a note that was not a cliffhanger and made me satisfied in some way. Much like Dead Like Me, while it ended Premature it at least ended on a note I can be ok with. But from now on I will not watch anything until the season is over, it is on DVD and either signed for another season or ended in a way that does not have me clawing at the walls wondering what the hell just happened.

  • May 19, 2007, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Is Jericho better than Veronica Mars?

    by Thick McRunFast

    Not on any planet I'm familiar with. Where was AICN's campaign to save her?

  • May 19, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST

    "What is skeet going to do?"

    by losder

    Walk down the street and make an 'oh shit!' face. Much like when he was dying of hypothermia, or he shot that guy, or he was talking his brother, or that chick, or his dad. He's like a giraffe, in that you wonder how so specialized a creature can actually be a good idea. OH SHIT!

  • May 19, 2007, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Translation: CBS Says "Fuck Off" to Fans

    by Booster Gold Lives

    DON'T BUY INTO IT. Basically CBS is telling everyone to shut up, that the show isn't coming back, that they canceled the show and that's that, and that if they reversed themselves at this point they'd look like pussies. Which, to the latter, they would, but they're network execs, so that's a given. They're not trying to compromise a fan base, they're trying to keep viewers for their new crop of drek. If you ask me, bringing the show back with CBS' involvement in ANY capacity will NEVER happen. If the show is to return, it's best at this point that TNT or some other network bring it back. Keep up the letters and e-mails and nuts and singing Skeet-lookalike telegrams to show some other network that the show is worth saving. CBS has their heads up their asses. Fuck THEM.

  • May 19, 2007, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Tadhg

    by Booster Gold Lives

    Amen. Fuck CBS. They could air the next Sorkin show starring Nathan Fillion and Bruce Campbell and I wouldn't tune in to that bullshit network again. They've killed too many of my favorite shows after teasing everyone about their renewal. I refuse to start to like another one of their shows only to have them pull the rug out from under it at the eleventh hour. JERICHO was the last straw. Fuck 'em.

  • May 19, 2007, 3:09 p.m. CST

    If they do allow for a conclusion, I'll respect them.

    by brokentusk

    It would go a long way towards showing their audience that they truly care about the show, that it isn't merely a product. I think a few TV movies to finish the story is a great idea... if other networks would be willing to do the same I'd be more inclined to follow shows from the beginning, instead of waiting hesitantly to make sure it isn't cancelled. I'm thinking CARNIVALE, DRIVE and (yes) HARSH REALM (but mostly CARNIVALE, the others were crap but I would have liked to see their endings).

  • May 19, 2007, 3:14 p.m. CST

    BrunotheDog

    by Karuma

    Although I partially agree with your analysis that Lost got it right, that was not always the case....The first we year we watched the flashbacks religiously....mainly because we wanted to find out how these people got here...the second year...not so much and we were able to keep up with the story just fine...even into the first half of this year we didn't watch the flashbacks because the regular story never went anywhere...Just this spring when the regular story has started to move forward again have we watched the entire episode..and the flashbacks have been made in such a fashion as to give the current plot some meaning....Oh, and by the way..Jericho is not coming back in a multimedia format..they will either do a special edition graphic novel or a book or nothing at all because those actors have moved on now and just like Deadwood, there is little or no hope the story will be finished...which for me was about 4 episodes ago, because, yikes, was it deteriorating...

  • May 19, 2007, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Where were you guys when they canceled "The Nine"?

    by Napoleon Park

    Or Invasion? I'd settle for a novelization, as long as there's a reasonable conclusion that ties up the main loose ends. Seriously, "The Nine" as a 900 page novel. I'd read that.

  • May 19, 2007, 3:18 p.m. CST

    MIRACLES, JERICHO...WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE CURSE OF SKEET?

    by wackybantha

    I like Skeet Ulrich's performances in both these good shows. They deserved better. I think Skeet is on his wayto starring in STAR WARS: THE SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • May 19, 2007, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Don't follow serialized shows!

    by filmfanatic1

    Folks: If you have to follow serialized shows: 1. Track the ratings; if it gets crappy ratings for 2 weeks straight, turn it off! Look what happened to Invasion and Drive. This is going to happen again and again, leaving viewers frustrated. 2. Organize viewer discontent with a cancellation; it did work with Firefly, but it's not a sure thing.

  • May 19, 2007, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Jerich as a Maxi-Series

    by thevision

    The networks should try the maxi-series concept. A series that last only for 1 season or even half a season. Instead of a two-hour movie conclusion that would look like its rushed. There is no way CBS could conclude Jericho in just two hours, maybe if the series lasted got another season then was axed...okay, but only 1 season? No way. If I had my way, it would go on CBS owned CW in January like LOST- show Season 1 throughout the summer on CW.

  • May 19, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST

    What will happen first?

    by Abin Sur

    Jericho or Deadwood movies? I'm not holding my breath for either.

  • May 19, 2007, 4:05 p.m. CST

    well maybe NBC still wants my business

    by crashbarbarian

    i can't believe they are giving up on this before even trying to change the time slot.. Pirate Master, i mean give me a freaking break

  • May 19, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST

    hmmm...

    by tristeele

    Id be happy with 2 hour finale or better a miniseries to tie up all the threads. then i think i might stop calling and writing CBS.

  • May 19, 2007, 4:42 p.m. CST

    bacci40

    by tristeele

    fuck yourself...again. deal with it. fuck you stupid flamers who come here and just talk shit about a show. Wonderfalls was GARBAGE and of course NOONE ever saw it. Jericho had 8 million+ viewers a week. Your shit show that lasted a total pf 7 eps had about 20 viewers. go back to your hole.

  • May 19, 2007, 5:54 p.m. CST

    iTunes, Baby

    by MindlessCrapper

    I did my part and bought the last four episodes on iTunes. Since money is all CBS cares about then that's how we can get their attention. Worst case for me is I get to see how it all ends.

  • May 19, 2007, 7:05 p.m. CST

    a blog.

    by SylarTheCylon

    They'll put up a blog of one of the characters and have him update the site for two weeks resolving the plot that way.

  • May 19, 2007, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Try and Delete THIS Post CBS Bastards

    by dumbpeoplesuck

    I posted on the Jericho boards a link back to this story, and told them to send snail mail. I also mentioned that it did not surprise me that the retarded suits who cancelled the show don't pay attention to electronic forums because THEY'RE TOO FUCKING STUPID TO KNOW HOW TO USE A COMPUTER...as evidenced by cancelling the only show on their pathetic network with any depth. It was promptly deleted. FUCK YOU CBS. I'm voting for TNT to take over the rights.

  • May 19, 2007, 8:25 p.m. CST

    I bet I'm not the only one

    by INWOsuxRED

    who isn't going to watch that show where the three friends go on a vacation and one of them appears to blow up a building because he is a terrorist. I'd almost be willing to bet money that show will end midseason, or (if lucky) end with a season finale that is also a cliffhanger.

  • May 20, 2007, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Bring back Farscape!

    by Kromag

    Oh...and uh, Jericho...yeah, I mean if you have time. If not, whatever.

  • May 20, 2007, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Jericho wasn't GREAT, but...

    by Epsilon

    It was the only show on CBS that I watched. I'll watch some others in the fall (The Unit, some CSI) before 24, Idol, and Lost come back, but otherwise I have no use for the eye. Too bad about Jericho though. First several episodes were great, but the stories became so repetitive. Need medicine. Need food. Need power. Bad people attack. Other bad people attack. Lots of different bad people attack. Goodbye Gerald McRaney. We'll always have Simon & Simon. Ashley Scott, you were better in Birds of Prey. Skeet...well, your name is still Skeet, so good luck with that.

  • May 20, 2007, 4:05 a.m. CST

    Jericho wasn't murdered, it was suicide

    by KCMOSHer

    I loved Jericho. In the beginning. The concept and how it set itself up was just too good to miss. And then...it became formulaic. Tedious. How many times do we have to see Schmucky Older Brother look wistfully at the mistress he isn't leaving his shrill wife for? How many times do we need to spend half an episode with Outcast Teenage Boy and his prospective love interest Formerly Rich Snobby Girl? Wasted time in a heavily serialized show feels like what it is: filler. Like they have six episodes of real plot and so they have to pad it with another dozen episodes or so of melodrama. Also, the constant 80's music 'action' scenes (shootouts, chases, and other throwbacks to bad 80's 'action' series like McRaney's Simon & Simon) just felt cheap, forced, and stupid. Sure, an unknown portion of America was just nuked and we're likely at war...but the local bully just stole a bunch of ma's horses! zzzzzz Give me plotting that makes sense and focuses on what's important to the story. Create a cast where everyone is vital to the overall arc and not just paper dolls to dress up for this week's soap opera moment or family-friendly end of episode hug. In short, make Heroes. Oh, wait, NBC did...which is why we're getting 30 eps of it next season, and 0 of Jericho...just another dead network show created to jump on board a popular bandwagon (serial dramas) with results that don't live up to a shred of it's premise. Stop bellyaching about the loss of inferior shows.

  • May 20, 2007, 7:35 a.m. CST

    BRING BACK KNIGHT RIDER

    by DrunkenPig

    All Hail THE HOFF!

  • May 20, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    As of the current update though ...

    by Shan

    ... still cancelled unfortunately, right?

  • May 20, 2007, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Hate to be a cynic

    by EyeofPolyphemus

    But the CBS response was a noncommittal brushoff. "Considering options to bring closure" does not mean a thing.

  • May 21, 2007, 1:25 a.m. CST

    CBS is full of assholes!

    by Krazy1

    Canceling Jericho is just plain stupid. That show was one of the most original ones on the tube. I am sick to death of reality tv(except Survivor, Amazing Race&Big Brother), which seems to clutter way too many slots these days.My Wednesday tv viewing is shot now with the cancelation of not only Jericho, but Crossing Jordan as well(I want NBC to bring that one back). Futhermore, ABC is gonna pull a 24-style runnning of Lost eppies that wont begin until at least January. Alll the networks suck! BRING BACK JERICHO!

  • May 21, 2007, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Send Nuts

    by jerichonuts

    The nuts campaign is really taking off. See here: http://www.nutsonline.com/blog/ Be sure to send your nuts!

  • May 21, 2007, 7:23 p.m. CST

    CBS Set To Receive Over 1,600lbs of NUTS in Protest

    by fedrich519

    nutsonline.com is joining the cause. They have a special donation feature to send NUTS! to CBS at a discounted rate. See for yourself http://tinyurl.com/yq4jfy

  • May 21, 2007, 11:17 p.m. CST

    what happened to the new header?

    by tristeele

    it was there and gone wtf?