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It's Official: CBS Cancels Jericho

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March 21st, 2008

Lennie James as Robert Hawkins on JerichoCBS Giveth and CBS Taketh Away.  After spending the last 4ish hours watching NCAA hoops action (on CBS, no less!) at the local sports bar I was disappointed to read the Hollywood Reporter story confirming Jericho's cancellation.  From the article by James Hibberd:

"The March 25th episode of Jericho will be the series finale," CBS said in a statement. "Without question, there are passionate viewers watching this program; we simply wish there were more. We thank an engaged and spirited fan base for keeping the show alive this long, and an outstanding team of producers, cast and crew that went through creative hoops to deliver a compelling, high quality second season. We have no regrets bringing the show back for a second try. We listened to our viewers, gave the series an opportunity to grow, and the producers put a great story on the screen. We're proud of everyone's efforts."

This seems to remove all hope that the series will continue on another network.  And just when I was enjoying it.  If it's true that they air the "series finale" version I hope Hawkins will at least get to...blow up a lot of people.  Or something. A disappointing outcome.  My condolences to the shows enthusiastic fan base.

 
  • http://www.mountburlington.com Shaun

    ‘Tis a sad day. I for one hope this is not the end. There are many options still available for continuing the story. At this point we can only hope for the best.

  • http://www.mountburlington.com Shaun

    'Tis a sad day. I for one hope this is not the end. There are many options still available for continuing the story. At this point we can only hope for the best.

  • http://iamatvjunkie.com Joe Bua

    Shaun, I know that you’ve worked really hard to keep the show on the air (if you are indeed that Shaun) but basic cable will not be able to support the show’s budget and pay cable will be looking for something much more cutting edge.

    We were just too few to make an audience for a broadcast network show.

    Hopefully, enough people have seen Lennie in the show that we’ll see him in other things here in the US.

  • http://iamatvjunkie.com Joe Bua

    Shaun, I know that you've worked really hard to keep the show on the air (if you are indeed that Shaun) but basic cable will not be able to support the show's budget and pay cable will be looking for something much more cutting edge.

    We were just too few to make an audience for a broadcast network show.

    Hopefully, enough people have seen Lennie in the show that we'll see him in other things here in the US.

  • http://iamatvjunkie.com Joe Bua

    Shaun, I know that you've worked really hard to keep the show on the air (if you are indeed that Shaun) but basic cable will not be able to support the show's budget and pay cable will be looking for something much more cutting edge.

    We were just too few to make an audience for a broadcast network show.

    Hopefully, enough people have seen Lennie in the show that we'll see him in other things here in the US.

  • http://www.mountburlington.com Shaun

    Joe, at this point I will take a novel or even a comic continuation. There is an entire nation to rebuild.

    With so much room for growth + a great set of characters, why stop. There is still plenty of stories to tell

    Shaun M. Coates

  • http://www.mountburlington.com Shaun

    Joe, at this point I will take a novel or even a comic continuation. There is an entire nation to rebuild.

    With so much room for growth + a great set of characters, why stop. There is still plenty of stories to tell

    Shaun M. Coates

  • http://www.mountburlington.com Shaun

    Joe, at this point I will take a novel or even a comic continuation. There is an entire nation to rebuild.

    With so much room for growth + a great set of characters, why stop. There is still plenty of stories to tell

    Shaun M. Coates

  • http://www.scifistudios.com Dave Andrews

    Hey guys,

    If anyone hears about any real efforts to try to save Jericho by getting it picked up elsewhere, can you let us at SciFi Studios know about it? You can do so by posting here:

    http://www.scifistudios.com/community/index.php?showtopic=1657&hl=

    I’m not interested in any efforts to get it renewed on CBS. I wasn’t that interested in that last time, but this time it would be a completely wasted effort.

    I’d rather see it picked up by another channel (CW or cable) or even on the internet.

    Thanks!
    Dave

  • http://www.scifistudios.com Dave Andrews

    Hey guys,

    If anyone hears about any real efforts to try to save Jericho by getting it picked up elsewhere, can you let us at SciFi Studios know about it? You can do so by posting here:

    http://www.scifistudios.com/community/index.php

    I'm not interested in any efforts to get it renewed on CBS. I wasn't that interested in that last time, but this time it would be a completely wasted effort.

    I'd rather see it picked up by another channel (CW or cable) or even on the internet.

    Thanks!
    Dave

  • http://www.scifistudios.com Dave Andrews

    Hey guys,

    If anyone hears about any real efforts to try to save Jericho by getting it picked up elsewhere, can you let us at SciFi Studios know about it? You can do so by posting here:

    http://www.scifistudios.com/community/index.php

    I'm not interested in any efforts to get it renewed on CBS. I wasn't that interested in that last time, but this time it would be a completely wasted effort.

    I'd rather see it picked up by another channel (CW or cable) or even on the internet.

    Thanks!
    Dave

  • Shane

    Sad day for sure.
    BUT at the end of the day…what gives?

    How can Jericho fans send nuts to CBS but not follow up by actually watching the show? CBS passionately asked its fanbase to tune in once the show returned and they vigorously advertised it. Instead, its fanbase never showed up.
    Its fanbase can’t necessarily blame CBS. Even though Tuesdays @ 10 have been a death slot for them, CBS was dealing with an ongoing strike unable to catapult new episodes of NCIS & The Unit to help it.

    Regardless, you can’t necessarily say that the show wasn’t doing good BECAUSE it failed to have proper lead-ins. It was up against RERUNS of Law and Order and Boston Legal, yet lost in households to both. It couldn’t even meager first place finishes in the 18-49 demo even when SVU was in reruns. That’s an entirely disappointing finish.

    If you want a comparison as to how bad Jericho was doing, take a look at the quick flop that was Threshold from years ago. Even Threshold did better than Jericho when it switched from Fridays to Tuesdays!

    Frankly, I can’t stand the people who say it was directly CBS’ fault because Jericho didn’t fit their programming schedule. First and foremost, CBS advertised the heck out of this thing from the start! Secondly, its original timeslot on Wednesdays barely had any competition and it couldn’t even manage a 6.0-8.0 HH rating?

    In all seriousness, its a disappointment, but at least CBS doesn’t hold on to shows like Friday Night Lights–which ‘everyone’ seems to love, which nobody watches, and which loses pretty much every award it actually gets nominated for–day in and day out. CBS is committed to quality, but how could they be alienating a fanbase when NOBODY WATCHED THE SHOW AT ALL?

    Considering CBS has stake in The CW, I’d suggest that the CW NOT pick this one up. First of all, everything that has been working for CW lately has been thanks to the 12-34 Womens demo. Gossip Girl and ANTM have only performed as strong as they have thanks to young women. How will Jericho fit in to the schedule? Men don’t even make up a substantial majority of viewers on Smallville!

    Sci-Fi has no reason to pick this one up either. That network has done well with original movies, BSG, and other original series lately, and doesn’t need leftovers. I’m pretty sure NBC wouldn’t dare pick it up anyways (also knowing that Heroes reruns would probably average more viewers!).

    I love Jericho, and I’ve watched every episode. But it’s a lame duck and at a business stance, there’s no benefit in keeping it on the air.

    Let’s just hope its ‘fanbase’ doesn’t go utterly crazy for the show again. This time, they’re risking embarrassment!

  • Shane

    Sad day for sure.
    BUT at the end of the day…what gives?

    How can Jericho fans send nuts to CBS but not follow up by actually watching the show? CBS passionately asked its fanbase to tune in once the show returned and they vigorously advertised it. Instead, its fanbase never showed up.
    Its fanbase can't necessarily blame CBS. Even though Tuesdays @ 10 have been a death slot for them, CBS was dealing with an ongoing strike unable to catapult new episodes of NCIS & The Unit to help it.

    Regardless, you can't necessarily say that the show wasn't doing good BECAUSE it failed to have proper lead-ins. It was up against RERUNS of Law and Order and Boston Legal, yet lost in households to both. It couldn't even meager first place finishes in the 18-49 demo even when SVU was in reruns. That's an entirely disappointing finish.

    If you want a comparison as to how bad Jericho was doing, take a look at the quick flop that was Threshold from years ago. Even Threshold did better than Jericho when it switched from Fridays to Tuesdays!

    Frankly, I can't stand the people who say it was directly CBS' fault because Jericho didn't fit their programming schedule. First and foremost, CBS advertised the heck out of this thing from the start! Secondly, its original timeslot on Wednesdays barely had any competition and it couldn't even manage a 6.0-8.0 HH rating?

    In all seriousness, its a disappointment, but at least CBS doesn't hold on to shows like Friday Night Lights–which 'everyone' seems to love, which nobody watches, and which loses pretty much every award it actually gets nominated for–day in and day out. CBS is committed to quality, but how could they be alienating a fanbase when NOBODY WATCHED THE SHOW AT ALL?

    Considering CBS has stake in The CW, I'd suggest that the CW NOT pick this one up. First of all, everything that has been working for CW lately has been thanks to the 12-34 Womens demo. Gossip Girl and ANTM have only performed as strong as they have thanks to young women. How will Jericho fit in to the schedule? Men don't even make up a substantial majority of viewers on Smallville!

    Sci-Fi has no reason to pick this one up either. That network has done well with original movies, BSG, and other original series lately, and doesn't need leftovers. I'm pretty sure NBC wouldn't dare pick it up anyways (also knowing that Heroes reruns would probably average more viewers!).

    I love Jericho, and I've watched every episode. But it's a lame duck and at a business stance, there's no benefit in keeping it on the air.

    Let's just hope its 'fanbase' doesn't go utterly crazy for the show again. This time, they're risking embarrassment!

  • Shane

    Sad day for sure.
    BUT at the end of the day…what gives?

    How can Jericho fans send nuts to CBS but not follow up by actually watching the show? CBS passionately asked its fanbase to tune in once the show returned and they vigorously advertised it. Instead, its fanbase never showed up.
    Its fanbase can't necessarily blame CBS. Even though Tuesdays @ 10 have been a death slot for them, CBS was dealing with an ongoing strike unable to catapult new episodes of NCIS & The Unit to help it.

    Regardless, you can't necessarily say that the show wasn't doing good BECAUSE it failed to have proper lead-ins. It was up against RERUNS of Law and Order and Boston Legal, yet lost in households to both. It couldn't even meager first place finishes in the 18-49 demo even when SVU was in reruns. That's an entirely disappointing finish.

    If you want a comparison as to how bad Jericho was doing, take a look at the quick flop that was Threshold from years ago. Even Threshold did better than Jericho when it switched from Fridays to Tuesdays!

    Frankly, I can't stand the people who say it was directly CBS' fault because Jericho didn't fit their programming schedule. First and foremost, CBS advertised the heck out of this thing from the start! Secondly, its original timeslot on Wednesdays barely had any competition and it couldn't even manage a 6.0-8.0 HH rating?

    In all seriousness, its a disappointment, but at least CBS doesn't hold on to shows like Friday Night Lights–which 'everyone' seems to love, which nobody watches, and which loses pretty much every award it actually gets nominated for–day in and day out. CBS is committed to quality, but how could they be alienating a fanbase when NOBODY WATCHED THE SHOW AT ALL?

    Considering CBS has stake in The CW, I'd suggest that the CW NOT pick this one up. First of all, everything that has been working for CW lately has been thanks to the 12-34 Womens demo. Gossip Girl and ANTM have only performed as strong as they have thanks to young women. How will Jericho fit in to the schedule? Men don't even make up a substantial majority of viewers on Smallville!

    Sci-Fi has no reason to pick this one up either. That network has done well with original movies, BSG, and other original series lately, and doesn't need leftovers. I'm pretty sure NBC wouldn't dare pick it up anyways (also knowing that Heroes reruns would probably average more viewers!).

    I love Jericho, and I've watched every episode. But it's a lame duck and at a business stance, there's no benefit in keeping it on the air.

    Let's just hope its 'fanbase' doesn't go utterly crazy for the show again. This time, they're risking embarrassment!

  • WHOLETRUTHY

    NUTS

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    NUTS

  • WHOLETRUTHY

    NUTS

  • http://www.tv.com/users/vendbien/profile.php Jon V

    I was not a regular viewer, but in the past few months I have seen more passion on the part of those who were than I can remember in recent years for any 'bubble' program.

    I hope that some cable network will put it in reruns and think about making new episodes.

  • http://www.tv.com/users/vendbien/profile.php Jon V

    I was not a regular viewer, but in the past few months I have seen more passion on the part of those who were than I can remember in recent years for any ‘bubble’ program.

    I hope that some cable network will put it in reruns and think about making new episodes.

  • http://www.tv.com/users/vendbien/profile.php Jon V

    I was not a regular viewer, but in the past few months I have seen more passion on the part of those who were than I can remember in recent years for any 'bubble' program.

    I hope that some cable network will put it in reruns and think about making new episodes.

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