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Sometimes It’s Over Before Carol Barbee Says It’s Over

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March 27th, 2008

Skeet Ulrich, Lennie James and Carol Barbee in Happier TimesThis is one of those times. And I'll up the ante of a dozen roses and twelve pounds of nuts to also include washing her car and doing her landscaping work for a year if I'm wrong. But it's over. I could see a direct to DVD movie a la what Stargate: SG1 did with "Ark of the Truth". BTW, I haven't been pimping that DVD on our site largely because it wasn't very good. I mean it was OK, and it was good to see the first team in action again, and it was nice to get closure on the story, but it wasn't very good.

Ok, back to Jericho. It's not coming back. The fat lady has sung, only Carol Barbee must have in the earplugs or, she's like me and has her iPod earbuds in at all times and is effectively saying to the world, "La la la la la, I'm not listening to you!" Sometimes that's a pretty grand thing to do. Thank you, Steve Jobs! Best earbuds ever. Just the generic ones that come with the iPod and the iPhone - none of the "cost extra" stuff, even the ones sold by Apple are better in my estimation.

It could well be that in 10 years from now, Barbee will still be saying, "we're looking at doing something...." But just because you declare something isn't over doesn't mean it isn't. Combing the net and making a few phone calls it would seem that apparently the budget for Jericho was about twice that of your average show being made on the SciFi channel. I would be much more optimistic if it had been 25% more expensive or even 50%, but when you get to the 100% level, that's not good.

It would be different if it started on the SciFi channel at half the budget and then migrated to broadcast - that's a whole lot easier to pull off.

While I am perhaps not the "average" Jericho fan, I don't think I'm alone in thinking that if Skeet Ulrich and Lennie James aren't part of the ensemble, I won't be watching no matter where they put the show. I'd prefer it if they could keep Esai Morales as well - I liked the Beck character a lot.

And here's where the problem comes in. The show has been cancelled. No new deal has been done.

What's bound to happen soon: Lennie James, Esai Morales, and Skeet Ulrich are going to get, you guessed it, JOB OFFERS. Because they're good actors. I think Brad Beyer and Alicia Coppola (no relation to Francis Ford Coppola, so she's not getting props simply because GF1 and GF2 are like my favorite movies of all time) were great, too.

Skeet, Lennie , Esai, Brad, Alicia and all the rest of the cast: they can't exist on the nuts fans will send them. They have to eat, and live, and they like their craft I imagine. Especially in the cases of Esai, Lennie and Skeet, they're not going to want to take a huge pay cut. And if they're cut out of the show altogether? There is no show.

One thing that is absolutely, definitely, one hundred percent NOT going to happen is for Jericho to move to the CW. I know I myself pitched that a while back, but it's not happening. CBS has operational control over the CW (and Warner, although it gave CBS this control is now not happy about it apparently). CBS called "game over" for Jericho. If it was going to wind up on the C-dub, they'd have aired the cliffhanger and then announced with the ‘voice of God', "Catch an all new Jericho next fall on the CW!" That's not what happened though. What happened is CBS cancelled the show altogether. The CW is not happening for Jericho.

I don't believe the SciFi channel, or any other network will either. I understand that like the fans, Carol Barbee wishes this were not the case. I don't blame her. But as Patrick Stewart once uttered in the role of Jean-Luc Picard, "Wishing for a thing does not make it so."

To stay with the Jean-Luc theme, resistance is futile. Jericho, sad as it is. Is over. Even though Barbee hasn't copped to that yet.

Ms. Barbee, if it turns out I'm wrong, in another incarnation I spent 7 years working on a golf course. I'm pretty good with a lawnmower.

For fans who don't care that wishing for a thing doesn't make it so, you can join Carol Barbee in her wishful thinking by listening to her interview with Shaun Daily on Blog Talk Radio.

Farewell, Jericho, you will be missed! But it's over. It won't break my heart to be wrong here, even if it means I'm going to have to redevelop calloused hands. But, obviously, I don't think I'm wrong.

But as Gorman loves to say, "Often wrong, never in doubt..." I do live up to that pretty well, and will be the first to admit that as much as I love speculating and prognosticating, and as often as I am right...often right isn't always right. But I feel strongly enough that I'm willing to risk the flowers, nuts, car washing and landscaping services.

 
  • Karen

    WEll, as of two nights ago, cast was still enthusiastic. However, Carol could be obfuscating about that too I imagine will be the response. I agree if we don’t hear anything solid in the next month, I will feel it is not going to happen, as it will lose momentum, but there you go. As someone once said “It’s not false hope. It’s just hope.”

  • Karen

    WEll, as of two nights ago, cast was still enthusiastic. However, Carol could be obfuscating about that too I imagine will be the response. I agree if we don't hear anything solid in the next month, I will feel it is not going to happen, as it will lose momentum, but there you go. As someone once said “It's not false hope. It's just hope.”

  • Amy

    I’ll be disappointed if it doesn’t return, but it IS just TV and life goes on.

    However, the SciFi Network themselves have actually asked fans to contact them showing interest, so it’s certainly not a done deal.

  • Amy

    I'll be disappointed if it doesn't return, but it IS just TV and life goes on.

    However, the SciFi Network themselves have actually asked fans to contact them showing interest, so it's certainly not a done deal.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Teroricious: Anne Marie has correctly pegged me as a “pot-stirrer” and for that, I am as guilty as charged.

    I believe you can take my analysis of numbers seriously, and to the degree that you care about the oncoming revolution where media will truly be liberated and you can watch whatever you want, wherever, you want, whenever you want that you should “trust” my seriousness.

    While I seriously believe that Jericho is not coming back (at least not as episodic television), that is pure conjecture based on tea-leaf reading and as Danielle pointed out, I will be happy to eat crow if I am wrong. That is seriously my opinion, but yes, of course I knew that it would not go over well.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Teroricious: Anne Marie has correctly pegged me as a “pot-stirrer” and for that, I am as guilty as charged.

    I believe you can take my analysis of numbers seriously, and to the degree that you care about the oncoming revolution where media will truly be liberated and you can watch whatever you want, wherever, you want, whenever you want that you should “trust” my seriousness.

    While I seriously believe that Jericho is not coming back (at least not as episodic television), that is pure conjecture based on tea-leaf reading and as Danielle pointed out, I will be happy to eat crow if I am wrong. That is seriously my opinion, but yes, of course I knew that it would not go over well.

  • David Gifford

    Robert, I applaud your courage in staying true to your opinions, even if they run contrary to the Jericho faithful. I salute you. And I hope you are wrong! lol

  • David Gifford

    Robert, I applaud your courage in staying true to your opinions, even if they run contrary to the Jericho faithful. I salute you. And I hope you are wrong! lol

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Thank you David, I appreciate it. And thank all of you (even the haters!), you folks make this a lot of fun. And with that, I’m going to go to one of my favorite places (Crissy Field) which lucky for me is about a 15 minute walk away…

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/seidman/2013409225

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    Thank you David, I appreciate it. And thank all of you (even the haters!), you folks make this a lot of fun. And with that, I'm going to go to one of my favorite places (Crissy Field) which lucky for me is about a 15 minute walk away…

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/seidman/2013409225

  • David Gifford

    By the way, Robert. I assume you’ve been doing this for a long time. Has there ever been a show that had the, uh, type of fans that Jericho has? I mean, hoping against hope, seeing conspiracies where there aren’t any, etc, all because they’d rather die than lose their show? Just curious…

  • David Gifford

    By the way, Robert. I assume you've been doing this for a long time. Has there ever been a show that had the, uh, type of fans that Jericho has? I mean, hoping against hope, seeing conspiracies where there aren't any, etc, all because they'd rather die than lose their show? Just curious…

  • Danielle

    I think it amuses Robert to get all us Jericho fans up in arms.

  • Danielle

    I think it amuses Robert to get all us Jericho fans up in arms.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Danielle, it doesn’t bring me joy to offend anyone or hurt anyone’s feelings. I don’t mind people disagreeing with me though and I’m not manufacturing opinions to rabble rouse, they happen to really be my opinions!

    @David — watching tv a LONG time (if all my life is a long time). But writing about TV is new for Bill and me. The site really was born out of one of our regular lunches that have been going on for quite a few years now (see the “about” section in the site nav). Now..off to the beach :)

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Danielle, it doesn't bring me joy to offend anyone or hurt anyone's feelings. I don't mind people disagreeing with me though and I'm not manufacturing opinions to rabble rouse, they happen to really be my opinions!

    @David — watching tv a LONG time (if all my life is a long time). But writing about TV is new for Bill and me. The site really was born out of one of our regular lunches that have been going on for quite a few years now (see the “about” section in the site nav). Now..off to the beach :)

  • http://www.crisscrossmania.com/ jerichofan12

    I respect your opinion and you good work on the site.

    I still stick to the Carol Barbee will let us know when it is impossible.

    Ya I can see you saying its highly doubtful next to impossible but I trust Carol to be upfront and honest and that is what she has been through the whole thing.

    If she’s dreaming then we are on for the ride to i guess :)

  • http://www.crisscrossmania.com/ jerichofan12

    I respect your opinion and you good work on the site.

    I still stick to the Carol Barbee will let us know when it is impossible.

    Ya I can see you saying its highly doubtful next to impossible but I trust Carol to be upfront and honest and that is what she has been through the whole thing.

    If she's dreaming then we are on for the ride to i guess :)

  • Robert Seamen

    what makes this guy a so called expert? today with the internet, everyone acts like they are an expert. This guy has no idea what he is talking about.

  • Robert Seamen

    what makes this guy a so called expert? today with the internet, everyone acts like they are an expert. This guy has no idea what he is talking about.

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