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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.

 
  • christinek

    ALL RANGERS HEAD OVER TO THE JERICHO FORUM AT SCIFI.SIGN IN SIGN UP.SCIFI DOES WANT TO HEAR FROM US.THERE IS STILL A CHANCE.

  • christinek

    ALL RANGERS HEAD OVER TO THE JERICHO FORUM AT SCIFI.SIGN IN SIGN UP.SCIFI DOES WANT TO HEAR FROM US.THERE IS STILL A CHANCE.

  • Denise

    I don’t really know anything about budgeting, or if it’d be a good move for the network, but I think Jericho would fit in nicely on TNT with the Closer and Saving Grace.

    Is that something that could be possible?

  • Denise

    I don't really know anything about budgeting, or if it'd be a good move for the network, but I think Jericho would fit in nicely on TNT with the Closer and Saving Grace.

    Is that something that could be possible?

  • Mike Williams

    You all can sign the petition to bring Jericho to Sci-Fi at this website-

    http://www.petitiononline.com/saveJeri/petition.html

    I also went to Sci-Fi channel’s website and sent them an email through their feedback link at the bottom of the page. Anything we do might help!

    —mike—

  • Mike Williams

    You all can sign the petition to bring Jericho to Sci-Fi at this website-

    http://www.petitiononline.com/saveJeri/petition

    I also went to Sci-Fi channel's website and sent them an email through their feedback link at the bottom of the page. Anything we do might help!

    —mike—

  • BigMeanieHead

    I dont think any network is going to drop 20 million on a show that doesnt bring in enough viewers to justify that sort of expense. You would need to have just about every Ipod user in the US to makeup for lost ad revenue (since Itunes doesnt show ads).

  • BigMeanieHead

    I dont think any network is going to drop 20 million on a show that doesnt bring in enough viewers to justify that sort of expense. You would need to have just about every Ipod user in the US to makeup for lost ad revenue (since Itunes doesnt show ads).

  • Lily

    Gerald McRaney was wonderful in JERICHO and the main reason I watched the show.
    I think hiring him was a very good idea.
    He was greatly missed in season 2.

  • Lily

    Gerald McRaney was wonderful in JERICHO and the main reason I watched the show.
    I think hiring him was a very good idea.
    He was greatly missed in season 2.

  • Hoose

    I tend to agree with Robert. I think the show is dead this time, and hold little hope that it will return again. If I'm wrong (and really hope I am) I'll bring the hedge trimmer.

    My wife and I have determined that any show that Skeet is in will be well worth watching and doomed for cancellation. Miracles anyone?

  • Hoose

    I tend to agree with Robert. I think the show is dead this time, and hold little hope that it will return again. If I’m wrong (and really hope I am) I’ll bring the hedge trimmer.

    My wife and I have determined that any show that Skeet is in will be well worth watching and doomed for cancellation. Miracles anyone?

  • Steph

    It's not over. Too many fans who won't stop working to bring it happen will not allow this to be the end.

  • Steph

    It’s not over. Too many fans who won’t stop working to bring it happen will not allow this to be the end.

  • American7718

    @ Robert

    “I enjoy prognosticating and being right.”

    You’re boring.

  • American7718

    @ Robert

    “I enjoy prognosticating and being right.”

    You're boring.

  • American7718

    @ Robert

    It’s people like you that start blog wars. Loyal Jericho fans are smart enough to sense that bull**** and ignore you like me which is why I’m keeping my comment short and simple to save myself time and anger(that you seem to hope to get out of these loyal Jericho fans) and to let all you know there will be a season 3 of Jericho!

  • American7718

    @ Robert

    It's people like you that start blog wars. Loyal Jericho fans are smart enough to sense that bull**** and ignore you like me which is why I'm keeping my comment short and simple to save myself time and anger(that you seem to hope to get out of these loyal Jericho fans) and to let all you know there will be a season 3 of Jericho!

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