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JERICHO FANS WORK TO BE PART OF HISTORY….AGAIN!

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March 30th, 2008

I know I said I would never write about Jericho again, but this isn't my writing so it doesn't count.  This comes to us from Amber who is in support of JerichoNet2.com's efforts to revive the show.  But as long as I'm here... I recently played around with the new service at FriendFeed.com.  FreindFeed is sort of an aggregator for all the social networking services avaialable.

One interesting thing resulted.  Although I have only "friended"  a few people and only eight people have friended me, two out of the eight watched Jericho.  Including me, that makes three out of nine.   Since it's completely random -- the people who friended me don't live in my neighborhood, and the two people who claim Jericho, I've never met either of them face-to-face, although one of them I've "known" for years.  I did pause to think, "what are the odds that three out of nine people (including me) watched Jericho, and Niesen isn't at least a little screwed up?" I'm still pondering.  Here's the press release:

JERICHO FANS WORK TO BE PART OF HISTORY….AGAIN!

March 23, 2008 – “How does it feel to be part of history? Don’t Tread on Me!” It’s the new battle cry of the next Jericho fan revolution. On March 22nd, CBS once again canceled Jericho, and within minutes, the fan efforts to solve the problem had kicked back into action. CBS’ serial drama Jericho, originally debuting on September 20, 2006, had been canceled once before, but the network resurrected it after the fans paid homage to Jericho character Jake Green (portrayed by actor Skeet Ulrich) uttering “Nuts!” to a request for surrender during the heat of battle. This line inspired a fan protest involving 40,000 pounds of nuts being shipped to CBS, forcing the network to reconsider its decision and to agree to a seven-episode Season 2.

According to CBS, Nielsen ratings had not been high enough this time around to encourage the network to buy into a third season for Jericho, leading to the show’s second cancellation before the March 25th airing of the seventh and final episode with had been shot with two alternate endings: a cliffhanger if picked up for another season, and an open-ended, show-ending conclusion to the seven episode arc storyline. CBS aired the latter version, and fans, deeming it also to be a cliffhanger itself, were inspired to begin the fight again to preserve Jericho for another round of storytelling.

Rumors had already begun circulating that Jericho’s Executive Producer Carol Barbee had been already ‘shopping’ the show to cable networks – where Jericho’s ratings, considered sub-par by CBS, would be stellar elsewhere. According to Barbee and other sources close to Barbee, the SciFi and CW networks continue to be possibilities for picking up Jericho. Fans have now sprung into action, currently sending e-mails and letters and making phone calls to both networks.

Jericho fans – well-versed in their abilities to make a difference through efforts involving over $20,000 in donations to the Greensburg, Kansas, building fund, DVD shipments to troops overseas, and an affiliation with Project Homefront – are now refocusing their endeavors toward an organized multiphase effort to win a new home for their favorite show. They also have set up an alternate online rally point in anticipation of CBS’ Jericho Web site eventually going dark.

For more information about Jericho’s latest fan revolution, or to learn how you can offer your assistance and your voice to making history again by finding Jericho a new home, please log onto www.jerichonet2.com/board to check out the New Save Jericho Campaign details for addresses, contact numbers, and ongoing efforts to give Jericho new life.

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www.JerichoNet2.com

 
  • Melissa

    Jericho is the best show out there. I am proud to say that I have sent my letters and I'm going to send even more. Jnet has a wealth of information on it and I'm glad I found the sight when I did. We will get Jericho back.

  • Karen

    It does make you wonder, doesn’t it? And what gets me too, is that most people who watch Jericho WATCH Jericho. I recently made a friend watch teh pilot and halfway through she was like “I hate you. I want to see the ALL now. I hate you.”

  • Karen

    It does make you wonder, doesn't it? And what gets me too, is that most people who watch Jericho WATCH Jericho. I recently made a friend watch teh pilot and halfway through she was like “I hate you. I want to see the ALL now. I hate you.”

  • Karen

    It does make you wonder, doesn't it? And what gets me too, is that most people who watch Jericho WATCH Jericho. I recently made a friend watch teh pilot and halfway through she was like “I hate you. I want to see the ALL now. I hate you.”

  • kernel

    Don’t give up on Jericho just yet!

  • kernel

    Don't give up on Jericho just yet!

  • kernel

    Don't give up on Jericho just yet!

  • erika

    I keep running into fans of Jericho, in the most unexpected places. It gives me lessand less faith in Nielsen.

    But there are two other sites that are full of Jericho fans that people should check out! http://www.jerichorallypoint.com (the original alternate fan board as far as I know), and http://www.radiofreejericho.com

    They all have soemthing to offer fans, along with all the fun going on at CBS.

  • erika

    I keep running into fans of Jericho, in the most unexpected places. It gives me lessand less faith in Nielsen.

    But there are two other sites that are full of Jericho fans that people should check out! http://www.jerichorallypoint.com (the original alternate fan board as far as I know), and http://www.radiofreejericho.com

    They all have soemthing to offer fans, along with all the fun going on at CBS.

  • erika

    I keep running into fans of Jericho, in the most unexpected places. It gives me lessand less faith in Nielsen.

    But there are two other sites that are full of Jericho fans that people should check out! http://www.jerichorallypoint.com (the original alternate fan board as far as I know), and http://www.radiofreejericho.com

    They all have soemthing to offer fans, along with all the fun going on at CBS.

  • norsu

    Somebody pick up Jericho!

    Nuts to Nielsen!

  • norsu

    Somebody pick up Jericho!

    Nuts to Nielsen!

  • norsu

    Somebody pick up Jericho!

    Nuts to Nielsen!

  • ponytail87

    RS: Is there any way you would be willing to at least pass on to Sci-Fi the inordinately large number of posted comments you receive each time you write about Jericho? Your faithful and unpartisan reporting of the numbers each week, should be a good gauge to Sci-Fi that you are fairly objective where this is concerned.

  • ponytail87

    RS: Is there any way you would be willing to at least pass on to Sci-Fi the inordinately large number of posted comments you receive each time you write about Jericho? Your faithful and unpartisan reporting of the numbers each week, should be a good gauge to Sci-Fi that you are fairly objective where this is concerned.

  • ponytail87

    RS: Is there any way you would be willing to at least pass on to Sci-Fi the inordinately large number of posted comments you receive each time you write about Jericho? Your faithful and unpartisan reporting of the numbers each week, should be a good gauge to Sci-Fi that you are fairly objective where this is concerned.

  • Amy

    Thanks for writing about Jericho’s second campaign, even though you said wouldn’t. It’s appreciated!

    Jericho cannot die! This show is special; it is unique television. With Jericho’s online audience as well itss viewers who watch Jericho through alternate platforms (i.e. i-tunes, Tivo, etc), Jericho is a show that could be very profitable for a cable network. Any cable network that picked up Jericho would have a built in loyal audience of at least 4 to 5 million, and an audience of that magnitude is huge for a cable network. Come on CBS Paramount make a deal with a cable network to get Jericho on the air; it could be very profitable for you too!

  • Amy

    Thanks for writing about Jericho's second campaign, even though you said wouldn't. It's appreciated!

    Jericho cannot die! This show is special; it is unique television. With Jericho's online audience as well itss viewers who watch Jericho through alternate platforms (i.e. i-tunes, Tivo, etc), Jericho is a show that could be very profitable for a cable network. Any cable network that picked up Jericho would have a built in loyal audience of at least 4 to 5 million, and an audience of that magnitude is huge for a cable network. Come on CBS Paramount make a deal with a cable network to get Jericho on the air; it could be very profitable for you too!

  • Amy

    Thanks for writing about Jericho's second campaign, even though you said wouldn't. It's appreciated!

    Jericho cannot die! This show is special; it is unique television. With Jericho's online audience as well itss viewers who watch Jericho through alternate platforms (i.e. i-tunes, Tivo, etc), Jericho is a show that could be very profitable for a cable network. Any cable network that picked up Jericho would have a built in loyal audience of at least 4 to 5 million, and an audience of that magnitude is huge for a cable network. Come on CBS Paramount make a deal with a cable network to get Jericho on the air; it could be very profitable for you too!

  • Guess Who

    CW only airs cheap poorly made shows like Pussycat girls. No way they could take on a big budget show like Jericho that costs almost $3 million an episode.

    SCI-FI Channel? It was a good option when they picked up rights to air Season 1 and 2. But then they moved it from Mondays to Friday then this past weekend they pulled 2 episodes in favor of old Stargate SG-1 episodes. It isnt on at all in April. Not exactly a ringing endorsement from the suits at SCI-FI. Ive heard stories on the SCI-FI boards they are planning their own Jericho like show.

    Things are looking pretty grim these days for Jericho. If Jericho showed up anywhere they would probably have to dump half the remaining cast. According the Carol Barbee they had already cut the shows budget to the bone. Minor cuts just wouldnt cut it. They would have to get rid of Jake and Hawkins (highest salaries)which would make it totally unwatchable as Season 2 was built around them.

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