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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

"Jericho" Protest Update

Local "Jericho" fan David Brinker asked me to alert you about the protest campaigns over last week's cancellation of "Jericho" by CBS. Thousands of fans have sent peanuts to CBS, a reference to the Skeet Ulrich character saying "Nuts!" when asked if he would surrender.

You can vent on several Websites, including CBS' "Jericho" message boards:


at 5/23/2007 11:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I would not ordinarily voice my opinion about a television show, I believe this cancellation was based upon a poor understanding of audience viewing habits in a new media environment, given the proliferation of digital recording devices and the availability of online episodes. Additionally, experimenting with an extended mid-season hiatus rather than building viewership through airing repeats of the first half of the season was an ill-advised strategy. I understand the economic realities of network decisions and the importance of ratings, but Jericho's cancellation was not based on accurate data.

It would be a shame to trade cheap "reality TV" drivel for quality programming, especially when audiences' loyalty can so easily shift to other sources when they feel their intelligence has been insulted and their opinions have been disregarded. Jericho definitely deserves a second season.

at 5/24/2007 11:23 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The campaign to save Jericho has raised enough money to buy an add in the upcoming Variety. I e-mailed a copy of the proposed add to John, so hopefully he can post it. Also, I think fans have shipped over 10,000 pounds of nuts to CBS in protest.
If you are reading this and are unsure what all the fuss is about, you can watch full episodes for FREE on thru their Innertube site. I humbly invite you to do so. I think you'll be glad you did, as this is a well written, well acted show.

at 5/25/2007 1:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to express my displeasure at Jericho's cancellation and ask that the network air a second season. CBS did not consider the number of viewers who watched the show at the network's Web site or on digital recording devices, which was a major oversight given the emphasis on creating a multiplatform viewing environment. I was actually quite impressed with the CBS Web site and its options for multimedia and interactivity; it seemed ahead of its time in comparison to other network sites. So I am surprised that the network would still rely on antiquated ratings to make programming decisions. The cancellation would seem to punish viewers for taking advantage of the technology the network provided.

at 5/25/2007 3:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 1:48, I agree. But PLEASE, write/e-mail/call the stuffed shirts at CBS and tell them too. The effort is having an impact, but please try to add to their mail pile. And get anyone who you know who likes the show to do the same thing.

NUTS to CBS!!!

at 5/28/2007 10:36 AM Anonymous Jericho fan said...

Jericho is the best thing TV has had in a llllllooooooonnnnnnggggg time.

It's suspenseful, smart, warm, humorous, and a whole bunch of adjectives.

CBS would do well to reconsider.

at 5/29/2007 9:30 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

update: CBS in New York is going to be on the receiving end of 10,000 pounds of nuts this morning, and the campaign has full page ads in Variety and Hollywood Reporter. Maybe today will be the day that network executives come out waving the white flags and admit their mistake!

at 5/31/2007 2:00 PM Blogger mpbnice said...

Besides shipping tons of nuts to CBS the Jericho rangers have raised $8094 the help the tornado victims in Greensburg Kansas.

Jericho deserves a second season. CBS not only put it on a 10-week hiatus right in the middle of the season, but when it resumed, they put it up against an already running American Idol.

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