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Television
John Kiesewetter on the world of local and national TV


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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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Good News for Jericho Fans

Don't go nuts, yet, "Jericho" fans. But Television Week and TV Guide say CBS is close to reversing its decision to cancel "Jericho," after passionate fans sent hundreds of pounds of peanuts to CBS.

Says Television Week: "Sources close to the production said the network is near4 a deal with "Jericho" producers to bring the show back at midseason."

That way episodes could run without interruption, like "24." Ratings for "Jericho," "Lost" and "Heroes" dropped in the spring after a long hiatus.

Here are the links:
http://tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=12154

http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-Editors-Blog/Ausiello-Report/Exclusive-Jericho-Verge/800016482


39 Comments:

at 6/05/2007 4:47 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think Louis will post some "meaningful, insightful commentary" about this one? I think he wants Kiese's job.

 
at 6/05/2007 7:18 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't see anywhere else to post this, so has Tricia Macke had her baby yet? I don't see anywhere on Fox 19's site about it. Thanks!

Also, any updates about David Rose? I miss him and hope he gets help if that is what he needed.

 
at 6/05/2007 9:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome! Even if it doesn't work out at CBS, you think there'd be enough interest for a cable network to pick up the show..

Talk about a cliff hanger! There are SO many ways things could go after the season finale...

 
at 6/06/2007 12:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

News 5 does it again - changing their Top Stories ballot mid-election. Too few of you care about this - its blatant dishonesty from a news organization that should pride itself on trust.

First ballot posted at 10:30am.

Stories For June 6 -- Voting OPEN

Please pick up to FIVE stories:

Youth volleyball coach accused of stealing thousands of dollars from players' parents
Butler County leaders speak out against proposed immigration reforms
What's the future for the Banks project after developer backs out?
Both sides in jail tax debate pull out all the stops to win your support
Police warn that some people selling magazines aren't who they seem
News 5 goes behind the scenes of "Cornhole: The Movie" being filmed in Blue Ash
Local students receive breakthrough implants to help restore their hearing
GOP presidential candidates face off over who won, lost debate
Auto company executives fight against new gas mileage standards on Capitol Hill
Truck loaded with onions overturns on interstate, snarling traffic with smelly mess

SECOND BALLOT AS OF 12:30pm

Stories For June 6 -- Voting OPEN

Please pick up to FIVE stories:

Caught on tape: Robbers tie up clerk during broad-daylight heist
Butler County leaders speak out against proposed immigration reforms
What's the future for the Banks project after developer backs out?
Both sides in jail tax debate pull out all the stops to win your support
Police warn that some people selling magazines aren't who they seem
News 5 goes behind the scenes of "Cornhole: The Movie" being filmed in Blue Ash
Local students receive breakthrough implants to help restore their hearing
GOP presidential candidates face off over who won, lost debate
Auto company executives fight against new gas mileage standards on Capitol Hill
Truck loaded with onions overturns on interstate, snarling traffic with smelly mess

 
at 6/06/2007 2:32 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loser, this is not a rip on 5 thread. Save it for when someone, besides you, really cares!

 
at 6/06/2007 2:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see. If sending nuts to CBS ends up saving a series, it could start a whole new strategy. If your lamented and canceled series was, say, "Northern Exposure," you could have sent moose droppings. How about instead of grieving over the announced loss of the George Lopez series, mail lopads of nacho chips to the decision-maker. "Passions" ending too soon for you? Package some oysters and mail them off. Should CBS fold on this and bring the series back, it may put business vitality back in snail mail and make the postal service near-profitable again.

 
at 6/06/2007 7:43 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the show Passions!

 
at 6/06/2007 8:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOOD NEWS TO ALL!! According to the website for nutsonline.com ( they are the ones sending the nuts that we order to CBS. They have agreed to pick up Jericho for 7 more episodes. Check it out for yourself at www.nutsonline.com

 
at 6/06/2007 11:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anon 7:18pm - FOX19 showed the Macke family , including new baby girl, last week on the Ten o'clock News and Morning News.

 
at 6/07/2007 12:07 AM Anonymous Alan said...

Here's the message CBS Entertainment sent out late Wednesday. It looks like for once the fans win. If you haven't watched the show before check out entire episodes online at cbs. Then be ready to catch season 2. You won't be disappointed!

NUTS...Viva La Resistance
_______________________

A Message From CBS Entertainment
Below is a message from CBS Entertainment.

June 6, 2007


To the Fans of Jericho:

Wow!

Over the past few weeks you have put forth an impressive and probably unprecedented display of passion in support of a prime time television series. You got our attention; your emails and collective voice have been heard.

As a result, CBS has ordered seven episodes of “Jericho” for mid-season next year. In success, there is the potential for more. But, for there to be more “Jericho,” we will need more viewers.

A loyal and passionate community has clearly formed around the show. But that community needs to grow. It needs to grow on the CBS Television Network, as well as on the many digital platforms where we make the show available.

We will count on you to rally around the show, to recruit new viewers with the same grass-roots energy, intensity and volume you have displayed in recent weeks.

At this time, I cannot tell you the specific date or time period that “Jericho” will return to our schedule. However, in the interim, we are working on several initiatives to help introduce the show to new audiences. This includes re-broadcasting “Jericho” on CBS this summer, streaming episodes and clips from these episodes across the CBS Audience Network (online), releasing the first season DVD on September 25 and continuing the story of Jericho in the digital world until the new episodes return. We will let you know specifics when we have them so you can pass them on.

On behalf of everyone at CBS, thank you for expressing your support of “Jericho” in such an extraordinary manner. Your protest was creative, sustained and very thoughtful and respectful in tone. You made a difference.

Sincerely,

Nina Tassler
President, CBS Entertainment


P.S. Please stop sending us nuts :)

 
at 6/07/2007 1:27 AM Anonymous Michael A. Banks said...

Huzzah! A chance to see what happens after the Jericho cliffhanger. Thanks for posting this news.
--Mike

 
at 6/07/2007 9:35 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiese, how about doing a formal article in the Enquirer about how the "nuts" campaign ended up saving the day? This is certainly not the first time a fan campaign has resurrected a show from the boneyard, but I would hazard it is the swiftest reversal in TV history, and the level of organization, precision, and SPEED with which this campaign took shape would have to be unprecedented. Maybe you could interview Louis while you're at it!

 
at 6/07/2007 9:38 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 2:32 -- don't tell me or John what to post on what threads. This blog is moderator-approved, so obviously Kiese felt my post belonged here.

Its sad that you DON'T care that a news organization engages in a daily practice that undermines its credibility. That is my point.

 
at 6/07/2007 10:45 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is like what happened to family guy a few years ago. fox cancelled the series, but then after a few years of fans emailing and calling fox brought family guy back.

 
at 6/07/2007 10:46 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey kiese just wondering if you vote for the tv critics awards.

 
at 6/07/2007 11:27 AM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Yes, I'm a member of the Television Critics Association, and vote on the annual TCA awards.

 
at 6/07/2007 12:17 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn’t exactly like Family Guy’s resurrection. In that case FOX saw the light by the ratings the reruns did on cable and the dollars it made in DVD sales. This is more like when the fans saved Party of Five

 
at 6/07/2007 12:19 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, family guy was not brought back because of fan complaints, it was brought back because Fox realized it was making a gazillion dollars in DVD sales of the series.

 
at 6/07/2007 12:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

over on 5,
what happened to top stories & weather within the first 5 minutes?!?!?!?!

Also, is Sheree pregnant? It kind of looked like it, but I couldn't tell.

 
at 6/07/2007 2:00 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor channel 5. They can't do anything right and it shows. Not only do the Simpsons beat them at 11, but at 6pm, According to Jim and Judge Mathis whips up on 5 too.

 
at 6/07/2007 2:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 9:38

Good one. You got me good. Ouch, oooh that hurt. So many people have followed and commented on your post, I stand corrected.

Wait, no one responded to your inane post. Like I said, no one cares. So once again, save it for someone who cares, because no one here does....loser!

 
at 6/07/2007 7:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blatant dishonesty? Hardly.

It's called "Hey, the story fell through, so we need to replace it."

Happens every day at every news organization in the world.

Can't handle it? Don't vote!

Now, back to Jericho!

 
at 6/08/2007 10:11 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, you're not going to bully me into not posting my thoughts on here, and as long as John approves them, you can send out as many nasty messages as you want.

Yes, it is blatant dishonesty. Pick the top 5 stories you want to see at 5pm. People vote. And then they tune in expecting to see the top stories THEY voted on, but, oops, they changed the ballot mid-election.

How would you feel if you went to the polls and voted for a candidate then tune into the news and find out that person was removed from the ballot two hours after you cast your vote.

It is an issue. It is a problem. It speaks to the news organization's credibility and integrity.

 
at 6/08/2007 10:47 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you really think that you are actually picking the stories that air and in the TOP 5 order???? Someone at channel 5 picks the stories not you.

 
at 6/08/2007 11:02 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even though this isn't a comment about Jericho, I have to wonder - "Anon Disgruntled Top 5 Voter" if you are so peeved at 5 why watch them? Cast the ultimate vote by turning to another station. You won't be frustrated by their dishonesty because you won't know it's happening, because you won't be watching. They loose even more viewers, they loose even more ratings, they pay for their dishonesty, Jericho returns to the schedule and all is well with the world.

 
at 6/08/2007 11:07 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

while we're talking credibility, let's not forget to ask once again how much channel 9 paid for its diagnosis of "most accurate forecast"...you know, the one that was shopped around to the other stations first.

also how about we question the credibility of channel 12 for calling absolutely every story either breaking or developing. kiese had no shortage of righteous anger at channel 5 in the bad old days...but he just can't seem to find the ink to hammer rob and kit, can he?

 
at 6/08/2007 11:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Firstly, the whole thing is to drive people to their web site, pure and simple. The more hits to their site, the more they charge advertisers. Why do you think the clowns at Clear Channel radio are REQUIRED to "blog" and then beat it into your head while they are on air. Obviously, a simpleton like you, can not figure that out.

Secondly, since this is such an unofficial "poll", the comparison you made to a political election is apples and turnips. Not even in the same category.

This whole thing is so, not even an issue and the fact you make a stink about it, makes you look like an anonymous idiot, but an idiot none-the-less.

 
at 6/08/2007 12:13 PM Anonymous Web guy said...

"Yes, it is blatant dishonesty. Pick the top 5 stories you want to see at 5pm. People vote. And then they tune in expecting to see the top stories THEY voted on, but, oops, they changed the ballot mid-election."

So, if a story falls through, you'd rather we go on the air at 5 and say "Your number 3 story was about the new stadium tax, but the story fell through, so we don't have it"?

And why have you never bothered to complain to News 5 about it? If you had, I would have gotten the e-mail, and no one's ever said anything about this before.

 
at 6/08/2007 12:17 PM Anonymous Web Guy said...

And to save you the complaint--I've had to change the Top 5 list three times today due to stories falling through.

FYI, votes that are made for stories that get dropped are not moved to the replacement story--they get dropped, too. Replacement stories start out at zero.

 
at 6/08/2007 12:31 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey kiese was wondering if you could let us in on your ballot when you vote for the TCA Awards.

 
at 6/08/2007 12:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can call people idiots and names and say why watch and oh this is a Jericho post wah wah wah.

Again - its a credibility issue. A news organization should operate above board. If they say you choose the news, that's how it should work.

Clearly, no one watches the schlock on 5. I don't watch it. But if I catch on to blantant dishonesty, I will point it out.

You can live in a cloud, and say it doesn't matter or whatever. I don't care - I have my arguements. I will make them when I want. You can call me an idiot or loser. I feel bad that that's all you got.

 
at 6/08/2007 12:39 PM Blogger John Kiesewetter said...

Not a problem. I'll post my Television Critics Association Awards picks early next week.

 
at 6/08/2007 12:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Web guy. If a story falls throuugh, and its votes made it a top five story, you have an obligation to tell the viewers that the story fell through!!!! PEOPLE VOTED TO SEE IT!!!!!

The fact that stories are being pulled added changed and what-not shows the whole process is flawed. Its a bad idea. Its dishonest to the viewers.

 
at 6/08/2007 12:57 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 should do a promo something along the lines of... "Why can't people stop writing about Ch5? Love us or hate us... they just can't put us down. Ch5 the most blogged about station in Cincinnati."

 
at 6/08/2007 2:51 PM Anonymous Web Guy said...

"Yes, Web guy. If a story falls throuugh, and its votes made it a top five story, you have an obligation to tell the viewers that the story fell through!!!! PEOPLE VOTED TO SEE IT!!!!!"

Then I guess we'll have to disagree. There's no obligation to tell people that a story isn't a story, implied or otherwise. If anyone wants to know why a story got pulled, they can drop us an e-mail or call, and we'll tell them.

But no one's ever done that. So, I suppose, if you care that much, you can be the first.

 
at 6/11/2007 10:10 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Web guy, if a story isn't a story, it doesn't belong on the voting list. I'm sure you have no control over that list - so my problem isn't with you. It's just not an honest process. You should put an asterisk up with "Ballot updated at xx:xx". At least then people would know the list had been changed.

 
at 6/11/2007 12:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of misrepresenting news - local breaking news alert on amy baker in court? Since when do scheduled bond hearings constitute breaking news?

 
at 6/12/2007 9:03 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got hooked on Jerico from the beginning. And when American Idol was on @ the same time {pip} on my TV was used alot.It did upset me when I read it was canceled. NBC as well as other's show repeats so quick & then don't know why the rating fall. If you watched it 4 weeks ago, why watch it again. That is another reason 24 is so good. You never get a repeat for the whole season. Other's could learn from them. I don't understand Gray's A. either showing the same show both Thursday & Friday !!! Why!! if your not home on Thurday you record it. Are the ratings that high when they show it again on Friday??? Someone needs to address why they don't have something else to show that we didn't all ready watch !!!! Any fool can show the same show over & over again, but just how long do you think that's going to work...........

 
at 6/12/2007 11:13 AM Anonymous Web Guy said...

"You should put an asterisk up with "Ballot updated at xx:xx". At least then people would know the list had been changed."

Now that I will take under consideration. However, I'm not sure who it benefits--most people who vote don't come back because they can't vote again. But it wouldn't be hard to implement.

 
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