Last year when CBS announced its fall schedule, I sat at my computer in disbelief. The show I had followed for the past season wasn't being picked up. I guess a solid rating and a great fan following was too much for the CBS executives to handle. That show was Jericho.
Then fans united behind the battle cry "nuts", referring to the last line uttered in the season finale. CBS headquarters was inundated with shipments of nuts and unbelievable amounts of email flooded into their offices. I know Moon and Gardner did their part. Under pressure, CBS decided to give the show a seven-episode pickup and announced they would run the show during the summer of 2007 in an attempt to broaden the fan base. Good concept but here's what happened.
Instead of running the entire first season as first suggested, CBS ran a few episodes, went to the mid-season first half wrap-up episode and then aired the final episodes in order. It makes sense they would rush the season of Jericho through so they could serve us up some gems like Moonlight, Cane and The Big Bang Theory. Great thinking.
Now we are two months away from the return of Jericho and we need to build the fan base even more to keep this show on the air. If you haven't checked the show out, find someone who has the DVD set and watch it. You'll be hooked.
Fans saved this show. We stood up and demanded that CBS respect what the fans wanted. Networks should do more of this. Why would you take a show off the air with a fan base like Jericho and replace it with junk such as Moonlight and Cane? Because people who are not in step with average people are calling the shots.
This is a crippling disease that has infiltrated most aspects of our society. People rise to power, sit on top and make decisions. The only problem with this method is the people on top rarely step down where the rest of us reside. Might get their hands dirty. Opps. Sorry about that. Back to the topic at hand.
Jericho rises from the ashes on Feb. 12 at 10 p.m. Tuesday. Jericho is far from safe. Want another example that shows CBS is sharpening the guillotine? Jericho follows Big Brother. Great show -- years ago but well past its prime. Kinda like Survivor. Sorry Lisa.
I will be posting reminders and updates on the show's future and hopefully its full season pickup in the future. Until then, visit CBS.com and other Jericho sites to get updates and keep the show alive.