I am one of the manydie-hard Jericho fans who were distraught last week upon hearing ofthe shows demise. And don’t get mestarted about Kid Nation. Itdoesn’t take a genius to add things up: a reality show, with fame-starved kids(I’m assuming, especially after watching the preview), costs much less to produce than a serialized drama thatactually has an intriguing storyline. Iguess CBS really is trying to harness that younger demographic, although I’mnot sure that pre-teens are the market they were aiming for. And while Jericho’s ratings may not have been stellar, they weren’thorrible either (like the ill-fated 3 Lbs.).
Let’s quickly run down whathas happened since last week’s announcement:
May 16: Right after CBS announcedits fall schedule, the petition frenzy began, and the Jericho boards at CBS went crazy. Fan sites alsoimmediately began a rallying cry on how to help keep Jericho on the air.
May 17: Our esteemedMandi Bierly brought up Kid Nation on PopWatch, inspiring some 500 comments, most of them pro-Jericho.
May 18: CBSannounced, “In the coming weeks, we hope to develop a way to provideclosure to the compelling drama that was the Jerichostory.”
May 19: At the Piratesof the Caribbean: At World’s End premiere in Hollywood, Ashley Scott (pictured), who played Emily Sullivan, told EW’sCarrie Bell how she felt about Jericho’s cancellation: “It infuriates me. It is not fair to peoplewho watched because we didn’t wrap it up because we thought we were comingback. Now viewers will never get a chance to know the whole story of the bombsand what happened or what is going to happen to these townspeople. It is justrude and I think people are going to stop watching shows like that because theykeep getting shafted by these serials that they get into, then they getcanceled and they never get any closure.”
May 21: Nuts Onlinebegan taking orders to send to CBS. They have YouTube video and photos of the more than 10,000 pounds of nuts being delivered to CBS HQ in NYC. (Another 4,000 pounds were to be delivered today). SyFy Portal even interviewedJeffrey Braverman from Nuts Online about the massive influx of orders.Why the nuts? It’s in reference to the Battle of the Bulge tale Grandpa Green tells in the final episode, which Stanley mistakenly calls the “peanut story,” in which the Allied commander replied, “Nuts!” when asked if he wanted to surrender to the Nazis. In the final scene of Jericho, when Constantino asks Jake if they are going to surrender, he replies, “Nuts.”
And here we are now, a weekafter the cancellation announcement, with nothing firm. A friend toldme that the season finale was supposedly written as aseries finale in case the show didn’t get renewed. At first, I didn’tbuy it, but as Ithought about it some more, I realized it could work as a finale. Whileit left many questions unanswered, it also let your imaginationrun wild with possibilities. What was Robert Hawkins going to do withthe tank? Who would get killed in the fight at the Richmond farm? Wasthetrain full of the soldiers racing to the farm from Nebraska? If Darcywasright when she asked Robert about “eliminating all witnesses” (re: thenuclearbomb), wouldn’t all of Jerichobe doomed to die? How could the new government ever figure out who didor did not know about the hidden bomb? Are Skylar’s parents stillalive? And most importantly: Where was Jake for all those years?
IfCBS does sum things up with a two-hour movie, I say, “Brilliant.” The show was great, I loved it, but realistically, it’s timeto move on to other things. Do, however, count me amongthose viewers who won’t get involved in serial dramas ever again. I got burned last year with NBC’s Surface and this year with Jericho.I’ve learned my lesson.
What say you, PopWatchers? How long will the Jericho fight go on? Are you abandoning CBS for the long haul? What should happen now?