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May 16th, 2007, 05:05 PM
CBS ends `Jericho' in new schedule

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
13 minutes ago

CBS canceled the nuclear apocalypse drama, "Jericho," on Wednesday, another sign that TV networks are shying away from serial dramas after overloading on them last season.

The network unveiled a fall schedule with five new shows, three of them dramas.

"Jericho" started out strong last fall for CBS. However, like "Lost" on ABC and "Heroes" on NBC, many viewers abandoned the show after it went on a long midseason hiatus.

"We lost a lot of steam," said Kelly Kahl, CBS' chief scheduling executive. "I know we had loyal viewers ... but the show sort of lost its engine and wasn't performing."

CBS' only new show that is heavily serialized, "Swingtown," will start in midseason and run uninterrupted until the end of the season. The series is set in the shag-carpeted 1970s, with Chicago-area couples navigating the sexual freedom of the era.

To counter its stodgy image, CBS has scheduled a handful of edgy new shows for the fall: a musical, a drama about a vampire and a drama about a Cuban-American family running a sugar business in Florida.

"For those of you who accuse CBS of being too conservative, you will feel differently when you see the shows we have lined up," said Leslie Moonves, chairman of CBS Corp.

A new reality show, "Kid Nation," will take 40 children and set them up in an abandoned New Mexico town. Cameras will follow them as they try to set up their own society without adult supervision.

Veteran actor Jimmy Smits is the patriarch in "Cane," about the family sugar business. "Moonlight," about a vampire in modern society, is another one of a handful of high-concept ideas networks are trying out next year.
Hugh Jackman stars in "Viva Laughlin," an adaptation of the BBC show "Viva Blackpool," about a shady businessman. Music plays a central part in driving the series along.

The Monday comedy "The Big Bang Theory" seems like a sitcom version of "Beauty and the Geek," with two brainy guys flustered by a sexy new neighbor.

CBS canceled the comedies "The Class" and "Close to Home." The comedy "The New Adventures of Old Christine" was left off the fall schedule but will be used at midseason.

May 16th, 2007, 05:06 PM
If they are not going to finish a serial then they shouldn't put them on. :rolleyes: Jericho ended on a cliff hanger. :fiery:

May 16th, 2007, 05:12 PM
Its good to see Old Christine return. Hopefully they can find it a better time slot next year ;) :bounce:

Martian KC
May 16th, 2007, 05:17 PM
Wow, not even for a midseason replacement. That sux.

May 16th, 2007, 05:19 PM
Wow, not even for a midseason replacement. That sux.

Thats rough. I guess i was lucky when they wrapped up the storyline for the quickly cancelled KIDNAPPED. Although they skipped a few episodes on the network run to end the show quicker... I pre ordered the show on dvd so i can watch it all ;) :bounce:

May 16th, 2007, 05:46 PM
Networks don't support their shows anymore. How do they expect people to stay interested when they don't give them anything?

May 16th, 2007, 06:37 PM
"Kid Nation" sounds interesting.

May 16th, 2007, 08:53 PM
"Kid Nation" sounds interesting.

yeah it does but I guess it depends on the which kids they choose. ;)

dementieva's fan
May 16th, 2007, 11:41 PM
Who watches CBS?

90% of their shows can be summed up like this

first 5 minutes: A person dies
Middle 50 minutes: We get all the details
last 5 minutes: We find out who the killer is

Jun 11th, 2007, 05:41 PM
I read somewhere they may give Jericho another chance??

Jun 11th, 2007, 05:43 PM
I read that too. Is it a good show?

Jun 11th, 2007, 06:24 PM
It's alright. It has potential.

Sally Struthers
Jun 11th, 2007, 06:49 PM
I read somewhere they may give Jericho another chance??

I think they're in talks with CBS to get renewed after a peanut mail in campaign.

Jun 11th, 2007, 07:33 PM
I think they're in talks with CBS to get renewed after a peanut mail in campaign.

Score one for us TV addicts! :weirdo:

Jun 11th, 2007, 11:55 PM
CBS reverses decision and gives 'Jericho' a midseason pickup order

The fans spoke, CBS listened and "Jericho" will return to American airwaves during the 2007-08 season, the network announced Wednesday.

CBS reversed its decision to cancel the apocalyptic drama set in Kansas after being inundated with e-mail, and tons of nuts -- a reference to a catchphrase in the show -- from the show's fans. The network ordered seven episodes of "Jericho" to be aired mid-season, Nina Tassler, CBS Entertainment president, said in a letter posted on the "Jericho" page of CBS' Web site.
"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," Tassler told the show's fans. "You got our attention; your emails and collective voice have been heard."

She said, however, the show's "loyal and passionate community" must grow. To help increase viewership, Tassler said CBS would re-broadcast "Jericho" during the summer, stream episodes and clips online, and release the first season on DVD.

When "Jericho" returns wasn't determined, she said.

Tassler thanked "Jericho" fans for expressing their support.

"Your protest was creative, sustained and very thoughtful and respectful in tone," she said. "You made a difference."

Mateo Mathieu
Jun 12th, 2007, 12:38 AM
I watched the pilot and found it boring to death. I want the deaf girl come back to Weeds again! :hearts: I miss her! :awww:

Jun 12th, 2007, 01:01 AM
CBS Bringing ‘Jericho’ Back After Protests From Fans

LOS ANGELES, — Three weeks after CBS’s cancellation of the apocalyptic drama “Jericho” set off a sustained and creative protest by fans of the first-season series, the network reversed course and announced on Wednesday that it had ordered seven new episodes for broadcast late this year or early in 2008.

In a letter to “Jericho” fans that opened with “Wow!,” the president of CBS Entertainment, Nina Tassler, praised the “impressive and probably unprecedented display of passion” evident in the effort to save the series. Ms. Tassler added that the series could be extended further if fans help recruit more viewers. The letter is posted on the message board at CBS’s Jericho Web site.
The reversal and Ms. Tassler’s reaction were in response to a campaign that led to thousands of pounds of roasted nuts being sent to CBS executives by viewers of the show. The nuts were a reference to the first-season finale, in which Jake Green, the character played by Skeet Ulrich, uses a somewhat outdated expression to refuse his enemy’s suggestion that he surrender.

The expression led to a “Say ‘nuts’ to CBS” campaign that Ms. Tassler called “creative, sustained and very thoughtful and respectful in tone.”

While thanking fans for their passion, Ms. Tassler also had a few words of warning. “For there to be more ‘Jericho,’ we will need more viewers,” she wrote.

She added, “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.”

CBS has yet to set a date for the show’s return, which will probably depend on how new series on the network’s fall schedule fare. In the meantime, CBS will rebroadcast some of the first season’s 22 episodes this summer. CBS Paramount Network Television, which produces the series, will release the first-season DVD on Sept. 25.

The president of CBS Paramount, David Stapf, said in an interview that the sets for the show were still in place in a studio in Van Nuys, Calif., making it relatively easy to restart production. Because the show was close to being renewed until only recently, many members of the show’s cast and production crew are still available to return.

When CBS was considering whether to renew “Jericho” for a second season, the studio and the show’s producers sketched out “a fairly specific plan” of the character arcs and storylines for a second season, Mr. Stapf said. That plan will be the basis of the seven-episode season.

“Jericho” was shown on Wednesdays at 8 p.m., a spot that next season will be occupied by “Kid Nation,” a reality show featuring a group of children who form their own society in a town without adults.

Last fall, “Jericho” regularly ranked first or second in that time period. In its initial weeks, it drew an estimated 11 million viewers each Wednesday, according to Nielsen Media Research, second to the “Dancing With the Stars” results show on ABC.

But “Jericho” was far weaker after it returned from a hiatus that lasted from late November to mid-February. In its first few weeks, it went head-to-head against the “American Idol” results show, drawing only about eight million viewers. And in March and April, it was handily beaten by the Fox drama “Bones.”

Jun 12th, 2007, 05:27 AM
I'm happy it's coming back because I fell in love with the show in the end when the mystery started to unravel, they allowed the black man to fall in love with his wife and family again and the story with the nuclear family became intense and interesting. However, I hate that they killed off one of the main characters that actually made the show interesting, Gerald McRaney. The acting is superb though.

Martian KC
Jun 12th, 2007, 08:06 AM
They're finally making sense. YAY!

Jun 12th, 2007, 03:07 PM
Don't know why CBS would want to bring it back after cancelling. Well Done to them for listening to their fans, i actually like the show so good we will get to see more episodes.

Jun 12th, 2007, 11:56 PM
'Jericho' Repeats Land on Fridays
Drama will return with seven new episodes at midseason

On Friday, July 6 at 9 p.m. ET, CBS will reair the original "Jericho" pilot, in which the residents of a small Kansas town begin to deal with the effects of a nuclear attack. The following week, at 8 p.m., the network will air a clipshow recapping the season's first 11 episodes, followed by episode 12, "The Day Before," which began the show's spring season.

Through the rest of the summer, CBS will use the Friday 9 p.m. time slot to show episodes 13-22. CBS will concentrate on those particular episodes because they represent the second half of the show's first season, the block of episodes that followed the show's extended winter hiatus and suffered major viewer attrition against FOX's "American Idol."

It's Official: 'Jericho' Returning
What Have We Learned From 'Jericho'?
Due in large part to that hiatus and the intensified competition, "Jericho" saw its average viewership fall by roughly 3 million viewers per week from the 10.7 million who watched those first 11 episodes and due to that viewership decline, CBS cancelled the show when the network announced its schedule last month.

Then the letters and e-mails began pouring in, followed by the ads in the industry trade papers, followed by tons and tons of peanuts.

Last week, CBS let the fans know that the network was listening by ordering seven episodes of "Jericho" for next midseason. In a post to the show's official message board, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler challenged the devoted fans to help expand the show's audience.

"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," she wrote.

In return, CBS promised to reair episodes on the broadcast network this summer in addition to making episodes available online on the CBS Audience Network. The show's first season will premiere on DVD on Sept. 25 and the story will be expanded "in the digital world" in a yet-to-be-announced manner. [/B]

Jun 13th, 2007, 01:25 AM
I'm glad to hear that. I loved that show and was disappointed that such a cliffhanger would be left unresolved. Bravo to CBS to listen to its fan. Hopefully, the show will have the support it needs to stay in the lineup or at least bring some closure.