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Variety is reporting that CBS will announce the cancellation of Jericho, the network's primetime post-apocalyptic drama. Jericho was one of the few shows I invested any time in watching, and this news is quite upsetting. For those unfamiliar with the show, I'll refer you to the Wikipedia entry.

The story of Jericho revolved around the effects of a massive nuclear terrorist attack on a small Kansas town. Most major cities in the U.S. were destroyed by small nuclear weapons, in a plot possibly engineered by officials in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Aside from the small town drama, the show delved into issues of military contractors and the influence of the military-industrial complex.

If CBS cancels the show, it will not only be dropping one of the few dramas with a continuing storyline, but it will also be dropping a show that discusses a real problem in American government.

I'm going to refer you all to CBS's feedback form, and I encourage you to urge them to rethink their decision. It's not completely unheard of for shows to be renewed based on fan feedback. There has been some uproar on Digg following the announcement, and perhaps word can spread.

In some ways, it was amazing that such a show was even given a full first season, given the potentially controversial storyline. If you haven't watched Jericho, I would recommend checking out episodes still available on CBS's site, as well as on the iTunes store. Part of me wants to save the show simply because I enjoy it, but part of me also wants more people to think critically about the issues it presented.

I don't know if Kos readers are even familiar with this show, but I figure getting the word out to politically minded folks wouldn't hurt. I don't have any fanboy delusions that an internet effort can possibly save the show, but I'd like more people to know about this.

Originally posted to davestroup on Tue May 15, 2007 at 09:28 PM PDT.

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  •  CBS has to make room for more CSI shows, I guess (13+ / 0-)

    Here's to 2007 fall lineup with even more CSI, I suppose.

    •  CSI: Jericho? (2+ / 0-)
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      Jujuree, duha

      It wasn't a great show, but like you, I did enjoy the plot line showing the terrorist attack apparently orchestrated  from within by the true enemies of Democracy. It seems to me they were probably heading down the corporate/fascist let's get rid of the government and run things the way we want route.

      I was wondering if one of the coalitions that sprung up afterward would be a "progressive state" that would counterbalance the one Jericho was about to be attacked by. Oh well, now we'll never know.

      At least I still have Heroes and another season of BSG. :D

      The sleep of reason produces monsters.

      by Alumbrados on Tue May 15, 2007 at 09:33:22 PM PDT

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  •  "makes light of" (2+ / 0-)
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    davestroup, PatsBard

    means to denigrate, dismiss, or satirize.

    Try "sheds light upon"

    Take your protein pills and put your helmet on

    by SFOrange on Tue May 15, 2007 at 09:29:39 PM PDT

  •  You just ruined my night, jerk! (5+ / 0-)

    That was the best show, like, ever.  I had read that they HAD been picked up for the second season.  We have no idea how it ends?  They're in the middle of 12 different stories right now.  What happens in the war?  Are the helicopters going for the nuke, or to save the town?  Is that shady bald dude, the Dir. of Homeland Security, really behind the attacks?

    We're never going to know the answers?


    I should troll rate you just for being the bearer of bad news.

    An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy. (Woodrow Wilson)

    by Alter Ego Manifesto on Tue May 15, 2007 at 09:31:41 PM PDT

  •  Jericho was awful (3+ / 0-)
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    Asak, LithiumCola, jhritz

    Just plain awful.

    Drab color scheme. Poorly constructed and edited in the basic, 3 master shot CBS standard.

    But, more than anything else, the show was one of the worst written shows on television. It revealed too much, too quick, completely ruining any payoffs in the multi arc stories.

    It had no sense of pacing, choosing to cut away from rising action, and deflate actual tension, in exchange for sacharin Hallmark moments. Instead of showing the actual harsh realities of a Kansas winter - cannibalism, rape, torture and murder. They replaced them with, "Ahh, ain't that cute?" moments.

    Indeed, it was the Hallmark version of Mad Max, and for that very reason, it was destined to fail, because it was created by people who apparently never watched a single good episode of television in their lives.

    I coult list several dozen reasons why the show sabotaged every attempt it made to be successful, but the two most glaring errors occured with removing the McRaney as the mayor, and in blowing the entire Hawkin's plotline.

    I'm glad it was canceled, because mediocrity should never rise to the surface.

    Baby, you're the kind of gal, who makes a guy wanna dig his own grave...and lick the shovel clean.

    by harrylimelives on Tue May 15, 2007 at 09:35:09 PM PDT

  •  I'm not an anti-TV snob but (0+ / 0-)

    it's worked out over the years that I watch less and less entertainment programming on the teebee. Sitcoms are just ghastly these days; the only things I watch faithfully are news all day and Adult Swim to go to sleep to.

    Actually swore off getting involved enough in any more hour-long dramas to get to know and care about the characters after "West Wing" went off, although I did get sucked back in to the extent of watching "House."

    "Jericho" was one i had heard of just enough to be vaguely intrigued but never managed to catch an episode. I don't watch CBS for much of anything these days so never saw a promo to tell me when it was even on. I'll hit the link you gave and we'll see what kind of clout we exert; I can't get into it if they take it off the friggin air after all. :)

    Thanks for the heads-up.

    Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket?

    by Xan on Tue May 15, 2007 at 09:35:55 PM PDT

  •  Sumner Redstone, master of the bitch, CBS, says.. (5+ / 0-)

    Republican values are what U.S. companies need. Speaking to some of America's and Asia's top executives gathered for Forbes magazine's annual Global CEO Conference, Mr. Redstone declared: "I look at the election from what's good for Viacom. I vote for what's good for Viacom. I vote, today, Viacom.

    "I don't want to denigrate Kerry," he went on, "but from a Viacom standpoint, the election of a Republican administration is a better deal. Because the Republican administration has stood for many things we believe in, deregulation and so on. The Democrats are not bad people. . . . But from a Viacom standpoint, we believe the election of a Republican administration is better for our company."

    Sharing the stage with Mr. Redstone was Steve Forbes, CEO, president and editor in chief of Forbes and a former Republican presidential aspirant, who quipped: "Obviously you're a very enlightened CEO."

    Barf, puke gag...!  I can't quote anymore...

    The meek shall inherit the earth.... six feet under!! Liberals and progressives, stop being meek!

    by FightTheFuture on Tue May 15, 2007 at 09:44:31 PM PDT

    •  Aha! Thanks for that quote. (1+ / 0-)
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      It explains a lot. I've been scratching my head about the firing of Imus, General Batiste and other such, by CBS. I couldn't figure out why someone who donates almost exclusively to Democrats would be ridding CBS of every anti-BushCo voice. Now I get it.

      Duh. Silly me. I forgot my own mantra: It's always the money.

      We find that after years of struggle we do not take a journey, but rather a journey takes us. John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley

      by tigerdog on Wed May 16, 2007 at 12:18:58 AM PDT

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  •  Gerald McRaney is a major league Republican. (0+ / 0-)

    Dumped the show when I saw too much of him and his control-freak, authoritarian character.  I don't usually do that with a program.  But, with him, buh bye.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Tue May 15, 2007 at 09:44:32 PM PDT

    •  He is a republican but not a bad guy nor was his (4+ / 0-)
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      Dave925, slksfca, pgm 01, GATXER

      character on the show.  He tried to keep order in chaos while not giving up on essential American (read LIBERAL progressive)values.  And that is a really tough job to attempt in the situation the character was in.

      If you want to see the typification of the opposite kind of guy, the kind of guy you are describing?  Look no further then Constantino the Warlord of the town of New Bern who launches an attack on Jericho...on people that he KNEW and was previously friends with to steal their farms.

      Hell I hated John Waynes politics but it never stopped me from enjoying his work.

  •  The "New" Flag Was Freaky (4+ / 0-)

    Although, the show never did explain whether the new government, with its capital in Cheyenne, Wyoming, was the "real" United States government or a faction supported by the terrorists who nuked the 23 cities, created to fight what was left of the legitimate government in the east. The Secretary of Homeland Security, who was implied to be behind the bombings, was seen as a high ranking member of the "new" government. The fact that the flag has only 21 stars is also unsettling.

    I guess we'll never know......

    •  The fact that the DHS guy was in there makes it a (1+ / 0-)
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      faction as you describe.

      Would have to go back and check the trading post episode where they describe briefly the other factions to figure out whether or not this is the "legitimate" government IE the one based on the 25th amendment or not.

  •  Well, that's pissed me off royally (3+ / 0-)

    Jericho started out by NOT being what I expected, then it got awful, and then it got better.  I just watched the season finale last night and I want to know what happens next - dammit!!!  The least they could do with these shows is wrap up some of the major story lines instead of leaving everyone hanging.

    Oh, well.  At least Heroes will return.  Anybody know if the Sci-Fi channel is doing more of The Dresden Files??  

    •  beating a dead horse trade (1+ / 0-)
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      NBC cancelled "JAG" and CBS picked it up and got several decent years out of it, and one might even say that "NCIS" is its spin-off.

      I just checked my TiVo, and the only NBC show on Season Pass is "ER," which is how old now?  Didn't that replace "LA Law"?  Their lineup is crap.

      Anyway, maybe NBC should take Jericho off of CBS's hands.  Call in a favor.

      •  With a little fine tuning (1+ / 0-)
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        in the second season it might make a good companion to Heroes.  I liked the show which is why it was canceled.  I avoid reality TV like the plague so there is getting to be fewer and fewer things that I watch.

    •  Dresden (2+ / 0-)
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      Morrigan, CSI Bentonville

      No decision on Dresden Files will be made before mid-to-late June.  That was a show that grew on me.

      Good news is that Eureka will be back in July.  That's the funniest show on TV.  ("Why didn't you just say 'death ray'?")

      I feel bad for the people who liked it, but I watched the first two epidodes of Jericho and thought it was absolutely terrible.  I was actually offended at how bad I thought it was.  "The Waltons get nuked" was my verdict on it.  I thought the dialogue sounded more like a series of pronouncements and monologues and it continually put children in danger to go for cheap emotions.  When they pulled that tracheotomy with a pen trick that had been done on M*A*S*H something like four times, I actually threw a throw pillow at my TV screen.  And Tom Joad (or whatever Skeet Ulrich's character's name was) struck me as, well, a bad rip-off of Tom Joad.  

      Sounds like it got better.  And honestly, as much as I hated the show, I wish it didn't get cancelled, because CBS is just going to replace it with CSI: Kalamazoo.

      We hold these truths to be self-evident . . .

      by LeftCoastTimm on Wed May 16, 2007 at 01:01:38 AM PDT

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    •  Sort of the same trajectory (0+ / 0-)

      I felt the show exhibited.  It wasn't very good, I didn't care about the characters, the plots were needlessly complicated, but it had its intriguing moments.

      What annoyed me was how there was still enough gasoline around in the last episode, supposedly months after the bombs, to power 10 or 11 army style trucks for the 15-20 miles between Jericho and New Bern.  In fact, driving cars featured in most episodes.  Only in the last one did a few horses appear.

      That was the last network show I was watching.  I still catch Star Trek reruns - fewer and fewer of those are on - but I avoid most news, and I guess the boxes will be black most of the time.  Last night I had nothing on, ditto the night before.  My televisions are 8 and 15 years old, but why replace them?

  •  Hey, Be Thankful You Got A Full Season (1+ / 0-)
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    Serial shows are hard to pull off as is -- it's hard to syndicate them as they need to be watched in sequence -- and the networks are incredibly fickle. "Jericho" is this season's "Invasion," which was terrific-- dealt with Katrina-like situations with a realistic and compelling sci-fi narrative. Great cast (William Fichtner can do no wrong). Huge cliffhanger ending. Gone.

    The networks were full of serial dramas/thrillers this fall. "Jericho" (which I don't watch) and "Heroes" (which I watch religiously) are two of the only ones that survived-- fans of shows like "The Nine" and, one of my favorites, "Kidnapped," were given the jack by execs who not only pulled them but didn't air any additional episodes. "Kidnapped" -- with well-crafted episodes and a kiler cast (Timothy Hutton, Delroy Lindo, Dana Delaney, Jeremy Sisto) was sent to the web, then even those got yanked. You have to rent/buy the DVD set to figure out how it all ends. How awful is that?

    With these shows on the wane and "24" -- the granddaddy of modern serial shows -- showing serious age this year, it's clear that the networks want hour-long programming that works in formulating standalone episodes. Serial shows like "The Sopranos," "Big Love" and "Dexter" are on pay channels; "Rescue Me" (maybe the best show on TV) is on FX, which is a lower-pressure outlet in terms of ratings.

    All I know is, you've got to get mad. You've got to say, "I'm a human being, goddamn it! My life has value!" -- Peter Finch, NETWORK

    by Vic Arpeggio on Wed May 16, 2007 at 12:38:42 AM PDT

    •  RIP Reunion (0+ / 0-)

      Last year, my tragic cancellation was Reunion, where they pulled the plug after about eight episodes.  The story arc was designed to complete in only one season, and we didn't even get that.

      Visus interruptus indeed.

  •  THAT IS FUCKED!!!!!!!!!! (0+ / 0-)



    by Intercaust on Wed May 16, 2007 at 01:17:10 AM PDT

  •  I only saw one episode (0+ / 0-)

    but I liked it, a lot.  It has a real Harlan Ellison-written feel to it.  For dramas dealing with small groups of people thrown into extraordinary disaster circumstances, it read a lot more compelling to me than Lost ever did (and I only ever caught two episodes there).  Very uncharacteristically unpredictable for a major network show (a little like how 24 used to be that way).

    Unfortunately it was on Wednesdays, and I'm lucky to be done working in time for Colbert on midweek nights.

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