Merrick at Aint It Cool News has a long post up about the cancellation of Jericho and fans efforts to try to save the show:
Earlier this week, we learned that CBS decided not to renew JERICHO for next season.
I love this show. I really love it. I don’t/won’t say that about many TV shows. Even GALACTICA, which I follow religiously, I can only claim to “like a lot”.
JERICHO is different. At the very least, Herc “likes” it too – I’m not clear to what extent. We’ve discussed it frequently amongst ourselves, even though (for whatever reason) it never received much play on the site. In retrospect, this was probably an error on our behalf. We should’ve talked about it more on AICN…we should’ve said more.
In an effort to increase awareness for JERICHO, and to correct some misunderstandings about the nature of the show, I contacted CBS publicity a few weeks back to arranging some coverage for the series before it headed into its season finale. I never heard back from CBS. The next thing I knew…despite rumors of a begrudging renewal and a new timeslot…it was gone.
The post goes on link to several websites that are claiming to organize efforts to lobby CBS to bring the show back, including a petition and other campaigns that include things like sending emails to various executives at CBS to persuade them to change their minds as well as to other networks in the hope that they might pick the show up.
Believe me, I’m not happy that they cancelled this show, and I’d join in on these efforts if I thought they’d amount to anything. But they won’t. The show is gone folks. Mourn it. Write fan fiction if you want. But don’t think for a second that CBS is going to change their mind on this one. And, outside of the chance that TNT, USA, or The SCIFI Channel might be interested, I don’t see any chance of another network picking the show up.
Add to that the fact that the Carol Barbee, the showrunner during the first season, is already committed to another CBS project, and the reality becomes all to clear. Much like the the cities destroyed by the nukes in September, Jericho is gone.
Update 6/6/07: Okay, I admit it……I was wrong. And I couldn’t be happier about it.