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Never let it be said that fans of the twice-canceled show Jericho give up easy. Our friends over at TV by the Numbers pointed us to a renewed effort by fans to save the show. This time, they’re taking their message straight to TV. Quick refresher: […]

Never let it be said that fans of the twice-canceled show Jericho give up easy. Our friends over at TV by the Numbers pointed us to a renewed effort by fans to save the show. This time, they’re taking their message straight to TV.

Quick refresher: Jericho was a prime-time show on CBS about a small town in the wake of a nuclear strike against the U.S.. The show was canceled, fans went ballistic, CBS brought it back, ratings didn’t improve, and it was canceled again.

Filled with a never-say-die attitude, the fans decided to kick things up a notch. They created SaveJerichoAgain.com, raised more than $6,000 from donors around the world, created an ad, and bought commercial time on local cable in Los Angeles. Starting on Monday, the spot will run more than 200 times over the following 10 days.

Far from the glitz of Hollywood out in Dayton, Ohio, Jason Moore (aka “RubberPoultry”) made the new commercial. I talked to him about the show and his involvement to save it. “I’m not a boycotter; I never got involved in trying to save anything before,” said Moore. “But there’s something about this show that captured the imagination of the people.”

Moore said that the creators of the show have been very supportive. In fact, one of the recurring actors on Jericho did the voiceover for the commercial.

While one has to applaud the efforts of this rag-tag crew, the odds of their beloved show being resurrected are pretty slim. CBS already feels burned from the first time it listened to the online fans, and the Internet protests to save Moonlight, another show on the network, failed earlier this year.

  1. Thanks Chris for the article. Chances may be lower than the first time around, but so far we have a perfect record of saving Jericho.

    Oh, and Brad Beyer is a series regular, not a recurring if it matter.

    Thanks for a very fair and well written assessment of what we’re trying to do!

    Rubberpoultry

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  2. Thank you for the great article. And yes, we know that there is no chance that CBS the network will renew this show. Their loss really. We are very confident though that it will live on, either on another network or as a movie or some combination of the two. Someone will realize what a quality show it is and how dedicated the following is.

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  3. RP did such a great job with this spot! I’m so impressed.

    Jericho is such an amazing show. The writers and everyone have conquered an idea that’s on everyone’s minds in America. The show deserves another shot.

    Bring us a Season 3!!!!

    Arwen

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  4. Once bitten twice shy, I’d love to see Jericho come back, but doubt that CBS will be willing to take on the risk again. It’d be great if they could get a smaller channel like USA (whose been producing some great original programming) or SpikeTV to pick up the show, but I’m not holding my breath.

    Even better than Jericho would be to see The 4400 come back. I just discovered the series about a month and a half ago and get goosebumps when watching it. I haven’t seen a program this good since the X-files. The DVD was able to convince Fox to bring back Family Guy, so I’m hoping that digital video will get its shot at bringing back one of these great niche shows.

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  5. Skeetilicious Friday, June 13, 2008

    Never say never…..and I think weve proven that before. Thanks for the article ~ The huge fanbase that Jericho has and the recent efforts they have made to bring it back is massive and brilliant and we are confident that someone will pick it up and BRING JERICHO BACK ~

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  6. Thanks for the article Chris, it’s much appreciated! However, our efforts to save Jericho again have every chance of success … just not on CBS. There are many things CBS could have done differently to promote better ratings but that’s water under the bridge and I will be grateful that they were the ones that brought Jericho to us in the first place. It’s simply time to find it another home and the producers, Carol Barbee and Jon Turteltaub, have encouraged us with news that talks are ongoing to make that happen and to keep up the good fight … which we are!

    Again, thanks for the article, Chris, and have a great weekend!

    Dave

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  7. We’re all pretty pleased with the ad. I’m so glad RubberPoultry is on our side. To have the cooperation of JERICHO’s cast and crew behind this effort as well, is simply thrilling.
    While none of us expects CBS itself to pick up JERICHO, we do believe the story still has life and should be given a real chance to shine at another venue.

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  8. Hey there Chris Albrecht & RP…

    Another huge Jericho fan here to tell ya that we aren’t taking no for an answer this time. Network TV has messed with us long enough as have the Nielsen’s. Since Nancy Tellem, the go to person at CBS Paramount, and the producers, cast, and crew of Jericho want it brought back, I have no doubt that it will happen. It’s only a matter of time before this is accomplished. A cable network would be perfect but we’ll take it any way/place we can get it.

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  9. Okjayhawkgirl Friday, June 13, 2008

    RP and Brad Beyers are so amazing for making a fantastic commericial. The rangers are lucky to have to have such dedicated fans, and a cast that is supportive of them. Even the producers interact with the fans and try to let them know what is going on. I truly believe that Jericho will be picked up by another network, and we will get season 3.

    Thanks for the article and giving RP the attention that he deserves.

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  10. Welcome2CHO Friday, June 13, 2008

    As a member of this ‘rag-tag crew,’ we understand the odds we face. But when you love something enough….when you care enough about the people involved….when you feel there’s lots of life and a great message to be shared through a non-‘reality’ quality TV show, it’s hard to walk away. Thank you for recognizing our efforts.

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