CBS caves, Jericho lives
Veronica Mars, Gilmore Girls, and Arrested Development fans take note. The people have rallied, and a television network actually took notice.
A day after it was rumored that a deal was in the works to bring Jericho back from cancellation, CBS today confirmed that the show will return for at least seven more episodes.
On the official Jericho message boards, CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler began a lengthy post with one word--"Wow!" Impressed with the outcry from fans of the show, Tassler announced that Jericho will return midseason next year.
The post reads, "Over the past few weeks, you have put forth an impressive and probably unprecedented display of passion in support of a primetime television series. You got our attention; your e-mails and collective voice have been heard."
The initial order is only for seven episodes, but CBS is hoping that the show's fans can rally more viewers, which will in turn mean more Jericho.
"In success, there is the potential for more. But, for there to be more Jericho, we will need more viewers," Tassler's post continues. "A loyal and passionate community has clearly formed around the show. But that community needs to grow. It needs to grow on the CBS Television Network, as well as on the many digital platforms where we make the show available. 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 will do its part by re-airing the first season of Jericho this summer, streaming episodes and clips of the show online, and releasing the first season on DVD on September 25.
Shortly after the show's premiere season ended on a cliffhanger, Jericho was left off CBS' 2007-2008 fall schedule and presumed to be cancelled. The die-hard Jericho fans fought back with e-mails, "save Jericho" Web sites, and countless message board posts. But the real protest came in the form of a campaign, which saw fans send in pounds and pounds of nuts to CBS' corporate offices.
"On behalf of everyone at CBS, thank you for expressing your support of Jericho in such an extraordinary manner," Tassler's post reads. "Your protest was creative, sustained and very thoughtful and respectful in tone. You made a difference."
The post closes with, "P.S. Please stop sending us nuts :)"
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