One of the oldest tricks in the book of television production is the cliffhanger ending--a certain "OMG" moment designed to entice the viewer to come back for more. In particular, the technique is used in season finales, allowing fans to spend the summer theorizing over what will happen next.
Unfortunately, some shows end their seasons on cliffhangers when they fail to get picked up by the network. The result is a lot of angry fans who have invested time in the show, only to see the last chapter of their books ripped out right when they were getting into it.
Such was the case with the CBS drama Jericho, which was officially canceled last week. However, CBS will try to give at least some reprieve to viewers and offer some sort of insight into what would have happened in the next season.
On the official Jericho message boards, CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler offered a statement late last week to the many fans who were disappointed with the show's demise.
After expressing gratitude to the multitude of fans who watched the show and the crew that worked on it, Tassler hints that CBS isn't just going to sweep the story of Jericho under the rug.
"Thank you for supporting Jericho with such passion," read the statement. "We truly appreciate the commitment you made to the series and we are humbled by your disappointment. In the coming weeks, we hope to develop a way to provide closure to the compelling drama that was the Jericho story."
While CBS may have been hoping the statement would have cooled off a few of the angrier fans, it appears to have merely stoked a new fire to demand the show get renewed.
Fans have already started a unique campaign to bring attention to the show's cancellation. When character Jake Green, played by Skeet Ulrich, said "Nuts" to a rival town's offer of surrender (borrowed from US general Anthony C. McAuliffe response to German forces in World War II) in the series finale, fans took it to heart.
Jericho lovers are rallying together to send as many nuts to CBS's corporate offices as possible. NutsOnline.com is hosting the "Nuts to CBS" effort, allowing people to purchase peanuts at a steep discount for the cause. The result is literally truckloads of peanuts--5,690 pounds as of press time, according to the site--en route or already delivered to Tessler or Kelly Kahl, senior vice president of programming and planning at the network.
Fans interested in helping to join the campaign to renew Jericho can visit Jericho Lives for more information.