Friday, May 25, 2007

Nuts for Jericho

I talked earlier about my unhappiness with CBS cancelling Jericho. I appear to not be the only one unhappy, as a grass-roots effort to get CBS to change its mind is in full swing. In the final episode Jake Green (Skeet Ulrich) used the historic phrase "Nuts" in response to a final offer of surrender from a hostile neighboring city of New Bern. Fans are borrowing that phrase as well and sending nuts to CBS executives in a sign of their displeasure with the cancellation.

On-line nut source has gotten in on the protest and is offing "Nuts for Jericho" at what they say are discounted prices. So far they have shipped over 18,000 lbs of nuts to CBS. CBS in turn is donating the nuts they receive to local homeless shelters and to the troops in Iraq, so fans can continue to show their displeasure with CBS and actually give to a worthy cause or two at the same time.

CBS says they are listening to the viewers and though they make no promises, I think they are becoming quite aware that Jericho had a great deal of hard-core fans who are demanding a modicum of satisfaction.

"We have read your e-mails over the past few days and have been touched by the depth and passion with which you have expressed your disappointment," CBS president Nina Tassler wrote recently. "Please know that canceling a television series is a very difficult decision. ... Thank you for supporting 'Jericho' with such passion. 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."

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