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"Jericho" Fans Send Over Nine Tons of Nuts to CBS

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the koo-koo-for-cocoa-puffs dept.

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nuts-to-CBS writes "After presenting 'Jericho' fans with a cliffhanging season finale, CBS promptly cancelled the program. The shocked fans quickly banded together, many using CBS' own public "Jericho" discussion forum, and began brainstorming on ways to convince the network to bring back the show for a second season. A plot point in the final episode of "Jericho" involving the expletive "Nuts!" (in reference to an historic conversation between generals) was turned into a campaign to send large quantities of nuts to CBS' NY, LA, and affiliate offices. Fans have sent a total of $26,000 for a pooled campaign hosted at Nuts Online to ship over 19,000 pounds of peanuts to CBS. Other efforts acquired over $9,000 to publish full page advertisements in Variety (National Edition) and The Hollywood Reporter for Tuesday, May 29th. This is expected to become the largest ever fan campaign to bring a television show back from cancellation." There's more about the massive fan rollout below.CBS created rich, interactive content online to accompany their show "Jericho," in order to extend its fan base to the Internet-savvy, TiVo-owning generations. Despite suffering through the all-too-familiar mid-season hiatus employed by many shows, the "Jericho" fan base remained strong throughout the break, partially due to the episodes being posted both for free on the CBS site as well as for purchase on iTunes. "Jericho" returned from the hiatus in the same timeslot occupied by "American Idol." CBS — which apparently still determines programming primarily on Nielsen ratings — decided to drop the show, regardless of the ever-growing and loyal fan base. Nuts Online includes live blogging from Jeffrey Braverman, the company's 26-year old CEO. Jeffrey's company has been shipping up to 5,000 pounds of peanuts a day to the CBS New York headquarters, and has been using their site to describe his experience along the way. Three other fan sites are documenting the progress: CBS Jericho Message Board, Jericho Lives, and Jericho Rally Point. Fans of Roswell were successful in bringing back their favorite program by sending mass quantities of tiny bottles of Tabasco sauce."

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Jericho *was* Nuts (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280309)

First off, I'm sure that the people at CBS are enjoying the free lifetime supply of tasty peanuts. Hopefully they'll send back a thank-you card. Maybe one of those new Star Wars Hallmark cards. (After all, it's the least they can do.)

That being said, Jericho went off the air because the show took a wrong turn at Albuquerque. When it first started, the premise was intriguing. A post-holocaust world from the perspective of those who have no idea what could possibly be going on. It makes for a great setup. The first few episodes were even fairly good, with the early problems from the detonation wreaking all kinds of havoc. After that? Things went downhill.

Pretty soon the show was focusing more on love triangles than it was on the fact that everyone was just trying to survive. Emergencies were regularly forced into the story rather than the characters having to deal with realistic difficulties. There was so much that they could be exploring, yet the show was being "the O.C. after the bomb". (Or whatever the latest "pop" show is for stupid teenagers. Anyone remember that scene from Stargate-SG1 "200"? Yeah, that.)

As interesting as it had been, I just lost interest in the show. Checking my iTunes library, it looks like I stopped at "The Day Before". 13 episodes watched, and I just couldn't stand it anymore. So is it really any surprise that Jericho got cancelled?

I realize that many fans are begging for a conclusion to the cliffhanger, but that will pass with time. Remember the show Sliders? Remember how it died in the 5th season with both the main characters wiped out, Wade killed off in a twisted experiment, the reason for sliding gone, and a hokey story about a mad scientist stuck its the place? The show lost its purpose, yet the producers ended the season with a massive cliffhanger in hopes that fan outcry would bring the show back. And after watching the final episode, you do get a feeling of, "You can't leave it there!"

But in hindsight, it's best that it stayed off the air. There was about a zero point zero zero chance that the O'Connell brothers were going to return to the show, and the writing had been of poor quality anyway. If the show had returned, we would have gotten another season of the show's slow and agonizing death. Why? It was best that it was put out of its misery.

(Of course, the show "jumped the shark" in the third season with the loss of John Rhys-Davies, but at least the "finding Earth" and "looking for Ma and Pa" subplot was interesting.)

So I'm sorry to say this, but let it die. It was a nice try, but hopefully a better show will take its place.

Re:Jericho *was* Nuts (4, Insightful)

NMerriam (15122) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280457)

I agree -- it was an intruiging premise that kept me watching for about 9 episodes, when it became clear they were basically a LOST-style show that was never going to bother answeing anything and just keep adding more and more complicated conspiracies and romances and subplots rather than focus on the thing that actually, you know, INTRUIGED us about the story in the first place.

I did watch the finale just to see what if anything had been resolved, and have to admit I was somewhat interested in what would happen, since it was actually about the freaking story the whole show was supposed to be about. But no, they decided to leave viewers with a completely unsatisfying show by wasting episode after episode on farmer love triangles while civil war, military coups, and nuclear terrorism in the continental United States were apparently too boring to be dealt with until well after many people had given up on the issues ever being talked about again.

You know the old joke about IBM marketing would sell sushi by calling it "cold, raw dead fish". CBS apparently hired IBM marketing to write this show because they started with an inherently story-filled premise and managed to fill hour after hour with dull flashbacks on generic midwestern family crap that could have been lifted from episodes of Seventh Heaven.

Re:Jericho *was* Nuts (3, Funny)

NMerriam (15122) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280497)

Aargh, the more I sit and think the more annoyed I get all over again.

I just can't imagine sitting around a table in the writer's room and listening to somebody say "Okay, we've blown up all the major cities in the USA, the country is in Civil War, looting and riots are rampant, normal citizens are totally isolated, thrown back into the 19th century ways of living overnight -- but what people want to know is, will Jake hook up with the blonde or the brunette? And what impact would post-apocalyptic panic have on rural thanksgiving celebrations?"

Re:Jericho *was* Nuts (1)

Johnny Mnemonic (176043) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280897)


I was going to reply to the story with a comment much like yours, but you've captured it so very nicely that I'll only add that I agree.

My wife and I have watched every episode, but every episode we say "this is going to be the last one". And then they pull just enough out to keep us mildly interested for just one more show. There wasn't anything else on on Wednesdays, anyways. We were actually both relieved by the cancelation.

This is a really really bad show, with an interesting premise that the writers, almost, but not quite entirely, ignored.

What's more interesting to us is that we thought we were alone in thinking it, but some other friends confirmed the same sentiment--really really bad but they still find themselves watching it.

I can tell you I won't be sending nuts to anyone. God I hope this stunt fails.

Re:Jericho *was* Nuts (5, Funny)

Green Monkey (152750) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280501)

yet the show was being "the O.C. after the bomb".

Don't call it that.

Re:Jericho *was* Nuts (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280657)

Oh. Sorry.

How about, "90210 meets Little Boy and the Fat Man"?

Re:Jericho *was* Nuts (3, Insightful)

freakybob (715183) | more than 7 years ago | (#19281133)

Oh come on, SOMEONE has to mod that one funny. Topical, too - reference to another cancelled show with a loyal fanbase.

Re:Jericho *was* Nuts (1)

Octopus (19153) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280535)

Sorry, but it was actually "The Day Before" (which I believe was the episode right after the hiatus) that opened the series up for me. I liked the first few episodes, and yeah I got tired of the love triangles (although that kind of shit happens in a small town, so it can't be avoided) - but that episode, to me, is when the series took off.

The recent lead up to war with the neighboring town was really well done, and I'm really disappointed they decided to throw it all in the garbage. Very glad there's such a big fan base.

Besides, Skeet Ulrich really really needs a career. I think.

Re:Jericho *was* Nuts (1)

yoasif (969247) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280591)

Sounds just like I thought it would be. I've never seen it, but it got a lot of positive hype (kinda like Lost's hype), and I figured that something that universally hyped (I didn't even feel like people really liked it so much as it was something "new" to watch that wasn't as bad as everything else) couldn't be that great.

Still, I wish someone would step up and do another Mr. Show [wikipedia.org] like show.

Re:Jericho *was* Nuts (1)

I'm Don Giovanni (598558) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280765)

You stopped watching at "The Day Before", meaning you skipped the entire second half of the season, which was 10 times better than the first half.

Re:Jericho *was* Nuts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280795)

If only I had a nickel for everytime someone told me that and it turned out to be untrue...

Re:Jericho *was* Nuts (1)

I'm Don Giovanni (598558) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280803)

(I accidentally hit Submit before I finished)
The second half of the season didn't deal much with love triangles, rather it focused on the Hawkins character, who was much more interesting than the Jake character.

Re:Jericho *was* Nuts (1)

loganrapp (975327) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280865)

Black Jauer is not pleased with his cancellation.

Re:Jericho *was* Nuts (3, Insightful)

NMerriam (15122) | more than 7 years ago | (#19281029)

The second half of the season didn't deal much with love triangles, rather it focused on the Hawkins character, who was much more interesting than the Jake character.


See, I had the exact opposite reaction -- I thought the Hawkins character really made the show so silly and artificial that it distracted the writers from the core concept. It's like they had the show ready to go and then they said "But we need a mysterious cryptic character like Locke from LOST!"

Hawkins seemed to function as a Deus Ex Machina whenever the writers couldn't solve a problem or wanted to throw in a curve ball. Nuclear bombs destroying the country and the survivors having to figure out what to do is really plenty interesting as a premise -- we don't need some guy with super-duper hacking powers, a nuclear bomb and ninja skills (who speaks Chinese and works for the Trilateral Commission) to move into town the day before it all happens.

And his whole ex-wife and kids drama was just as dull and uninteresting to me as Jake's girl troubles. Adding a ninja ex-girlfriend back from the dead who may be trying to double-cross him while working for the Man in Black is not interesting, it's unnecessary.

If the writers from Jericho had been in charge of Heroes, they would have spent 7 episodes dealing with Claire and an ex-boyfriend, a pregnancy scare, her mom having an affair, etc. Hiro discovers he can stop time but instead of trying to save the world he spends the first 22 episodes going back to his childhood and crying while watching his father learn to ride a bicycle and wondering why his Mom didn't breast feed him. Syler would have shown up in the last half of the last episode of the season, and the writers would wonder why the show was being canceled.

Re:Jericho *was* Nuts (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280867)

You and NMerrian have hit the nail on the head. Especially the comment about it being similar to Lost.

Re:Jericho *was* Nuts (2, Interesting)

Car54 (1107553) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280915)

I have followed many TV shows over the years....some of the Sci-Fi shows I participated somewhat in their coming back....but without a doubt my fervor and dedication to this show is beyond anything I consider rational. I have sent 3 sets of nuts to CBS. I have called at least 20 times, written 6 letters and postcards, joined about 6 forums, blogs, news sites specifically to stand up for this show returning. Those such as the Anonymous Coward who posted this comment is not a dedicated fan, and that's fine....but despite his feeble attempt to rain on our parade, notice the groundswell of support for bring back Jericho continues to grow....not wane. Any of us could write a plausible ending for the season finale....but that is not what we are fighting for. In part this bad move by CBS taps into all the TV media companies that have crapped on many fans over the years. I have no doubt that the fans will keep growing, and becomine ever more forceful in taking actions to get this great show back.

Re:Jericho *was* Nuts (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19281155)

What scene from "200"? The one with all the kids replacing the regulars? Or the one where Jack and Sam get married?

I'd agree with you in theory, but decent shows are just so rare these days. I'd rather a good show which had jumped the shark than any number of crappy lowest common denominator reality v2.0 shows.

What a waste of food. (4, Insightful)

dsanfte (443781) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280315)

Seriously.

would poor people in Darfur eat peanuts? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280367)

Seriously, I wonder...maybe that would be a better use than bringing back a freakin' network TV show. Our culture is soo narcissistic and self-centered. Don't mod this down...leave it alone at the most, but what I'm writing is unavoidably true.

Mod up (2, Informative)

TheVelvetFlamebait (986083) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280719)

Parent is right. And this is no ordinary "don't you have better things to do with your time/money" troll. It's not like it's that much more effort to send food to the needy via a charity. After all, it is only a TV show...

Re:would poor people in Darfur eat peanuts? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280863)

all the nuts are going to charity but hey, don't bother climbing down off the cross long enough to figure out what's going on

Its not going to waste (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280417)

Re:Its not going to waste (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280523)

Okay, you got me for not R-ingTFA (I wrote the bit about feeding the poor), but what I imagined was the case isn't unbelievable this day and age.

Re:What a waste of food. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280599)

The power of idiocy compels you!!!!

I must admit with great shame that I have a vague idea who this jericho person is. God I wish I didn't. FUCKING IDIOTS!

Re:What a waste of food. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19281005)

Having been one of said poor people I can tell you that 90% of the food will go to drug addicts, who will then sell their food vouchers for more drugs.

The part that's going to Afghanistan will save the US government from spending money on troops so that they can spend it on tools to wage war, leaving thousands of natives even more hungry.

Damn right it's going to waste. You preppies talk about getting down off your cross, you don't know shit until you've lived it, you watch too much TV.

Re:What a waste of food. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19281149)

Yeh, that shut you up huh.

Hyperbole Ho! (4, Interesting)

richdun (672214) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280349)

This is expected to become the largest ever fan campaign to bring a television show back from cancellation.

Stop me when I've mentioned a fan campaign you've actually heard of. Like the campaign to get the third season of the original Star Trek. Or the one that got a Space Shuttle renamed. Or all those DVDs that got Family Guy back in regular episodes and Futurama in direct-to-DVD movies. Or the ridiculous amount of money Save Enterprise raised that threatened to make the fifth season purely on fan money (which, of course, led to all the controversy, but eh).

TV shows get cancelled. Millions are outraged. Then millions forget until Fox screws up the next show.

Wait, CBS you say? Weird. The token /. response doesn't work here. I think teh slash-verse is going to assplode!

Did you know... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280355)

Did you know peanuts are actually completely deadly, quite contrary to their more mainstream position as being considered an edible and tasty snack/spread/ingredient?

Re:Did you know... (2, Funny)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280503)

I know! I have a friend that can't be in the same room with them. They're the devils testicles, they are!

It's a TV Show (2, Insightful)

techsoldaten (309296) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280359)

It's a TV show. Get over it. They cancelled Firefly, now Jericho is gone. As an alternative, these people should consider:

1) Going to the gym
2) Taking a loved one out to dinner
3) Taking up art
4) Relaxing with friends over the internet
5) Fixing some of those pesky things around the house
6) Getting a dog for companionship instead of a television
7) Volunteering for experiments on drugs to treat obsessive compulsive disorder
8) Going for a walk in the woods and experiencing nature
9) Getting a tan

There are so many other things to do in life that worry about a man soap opera.

M

Re:It's a TV Show (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280413)

you'll get modded troll because some asshat is offended, but I just want to let you knomw to not get discouraged, you posted the truth man.... lots of these assfucks need to get laid (especially the mods it seems).

posting as AC because i'm druck as fuck.

Re:It's a TV Show (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280461)

I'm druck as fuck.

So you're a drunk duck who got laid then? Most ACs are not that lucky. :P

Re:It's a TV Show (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280493)

3 yuo

Re:It's a TV Show (4, Insightful)

idonthack (883680) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280435)

10. Fix the government
11. Various charity organizations
12. Protest something that matters

and of course

13. Profit

Re:It's a TV Show (5, Funny)

the_unknown_soldier (675161) | more than 7 years ago | (#19281083)

Do you really want these people trying to fix government?

Re:It's a TV Show (1)

catbutt (469582) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280479)

I don't care about the show (never actually seen it), but I have respect for consumers of anything that gather together and take action when a corporation screws them. Ending a season on a cliffhanger and not then cancelling is, in my opinion, a breach of trust...people invested time in the show under the assumption that they would not be left hanging. And so what that "it's only a TV show". I'm sure there are plenty of things that you care about that other people would find trivial. (getting a tan? gee, that's not superficial or anything....)

Re:It's a TV Show (4, Insightful)

badasscat (563442) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280745)

(getting a tan? gee, that's not superficial or anything....)

The difference is it doesn't cost $19,000 or $26,000 or whatever to get a tan... and if it does, whoever spends that much deserves all the ridicule they get. You could feed a family of four on that much money for a year - and we have no shortage of needy people in this country.

I'm not the kind of guy that goes around pointing out how all these vanity things we do are bad because that money could be better used elsewhere. Hey, if it makes you feel good, then whatever. But still, there's got to be a limit... a point where you say, "you know, this is kind of a ridiculous; there are more important things to worry about." It's not as if these people are getting anything tangible for their investment. They're sending a corporation a bunch of nuts. At least if you spent $26,000 on a tan, you'd still end up with a tan to show for it. These people may as well have just taken all that money and flushed it down the toilet. And that makes the whole thing kind of offensive.

I'll bet they're all really proud of themselves too.

Re:It's a TV Show (1)

bdo19 (992170) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280487)

I agree 110%. This is all WAY too much effort over a TV show.

The "what a waste of food" comment above was also right on. Not to mention money.

Re:It's a TV Show (1, Insightful)

Simon Garlick (104721) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280585)

This is all way too much effort over THAT PARTICULAR TV show.

Jericho was crap. Good riddance.

Way too much effort over THAT PARTICULAR TV show (1)

tylernt (581794) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280993)

Jericho was crap. Good riddance.
Speaking as a Jericho fan, I agree. I think most of the consternation is the fact that they canceled the series after one doozie of a cliffhanger. I don't really care if there's a second season, but we at least need one more episode to tie up some loose ends, mmmmmkay?

Re:It's a TV Show (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280589)

>6) Getting a dog for companionship instead of a television

You can get dogs for televisions, now? Wow. Those new flexible LCDs are cool!

Re:It's a TV Show (1)

ScottyMcScott (1003155) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280619)

or how about donating that money towards a charity or non profit for a good cause....seriously over 26K in a pooled campaign and 9K ad? pathetic.

Re:It's a TV Show (1)

Mr Jazzizle (896331) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280647)

says you, a guy on sladshot. :P

Re:It's a TV Show (1)

doktorjayd (469473) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280883)

+1

Re:It's a TV Show (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280901)

I'm going to let you in on a little secret.

Different people have different priorities.

You're ridiculing these fans for putting something together to try and save a show they love? Boy, you really don't want to be around when fans of sports get upset then.

(BTW - instead of posting on slashdot, which achieves nothing, you could have been doing one of your suggestions. Ask yourself why you did this instead, and that should answer pretty much why these fans did this).

Congrats to the NutsOnline guy (2, Interesting)

TodMinuit (1026042) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280365)

He found a way to make a buck out of a canceled show. My hats off to him.

Re:Congrats to the NutsOnline guy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280423)

Yeah, right, as seen on the Jericho forum:

"i kno, let's send em some REAL nuts from like www.NutsOnline.com or sumfin lol
-posted by Anonymous"
 
:)

Re:Congrats to the NutsOnline guy (4, Informative)

kinabrew (1053930) | more than 7 years ago | (#19281025)

Actually, on the nutsonline page, he says

Hello Jericho lovers!

From a few orders, to a few more orders, to a few emails, to a lot more emails, we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of a campaign to support a show we had never even watched before

This got by the editors? (5, Informative)

MonGuSE (798397) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280371)

I'm sorry but the campaign to save the StarTrek Enterprise series for a 5th year was far larger. This quick search garnered a BBC News story showing over 3million US raised and if my memory serves correctly the fans were close to 20 million before being told that there was no way ?paramount? would run another series without an industry backer. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/4312767.s tm [bbc.co.uk]

Re:This got by the editors? (1)

glwtta (532858) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280571)

I'm sorry but the campaign to save the StarTrek Enterprise series for a 5th year was far larger.

Yeah, I feel sorry about that too.

Re:This got by the editors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280681)

Sadly, it's far cheaper to run a soap opera than a show set in space with moderately high production values. And nobody will ever campaign to save a reality TV show, because they're so cheap to produce that they usually outlive their welcome.

Re:This got by the editors? (1)

Car54 (1107553) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280935)

This protest is about a week old. Give it time dudes. It will grow way more than it is now. Most fans still don't know about it.

Man that's a shock (3, Funny)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280379)

Jericho had fans?

Re:Man that's a shock (1)

Soilworker (795251) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280429)

Jericho?

Re:Man that's a shock (1)

himthatwas (318166) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280431)

Yeah, that gets me too. I thought this was a show I would totally dig but after a few hours of it's daytime soap story lines and lack of interesting characters I was done with it.

I do on the other hand like nuts and can appreciate any effort to get a completion to a story. The networks don't seem to understand that in addition to the many people who enjoy escaping life (and sanity) for a brief period once a week there are many people who make a connection with the worlds that are created and even if the end sucks there must be an ending. Give them fools a miniseries or something.

Re:Man that's a shock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280453)

Chris Jericho was a popular wrestler until he left to tour with his Ozzy cover band and do VH1 specials.

And... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280419)

On one side, I think: The collaborative force that the Internet empowers is astounding... really, nothing like it in human history. Yet, I think of the world as a whole, with all our energy problems and even food supply problems in various parts of the world, I think: Human beings are fucked up! Nobody is giving up any money for alternative fuel research or public transportation. But, how many thousands of people will pay money to send food-stuffs to a producer of meaningless television entertainment? Do these people vote?

Fortunately... (5, Funny)

creimer (824291) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280421)

...it was "Nuts!" and not "Crap!"

Re:Fortunately... (3, Funny)

basic0 (182925) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280755)

I would have been interested to see how this campaign would have played out if it had been "Fuck!"

Might poor people in Darfur like to have this food (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280433)

Seriously, I wonder. Maybe helping poor people by feeding them would be a better use of food than bringing back a freakin' network TV show. Our culture is sooo self-centered and narcisstic....sadly, some people involved in this will probably put this on their resumes as "volunteerism." They probably think they are reaaaally doing something great for the world...that they're on some meaningful crusade. and if you're going to mod me troll, think first...are you doing it because what i'm saying is inappropriate or untrue (its not), or because it annoys you to be reminded how shallow YOU might be.

and i would feel very different about this if Jericho was some form of high art or something that uplifts the human spirit or culture...that is also a good use of resources...but it isn't. It's a shitty tv show that people are mindlessly addicted to, just most of the rest of shit on tv.

Terrorist Attack (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280469)

This is a thinly veiled biological attack made by terrorists.

The producers of Jericho are allergic to peanuts!

Witness the fall of the Republic (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280477)

Wow. Thousands of Americans are dying in a foreign war that by all accounts we are not doing well in, and the opposition party is much less concerned with fixing the problem than making political hay. Our health care system is a shambles. A major American city is also still in shambles more than a year after an enormous natural disaster.

After all that, what makes Americans stand up and say "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" but a canceled television show.

My fellow citizens, and all you others, I fear that this may be a grave sign of the failure of the American Experiment.

Re:Witness the fall of the Republic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280593)

Well, they could mix in a bit more socialism down in the land of the individual; maybe it would help. And I wonder now that more people live in cities than rural areas and all those people in the cities are going to need services (the real purpose of government to it's citizens) and I believe that societies that have migrated to socialism will be nice places to live within 20 years but the rest of the world will be riddled with little pockets of hell. But I know nothing apparently.

Re:Witness the fall of the Republic (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280709)

To quote from memory: "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of wealth; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery." - Winston Churchill

Forgive me if I butchered it. ;)

Hear hear (1)

jomama717 (779243) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280655)

The will of the people hasn't been lost, it's been hijacked. How's that for irony?

Re:Witness the fall of the Republic (1)

bmac83 (869058) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280667)

I thought this article on World War II [llgc.org.uk] was interesting.

To repeat one passage: "Nuisances such as blackouts and the rationing of food and clothes were trivial in comparison to the loss of life. Therefore, it was essential to think positively and to make the most of any diversions available to help them forget about the war, even if only for a short while."

I think everyone needs an outlet. You or I might think it's kind of pointless, but perhaps it brightens someone's day to be simply part of something goofy and yet important to them.

Re:Witness the fall of the Republic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280675)

Nothing's wrong. Go back to bed.

Re:Witness the fall of the Republic (4, Insightful)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280723)

After all that, what makes Americans stand up and say "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!" but a canceled television show.
Perhaps it is because 'the people' feel like they have more chance of changing the cancellation of a TV show than they do have of changing the course of direction that their government takes.

Re:Witness the fall of the Republic (1)

SoulDrift (638565) | more than 7 years ago | (#19281145)

Perhaps it is because 'the people' feel like they have more chance of changing the cancellation of a TV show than they do have of changing the course of direction that their government takes.

It's funny you should mention that. 'The People' get to vote for their government, not their television.

Re:Witness the fall of the Republic (1)

aesdesdesdes (985569) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280759)

All that yet we're here posting about TV shows... I suppose it's a temporary escape.

Re:Witness the fall of the Republic (1)

DrEasy (559739) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280941)

The Society of the Spectacle [bopsecrets.org] indeed...

Re:Witness the fall of the Republic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280957)

Its all aout priorities, but on New Orleans, I sincerely think that reconstruction of that city is a vain task unless it will recieve Proper (Holland style) Category 5 Hurricane Protection. If they cant spend the money then theres no point in risking millions in reconstruction funds (and lives) if can all happen again next year!

Holland style Hurricane Protection? (4, Insightful)

McDutchie (151611) | more than 7 years ago | (#19281093)

Its all aout priorities, but on New Orleans, I sincerely think that reconstruction of that city is a vain task unless it will recieve Proper (Holland style) Category 5 Hurricane Protection.

Holland style? I would hope not, as Holland doesn't get any hurricanes. That's a good thing too, because we'd be well and truly fucked [wikipedia.org] if we did.

What about farscape? (4, Informative)

Da w00t (1789) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280483)

"This is expected to become the largest ever fan campaign to bring a television show back from cancellation."

I've never seen Jericho, and I bet the series is great, (I just watch very little TV nowadays) but

This makes me wonder how this will compare to the "save farscape" media frenzy that lots and lots of 'scapers took action to get Sci-Fi's rectal-cranial inversion syndrome diagnosed, and cured. It was on CNN Headline News [imdb.com] for chrissakes!

All in all, I'll probally check out Jericho now. Good luck to all the Jericho fans, I hope you get your show back.

Let it rest in peace (4, Insightful)

Lurker2288 (995635) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280507)

I enjoyed the show, but I feel okay that it ended where it did. The so-called cliffhanger pretty well summed up the whole spirit of the show: stuff's really messed up, some people will descend into savagery, but others will hang together and try to keep things soldiering on. Sure, if they did decide to bring it back, we might learn how that final battle would have ended, but where to from there? Better to end on something of a high point* than to fizzle through a second, lackluster season.

*I say something of a high point because upon reviewing, it's clear how much better the early episodes were compared to the later ones. The more we learned about the bombs and the plot behind them, the less interesting the whole story became.

American Idol You? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280539)

Personally, I think the uproar would have been greater if American Idol was pushed off by any other TV show.

CBS just went with the bigger crowd. Live with it.

Money well spent... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280559)

Peanuts aren't nuts.

Re:Money well spent... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280663)

"What's the deal with corn nuts?"

The 3 paths to cancelation (5, Interesting)

Nymz (905908) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280563)

Watered-down - If a show is good, and gets good ratings, TPTB will require more seasons to be produced, than can be reasonably sustained at the same quality of the current story arc.

Word-of-Mouth - If a show is good, but gets so-so ratings in the begining, TPTB will cancel it before word of mouth can have an effect.

Sabotage - If any show is sabotaged by TPTB then there is no saving it. Examples are playing episodes out or order, or postponing the 2-hour premiere that introduces all the characters, to air as the season finale.

Re:The 3 paths to cancelation (1)

NMerriam (15122) | more than 7 years ago | (#19281089)

That's part of why I love the BBC lately -- they're not afraid to just have a show and say "it will end on this date" right at the beginning. I wouldn't have watched Life on Mars if it had been an American show, because I would have assumed it would just get more convoluted and never really go anywhere. But the creators said "we're doing this for two seasons, and at the end of the last episode, you'll know what happened".

It was a great show, highly entertaining, well-written, and best of all still leaves room for a lot of personal interpretation (and friendly debate) of the show's "reality", precisely because they didn't tie themselves up with needless complications dragging it out across 5+ seasons.

The big insult... (5, Funny)

TobyRush (957946) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280575)

...isn't that CBS cancelled the show, but that it's being axed to make room for New Insipid Reality Show #462 [wikipedia.org] and "Ooh! Pirates!" [cbs.com]

The "Tiffany Network," eh?

Re:The big insult... (0)

smallpaul (65919) | more than 7 years ago | (#19281115)

I followed your link and I don't see anything insipid about the show's description at all. It will be a fascinating psychological experiment and if it were broadcast through a subversive OGG video you'd probably think it was an amazingly cool underground thing to watch. But its broadcast on commercial television and therefore mainstream and therefore insipid. (although that implies that Jericho was insipid too, which would jibe with many of the negative reviews in this thread)

Funny enough submission (3, Funny)

Z00L00K (682162) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280621)

I haven't sen the show, but this was a good laugh... What arw you going to do with all those peanuts? Throw a humungous party? Just get a Beer sponsor and throw a party!

On the other hand - one series that I'm missing is Max Headroom [maxheadroom.com] , it's dark, it's about a near future and it's all about money, media companies, viewer figures and shady affairs. (Sounds familiar?)

It may be time to pick up the show again - the old episodes are a little outdated; no internet, no flat-screen TV:s etc.

But on the other hand RIAA and MPAA may not want to see this...

Good Riddance (0, Flamebait)

El Puerco Loco (31491) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280653)

Jericho was a steaming pile of crap. Annoying characters, the worst dialog since Titanic, And don't even get me started on that music. Anyone joining a campaign to save it needs to have their head checked.

So like... (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280683)

Where were you people when they took The Dating Game off the air?

Bah, one word: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280693)

"Carnivale"

If there was ever a show crying out for uncancellation, HBO's Carnivale was it. Wish we'd come up with some gimmick like this. And, please, no nonsense about "it was the show's time to go" with this one. The final episode set up all kinds of fascinating places to explore, with the whole series maintaining interest throughout. The writers had four more seasons planned. That was one that got killed in its prime!

Re:Bah, one word: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280983)

While I agree, two words:

Twin Peaks

Like Carnivale it died after its second season, after a cliff-hanger finale. While I don't know how many more seasons it could've gotten, at least one more should've.

Brown Coats Unite.... (1)

waterford0069 (580760) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280711)

Shiny! I'm sure we can do _at_least_ 20,000 pounds of Ramen to whatever gorram executive cancelled our show.

The "Nuts" reference - Battle of the Bulge (2, Informative)

Etherwalk (681268) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280751)

Brigadier General Anthony McAuliffe was the acting commander of the 101st Airborne Division in the Battle of Bastongne [wikipedia.org] during the Battle of the Bulge [wikipedia.org] . The 101st was surrounded, outnumbered, and unable to get resupply by air. When Axis forces demanded their surrender, McAuliffe's one-word response was "Nuts."

Obviously, after sixty years, this necessarily led to trying to save a canceled show with peanuts.

Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19280793)

I for one welcome our new nutty.... Forget it.

all this and Firefly fans get fuct (0, Flamebait)

DragonTHC (208439) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280891)

Brilliant world.

Re:all this and Firefly fans get fuct (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19281009)

Uh... firefly fans got a -film-.

I guess it fits with the show... (1)

McFailure (1085799) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280967)

Since the show dealt with terrorists, maybe this is a massive attack against all of the people at CBS that are allergic to peanuts.

(Simpsons)"BOMBARDMENT! BOMBARDMENT! BOMBARDMENT!"(/Simpsons)

Fair or free? (0)

CriminalNerd (882826) | more than 7 years ago | (#19280987)

I think I've been exposed to too many Amnesty International announcements at my school, but I have to ask...are those nuts fair-trade nuts or free-trade nuts?

Jericho? (1)

killerdark (922011) | more than 7 years ago | (#19281011)

Hey.... It IS TV... What? You still watch that analog stuff? Grow up will you? (Yeah you got me. I never even heard of it)

You Fools! (4, Funny)

SQL Error (16383) | more than 7 years ago | (#19281033)

Peanuts are legumes!

The TV industry will never take us seriously now. :(

for the love of god (1)

indy_Muad'Dib (869913) | more than 7 years ago | (#19281099)

fire the writers and hire some technical advisers who know what they fuck would actually happen then bring the show back.

Just watch Threads.... (1)

Nim82 (838705) | more than 7 years ago | (#19281109)

It's a far better look at what could happen if the bomb dropped - none of this watered down drivel.

Alternately, Jeremiah was also a far better written post-apoc series, though it's a lot more fantastical.

Firefly fans, not to be outdone by Jericho fans, (1)

thoughtlover (83833) | more than 7 years ago | (#19281179)

rally late in the game gathering $32,000 to send 12 tons of scrap metal to the doors of Fox Studios roughly resembling a sculpture of Jane.
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