Report: ‘Jericho’ to Return for 7-8 Episodes at Midseason

Leave it to Michael Ausiello to break some news about the possibility, a good possibility, of Jericho receiving a 7-8 episode order at midseason. TV Guide Online reports the following:

Multiple sources are telling me that CBS is this close to sealing a deal to bring Jericho back for at least eight episodes, possibly at mid-season.

My spies caution that this is in no way official, but it certainly sounds like it could be by day’s end. It’s now just a matter of signing the actors to new deals and, according to one insider, finding a new soundstage to house the show’s sets.

To say this would be a huge victory for crazy TV fans everywhere would be the understatement of the frakkin’ millennium.

Now, let’s consider this for just a second. Personally, I think this is a fantastic win for the movement, a powerful statement of financial and programming commitment from a network willing to cast the show aside three weeks ago. And that, if anything, this moment could be a positive turning point for this movement from negative attacks to positive development. However, I’m not one of the Jericho rangers, and this is important. Why? Because, well…

It’s not what Jericho fans wanted.

It’s true: Jericho fans were adamant about getting a complete second season, believing that Jericho was entitled to it. And, while I see their point, this is FAR more than what most expected to see the show receive. I discussed last week about how a possible miniseries would be a great test period of the fans’ support of the show; well, this would be an even better test, and be an even better opportunity to improve the show’s chances of future seasons.In the span of those eight episodes, CBS will have all of their ratings analysis thingamajigs all out and ready to go. And, this time around, Jericho fans know what counts. They will know the show is returning. And they will know that this limited run means everything to the series. And CBS will be watching, closely, and this time I think the result will be quite different.

Already there are posts popping up on the Jericho Message Board about how only a full season will do, and I think that this is both counterintuitive and somewhat disingenuous. CBS is making a huge financial commitment if this report pans out (Which it pretty much has to, now, or else CBS will be torn down by pitchfork-wielding Jericho fans for ever toying with their emotions), and I don’t think that this can just be tossed aside. Rather, all of that desire to gain a full second season should go towards gaining one. For real. Through supporting the show’s run at midseason, no matter its length. This can be done through heading over to the “For Your Consideration: Jericho” post I started in order to perhaps contribute to getting the show some Emmy attention leading up to those episodes.

Right now, this is a campaign built initially on negative reaction, so it is understandable that there will be some residual frustrations. However, at this point, the switch needs to be made to a more positive perspective. Rather than fighting against someone, now fans need to realize that they’re fighting for something, for Jericho. And that, in that fight, supporting your own cause is more important than attacking another at this stage of the game.

In the poker game that is life, CBS has raise a significant amount even if they haven’t gone all in. Jericho fans right now can’t fold their cards, just saying that they’re disappointed in CBS’ decision. Instead, raise that bet up a few notches and go out there and make sure that people know about Jericho. This is the chance that you should have been waiting for to show CBS that your cards, cards of determination and spirit, are not ones to be easily defeated. Go All-In not out of spite, but out of confidence in your show’s ability. When that ability proves as powerful as I think it can be, CBS will have no choice but to fold their cards, and realize the show’s potential.

But that is something I can’t do. I can’t make CBS do that. Only the fans can. So, don’t see this as a setback. This is the exact thing this campaign needs to change its focus, and to develop a positive campaign that could save this show not just for midseason, but for the future as well.

Of course, it’s still not official, but if it comes to fruition we’re arriving at a new day of the Save Jericho campaign. And it is an exciting one.


Filed under Jericho, Television

8 responses to “Report: ‘Jericho’ to Return for 7-8 Episodes at Midseason

  1. It is all good:

    Carol confirms this is not a wrapup: “”The idea would not be to bring it for eight and out, but to bring it back for eight with the hope that it would keep going,” Barbee said.”

    If we get 8, then I know that we will get the remaining 14. CBS doesn’t want to go through this again 🙂

  2. cynthia

    GREAT article! We hope it is true and we have told CBS we would be there if they took a leap of faith….the fans are going nowhere, and hopefully CBS would rather have us ON their side than AGAINST them!


  3. I don’t think CBS is going to have a problem drawing in new viewers, the amount of press the Save Jericho campaign is getting. I know I for one am going to jump on the bandwagon if it comes back next season, though I’ve never seen the show before, just because of how devoted the fans have been. Just like with Firefly, that’s the mark of a show with something really special to it.

    The question is, will the curious newcomers to Jericho be enough?

  4. You raise a good point, Calum. While I believe that some curious newcomers will return, it is still very dependent on scheduling and advertising…the two things CBS screwed up the first time.

  5. Jim

    I think 8 episodes is very fair based on the ratings last season which weren’t bad but also weren’t great. With all the pub lately about the show, people are going to want to see what the show is all about, and once they wacth, they will be hooked like the rest of us Rangers.

  6. Cindy

    As a Jericho Ranger I am thrilled with the possibility of eight more episodes of this wonderful show. If CBS makes the leap of faith, the viewers will be there, either live, DVR, TiVO or on line. I am so looking forward to the continuation of this story. Thanks for the great article.

  7. Its up to us to ensure that Jericho gets a huge increase in viewing numbers. Tell everyone you know about it – get them to watch episodes! Hold Jericho parties – what ever you need to do! It is now not the time to let up, get everyone you can exited about Jericho and its return!

    Semper Fi!

  8. Susan

    We did it!! We fans will be as enthusiastic, persistent, creative and empowered in victory as we were in the fight. Your point is well made — we do have confidence in our show. The wonderful thing is that we have become a community, and that a dialogue has been created on the backs of tons of nuts!!!

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