In an official statement to fans of Jericho, Nina Tassler (President of CBS) has publicly announced the midseason order that has been rumoured for the past 24 hours. Here is that statement:
To the Fans of Jericho:
Over the past few weeks you have put forth an impressive and probably unprecedented display of passion in support of a prime time television series. You got our attention; your emails and collective voice have been heard.
As a result, CBS has ordered seven episodes of “Jericho” for mid-season next year. In success, there is the potential for more. But, for there to be more “Jericho,” we will need more viewers.
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.
At this time, I cannot tell you the specific date or time period that “Jericho” will return to our schedule. However, in the interim, we are working on several initiatives to help introduce the show to new audiences. This includes re-broadcasting “Jericho” on CBS this summer, streaming episodes and clips from these episodes across the CBS Audience Network (online), releasing the first season DVD on September 25 and continuing the story of Jericho in the digital world until the new episodes return. We will let you know specifics when we have them so you can pass them on.
On behalf of everyone at CBS, thank you for expressing your support of “Jericho” in such an extraordinary manner. Your protest was creative, sustained and very thoughtful and respectful in tone. You made a difference.
President, CBS Entertainment
P.S. Please stop sending us nuts 🙂
Whether or not fans despise her for her earlier decisions, this statement could not be more true. She, and rightly so, is calling on fans to make good on the promise that they set forward. And, in order to do this, fans need to find ways to turn this into ratings momentum. As a result, this campaign cannot die off now, and hopefully further good can come from this movement. The power of many cannot be refuted, in this instance, and in 8 months or do fans will have their chance to make their voices heard when Jericho returns to network television.
In preparation for this, you can send off an email as to why Jericho deserves Emmy Award recognition to cultural.learnings @ gmail.com, and it will be included in the growing database of comments from fans regarding the show’s future.
Congratulations, folks. I shall eat some peanut butter in your honour.