FYC: Jericho

Just three weeks ago, fans of CBS’ Jericho came together to fight for the show after its cancellation. Sending thousands of pounds of nuts to CBS, as well as supporting tornado relief within the state of Kansas, these fans united to save the show they loved. That show of support was enough for CBS to, just days ago, reconsider their decision and schedule the series for a midseason return.

However, there is a next step. Fans of the series don’t just like it, they love it. And, well, they’d like to tell people about it. With the Emmy Awards just three months away, and with voting deadlines oncoming, they have once again come together for a common cause: letting the public know why their show is worthy of Emmy consideration.

These are the voices of fans, not critics. They might not use as many fancy words, or provide the types of quotes studios are placing on their ads, but they truly love their show. It is fitting that, after fan support saved a show tossed aside due to archaic methods of measuring success, perhaps the old For Your Consideration system could be supplanted by fan-based support. That might be aiming high, but if Jericho fans have proven anything it is that aiming high isn’t a bad idea by any means.

They said Nuts to CBS, now they hope that someone might say Emmy to Jericho. These are their words of support.

Fans in Support of Jericho

Stephanie writes:

My name is Stephanie and I am a spouse of a deployed soldier in Iraq. When my husband left the show Jericho began airing on CBS. It is honestly one of the best things that could have happened to me. It is a show that is full of every emotion that the human spirit is capable of. It has so much strength in words, plot, film and acting. It is truly the best show that I have seen on television in over 23 years.

I was a Buffy fan and CSI: LV fan. But I now realized I wasn’t a fan. I was just a person that liked the show. Jericho is the show that I am truly a fan of. It helped me find myself in my darkest hours and it has so much within the words that are spoken. I would like for you all to consider Jericho for the Emmy’s. It is a show that is truly worthy of the fight and struggles that it’s fans have been through.

One of my favorite parts in the entire season was in episode 22. Pamela Reed walked in and looked at her husband dead on the table and said nothing….her acting was so outstanding that she did not have to say a word. Her body and face said it all……It made me cry and many people I know. Then there was the moment when Skeet Ulrich walked out onto the deck and looked at the driveway full of people….and didn’t say anything for some time….his silence said a millions things.. also when Skeet Ulrich was on the porch sitting down and was with Ashley Scott. Oh my gosh.

At that moment a man that was so strong throughout the season broke down. His father died and was then coming into the realization that he was gone. He broke down and let it out..Ashley Scott was there to help him…To console him in his time of need…So many things were said there but yet no words were spoken.

Jericho is truly a show that deserves recognition.

Connie writes:

Jericho is the type of story that reaches out and grabs you. Each episode is thought provoking and full of detail. It is the type of program that you can watch again and again yet learn something new with each viewing. Gerald McRaney’s character, Mayor Johnston Green, summed it up best during a talk he gave at the church after the town discovered a group of strangers dead on the outskirts of Jericho. Mayor Green said it wasn’t a fight for survival but a fight to save their humanity. Each episode resonantes that theme as decisions are made between right and wrong. At the conclusion of the hour you are always left with questions: What would I do? Would I fight or walk away? Would I work for the common good of the group or pull into myself? Would I be a leader willing to risk it all or would I be frozen with fear? It is a wonderful and believable story line that is character driven. It deserves to be recognized and honored with an Emmy.

Cindy writes:

Hands down, the best television show introduced in 2006. Rich characters, arresting production values, insightful and intriguing scripting. A show that plays to the heart.

Robert writes:

Jericho is by far the best show on television in a long time. I have watched shows nominated for Emmy’s before, such as the Sopranos, Lost, Heroes, etc. and none of these shows can live up to Jericho.
I mean come on, Lost has a Polar Bear appear on a tropical island where a plane crashes from 40,000 feet and amazingly 48 people survive. How realisitic is that? Not at all. And Heroes, don’t get me started on that. I think the main reasons people may not be interested in Jericho is due to the lack of sex and comic book ideals. Well who needs them? The great shows in the past didnt, and neither does Jericho.
Jericho has united millions of people onto watching television again in a fight against Reality TV. The show was cancelled but was fought for and brought back. That alone deserves at least a new Emmy category of Best Fans!

Jennifer writes:

Jericho is an outstanding show with a great ensemble cast with actors that give heartfelt performances, really good writing, sit on the edge of your seat action, plenty of explosions for the guys, romance for the ladies, is clean enough for families to sit down and enjoy, thought provoking, movie quality filming and editing, and is all around a refreshing addition to the television schedules that are so overloaded with the reality and crime programs. Jericho has been innovative with the interactive website and has been able to develop a very large very passionate on-line base of fans. The idea that there can be hope and morals in the midst of chaos is so important in our world today. Many of our service men and women have stated that they really enjoy watching this program, because it is a constant reminder of why they are serving this country….to keep our country safe from nuclear attack. Jericho is the best new show that my family and everyone that we’ve introduced to it, has seen in a very long time.

Sarah Wolfington writes:

We love Jericho because it portrayed the end result of a threat all of us have lived under during our lives. It answered alot of questions as to how we might react in similar circumstances, how friends might become enemies and how you all have to pull together to ultimately survive. The character development in the show was brilliant, there was someone there for every viewer to relate to. There were complex relationships, dark secrets. love stories, the weak or bullied became the strong. It was just a brilliant drama, the first one since ’24’ started to really grab us, make us think, something different to the CSI/ reality shows, and make us immediate fans for years to come – we thought!

You have the ongoing mystery of where exactly Jake Green (Skeet Ulrich) has been for ther past few years, we were just starting to learn more but were left with the impression there was much more we did not know.

His relationship with his brother Eric Green grew during the series, from an initial holding back to all out brothers standing shoulder to shoulder. Then there was Eric’s (the apparently perfect son) dirty little secret about his longstanding affair, despite being married to the beautiful town Doctor.

The initial animosity between Stanley & Mimi which lasted for weeks, but with an underlying sexual tension growing all the time, until you wanted to yell at him – just kiss her for god’s sake!!

Thus show just had such wonderful characters, each with their own complications in their lives, they were all allowed to develop into someone different by the end of the series. Writing of this standard is so rare in these days of reality TV, and it is writing worthy of Emmy consideration.

Fans in Support of Skeet Ulrich

Kelly Gasper writes:

The true lead of the show. Skeet kept an air of mystery about him as the prodigal son. He was excellent at portraying the “strong, silent type.” Yet he was not afraid to let emotions fly. In the season finale, Jake’s breakdown over his dad’s death was brilliant. And yet, portrayed powerfully by Ulrich, he collected himself to draw that strong reply to Constantinov: NUTS.

Connie Writes:

Skeet Ulrich has done an amazing job over the course of the season in his portrayal of Jake Green. When Jake returned to Jericho in the first episode, he was returning to a place he had left five years before due to unknown but obviously painful circumstances. His reconnection to the people left behind is hesitant and uncertain. After the bombings, each episode begins to pull more and more of his strength and his personal magnetism out as he is propelled into a position of leadership in the town. His re-connection with his father in “Heart of Winter” is riveting as well as his breakdown on the porch with Emily in “Why We Fight.” He has provided continuity of character from the premier episode through episode 22, “Why We Fight,” as we have watched Jake settled back into his home and grow as the responsibilites grow. His performance is worthy of Emmy consideration.

Jennifer writes:

I am supporting Skeet Ulrich (Jake Green) for his wonderful acting and his ability to show vulnerable emotions during each scene that warrants them. Two big examples of this can be seen in the episodes of “The Heart of Winter” and the season finale of “Why We Fight”. In The Heart of Winter Skeet (Jake) gets pinned under a pickup truck and does an amazing job of acting hypothermic even though in reality it was really hot temperature wise that day, he did such a good job that watching it you would think that he really is freezing to death, then later in the episode he really digs into his character when he begs his father to forget what he’d said when he was pinned under the truck and thought that he was going to die, superb acting job. Watching it, we get lost in the fact that this is a television show and that these are just actors, but they make it so realistic that they are able to bring out emotions in us as viewers as well. For the season finale, when Jake’s father gets shot, and he is watching his father die, Skeet again does an amazing job of being able to show the inner struggle of remaining strong Vs wanting to grieve, I cry every time I watch it. That is what makes an actor so great and that deserves awards and recognition, when your audience can forget that you are just acting and telling a story, and get emotionally attached. I can’t imagine anyone else being as vulnerable and able to show their emotions and to say more with their actions than with the words coming out of their mouths as Skeet Ulrich is, this show would definitely not be the same if someone else were playing the part of Jake. Skeet’s co-stars also speak very highly of him, and his humble attitude of always sharing the stage and allows others to shine, which speaks volumes to me.

Maureen writes:

Skeet Ulrich should definitely be nominated for Jericho. He captured us with his protrayal of Jake. His facial expressions, method of conveying all the emotions in every situation, his eyes bring “Jake” to life. We felt what he felt, and his transition and evolvement of the character were outstanding. He was no longer Skeet Ulrich, but became Jake Green. That is evidence that Skeet is a true actor. We don’t see the actor, we see the character in the series.

Kay writes:

While critics labeled Ulrich’s acting ‘wooden’ when “Jericho” started, he was merely portraying his character, Jake Green. When Jake came back to Jericho, he was mysterious, one-dimensional, guarded and emotionally closed off from everyone. His relationship with his father was especially tense. Circumstances changed throughout the season, and as Jake realized what was truly important, Mr. Ulrich breathed life into Jake. He allowed us to see more of Jake’s emotions, and his way of thinking. Jake treasured his family and community, and was willing to give his very life to save both. The scenes between Jake and his father in “Heart of Winter” while painfully emotional, were mesmerizing to watch.

Fans in Support of Lennie James

Rebecca writes:

What is it about an actor with an accent? Does it give him some kind of edge when it comes to delivering a line? Perhaps the focus on cadence and emphasis is an advantage, one that makes music of dialogue. Whatever it is, Lennie James has it, and it keeps one’s ears as glued to the set as the eyes. We’re hanging on his every word. While we don’t hear his extremely attractive British accent via his portrayal of everyone’s favorite terrorist/CIA operative, Robert Hawkins, what we do hear is a product of a well-trained actor with an uncanny talent for making the simplest dialogue pop.

At the heart of the show’s most intriguing mystery, Lennie James’ character is living a lie. His very survival depends upon deceiving his fellow Jericho residents. This makes it especially difficult to discern when Robert Hawkins is being truthful, ambiguous, or downright deceptive, but perhaps the greater mystery is how Lennie James is able to challenge the viewer’s perception of truth and falsehood, seemingly without effort. Every word seems impossibly deliberate, as if the character has thought about how to answer every imaginable question. Yet, even when the viewer is reasonably sure that Hawkins is lying, there is enough sincerity in his voice and expression to make the lie plausible.

The one thing the viewer does not doubt is Hawkins’ desperate love of his family. Even when you can imagine him being despicable and menacing enough to nuke his own countrymen, his love for his family is palpable. While he might be one of the most deadly terrorists ever to live, if he isn’t a CIA operative, one can’t shake the feeling that at any moment Hawkins might turn out to be a hero based solely on James’ earnestly portrayed love of family. It seems family is the inscrutable Mr. Hawkins’ one Achilles Heel. If Lennie James has a weakness as an actor, it is not readily apparent. Way to keep us guessing, Mr. James. Bravo!

Angel writes:

His character had me guessing from the beginning. Was he the good guy or bad guy? This was especially the case when he first started looking into Jake Green (Skeet Ulrich). And yet, his love for his family shows after his wife leaves with the kids, and continues to resonate when he uses the satellite to zoom in on what his family is doing at the time. I am still wondering if he is really CIA at all, and this type of complicated portrayal is exactly why James deserves to be considered.

NorsU writes:

To me Lennie James (Hawkins) acting was as goos as it gets. He brought his A game to the character. Emmy Winner is deserved to be next to his name.

Jane writes:

James brought Hawkins in a way almost reminiscent of the complicated portrayal of Hannibal Lecter by Anthony Hopkings. His facial expressions conveyed more than the words of many actors could, and he convinced me that there was so much more lurking beneath the surface of this character.

Cindy M. writes:

If less is more Lennie James’ characterization of Robert Hawkins is an amazing example of the subtleties of the craft of acting. Is he good? Is he evil? James’ performance always keeps the viewer guessing, which is the sign of an Emmy-worthy performance.

Kelly Gasper writes:

Hawkins truly tried to recover his family bonds while dealing with the nuclear aftermath. Lennie was excellent at hiding Hawkins’ true nature: good or evil? For example, Hawkins made his true allegiance to home and family clear: he let his wife in on this secret room, and let Johnston know of his satellite access. Even as he became a Jericho hero, however, the new President (or IS he?) was determined to hunt Hawkins down. James never picked a side, always displaying this duplicitous nature with subtlety and poise.

Fans in Support of Gerald McRaney

Kay writes:

It was wonderful to see the pride slowly grow in Johnston Green as he saw redemption in his once wayward son. The scenes between Johnston and his son Jake in “Heart of Winter” while painfully emotional, were mesmerizing to watch. This was a case of a consummate actor sharing with us his incredible talent. To be able to give his character such depth and texture makes him truly deserving of this award.

Fans in Support of Pamela Reed

Cindy writes:

She was the strong matriarch of the program. I love how Pamela Reed could make her feelings abundantly clear, without anger or bitchiness. She went to see bartender Mary after learning that April was pregnant, but that Eric still planned on divorce. She told Mary in no uncertain terms how Mary, in her view, was a homewrecker. Nor did Gail hide her disapproval from her son. Gail threw her support behind April, until the very moment April passed. That is a strong woman, and Reed’s performance always matched her character’s intensity.

A. Miller writes:

I just love her character. She is great in getting her emotions across the screen without even saying a word. She looks at another character and you know what she is thinking. You can tell she is a strong person but is deeply in love with her husband. I am amazed at the variety of emotions she can pack into one scene without the viewer becoming overwhelmed or tired of watching her.

Fans in Support of Jericho’s Ensemble Cast

Kelly Gasper writes:

Brad Beyer’s portrayal of a sweet country boy was far from stereotypical. In the begiining, as he greeted Jake with a bear hug, Stanley showed some of those stereotypical “silly hick” ways. By season’s end, Stanley Richmond was a character of wonderful depth. Beyer showed strength in his protection of home and family, particularly deaf kid sister Bonnie. Beyer showed old-fashioned love as he introduced Mimi to his late parents. Yet his expressions in the last minutes of the show, as he prepared for war, were pure power and strength. Stanley Richmond became a character of wonderful depth and range, and honest humanity. Brad Beyer is responsible for that.

CrochetLady writes:

Michael Gaston gets Gray’s whole back-end first personality just about perfectly, which gives such rich coloring to the whole series. The series would be so much weaker without Michael’s wonderful acting. He and Gerald McRaney are just so good in the scenes they have together. If Michael had been less able, Mac couldn’t have come off as strong as he did. Gaston’s performance helped make this show as good as it was, simple as that.

 

Jane Sweat writes:

I haven’t seen much on April D. Parker who plays Darcy Hawkins but I adore her. She is perfect for Hawkins & her portrayal of Darcy is amazing. She is a strong woman who has proven that she can make it on her own with her 2 children. I think that’s part of why Hawkins loves her. She was quiet at first but came into her own by the finale. I can’t wait for her return. Fantastic actress.

To Submit your own words of support for a member of Jericho’s cast or the show itself, send it in an email to:

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20 responses to “FYC: Jericho

  1. norsU

    Wow –
    Jericho has been renewed after a massive fan campaign to :Save Jericho”. The show has an OUTSTANDING cast and really connected with their audience.

    To me Lennie James (Hawkins) acting was as goos as it gets. He brought his A game to the character. Emmy Winner is deserved to be next to his name.

  2. lara m aitken

    Jericho is one of the best shows to come out in years! the cast is top noch and the story is well written. i think it should get an Emmy for one of its great actors!

  3. Jericho is by far the best show on television in a long time. I have watched shows nominated for Emmy’s before, such as the Sopranos, Lost, Heros, etc. and none of these shows can live up to Jericho.
    I mean come on, Lost has a Polar Bear appear on a tropical island where a plane crashes from 40,000 feet and amazingly 48 people survive. How realisitic is that? Not at all. And Heros, don’t get me started on that. I think the main reasons people may not be interested in Jericho is due to the lack of sex and comic book ideals. Well who needs them? The great shows in the past didnt, and neither does Jericho.
    Jericho has united millions of people onto watching television again in a fight against Reality TV. The show was cancelled but was fought for and brought back. That alone deserves at least a new Emmy category of Best Fans!

  4. Connie

    Jericho is the type of story that reaches out and grabs you. Each episode is thought provoking and full of detail. It is the type of program that you can watch again and again yet learn something new with each viewing. Gerald McRaney’s character, Mayor Johnston Green, summed it up best during a talk he gave at the church after the town discovered a group of strangers dead on the outskirts of Jericho. Mayor Green said it wasn’t a fight for survival but a fight to save their humanity. Each episode resonantes that theme as decisions are made between right and wrong. At the conclusion of the hour you are always left with questions: What would I do? Would I fight or walk away? Would I work for the common good of the group or pull into myself? Would I be a leader willing to risk it all or would I be frozen with fear? It is a wonderful and believable story line that is character driven. It deserves to be recognized and honored with an Emmy.

  5. Connie

    Skeet Ulrich has done an amazing job over the course of the season in his portrayal of Jake Green. When Jake returned to Jericho in the first episode, he was returning to a place he had left five years before due to unknown but obviously painful circumstances. His reconnection to the people left behind is hesitant and uncertain. After the bombings, each episode begins to pull more and more of his strength and his personal magnetism out as he is propelled into a position of leadership in the town. His re-connection with his father in “Heart of Winter” is riveting as well as his breakdown on the porch with Emily in “Why We Fight.” He has provided continuity of character from the premier episode through episode 22, “Why We Fight,” as we have watched Jake settled back into his home and grow as the responsibilites grow. His performance is worthy of Emmy consideration.

  6. Rhonda

    I also watch Lost, Heroes and The Sopranos, but Jericho has the best ensemble cast by far! I was devastated when I had read that it was canceled and told everyone I know to help fight for it’s return. Jericho must be considered for the Emmy race and Skeet Ulrich must be considered for Best Actor.

  7. Colleen

    This show is one of the few that my husband and I make time to watch. The casting is perfect. The topic is so timely at this point in time. It belongs not only in the race for the Emmy’s but deserves to take home Emmy’s for Best Drama and several for the cast.

  8. Trevor

    Outstanding series, great writing and wonderful acting. I would fully support it getting an emmy.

  9. Courtney (scrappypup)

    Thanks for putting up this great site where we can share our love for Jericho and our great dream that it will be nominated for (and receive!) Emmy awards. Season 1 combined a talented (and gorgeous!) cast with an intense premise and superbly daring writing. My mom and I both love it, and I am putting it on the radar of all my family and coworkers. There’s something for everyone, whether the viewer is old or young, male or female. The show has a solid balance of action, suspense, romance, science fiction elements, realism, witty dialogue, and appeals to intelligent people of all interests. I hadn’t watched television regularly in years, but I make time for Jericho. Ready for reruns, and desperate for season 2! The show and its cast are absolutely Emmy-worthy, as are the fans, as Robert said. Thanks again for this page of accolades and nods. I am so happy to be a part of this group of amazing Jericho fans.

  10. Dianne W.

    I am so happy that they are going to reshow last seasons episodes. I am telling everyone I know to be sure and watch it. Jericho is the best new show that I have seen in years. It’s finally my whole family can watch. It is both recreational and educational. You get to see what could happen if the world doesnt change! My two sons, ages 12 and 14 would actually sit still for 1 hour and watch it, no arguing and no wanting to get on video games! What more could a mother want? Thanks to everyone who has banded together to save such a wonderful show!

  11. Missy Marshall

    I am a huge fan of Jericho. No other show on television has EVER captured my attention to where I HAD to tune in. I NEEDED my fix every week and I was sad to see the season finale but knew that I was going to see it again in the fall. And then they dropped the bomb on Jericho and all the fans by cancelling Jericho. I HAD to do something. I HAD to get involved. I was so proud to see all us fans ban together and NOT TAKE IT!

    It was amazing to see the fans get together and do something to save such a fantastic show. I gotta say that if CBS did not decide to renew even through all our efforts we would not have given up. We would have gone to other coorporations and had them pick up this show. So many millions of viewers would have fought tooth and nail to save this fantastic creation. I am so pleased that CBS opened their eyes and got off their butts to save this show.

    The support this show received should be a sign to the voters of the Emmy’s that this show has something. It has everything that fans are looking for and should be rewarded for that. Do the right thing and give Jericho their dues. We got the show back now give us the awards!!

  12. Christina

    Any show that can raise that much enthusiasm from fans (got Nuts?) has definitely done something right. This show deserves some credit for its quality!

  13. Marlene

    I have been a faithful fan of Jericho since day one, I never missed a single show. I love the show, and will continue to be a huge fan.

    The show always has me setting on the edge of my seat. Every single actor and actress on the show plays a very important part of making this an outstanding show to watch.

    I’ll admit when I heard it was canceled it brought me to tears, then anger sat in. Jericho is so powerful, it’s hard to put into words…other than I LOVE IT!! and will stand by and support it.

  14. I’ve never before been so captivated by a television show. Jericho always leaves us anticipating the next eposide and leaves you discussing possibilities with others. Drama? this is drama sometimes on the edge of your seat, it’s funny at times and realistic. To us, this is an introduction to new actors… who are these people? wow! The movements, the glances, the eye contacts, the timing is amazing.

    Yes, I’m bias becauase I’m a fan of the show, the writing, the acting, the effects and the story. Unlike other shows, it drew me in week after week… kept my attention and left us wanting more. I can’t remember the last time a television show has done that.

    Jericho is simply GREAT TV.

  15. DD

    Whilst I congratulate the Jericho fans on their achievement the show deserves none of the accolades being tossed around:

    No. 1) It does not have the best ensemble cast
    No. 2) It does not show a closely observed reality better than any other show
    No. 3) It is not the best new show of last season

    Why not? The answer is very simple; Peabody award-winning Friday Night Lights.

  16. Sandy H.

    If the awards reflect fan base and support, then JERICHO should be a WINNER!

  17. Becky

    Jericho brings you back to family and community. A small town banding together in uncertain times to make it through to the other side together. No one left behind.

  18. Pam C.

    Every member of my family of 7 (ages 8-52) was glued to our seats from the very 1st episode of Jericho. How rare is it to have a television series that inspires you, moves you, and that the whole family can watch and discuss.

    Jericho is a series without equal on television today. It is riveting, insightful, thought-provoking, and, without question, the best written, best produced, and best acted show on television.

    It has been an honor to fight for its return and it is a tremendous thrill to know it is coming back!! I absolutely concur. Jericho should get numerous Emmy nominations and, hopefully, a couple of armfuls of Emmy awards as well!!

  19. Here it is EIGHT YEARS later and Jericho has a whole new surge of fans thanks to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and now Pop TV (the old TV Guide Network). I thought I had read every article there was from when the fans saved Jericho but ran across your blog. I’m tickled to read the wonderful things people said about Jericho. Thanks for the article! I’ll be sharing it on social media for more spark to the fire that is the ever-burning love for Jericho! 🙂 ♥

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