Sci-Fi Fodder

"Jericho" Cancelled

Zap2It is reporting that the CBS Sci-Fi/Apocalyptic drama "Jericho" will not be renewed for a second season. Here's the quote:

"...there was bad news for "Jericho," which appears to have seen a mushroom cloud go up over its hopes for a second season. Initially considered one of the surprise successes of the new season, the heavily serialized drama took an extended winter hiatus and returned to find no traction against FOX's ratings behemoth 'American Idol."'

As I stated in a previous post, I was not a big fan of "Jericho". However, as the article notes, the initial ratings were pretty good! Then, some genius network executive decided to insert a long hiatus (and it was really long - "Lost" long, in fact) and let it return against "American Idol".

So, let's see - you have a surprise hit serial drama. What's your best move as a CBS network executive? Institute a long layoff, then bring it back against the most popular show in the world. Recipe for success, eh?

Network executives are not smart.

Screw Network Executives. I hope CBS gets nuked themselves for canceling the greatest show on television.

Last time I watch CBS EVER.

-- Posted by: Randy Lee at May 16, 2007 12:46 AM

Great Move CBS, this stupid show got cancelled. Though good initially it was way boring later on.

-- Posted by: Mandy Pee at May 16, 2007 12:59 AM

I'll NEVER watch another CBS show. What a bunch of freakin' fools.

-- Posted by: Scott Ellinwood at May 16, 2007 3:54 AM

Definately a shit show, here in Aus it completely bombed, and its only just coming back after about 2 months to Fridays

-- Posted by: Jamie Lowen at May 16, 2007 7:55 AM

Slightly wrong angle to the filmfodder report, IMO. It's not 'another scifi show' that gets killed by bad network treatment. It's another character driven serial drama. As the 2006 TV season developed, they were the new rage, but now they're almost all gone. Many were killed before they had any chance at all to build an audience. Daybreak, Vanished, Kidnapped, The Nine, Smith, Drive--if you blinked, you missed them. They never had a proper chance.

It seems that the only reason Lost and 24 survived was because of their boffo opening nights. TV executives have shown that they're open to a pitch that their success can be duplicated, but that you've basically got about 6 weeks to prove it before your cancelled.

The problem is that impatience with this kind of show becomes a self-destructive cycle. Personally, I've begun avoiding committing to these shows if they didn't have a strongly rated pilot. Not because I rate their quality by their ratings, but because I know that there's no point in starting to care about a show that won't be on TV in six weeks. I can't be the only one having this reaction to the networks' harsh treatments of their own product.

-- Posted by: Deep Cover at May 16, 2007 8:08 AM

I CANNOT BELIEVE THEY ARE CANCELLING THIS SHOW!!! IS THIS SOME KIND OF PRANK?? By far the best show on TV and they quit it. if i ever watch another show on CBS, somebody please, SHOOT ME!

-- Posted by: Jim Greene at May 16, 2007 8:25 AM

Terrible news. This show started slow, built up steam and then had a fall finale. Took forever for it to come back. The second half episodes were the strongest of the bunch. What a cliffhanger they are leaving.

Count me as extremely disapointed.

-- Posted by: const at May 16, 2007 10:01 AM

While not the greatest show on tv, it was solid. It's too bad because of a scheduling breakdown, it's getting the axe.

I'll be the first to admit the show started strong, dragged in the middle, but it got really good and exciting at the end.

One of the problem with serialized dramas is pacing and filler. I thought Jericho did a good job of making sure something happened in every episode and moved the story forward.

Oh well. At least CBS hasn't canceled How I Met Your Mother. Yet.

-- Posted by: Josh at May 16, 2007 10:10 AM

Noooo!!! Don't cancel the show, this is one of the best series!
How stupid can you be to cancel it now?

-- Posted by: Lars at May 16, 2007 10:18 AM

Grrrrr!!!! CBS finally makes me tune into their sucky network, get me hooked on the best and most creative new show of the year, and then they pull the plug on it.

CBS Sucks. :-(

-- Posted by: JenJen at May 16, 2007 10:19 AM

Now the only reason to watch this dinosaur network is to find out "How I Met Your Mother". Yay.

-- Posted by: Jeff at May 16, 2007 12:28 PM

stupid idiots. they can kiss my ass

-- Posted by: king at May 16, 2007 12:39 PM

I am seriously disappointed by this news. For the first time in my life I watch a show on CBS and this is how I'm rewarded? They had it on at a really stupid time, too. Jerks. Maybe Fox or Bravo (or some other network with some intelligence in their board room) will pick up the series. That'd be swell.

-- Posted by: kathy at May 16, 2007 1:19 PM

Guess what CBS YOU'VE BEEN CANCELLED!!!! in the Cuscione Household. And you know what my tivo won't even miss you!!! You do not deserve viewers. Hey Kelly Kahl I hope your stockholders know you are responsible for the loss of viewers. I plan on contacting every advertiser that was on Jericho and letting them know not to bother advertsing on CBS any more. THEY HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. Hey folks lets make sure these networks know that they cannot take us for granted. There are 300 other channels out there. There is Blockbuster and Netflix we never have to watch the crap that these morons at the networks put on. And CSB Don't feel bad NBC and FOX have also been cancelled at the Cuscione House because they do not value me as a viewer anymore than you do.

Come on folks enough is enough already.

-- Posted by: P. Cuscione at May 16, 2007 3:22 PM

The day these knuckle draging, mouth breathing, nitwits that call themselves network executives get something right, will be the day a politician tells the truth.

-- Posted by: Marc at May 16, 2007 5:12 PM

This was a great show, Network executives are dumb for removing this. How about they ask the general viewing population before they cancel a show? A lot of shows take a couple seasons to really take off, and make it big.

-- Posted by: Jim at May 16, 2007 6:58 PM

Just to respond to Deep Cover:

You have a good point about the cancellation being part of the broader 'character driven serial drama' genre. But, Sci-Fi lends itself to a serial, character driven format very well. I know that's what I look for in a show.

Whatever we call it, it looks like we all agree that the networks do not provide these types of shows the proper environment to survive. So, even though there are a bunch of interesting new shows that the networks have green lit for fall (I'll post a list later this week), we will be lucky if one of those survive to a second season.

And that's sad.

-- Posted by: fred at May 16, 2007 11:09 PM

I was loyal to the super soap operas of the 1980s on CBS: KNOTS LANDING for 14 years, DALLAS for 12, FALCON CREST for 9 years. How does CBS repay us? By creating a brilliant and hit show about a town in the middle of a nuclear war, running it 11 episodes, giving it a three-month break, and bringing it back against the number one show on TV. CBS executives need a lesson in developing I.Q. points and strategy. I am quitting the GHOST WHISPERER and 2 1/2 MEN out of protest. Robin Fletcher, b. 1956, Denton, Texas, JERICHO fan.

-- Posted by: Robin Fletcher at May 16, 2007 11:22 PM

* not enough 13-year olds watching it

* it had old people in it

* no superheroes, fake booby jobs, inane dialouge

* predictive programming

-- Posted by: Phil Lynott at May 17, 2007 7:20 AM

Hey all - there is a very supportive article up on AintItCoolNews, with a bunch of links on what to do to make yourselves heard.

Here is the link!

-- Posted by: fred at May 18, 2007 3:50 PM

To anyone that wants to understand why Jericho fans are fighting had for their show, you can check out the entire first season of jericho at

-- Posted by: Jessica at May 19, 2007 8:07 PM

Jericho was an amazing show. television only considers the people that dont watch, never the ones that do watch. we cancel shows like Jericho to keep reality shows, the same 13 different CSI's, & more. BRING BACK JERICHO!!!!!

-- Posted by: chelsea at June 4, 2007 2:40 PM

It probably goes more into a conspiracy theory senario rather than a matter of ratings...Think about it...we are in a horrible recession (though our countries leadership wont acknowledge it), the government has the lowest approval ratings in history, and we are currently bleeding money out of every pour in an unpopular war, Increased taxes are on the horizon, and social security is "unsustainable". Then Jake utters the word..."Revolution" while hallucinating under a "Torture" scenario....All the more Jericho...It is just too thought provoking and "Contoversial" for our government to condone and continue. Thats my "conspiracy theory" and I'm stickin to it!

-- Posted by: buzzzmea at March 26, 2008 2:21 PM

Sure it IS a conspiracy! The show WAS great - so many will agree. The men behind the curtains of the US Government will not allow its citizens get any "wrong" ideas. People of intelligence (those who can use education to rationally THINK) and NOT of faith (those blinded by their own emotions and in denial) know already that 9-11 WAS and inside job by these shadow elitists of whom a few US presidents warned us about (listen to JFK, Roosevelt, ..). I believe, they'll do it again. They want total control over us and will use any means to get it. First, they took over the economy, then they created conflicts, and now they are taking AWAY your rights so you cannot fight them back. NWO. The world is changing, buddy, wether you want to admit it or not. And the elitists are creating the world of their dreams by giving you reasons to help them build it. Most people are naive about power - they believe in the myth of a "good king". But there are some folk like me - NUTS, who won't swallow their propaganda, will not get assimilated, will not follow the crowd, will not shrink under peer pressure to be like everyone else, will not get intimidated. Who do you want to help? Elitists' cause or "WE the people"? Or hope of sitting this one out? "Jericho" was canceled because it was a major hit with the public but carried in its womb the idea of a wolf in a sheep's clothing which is the shadow government within the US Government that was responsible for attacks of 9-11. Another show, "Firefly" had a similar idea and a similar fate. Only brainless JUNK is what they REALLY want you to be preoccupied with. Bread and Circus. NOT an idea as BIG and UNBELIEVABLE as what 9-11 was in reality.

-- Posted by: nemo at April 5, 2008 8:24 AM