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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Sapphire, Jun 5, 2007.
I guess we should start sending them Mounds instead.
Really this is the viewers chance on many levels. We complain when shows are canceled... well now this is the time to open some doors. If Jericho becomes a hit network executives will be offering curtain calls regularly. If this move by CBS is successful... shows might receive longer chances.
Good news! Guess I shouldn't have deleted my SP. Oh well. Its easy enough to recreate once it appears in the guide data again.
Wow Network Executives actually do care what us peons think!
Maybe networks will start running more advertising for summer repeats of lots of other series that have had lower ratings, to try to drum up interest.
I wonder if this wasn't the "plan" all along, to be the first to "cave" to a group of viewers. The fact that it went as long as it did says it at least had some following. Besides, there's really nothing else worth watching anyway, so it's not like they have so many blockbusters that they need the timeslot.
I have mixed feelings about this. I definitely wanted it to come back so I could see what happened. But I didn't really think the show was good enough to recommend to anyone or bring in a whole new slate of viewers. My desire for the show to return was purely selfish since I thought it ended in a really awkward place, but I don't think the show was of a high enough quality to warrant returning. Hopefully, with the tremendous lead time they now have and the limited number of episodes, they can script those seven eps to be really tight and not wander all over the place like most of this season did.
The show may even have a whole new look, as I read that they need to find a new soundstage. To me that sounds like the sets were struck, so if they're not in storage, we'll be seeing some new sets when it returns.
Great news I do hope they wrap up a lot in those 7 episodes. I really hate it when shows end on a great cliff hanger.
I couldn't agree more.
I, too, think they could have taken a bubble show with a devoted fan base, and "cancelled it" - all the while knowing it could be temporarily? In recent years I've noticed a lot of gorilla marketing and "write to the network" urges on sites like this one and TWoP. Seems like somebody figured out that keeping a bubble show on the air and letting people think they had something to do with it is a new way of getting viewers.
Seems less than spontaneous to me.
I can't imagine the show without Gerald McRaney, anyway.
Yeah, true, but maybe there'll be more flashbacks.
Well, I think that goes a little far. I don't think anybody anticipated how devoted this show's fans would prove to be--it certainly caught me off-guard, and I liked the show.
But once the ground-swell of fan-support started...which, as you say, happens from time to time...I think CBS decided to determine whether these campaigns actually mean anything. The conventional wisdom is that they don't. Sure, some people are devoted to every show, no matter how crappy the ratings, but if there was enough support to sustain the show, it would have had enough viewers not to get canceled in the first place. My hunch is that when CBS saw not simply the fan support the show was getting, but the news coverage that support was getting, they decided to use this as a test case to see if that kind of rabid but small fan base can be converted into a larger audience.
My other hunch is that it won't work. I think the conventional wisdom is probably pretty much dead on; they certainly gave Jericho every chance to gain an audience, and it didn't. It's not like Firefly, which was never given a fair shot in the first place (not that I necessarily believe Firefly would have caught on with a large audience even if it HAD gotten a fair shot). I think Jericho probably pretty much found its audience, and its audience just wasn't big enough. But I'd be glad to be wrong...
I'm glad to see it's returning, but I'm sad it's for only 7 episodes! Either way, I'll be making sure I Tivo them and tell all my friends about the show and ask them to consider watching Season 1 and watching the new episodes that air next season. I don't know how much good that will really do though.
Whether they planned it or the reaction was genuine doesn't really matter. They're giving the fans a chance to make a difference. As Rob said, this will be the test case to determine if the voice of the fan carries any weight in the near future. If the fans rise up and make this second season a wild success, it could make a big difference in the way networks interact with their fans and how they market their shows. If Jericho fails to catch on again, we'll go back to the status quo of the networks doing whatever they think is best.
So just how many peanuts is 50,000 pounds of peanuts?
20 tons of peanuts is about 8 million peanuts.
I agree. I actually thought the show was pretty awful in acting, storylines, continuity , etc. Still, I watched every episode hoping things would get better. It got worse. I still want to see a second season though. These networks need to learn that they can't get people totally into a show, have a season ending cliffhanger, and then announce that the shows been canceled.
Kudos to all of you Jericho fans for your awesome effort in getting the show put back on. I'd just love to see the look on the higher ups faces when asked what to do with all of the nuts that keep arriving.