Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Jericho Cancelled


While almost nobody cares, I thought I would pass along that Variety announced here that Jericho is gone for good. Although it seemed inevitable because of the poor ratings, Jericho appeared like it might survive and be allowed time to find a new audience. But alas, it’s not to be. I think I knew this was coming, but it’s still a mild downer considering the show was one of the few things I watched on network TV.

The fact that Jericho was picked up for a full season originally demonstrates that there was an audience for a post-apocalyptic drama but Jericho somehow lost it along the way. While the balance between soap opera dramatics, survival, and thriller heroics wasn’t always even, it might simply be that the predicable storytelling doomed the series. It was really the actors and the terrorist conspiracy that held the show together. Maybe the producers sensed that Jericho was gone and that's why they killed off Gerald McRaney’s character. It really would be a different show without him anyway.

Oh well, if a show seems like it’s working early on maybe the suits shouldn’t put it oppsite a ratings powerhouse like American Idol after a too long hiatus. That’s a recipe for cancellation if I ever saw one. Maybe that was the point? CBS wanted Jericho to croak. Hmmmm…

-Swinebread

11 comments:

Ami Angelwings said...

WHAT!???? :O

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! :(

*sad*

They should give it another season to prove itself :( Not all shows are first season hits :| Some take a while to build :)

Swinebread said...

Yeah, I think they're being kinda dumb on this one.

ladybug said...

Perhaps it will be resurrected a la Battlestar Galactica - and be even better.

Hollywood keeps running out of ideas, so the re-invent stuff all the time.

Swinebread said...

It isn't really appropriate for resurrection because it’s a thriller with various plot lines. I suppose there is a small chance another cable channel could pick it up.

Don Snabulus said...

I remember when Max Headroom was cancelled. It had to compete against Dallas and Miami Heat. Poor Max didn't have a chance.

Au revoir, Jericho. We hardly knew ye.

Selba said...

I even haven't gotten a chance to watch it....

megomuseum said...

I'm surprised, it was well crafted. All the people at my work watched it, usually a barometer for what's popular.

Dean Wormer said...

Swine,

Sorry about this. At least you can count yourself lucky that it wasn't on Fox and you got a whole season of the show. Fox would've cancelled it after four episodes (two if it starred Nathan Fillian.)

Swinebread said...

snab I can’t understand the suits…

selba and now you might not get to watch it at all…

mego I really think the long hiatus and putting it opposite American Idol was the clincher

dean I would have killed for a whole season of the Tick. I had a feeling I was only gonna get one season though.

Pandabonium said...

Very appropriate title for a sci-fi located in Kansas, home of the "old testament xians" (who love to quote Leviticus, but evidently never read the Sermon on the Mount).

Sorry a program you liked which sounds like it was good was pulled. But then, that fits the times.

Overdroid said...

Step one - Find an old copy of Fallout or Fallout 2.

Step two - Play it.

Step three - Enjoy Post-Apocolyptic roleplaying bliss.