Hooked viewers want more `Jericho'


May 27, 2007|By Maureen Ryan | Maureen Ryan,Chicago Tribune

Jericho, Kan., is the post-apocalyptic town that won't die. Or rather, Jericho, the show based on the post-blast life of that rural town, won't be killed - not if fans have anything to say about it.

CBS is wrapping up the show after only one season. A lengthy hiatus in the middle of the season drove away viewers, and Jericho never quite regained the audience that it had during the fall. But viewers reacted with swift fury, and said "Nuts!" to CBS (echoing a line from the show's rousing season finale).

Viewers inundated CBS with outraged e-mails and message-board comments calling for a second season of the show, and the network's president, Nina Tassler, was compelled to post a message on a fan forum a few days ago.

"We have read your e-mails over the past few days and have been touched by the depth and passion with which you have expressed your disappointment," Tassler wrote.

"In the coming weeks, we hope to develop a way to provide closure to the compelling drama that was the Jericho story."

It sounds as though Tassler's talking about a possible wrap-up TV movie, but some fans have made it clear that that won't be good enough.

"While it is very flattering that Ms. Tassler went out of her way to post a message for us online, I have to say on behalf of each and every Jericho fan that not one of us will settle for anything less than season two, CBS or no CBS," one fan, Melanie, wrote in an e-mail to me.

Could Jericho move to another network? Hard to say. Network dramas are far more expensive than cable dramas, which would make any cable network very wary of picking up the show.

My own two cents: The show has life left in it, but without a certain central character, who died in the season finale, the show is less attractive. The show deserves a wrap-up movie but not another season.

Maureen Ryan writes for the Chicago Tribune.

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