Fan power can be very powerful indeed and nothing showed what disgruntled fans and tons of peanuts can do more than when CBS cancelled Jericho.
The show set in a town that survived a series of nuclear detonations across the US has cancelled due to disappointing viewing figures even though the show opened to positive reviews and high viewing figures. It is thought that some of the lost viewers went to American Idol.
Fans of the show bombarded CBS with emails and the tons of peanuts that fans have sent to the network to protest its earlier cancellation, a campaign that CBS credited for its change of heart.
Jericho has now been renewed for another seven episodes, to air sometime mid-season. Nina Tassler, president, CBS Entertainment, made the announcement on the official Jericho message board on June 6.
CBS offered no date or timeslot for the show’s return. But it said that it would rebroadcast Jericho reruns over the summer, stream them online and release the first season on DVD on Sept. 25. The network also plans on “continuing the story of Jericho in the digital world until the new episodes return,” Tassler wrote. “We will let you know specifics when we have them so you can pass them on.”
Tassler added: “Please stop sending us nuts ”
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