Jericho fans will make one concession when it comes to their favorite post-nuclear drama — the first half of the show’s debut season, the Everwood-wannabe, sci-fi, family-drama half, wasn’t good.
No, it was bad.
Why, then, did fans send 20 tons of nuts (a reference to the Jericho series finale) to CBS? Because the second half of the season, starting with the show’s return in February, was stellar TV.
For most of the audience, the show was dead in November after months of petty, soap opera-esque drama. A three-month hiatus, however, reorganized the show’s priorities, focusing on the spirit and sacrifice of a community in the face of threats to its very existence. A sense of urgency was created as the conspiracy behind the nuclear explosions in U.S. cities unraveled with renewed fervor.
That’s what makes the rebroadcast of Jericho this summer a great introduction for the fans lost or the ones who were never found. Starting Friday, July 6, CBS will air Jericho season one, but without episodes two through 11. After it airs the pilot on July 6, a recap episode at 8 p.m. on July 13 will fill the audience in on the essentials from the first part of season one. “The Day Before,” or the episode that changed everything, airs at 9 p.m.
The rest of season one airs until Jericho’s prodigal son Jake Green famously utters the word that started a fan revolution: Nuts.
The recap is the smartest move CBS could make (after resurrecting the show, that is). With only the great episodes on the air, the fate of “Jericho” lies in the hands of its mobile fan base. In a letter to fans announcing a mid-season order for seven additional Jericho episodes, CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said, “We will count on you to rally around the show, to recruit new viewers with the same grass-roots energy, intensity and volume you have displayed in recent weeks.”
Lucky for Jericho, these fans know they’ve won the battle, but haven’t won the war. Here are a few things you can do to make sure Jericho is here to stay:
WATCH: Jericho will rebroadcast season one on Fridays at 9 p.m. starting July 6
Every episode (though I recommend skipping two through 11) is available through iTunes, Amazon.com UnBox and for free on CBS.com.
BUY: Season One comes out on DVD September 26.
TELL: Let all your like-minded friends know about Jericho. CBS.com makes it easy to copy and paste HTML code into emails or blogs letting people know where they can find Jericho online.
Here’s the HTML code for the pilot. Cut and paste it into blogs, Myspace, or wherever else you think people will click:
<a href="http://www.cbs.com/innertube/?src=ext&vid=115261&cat=115191" target="_blank">View <b>Jericho Episode 1: Pilot</b> on innertube now</a>
HELP: NutsOnline.com, the web store that made it easy to send nuts to CBS, isn’t taking orders for Jericho nuts anymore. But you can help another Kansas town, this one devastated by a real life disaster, with their Save Greensburg, Kansas campaign.Powered by Sidelines