All Hail Skeet!!!


Jake Green

February 12th, 2008 was one of the greatest days in television history. Jericho has returned from the depths of cancellation and is now back on television. With the writers strike now over new shows and new episodes will soon return to the small screen, but none will have the type of momentum and fan base like Jericho.

Jericho is about a small Kansas town that is plunged into turmoil when America is attacked by terrorists. The show slowly unravels across the first season’s 22 episodes. Through out the first season the major players are revealed and a story arc is assembled between Jericho and the town of New Bern. Also the overarching story of who attacked America is slowly unmasked. I am not here for a recap, I am here to alert of this show’s greatness.

Jericho owes it complete existence to the viewers, more so than any other show. Jericho was officially cancelled on May 16th 2007, but due to the tenacity of the viewers it was brought back. The viewers of this great show would not allow it to disappear so unjustly. They rallied behind the show and created one of the most impressive forms of protest that I have seen in a long time.

At the end of the first season Skeet Ulrich’s character, Jake Green, is asked by New Bern’s leader Phil Constantino to surrender. Jake responds, with a famous quote made by General McAuliffe during the Battle of the Bulge, with “NUTS!!!” This simple quote spawned a campaign the likes of which have never been seen.

The fans, on hearing of Jericho’s cancellation, began sending nuts to CBS. At first it was a small amount, but once it hit the Jericho website’s forum, it exploded. Hundreds of pounds of nuts were shipped to CBS studios, both the East and West, on a daily basis. The campaign reached somewhere in the range of 20 tons of nuts delivered. This was so successful that it finally caught the attention of those in the upper echelons of CBS. They decided to give Jericho one more season to try to build upon this new and growing fan base. This chance came just one day before the sets of the show were to be torn down.

I have a feeling that Jericho will be around for a very long time. The show will be allowed to run its course and will be allowed to end on its own terms. The fans were always there for Jericho, the fault falls squarely upon CBS. They did not promote the show enough and stupidly decided to break the first season in half. Each half was separated by, I believe, one or two months, causing for decreased views in the second half. I just hope that CBS and the other stations have learned from this stupidity.

Jericho is seriously one of the best shows on television, if you have not had a chance to see this phenomenal show check it out on the Jericho website or just “NUT” up and buy Jericho’s first season. Jericho can be seen on Tuesdays at nine on CBS.