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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

CBS hearts ‘Jericho’ fans (not really)

(previous ‘Jericho’ posts here and here)

Seems the campaign to save Jericho — headquarted at Jericho Lives — has made the mainstream press. The Los Angeles Times yesterday weighed in with a bit of snark, first aimed at the fans:

We were on to the “Lost” legion and “Heroes” worshippers, but who knew there were also “Jericho” junkies?

But then the piece moves on to put the snark where the snark belongs: CBS.

“She was touched by the letters and e-mails she’s received because they each had independent voices,” Ender said. “It was not an organized cookie-cutter type campaign. She was touched by the thoughtfulness of the response and wanted to directly respond to them.”

That’s Chris Ender, spokesman for CBS President of Entertainment Nina Tassler, who apparently had no idea real people watched her programming. Explains a lot, actually.

She was so moved, in fact, that she posted a letter to fans at the Jericho message boards at the official site:

To the fans of Jericho:

We have read your emails over the past few days and have been touched by the depth and passion with which you have expressed your disappointment. Please know that canceling a television series is a very difficult decision. Hundreds of people at the Network, the production company and the incredibly-talented creative team worked very hard to build and serve the community for this show — both on-air and online. It is a show we loved too.

Thank you for supporting Jericho with such passion. We truly appreciate the commitment you made to the series and we are humbled by your disappointment. In the coming weeks, we hope to develop a way to provide closure to the compelling drama that was the Jericho story.

Sincerely,
Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment

Which the Times interpreted thusly:

CBS executives will meet this week to discuss how the network can let the fans know how the “Jericho” story would have ended.

Maybe someone will post a memo letting us know who lives and who dies. That would be dramatically satsifying, wouldn’t it?

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