AICN broke it first, CBS has intimated that due to fan intervention, Jericho may yet have its story come to an acceptable conclusion, rather than see the series end with the season 1 cliffhanger.
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
Cue rampant speculation as to what actions CBS would take to wrap up Jericho. Of all the possibilities, you can safely discount another season, or even another single episode. With the show having not been renewed, everyone involved are now free agents within the industry. Actors, writers, grips, the whole lot of them can and have wandered off to do other things.
The most likely scenario I believe is either a TV movie, or some sort of textual release, perhaps a book by an established novelist that has a history of doing tie-in stuff.
On the other hand, it's just as likely that CBS won't be doing anything at all, and are simply trying to placate the crowd until everyone settles down.
Despite what Merrick over at AICN says, there is little point in pushing CBS to renew the show. That opportunity has come and gone, CBS has already allocated the money for other shows by now and it is just as likely that most of the talent already have new jobs.
Shows just don't recover from being canceled, no amount of letters is going to convince them that it will do any better in the ratings in the future than it has in the past -- not unless more legitimate letters come in than there were viewers the first time around. As of the last update, the petition going around had a paltry 52,000 signatures. That's about 9,948,000 signatures too short I'm afraid.
I wonder if CBS will actually do something with this though? A TV movie would make for a nice way to wrap it up (somewhat anyway) and that budget money hasn't already been spent (presumably.) Anyway, check it out if you're a fan of the show and sign the darn petition anyway.
Peter Hoffman is set to produce William Gibson's Neuromancer for the big screen, which is now being fast-tracked. No word on who will pen the script or direct, you know, the two things indisputably more important that who is producing it.
NBC's Heroes first season will hit DVD (and HD-DVD for all three of you guys who own one) on August 28th, 2007. ($59.98 retail, $5.00 on Amazon)
Speaking of this release, I can't help but note the weird resentment at Heroes' success and outright unprofessional behavior by Todd Epp at TV Squad.
Heroes: The Nerdfest Hits Stores August 28th..This should give the Heroes worshippers enough time to get their drivers licenses so they don't have to ask mom and dad to take them to the store to buy Season 1.
Wow, talk about being a dick. Insecurity problems anyone?
Guillermo del Toro and a couple of other Mexican directors have inked a deal with Universal to create five new films for the studio, to be released in foreign territories. Some of them will be in Spanish, none of them has a U.S. distributor, yet they treat this like some sort of magical breakthrough for minorities. I just don't see it. Yeah, it's cool and a big (fiscally speaking) deal, but it's foreign only; kind of defeats the point, doesn't it?
Amanda Tapping is a sucker for Sanctuary, a web-only "TV" series from the producers of Stargate SG-1. (Quotes and bits, episode 2 is due May 28th.)
Convicted pedophile and wanted fugitive Roman Polanski is grumpy that nobody cares about his crappy movies.
Michael Moore's docu Sicko -- about the pathetic U.S. health care system -- won the top prize at Cannes, making it his second in four years.
More clips from Josh Friendman/Fox's The Sarah Connor Chronicles, to debut in the spring of next year.