Saturday, March 14, 2009

Remembering Jericho, and Others (or "Digital Vomit Rules the Airwaves")

JerichoIt was nearly one year ago today that CBS canceled Jericho, their season and a half program that inspired a nation of fans to flood the producers with peanuts. It was one of the greatest shows of modern television.

I recently picked up a copy of Jericho - The Second Season on DVD, and just watched the alternate ending. The ending that would have been aired if CBS had decided to continue the episode for a full second season and beyond, rather than canceling it after just seven shows in the second season.

I have to say, the second season wasn't as good as the first, but after viewing the alternate episode, it sure looks like it was going to get pretty intense had they chosen to continue. With the independent Republic of Texas essentially declaring war on the new "Allied States of America" and their government in Cheyenne, Wyoming, there was certain to be plenty of action in a prolonged second and possibly third season.

It's quite sad, really, that so much digital vomit manages to stay on the airwaves while great shows like Jericho get canceled. It has happened before, though. Remember Sliders? And Quantum Leap? I don't think anyone was happy to see the last episode of M*A*S*H. And the final episode of Seinfeld was disappointing not just because it was the final episode, but because it was lousy. And Cheers, yeah, I miss it, too.

What shows do you miss? What great television that has been canceled to make room for the digital vomit that pollutes the airwaves today would you like to see come back?

Share your thoughts, and enjoy a look back at Jericho.

Your comments?



Gwen said...

Hi Joe,

Very nice article marking the anniversary of Jericho's cancellation.

Jericho fans have reason to celebrate:

A Jericho comic book series will come out next fall, and the story will pick up from the end of season 2.

A Jericho movie is in development.

Jericho is very much alive and kicking.


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