Great news indeed for fans of CBS's Jericho: It seems burying a network in thousands of pounds of shelled peanuts delivered by suspiciously friendly-looking UPS workers is indeed an effective way of convincing shortsighted programming executives to reconsider their decisions to cancel low-rated nuclear war dramas. Reports TVGuide.com in a Jericho! Fan Resurrection! Exclusive!:
Multiple sources are telling me that CBS is thisclose to sealing a deal to bring Jericho back for at least eight episodes, possibly at mid-season.
My spies caution that this is in no way official, but it certainly sounds like it could be by day's end. It's now just a matter of signing the actors to new deals and, according to one insider, finding a new soundstage to house the show's sets.
While we couldn't be happier for the passionate Jericho fans and their nutty campaign (see—your voices really make a difference!), we nevertheless feel compelled to offer the requisite, sobering counterpoint: This one fan victory could set a dangerous precedent, particularly with lower-rated networks looking to CBS to set the pace of the primetime horse race, thereby turning the schedule into a TV recycling plant. The last thing NBC's new rock star Ben Silverman needs right now is to cloud his sunny vision by scrambling for the recent discard pile and resuscitating a long-forgotten offering based on one moving e-mail from a viewer in Tulsa who wrote, "Yeah, that kidnapping show didn't totally suck. Whatever happened to the kid in that, anyway?"