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'Jericho': Its renewal is official

June 6, 2007 |  4:27 pm

Jericho290 The fictional town of “Jericho” survived a nearby nuclear blast, and now the CBS drama, canceled just last month, will live to see another day.

After much fanfare—intense viewer support that came in the form of letters, petitions and lots of nuts delivered to CBS headquarters, network executives have re-grouped and decided to give the Skeet Ulrich-led drama a second chance.

On Wednesday, CBS President of Entertainment Nina Tassler ordered seven episodes of the series to air sometime in mid-season, crediting the fervent cancellation protest as “creative, sustained and very thoughtful and respectful in tone.”

If the series, which appeared to be on its way to becoming a hit in the fall and fell in the ratings after a long winter hiatus, picks up steam, the network will consider producing more episodes, Tassler wrote in a letter to the fans on its messageboard on www.cbs.com.

“A loyal and passionate community has clearly formed around the show,” Tassler wrote. “But that community needs to grow. It needs to grow on the CBS Television Network, as well as on the many digital platforms where we make the show available. We will count on you to rally around the show, to recruit new viewers with the same grass-roots energy, intensity and volume you have displayed in recent weeks.”

“Volume” in this case is a euphemism for tons—the tons of nuts fans delivered to CBS in tribute to the show’s season finale, in which Jake (Ulrich) replied "Nuts!" when New Bern’s commander asked him to surrender. (In World War II, when General MacAuliffe was asked to surrender at the Battle of the Bulge, he simply replied "Nuts!").

And what did CBS do with all those nuts, you ask? They were donated to charities, such as, the Staten Island Project Homefront, which sends supplies to the Armed Forces and City Harvest in New York City.

In a P.S., Tassler wrote, "Please stop sending us nuts."

Update: After this post was initally published, Ulrich issued a statement through his publicist. "I'm so thankful to our fans for not only their passionate support but their tireless efforts to revive our show," it read. "The whole cast and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to be together again and I look forward to the chance to give back to the fans with more of the story that brought us here."

-- Maria Elena Fernandez

(Photo courtesy CBS)

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