Fans Fighting the Battle of 'Jericho'
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM
CBS's cancellation of "Jericho" caused some unexpected fallout. In a fury unseen since the USA Network axed "La Femme Nikita," "Jericho" junkies are on the warpath. Not only have they created a "Jericho Lives" Web site, jericholives.com, they've also launched a NUTS campaign.
Quoting the Web site: "In World War II, when General MacAuliffe was asked to surrender at the Battle of the Bulge, he simply replied, 'NUTS!' In 'Jericho,' the main character, Jake, replied, 'NUTS!' when New Bern's commander asked him to surrender. We're saying N.U.T.S. [Not Understanding Term Surrender] to CBS -- we do not want to surrender our favorite show."
As proof of their determination, fans of the show are sending bulk orders of nuts to the network.
Also feeling the pain was Los Angeles Times reporter Maria Elena Fernandez, who wrote a piece on the show's cancellation that was published last week. Her e-mail bounceback message says it all: "'Jericho' junkies: I admire your passion and appreciate the feedback on my story, but so many of you are contacting me that my inbox is shutting down repeatedly. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE direct your thoughts to the message board next to the 'Jericho' story on www.latimes.com. We appreciate it." -- Tom Gilbert