'Jericho' Nuts Pelting Critics
July 17, 2007 4:39 PM
“I understand you will be out in California for the press tour. The fans are working VERY hard to recruit new viewers and we are always interested in any new information that can help our cause. … If you learn anything new or can talk/write about JERICHO to keep it in the forefront, the fans would be EXTREMELY grateful!!”
Critics are receiving e-mails like this from “Jericho” fans, the sort of politely worded yet fiercely annoying dispatches usually reserved for television executives.
The successful fan campaign to renew the show, which included sending thousands of pounds of nuts to CBS, seems to be entering a new phase.
The critics assume a fan site published a list of reporter e-mail addresses, and they are not amused.
“We are TV critics,” a critic says he wrote to one e-mailer. “We are not part of your campaign. You are making a serious miscalculation.”
“You’re responding?” another critic asks. “You shouldn’t respond.
“We need to give CBS hell for encouraging these people.”
UPDATE: Emails abruptly ceased yesterday afternoon. Unlike TV executives, critics write back.