Saturday, July 7, 2007

Jericho, Ratings, and iTunes

Did you see Jericho last night? I was happy to see it again because it felt like home. When some of the cast and crew posted messages on the CBS board during the campaign they became more real for us. As I watched last night I realized things about the characters that I had missed the first time around. For instance, I loved the scene where Jake spots Emily then she looks up and sees him. He's been gone 5 years you know. Here's Jake telling various people that he's been in the Army or playing baseball yet Emily sees right through him when he tries to tell her where he's been. You can also see she's glad when Jake tells her he has no special someone in his life. What a scene!

My other favorite scene was when Hawkins appeared. He announces that he was a cop in St. Louis. Okay, is that true? He sure seems to know more than he's saying, huh? Hawkins, I think, has many more stories to tell.

Speaking of stories, the ratings are in from zap2it for last night. These ratings do not yet count the people who taped the show and will watch within three days. Jericho did win its timeslot which means it was the most watched show at 9 p.m. Jericho had 4.47 million viewers. This is down from 11.8 million who watched the original pilot episode. Jericho was second in the 18-49 group but, as we read in AdAge, CBS' median age of viewers is 54. For more good news, bad news read this:
We'll have more numbers once the three day ratings are in.

Oh, here's something you might use to get other folks interested in the show. Get the Pilot episode free at iTunes.


I remain optimistic and will continue to interest new viewers.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Jericho Is Back: Now What?

It was truly amazing to watch Jericho tonight. The cast felt like friends and family and the old adrenaline rush came back. What a great show! So, what do we do now? Here are some updates:

Live Chat Tonight:



Is everyone ready to show the advertisers in a subtle, effective way that we noticed their commercial and it has made a difference?
Here is the plan and we'd love your participation.


NEW VIDEOS Learn how fans saved Jericho with 20 tons of peanuts and get Skeet’s reactions. More embed videos to follow


More tomorrow.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Jake, Emily, and Heather In Jericho

It's almost time for the return of Jericho. Fri. night at 9 p.m. on CBS.
We all know Jericho is full of action, suspense, mystery, family and community but what's a Jericho without some love and romance? For that we have Jake, Emily, and Heather.

I've been a big fan of Jake/Emily from the beginning but some fans are just as passionate about Jake/Heather. You'll have to decide for yourself but here's some information on Emily (Ashley Scott) and Heather (Sprague Grayden).

Emily grew up in Jericho and is the daughter of Jonah Prowse (James Remar) who believes in taking advantage of every situation to better himself financially. Emily's mother is dead and her younger brother was killed in a botched robbery attempt. Interesting that Jake left town right after her brother died. See, Emily and Jake were romantically involved at one time and you'll learn more about that as you watch more episodes.

Emily is a school teacher and she and her father don't speak although he very much wants to make up with her. After Jake left town, Emily met and became engaged to Roger (Christopher Wiehl). She was planning the wedding with her best friend and soon to be Maid of Honor, Heather, when the explosion happened. Emily believes Roger to be dead. Meanwhile, Jake meets Heather,sparks fly, but I never felt he and Heather had the chemistry he and Emily had.

Heather is also a teacher and she moved to Jericho from New Bern. She can repair cars and do all sorts of things much like Jake can. Where'd she learn that? It's obvious that she wants Jake but I'm not so sure Jake has let Emily go.

Will it be Emily, Heather, or someone else? What about Roger? One thing is for sure- there is no sure thing in Jericho.





Wednesday, July 4, 2007

The Greens Of Jericho

In an earlier blog I wrote about Skeet Ulrich who portrays Jake Green. Now, here's Jake's family.

Johnston Green ( played by Gerald McRaney) is married to Gail ( played by Pamela Reed). They have 2 sons: Jake and Eric. ( Skeet Ulrich and Kenneth Mitchell).

Johnston has been the mayor of Jericho for 25 years. He is devoted to his family and the town. We're not told much about Johnston but we do know he was once a U.S. Army Ranger. We can read between the lines and realize that there have been times when Johnston put the town's welfare above his family.

After the explosion Johnston leads the town's efforts to work together and to figure out what has happened. He has a rival in Gray Anderson ( Michael Gaston) who questions Johnston's leadership abilities. Gray wants to be mayor obviously. Will he succeed?

Gail Green reminds me of an updated version of June Cleaver. Remember "Leave It To Beaver?" She's a loving wife and mother with strong opinions. She and Johnston make a perfect match. He may be the boss at work but Gail definitely runs the household. She is also well respected in the community.

Eric is the youngest son of Johnston and Gail. Unlike Jake, Eric does as his parents expect him to do. He is married to April ( Darby Stanchfield) who is a doctor. We don't know much about April as she doesn't talk about her family. We aren't told how she met Eric either.

Johnston and Gail are not happy when they discover that Eric is having an affair with tavern owner Mary Bailey ( Clare Carey). We don't know much about Mary. We just know that she and Eric are in love and Mary thinks Eric will leave April for her. Gail Green makes it clear that she is not happy about the affair.

Will Eric leave April for Mary? When will April learn of the affair and what will she do? Will Jake get back in his father's good graces?

To Be Continued.....






Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Who Is Molly Crane?

Happy 4th to everyone! Since it is Independence Day I am declaring my independence to take a break and write about something that isn't Jericho related.

I recently had the great fortune of stumbling upon a blog that absolutely takes my breath away. I've seen beautiful blogs, helpful blogs, humorous blogs, and many other kinds in between. It is extremely rare that I return to a blog unless there's information I need or an author I've grown attached to for some reason. Here is the exception.

Please don't ask me to explain my fascination with this blog because I cannot. The Diary of Molly Crane is unlike anything I've ever read and that's saying a lot. I have been reading for many, many years so I've read thousands of books. Usually, I never read a book twice. Perhaps the appeal of Molly's diary is in the illusiveness of Molly herself. She's a person/character I'd desperately like to know but feel I never will.

Molly tells her readers, upfront, that she may or may not be a real person. It's left up to the reader to decide. Perhaps it depends upon one's perception of reality. It feels, at times, that I'm trying to grab an apparition.

Another part of the appeal of this diary is the emotion inherent in it. Molly experiences abandonment, pain, disillusionment, guilt, and a tortured unhappiness yet she can become excited about a new puppy.

I am not going to tell you more because I encourage you to read it for yourself. Please read from the beginning. Perhaps you will not experience the powerful attraction of her words as I do but I expect you will. I am attracted to Molly's diary in a way that is beyond my ability to explain. It draws me in, lets me go, then pulls me back to reread it again and again.

Molly, I thank you for this experience. Real or not matters nothing to me. What matters is that you sweep me away with your words. I thank you.


Monday, July 2, 2007

Calling All Bloggers: BlogCatalog Needs Our Help

I hope everyone will join in for this on July 18.

In May, BlogCatalog helped more than 1,000 students get the school books, supplies, and resources they needed for their classrooms. Amazing!

Since then, the BlogCatalog team has been busy looking for a way to pull the community together again to launch an awareness campaign that will be heard around the world. It’s the BlogCatalog Community Organ Donor Awareness Campaign.

Why organ donation? In Australia, more than 1,700 people are waiting for organ transplants. In Latin America, more than 50,000. In Europe and the United States, more than 170,000. In China, more than 2 million. In Africa, there isn’t enough organization to really know. Without an organ transplant, these people will die.

Organ donation is a gift of life. On July 18, let’s all come together again and raise awareness about organ donation and the good it can do. If everyone blogs about organ donation, no matter what country you live in, we can save lives! It’s easy and we can also prove that bloggers can do good at the same time!

If you live in the United States, all you have to do is link to OrganDonor.gov. (http://www.organdonor.gov/donor/index.htm), UNOS (http://www.unos.org/), or MatchingDonors.com (http://matchingdonors.com). If your country has an online organ donation site, please add it to this bulletin so BlogCatalog members in your country can promote it too or visit the British Organ Donor Society for known worldwide links (http://body.orpheusweb.co.uk/lnks.html).

On Wednesday, July 18, write a blog post asking all your readers to sign up as organ donors. Your blog post should:

• Have the title “BlogCatalog Community Organ Donation Awareness Campaign” (or some variation)

• Explain the importance of organ donation and how it is a gift of life.

• Link to one (or all three) of the sites above or the most suitable site for your country.

• And add a link to our BlogCatalog Community Organ Donation Awareness Campaign page so we can give you and your blog credit for being part of it.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to tony@blogcatalog.com . We will also be posting some ideas that you can use to tell your story about how organ donation is a gift of life! And please, don’t forget to tell your friends to blog about this too. Together, I know we can raise awareness about organ donation!

Jericho And Elvis

The discussion has been raging since Saturday when Rich at Copywrite Ink wrote an article titled " Embracing Jericho Fans: CBS". The article, about a fan club for Jericho fans, covers the subjects of organizing, creating a name and bylaws, electing interim officers, legalities, and creating a community. Now Rich has no interest in a fan club but he does know what is involved so he was just making suggestions as to what someone/whomever would need to know to get one rolling.
It seems some people took offense and it quickly became a debate between some. Do we want a fan club? Who controls the money? Should it be official?

I have tried to remain clear of these types of debates but I love Jericho so I'm going to comment here and now. It probably won't make any difference but I'll feel better. I hate to see a discussion go from heated to accusatory to threatening.

First, what is our goal? To get more people to watch Jericho. Will a fan club help us reach our goal? No because the fan club isn't ready to get to work and Jericho will be back on our screens in five days.
Secondly, if I'm not putting my money into a fan club then why would I care who takes care of handling the money?
Third, if someone starts a fan club I have the option of joining or not. If I want to join but don't like the way it's being run then no one can force me to join.

When I was a teenager I read all the movie star magazines which always listed fan clubs. You sent the club a SASE and your money. In return you'd get a membership card, maybe a picture, and a trinket. There was no internet so you never got to chat with other fans. Of course, my true love was Elvis. Did you know there are over 500 official Elvis fan clubs today? There are clubs in 44 states and 45 countries. Now that's a lot of fans!

I would guess that if Elvis could be on TV today those fans could show the Nielsen's a thing or two. Elvis isn't here but Jericho is and it will take more than a fan club to make sure it gets more seasons. Whether a fan club is established or not, whether I join or not will not bring one new viewer to the TV screen. Debate about a fan club is fine but we must focus. We need new viewers and a lot of them. I don't think we will find them at CBS where people seem to be interested only in debating fan club issues.

Elvis has left the building but Jericho hasn't. Let's keep it that way. Please.