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Why doesn't Jericho have an online storyline?

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 4th 2006 3:16PM

JerichoWhen Jericho debuted on CBS earlier this fall, one of the big selling points was the plan to have a separate storyline on the network's web site. It would be actual scenes shot with the cast but shown online only, and they would beef up the subplots. This hasn't happened yet. There is a lot of online-only content at the site (including video about what would happen if a real attack happened, interviews, etc), but the additional storyline idea was canceled.

CBS public relations spokesman Chris Ender tells The Washington Post that they had planned to do the online content but had to pull back because of "ongoing media issues" with the Guilds, including the Writer's Guild. This has been a problem for a few years now, as writers and producers and directors want additional money and/or rights for stuff that is put on the web.

They could have put the stuff online at the Jericho site, but writers and producers decided not to go against the union. But I wonder how this would change the way stories are told. What about people who watch the show but don't go online? Sure, "what they don't know can't hurt them," but I wonder if writers and producers and directors will start putting more and more time and energy and ideas into online-only content and taking it away from the TV storyline. I mean, if you're going to write the story, have it all on television. The fact that there are additional scenes and plots online that aren't just "extras" but part of the story seems like the story itself isn't the important thing, it's the cool cross-promotion that the nets can now do online and elsewhere.

[via TV Tattle]

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I'm not sure I like the idea of having extra stuff going on separate from the show. It is something to think about but...

If we all liked the same things life would get boring. I really like Jericho and feel that it keeps getting better with each episode.

December 04 2006 at 8:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd like to see Bloopers!! :)

December 04 2006 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They did put the first "Beyond Jericho" episode up but it was awful. I've seen better writing, production values, and acting on cable access shows, and the storyline had absolutely no connection to the TV show. Perhaps CBS did pull the series because of the guilds but my tinhat side thinks they pulled it because it was simply so very, very bad.

December 04 2006 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They did have content on after the first episode. It sucked and in no way contributed to the storyline. It did show people digging out of the rubble under a city street, and you could see how devastated the city was, but it was awful acting. Why don't they just show extended scenes that are cut from actual filming? You can't tell me everything that is on in the hour is from the original filming of the show. They surely edit out some fun bits that could be shown online; how would that be affected by the writers guild?

December 04 2006 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You know how LOST is showing clips of upcoming eps during DAY BREAK? Why not just put the mini-films on during JERHICO's hiatus? That way, the writers and directors would get paid, and fans would have something to tide them over while they wait for new episodes.

December 04 2006 at 4:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My question is why are ppl still watching this show. AM i missing somthing or do i just have bad taste in t.v.?

December 04 2006 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Because it would probably be all the stupid soap opera subplots no one cares about.

OMG Heather likes Jake but Emily likes Roger and Jake .. who gives a shit.

December 04 2006 at 4:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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