Jericho cancellation the fault of CBS?
There has been an awful lot of talk about CBS canceling Jericho. Over at Observer-reporter.com, they've taken a hard line and decided the fault lays squarely at the feet of the network itself.
Jericho was one of the few new dramas that finished out the season. Heavy duty serials like The Nine, Vanished and Kidnapped were all cut short before reaching their finale. I, myself, was a fan of Jericho, but even I knew it's chances of renewal were slim. Personally, I feel that if the show had revealed some of it's secrets a little earlier, more viewers may have stuck around.
The big question, however, is whether or not the networks need to make a change. It's clear that they won't put their faith in their serials any time soon and it's even more clear that TV watchers refuse to get invested in a show when it has such a good chance of getting the axe.
So what is the answer? My opinion is that the networks should try out the British model for some of their shows. Pick one or two series that have a limited chance of success and commit to one season with a definitive ending. If it catches fire, great; keep producing the show and get rich. If not, let the show finish out the story on Saturday nights, so what few fans it has can TiVo it at their leisure. Any other ideas?