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Journeyman fans start a Rice-A-Roni campaign

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 14th 2007 1:29PM

JourneymanI think Jericho fans opened up a Pandora's Box.

Months after that show's fans got CBS to reconsider their cancellation by sending tons of nuts to the network (inspired by a line Skeet Ulrich said in the final episode), Journeyman fans have started a campaign to send boxes of Rice-A-Roni to NBC in hopes of getting them to change their mind (the show hasn't been "officially" canceled, but it doesn't look good).

If you haven't watched the show before, the reason why fans are doing this is because in one episode, our hero Dan Vasser went back in time to 1987 and got trapped in a giant box of Rice-A-Roni.

OK, that's not true at all. Fans picked Rice-A-Roni, "the San Francisco Treat," because the show is set in San Francisco.

I like Journeyman. It certainly deserves to see another season more than other NBC shows, such as Bionic Woman, The Apprentice, or Deal Or No Deal. I wonder though if these quirky "save our show" mail campaigns will become predictable and passe' and the networks won't give them any real attention. Maybe the Jericho campaign was just the right time, the right place, and the right network.

I would advise anyone who likes The Biggest Loser to mail buckets of fat to NBC if they ever cancel that show.

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Give credit where credit is due. It was Farscape fans that first created this kind of campaign, sending in crackers after an episode called "Crackers Don't Matter." The campaign eventually convinced the Sci-fi Channel to accept a 4 hour mini-series to wrap up the storyline.

Too bad that smart shows like Journeyman get dumped before they get a chance. Shows that turned out to be monster hits like West Wing, Cheers, The Office, 30 Rock, and more had horrible initial ratings, but someone had the foresight to see past that.

February 28 2008 at 11:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Journeyman is a good series but I guess the network are just looking for rating reality shows. Makes you wonder about the mentality that kept Jerry Springer show on for so long.

December 20 2007 at 2:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Also remember to tune in tonight's the last episode. 10 PM!

December 19 2007 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There are indications that NBC is taking note of the campaign. So keep the efforts up.

December 19 2007 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't think Jericho fans were the first to ever send in food items or other such things to try and save a show. Fan campaigns like this have been going on for years. It's nothing new. Sometimes it works, other times it doesn't. Ultimately, I think the networks will do whatever they want, regardless of the fan outcry.

December 19 2007 at 12:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In addition to the Rice-A-Roni campaign, there is an online petition that has already over 5000 signatures. The deadline for signing it is the 19th:


Also there is talk of planning a download day of episodes from Amazon.

p.s. For details on the Rice-A-Roni campaign:




December 16 2007 at 6:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dana J Adams

Ok rice a roni,I thought we should send them old cell phones,which they could donate to that charity I saw on tv looking for old,still functional phones for low income groups.At least I'm pretty sure there is such an organization.Journeyman is pretty much the only thing I watch on NBC,and is the most anticipated by me each week.I love this show and can accept that sometimes it doesn't make as much sense as it could.They spend a little more time on charactarization than on the science.
Dan's trips show that one man can make a difference,even if there is no as Ray Bradbury put it,"A Sound OF Thunder"(I think that's the correct title)

December 16 2007 at 12:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jericho had much higher ratings that journeyman had -- so they can send as much rice a roni as they want -- it won't make a difference. It unfortuanely had the best time slot that NBC has to offer -- after heroes and lost over half the audience.

December 16 2007 at 1:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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And that time slot is exactly what has done Journeyman's ratings the most damage. NBC keeps assuming that anything they put after Heroes should automatically be able to hold the lead-in audience, and if it doesn't, it must be the fault of the program itself, rather than the networks general ignorance of the kind of viewers their programs attract. You cannot put a serious drama after a flashy, live-action cartoon and expect the same audience to hang around. NBC has killed many a good show with just plain terrible scheduling decisions like this. If anything, Bionic Woman should have followed Heroes.

And it doesn't help that Journeyman, their most promising new program, got none of the perks of being repeated on other stations on other days and didn't get anywhere near the same level of promotion.

December 19 2007 at 4:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was part of the NUTS campaign to CBS to bring back Jericho. There were many aspects to the campaign that brought it back, the nuts was the aspect that stood out in news stories. However, it was a very well designed, executed and elaborate plan with multiple layers. The fans were organized, relentless, but most importantly, POLITE. We articulated ourselves clearly and professionally. Our fanbase is educated, modern and a little older -- but not a bunch of fanatics or geeks. We had accountants, lawyers, doctors, teachers, college students and professors. I think CBS respected out tenacity and that we were NOT GOING AWAY. They thought it would die down, but we kept getting stronger. We were in it for the long haul. Our campaign was about far more than one show. We were fighting for quality tv, and respect for the fans. Now, we fight for the writers of tv and movies. And so we have sent over 200,000 pencils to the networks to tell them that we support the writers.

December 15 2007 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In the same sort of vein as Journeyman - Does anyone have the scuttlebut on the movie "Jumper"?

December 14 2007 at 9:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Akbar Fazil

other than it comes out on 2/14 and it looks to be an interesting little scifi film not much else do I know BSG. Ive got the first book waiting to be read but after hearing the film changes a bit (with the authors approval iirc) I am going to wait to read until after i've seen the film.

December 15 2007 at 12:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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