Jericho, canceled by CBS for a second time a few weeks ago, is yet again showing signs of life. CBS Paramount Network Television, which owns the show, is talking to Comcast about a partnership deal in which the show would air first on Comcast, later on CBS. (NBC last month saved another cult favorite with marginal ratings, Friday Night Lights, by striking a similar deal with Direct TV.)
And of course Jericho's few but fierce fans -- who revived the show from a 2007 cancellation by shipping 20 tons of nuts to CBS -- are at it again. Not only are they once again sending out nuts (this time to Nielsen, to protest what they say are flaws in its rating system, and to TV critics, because they cynically but not entirely unrealistically think we're amenable to graft), but they're raising money for full page ads in trade papers like Variety and Hollywood Reporter.
Their canniest move of all may have been buying DVDs of the show and shipping them to U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. CBS programming chief Nina Tassler is a tough cookie, but I think a couple of angry divisions of Marines camped outside her office might scare her more even than her legendary flesh-eating boss Les Moonves.