Jericho, one of the best dramas (a dying genre on American Networks) to grace television since the advent of Reality TV has been cancelled again thanks to the overwhelming stupidity of CBS. Apparently a 6.8 million viewer low in the Nielsen ratings is not good enough for them so they decided to pull the plug on what is easily the best drama to grace TV in years. Well that’s it I’m giving up on U.S TV and going back to anime full stop again, just like I did 6-7 years ago (they aren’t going to waste my time anymore by leading me on and cancelling my favourite shows like The Boondocks and now Jericho. I mean what’s next, is South Park going to get cancelled after the next episode?) since at least if recent anime isn’t quite as good as I found Jericho there’s like a 99% less chance of any given anime series getting cancelled out of the blue (I mean they still cancel shows, but not when they actually have decent ratings, which CBS even admitted too with Jericho). Here’s to more reality TV and crappy gameshows like Deal or No Deal then (note that I love game shows like Jeopardy, The Price Is Right and Lingo, but not ones where the viewer isn’t challenged in any way other than to pick a suitcase next to a model and hope to get lucky). That’s what networks want right? I say this because Jericho has overwhelming fan support so it doesn’t make any sense to cancel it again.
As it stands tonight is somehow supposed to be the final episode and if people felt Clannad’s ending was abrupt and it didn’t get it’s due, I guarantee this is going to make it look refined by comparison. I don’t see how this could possibly work. There are still so many plotlines going and there’s no way to bring about a satisfying conclusion in less than 45 minutes. Some of the producers of the show are trying to get it off of CBS for renewal though, but it’s going to be tricky getting everything, the actors, the set, the budget to fall into place. Still this is as good an idea as any because the networks are crap honestly and killed the show like they always do, a bad timeslot and ratings thresholds that are impossible for the show to attain and onto the Sci-Fi channel. I’m sure Sci-Fi would be glad to have such an amazing show and it’s audience.
I had really thought that American TV had gotten it’s act together in recent years and that I didn’t need to look at anime as an escape anymore and that both American and Japanese TV could share equally in my time and adoration, but I guess I was wrong. Well at least Code Geass starts up again in less than 2 weeks so that can help soothe the pain of being used and abused again by my own regions stupid media practices.