April 23rd, 2007

Ask Matt @ TVGuide.com

Although Matt Roush doesn't really tell us anything we don't already know, I thought his answer here was interesting in terms of his changing feelings towards the show. Hopefully, other critics feel the same and that may help the show's chances for a second season.

Question: I was wondering if there was any word yet on whether Jericho has been renewed. I think this show deserves a chance to flourish. I know you are not a huge fan of the show, but I value your opinion and would like to know what you think.— Bridget

Matt Roush: The final word on Jericho probably won't be known until CBS holds its upfront presentation in mid-May. I will tell you that my opinion of the show improved after its return in February, when it became less about SuperJake saving the day and has evolved into a darker, potentially more disturbing post-apocalyptic series about an isolated town making tough choices to allocate limited resources (sort of a Lifeboat-style situation when refugees came to Jericho seeking shelter and supplies). Typically, this creative surge coincided with the show's fall in ratings. Jericho never really recovered from its long hiatus, and coming back in a winter dominated by reality hits probably didn't help. I admit I was surprised that it didn't continue to grow. Jericho's biggest problem is that it airs on such a successful network, one not known for giving marginal performers a long rope, especially when the series is so "off-brand" (in other words, not a procedural crime drama). On the "plus" side, Jericho plays well into CBS' new online initiatives, and you'd think the network would like having at least one cult-type show on the schedule. I hated the show when it premiered, but now I find myself almost rooting for it.

Source. By the way, the CBS upfronts are on Wednesday, May 16. We should know by late morning or early afternoon on the east coast if Jericho has been renewed or cancelled.