Saturday, October 13, 2007

Leslie Moonves: Forget Jericho ?

"It is almost impossible to look at the history of this show and deduce that it has been handled anything but badly from the very beginning. Of late CBS has exhibited more poor decision making by placing the summer re-runs on a Friday night where they were almost certain to be preempted by pre-season football. These re-runs were supposed to introduce a whole new audience to the serial drama and the fans told their families, friends and whomever would listen to watch creating a troubling scenario."

"The promotional campaign for the Jericho Season One DVD was no more reassuring for the fans than the summer re-runs. In fact the release day came and went with very little fanfare prompting to ask the Question “Did You Forget Jericho”."

Many thanks to PaintedHors1 for this:

"Overwhelmingly, there is a feeling that CBS is not supporting Jericho. Several reasons were given, including; #1 lack of advertising at the corporate level for the Jericho DVD set. #2, Lack of input and update of materials available on this website (notice the re-airing dates are STILL here, and there has been no input from CBS corporate in regards to new material, direction, etc. #3, no official merchandising for Jericho. #4 will there be anything in way of a media blitz preceeding the start dates for the new episodes?

Taken individually, these are fairly random points of interest, but when you do the math here, it easily adds up to an overall lack of interest. From the very idea of only seven new episodes, which equates to only 1/3rd of a season) to no new corproate statements to Kid Nation having 100% more merchandise available from Jericho, you end up with a pretty dim picture.

It is the obvious offering to give CBS the benefit of the doubt, but considering the reletive comatose nature of the boards since the new episode annoucement, it is our belief that CBS needs to provide some information at this point. Using Nina Tasslers words, we the existing fanbase of been entrusted with the care and upkeep of growing the Jericho fan base and expanding on it. This is great, but with no input from corporate, we have a serious lack of tools available to us in order to proceed. CBS is much more in the catbird seat and could easily advertise Jericho all over the viewing schedule, and this is much more than our collective can achieve. In short, without direct input from CBS, we are spinning our wheels.

The new 7 episodes are most certainly a wonderful thing, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. 7e provides barely enough time to close existing story lines/arcs, and not nearly enough time to complete a new story line. This leads me and others to feel that perhaps this is set up to fail, with CBS now being able to say "see? we told you so".

I think I can comfortably say that we ALL feel differently. I think that it is also safe to say that we need some information and updates, in order to be ready should a media blitz for the 7 new episodes ever actually come. I do not personally feel that we need to know the specific sttart date just yet, but I do think we need to know CBS's advertising plans, so that we; the people the Nina entrusted; can act accordingly.

Please everyone, take this to heart. We are at a point in time here where we have lost steam, and I believe that CBS not only knows this, but expected this. We need to rally, get the intel we need to fight from CBS, and BE READY. Yes they might not have an official start date assigned yet, but even so, if they clue us in just a little bit into what they plan to do, we can ram the show home a lot more successfully than we could without CBS's input.

Please read this everyone. Talk to each other. Post comments here. Offer suggestions and/or additional questions. We need to get motivated and we need to be prepared. Our original effort was truly a wonderful thing in that we DID NOT let up our fight. I think at this time however, the 2nd round could easily be our undoing if we don't get organized NOW."

Friday, October 12, 2007

Hey! Nielsen: Confusing ?

"Everyone knows Nielsen as the company that measures how many people are glued to their TV sets watching news and sitcoms for what is called Fall Sweeps. The numbers can make or break a new show.

With eyeballs increasingly turning to PCs and mobile devices for entertainment and news, Nielsen is boosting its audience measurement services in those areas."

"With a confusing system and a new form of social networking, the right way to go about getting used to Hey! Nielsen is taking one’s time. You step back, view the situation, and based on that engage the new medium with a fresh eye.

But fan movements aren’t about taking their time: for better or for worse, they are about mass movement and mass impact, something rarely associated with stopping to smell the roses. The result was a huge swarm of Jericho and Supernatural fans as they rose to the top of the charts, which is seemingly “good” based on the site’s attempt at measuring fandom. However, it was clear that in the hustle and bustle there had arisen some hard feelings. Jericho and Supernatural fans were labeled “spammers,” flooding the site with too many opinions and only focusing on a single series."

Post here for Jericho

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Survival: Chickens, Gardens, and Teas

"My consulting clients often ask me for advice on their preparedness purchasing programs. Some of the items that I've see them purchase in the name of "preparedness" make me wonder. For example, a family that recently relocated from Michigan to Idaho's Clearwater River Valley purchased matching snowmobiles for every member of the family. But they now live in a climate where in some years they only have snow that "sticks" for two or three weeks. In most years they will have to put their snow machines on trailers to get up to the high country to use them much."

"The bidding is still at $500 in the SurvivalBlog benefit auction, for a scarce pre-1899 antique Finnish M39 Mosin Nagant rifle from my personal collection. This rifle was rebarreled by Valmet during WWII, and is in excellent condition. It comes with a replica bayonet, original sling, and original muzzle cap. Since the receiver for this rifle was made in 1898, it can be mailed directly to the winning bidder's doorstep, with no FFL paperwork! The auction ends on October 15th. Just e-mail us your bid."

Making Teas From Common Plants
Ten Teas From Plants Around You And Their Benefits

Karen Barber, and her chickens, gardens, kids, and quilts

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Jericho: How Do You Watch?

"There's been a lot of debate about how people prefer to get their video fixes and whether or not PC viewing is starting to cannibalize attention to the big screen. Not surprisingly, it varies widely by demo."

"Content remains king in digital age, says CBS chief"

We are striking back against the view that network TV is doomed in the digital age.”

That was the message from CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves at this year's Mipcom in Cannes, where he was named personality of the year.

He told an audience at a packed Salle Lumiere that content remains the critical issue in a digital age.

CBS “drives the global engine….Wireless is useless if you’re hitless,” he said.

On October 15th, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind - the environment. Every blogger will post about the environment in their own way and relating to their own topic. Our aim is to get everyone talking towards a better future.

Blog Action Day is about MASS participation. That means we need you! Here are 3 ways to participate:

* Post on your blog relating to the environment on Blog Action Day
* Donate your day’s earnings to an environmental charity
* Promote Blog Action Day around the web

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Jericho: Must-See-TV ?

" Jericho qualifies as Must-See-TV. I know, that’s an NBC phrase, and Jericho is a CBS series, but I can’t think of any other way to describe it. Kevin and I have been completely engrossed for the past several nights. We are on episode nine, and our sleep patterns are suffering because we can’t just watch one episode in an evening. Thursday night, we put in disc two, intending to watch one episode and then go to bed, and we ended up watching three and not getting to bed until midnight."

Myles does a great job with his Hey Nielsen post. He'll be posting something every day this week. Great article.

"One of the problems that Hey! Nielsen faces is that the fans who reach the site are almost all primarily arriving via other forms of social networking: Message Boards, MySpace, LiveJournal, etc. The problem is that many of these people, then, are used to the systems already in place, and a whole new interface (And a confusing one: opinions, ratings, comments are all unique measurements to the site, as we’ll get to tomorrow) is nearly impossible to understand immediately."

"ABC, Others Rush to Put Shows Online, but Their Delivery Methods Vary"

"The hottest gadgets around these days include iPods, high-definition flat-screen TVs and digital video recorders. Eager to keep up, the broadcast networks have all launched their own online video viewers to reach that growing audience that's at ease watching video not on their TV sets."

Monday, October 8, 2007

Jericho: CBS Promotional Efforts

Terocious of Jericho Junction has taken on a task that he needs help with from everyone.

"I think we should document how CBS has not lived up to its end of the bargain.

I plan to start looking for the threads where we have been posting sightings of promotional efforts on the part of the network. I know there have been several. If you authored one of them or know where any are please post them here.

Any other data in this regard would be good as well. If there are articles where CBS made promises that would be great. Whatever you think of post it here and I will go through it.

Then I will collate it all into one Junction post we can digg and get out there into the world for all to see."

You can also leave a comment for Terocious here in the Comments section. Thanks.

Cultural Learnings Presents:

Sound Off! Week: Jericho and Supernatural Fans on ‘Hey! Nielsen’


* The Problem of Points of Origin


* Hey! Nielsen: A Land of Confusion


* The Spamming Question


* Does Hey! Nielsen impact television REALLY?


* Suggestions on Improving Hey! Nielsen