Sunday, September 30, 2007

HeyNielsen: Buzz Or Metric

Rich of Copywrite Ink discusses HeyNielsen with comments on Jericho.

"It took less than a day for fans to see what Hey! Nielsen really is — a social network that asks “users” (a word that is well past its prime) to pile into the school gymnasium and have a shouting match. Those with the biggest lungs win. And those with the most outrageous comments get the most attention."

"Hey! Nielsen--What's the Metric?"

"Moreover, the Hey! Nielsen Score is somewhat opaque - we're not sure what's going into it or how it's quantified and weighted to come up with a single number, something that Nielsen addresses somewhat sarcastically on the site. I actually don't think the site is about that one number or the rankings within the different categories."

"One Week Later: Hey! Nielsen Reflections"

"The difference between opinions, comments and ratings within the system has never been well explained, and is not a distinction that is able to be easily translated to fanbases eager to express their support for their show of choice."

"Nielsen Media Research said Thursday that it will consider whether to spike the new ratings rule that this week will allow NBC to add to its "Heroes" audience without reporting an hour in primetime.

When the change took effect Monday with the new TV season, some in the network business cried foul over the fact that NBC would be able to add the unduplicated audience from Saturday's exact replay of "Heroes" to the Monday ratings. The outcry wasn't so much about NBC taking advantage of the rule change but instead that the move would throw the Nielsen daily and weekly programming ratings into question and rate NBC this week on a less-than-22-hour primetime week."

"Ratings, Kid Nation and Jericho"
by Amy Vernon
"Let’s face it. There’s more than enough “reality” television out there. OK, I’m willing to let Kid Nation run a couple more weeks, give it time to get traction. But if Kid Nation can’t survive with all the buzz there was out there for it, let’s bring back Jericho before all its buzz starts to dissipate and fade away."

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Jericho, Moonves, and A Chicken

Rich of Copywrite Ink does a great job with this article.

“I do not think CBS even has people in place to evaluate and determine whether or not an opportunity is good for them,” commented Jericho fan blogger Terocious in response to our Tuesday post. “I think the company's success with new media must be coming from a small minority within the company who sees the possibilities and is pushing for them.”

"CEO Les Moonves held court at the Merrill Lynch Fall Media Preview last week. Let's review some interesting highlights."

"Last Chance for Animals (LCA), one of the nation's leading animal rights organizations with over 100,000 members, today strongly criticized CBS for staging the killing of a chicken for entertainment. CBS set up the brutal killing for the September 26 episode of its television show "Kid Nation." LCA also questioned the website YouTube's policy allowing the posting of this video and others promoting animal cruelty."

Jericho: CBS Mischief Makers

Friday, September 28, 2007

CBS: Falling Down On the Job

For CBS Chat/Message Board problems:

From the CBS Sportsline site, taken from the contact page...

telephone: 954 351 2120

2200 West Cypress Creek Road
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309


These are your contacts for, write, email...make yourself heard.

I sure hope CBS will do something like this when Jericho returns!!!!!!!!

"Spooky Frost Promotes CBS Vampire Show
Open the Supermarket Freezer Door, 'Moonlight' Ad Appears"

"After touching down at the supermarket deli, CBS is moving to the frozen-foods section. The Tiffany network's latest promo for its fall schedule involves frosting the doors of freezers with images for its vampire drama, "Moonlight."

Thanks to a technique CBS calls Visual Ice, shoppers will see the name of the series and its premiere date, which is Friday, on the door of a supermarket freezer. When the door is opened, the image of a moon and the lead character, Alex, become visible."

"I've heard of spin doctoring, but this is simply amazing, or maybe pathetic. I just got a press release from CBS bragging that Wednesday's Kid Nation was the second most watched show of the night among children aged 2 to 11. By next week, CBS will be boasting it was first among parakeets and second among household pets overall."

"ABC's spinoff "Private Practice" and NBC's "Bionic Woman" debuted strong in Wednesday's primetime, with "Bionic" so far the top new drama on TV, while CBS' "Kid Nation" faltered in its second week."

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Bloggers Unite: Elder Abuse

Margie: Edna, I was just reading this old magazine article about elder abuse. Did you know that every year about 2.1 million older Americans are victims of some type of abuse or neglect?

Edna: That's horrible, Margie. Why would anyone want to abuse their elders?

Margie: It says here that some are abused because someone wants their money or property. It can also be something as simple as leaving the elderly person alone with nothing to eat. Edna, we may not have children but children are sometimes the most verbally abusive to an elder person. That's just not right is it?

Edna: No, it's not right. That shouldn't happen to anyone. How awful that someone who loves you and is supposed to take care of you could treat you like that. If someone realizes that it's happening to them, what can they do?

Margie: Read this and you'll find your answer.

Elder abuse is doing something or failing to do something that results in harm to an elderly person or puts a helpless older person at risk of harm. This includes

* Physical, sexual and emotional abuse
* Neglecting or deserting an older person you are responsible for
* Taking or misusing an elderly person's money or property

"Every year an estimated 2.1 million older Americans are victims of physical, psychological, or other forms of abuse and neglect. Those statistics may not tell the whole story. For every case of elder abuse and neglect that is reported to authorities, experts estimate that there may be as many as five cases that have not been reported. Recent research suggests that elders who have been abused tend to die earlier than those who are not abused, even in the absence of chronic conditions or life threatening disease."

** Every nursing home has an Ombudsman who will objectively investigate and resolve complaints and concerns made by, or on behalf of, residents in long-term care facilities. They protect the rights of all nursing home residents.**

National Center on Elder Abuse for data, fact sheets, and other information on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in the U.S.
# The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life for information on coordinating elder abuse prevention efforts with domestic violence and sexual assault programs
# Eldercare Locator to contact your local area agency on agency about volunteering to call or visit an isolated senior.

CANE is the Nation's largest computerized collection of elder abuse resources and materials.

You can support National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse important work by making a donation. Your contribution will help us:

* Explore the nature and extent of the problem and promising approaches to preventing it
* Increase recognition by policy-makers, professionals, and the public about elder abuse and the need for new services and public policy
* Maintain and improve our website
* Support our affiliates in building grassroots, local coalitions to meet local needs
* Provide leadership in advocating for change at the national and international levels

Send your donation to:

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National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
1612 K Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20006

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Ask Margie and Edna

Dear Margie and Edna:

I hear Katie is almost out the door at CBS. I hear they are going to offer you two her position as anchor ladies. Hope you accept. You do so well in reporting the news. The ratings would soar.

Margie: Well, aren't you the sweetest thing? I believe they only need one anchor lady and I am far more qualified than poor Edna. She has that speech impediment you know. It's called forked tongue. I will let you know when CBS calls me.

Edna: Margie, I swear, you are such an ingrate. The moment even the hint of fame comes calling, you throw your beloved sister out the window. Fine, well you just try and tackle that big job all by yourself--poor Katie couldn't do it on her own, what makes you think you can? Go ahead and take the job, CBS will see that they got the less photogenic sister as soon as they take one look at you.


Dear Margie and Edna,

I never thought it could happen to me...I'm a student at a small midwestern college....oh wait...sorry, that's my letter to the "Penthouse Forum"

What I wanted to ask you ladies is this...seeing as how the former Mayor Green has become a casualty in our war with New you think it would be tacky if I asked Gail if I could have his hat?

Sincerely, Bare-headed in Jericho

Margie: Penthouse? That's Edna's favorite. Oh, my stars, I got distracted. Poor Mayor Green was a good man. I don't think it would be tacky to ask her but are you sure you want it? I mean he did sweat a lot and the hat may not smell too good. I suggest you tell her you have a special cleaning solution for the hat. Take it with you and try to avoid seeing her after that.

Edna: Margie, that shows how much you know about things: Penthouse is one of those smutty men’s magazines, and is certainly nothing any respectable lady would have anything to do with. I do, however, have fond memories of the penthouse at the top of the Jericho Hotel, before it burned down back in ’47. My, the stories that room could tell…but I digress.

Young man, you absolutely should not ask for poor Johnston’s hat, that would be the ultimate in tacky, not to mention just plain rude! If anyone should have that hat, it’s Eric or Jake. You just ignore my sister’s bad advice, and listen to me; you’ll be glad you did. Besides, if you really want a new hat, you should go see what that Dale has to offer at his trading post. I’m sure he’d be willing to set you up with a real nice hat, as long as you have something valuable to trade. Like a kidney. Or your farm.


Dear Margie and Edna,

My husband is jealous that I have been looking at pictures of guys in towels. Please help.

-Skeet Treat Addict-

Margie: Well honey, if the towels are a problem, find a picture of guys without them.

Edna: Dear, I don’t know who this “Skeet” is, but if your husband is jealous, maybe you should suggest that he start wearing more towels around the house. You can always just imagine that he’s this Skeet person. And if that doesn’t work, maybe you just shouldn’t tell your husband about your little addiction. I always found that my marriages worked better with a little mystery, if you know what I mean.


Send your questions for Margie and Edna to

The Jericho Impact

Jake Green says, " I'll show you impact."

"Online impact is a factor in series planning"

" “The ability to maintain a strong online presence is now critical to getting a series picked up as well as its long-term viability,” says Jeffrey Stepakoff, author of TV memoir Billion Dollar Kiss: The Kiss That Saved Dawson’s Creek And Other Adventures in TV Writing and a former writer on Dawson’s, one of the first series to interact with fans online.

“TV shows were picked up this season specifically for how well they could be repurposed and expanded on the Internet,” he says.

“Many of these shows have entire narrative worlds which exist between episodes on television. Look at Jericho. And these shows drive huge amounts of traffic to the parent sites.”

"Nielsen launches fans forum
Online social network geared to TV, film fans"
From Variety

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Jericho: Firefly to Veronica Mars

" How To Advocate For A Threatened TV Show"

"Plenty of TV shows get canceled. Some of those have an incredibly loyal fanbase who, upon announcement of a show’s impending doom, leap into action to try to rescue the show. This almost never happens, and can be a lot of wasted energy. After all, it’s only a TV show. Popular examples include Jericho, Firefly and My So-Called Life.

Jericho is a rare, partial exception to the ‘dead show walking’ syndrome."

"Hey! Nielsen: Giving Voice to Internet Fandom"

"Users are able to do three things:

* Post their own opinions about TV Shows, Movies, Celebrities, Music and Internet sites like Jericho Monster or TelevisionWithoutPity.
* React to other people’s opinions and post comments about their agreement/disagreement.
* Rate each TV Show/Movie/etc. based on their own preference so people can view their profile and get an idea of their personal taste."

Vote For JerichoMonster

Please use the blue box or vote won't count.

All Bloggers:
If you have a blog you can register at BlogCatalog and receive a lot of traffic. It's fun and there's always something going on. After you register you can go to Groups and look for Monster.

Fans. From Firefly and Jericho to Star Trek and Veronica Mars. Sometimes they are instrumental in driving shows to the top of the pack and other times they become monsters that send 40,000 pounds of nuts. This group explores it all.

Monday, September 24, 2007

CBS: Fall Schedule and Cane

"Cuban-Americans have a special interest in new CBS series 'Cane'"


"Nielsen is finally jumping aboard the buzz train.

The company has just sent us a beta invitation to Hey! Nielsen, a very late attempt to lavish in the data that MySpace and Facebook are swimming in."

"Prime-time schedule for fall TV viewing"

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Veronica Mars: Hot Campaign

"Making The Grade: Veronica Mars"
by Rich of Copywrite Ink:

"Collectively, while the outcome is anybody’s guess, Veronica Mars fans have a lot working in their favor. Here is a hot list of things they are doing right:

• They have established a centralized group that remains largely positive.
• They have designated smaller groups, each focusing on slightly different promotional efforts or social networks with informal leaders to provide direction.
• They welcome new Web masters and encourage them to promote specific goals.
• They have established clearly defined primary goals: engage existing fans (some who have become active supporters) and find new fans (loaning personal DVD sets when they have to) with the focus on supporting a movie.
• They have established secondary goals such as encouraging Warner Brothers to put the show into syndication and promoting DVD sales.
• They have a consistent message. Each participant responded separately, but they all had very similar answers. Their message sticks.
• They have remained courteous and supportive of the cast and crew, even going so far as to promote other ventures.
• They have remained courteous and supportive of each other and have fun."

Veronica Mars links:

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Hey Nielsen Opens Monday

"Nielsen: Broadcast Plugs Up; Cable Down"

"Nielsen plans more electronic meters"

"Nielsen Co. plans to introduce electronic 'local people meters' to 38 more markets by 2011, bringing the total to 56, or about 70 percent of U.S. households, the media researcher said Thursday."

Hey Nielsen!

is a new online community that launches Monday from a somewhat unexpected player – The Nielsen Company – best known for its research reports and statistics like the Nielsen NetRatings. However, once you take a look at the site, it’s pretty clear how the service fits into the company’s main business, and it’s an interesting play.

Coming Monday!

"Nielsen switches San Antonio to electronic TV ratings system"

"Nielsen Not Real Pleased With Bill O'Reilly"

Friday, September 21, 2007

CBS: Where Do They Go From Here?

"One of these days, maybe not tomorrow, next week or next month, but perhaps by next year, I believe Nielsen will be forced into consolidated ratings instead of breaking out that which is available only via cable or satellite separately from broadcast."

"CBS aims to be the talk of the Web"

"Instead of limiting their shows and other online video to, the network is letting them couple with any website that people might visit.

"CBS is all about open, nonexclusive, multiple partnerships," said Quincy Smith, president of CBS Interactive."

"A year ago, Jericho, which CBS nearly canceled because of low ratings, averaged 11.7 million viewers in the same time slot."

Dan Would Rather Sue CBS -- For $70M!

"Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather has filed a $70 million lawsuit against the network, Viacom Inc., and three of his former bosses."

Thursday, September 20, 2007

CBS and Bloggers

"CBS Just Can't Get Along with Bloggers?"

Is this why CBS won't help Jericho bloggers promote Jericho?

Someone at CBS allegedly insulted viewers who complained about Katie Couric's "softball" reporting from Iraq and mocked them for getting their information from blogs.

A Letter To Readers From NYTimes.

Jericho DVD: Preorder at Wal-Mart

Reviews Needed. Thanks azlady4.

"You Can Be A Part of Blogging History"

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Jericho Scavenger Hunt

Jericho Scavenger Hunt

This is an online version of a the great party favorite, the scavenger hunt! Listed below are 20 "items". These items have been collected from 4 different boards! There are 5 items each from CBS, JRP, RFJ, and NFJ. Your challenge is to find the listed items. Once you have found the listed item, copy the link at which you found it and paste it in a reply on this thread. Basically you will be "bringing" back the link to the item to share with everyone here. Once you post a link, I will let you know if your link is correct or not. Remember, there can only be 5 items from each board!!

Please join my Yahoo group:

This group is for the discussion of Nielsen ratings and their impact on the cancellation of various TV shows. No show is safe as long as Nielsen ratings are used by the networks. We will discuss shows that have been or may be cancelled plus news, links, and what we can all do to make our own impact on the networks and Nielsen. We should all be counted!

If you would like to be interviewed for JerichoMonster please email me at

"One of the Reasons I Love Jericho"

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ask Margie and Edna

Dear Margie and Edna:

I need help. I am a 30-year-old woman who lives in Jericho. My problem is that I had a boyfriend who I grew up with. He was the town bad boy, and I was the town bad girl. We go back to childhood, and we were high school sweethearts. We had some wild times. About five years ago, my boyfriend got in big trouble and left town and disappeared for five years. Nobody knew where he went. During that time, I grew up, settled down, got a teaching credential and a job as a local teacher. I recently met a wealthy man. He is an investment banker with a six-figure income. We fell in love (at least I thought I was in love with him) and we got engaged. We bought a beautiful home right here in Jericho. Life with him will be comfortable but predictable. Then the bombs went off and my fiancé was on a plane that was lost and he was presumed dead. I really thought I was never going to see him again, so I went on with my life and always held out hope that he would return.

Then the day the bombs went off, my ex boyfriend showed back up unexpectedly. Nobody knows where he was for the last five years or what he was doing, and nobody seems to care. Problem is, he has changed and has grown up too. He is now a very nice guy and has done a lot of things to help the people of Jericho get through this rough time. In fact he has become a local hero. My problem is this: All it took is one look at him in those Levis and one look into those big brown eyes, and OH BOY!!!.

To complicate things even more, my fiancé showed back up in town a few weeks ago with a bunch of refugees. I got back together with my fiancé and things are fine, but I can’t stop thinking about my ex boyfriend. Then to make a long story short, my fiancé got in trouble for trying to help his refugee friends (that is what a nice person he is) and the mayor kicked him out of town. I know he will come back for me soon.

Margie and Edna, please help me. Should I marry my fiancé when he comes back so I can have a stable but predictable life with a big house and lots of nice things, or go with my heart and tell my ex boyfriend how I feel about him? Is he worth taking a chance on?

Sincerely, Heartsick in the Heartland

Margie: I'm afraid you have left out some important information. First, how does your fiancé look in Levis and what color are his eyes? Second, have you ever seen either of these men in a towel? Honey, let's face facts; those Levis will fade and be thrown away. That tight, firm... skin will wrinkle and get age spots. Picture these men in 50 years. Which is most likely to use a cane? Which will lose the most hair? Which one will gain the most weight?
Now, would you rather be with an old, withered prune of a rich man or had you rather be with an old, withered bad boy? I only see one choice.

Edna: I’ll tell you what’s withered Margie, it’s your heart. Where’s your sense of romance? I think it’s very sweet that she’s still attracted to her high school sweetheart! And here you are, as much as telling her to marry the rich man? I declare, sometimes I’m amazed that I am even related to you!

Dear, you should follow your heart. Financial security doesn’t always mean emotional security, you know. But really, before you go making the big choices, you need to ask yourself if your old boyfriend still loves you. If you’re who I think you are (and really, there’s no way I’m wrong), I happen to know that your ex-boyfriend has been kissed three different times while he’s been back in town, and only one of those kisses was from you. You might want to think about that before you go declaring your love to him.


Dear Margie and Edna:

I overheard Gail tell Johnston that he had worked as mayor without his pants on. Where did Johnston leave his pants? What kind of hanky panky was going on?
Nosy Nellie want to know.

Margie: Nosy Nellie, you're a woman after my own friendship. Are you in my Garden Club? Just between you and me, I believe he left them at Bailey's. I saw those lusty Mary Bailey eyes studying him more than once. You meet me over there one night and we'll talk more about it. If you want to know more about the hanky panky in this town then look no further.

Edna: There you go again, Margie, stirring up trouble. Has it ever occurred to you that maybe he spilled coffee on his pants and they were soaking in the sink? Being the mayor is an important job you know, and it doesn't wait for laundry emergencies. That man did a fine job as mayor, pants or no pants. You two should get your minds out of the gutter.

Okay folks, here’s your chance to get some advice from Jericho’s #1 gossip mavens. Do you have a question for Margie and Edna? Submit your questions, and Margie and Edna will tackle your toughest post-apocalyptic problems and concerns. You may submit a question either for an existing Jericho character, or for yourself. However, if you submit a question for yourself, it must be as if you are living in Jericho or New Bern—no real world problems allowed.

Send your questions to:, put “Ask Margie and Edna” in the subject line. We reserve the right to edit questions for length, spelling, etc. Please bear in mind, it’s possible that not all questions will be selected to be answered. Keep watching this space, maybe Margie and Edna will answer your question next!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Jericho Fan Fiction: Sonika87

I've wanted to post some fan fiction for a while but never got around to it. Then, I read this today and was so impressed that I asked our German friend and Jericho fan, Sonika87, if I could use it. She graciously agreed. Enjoy!

"Disclaimer: I don’t own Jericho or any of the Characters! I don’t get money for my writing its all fiction...
I think there are to little Jake & Emily moments in Jericho... or at least too little moments we get to know them a little better, so I decided to try to make a ficcie about them. I first wrote it in German and then translated it into English. Please don’t blame me for my English I know it isn’t perfect.
The ficcie was shorter first but I had so many ideas on this one so I decided to make it longer. It plays after Roger is exiled from Jericho. I know it’s a drama thing and all but I wanted to write something where my favorite characters can be happy ^^ so this is my try and I hope you enjoy it! Let me know!"

Its Emily’s Birthday, a bottle of Vodka and a Conversation between her and Jake…

It was a quiet Day in Jericho. Jake sat in the living room and thought of the things that had happened over the last few days. He couldn’t help it, he didn’t even knew why, but he felt guilty about the reason that Roger had to leave town. He felt guilty because Emily had to go through this again. Another person she loved left town. Fate can be so ironic...
He was so deep in his thoughts that he didn’t noticed that Gail stood in the room and was watching him.
“Looks like you forgot what day today is“ Gail said and got Jake back to reality.
“What do you mean?” he looked at his Mother with a questioning look.
Gail walked a few Steps to a closet and looked at a photo with Jake and Emily on it.
“I still remember... it was your birthday, you turned 18 and you were so completely drunk that Emily was the one to drive you home... you wouldn’t give her the keys at first. You wanted to drive by yourself... you couldn’t Stop drinking“ she smiled and showed the photo to Jake
“Yeah... it was a crazy day” Jake grinned and slowly he understood what Gail wanted to say “Mom, I know that its her birthday today, I just think that it’s the wrong time… after the Roger-thing… besides I’m the last one who should celebrate something, there are lots of other things I…”
Gail cut him off “You just sound like your father… go visit her. You two didn’t talk to each other for a while, I think its time that you behave yourself like grown ups Jake” she pulled him off the sofa and pushed him to the door. Gail signaled with her hand to Jake that he had to go. Without words, only with a grin and a nod on his face he left the house to visit Emily.
After a while he arrived at Emily’s house. He still thought that the house was great and somehow he regretted that he never would be able to buy Emily a house like this. He shook his head to stop thinking such things, got to the door and knocked „Em... you home?“ he waited a bit and than knocked once again “Emily its Jake!!” nobody opened. He didn’t knew what to think about this, maybe she wasn’t at home or she wouldn’t talk to him. Jake stood a while longer in the front of the house and than decided to go to town. He found himself thinking of what he would do if he was in Emily’s situation, the thing he always did: spending the day at Baileys, drinking the whole day, that was how he resolved problems…

The day was quiet, downtown seemed like a ghost town. Even at Baileys there weren’t more people, besides... it was too just too cold to be out and about. At Baileys there were only a few people including Emily and Mary and a few others that Jake recognized from around town. Emily sat at one of the tables and was chatting with Mary who knew that Emily was going through a hard time right now. Mary noticed that Emily still had her engagement ring on her finger „What are you going to do about this?” asked Mary.
Do about what?“ Emily asked and Mary pointed at the ring “I don’t know, burn it... keep it? Sell it…” she paused “Jake would sell it!” –
“Yeah... he would” Mary laughed “Em... Happy Birthday anyways... I know you don’t feel like celebrating... its not much but…” Mary held a bottle of vodka in her hand and slipped her over to Emily “Do it like Jake.” – “
Yeah... maybe its not such an bad idea…” Emily joked and then there was an awful quiet between the two girls. Emily looked at her ring for the third time today. Mary decided to leave Emily alone a little and kept looking that her customers to make sure they still had something to drink.
Some Minutes later Jake stepped into the bar and he was freezing. It seemed to him like a never-ending road from Emily’s house to Baileys, and with the weather it was even more awful. Perhaps he still had a low temperature from the car crash a few days ago. He gave Mary a greeting and sat down at the bar. “No hero playing for you today?” Mary joked.
Jake answered “Mom wont allow it today... stupid huh? I m 32 years old and still listening to what my mother says…” he grinned turned around and looked in Emily’s direction and saw that she was starring out of the window without blinking.
“Want something to drink?” Mary asked and put a glass in front of him. He thanked her and took a nip. “You didn’t came here to drink did you?” no answer from Jake. Mary grinned a while longer and than turned back to work.
After a while of thinking Jake stood up went over and sat down at Emily’s table and the bottle of vodka which was standing in front of her. He cut her off from thinking about Roger “
“Hey... – Hey..” she greeted back and slipped back to reality. Jake didn’t really know what he could say right now. He wasn’t really good about things like this, he still thought that he was a screw up and still felt guilty about what happened to Roger. “Em... listen I…” he started and Emily cut him off
“Its okay… Jake… I know you think its your fault but it isn’t…” Jake didn’t said a word. It was silent between them for a while and then Emily suddenly started “You forgot it right?”
Jake had that questioning look on his face but than he understood “No! … Okay… yeah I forgot… Mom had to remind me about it.”
Emily smiled “I knew it! … but I understand you had lots of things happening to you… and your family of course…” Jake nodded and drank some more
“Happy Birthday!” he said smiling and Emily nodded signaling that she was thanking him. Jake took a look at the bottle that was still standing on the table “We should celebrate…let’s celebrate… its your day.” Jake said and pointed to the vodka.
“You sure that you want to be carried home by ME? We don’t have a car today“… Emily wanted to be sure that Jake knew what he was just doing. He nodded with a grin on his face.
Emily considered a while and looked at her engagement ring... again. She touched it gently and finally slipped it off her finger. She put it at the table in front of Jake “You wanna sell it?“ she joked and Jake started laughing.
They both looked at each other and Emily finally opened the bottle. Meanwhile, Jake went to get another glass from Mary. When he returned, Emily felt the need for his reassurance again. “Jake… are you sure about this?”….. he nodded once again…..“Okay…” Emily said and poured some of the Vodka into the glasses.

After a short while the alcohol showed his strength. Not that you can tell that they were drunk but you could tell that it wouldn’t take more to be. Emily nipped her drink and then said “Jake... about that time we danced…”
Jake nodded and answered “No…. Its okay… I know that we should have talked but Roger needed you then… like you said, we should have grown up so…”
Emily looked at him puzzled and grinned “Oh come on…!”
Jake looked outside the window and grinned “God I hate this town…”
“Yeah I know... that’s why you left... and left me behind... Alone…” Emily said with a sad voice and swallowed the confession with the vodka.
Jake looked her in the eyes an he could swear that he saw her blushing “I didn’t leave you... after a time, YOU decided to left ME...“
Emily looked up to him and she knew that he was right. She didn’t know if she should tell him how the whole thing really was... She thought a while and sighed, “I didn’t know what to do, and I swore to god that there wouldn’t be someone else in my life... I was dating Roger a long time... After you left, I didn’t want to be alone anymore...“
Jake nodded “I don’t blame you... its just, we hadn’t really a opportunity to talk about... Us”
Emily kept quiet a while and then asked “What about you? What did you do the whole time? You could have called…”
“ – „Em... Stop it…”
No Jake! You owe me!” this last sentence was like a stab in his stomach.
He bit his lips “You really wanna know?” he asked this question in a very serious tone Serious enough that even Emily got insecure about wanting to know the answer to her question. She hesitated and than nodded. Jake once again bite his lips drank his last draught and filled his glass once again while Emily’s Glass was half filled.
“Flying Planes…” he suddenly said and Emily started to laugh.
“You’re a liar... if it was just that, you could have called... you could have said something about that... I m not stupid ... What happened in this five years, Jake?“
“Em... from all of the people around me you know me best you know that, not even my Mom knows me the way you do, it took me a long time until I was able to tell her everything…” he said but Emily didn’t understand
“What do you mean?” Emily asked.
Jake shook his head “I did some bad things and I’m not proud of it... my whole life I found myself doing things I m not proud of…”
Emily nodded and slowly understood that it was more than just a thing that Jake kept to himself. It was a secret he couldn’t talk about. Not yet. She knew that whatever he did, she couldn’t get him to talk, not now.
“Its okay... I m sorry... its just, I really missed you Jake... its hard to believe but I missed you even when Roger was by my side…”
Jake couldn’t believe what he was hearing; perhaps it was the alcohol that spoke.
He sighed, “When Mom first told me that you got engaged... I was in San Diego searching for a bar to get myself completely drunk... my friend Freddy had to pick me up...“ it took a while for Emily to realize what Jake just said and then she started laughing.
“Like I said... you love it to see me like this... you are cruel…” he joked and started laughing too.
They both felt so good after their talk…..It was good to feel this open to each other. Jake knew that Emily knew he still had feelings for her, everyone knew. He really couldn’t forget her even when he was in San Diego... Emily tried to push the thoughts of him away but instead she found herself once again at Jakes side...

Jericho got dark and even more quiet. Emily and Jake still sat at Baileys and Jake had reached his level at being completely drunk. Emily knew from the beginning that it would end like this and all she could do right now was giggling about Jakes behavior. She had to pull on him a while until he finally was able to push the door open and get out in the even colder night. Their walk home was something you almost cannot describe. It was a mixture of hobbling and walking with a hint of slipping. They walked into the direction of the Green’s house and Emily laughed the whole way. “I knew that it would end like this…” Jake said something Emily didn’t really understood “Its okay Jake... you really need some sleep…”
At the Green’s house, Gail opened the door and couldn’t help but grin as she saw her first born totally drunk walk into the house “Old Times huh?”
Emily nodded and rubbed her hands to get them warm “Okay ehm... I better go now... Good night!” but Gail cut her off
“Honey, listen its really not good to be alone right now, we lost April... you lost Roger we all shouldn’t be alone right now... in this House is enough room for all of us..” Emily knew that you couldn’t refuse Gail once she offered for her to stay the night, so she helped Gail with Jake. She really had to laugh about him the whole time Gail and Jake argued and so she found herself remembering the old times – how Gail would say.
Finally Gail won the battle with Jake and got him to bed. Both Gail and Emily sat in the living room “He is 32 years old but when he’s drunk... he still IS a baby…” she paused “Did you two talk?“ she wanted to know.
“Yeah... kind of…” Emily answered and looked down.
“Did he tell you?” Gail continued questioning and Emily shook her head
“I tried to get him to talk but he wouldn’t tell me... he needs time…” she paused and then looked at Gail “I want to hear it from him when he’s ready.”
Gail nodded and said “I wont tell you Honey,... I promised him…” they kept silent a while and then Emily suddenly said, “I didn’t know he still felt that way about me…”
Gail smiled “Look at yourself, that engagement with Roger, we all know why you said yes then…” Emily laughed and shook her head at the same time.
The house was silent again. You could just hear the snoring from Johnston and Jake. Gail and Emily still sat in the living room, not saying a word.

The next Morning Jake came downstairs and groaned. The rest of the family sat in the kitchen and grinned as Jake entered the room. “What?” Johnston shook his head. “You should stop drinking son…” „
“Oh come on dad it was Emily’s birthday and it was just one drink…”
“One drink?!” his father asked and Jake gave him just an annoyed look. “If you could see you…” Emily grinned and Jake gave her another annoyed look. Gail grinned, she loved to have them all in her kitchen laughing, joking and arguing around, even if she knew that all of them had a hard time and nothing was normal anymore.

Jake and Emily were on the way to Emily’s house. “I’m sorry if I embarrassed you... Again.“ Jake said with a grin
“I m used to it…” Emily grinned back and after a while of silence she said “Look Jake,.... I don’t know how much of yesterday you still remember... I just wanted you to know that…”
Jake continued her sentence “That you were serious about what you said? Yeah... so was I…”
Emily smiled at him “Good…”
They arrived at Emily’s house and they stood there looking at each other. “Thanks for the nice day... it was one of the best birthdays I’ve ever had I think…” she joked .
“You’re welcome…” he grinned back and blinked.
“Okay... I better go now…” Emily turned around and wanted to go into the house but Jake grabbed her arm and pulled her in his direction. He embraced her and whispered into her ear “I m sorry... for everything.“ Emily smiled. They were just standing there and couldn’t let go of each other. It brought back everything that was so familiar to them. After a while Emily let go of him and gently touched his cheek “I m sorry for saying that you should be the one dead...I…” Jake didn’t answer, he didn’t say a word. He leaned forward put his arms around her and kissed her gently...
Both knew that their relationship was complicated. Both knew that after all these years they still had feelings for each other. Fate brought them back together...

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Blogging Jericho

" Marketing By Consumers: Jericho Bloggers"

Another great article from Rich.

"Learning the sometimes complex behavioral rules online isn’t the only challenge. While fans are partly responsible for the buzz they generate, they often operate without any support network whatsoever. They have no little or no access to CBS or the producers of the show and sometimes feel like they have to fight for content ideas and information that will eventually benefit the network."

The Voice of Jericho Question of the Week.

To inaugurate this endeavor and aid in celebrating the big weekend, we have a two part Question-

What were the first words to cross your mind after seeing the Pilot Episode of Jericho the first time? What were the first words to cross your mind after seeing the season finale “Why We Fight” the first time?

You may answer them there or you can e-mail your responses to our feedback address at We’ll read the responses on the following show and give you a new question to ponder.

Nutsonline Forum

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Now Showing: Jericho On AOL

Check out the Radio Free Jericho radio station on live 365.

You need to sign up with an account at live365 and then click on the yellow play button to open the player.

Right now we have a variety of music, including songs from the Jericho episodes. We will be adding lots more as we progress, but right now you can kick back and ROCK ON with RFJ.

Jericho Now Showing On AOL

"New ‘Jericho’ Is Like A Movie"


4 pages of photos taken on the set of Jericho !!
MovieShotsLA just posted these on the WIKI !!

Join my BuddyTV Group for Jericho.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Monster Fan of the Week: Kestral

She votes, she Diggs, she plays games, and she is a hard worker for Jericho.

She supports RFJ & all its' members, comments on articles/blogs, and always brings joy to those who need it. She searches far and wide for new games to entertain us and is an active participant in all projects.

Who is it? Who could it be but our own Kestral-a true Jericho Spirit!!

You're the best, Kestral! Congratulations!!

The last two encore episodes of Jericho Season One will air this weekend on Friday and Saturday!

Friday at 9:00pm~ Coalition of the Willing
Saturday at 8:00pm~ Why We Fight

This is your last chance to let CBS know you are watching, (Other than on Innertube) before season one encores finish.

After you watch send CBS a postcard and/or email them and tell them your age, location, affiliate, if you are a new or regular viewer, your income, your shoe size... as much information as you want to give them.

Thanks to Maybei:

Cast & Characters of Jericho

The Music From Each Episode of Jericho

Jericho Video Player

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Ask Margie and Edna

Dear Margie and Edna:

I have been in a relationship with a married man. He recently left his wife to be with me. His family of course is not taking our relationship very well at all. I know that it will take time, but they recently invited my boyfriend’s pregnant wife over for Thanksgiving dinner and made it clear that I am not welcome. When should I be able to expect to be included in family functions and take my rightful place by my man's side?

M. Bailey

Edna: Well, I never! His wife is pregnant? What’s the matter with you? Have you no shame, you hussy? You don’t break up a family! Honestly, what has happened to common decency in this town?

Margie: M. Bailey, pay the fruitcake no mind. She knows exactly who has no shame & it's not you or me. Now, honey, this will take time. You have to be patient. However, if you're impatient, I suggest you talk to Mr. Hawkins about it. I hear he's real helpful.


Dear Margie and Edna:

I am writing you for a friend. He has a moral dilemma. You see, my friend is bald. He recently heard that someone here in town has a supply of "Hair Club for Men" at their house and have no obvious use for it. My friend asked for it, but the person in control of it refused to trade with him for it. My friend is kind of in a prominent position in Jericho and people look to him for guidance. However, he is desperate to get this. In this post nuclear bomb world where it is every man for himself, would it still be considered unethical for him to force this young lady to hand over the "Hair Club for Men" supply? Or would it be better if he just declared it as some kind of contraband and had the police raid her house for it?

Secretary for Mayor Anderson

Edna: Well, Mr. I-won’t-give-my-name-but-we-ALL-know-who-you’re-talking-about: for your boss to simply commandeer what he wants is clearly a blatant abuse of power. I don’t care how bald the man is, it’s simply bad manners to just take what you want without regards to other people. I sincerely hope you don’t advise him regarding serious matters, dear.

Margie: Honey, you tell him to raid that house. It's a matter of town security. Speaking of bad manners, is that what it was, Edna, when you commandeered my Charlie??? Answer me you shrew.

Edna: Town security, my foot. More like a matter of town insecurity. And your Charlie was not "commandeered," you crackpot. He volunteered. There is a difference, but then you never were very smart.


Dear Margie and Edna:
Did you know that Hawkins has something secret in his basement that he doesn't want anyone to know about? Why don't you go over there and take a look, and report back to the unsuspecting citizens of Jericho just what it is? It is guaranteed to be the most explosive bit of gossip in the history of Jericho.

Nosy Nellie, Jericho, KS

Edna: Now, you know I love a good mystery, but that Mr. Hawkins looks like he might just bash you in the head with a shovel if you go poking around on his property. I’m an old lady, I don’t need that kind of aggravation. Maybe you should go over and look, and tell us about it if…er, I mean when you come back.

Margie: Edna, you are probably right about that shovel. Nosy Nellie, why don't we stroll over there together? From what I've heard around town, though, I think the only thing in the basement will be bouncing strippers.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Jericho Notes of Interest

Jericho DVD for sale in CBS online store.

Brad Beyer's new movie comes out Sept. 14

Mr. Woodcock

DVR Usage: Update

Hope this is clarification for all.

Wonderful new blog from my friend:

Jericho Junction

Links to vote for Jericho:

Go here.

Jessica Edith Louise Foster

Monday, September 10, 2007

Operation Skippy For Jericho

Send CBS a nice polite letter about your disappointment in them for their lack of Jericho promotion. Before you seal the envelope peel the label off of your peanut butter jar and enclose it in the envelope as a reminder of times past.

Yes, CBS, today its peanut butter jar labels.... tomorrow.... who knows. Jericho fans are capable of anything.

Idea from Callisto925 of Jericho Rally Point

The New Nielsen Ratings:

"It’s official: Nielsen Media Research, which has measured television audiences for half a century, is introducing a new ratings system that will be used by the TV networks and the ad agencies that buy time on them.

It will measure, minute-by-minute, viewership for the commercial breaks, as opposed to the entire program. Networks have agreed to transmit an audio code (you won’t hear it) whenever there is a break. This tone will signal to the electronic meters used by Nielsen that the next 60 seconds are to count toward the commercial rating."

*** Since the network signals the meters used by Nielsen then all DVR's would have to have a meter for the network to signal but they don't.

Jericho Promotion Month

Jericho Promotion Month, September 2007
A Proclamation by Jericho Rally Point

It is DO OR DIE TIME for the promotion of Jericho..."It is vital that Jericho fans regain that motivation and passion that brought CBS to the decision to give fans seven more episodes. Fans need to recognize the historical achievements that they made four months ago and ensure that Jericho can count on them to do everything in their power to keep it alive."

NOW, THEREFORE, JERICHO RALLY POINT do hereby proclaim September 2007 as JERICHO PROMOTION MONTH. We call upon the people of the Jericho fandom to observe this month with the appropriate actions and activities comparable to those displayed from May 16- June 6, 2007. These activities include resuming the promotion of Jericho wherever you can, however you can. This is our last chance to show CBS that we are serious. We invite all the Jericho fans from all the boards, blogs and sites to join us to Promote Jericho (heavily) through the month of September 2007. Dust off some of the old ideas and share them with your fellow Rangers and lets make sure Jericho lives a long, long time.

Jericho Rally Point

Read entire post here.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Jinx On Jericho?

Jericho Jinx?
Let Rich tell you all about it.

Interview with me, Yes, kystorms insisted.

Announcing** New Blog Feature***

Have you seen or heard of Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego?

How about Where In Jericho Is Beau?

Every week on all 3 of my blogs you will find a picture of Beau ( Jake's dog). Find the picture,click on it and you will be taken somewhere in the Jericho Universe. It could be a blog, message board, website, whatever. Each blog will feature a different link.

Each selected site will, if they wish, be offered a graphic that says they have been featured.

Thanks to Openminded and Maybei for the idea.

Selling my house so must sell a ton of stuff.
See it here.

"Only after a massive backlash from online fans resulted in the delivery of 50,000 pounds of nuts to CBS headquarters did it become apparent that the official ratings vastly underestimated the true viewership of the show."

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Ask Margie and Edna

Once again, Margie and Edna, Jericho's oldest advice columnists, give advice to the hapless and the clueless out there in the metro-Jericho area. They've put on their thinking caps, just to give you the very best that their sharp brains (and sharper tongues) have to offer.

Dear Margie and Edna,

My name is Skylar. My parents are dead and I'm all alone except for my boyfriend Dale. Since Dale runs Gracie's market he is becoming attractive to more and more women. I'm worried. I'm almost out of makeup, my nails are chipped, and I can't get to the beauty parlor. What can I do to keep Dale?

Skylar S., Jericho, KS

Margie: Honey, let me be frank. What's in that market that's worth fighting over Dale to get? I mean if he had some nice ribs or hens or steak I might mosey on down there and look him over but he doesn't. As far as nails, hair, and makeup I'll let you ask my sister, because she used all that fancy stuff and still couldn't hold on to a man.

Edna: I know it's tough losing your family, sweetie; the only family I have left is this shrew of a sister, and I just wish I could lose her somewhere. Now you're young, so I'm going to give you some words of wisdom here: do not let yourself be defined by a man, especially that Dale Turner. (He's got delusions of grandeur if ever I've seen them. I think you might just want to hitch your wagon to a different horse.) So what if other women are attracted to him? If he truly loves you, he won't look twice at those other little hussies. And if all that it takes to turn his head is a little face paint and nail polish, then he's not worth fighting for--you take it from me, dear.


Dear Margie and Edna,

I can't tell you my real name so just call me CLUEles. I want to know why people don't like me? Nobody in Jericho wants me here and they shun me when I walk down the street. Today was the worst. I went to the Mayor and offered my help in any area where I was needed. He looked at me with disdain, shook his head, and said, "What would you like to do? Tax collecting?" My feelings are hurt. How can I make them like me?

CLUEles, Jericho, KS (but recently of Los Angeles)

Edna: Well, maybe you need to take a closer look at your behavior. Have you done anything recently to alienate the good people of Jericho or their supporters? I bet that if you look really closely, you'll realize that people have a very good reason for disliking you. Has anyone brought up the subject of legumes to you, dear?

Margie: CLUEles, one problem may be that Italian silk suit you're wearing. Nobody in this town even has a suit any more. Edna is correct about looking closely at your behavior. Do you wash up regularly? Do you talk to people as if they're making peanuts? And, what's wrong with people collecting taxes? Why don't you go home and have a suppository then you'll feel better tomorrow?


Dear Margie and Edna,
I'm currently the henchman--er, assistant manager--to a high-ranking official here in New Bern. The perks of the job are good: protection, regular food and water, the chance to go on "goodwill" trips to nearby towns. However, my boss is so demanding, he dominates all of my personal time. He takes all of his anger out on me, and although he promised to let me relocate my family, he constantly goes back on his word. How do I let my boss know that I won't stand for his unreasonable demands any more?

Your friend, Russell of New Bern, KS

Margie: Russell, when did Edna become your boss? You need to get your friends together and go pay a "goodwill" visit on your boss. Ask Hawkins to let you use the tank. I believe that will solve your problem. If it doesn't, then send the tank and Hawkins's daughter with her pistol.

Edna: Margie, believe it or not, for once I am in full agreement with you. Russell, you cannot reason with a domineering boss--trust me, I've been dealing with bossy types all my life. In your situation, I would suggest a show of force like Margie describes. If your boss “fires” you, you can always come live here in Jericho with us—but only if you apologize for trying to invade the town. That really wasn’t nice, young man.


Okay folks, here’s your chance to get some advice from Jericho’s #1 gossip mavens. Do you have a question for Margie and Edna? Submit your questions, and Margie and Edna will tackle your toughest post-apocalyptic problems and concerns. You may submit a question either for an existing Jericho character, or for yourself. However, if you submit a question for yourself, it must be as if you are living in Jericho or New Bern—no real world problems allowed.

Send your questions to:, put “Ask Margie and Edna” in the subject line. We reserve the right to edit questions for length, spelling, etc. Please bear in mind, it’s possible that not all questions will be selected to be answered. Keep watching this space, maybe Margie and Edna will answer your question next!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Jericho Spirit Manager

Congratulations To My Friend Kestral!!

Kestral is the new Jericho Spirit Manager at RFJ and she is perfect.

She will be in charge of the fun and games section.

Kestral, you give us all an uplift when we need it so this is the perfect place for you to be.

" Les Moonves is getting into the Internet in a big way, it seems, if you watch this onstage interview with the CBS CEO.

While it used to be that big old media companies, including the powerful television networks, always seemed to display disdain for the online space, but these days they are talking it up like the invented it."

Watch CLUEles in action.

TV Networks Have A Bad Week

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Survivalism Links

Many thanks to Rourke and Mahafney for these links.

Terrorist Alerts

Nuclear Power Plants and current operational status in USA

Basic Info

Nuclear Targets from Bruce Beach

Medical/first aid info, online resources, and supply ordering info

Weather Alerts for your area

Conditions in Space

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Kid Nation and Jericho

"What were 'Kid Nation' parents thinking?"
By Maureen Ryan
Tribune television critic

Go here to vote your opinions.

Read the contract parents had to sign here.

"Networks should take more cues from their audiences"

TV Viewer Bill of Rights

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Margie and Edna: Advice For The Misguided

Margie: Hello everyone. Welcome. People in Jericho have always turned to me for advice so I decided to write a little column so more folks could benefit. I don't mind helping one person but, this way, I can help many at one time. God gave me my wisdom so I could share it. I intend to share it with you.
My word! What is that racket? Did you hear it?

Edna: That racket was you running your mouth again, Margie. I swear, I don't think I've ever met anyone as in love with the sound of their own voice as you are. You know, it's lucky that THE BOTH OF US have so much to offer the good people of the metro-Jericho area. We've helped so many people over the years, it just makes sense that we make some of our advice public--that way, we can help so many more lost souls in these dangerous times.

Margie: (Dear Readers, overlook my deluded sister. I have to humor her so let's pretend she has something to offer you.)Edna, how nice of you to join us. Let's get to our first poor lost soul shall we?

Dear Edna and Margie: I'm the sheriff/mayor of a small Kansas town, with aspirations to something bigger. What advice would you have for a power-hungry megalomaniac who has his sights set on total world domination--one town at a time?

P.C., New Bern, KS

Edna: Well bless your heart, there's nothing I like more than an over-achiever! But honey, maybe you might want to think about settling down with a nice girl instead. Total world domination never ends well--did history teach you nothing?

Margie: Thank you, “P.C.”, for asking for our advice. We have years of experience dealing in such matters. You see, I have a sister who is power-hungry and has had her sights set on total man domination-one man (or 2 or 3) at a time.

Edna: Wait…Phillip Constantino, is that you? You leave Jericho alone! Don't think I don't remember the time you and your brothers egged my house. I've got my eye on you.

Margie: Here we go. She's got her eye on you all right. You better forget world domination and try to save yourself from this man-hungry old hag.


Dear Edna and Margie: My name is Darcy Hawkins and my husband, Robert, keeps secrets from me. I'm not sure if he's really who he says he is or if he has told me the truth about anything. For example, he brought this strange woman home a while back and I suspect they were lovers. Before I could find out about this woman, our daughter killed her. How can I uncover Robert's secrets?

Darcy Hawkins, Jericho, KS

Margie: Honey, the way to a man's secrets is by plying him with a good meal. Wait. You can't prepare a good meal because Gracie's doesn't carry the ingredients. Let's go to Plan B. Maybe your daughter could go out and kill a deer or something and you could prepare that. Be sure to use plenty of salt. Bon appetit!

Edna: Margie, the only time you tried to win a man's heart that way, he had to be rushed to the hospital for an emergency stomach pumping. Darcy, don't listen to her. You just ask your Robert about his secrets. If he really loves you, he'll tell the truth. And if he doesn't tell the truth--well, maybe your daughter can give you some shooting lessons.


Dear Edna and Margie: No matter where I go in town, no matter what I do, I'm always in the background. I never get any limelight, and even though I have plenty to say, no one lets me speak my mind. Do you have any suggestions about how I can get a more prominent spot in town?
Jennie-the-townsperson, Jericho, KS

Edna: Jennie, it sounds to me like you've got a bad case of low self-esteem. Either that, or you have a bad agent. Don't hide your light under a bushel, dear! You just step forward, no matter what the situation, and let your personality show.

Margie: Jennie, I've always been in the limelight and I've always been the life of the party. Having been prominent in Jericho for all my adult years I can certainly help you achieve your goal. Unfortunately, Edna did not accept my guidance so her dim light was definitely hidden under a bushel and she has no personality. Contact me privately, sweetie.

We'll be back........