Friday, February 13, 2009
Hello Fellow Rangers,
Epix Update: As you all know Artzy lady received an email from Epix that they are exploring putting Jericho on epix.
UHD Board Link: http://boards.nbcuni.com/universalHD/index.php?showtopic=2527
We need everyone to send an email, a letter and card. K6 has made a great post card you can download at UHD.
epix Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
epix Website: http://www.epixhd.com/
Mark Greenberg, President and CEO
New York, NY 10036
Also we need to get everyone who is on Facebook to get onto epix Facebook page
epix FaceBook Link: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Ep...04949301?ref=mf
Many have asked why epix, besides their positive email feedback, they are a partnership that will be looking towards CBS Paramount for sources of programming. We need everyone in the Fandum form IDMB to RFJ, JKI, JNET, every blog, the UHD and Sci Fi Boards working together as we have in the past to deliver as many emails and letters/cards as possible to help find Jericho a new Home
Monday, February 9, 2009
February 10, 2009
Hello Fellow Rangers,
I thought I would take this time to reflect on where we are and where we have been.
On November 19th (81 days ago) Jericho was dead in the water. There were episodes playing on UHD, but CBS had pulled the plug on the Community Board (our home for over 2 years) without warning, the UHD commercial issues continued and the tv ad was all but dead.
Then on November 20th, CBS made that great announcement that everyone was waiting for, Jericho would live again on the CW. The CW is a small network more like a super-cable channel with a number of local affiliates. The UHD add issues somehow got worked out and then before we knew it Jericho was on UHD and the CW at the same time and RP’s tv ad was running on the UHD and did so through January 11, 2009.
The show has been averaging over a million viewers until the last couple of weeks with NFL playoffs and the Superbowl thrown in. We will wait and see what the numbers are for tomorrow but we need to keep in mind that the executives are looking at the numbers.
How do we know this, Jon Turtletaub told on January 14th in the IF Magazine interview in which he mentioned the Jericho movie, which is in the planning stages. He mentioned that Jericho was getting better ratings than Mad Men (AMC show that won Emmy for Best Drama series). That tells us that the studio executives are watching the ratings as is the producers associated with the show. They also have access to the 7 Day DVR adjusted numbers that we are looking to get our hands on. Only they know what ratings numbers make sense for them to consider making more episodes of Jericho.
Things to keep in mind, CBS gets rid of the community Board but leaves the rest of the Jericho platform in place on November 13th. On November 20th they announce Jericho is going back on the CW. UHD which had been showing Jericho since the early summer and which was showing the tv ad.
This is not about one person but as a group working together, writing, emailing, faxing, sending in feedback forms. We are hear today because of people who have stay the course and stayed on the Boards to keep traffic up and to act as the eyes and ears for the millions of Jericho fans out there in the community that do not frequent the community boards.
We are alive today because we have stayed the course, spread the word of mouth at My Space and Face Book, have mailed numerous letters, cards, emailed and faxed and have done everything possible to be counted by the executives at CBS Paramount. Without our numerous campaigns including the Variety ads, the billboard and the tv commercial on Time Warner cbale and UHD and coordinated letter, feedback forma nd email campaign aimed at NBC Universal, CBS, the CW and now epix, we would not have Jericho still running on the air.
We have 11 weeks left until episode 22, Why We Fight airs on April 26th. We have a game plan in place, we need to write and email to epix, write to the CW, CBS and continue with out letters to Bonnie Hammer at NBC. I believe epix is the key here. It is a calculated guess that the best business solution for CBS Paramount is to have epix pick up the show and have original episodes made and then rebroadcast them later on the CW which is what NBC did with Friday Night Lights with Direct TV and the NBC Network.
epix Mark Greenberg, President and CEO
New York, New York 10036
This Community has a lot to be proud of, most importantly is the Charity work it has done over the past 2 years. We gave $23,000 to Tornado relief for Greensburg, Kansas to money for local food banks to DVDs for the troops.
The latest effort is a Charity event to help the families and most importantly the children of deployed military personnel, which is scheduled for April 24-26 in LA. The people leading this effort are the same ones who did so with the DVD’s for the Troops. Mike’s Mom, Scoo Bud, Xrammy, Nobody’s Baby, Kay T, Nipshot, Rangerette, N2N2 and Welcome among others are putting together an event in LA that will be the biggest and finest example of Charity work that the Jericho Fans have ever scene. I hope you support the Welcome Home to Jericho event in any way that you can.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank the following Rangers who have worked hard to save the series and have posted to their respective Boards keeping traffic up and the Boards alive. On the Sci Fi Board:
DCM1987 Dean you have lead by example. We pray that your wife continues to get better and that you are back manning your Sci Fi Post for the next Ranger Rally set for Monday, February 16, 2009 at 9:00pm EST.
MREinLA, Dede, Panamarandy, Krzykitty, Merriane you all have helped with announcements, helping to post and pulling double duty at UHD and Sci Fi. Thanks for keeping one of our home bases at SciFi alive and well these past months.
UHD and Town Hall Ichtus-thanks for your hard work and for working with Ratkeeper on the JEBS network. I look forward to working with you on other projects as well.
On the UHD Board, 4 people come to mind, Beebull, NorsU, K6 and MyVibes Mom. These ranagers have written, posted, emailed, faxed, created cards, the ARG game, created graphs and measurements for us to sue. I call them the magnificent 4 for their hard work, dedication and continued hard work to get the Jericho story continued.
In addition to these 4 I have to single out the following Rangers as well:
Tothal-voting thread, Casey Dog-stats and ratings, Bestdamshow-Face Book and Canadian Ranger liaison, Artzlady-great posts and wisdom, Nursevic for her help with numbers and youtube links, Jim4jericho, Susan gator, Mud62, GeminiRM, winsorguy, Dbalcer1, Justamom, Masscass1, Law0621,Cher, and Night Shade for their posts, their time on the Board and keeping the traffic on UHD moving. At IDMB ppanseri and at the Wiki Sandbagger have both kept things moving on their respective Boards. Each one of you has and continues to make contributions to the Jericho Ranger team.
I wish I had a quick fix for you but I do not. All I can ask is that you continue to write, email and be active on Youtube and Face Book, so that we can be counted by the CBS bean counters.
Keep the Faith means just that, have faith that the executives will finally learn how to add the numbers up and see how to make money with Jericho. We need every Ranger to write, email and get epix on their Face Book in the next several weeks. We have made a difference and we are being counted. All I am asking is that we have faith in each other and email and write to epix, the CW and CBS like we never have before.
Thank you to every Ranger no mater how big or small your contribution has been. Everyone is part of this team and if we get the movie and/or a season 3 it will be because of the collective work, sweat and diligence of everyone in the Jericho Community.
Keep the Faith and Stay the Course.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
February 8, 2009
Good Morning Rangers, today starts the Jericho run on the CW without Football or Holiday interruption, straight through until April 26, 2009 ending with episode 22 Why We Fight which airs the Sunday the Welcome Home to Jericho charity event concludes in LA.
With that said, writing our letters to CBS Paramount, the CW, NBC Universal and epix as well as completing the feedback forms is paramount. It only takes a few minutes of your time and it does help the cause.
Our focus for the next couple of weeks is epix, it will be launching via the web in May and then the pay channel is set to start in October 2009. The X is epix according to Rat Keeper means cross platforms, television, internet, on demand, etc.. I think we all know a show that fits that model in fact is the one that established that model.
Below I have attached link to UHD Board-epix thread and a copy of a reply sent to Artzy Lady from an email that she sent to epix.
Our new goal is simple, we need to email epix like we never have before. The email address is below. We need to let them know that if they want their pay service to succeed then Jericho is the right fit for their channel. We need to let them know that the several million fans who watched the show will sign up for their pay channel if Jericho is one of their featured original scripted shows.
In addition to emails and letters, those of you on face book can join the facebook group that has been established. From Rat keeper: Our gamers on facebook - Jake Green and Hawke Jax joined the epix page on Facebook and have moved the sell Jericho billboard photos and the new postcard onto the epix page. It makes it look very official. So all Facebook people can get there and drive those numbers up, another measurement to send to the executives.
I know many if not most are tired and have their doubts about things. Since we heard form Jon Turtletaub on January 14th, we have not heard anything else from anyone connected to the show. But I have a hunch based on the information and how it has been leaked out since November that the executives are looking at Jericho’s viability. We still have 12 episodes left on the CW so enjoy those, get the word out to people and lets see where the chips fall. We have come this far down the road lets see where it ends.
http://boards.nbcuni.com/universalHD/index.php?s=7c95374ffb71c38663a0b8cae862879e&showtopic=2527&st=0&p=43144&#entry43144 Artzy Lady’s response from epix on thread on UHD Board
I've received an email response already from Emil at EPIX...
Thanks for getting in touch. We appreciate hearing from folks who love movies and TV as much as we do.
You know, it's funny. I'm a Jericho fan. I did not catch it on CBS, but I've been watching it on Universal HD and it's a very cool show. One of the guys here suggested we look in to bringing back Jericho and it's on the list of things to explore.
The challenge of bringing things back is a big one. Someone spent a lot of money to make those first shows and they're not gonna give them away, or the rights to the project, for free. Also, the team that worked on the show has most certainly been scattered working on new projects so it might just be impossible to do.
But, we'll certainly give it a whirl. At the very least, we'll lean on our movie studio partners to look at the rumoured Jericho film that's in development...
Again, thanks for writing and tell the Jericho fans that we want Season 3, too.
Friday, February 6, 2009
EPIX has become a target (of the Save Jericho efforts) due to it’s close association with CBS Paramount . Currently, the Jericho fandom is the ONLY group writing them about their show. We believe that we can influence them to show Jericho , if we can keep those letters and e-mails going out.
EPIX is not just another cable channel. Per their Facebook page: “EPIX will create a new benchmark in user experience, making movies and entertainment accessible on multiple platforms. Expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2009, it will combine new and classic feature films and original television series from leading studios including Paramount , MGM and Lionsgate.”
Not only will EPIX have a website portal for viewing their content, but they are working on digital downloads (like itunes or Netflix Watch Instantly).
Please put EPIX on your list to write and e-mail:
Mr. Mark Greenberg
President and CEO
EPIX, a Viacom Company
New York , NY 10036
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
From Redsox at UHD:
Hello Fellow Rangers:
I wanted to update you on several items we are going to be doing over the next 12 weeks. As we know Jon Turtletaub’s statements back on January 14, 2009 stating that the Jericho movie is in the works was a boost to folks. While there was a temporary lift in spirits that has seemed to wane in recent days.
Ratings the past 2 weeks Ratings were at 870,000 last week and 700,000 this past Sunday during the Superbowl. What we do not know is what the executive and numbers people’s expectations was/were for ratings for Jericho. We also do not have access yet to the 7 Day DVR adjusted numbers which I believe holds the key to how the ratings are being viewed by the executives.
As I see it we have 12 weeks to make a business case argument to continue the Jericho story. To that end we need to continue ways to deliver the numbers to the executives at CBS Paramount and NBC and we need to get more people watching on the CW.
Why we Fight, episode 22 airs on Sunday, April 26, the last day of the Welcome Home to Jericho event in LA. We then will have May sweeps with Season 2 episodes coming down the final stretch.
I believe that they are very much watching the ratings and the other numbers, ie youtube, joos, Netflix, Facebook etc. Epix is due to launch in October and as Norsu and Ratkeeper have found they will be launching with several original programs. We want to build a numbers case to convince them that Jericho should be on epix especially if they want to compete directly against HBO and Showtime right out of the gate.
I know we are tired, weary and warn out after 11 months of fundraising, tv commercial, billboard and trade magazine campaigns. But if we continue to write and spread the word about Jericho we can deliver the numbers to the bean counters at CBS Paramount in a collective and loud voice.
To that end I have worked with a group of Rangers at attacking this problem from different angles. They are all designed to keep Jericho very much alive in the thoughts and daily business of the Network Executives.
We will be working 7 main threads across the fandom from UHD to Sci Fi to IDMB. I will start to put most of my campaign updates in the porch on UHD and SciFi and Jebs will still send the info to the other groups and Boards.
- Welcome Home to Jericho: This event is being put on by the Rangers associated with Jericho Rangers Four Our Troops. This is the group of Rangers who handled the 2 DVD donation drives in 2007 and 2008. It is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles the weekend of April 24-26, 2009. The event is to help raise money to give directly to deployed soldiers families. It is sure to be a great event and there are many people tied to the show that are tentatively scheduled to appear.
- Fan ARG: NorsU is leading the way with assistance from K6- they are building the game and continue to grow it and will provide daily updates at the various Boards including UHD, and SciFi. The goal is the get people interested in Jericho and get them to watch the show on the CW on Sunday Nights.
- Operation Welcome Home Sign: idea is to have Rangers use their digital cameras/camera phones to take a picture of the White Welcome to X Town sign Pop 20,000 which every city and Town in the US and Canada has. We will then email the pictures to Nancy Tellem at CBS and Bonnie Hammer at NBC to let them know where the Jericho Rangers live. Object: to give CBS and NBC a sense in a unique way where the fans come from and to capture and record this information so Myvibes can put it into another type of geographic measurement graph. The thread is for people to leave simple note, I live in Ny, NY sent emails with picture to Bonnie and Nancy on 2/3/09. The coordinator will go through the thread and collect the information.
- Original epix, CW postcards: K6 has agreed to make up post cards for epix, the CW and NBC Universal-we can download them from photobucket or windows live and send them out each Monday. Another unique way to make our case. I know we are all tired of writing same letters and cards each week. Imagine the poor people in the mail room at CBS or NBC having to read the same letters each week. Let’s give them something new and refreshing to look at.
- Voting Thread: it is already on UHD Board and we will be posting it to all the Boards and I have asked Tothol to head this up object: Is to keep Jericho at the top of as many polls as possible.
- IMDB- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0805663/: we need to get to IMDB and drive the numbers up. It is where the people in the business look for interest in shows, movies and actors. Goal is to get the numbers way up to give the execs at CBS Paramount another set of numbers to look at.
- Stats and Ratings: Casey Dog and Myvibes are going to working on continuing the stats tthat we are using to send to the executives and also Casey Dog will be looking at ratings of other cable shows as well as cw programming to see how we can best measure and position Jericho against those other shows and ratings.
- FaceBook and MySpace: numbers of Jericho Fan groups-I have asked Bestdamshow-to take the lead as she has already done so on UHD. FaceBook and MySpace are the 2 largest social networking sites on the internet and the people at CBS Interactive know this.
- Intelligence gathering: I have asked Rat Keeper and Nightshade to help me out. Goal is to find as much information as possible on epix, the CW, Bonnie Hammer, Nancy Tellem, and try and find any unique factors that we can use in marketing to the people involved.
- Ranger Rallies: SciFi, CW, UHD, IDMB and other Boards-I have asked DCM to spearhead this. Sci Fi has 2 Jericho marathons coming up, one on February 23 and another on March 9 both will be showing 8 episodes consecutively. In addition, we will try to get around to the boards and blogs that have not had people on them in a while to let them know we are still here.
- Keep writing those letters:
Ms. Nancy Tellem
4024 Radford Avenue
Studio City, CA 91604
Mark Greenberg, President and CEO
New York, New York 10036
Ms. Dawn Ostroff
The CW Television Network
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522
Ms. Bonnie HammerPresident
USA and Sci Fi Networks
NBC Universal Inc.
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, New York 10112
- Feedback Forms: After watching each episode we need to send CBS and CW Feedback like never before.
CW Feedback Form http://cwtv.com/feedback/comments
CBS Feedback Form http://www.cbs.com/info/user_services/fb_global_form.php Local CW Affiliate Form http://cid-ab5f4eb663bc6e9f.skydrive.live..../CW%20affliates