Monday, October 26, 2009

Operation Phoenix/Jericho Comic Update

October 23, 2009

Hello Fellow Rangers,

Yesterday we received a message via the DDP Jericho Forum that the Comic Book has be delayed until Friday, November 27, 2009.

I know many of you are disappointed or upset about the date being pushed back. But we need to keep things in perspective. Last year at this time, Jericho was dead in the water. Talks had broken down with Comcast and the end was in sight. Then in November of 2008 CBS actually gave us an early Christmas present as Jericho was put on the CW for a 29 week run and as we know, from the producers, they were very pleased with the ratings.

Over the past 19 months we have put articles in Variety and the Hollywood Reporter, produced and aired our own TV commercial, put up a billboard in LA, shelled Nielsen's Offices in Tampa and ensured that CBS and EPIX received more mail than Santa Clause. All of this was accomplished by individuals doing their small part, some sent post cards or letters, some sent emails, some contributed money to the TV ad of bill board. But this was and is a collect team effort co-ordinated over the internet. We truly have contributed to the transformation of television.

The comic book was announce early this Spring and it built up momentum in July at Comic Con in San Diego. All the while new fans were discovering Jericho and Rangers throughout North America and across the globe continued to get the word out about this amazing television show.

Right now we have 5 weeks to the comic launch. This is the first new Jericho related storyline product whether it be a TV show, movie or book to come out since March of 2008.

If it had not been for each and every one of us out there in the Jericho Fandom doing our small part, this would never have happened. We have waged a long and hard fought battle with one of the largest corporations in America and we have made them take time, reflect and take Jericho out of the waste basket and look to see if it is worth producing

Epix just announced this week their intention to produce original scripted programming each quarter, be it mini series or 13 episodes dramas. We have an original show with a built in audience that continues to grow despite CBS's best efforts to kill it.

DDP is looking for our help to promote the Jericho Comic Book over the next 5 weeks. All of Us collectively can actually help get a movie and possibly our show back on the air but we need to continue to have faith and tap what ever reserve we have as we head into the stretch run.

I am asking that we come together and work with the DDP representatives and drive this sled over the finish-line. I am convinced we will be rewarded for our hard work and perserverance.

Keep the Faith we are almost there
Redsox 1986