'Jericho' Was Stifled By The Man
If you missed the launch, demise and unsuccessful re-launch of "Jericho" (2006-2008), you weren't the only one. This short-lived but critically lauded series about life in post-nuclear explosion America was hailed by critics and a small contingent of fervent fans. Unfortunately, Jericho was canceled after one season of storytelling on the lives and challenges of life in a devastated land. Fans revolted and managed to wage a successful campaign to have the show rebooted, only to be canceled again soon thereafter.
Low ratings apparently weren't enough of an explanation for Jericho enthusiasts. Nope, they zeroed in on Big Brother as a likely culprit for the demise of the series, since much of the second season focused squarely on government oppression and an impending revolution by incensed citizens. Interestingly, fans of Joss Whedon's "Firefly" have insisted that the 2002 series about futuristic renegades met the same oppressed fate [source: Bailey].
For what it's worth, I don't believe this theory one little bit. The government loves us and wants to protect its people! Now, please excuse me while I go put on my "I Heart Big Government" T-shirt. Can't be too careful, folks -- I never know who's going to wind up reading my articles!