Thank You, Jericho

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I recently re-watched Jericho (again) on Netflix and immediately experienced a wide range of emotions.  I was angry that CBS canceled this show despite a solid fan base.  I was disappointed that I would not get to see where the group of creative forces behind this amazing show could take us.  I was sad that my Jericho family was no longer visiting my home on a weekly basis.  And, I was grateful... yes, grateful.

I found myself being more thankful than ever for all this show had been a part of... all the people who it had brought into my life.

A simple common interest brought together inspiring friendships that have endured time and distance... even time zones and continents.  We have dissolved language barriers and cultural differences.  We bond in spite of various religious backgrounds or lifestyle choices.  Political parties don't divide Jericho Rangers.  We've always been able to focus on that common ground we share.

I'm sure that the creators of Jericho could never have imagined how big an impact their show would have on so many people's lives.

They couldn't possibly have known that I would have been going through such a rough time in my life that would only lead to more desperation as time continues.  They couldn't have known that the friendships of the people brought together by their show would create such an amazing support group for me... and, others.  They couldn't have ever imagined that the compassion and kindness of this group of fans would give me so much hope and encouragement to keep fighting my battles... to keep surviving... one day after the next.

I'm sure that they also had no idea just how generous and giving these fans would be as so many others would fall into a time of need.

JR4OT (Jericho Rangers for our Troops) raised over $40,000 in just three years for military families, food banks, and disaster victims.  Let me say that amount again... just in case you didn't catch it.  That's over $40,000!  How amazing is that?!?!  About half of that amount ($20,667) was donated to the Greensburg, KS tornado victims.  Other efforts included several thousands of dollars for Food Banks, and school supplies for the children of our military families.  Jericho DVD's and Jericho Comics have also been shipped to our deployed soldiers by the several hundreds.

Sadly, JR4OT is no longer in operation.  However, that has not stopped those same good people from continuing to donate in the name of Jericho.  Their most current efforts at giving to those in need can be found here:  http://help.feedingamerica.org/site/TR?pg=fund&fr_id=1140&pxfid=5420.  Please help if you can.

So, as you can see, there is a lot to be grateful for.  I not only appreciate the true blessings of pure friendship and love from these beautiful souls... I also am very thankful that so many people in their time of need were able to find help... even just a little... during a time when it becomes increasingly more and more difficult to find help of any kind at all.  And, as always, I am so very proud for all the continued support for our troops.

Thank you, Junction Entertainment, Creators, Producers (Stephen Chbosky, Josh Schaer, Jonathan E. Steinberg, Jon Turteltaub, Carol Barbee, Karim Zreik, Keira Morrisette, Dan Shotz, Rick Tunell, Matthew Federman, Stephen Scaia, Jack Clements, Michael Ostrowski, Nancy Won, Mike Kelley, Dan O'Shannon, Frank Military, Joy Gregory, Rob Fresco, John Peter Kousakis, John McNamara, Ellen Herman, Basil Moore-Asfouri), Music, Cinematography, Film Editing, Casting, Production Design, Art Direction, Set Decoration, Costume Design, Makeup, Production Management, Assistant Directors, Art, Sound, Special Effects, Visual Effects, Stunts, Camera and Electrical, Costume and Wardrobe, Editorial, Transportation, and all Other Crew for so skillfully and brilliantly putting together a show that still intrigues and demands thought and discussion.  Thank you to all the Actors that so sincerely and creatively brought to life characters that still evoke so much raw emotion.

Thank you, Jericho, for being a show that even years after cancellation, still NEEDS to be fought for.

Jericho... Nuts

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What is so special about this one show?  Why do fans fight for it so hard?  What makes this, to some, the greatest show ever?  Why do fans crave more and more of the story?  Well, if you're a Jericho "Ranger", you already know the answers to these questions.

However, if you've never seen the show, let me enlighten you.

The biggest misconception about this show is what it's about.  I've actually heard people ask, "Isn't that the show about the nuclear terrorist attacks?"  My response, "Umm... there are nuclear terrorist attacks that occur in the beginning of the show, but that is not what the show is ABOUT."  Well, not to me, anyway.  To me, Jericho is about people.  It's about what brings people together... or rips them apart... in the face of tragedy and chaos.  It's about good versus evil.  It's about how two different people might react to the same exact set of circumstances.  It's about our country... our state... our town... our neighborhood... our home.  It's about making us think about how we would react in a similar situation.  It's about making us think about how we'd treat our neighbor, our family, ourselves.  It's about making us THINK!

Personally, faced with such tragic events, I can only hope and pray that I would be more on the generous side and have compassion for my community as a whole.  But... in a survival mode, I know that I would do whatever it took to protect my family and friends.

Jericho works because of a multitude of variables that have been brilliantly brought together.  You have an entire lineup of producers and directors that so obviously give their heart and soul to each and every scene of each and every episode.  You have writers that have so creatively, yet intelligently, laid out a story line that begs to be told... and, more importantly, yearns to be HEARD.  You have an ensemble cast that shares a special chemistry that so naturally brings to life before our eyes characters that we must know more about.  You have a whole crew that creates the perfect backdrop to each scene with special effects, editing, props, sound, lighting, etc.  In essence, it just doesn't get any better than this!

We are invested in each character as a person.  We love watching any combination of actors onscreen simply because of the seamless chemistry between all.  We even anxiously await scenes with characters that we don't necessarily "like" because the acting and writing are just that damn good.  We can't help but be drawn into this world... this little town called Jericho in Kansas.  (I often wondered why they didn't use the song "Carry On My Wayward Son" by Kansas.  Those of you knowing the character of Jake will totally understand this.)

This show has drama, intrigue, comedy, romance, and so much more.

It all boils down to the show itself being all of these things together in one show.  How rare is that?  With a slew of reality TV shows crammed down our throats, very rare.  How special is it to have so many incredibly talented, crafted, and skilled people be a part of a single project?  Special enough to create an outpouring of fans brought together to beg, plead, and fight for this show's continuance.

Oh, the fans.  Let me tell you something about these nutty Jericho fans.  They are the most giving and caring people I've ever been blessed with knowing.  They make me proud to be a part of their group.  They not only show their generosity and compassion through working together for this show, but also for communities in need... and, each other.  They have raised money for charities such as over $2,000 for the Kansas Food Bank, a fresh program of donations of just under $200 for Feeding America, and thousands of dollars for Operation Homefront, just to name a few.  This money was raised not by wealthy people.  This money came from people who work hard to take care of their families from one week to the next.  They paid for a billboard, a TV commercial, flyers, phone calls... they wrote letters, emails, tweets, etc.  They held auctions to help make charitable contributions and gave their time and hearts to host tables at conventions such as Comic-Con.  They have also stepped in however they could whenever a fellow Ranger was in need.  Their hearts are just too big to be confined.

We fought to bring back this show after its Season 1 cancellation.  Nuts were sent by the tons.  Our show was brought back for an abbreviated Season 2.  We've been fighting for its return ever since.  We support the Jericho Comic Book because we value the writers continuing the story we love so much.  However, there's just so much more for them to tell that we want to SEE acted out.  We're crossing fingers, praying, tweeting, streaming, and posting about Netflix reviving Jericho again for us.  We need more Jericho!

You can currently watch Season 1 and Season 2 of Jericho on Netflix.  If you haven't seen it, I promise that after watching only the first episode, you WILL be hooked.

And, so... we are a Coalition of The Willing...

This is Why We Fight.

Photo by: KSix Jericho

No More Skeet On LOLA... :(


More 'LOLA' Shakeup - Skeet Ulrich Out Too

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Earlier this afternoon, we broke the news about the ongoing creative overhaul of NBC's Law & Order: Los Angeles that has led to the departure of two regulars, Regina Hall and Megan Boone, who play DDAs on the Law & Order spinoff. They have now been joined by Skeet Ulrich, the first actor to be cast on LOLA back in July, who will also be leaving the series as part of the the creative revamp. Ulrich plays Detective Rex Winters, one of the two cops on the Wolf Films/UMS-produced police-legal drama. I hear that Law & Order chief Dick Wolf, who has also tweaked his other Law & Order series during their first seasons, will make the changes on LOLA on the fly, without stopping production on the show that is now filming Episode 12.

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