Phoenix of Jericho

On May 16th, CBS cancelled Jericho, which I really liked, but wasn't sure was going to make it through the first season.

Beginning almost immediately thereafter, in a tie-in to the season finale, over 20 tons of nuts were shipped to CBS in protest of the cancellation.

On June 6th, CBS announced via their fan forum that due to unexpected fan response they would be ordering an additional seven episodes for next year.  They also expressed that to continue production of the series the fans will need to grow the number of viewers for the show.

Additional information was provided in a quote from one of the actors, a Waukesha native:

The biggest problem with our show is that so many people were watching it on the Internet or Tivo (which doesn't count toward Neilson ratings), so I think the fans are now aware to watch it when it's on.

So that's two different comments indicating that watching via DVR or online doesn't count toward the ratings of a show.  This indicates to me the same problem that has been faced so often in the past...  technology advances, but the big companies don't know how to deal with it.

While I agree that CBS needs to see an increase in the number of viewers to continue the show, I sincerely hope that they're going to take additional steps to determine how to track the "profitability" of a network show, especially one that was geared so heavily towards the Internet as Jericho was up to this point.

Hey ACNielsen... it's high time to figure out how to provide more comprehensive tracking data... those Nielsen Ratings need to be expanded to capture more information or else you're just misleading everybody in the long run.  I don't envy the task, but as we move more towards Internet-centric broadcasting it will become more and more vital.

Gift Blessing

Hmm.  Now it seems that I only put up new posts when I've been drinking.  Speaking of which, I'd like to thank the cute bartender and a few of those attending the wedding reception at the locat we ended up going to.  Your attendance this evening helped to make this post possible.

I don't have the gift of being able to talk to women.  I know a few guys that do, and for them it comes as naturally as breathing.  That impresses me, because it's something I don't understand.  28 years old, and breasts and curves still intimidate me.  Talking in general is no big deal, but any kind of discussion that may end up in a date is pretty much impossible for me.

Then again, not dating has been working out well.  I've been keeping a majority of my money in my wallet, and I just have one ex to fight with regarding my kids.  So pehaps this is a blessing in disguise.  This isn't to say that there aren't nice, decent, beautiful women out there, but more to say that so far they seem to want very little to do with me.  Grrr.

See, I knew I should have been working tonight instead of going out dirnking.  The ham and cheese sandwich from the grill was pretty tasty, though.

Disconcerting Laziness

Ashwaubenon schools are closed for spring break next week.  This means that Carter and Toliver are staying at their Mom's house at her request.

I haven't decided how I feel about this yet.  It's great that they can spend some good quality time with their mother, and I know that I can use the break, but it just seems weird when they're not here.  My place is obviously designed for a family, and it's disconcerting when the majority of the family isn't around.

The biggest problem I face when the boys aren't here is my own laziness.  When they're here, I make all kinds of plans of things I will do to occupy myself when they're gone.  But, once they've actually left, I find it very difficult to begin following through.

I'm pretty sure there's no way I'll make it nine days without seeing the boys.  It's hardly been 24 hours and I'm already having trouble with the fact that they're not around.  I've been productive for at least part of today, so that's good at least.  If I keep this up, perhaps I'll make it through the whole week.

Of course, that's when I remember that my ex wants to take the boys for the majority of the summer.  Now how am I supposed to handle that?