Nutty 'Jericho' Fans Make CBS Reconsider Canceling Show

"Right now they are," Russell said. "They still have time to change their minds."

The Network Food Fight

This is not the first time a protest has taken on a culinary nature.

When fans feared that WB was going to cancel "Roswell," they sent tiny bottles of Tabasco sauce to the network. It was the favorite condiment of the show's aliens. "Roswell" was moved to a new night and time and was renewed for a second season.

When Fox canceled "Arrested Development," fans sent the network bananas in protest. (The family featured in the series ran a beachfront banana stand.)

So what is CBS going to do now that it has enough peanuts to feed a parade of elephants?

They will be donated to City Harvest, a New York City program that takes excess food and distributes it to community food programs for the poor, according to Phil Gonzales, a CBS spokesman. Some of the nuts are also on their way to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan through the Staten Island Homefront Project.

Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment, was one of the nut recipients.

After receiving the packages, she posted a statement on "Jericho's" message board.

"We have read your e-mails over the past few days and have been touched by the depth and passion with which you have expressed your disappointment. Please know that canceling a television series is a very difficult decision," she wrote.

"In the coming weeks, we hope to develop a way to provide closure to the compelling drama that was the 'Jericho' story," she added.

Dan Shotz, producer of "Jericho," told ABC News in an e-mail: "We, the producers, are so moved by the outpouring of support for 'Jericho.' The way this show has resonated with our audience means the world to us. We have the greatest fans. We appreciate their tireless efforts to help their favorite show return to television. We are doing everything we can to help in that endeavor."

Several of the actors have also weighed in on the message boards.

"I'm thrilled to witness that the themes of our show have resonated with you," wrote actor Kenneth Mitchell, who played Eric Green. "Your recent rally has brought new meaning to the episodes 'Why We Fight' and 'Coalition of the Willing.' I'm surprised Planters Peanuts hasn't called to do a cross promotion."

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