Jericho_s2_skeeet_240 Forgive the corny headline but I simply love the story of how Jericho was able to return for a second season (Tuesday at 10 p.m. on CBS).

It’s a story made possible by the Internet, devoted fans and good show. When CBS pulled the plug on the freshman drama last May, those who loved Jericho quickly mobilized to send peanuts (and lots of them!) to CBS headquarters in both LA and New York. Surprised by the outpouring of support for the show, three weeks later, in a power to the people moment, CBS picked up the show for a seven-episode second season. If only all of TV worked like this and we could always keep our favorite shows on the air.

But now the pressure is on — the show needs to be good and more people need to start watching. On the first count, I’m happy to report that Jericho returns with a powerful episode full of breathtaking images, new mysteries and great character development.

I actually think the second season is poised to be creatively stronger than the first season. In essence it’s a new show about what Jericho must do to survive in and save this new world — and it is a totally new world (as evidenced by the new and visually arresting American flag). Esai Morales (NYPD Blue) is a great addition to the cast this season as Major Edward Beck. I’m not exactly sure what he’s up to but I like him. And Skeet Ulrich continues his great work as the prodigal son turned unlikely hero.

If you’re not sure what all the fuss is about, check out the four episode marathon of the first season on the Sci Fi Channel Monday night at 7 p.m. Now is the time to give the show a chance. After you watch the second season premiere let me know what you think.

And check out a similar campaign being launched by the fans of The 4400 over at http://www.giantseeds.com/save-the-4400.html

Writer’s Strike

I don’t want to do the dance of joy too soon or count my remote controls before they hatch but it certainly seems that by the time I write my Wednesday post the writer’s strike will officially be over.

I received so many emails over the weekend asking me what this means and when will The Office, Desperate Housewives, Heroes, Insert Name of Your Favorite Show Here return. Right now it’s all speculation with conventional wisdom saying many of our favorite shows will return to complete a shortened season while other more complex plot driven shows (such as Heroes and 24) will wait until next year to return.

But one thing is for sure — if the writers are happy, I’m happy. Let’s continue to think only good thoughts, shall we?

Highlights of the Week Ahead

All times listed are Eastern Standard Time for February 11-17

Bag_terminator_240 I know there are some of you who just don’t understand my continuing devotion to all things 90210. All I can tell you is that I can’t help myself and that’s why I’m so thrilled that Brian Austin Green joins the cast of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles this week (Monday, FOX, 9 p.m.). He’s playing a character known as The Stranger. Also Dean Winters returns as Sarah’s former boyfriend Charley.

Here’s the thing. I think I have to make a promise to me to not start watching Big Brother: ‘Til Death Do You Part, which begins Tuesday at 9 p.m. on CBS (and will air every week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday). Because I really think the show is kind of awful and brings out the worst in people but once I started watching this summer, I couldn’t stop and I became part of the problem. I can’t let that happen again. This time around the reality show sounds like it will play out like match.com meets Big Brother. The show has paired people up and they must compete as a couple — share the same room (even the same bed) and hold head of household together. And last year’s winner Evil Dick will co-host show you can find to at www.cbs.com. But I will not watch Big Brother 9. I will not watch Big Brother 9. I will not watch Big Brother 9.

After multiple reschedulings (yeah I know that’s not even a word, but that’s what ABC has been doing), Scott Bakula finally guest stars on Boston Legal (Tuesday, ABC, 10 p.m.). Bakula plays Shirley’s college boyfriend and this is fun for us, why? That’s right — Bakula played Candice Bergen’s love interest Peter Hunt on Murphy Brown.

Finally I can safely tune back into American Idol. It’s Hollywood week which means by Wednesday night (8 p.m. on FOX) we will know which 12 men and which 12 women are continuing. The live performances begin next week.

See I’m kind of torn about Survivor: Micronesia (Thursday, CBS, 8 p.m.). I really had no need to see Jonny Fairplay again. Ever. As I said when he first competed — he wasn’t fun to watch, he was annoying to watch. So I’m glad he’s off the show. But I wanted him voted off because he was outsmarted by this tribe not because he asked to be voted off. And I’m not sure if I’m buying what he’s selling. Was he really missing his pregnant girlfriend? Or did he arrive in Micronesia, have one night of eating fish and sleeping on the ground and think "I so don’t need to do this again." What do you think? Talk about it below. Also is it just me or is Survivor becoming like The Real World. What’s with all the hooking up?

Lorraine Bracco plays a book editor after Wendy in the second episode of Lipstick Jungle (Thursday, NBC, 10 p.m.). You all have been suspiciously quiet about this show. Does that mean you a) liked it, b)hated it or c) are indifferent. I’m betting on "c" but would love to know if I’m correct.

Jessespencer2_house_s4_240 If you, your TiVo, DVR or VCR missed the post-Super Bowl episode of House, FOX is repeating it Friday at 9 p.m. What do you think is going to become of Chase and Cameron on the show? I liked it last week when House said "we need you" to Chase — it was the first sign that House misses his old team, don’t you think?

You know I was so excited for a new episode of Brothers & Sisters (Sunday, ABC, 10 p.m.) but last week’s episode just seemed to be marking time and a quick way to skedaddle the Lena story line. But I am glad to have Jason back into the mix although I fear the situation could lead to heartbreak for Scotty. Keep an eye out for Enrico Colantoni (that’s Keith Mars to you and me) as a guest star this week.

If you’ve missed out on the Showtime series Dexter, the drama comes to CBS this Sunday at 10 p.m. CBS just sent out the edited version of the first two episodes (think less gore and profanity) so after I’ve watched them I’ll let you know what I think.

That’s all for today. I’ll be back on Wednesday with familiar faces and, in honor of Valentine’s Day, to discuss our favorite TV kisses. Have a question? Seen a familiar face? Want to nominate a quote of the week? Have a topic you want to see the group discuss? Write me at amytvgal@zap2it.com. Talk to you on Wednesday.

Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal

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