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Save jPod!

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What You Can Do:

  • Watch jPod! Season 1 is being rebroadcast on Thursdays @ 8pm on the CBC, starting June 19th.
  • Spread the word about the rebroadcast - Tell you friends and get them to watch too! Check out the list for other ideas on how to spread the word about jPod this summer.
  • From Miranda, via Facebook: The MOST EFFECTIVE thing an individual can do is WRITE A LETTER. Yes, I said “letter”. Remember those? A letter on paper in an envelope with a stamp is extremely powerful. Even the people at the CBC told me that.
    • Write them at: AUDIENCE RELATION
      BOX 500, STATION “A”
      M5W 1E6
    • Don’t have time to write your own letter? Just sign Chad’s: Renew jPod Letter
  • Sign our petition. Sign the other petition.
  • From Kam Fong himself: Call CBC at: 1-866-306-4636, choose option 1 for English programming and choose option 1 again for the “Attendant” then ask for “Audience Services”. Audience Services will answer and at that point tell them how you feel about jPod being cancelled and how you would like to see a season 2.
  • Fill out the CBC’s contact form at
  • Email Dell and tell them their stuff looks cool on TV, and that it’s too bad you won’t be looking at it now…
  • Tell other people about this site. Digg us, Facebook us, etc. Get the word out.
  • Watch the show streamed from the site at the CBC: Let the episode play through to the end, and then watch another. They’re likely watching the hits to that site. If they’re not, overloading their streaming video service will get their attention.
  • Send us more suggestions for ways to take action in the comments below.

Thanks everyone!


63 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jordan Eresman // Mar 12, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Is you petition synced with the ipetition?

    Add a debit checkout!

  • 2 John Paulson // Mar 12, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    What about something similar to what they did for Jericho. They decided to send nuts to the ABC corporate headquarters. So how about getting all are old GAME CDs and sending them to CBC.
    Other stuff to send.
    Bottles of Cough Syrup.
    McDonald’s Wrappers (taint)

  • 3 Sim@CanDevs // Mar 13, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Here’s another petition:

    Also, go to the CBC web site and search “Jpod” on their site search tool. That way it can be listed as one of the top searches on the site.

    Go to video games forums, television show forums, book forums, and other relevant forums and start a thread to inform people about Jpod and post the relevant links.

  • 4 Al // Mar 13, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    I called the CBC. The operator was just as shocked an disappointed as I am. She claims that previous public outcries have saved programs in the past and thus far there has been a lot of viewer calls expressing shock and disappointment.

  • 5 Erin // Mar 14, 2008 at 12:53 am

    I agree with the above comentor - Jericho had huge success by sending in peanuts. The rule of thumb is the cheaper and item, the easier it will be to send. It’s also going to look really odd it people start going into drug stores and buying out all the cough syrup. Microwave popcorn bags, maybe Legos like the book covers, or CD’s would definatley be do able. We could also do something small, like ketchup packets, or cans of cola, or anything turtle or skateboard related.

  • 6 Chad // Mar 14, 2008 at 12:58 am

    The MOST effective thing, BY FAR, even more important than those listed above, is ratings. I guarantee CBC will take notice of a jump in ratings ahead of letters, phone calls, emails…

    The good news is jPod’s ratings were already increasing (slowly) before the show was canceled. We need to build on this momentum. There are 4 episodes remaining in the season. If we can show CBC that the audience has grown, this will validate every single phone call, letter or petition!

    Now is the time for you online viewers to tune in. I know it’s tough - we all have better places to be on Friday nights. But dig in and persevere. There are only 4 episodes left, and that’s our last chance. Because this is the vote that really counts.

  • 7 Doug // Mar 14, 2008 at 10:52 am

    “Overloading their streaming video service”

    jPod does not have enough fans to overload a streaming video service.. come on now. Irrational thoughts like that just discredit your cause.

    jPod is a really, really lousy show.

  • 8 Dominique Noel // Mar 14, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Doug, I take it you’ve taken the time to watch every single episode that has been aired? What are you doing on this site anyway?

  • 9 Karan Bhangui // Mar 14, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    This show is so awesome. We need to get Kam Fong to make this show viral! In all seriousness, we need to spread the word ASAP. It will really suck to see this show go.

  • 10 Chad // Mar 15, 2008 at 3:42 am

    Do the following EVERY day (until the end of the season):

    1) write letter to CBC
    BOX 500, STATION “A”
    M5W 1E6

    2) Phone CBC
    1-866-306-4636, choose option 1 for English programming and choose option 1 again for the “Attendant” then ask for “Audience Services”. Audience Services will answer and at that point tell them how you feel about jPod being canceled and how you would like to see a season 2.

    3) Email CBC

    In addition to the above, the following items would be a huge help:

    (1) Sign both petitions (if you haven’t already):
    The first petition is more important since the admin mails it to CBC periodically.

    (2) Get your friends who already love and watch the show to join the movement. A lot of viewers aren’t even aware the show has been canceled, or that a protest movement is underway.

    (3) Get new viewers hooked on the show. I’ve been encouraging people to watch the first 2 episodes online and then make their own minds up. The link to the online episodes is Now exercise your social network! These people will thank you for introducing them to an amazing show!

    (4) Join the two facebook groups:

    Remember, you’re not just saving a good show, but the future of Canadian television. If your morale is low and your spirits need a lift, go and read the comments written on the petition!

    Good luck,

  • 11 Scott // Mar 16, 2008 at 5:17 am

    I love this show. I live in Chicago and I can only watch the show via torrents. I think what CBC is doing is criminal. Many people all over the world are eagerly awaiting the next episode. We are with you in supporting this fine Canadian export to our borders. Many people here in the states are in love with the “pod” as well. Send in Orange Tang. Tons of it! When Jericho was cancelled we sent in 25 tons of peanuts for a month and forced them to bring back our show. It made a HUGE STATEMENT to the powers that be. The petition is a good start, but you have to be “militant” in bringing the show back. Thats what will get CBC to bring the show back.

  • 12 JamesD // Mar 16, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Ever since I read the novel, I’ve wanted a jPod movie/tv show. Now they’ve taken it away from me :(

  • 13 Jeff // Mar 18, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I just sent this to the CBC via their online form. What do you think?

    Cancelling jPod is a mistake that CBC must reconsider immediately.

    Don’t make jPod another example of executive-dinosaur-think. jPod has a lot of potential and needs a chance to mature and grow. Frankly, it’s the only show on CBC that I watch. Bone-headed decisions like moving it to friday nights is such a typical response that seem to doom shows like jPod. Pay attention to the online ratings. Keep an eye on the bittorrent versions. The target audience for this show is consuming it in ways that the CBC doesn’t care to track. This is the future of television. If the CBC as a whole is going to surivive you had better clue into this before it’s too late. You’ve got thousands of fans online who are just shaking their heads at this situation because they’re seen it happen too many times before. Try innovating a bit and find a place for this show. I think the CBC is underestimating how much jPod is raising its profile internationally. Coupland fans have been clamouring for a TV show or movie for a decade, and when it finally happens, it gets canned by an executive dinosaur. Good work CBC.

  • 14 Matt // Mar 19, 2008 at 1:33 am

    A friend of mine recently turned me on to jPod and I find it to be just a really fun, smart, and entertaining show. Good nerd television is rare. We have “The Big Bang” here in the states, but because of our standards & practices - it is doomed by the traditional sitcom set-up.

    jPod’s cancellation proves that networks even outside the states don’t care about quality programming by giving it the time it needs to grow. Shows with low ratings don’t necessarily suck, it’s just that they have not been given an opportunity to reach the audience to it’s full potential. And moving jPod to a Friday night is a great way to kill any chance of rising ratings.

    I will do what I can to get the word about jPod out to the masses, e-mail the CBC, and hope that a second season can be produced - and maybe, even make it to the states!

  • 15 Bruce // Mar 19, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    I love jpod and just heard about it being cancelled. I am disappointed to say the least. It really is a shame that a show this funny, entertaining and that speaks to all the geeks out there is not being given the chance it should.

  • 16 Chad // Mar 20, 2008 at 12:09 am

    In general, writing using your own words is the most powerful way to get the message across. However, for those of you who don’t have time, or are just looking for something extra to mail to CBC in addition to your own letters, I offer you the following stock letter:

    Just add your signature.

    Try to mail CBC daily at:

    Audience Relations
    CBC Television
    Box 500, Station “A”
    Toronto, ON
    M5W 1E6

  • 17 TelKesh // Mar 23, 2008 at 7:07 am

    To save a show alot of people suggest picking one item, specific to the show, something fans would get behind and having fan’s mail it in. Jericho had peanuts. The Dresden Files had drumsticks. And I think I may have jPod’s:

    My idea is cheap to make. the base components would be less then 5 bucks. But it would take time and effort to make thus showing that the fan cares enough to stalk a tv show.

    I stole the idea from episode 3: Emo-tion Capture.
    Taking a reference from within the show means alot mor ethen some random thing elsewhere.

    My idea is ‘We Stalk jPod’.

    Red cardboard lovehearts. Made with love (And lettering from magazines), with these words:

    You are the sunshine of my life. I can’t imagine a world without you.

    Cheap, easy. But bound to be effective. Heck, I’d even have one or two coming from Australia.

  • 18 Save jPod! — Alright podsters, lets send some letters. // Mar 23, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    […] what you can do […]

  • 19 skeizix // Mar 26, 2008 at 11:06 am

    What about sending in tang or orange juice powder in an envelope? That might get messy and make the people opening it mad, but it would get the point accross :)

  • 20 Rick // Mar 26, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I tried watching jPod a few times. It was horrible. There was not a good thing about this show and I’m glad to see it go. Don’t get me wrong, I had high hopes for it, but the execution of the concept was painful to watch.

  • 21 Caitlyn // Mar 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    jPod rocks, I can’t believe CBC isn’t renewing it.

    You can also FAX the CBC executive team at the following numbers:

    (416) 205-5551

    Robert Rabinovitch, President and Slawko Klymkyw, Executive Director Network Programming.

    Also, email a more direct address:


  • 22 Contact CEO of CBC // Mar 27, 2008 at 9:19 am


    Robert Rabinovitch, President and CEO, CBC, 181 Queen Street, Ottawa, ON, K1P 1K9;; Fax 613-288-6214

  • 23 Stephanie W // Mar 27, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Then Rick, why are you even here? This site is to SAVE jPod. Your negativity is not appreciated, and we know this guy Kam Fong who could easily send you to a “Hug Retreat”.

    That is all.

  • 24 P Nath // Mar 28, 2008 at 11:39 am

    HEY if you’re in Vancouver and really want to save jPod, come out to the xPod live event - Saturday March 29th at NOON, at the north side of Canada Place near the IMAX. It’s a scavenger hunt where you can win a Nintendo Wii AND we’ll be filming testimonies from people who want to send CBC a message about saving JPOD.

  • 25 Chris // Mar 28, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Another channel (no pun intended) to direct your efforts might be to write/petition other broadcasters or independent producers to buy the property. I don’t know how feasible this is so I’m really shooting off the cuff- some of you reading this may already have knowledge of who owns the rights to what and what can be done with them and may be able to discount ( or heartily endorse) this idea immediately.

    I suggest this as I believe this has saved some shows in the past (Buffy?). It of course has also meant the serializing of a show that was initially rejected. The series Rent-A-Goalie on Showcase was originally envisioned as a CBC series by the producers of the pilot.

    One of the downsides I see to this idea is it taking away focus from efforts to sway the CBC. Mind you, getting some buzz going amongst other producers could contribute to the CBC changing their mind. And the corollary of this, the IPs seeing the great interest created by your campaign, they may smell blood, that is to say dollars, and may be motivated into picking up the show.

    This is something that would have to happen soon I would think so to keep most of the creative talent in place, otherwise the flavour of the show could be effected.

    Off the top of my head I can only think of Shaftsbury as a possible contender besides the obvious CTV/Citytv/Chum conglom. and Global networks. … Ok, a quick memory scan and google search just then and “Breakthrough Films” comes up as another possibility. Small for sure (”Paradise Falls” was produced by them) but the petitions and letters generated here may be something they can take to the bank, literally.

    Personally, I have yet to see “jPod”, but I’ve heard decent buzz about it. And buzz from sources that were unlikely (CBC “haters” for one). I also have a minor connection to the Can. Film/TV biz and it’d be nice to see shows like this gather some steam. And it’s just nice to have shows in production, even if this ones in Van. and I’m not.

    Good luck with all your efforts.

  • 26 Adrienne // Mar 28, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    A quick follow-up to Chris’ idea of getting another network to buy… Why not Showcase? They already have more risque stuff like ‘Secret Diary of a Callgirl’ and ‘Weeds’

  • 27 Maxxx // Mar 31, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    im sure you mean showtime, right?

  • 28 Micronaut // Apr 1, 2008 at 8:17 am

    I’ve created some postcards (PDF and PNG) and posted them on my site for all to use in support of the cause:

  • 29 JuiceLee // Apr 1, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    jPod is the best Canadian show since…since never. How can you cancel such a clever show that defines our generation?!?

  • 30 Kimberly // Apr 3, 2008 at 10:32 am

    I’ve started sending paperclips, letters, and memos through the mail.

  • 31 Lexa // Apr 3, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Okay - I’m in America, but I really like this show. I want to help, but I don’t know if CBC would take me seriously if I sent them a letter? I don’t know if CBC cares what we watch in America. But I have sent e-mails and signed petitions so far.

  • 32 mars // Apr 4, 2008 at 3:51 am

    Um… correct me if I am wrong here, but isn’t jPod based on a book? A single book? meaning one book = one season. There is nothing to save here, it is a miniseries my friends. A very good miniseries, but a miniseries nonetheless.

  • 33 Stephanie W // Apr 4, 2008 at 6:29 am

    I can’t believe tonight is the last episode….everyone call the CBC today and let them know how sad you are about it!

  • 34 Stephanie W // Apr 4, 2008 at 6:31 am

    Oh, and Micronaut your Postcards are awesome. :)

  • 35 Dwight the Turtle // Apr 4, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Mars: M*A*S*H was based on a film, which was in turn based on a book.

    It ran from September 17, 1972 to February 28, 1983. Quite the run for a book, eh?

  • 36 ryan // Apr 4, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    if they cancel wat other show would put game gore on their show this really sucks

  • 37 ryan // Apr 4, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    a minisearies that can live on what u dont know is everything that happened in the movie can happen again by that characters can come back

  • 38 Matt // Apr 4, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Yeah, all that needs to be done is more storyline written up. The most important thing from the book is the characters and style, from there anything is possible.

  • 39 dotDarkCloud // Apr 4, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    We should organize a “watch jPod online and try to bog down CBC’s servers day” and get as many ppl as we can to watch online.

  • 40 CH // Apr 5, 2008 at 8:21 am

    If they had wanted to make a miniseries they would have made a miniseries. What kind of ignoramus thinks books can’t be expanded further?
    I really don’t understand why it is that people who didn’t like jpod are writing in here. You are entitled to your opinion and no one is forcing you to watch the show - but those of us who do like it have the right to fight to bring it back.

  • 41 Kn0tmin3 // Apr 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm
    was jpod only supposed to be 13 eps?
    anyhoo, can someone tell me why I cannot watch the finale on the cbc site?

    jpod rules… or ruled

  • 42 Kn0tmin3 // Apr 5, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    that isn’t my real email, I don’t have one, and I just filled in the website with the first adress I could think of

  • 43 TruXter // Apr 6, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Jpod needs to go podcast, or to revision3, or to joost. They need to get online.! I mean jpod and the old techtv crew would be a hit in creating the whole i.p. Tv thing as it was originally foreseen by the techies of yesteryear (hehe).
    I really mean this, there is money in the online media. Talk to leo, talk to kevin rose, talk and certainly talk to chris pirillo,(google em).

    I myself am a nobody and i make plenty with adverts in my media. Jpod would make a killing. Hell talk to Trent Reznor!

  • 44 Apple // Apr 6, 2008 at 12:30 am

    One other way to have your voice heard to contact the CBC official blog.

    This is what they have to say”

    If you would like to ask about or comment on CBC’s programming, such as:
    Comments about programming decisions made by the CBC (e.g., changes to CBC Radio Two)

    Feedback or queries on cancelled shows

    Questions about programming that has aired

    please send your comments to Audience Relations.

    - Every week, comments sent to Audience Relations through that link are compiled into a report seen by senior executives.”

    Visit -

  • 45 HC // Apr 6, 2008 at 10:47 am

    I have a theory.

    The CBC purposely didn’t air episode 11 on regular TV is because they want to know how many Canadians are actually watching jpod online. Since the only way to view episode 11 is to watch the streaming video from the CBC’s website, and since only Canadian IPs can access it, I think they feel they could get an accurate number of how many Canadians are actually following jPod by the number of hits for episode 11.

    So in short, if you’re going to load up a streaming episode, make sure it’s episode 11.

  • 46 Laura M // Apr 6, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    A new angle to write/complain about to the CBC:

    I’ve sent in a complaint to the CBC about their obvious neglect and disrespect for jPod fans, and online viewers.

    First, they skip an episode. That’s practically unheard of in television and shows that they really don’t care about us.

    Then they don’t have the last episode up online in a timely manner. Not having the episode online very shortly following its airtime on television demonstrates that they don’t value their online viewers as much as their conventional ones, and that is NOT a good idea, given that online viewership is increasing and will continue to do so.

    If the CBC wants to remain a respected institution, they need to acknowledge and respect ALL of their audience members.

    The fact that they’re clearly not fully appreciative of their online viewers at the moment suggests that they didn’t fully consider them in decisions made about jPod in general.

  • 47 Sherry // Apr 12, 2008 at 8:09 am

    Finally a show that is not a fake reality show, and what do they do… cancel it. Come on CBC give the show a chance. I look forward to it each week. It is so crazy and off the wall (Kind of like us Canadians) that you can not help but laugh. Cowboy is awsome!!
    As for Alan Thick… I have never seen him in such a role and I love it! He plays the part excellent, the drunken stupid out of work father, chasing his dream is too much, I laugh myself silly over it.
    jPod rocks!

  • 48 Dan // Apr 12, 2008 at 11:03 am

    episode 11 and 13 weren’t aired because cbc didn’t want to pay the licensing on the music - take a look at the track listings: 11 songs in both episodes as opposed to 5 or 6 songs in all the others. Thanks for cheaping out fools.

  • 49 Nix // Apr 12, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    In response to sending old game cd’s, cough syrup, etc, we should send the station pot. That should get their attention. :p

  • 50 Maestro // Apr 12, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    I tend to agree with online media distribution. Also in regards to CH comment, none of the people who don’t like the show have been overly idiotic, just mostly saying ‘this show sucks’, so I wouldn’t want to stop them posting that if they aren’t abusive about it.

  • 51 Jaded // Apr 13, 2008 at 1:40 am

    This is the network that cancelled “Da Vinci’s Inquest/City Hall”, probably the most watched and most critically acclaimed Canadian dramatic series, ever (still airing reruns here & in the US) - I enjoyed the ‘pod, but there’s just no comparison.

    I don’t hold out much hope, but by all means, giv’em hell at CBC - who knows?

  • 52 Pierre Carrey // Apr 13, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Yo guys,

    Just to let you know a support site for french speakers - with a well-thought and original name - is in the making :

    I hope to raise awareness about the show among french speakers, lobby to get a broadcasting of the show in France, and just plain support this great show ;)

    Don’t expect much content in english tho: I don’t have enough time to waste on translations, and .ca is already covering you anyway.

    See you later ;)

  • 53 Stephanie W // Apr 14, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Great Idea! It just goes to show the scope of jPod’s popularity. :)

  • 54 Chad // Apr 14, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Alright, here’s an outline of our campaign as I see it:

    Step (1) - Accomplished
    CBC says “we loved the show, but it was unable to sustain the critical-mass audience.”
    Action: launch campaign and write CBC until they notice all the online viewers
    Accomplished: April 14

    Step (2) - Now
    CBC acknowledges online audience, but denies business case.
    Action: write, email, and call CBC daily to argue business case of online videos with ads, plus business case of DVD sales, urging CBC to innovate to meet its audience

    Step (3) – Future, if necessary
    CBC rebroadcasts entire series.
    Action: watch the show and get EVERYONE to do the same. This is when we’ll need a public awareness campaign to let people know when the show is airing.

    So here’s what we should all be doing right now: we all need to write, email, and call CBC, as many times as necessary, and present the business case for online broadcasting (see my argument here: We need to encourage CBC to be innovative and take a leadership role in meeting its audience online.

    Remember, persistence is vital. They need to know that our frustration is here to stay and is not going away. Keep up the awesome work everyone!

  • 55 Stephanie W // Apr 14, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    As upset as I am, I’m still going to do everything you suggested…. I know I’ve been a downer about the whole thing today, sorry, perhaps it’s just a case of the Monday Blues.

    I just can’t ignore your optimism though, and I’ll keep trying. :) I’ve written to the other stations too already, so maybe if those networks show interest in jPod the CBC may also take a second look.

    Thanks for posting the above Chad, you’re getting me to snap out of it. ;p

  • 56 Stephanie W // Apr 14, 2008 at 4:23 pm


    Dwight the Turtle…..where are yoooouuuu???

  • 57 Chad // Apr 14, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Can you post the contact info for the other networks you wrote to? Can’t hurt to drum up some buzz among the competition…

    But I’m skeptical that any other network would be willing to tolerate jPod’s online audience the way CBC should, as a public network.

    PS feel free to re-post my response on facebook Stephanie

  • 58 Trevor // Apr 14, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    I just found the site today, and in a week when exams are over with I’m coming back to get my hands dirty.

    A hopeful thought: It’s got to be easier to get attention in the Canadian market for a Canadian show than it is the U.S. Every letter represents a bigger piece of the pie. :)

    We will save Jpod!

  • 59 Seanna // Apr 15, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Save Jpod!!! We always need more good canadian shows out there!

  • 60 Trevor // Apr 16, 2008 at 10:37 am

    I was walking past the CBC yesterday and had an idea as to how we could raise awareness:

    It would only take a few of us, but could require perhaps a few hundred dollars investment. We meet outside the CBC (wearing our save jpod shirts, of course) and offer employees cigarettes as they come outside to smoke!

    Why this works:

    (1) We wouldn’t be bothering the company or interfering with their business; everybody involved is on a break.

    (2) Can you imagine how fast this message would spread throughout the entire organization? We could capture watercooler talk across a broad cross-section of CBC departments, creating a general awareness of the campaign. What smoker isn’t going to go tell his/her smoking buddies about the ‘free’ cigarettes downstairs?

    (3) Yes, it could be expensive, but we don’t need to stay for long. A day should do the trick. (?)

    (4) The symbolic link to cancer cowboy provides an ‘in’ for any media who want to mention the event and link it back to the show. Whether or not to issue a press release isn’t my area of expertise, but it seems to me like it could provide a much greater return on investment if we pressed for coverage.

    Thoughts? Suggestions?

  • 61 Matthew Gruman » Save jPod // Apr 20, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    […] there is also an excellent What You Can Do section that is based in reality. It provides contact mailing addresses, a well-written form letter […]

  • 62 Tinna // Apr 23, 2008 at 7:16 am

    I’ve never seen this show but I’m signing all the petitions because if one of my favorite shows were canceled I’d want people to do the same for me!

    Good luck!

  • 63 Lisa // May 22, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Has anybody actually straight out asked CBC what we as fans can do to help change their minds about the cancellation?

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