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Jericho: Cancelled TV Show Rises from the Ashes Once Again

JerichoIt’s just possible that cancellation was a good thing for Jericho. When they heard that CBS was dumping the series after one season, thousands of dedicated fans banded together to convince the network to bring it back. Though the second season wasn’t a big success ratings-wise, the show’s fanbase had united and remained committed to the show. The CW’s decision to start airing repeats of Jericho on Sunday nights was likely inspired by fans’ ongoing support. Now, the Jericho story is set to continue in comic form and possibly a movie.

Jericho centers around a small Kansas town that struggles to come together after nuclear attacks leave the United States in a state of disaster and civil war. Skeet Ulrich stars as Jake Green, the mayor’s son, who helps to lead the community after the attacks. The rest of the ensemble cast includes Lennie James, Ashley Scott, Kenneth Mitchell, Brad Beyer, April Parker-Jones, Alicia Coppola, Pamela Reed, Bob Stephenson, Gerald McRaney, Richard Speight Jr., and Clare Carey.

When Jericho was cancelled for the second time, it seemed like that was the end of the story. Still, the producers and fans have refused to let the series die. A deal has now been struck with Devil’s Due Publishing (DDP) to create a new comic book series based on the TV show. Dan Shotz, one of Jericho’s executive producers, gives credit for this revival to the fans, saying that they’ve “driven us to find new and fresh ways to tell the Jericho story.”

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The plans are for the comic book series to pick up where the second season of Jericho left off. DDP President Josh Blaylock said, “We plan to give fans the story they’ve been craving. This is going to be epic stuff.”

Shotz added, “Josh Blaylock and the DDP team are great partners and have shown a true love for our show. We are so thrilled about this comic book series and the endless possibilities for the future of Jericho.” Joining Shotz in developing the comic series will be most of the original creative team, including Jon Turteltaub, Carol Barbee, Karim Zreik, and Jon Steinberg.

Fans may also get more Jericho as a movie is in the works as well. Turteltaub says it’s still in the development stages, but the plans are for it to be a much bigger production than the TV series. The story will likely standalone, so that new audience members wouldn’t have to be familiar with the background of series to the enjoy the movie. The intention is that the cast would return for the movie, but in this early stage, nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

 

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William September 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm

I also came across Jericho by accident as it is playing reruns right now. I remember it when it came out but was too busy for TV now. It would be nice to see them give it another run. Everyone I’ve exposed to the show is now hooked also.. funny. Well, except for one of my friend who is a GS worker.. saying it send the wrong message.. haha
Is it too late for a revival?

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Idahoser January 29, 2010 at 9:20 am

In case anybody still reads this, I wanted to note that if you’re like these folks who don’t watch TV but stumbled on Jericho and liked it, you should also give Firefly a try. There hasn’t been “much” worth watching for years, but that’s not the same as “nothing”.

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Robert December 25, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Love the show. Just watched both seasons on netflix in 2 days. My gf is in the hospital and I am stayin with her so I had to find something to do. I love the idea and the actors of the show. The story line is great and suspenseful as well. I am waiting to see the action for the civil war. We all know how it is goin to end but we still want to see it. Jake Green is a great actor and fits the hero part very well. I just wish someone would pick up the series and bring it back. With NCIS goin on cbs people don’t really want another military show. But I think if someone like fox or usa picked it up they could go somewhere with it. Not sure if I will buy the comic books though. Not really my thing. When the movie comes out I will defenitly go see it!!!

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joy Farcas October 16, 2009 at 5:07 am

Love the show

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joey September 8, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Greg and jennifer called it! We dont have cable either. So when i couldnt sleep saturday morning and checked netflix to see if there was anything interesting jericho seemed like something that could possibly entertain .
I just watched all of the episodes over a 4 day timespan. My eyes are killing me, i think im getting bed sores from the couch, and i havent done any laundry but i dont care! Fantastic actors! Great story ilnes! Gimme more Jericho!!

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Greg and Jennifer August 3, 2009 at 1:22 am

My wife and I stumbled onto Jericho through Netflix. We enjoyed it so much we spent nearly all our free time watching it. Much to our extreme disappointment we discovered that season 2 consisted of only 7 episodes. We wanted to note that we do not watch TV, we only watch movies or Netflix, this said we would entertain hooking out sets up if Jericho was an ongoing show. In the past few months since watching the series we have told well over a dozen freinds about it and many of them are as hooked as we are. Anything we can do to help reconstitute the show, convince other networks to run with it anew or similar let us know.

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mike August 2, 2009 at 7:16 pm

I think a mini-series maybe but a comic would not reach all of the fans and a movie not based on the show would plain stink

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Gayle July 3, 2009 at 3:47 am

It’s a shame it’s only a comic. Don’t get me wrong, I love comics, but it’s not what’s needed here.

A new series is needed – or another station to pick it up – when they already have a good fanbase and thus loyal viewers it’s a shame that none of them haven’t.

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Kim June 28, 2009 at 8:49 pm

we need to get this thing going, we need to be able to finally win a war for a change.

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phil April 13, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Great great show. Was very sad to see if go after two seasons.

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YorkPA April 3, 2009 at 10:42 am

After accidentally catching the first show of season 1, I was hooked. Got all the disks for both seasons from NetFlix and watched them straight thru. I thought WEST WING was the best ever TV show till Jericho and was heartbroken to find it ended. BUT THEN, I read that the peanut campaign had reversed the execs’ minds and the show would continue. NOW I read it “might” come back as a comic book??? Give me a break. Everyone I showed the first show to went out and bought their own disks or got them from Net Flix and want to see more as much as my wife & I. So is it coming back on TV for additional seasons or not? I don’t have much strength left to continue to hope for its return. THIS IS SO SAD!!!

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annielady March 30, 2009 at 3:41 pm

I too would like season three on Tv. It seemthere will not be. Still they could do a mini series like burn notice on usa tv station.They bring it on twice a year summer and winter and let it run for seven shows then bring it back for seven more,so why can’t one of the tv stations pick it up like that I would be happy with that. No movie or comic book ever would be Jericho for me. I want the tv version only. I would watch the movie or the comic because I’m a Jericho fan I will support it,but I still want the tv series go on with the tv charcters in person on the tv screen.

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mrabb2 March 28, 2009 at 11:35 am

I’m very excited about the prospect of a comic book. If there is more story to tell, then I say tell it, and we should be grateful that “the show that won’t die” is able to accomplish this through another medium besides television. While it’s not my first choice, I’m convinced enough by the producers’ faith and their involvement in the project. The movie is what I’m still hoping for, simply because to be able to see these actors again would be so worth the wait.

For those of you opposed, I’m not really sure why. There aren’t many options left, and I think we’re getting a pretty awesome gift.

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RJ March 20, 2009 at 3:56 pm

I believe Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller had the idea first. Way to think of something on your own creator of Jericho!

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ShirleyAnn March 16, 2009 at 7:09 pm

I don’t usually comment on these articles, but I wanted to share my 2 cents worth.

I’m looking forward to the comic book and will buy it if I can find it. I may even resort to ordering it from Amazon if necessary. My continued loyalty to it, though, will depend on the storyline, artwork and whether or not they keep my favourite characters front and centre.

This reminds me of Babylon 5, which was the first time (I believe) where there was a TV show, TV movies, TV “mini-series”, comics and novels – all of which were/are considered “canon”. So, the concept of a TV show crossing mediums is a pretty familiar one. (And let’s not even get into all the different lives Star Trek has had!).

Anyway, personally, I am way more disappointed with the movie idea than the comic book (or graphic novel, whichever it may be) suggestion. While I want to see the actors back on screen and in these roles, my preference would be to get at least a mini-series (6-8 hours). I could go off on a rant about the movie idea, but there really is no point – and I’ll watch it anyway…

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