When Terra Nova was canceled, the rumors flew that it would get picked up by Netflix as the latest twist in the bid by purveyors of steaming digital entertainment to start sourcing content rather than just relaying it. TV writers have been aching to say "First Arrested Development, now..."--but the Terra Nova prospect, which could never have been very strong for such an extremely expensive series, rapidly withered and died.
Skeet Ulrich as Jake Green in Jericho.
The prospect now gets regularly thought about whenever a good series is canceled, often by fans who are more sanguine about the possibility of uncancellation than producers. Kyle Killen, for example, doesn't sound too optimistic about the likelihood of Awake seeing a second season, on another network or otherwise.
Earlier this month an unexpected candidate for disinterment on digital media surfaced: a Seattle newspaper reported, and other media expanded, on news that Netflix is in talks with CBS to revive Jericho, the show that was already famously brought back from the dead once after being canceled at its very high point of awesomeness at the end of its powerful first season, only to be canceled again after a second season that was just as exceptionally made but was different enough from season 1 that some fans were disoriented.
Neither Netflix nor CBS would talk about the report. CBS issued a very general statement: The network is "always willing to talk with Netflix if they're interested in one of our shows," says Kelly Kahl, CBS's chief scheduler. Either way it's way to early to celebrate, since the talks could easily break down over rights, creative freedom, or cast and crew availability. The series arguably could not proceed without at least creator Jon Turteltaub, a busy filmmaker, and star Skeet Ulrich, and that's just for starters.
Unlike Harper's Island, the brilliant kill-off-the-cast thriller that was Jon Turteltaub's other big TV idea, Jericho never did quite die after its second cancellation--it's continued in comic books, and Turteltaub has talked periodically about small- and big-screen revivals, so far without success.
"We'd be ecstatic if that happened," Jericho co-executive producer Karin Zreik told The Hollywood Reporter. "From what I hear, sides are talking. I wish I knew more. As you know, the fanbase of that show were incredible, and they've all started reaching out since this report came out. It's exciting and I know the cast is excited too."
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