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'Jericho' - Essential Information

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'Jericho' - Essential Information
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What 'Jericho' Is About:

Returning for a second season after an unexpectedly successful fan drive, Jericho follows what happens in the aftermath of a nuclear explosion in the once peaceful town of Jericho, Kansas that leaves them isolated from the outside world. The current situation: Following the battle with neighboring town New Bern, the citizens of Jericho begin reconstruction efforts to restore the town's power and communication with the outside world. The new Cheyenne government is establishing a stronghold in the region, but Jericho's citizens are suspicious of their new leaders.

Status of 'Jericho':

Jericho is currently not in production. It aired for 2 seasons, from Sep 9, 2006 to Mar 3, 2008. Network: CBS. For current showtimes see Show Listings.

Origins:

Co-creators Jonathan Steinberg and Josh Schaer started out with a post-nuclear character study along the lines of The Day After, but decided there was more to tell than would fit in a single screenplay. Novelist and screenwriter Stephen Chbosky developed the show from Steinberg and Schaer's original outlines. The series was cancelled for low ratings in May 2007 and famously resurrected by a fan drive which involved sending huge quantities of nuts to CBS in protest.

Key 'Jericho' Characters:

Jake Green -- played by Skeet Ulrich, a good actor whose most memorable performances were once Gen-X skeezballs (As Good As It Gets, etc.) -- was enduring an awkward homecoming with his father, the mayor of Jericho, Kansas, when the emergency occurred; he ended up being the only thing that held the town together when most everyone else panicked. Not coincidentally, Ulrich holds the show together as well. The requisite shady enigmas include Robert Hawkins, played by Lennie James, who keeps spawning questions about what he knows and his agenda.

Flavor of 'Jericho':

Heartwarming paranoia. The creators are in search of human nature, having seen (according to interviews) the good side after 9/11 and the bad side after Katrina. In this it resembles Lost: the characters carve out new lives for themselves because they don't know what's going on -- except for the ones who do.
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