As everyone may well know, CBS’ post-apocalyptic drama Jericho is coming back for a 2nd season after viewers launched a spirited campaign to save the show, which included sending thousands of pounds of nuts to CBS executives. The passion of the effort seemed to work (or the executives ran out of room to store the nuts) because they decided to bring the show back for an abbreviated 2nd season in a 7 episode run.
Jericho stars Skeet Ulrich and revolves around the survivors of a nationwide nuclear attack, focusing on the residents of a Kansas town named Jericho. The show debuted in September 2006 and did ok, but not great ratings-wise – but when it was pitted against American Idol the numbers killed it for the exec’s.
The fortunate part of the upcoming second season is that Jericho is one of the few original scripted programs that will be on the air because the seven episodes were written before the writers strike. Plus, in order to avoid another similar fan outcry the seven episode story arc will have a beginning, middle and end. The 7th episode, while providing closure does leave the door open for continuing episodes, however.
If the show gets good ratings (people, RECORD American Idol and watch Jericho!) season three just might be coming our way. The catch is that the numbers need to be good by the third or fourth episode of a season for a series to be considered for renewal says Carol Barbee, executive producer of Jericho. In case it does work out, CBS already has a third season story line arc planned out.
Even if something goes awry with the ratings, fans of the series will still get to re-watch their favorite show on TV as the Sci Fi Channel has snapped up cable rerun rights to Jericho from CBS Television Distribution. They have a three year agreement that gives Sci Fi rights to the first and second seasons.
Sci Fi will debut a four-episode marathon February 11th, a day before the second-season premiere on CBS.
Sci Fi and CBS declined to comment on the financial terms of the deal.
Jericho returns for season two on February 12th at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Official Site: Jericho on CBS
Sources: Reuters, SciFiWire