‘Jericho’ Creator Confirms Negotiations for Netflix Revival

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 7th, 2013 at 10:31 am,

Jericho Season 3 Netflix Revival Jericho Creator Confirms Negotiations for Netflix Revival

Few cultural products so fully captured 21st-century American anxieties as Jericho. Despite assembling an audience with near-Firefly levels of devotion – one that managed to successfully bring the show back from the grave via the strategic deployment of peanuts – Jericho ended in 2008 due to overall lackluster ratings.

Since Jericho‘s cancellation, there have been several attempts to revive the show, meeting with varying degrees of success. Series creator Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) has confirmed that Netflix has at least a passing interest in reviving the fallen show.

In an interview with Nerdacy, Chbosky acknowledged that his representatives in the William Morris Endeavor agency have been actively speaking with Netflix about possible financing for further episodes of Jericho. When asked about the show’s possible future, Chbosky commented:

“You know WME (William Morris Endeavor) Agency, who represents me, Jon Turteltaub and many other people, and they’ve been talking to Netflix and you never know. I can’t say what it will be in season 3, but I’m excited for the new developments.”

The original seasons of Jericho follow the inhabitants of a small Kansas community struggling for survival after a devastating nuclear attack decapitates the United States government. Prodigal son Jake Green (Skeet Ulrich) and a newcomer with a shadowy past (Lennie James) band together to help lead Jericho’s people through a new age of tainted weather, roving gangs of mercenaries, and the rise of a tyrannical new regime that may have had a hand in destroying the old one.

Curiously, Jericho‘s story has already continued past the end of its truncated season 2 – albeit in a series of comic books. In 2011, members of the show’s writing staff oversaw a series of Jericho Season 3: Civil War comic books, published by Devil’s Due. These comics (since collected into a single graphic novel) are considered a canonical extension of the television show. Chbosky confirms as such with:

“Well, if you really, really want to know about season 3, the best thing would be to read the comics. That tells a better story.”

A Jericho Season 4 comic series began publication by IDW Comics in 2012, but so far has only released a single issue. At this time, it is unknown whether that series will continue.

Jericho Versus New Bern Jericho Creator Confirms Negotiations for Netflix Revival

Considering all this, one might raise the question of what season 3 of a Jericho television series would even look like. Picking up the story after the comic books’ tales is out of the question, since it would require audiences to know exactly what happened in them. Adapting the comics directly is also a tricky proposition, as it more or less abrogates their purpose in the first place. Will Chbosky and company take off in a new direction entirely, then? Or does his relative disinterest in the question of story indicate that a television revival of Jericho is actually a much more tenuous notion than he first implies?

Chbosky’s confirmation is certainly a weak one at best. The state of the Netflix negotiations – and indeed, whether Netflix is seriously interested at all – remains a mystery. Of course Netflix has already demonstrated interest in backing the revival of cancelled television shows with cultish followings. Season 4 of Arrested Development (a series that ended before Jericho even began) will debut on the streaming service in May of this year. Similarly, Netflix agreed to partially finance new episodes of The Killing for AMC earlier this year.

However, Jericho may not have the clout of Arrested Development and does not present the kind of co-financing, bond-strengthening opportunity of The Killing. While Netflix is heading full-steam into proprietary programming with shows like House of Cards and Hemlock Grove, the service may be waiting to see how the public reacts to season 4 of Arrested Development before locking itself into any other series revivals. Perhaps another mass-delivery of nuts is in order.

We may never see another episode of Jericho. However, the adventures of Jake Green and his Kansas hometown continue (canonically!) in the Jericho Season 3: Civil War collected graphic novel.

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Source: Nerdacy

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  1. Just watched this show for the first time, and I have to agree with bringing it back

  2. Yes! Bring it back!

  3. i think this show needs to come back. its great!

  4. Just watched all 29 episodes of Jericho on Netflix over the course of the last week. Loved it! Too bad it was cancelled. Just purchased the Season 3 TPB. Would love to see Netflix add the show to its lineup.

  5. Jake green does not approve! U Must air season 3 Netflix, you cant leave die hard fans hanging like that, Forget the killing! Bring back Jericho, its one of my fav shows, plus u cant end it on episode 7 season 2! WOW! COME ON NETFLIX U WANT More viewers the open ur damn eyes and put on shows that r good!

  6. I love this show, bring it back.

  7. I was wrong about you, Jake.

    • LOL!

  8. Are there any updates on this??? I finished watching the show on Netflix and was shocked when I reached to the last episode!!! Please please please bring it back!!!

  9. Please I need more bring it back!!!!!

  10. Yes bring it back there is so much more to be told. It will be up to us the fans to maybe even get it started back they have ny vote for sure. Introduce the show to friends get enough people and Netflix will see we want it back.

  11. Please netflix im beggin you to bring it back!!! Does anyone have any updates??!

  12. Pls Bring It Back!!! I love
    Watching Jericho.
    Can’t Wait For More!

  13. Must bring this back!!!!!!

  14. After being frustrated with the summer line-up (there is very little quality TV these days), I found Jericho on Amazon Prime. Never even heard of it, but decided to give it a try. The story line is incredible – the characters, the sound track – all amazing. All the right people where involved in the production, directing, acting…but somebody dropped the ball on promoting this thing. What a shame!

  15. I’ve been a huge fan since the first episode appeared. I’m one of the diehards who hopes this show comes back in any form. I actually just read Season 3 in graphic novel for the first time today. Makes me miss the Jericho story even more.

  16. Best show I’ve ever seen! Wish they made at least one more season. So many unanswered questions .

  17. This show has to come back. I’ve had so many people watch the available episodes and prior to walking dead….this was the best show as far as humanity completely thrown. PPPLLLLEEEEEEEAAAASSSSEEEEEEE

  18. Jericho is by far one of the most interesting series I have watched. I seriously want to see the next season. It is so irritating to be left hanging. If your not gonna put it on air, at least sell the seasons so those who want to watch the remaning epsiodes can do so.

    • Rebekah,

      All episodes of Jericho are on Netflix, Amazon Instant and Hulu Plus. There were 29 episodes.

      The Jericho story continues in the S3 & S4 graphic novels and they are available on Amazon:
      http://tinyurl.com/JerichoS3Novel
      http://tinyurl.com/S4Jericho

      Movie continuation rumors have been heating up again.

  19. BRING IT BACK!!!

  20. Just finished the last episode of Jericho season #2.PLEASE bring this back to Netflix for season #3! and ever how many many others they will make, Love this show!!

  21. Started watching the walking dead when it came out. I think this was the best series I had seen and are not so glad of watching series in the first place. Sat down on Sunday and started to see Jericho, I was completely addicted and ended up with finish all the 30 episodes in 3 days. I loved the story and the actors. So I want to see more of it. Don’t leave us with all this question.

  22. Amazing show with great actors and storyline i cant stop talking about it since i finished watching the last episode, please bring it back im going to purchase the graphic novel and it will be my first time buying a graphic novel thats how good this series is! Bring it back! Bring it back!

  23. Bring it back great show!!!!!!!

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