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{{Infobox Television
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[[1080i]] ([[High-definition television|HDTV]]) | format = [[Drama]], [[Science Fiction]], [[Action genre|Action]] | runtime = approx. 43 minutes | first_aired = September 20, 2006 | last_aired = March 25, 2008 | producer = [[Jon Turteltaub]]
[[Stephen Chbosky]]
[[Carol Barbee]]
Karim Zreik | starring = ''[[#Characters|see below]]'' | country = [[United States|USA]] | network = [[CBS]] | num_seasons = 2 | num_episodes = 29 | list_episodes = List of Jericho episodes | website = http://www.cbs.com/primetime/jericho/ }} '''''Jericho''''' is an [[United States|American]] [[serial drama]] that centers on the residents of the fictional town of [[Jericho, Kansas (fictional town)|Jericho, Kansas]] in the aftermath of nuclear attacks on 23 major cities in the contiguous [[United States]]. Produced by [[CBS Paramount Network Television]], with executive producers [[Jon Turteltaub]], [[Stephen Chbosky]], and [[Carol Barbee]], the show was broadcast in more than 30 countries. The show ran on [[CBS]] from September 20, 2006 through March 25, 2008. It was initially canceled after its first full season due to poor ratings{{Citation needed|date=May 2009}}. While a fan campaign was able to convince the network to bring the show back for a seven-episode second season, it was canceled for a second time after that run. On November 20, 2008, ''[[TV Guide]]'' reported that the [[The CW|CW television network]] is planning to air repeats of ''Jericho'' in order to replace cancelled series ''[[Valentine (TV series)|Valentine]]''.[http://www.tvguide.com/News/CW-Cancels-Sunday-1000047.aspx CW Cancels Sunday Slate, Fills Gap with Jericho Repeats!]" ''[[TV Guide]]''. November 20, 2008. Retrieved on November 21,] 2008. In 2009, plans were announced for both a feature film version of the series, and a continuation of the ''Jericho'' storylines in a [[comic book]] series.[http://www.dwscifi.com/news/3211-jericho-continues-as-comic Jericho Continues As Comic]". DWSciFi.com, March 10, 2009. Retrieved on March 10, 2009. The show still remains cancelled. ==Synopsis== ===First Season=== The storyline centers on the residents of [[Jericho, Kansas (fictional town)|Jericho]], a small, rural [[Kansas]] town, in the aftermath of nuclear attacks on 23 major cities in the [[United States]]. The series begins with a [[Locations in Jericho (TV series)|visible nuclear detonation]] of unknown origin in nearby [[Denver|Denver, Colorado]], and a loss of power and modern communications, effectively isolating Jericho. Later, power is restored to Jericho by what is alluded to as the efforts of the U.S. government, but soon after, an [[electromagnetic pulse]] (EMP) disables all electronics. Several themes regularly addressed in the show included the gathering of information, community identity, public order, limited resources, the value of family, hardships of fatherhood and internal and external threats. The show also features several mysteries involving the backgrounds of major characters, the perpetrators of the attack, and the extent of damage to the United States and its government. The pivotal character in this story is [[Jake Green]], the 32-year-old son of Mayor [[Johnston Green]]. Jake Green fled the town of Jericho five years earlier when he became mixed up with the wrong people and involved in questionable activity. Jake briefly returns home to claim his inheritance before becoming stranded as a result of the catastrophe. After a somewhat awkward return home and a tense reunion with his father, Jake steps up to become a leader in Jericho, fighting to protect the town and its citizens. As the people of Jericho struggle to survive in a changed world, most remain unaware that one of the newest residents, [[Robert Hawkins (Jericho character)|Robert Hawkins]], knows a lot more about the attacks than he is letting on. ===Second season=== The Allied States of America's military forces have since restored order to Jericho and its surrounding region, putting an abrupt end to the conflict between Jericho and its rival town, New Bern. As a sense of normality returns to town, the plot shifts away from the day to day survivalist issues facing Jericho's inhabitants to life and political intrigue under the ASA government. Known only to Hawkins and a select few, the September attacks were neither a foreign nor domestic terrorist act, but a conspiracy of unknown perpetrators within the highest level of the former government. Hawkins must calculate his every move to avoid capture, to piece together the trail of evidence, and, ultimately, to bring the truth to light before the conspiracy's mastermind buries it forever. Meanwhile, Jericho's residents deal with the reality of the [[Cheyenne, Wyoming|Cheyenne]]-based ASA government. Initially welcomed as saviors, the government's military and mercenary agents transform life in Jericho into a repressive police-state. When a J&R contractor kills Bonnie to conceal his embezzlement, the town is put on the edge of open revolt. Hawkins unsuccessfully attempts to transport the bomb to his contacts in the Republic of Texas. The ASA military is tipped off and after a brief chase seize the weapon. Hawkins narrowly escapes. The ASA military then transport the weapon to Cheyenne for safe keeping. Hawkins makes contact with Jake, and the two travel to Cheyenne where they retake the bomb from J&R contractors. Hawkins is wounded in a brief gun battle. The two make it to the Republic of Texas embassy in Cheyenne with the only undetonated bomb from the September attacks. The ASA's military is right behind them. The Republic is considered the swing state in the struggle for power between the Eastern United States and the Allied States, and the ambassador manages to secure a small jet to carry Jake, Hawkins, and the device to Texas. While in flight two ASA fighter jets intercept Jake and Hawkins and order them to turn around or be shot down. When Jake refuses to be escorted back to Cheyenne, the two ASA fighter drop back in order to open fire. Suddenly two Texas ANG fighters appear and shoot down the ASA planes. Jake and Hawkins make it to Texas with the evidence, and Hawkins ominously intones that the Second American Civil War was always coming, and that the two of them have made history by giving the United States a fighting chance in the war to come. ==Characters== {{Main|List of Jericho characters}} ''Jericho'' features an [[ensemble cast]] of characters, along with a number of minor and recurring roles. The series web site lists eleven cast members.[http://www.cbs.com/primetime/jericho/bio/ CBS web site - Jericho cast page] In addition, Alicia Coppola and Esai Morales moved from recurring roles to regular characters in February 2008. [[Gerald McRaney]] did not have a regular role in season two.[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003550893 ''The Hollywood Reporter'' "Three going full time in primetime"][http://www.tv.com/jericho/show/58068/cast.html?om_act=convert&om_clk=tabssh&tag=tabs;cast ''Jericho'' Stars] *[[Michael Gaston]] as [[List of Jericho characters#Gray Anderson|Gray Anderson]] *[[Alicia Coppola]] as [[List of Jericho characters#Mimi Clark|Mimi Clark]] *[[Kenneth Mitchell]] as [[List of Jericho characters#Eric Green|Eric Green]] *[[Pamela Reed]] as [[List of Jericho characters#Gail Green|Gail Green]] *[[Skeet Ulrich]] as [[Jake Green]] *[[Gerald McRaney]] as [[List of Jericho characters#Johnston Green|Johnston Green]] *[[Lennie James]] as [[Robert Hawkins (Jericho character)|Robert Hawkins]] *[[Sprague Grayden]] as [[List of Jericho characters#Heather Lisinski|Heather Lisinski]] *[[Shoshannah Stern]] as [[List of Jericho characters#Bonnie Richmond|Bonnie Richmond]] *[[Brad Beyer]] as [[List of Jericho characters#Stanley Richmond|Stanley Richmond]] *[[Ashley Scott]] as [[List of Jericho characters#Emily Sullivan|Emily Sullivan]] *[[Erik Knudsen]] as [[List of Jericho characters#Dale Turner|Dale Turner]] *[[Esai Morales]] as [[List of Jericho characters#Major Edward Beck|Major Edward Beck]] ==Production== ===Early development=== The series originated as a feature film idea of co-creators Jonathan Steinberg and Josh Schaer: a [[post-apocalyptic]] plot set amidst the trappings of "a little character drama" movie, in the vein of ''[[The Day After]]'', ''[[Threads]]'', and ''[[Testament (film)|Testament]]''. However, they soon realized that a two- or two-and-a-half-hour-long film would still not carry the necessary length they felt such a concept required to properly explore the setting and the characters — thus, Schaer and Steinberg decided instead to reconceive the entire project as a television series, producing a treatment out of the original feature screenplay. Director [[Jon Turteltaub]] and producer [[Carol Barbee]] then entered the picture, the pair having pitched the project to them. Turteltaub soon commissioned writer [[Stephen Chbosky]] to pen the pilot teleplay based upon Schaer and Steinberg's series treatment. One of Chbosky's major contributions to the structure of the series was the introduction of a greater feminine element to the storyline, opining that, "[We] could use some girls, a little kissing, and some laughs." Another significant developmental influence were the four impacts of the [[September 11 attacks]] and [[Hurricane Katrina]], and the sense of "[being] a spectator to a disaster, while not quite being part of it." Co-creator Steinberg in particular felt that after 9/11, the United States saw some of the "best of people," and after Hurricane Katrina, some of the "worst of people," and sought to include both in the fabric of ''Jericho'', with Katrina providing "lots of inspiration" for the show's overall premise.{{cite web|url= http://tv.ign.com/articles/773/773164p1.html|title=Paley Fest - Jericho|accessdate=2007-09-01}} ===Filming locations=== [[File:Brad Beyer on Set.jpg|200px|thumb|right|[[Brad Beyer]], who plays [[Stanley Richmond]], on the set of ''Jericho'']] ''Jericho'' is set in northwestern Kansas, but the series is filmed in [[Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California|Van Nuys, California]].{{cite web|url= http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=16239|title=A Visit to the Town of Jericho|publisher=Coming Soon Media|accessdate=2007-06-23}}{{cite web|url= http://www.cbs.com/primetime/jericho/videos.php|title=Insiders' Commentary: Pilot Episode#2|publisher=CBS|accessdate=2007-06-21}} The pilot and all episodes involving New Bern, Kansas, were filmed in [[Fillmore, California]].{{cite news|url=http://www.fillmoregazette.com/node/701|source=The Fillmore Gazette|date=March 8, 2007|title=Jericho in Fillmore this week}} Filming also occurred in Pasadena, California, including in front of the city hall. The final episode to air included portions filmed at the Santa Anita race track. Some filming also took place in Canada. The commentary for some episodes on the ''Jericho'' Season 1 DVD includes the location of their filming. ===First season=== The first season of the show premiered Wednesday, September 20, 2006 and concluded with a [[cliffhanger]] episode on May 9, 2007. Lackluster [[Nielsen Ratings|ratings]] prompted concern, as the show hit a ratings low in early April.[http://www.medialifemagazine.com/artman/publish/article_11271.asp Flop sweat: 'Jericho' dips to new low] April 5, 2007 The ratings were down 25% when the series returned following the nearly three-month hiatus.{{cite web|url= http://www.zap2it.com/tv/news/zap-jerichocancellationstory,0,5645801.story?coll=zap-news-headlines|title=Ratings, Not Bombs, Doom 'Jericho'}} During its first season, it ranked 48th, with an average of 9.5 million viewers in the United States. Other Wednesday night programs it competed with were ''[[Bones (TV series)|Bones]]'', ''[[Deal or No Deal]]'', and [[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]]'s comedy block.{{cite news|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/features/e3ifbfdd1bcb53266ad8d9a71cad261604f|source=Hollywood Reporter|date=May 25, 2007|title=Hollywood Reporter: 2006-07 primetime wrap}} Though the producers seemed confident that the program would be picked up for a second season,[http://jerichowiki.cbs.com/page/Ask+the+Producers Ask the Producers - Jericho] CBS officially announced ''Jericho'''s [[Cancellation (television)|cancellation]] on May 16, 2007.{{cite web|url=http://www.tvseriesfinale.com/2007/05/2007_cancelled_shows_cbs_cancels_several_series.php|title=TV Series Finale - 2007 Cancelled Shows: CBS Cancels Several Series}}{{cite web|url= http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117964967.html?categoryid=14&cs=1|title=CBS cancels 'Jericho,' two others}}{{cite web|url= http://online.wsj.com/article/SB117932579611204905.html?mod=home_whats_news_us|title=''CBS Rolls Out 5 New Shows for Fall'', The Wall Street Journal}} Several online communities, including the official ''Jericho'' forums, launched campaigns in an effort to revive the show. Fans also sent just over 20 [[short ton|ton]]s of nuts to CBS headquarters; this referred to a scene from the season one finale "[[Why We Fight (Jericho episode)|Why We Fight]]" where Jake Green repeats [[Anthony McAuliffe|General Anthony McAuliffe]]'s historic phrase "Nuts!" from the [[Battle of the Bulge#Bastogne|Battle of the Bulge]].[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/05/AR2007060502724.html Fans Make CBS Reconsider 'Jericho' Axing] The peanuts and other proceeds from the donations have been donated to charities,{{cite web|url=http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070606/ap_en_tv/tv_cbs_jericho;_ylt=AkPpFW5xFQ33Z82eE6kELsDMWM0F|title=Fans make CBS reconsider 'Jericho' axing|publisher=Yahoo! News/Associated Press|accessdate=2007-06-07}} including the rebuilding effort in [[Greensburg, Kansas]],{{cite news|url=http://www.kiowacountysignal.com/homepage/x1557852399|title=TV show gets nutty about helping residents|publisher=Kiowa County Signal|date=2007-06-06}} a town that was largely destroyed by a tornado in 2007. ===Second season=== In a response posted on the ''Jericho'' forum, CBS president [[Nina Tassler]] acknowledged the fan response, stating, "We hope to develop a way to provide closure to… the Jericho story."{{cite web|url=http://jerichoboard.cbs.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?tsn=1&nav=messages&webtag=CBSMBJericho&tid=5195|title="A statement from CBS Entertainment"|publisher=CBS Jericho Message Board|accessdate=2007-05-25}} CBS officials acknowledge the campaign was the largest the network had seen using digital means to protest a show cancellation.{{cite web|url=http://www.showbuzz.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/25/tv/main2851525.shtml|title="Jericho" Fans Go Nuts|publisher=CBS ShowBuzz|date=2007-05-25|accessdate=2007-05-25}} President and CEO [[Leslie Moonves]] acknowledged that he was filtering emails from ''Jericho'' fans,{{cite web|url=http://d5.allthingsd.com/20070530/d5-les-moonves/|title="Interview with Leslie Moonves"}} while senior vice president of communications Chris Ender said, "You have to tip your hat to their ability to get attention and make some noise."{{cite web|url=http://www.syfyportal.com/news423696.html|title="Jericho" Cast, Crew Willing To Stick Around|publisher=SyFyPortal|accessdate=2007-05-25}} On June 5, 2007, ''Jericho'' executive producer [[Carol Barbee]] announced that CBS was discussing the possibility of the show's return for an eight-episode mid-season run.{{cite web|url=http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2007/06/its_official_th.html|title=Resurrection?: The fans might have saved 'Jericho'|publisher=Los Angeles Times| author=Maria Elena Fernandez| date=2007-06-05| accessdate=2007-06-05}} A day later, Tassler posted an announcement on the forum stating that seven new episodes of ''Jericho'' had been commissioned as a [[midseason replacement]] for the 2007-2008 television season, with the possibility of an extension based on viewership.{{cite web| url=http://jerichoboard.cbs.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?tsn=1&nav=messages&webtag=CBSMBJericho&tid=13329| title=A Message From CBS Entertainment| publisher=CBS| author=Nina Tassler| date=2007-06-06| accessdate=2007-06-06}} The last of these seven episodes was broadcast on March 25, 2008, and was not affected directly by the [[2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike|2007 Writers Guild of America strike]].{{cite web|url= http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/arts/story.html?id=9095eb1b-3e66-46a5-841a-13c8ff442a9a|title=''Casualties of the Hollywood writers strike'', The Gazette (Montreal)}}[http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/15/arts/television/15life.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Bill Carter, "TV Shows See Strike as a Second Chance," ''The New York Times'', November 15, 2007] On August 2, 2007, a video was released on [[YouTube]] showing clips from the first day back at work for the ''Jericho'' cast and crew. It included a "thank you" from the cast and crew to the fans for their efforts to revive the show.[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=dptuiHbYx_M ''Jericho'' Comic Con video] Several months later, [[CBS]] released trailers announcing the second season premiere,[http://tv.ign.com/articles/839/839319p1.html IGN: CBS Sets Premiere Date for Jericho: Season 2] including Morse code spelling "SPREAD THE WORD". ''Jericho'' returned for its second season on February 12, 2008 to mostly favorable reviews"[http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20071203cbs03 Game Show, Popular Reality Series, News Magazines, The Season Premieres of Two Returning Scripted Programs, and the Debug of a New Comedy Join CBS's Primetime Schedule in January and February]"[http://www.metacritic.com/tv/shows/jerichoseason2?q=Jericho Metacritic - Jericho, Season Two] but with the lowest numbers the ratings had seen yet.[http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2008/02/jericho-the-num.html Jericho: The Numbers Are In] In the early days of January 2008 the first three episodes of the second season leaked on the internet via a DVD screener source.[http://torrentfreak.com/jericho-season-2-leaks-on-bittorrent-080113/ Jericho Season 2 Leaks on Internet] The show's second season has also premiered in [[Canada]] on [[CTV television network|CTV]], mirroring the US broadcast.{{cite news|url=http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/show/CTVShows/20080124/jericho_unveiled_080124/20080124/|title='Jericho' joins CTV primetime schedule}} The first two episodes of the 2008 season received the lowest ratings to date for the series.[http://tvbythenumbers.com/2008/02/20/nielsen-ratings-for-tue-feb-19-idol-jericho-and-big-brother/2696 Nielsen Ratings for Tue Feb 19: Idol, Jericho and Big Brother] ''Jericho'''s ratings did increase somewhat for its third episode, but dropped back down to fairly consistent but still low ratings. The second season averaged 6.2 million viewers.[http://tvbythenumbers.com/2008/02/10/nielsen-ratings-for-jericho/2626 Nielsen Ratings for Jericho] On March 21, 2008 CBS announced that the network would not be renewing ''Jericho'' for a third season.{{cite news|url=http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/T/TV_JERICHO_CANCELED?SITE=MOJOP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT|title=Low Rated 'Jericho' Axed by CBS}} CBS entertainment boss [[Nina Tassler]] stated that "The March 25 episode... will be the series finale. Without question, there are passionate viewers watching this program; we simply wish there were more. We thank an engaged and spirited fan base for keeping the show alive this long, and an outstanding team of producers, cast and crew that went through creative hoops to deliver a compelling, high-quality second season.... We're proud of everyone's efforts."[http://www.showbuzz.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/03/21/tv/main3958376.shtml Aw Nuts: CBS Pulls Plug On Jericho] According to SyFy's source, two endings were shot for the March 25 episode. One involved a cliffhanger leading in to a third season, while the other would wrap up the series and provide closure for fans who had worked to secure the series' return. "There are a lot of people here who really care about what happens to ''Jericho'', and I think we all wanted to see it succeed," the source, who asked not to be identified, said. "Numbers are numbers, and [CBS] had to do what [CBS] had to do."{{cite web|url=http://www.syfyportal.com/news424744.html|title=Sources: 'Jericho' To Wrap It Up|publisher=SyFy Portal|accessdate=2008-02-23}} ===Post second season=== In early 2008, executive producer Carol Barbee said talks were ongoing to find another home for ''Jericho'', perhaps on a cable network, and raised the possibility of the [[Sci Fi Channel (United States)|Sci Fi Channel]]Lee, Patrick. [http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=0&id=49232 "''Jericho'''s Time Is Near"], SciFi Wire, February 25, 2008 and broadcast networks such as The CW (co-owned by CBS). Other possibilities may include a television or theatrical movie.

On April 7, 2008, The New York Times website reported that CBS Paramount Network Television has held talks with Comcast about finding a new home for Jericho. Possibilities included an arrangement whereby Comcast would pay part of the series' production expenses and then offer episodes in High-Definition before they air on CBS.

Jericho fans have also continued efforts to resurrect the series, including a one-page advertisement in the April 25, 2008 edition of Variety magazine. A second advertisement appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, as well as banner ads on the Variety and Hollywood Reporter websites.

On Jan 15, 2009, TV.com reported that a Jericho feature film is in development.

On March 12, 2009, Devil's Due Productions announced that all storylines from the TV series will be continued in a comic book series due to start in the summer or fall of 2009.

In 2009, a 144-page paperback book appeared, and remains, on amazon.com with the title, "Jericho Season 3 (Paperback)" as the name of the product. The publishing date is set for 17 January, 2010. The publisher is listed as Devil's Due Publishing, meaning it is likely a compilation or set of the previously announced comic series.

Reruns

In January 2008 the SCI-FI Channel announced that it had acquired off-network cable rights to seasons one and two of Jericho from CBS Television Distribution. Jericho made its debut on SCI-FI with a four-episode marathon on February 11, and began airing in its regular timeslot on February 18.

March 3 was the last air date for Monday 10 p.m. reruns on SCI-FI. Reruns moved to Fridays 8pm on March 14 and March 21. Episodes 16 and 17 were scheduled to air Friday March 28 but were pulled before they aired. No further episodes were scheduled in April 2008. SciFi will show Episodes 1-8 beginning at 8 AM August 13.

Sci Fi Australia started airing Jericho starting June 5, 2008 with a three episode mini marathon and two episodes are currently being showed a week, on a Thursday evening between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.Sci Fi Australia Aired the Episodes 20, 21 and 22 as a three-episode feature-length season finale of Season 1, on Thursday, August 7. Season 2 aired on September 4, 2008.

SciFi also re-ran Episodes 1-5 on March 9 2009.

ITV4 repeated the first series starting July 29, 2008 at 20.00 broadcasting three episodes per week. Season 2 started on the September 24, 2008, with a new episode every week. As a result, the Region 2 DVD of Season 2 has been available before the show finished on ITV4, in contrast to the DVD of Season 1 which became available just after Season 1 finished on ITV4.

The CW announced on November 20, 2008 its intention to air reruns on Sunday nights from 7-8 p.m. EST through March 2009. They continued to air the show past that date, with the series finale re-run airing on Sunday, June 14, 2009.

Episodes were available on Hulu but were removed February 11, 2009, and links posted to CBS' site.

Episodes

Clips from the pilot episode became free to watch on Yahoo! TV several weeks before the episode actually aired on television. CBS is still showing most, but not all, of the Jericho episodes on their Innertube website as of January 2009, although they cannot be accessed from outside the U.S. CBS repeated the first three episodes on the Saturday nights following their original airings, as did Australia's Network Ten.

Each episode's opening title sequence is accompanied by an audio message in Morse code. The messages vary from generic references to cryptic clues, and are always related to the current episode in some way. The messages were broadcast at 15 words per minute at a frequency of 1000 Hz, often in an unsteady hand (known as a poor fist). In addition to these messages, in the second episode, Robert Hawkins received several additional Morse code messages through a radio that he was fixing.

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Web-based tie-ins

An online companion to Jerichois called Beyond Jericho. The television program gave the web address for the online companion. Beyond Jerichowas to feature the "other survivors" of the nuclear attacks. According to Barbee, the story was intended to be unique to the site, but as the season of Jerichoprogressed, the online story would dovetail into the episodes themselves. However, the site and "webisode" are now unavailable, having been removed from the CBS website before the second episode of the TV show was broadcast.

CBS since decided to scrap the current webisode storyline, and instead released a new series of "prequel" webisodes named Countdownthat take place before the first explosion. Each of these new webisodes appeared concurrently with the broadcast of new episodes during season 1, and showed Robert Hawkins gathering information before the attack.

Beyond Jericho

The first installment of Beyond Jerichobegan with an unknown man calling someone on a cell phone, requesting a ransom of $1.2 million for a woman he kidnapped. He then disappears underground through a metal trap door. While climbing down, he hears and feels a bang, but thinks nothing of it. After conversing with an associate about their next plans, he picks the woman up and climbs back up to the roof. When he opens the door, it's surrounded by rubble. The entire city around them has been destroyed. Shortly after, rubble falls through the trap door. With the cell phone (apparently actually the victim's cell phone) dead, and assuming that the man's associate is dead as well in the collapse, they start to climb through the rubble to find out what happened. Nearby, a hand with a surgical glove on emerges from the rubble, as the vignette ends.

Countdown

Starting on October 26, Beyond Jerichowas replaced by Countdown, which documents Robert Hawkins' efforts to learn as much as possible about the effects of nuclear bombs before he moved to Jericho. The webisodes do not feature any of the regular characters, consisting primarily of Hawkins, draped in shadows, watching mini-documentaries.

The mini-documentaries feature expert interviews about the effects of a nuclear attack. They are only minimally connected to each episode's plot. For instance, CBS's episode 8 plot summary reads: "A shadowy military unit bursts into the chamber Hawkins has just vacated. On his computer, they find a video." The video was a short documentary about FEMA's response to Hurricane Katrinaand their use of paramilitaries. The "shadowy military unit" then patiently waits until the documentary ends to resume its search for Hawkins.

Countdown's sponsor, AT&T, is very heavily promoted in the series using product placement. Nearly all dialog takes place as SMSmessages on an AT&T cellular phone, and a full-screen AT&T logo appears in every episode when Hawkins views the expert interviews. This web-based programming is not accessible from outside of the United States.

JenningsandRall.com

Created for the Tom Tooman game, JenningsandRall.com is the purported website of Jennings & Rall, the corporate giant which plays an increasingly prominent role in the second season of the series. The site contains a wealth of information about the company's post-holocaust global operations, with significant hints regarding events in the show.

On November 1, 2008, the domain name jenningsandrall.com expired. The site can still be viewed, however, at jenningsandrall.tomtooman.com.

Tom Tooman

Tom Toomanis an alternate reality gamethat CBS ran in conjunction with Jerichobeginning in August 2007. The game began with a cryptic letter posted on a web site, supposedly from a Tom Tooman of Lame Deer, Montanamarker.This letter was accompanied by a series of bar codes, some with decimal numbers and others with Mayan numbers. These numbers were used to create an IP addressfor a second website. More clues were released, as well as a blogon the CBS web site connecting the game with Jericho. The game abruptly ended with the cancellation of the series, with no closure offered. A synopsis of the game and the puzzles appear at TomTooman.com.

See also



References

  1. Lee, Patrick. "Jericho Seeks A New Home", SciFi Wire, March 25, 2008
  2. DirecTV Deal Will Subsidize ‘Friday Night Lights’ - New York Times
  3. Could Comcast Save Jericho?
  4. Can Comcast Save Jericho?
  5. SyFy Portal
  6. Jericho Message Board
  7. Jericho Message Board
  8. Save Jerhico Campaign Redux
  9. Ifmagazine.Com: 'Jericho' Fans Raise Cash, Questions About Tv Rating Services
  10. TV.com: Report: Jericho movie in development
  11. Devil's Due press release
  12. Schedule| On Air| SCIFI.COM


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The First Season
October 2, 2007 March 10, 2008 22 Featurette: Building Jericho
Featurette: What If?
Commentary and Deleted scenes on select episodes.

The Second Season
June 17, 2008 September 29, 2008 7 Featurette: Rebuilding Jericho
Featurette: Nut Job
Commentary and Deleted scenes on select episodes.
Unaired Season finale alternate ending


The Complete Series
June 17, 2008 n/a 29 Featurette: Tick Tick Boom
Featurette: Behind the Scenes "Thank You"
100 Reasons to Watch Jericho
Table Read
Napalm Action Sequence (from Season 2)
Train Action Sequence (from Season 2)
Cast Members' Memorable Moments.






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