ByBrian Salisbury, writer at
Brian Salisbury

For quite some time, fans have been lamenting the fall of Jericho. No, not that Biblical wall, but the CBS dramatic series set in the small town of Jericho, Kansas. The show, centered around the rural community's shift to a more primal, base existence after nuclear attack wipes out much of the rest of the country. To say this series has had a troubled past is to say a ten megaton bomb can cause a ruckus.

It was initially cancelled after its first season due to impossibly low ratings, but the fan reaction was so uproarious, and their campaign to save the show so fervent, that the network brought it back for a second season. Unfortunately, the ratings were still abysmal and it was again cancelled. A third "season" was created in a run of comic books by Devil's Due Publishing. The fans are still clamoring for the return of Jericho to television and, for a while, it has been rumored that Netflix might be its new home.

During the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, one of Jericho's writers, was asked by Nerdacy about the status of this potential move. His answer was evasive...

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.

Netflix is becoming a rather interesting option for television development. Not only have they produced entirely original programming, Lilyhammer and House of Cards, but Jericho would not be the first series to be resurrected by the streaming content service. Arrested Development will see new episodes for the first time in seven years thanks to Netflix. Though the news is less than concrete, should Jericho get picked up by Netflix, I have a piece of advice for fans: WATCH IT! Perhaps instead of exerting so much effort pitching fits when the show gets cancelled, make sure to actually watch the show when it does air. Novel, I know, but it might just work.


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