All who watched have fond memories of the dynamic television program called Jericho, a series that met its untimely end in 2008. The series followed the residents as they dealt with day-to-day life following a nuclear apocalypse and were then thrust into a menacing conspiracy. After a excellent first season, it was cancelled by the production company, but thanks to a massive fan campaign, Jericho was brought back for a shortened second season. The series was then canceled for good after the second season concluded. Thankfully, the story was wrapped up well enough that closure was felt – even though the ending was begging for more development into what could come next.
The show was brought back in graphic novel form for a third and fourth season (there are rumors of a fifth season graphic novel possibly coming out) thanks to the fans and the legions of new viewers that came after the show's release on DVD and Netflix, the graphic novels were a massive success. Several years ago, Netflix made a tentative offer to produce more seasons of Jericho on its streaming site. CBS was reluctant and did not take the offer, much to the disappointment of fans and cast members (almost all of whom loved the show and said they would come back)
The main question was why would CBS turn down a lucrative deal with Netflix? The possible answer came later in 2016, when CBS Corp CEO Leslie Moonves announced that the CBS streaming service, CBS All Access (which streams over 7500 TV episodes) would begin to produce original content. Moonves said that the long-range goal for All Access was to launch three to four original series a year, the first of these series to be a new Star Trek series.
Now, it makes perfect sense that CBS would turn down a Netflix deal in order to craft a new birth of Jericho on its own steaming service. All Access as an original content creator is not a sure bet, and it is a big money gamble for CBS. One of the ways they can minimize the risk is to create content that has a built-in fan base. Star Trek and Jericho both have millions of dedicated fans that are very loyal and working hard to bring the shows back for new seasons.
Jericho is a perfect fit for CBS All Access for a few reasons, so here are five reasons why CBS All access is the best place for Jericho to call home.
1. A World Without Ratings
In the world of streaming there are no ratings, studios don’t care how many people watch as long as those who do watch are happy with the content and keep paying for a subscription to CBS All Access. On streaming services the fans come first, not the ratings. Netflix has famously said in the past — if a show is renewed it is largely determined by whether or not the audience enjoyed it.
2. Freedom Of Story
TV shows that air on Network TV are burdened by boundaries on what they can show, how long they can run and how much they can cost. Jericho on CBS All access would be free to tell the story the writers want to tell, there would be no hamper on what they could do. There is also the possibility that new Jericho episodes could have a longer running time and thus be able to tell more story. Jericho could also explore a bit of the seedier and dark world of a nuclear apocalypse that network TV would not have allowed.
3. Jericho Would Be Free Of Scheduling Conflicts
Many of the actors who starred in Jericho are in high demand and have many projects they are working on. While this would cause a problem for Jericho if it went back to network TV, this would be no issue on CBS All Access. The show would be filmed as one long movie, and the shooting schedule would work around the actors' schedules. Jericho on CBS All Access would be able to film a new season (or movie) and then take a break if needed of a year or two then film another season or movie.
4. More Funding
Streaming shows that are produced by #Amazon or #Netflix are known to have larger budgets then there network TV counterparts. For example, the Netflix show Marco Polo was rumored to have a $90 million budget for the first season. Now, while Jericho would not have as large of a budget or need one, Jericho would be allowed more money to tell the story the writers wish to tell. The burden of producing revenue is not shouldered by one show, but is shared between shows on streaming services.
5. It Would Take Advantage Of The Genre's Popularity
Shows dealing with an apocalypse-type event and/or political intrigue/conspiracy are red hot right now. Designated Survivor, The Walking Dead, Quantico, The Blacklist and Shooter. The list goes on and on. Jericho is viewed as one of the grandfathers of the genre and it would fit right in with all the other character dramas out there. Jericho's strength was always in its characters and setting, making the viewer feel. CBS Access would provide the show with room to explore this and give fans of shows like The Walking Dead more compelling character drama.
6. Possibility Of Spin-Offs
With all of the benefits above, shows have greater freedom on streaming sites such as All Access. The studios like to keep fans happy and have been known to produce spin-offs of popular shows to fill the void while new seasons are being filmed. For example, while Season 2 of Marco Polo was delayed, Netflix filmed and released a standalone prequel film based on one of the popular characters. Imagine what this would be like for Jericho — if the fans want it, we could see movies and episodes based on fan favorite charters in the Jericho universe. Maybe an episode or film on the rise of Thomas Valente, or on the early days of Robert Hawkins.
Watch the TV promo for the first season of Jericho below:
All in all CBS All Access is the best answer to Jericho returning for more content. It is a wide open world for the show to play in and all access would allow Jericho to find new fans and grown its story in ways not previously possible.