Jericho Returns!


Yes, it’s the show that just won’t die and now it has been officially announced that the Jericho story is set to continue. But not in the way you might have expected.

You may remember that almost two months ago, the Choob reported news of a possible big-screen continuation of the Jericho story, albeit one that would leave the TV show’s small-town setting (and most of the characters) behind to look at the wider effects of the nuclear attacks on America and the efforts to rebuild. 

It’s all gone quiet on the movie front since then but CBS have now announced that the story of the town of Jericho itself, and the TV show’s characters, will continue – in a comic book series.

Jericho debuted on CBS back in September 2006. It told the story of a major nuclear attack on the United States, the resultant breakdown in society and the in-fighting and power struggles that followed, all seen from the perspective of the residents of Jericho, a small rural farming town in Kansas.

Mediocre ratings led to the show’s cancellation, with the season ending on a  massive cliffhanger. A highly successful internet campaign by fans saw the show renewed for a seven-episode second season but the viewing figures failed to improve and the show was cancelled for a second, final time.

Those extra episodes did give some closure to the main storyline that had been running through the first season but many plot threads were still left dangling.

Now those loose ends are set to be addressed in a comic book series, due to be published by Devil’s Due Publishing in the Autumn, which picks right up where the TV show left off.

The show’s co-executive producer Dan Shotz said: “Jericho is alive and well, thanks to the amazing fans who’ve driven us to find new and fresh ways to tell the Jericho story.

“The DDP team are great partners and have shown a true love for our show. We are so thrilled about this comic book series and the endless possibilities for the future of Jericho.”

Joining Shotz in developing the comic book will be most of the original creative team, including Jon Turteltaub, Carol Barbee, Karim Zreik, and Jon Steinberg.

DDP President Josh Blaylock added: “I can’t tell you how cool it is for DDP to be able to continue the Jericho story in comic book form.

“We plan to give fans the story they’ve been craving. This is going to be epic stuff.”

Jericho is just the latest cancelled TV show to get an official comic book continuation.

The Choob reported last month how The Middleman’s final episode, which was unfilmed due to budget limitations, would appear as a one-shot comic book.

Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller has also said that a comic-book continuation of his show is a real possibility.

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2 responses to “Jericho Returns!

  1. Actually the movie is still alive and it was again announced at WonderCon. You can see the clip about the movie on this website:
    http://www.jericho-kansas.org/wondercon/index.html

  2. Cheers for the link Gwen! When I said it was all quiet on the movie front, I didn’t mean to suggest the movie was dead, I was just pointing out that it still seems to be in the pre-production/discussion/planning stages and not much further forward than back in January. I still hope to see it move into production in the not too distant future – and will be picking up the comic book when it comes out.

    Thanks again for visiting the Choob and taking time to comment.

    Liam.
    ===-

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