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.”
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.