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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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TV Newsround

Fox’s new animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up – produced by Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz  and with voices provided by that show’s Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Henry Winkler, along with Pushing DaisiesKristin Chenoweth – with debut on Sunday, April 19, according to Variety.
The Futon Critic further reveals that the show focuses on the dysfunctional faculty and staff at a high school in a small Florida fishing town as they strive to do anything but teach. It’s based on a popular live-action Australian series and, we are told, “lampoons modern society while exposing the dreams, flaws and struggling humanity of our first and most formative authority figures: teachers.” Um… okay, glad we cleared that up.

The Variety article also notes that an official announcement of the eagerly-awaited Arrested Development movie is “imminent”.

Damages star Glenn Close gets the 2,378th star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame.

Former Sopranos star James Gandolfini is returning to Broadway for the first time in 14 years. He’s signed up for a role alongside Marcia Gay Harden and Jeff Daniels in God Of Carnage, acomedy about two married couples who meet after their kids get into a playground brawl. The play enjoyed an acclaimed run in London last year, with Ralph Fiennes starring. The Broadway production opens on March 22, with previews starting on February 28.

Tom Cruise will be a guest on Jonathan Ross’s first BBC1 chatshow since serving his three-month suspension for leaving obscene messages on Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs‘ answerphone during a broadcast on BBC Radio 2. Friday Night With Jonathan Ross returns on January 23.

Just a few days after picking up The Line, a police drama produced by action movie maestro Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Dylan McDermott and Time Heals, a medical drama produced by and starring Jada Pinkett Smith, TNT has given a 10-episode order to Men of a Certain Age, starring and produced by Everybody Loves Raymond’s Ray Romano. The show, about three college friends in their 40s dealing with their midlife issues, co-stars Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher. It’s due to air in  January 2010.

It’s been reported that one of writer/producer’s Bryan Fuller‘s first acts after returning to work on Heroes was to write a role especially for Swoosie Kurtz, star of his cancelled show Pushing Daisies. Kurtz will play Millie, an old society friend of Angela Petrelli (Cristine Rose) in an episode due to air in April.

BBC1 drama Mistresses will make it’s US debut on BBC America on Friday February 20, the Futon Critic reports. A second season is due to air early this year in the UK.

 Melissa George, who plays intern Sadie Harris on Grey’s Anatomy, is leaving the show after just eight episodes, according to E! Online.

Eliza Dushku talks to SciFi Wire about Dollhouse.

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