Rumors have been swirling since the show was cancelled in 2008 that someone might step in and save CBS’s Jericho, and it sounds like we shouldn’t give up hope just yet.
In a wide-ranging piece about the popularity of apocalyptic series on sci-fi television these days, TV Guide let slip that Netflix’s rumored flirtation to revive the series is still ongoing, despite the fact that’s it’s been almost a year since we’d heard any buzz. It also sounds like the fans are still making an effort to keep the show on the radar, as well, which is a positive sign.
Here’s the choice excerpt:
Netflix is still kicking the tires on CBS' long-canceled post-nuclear explosion mystery Jericho, which it has considered reviving. Execs at the streaming service said fans shipped them several more boxes of peanuts over the holidays.
The show had solid ratings, though not good enough for CBS standards, so the network nuked the post-apocalyptic series after an abbreviated second season. But it found a brand-new audience thanks to streaming services like Netflix, and the show apparently remains a solid performer for the service. The Jericho universe has also continued via some successful comic-book projects, which means the fandom is still alive and well.
The show was an odd fit on CBS, but the premise was a great slice into how a nuclear apocalypse would affect America on the smallest scale: the tiny town of Jericho. From battles over supplies with neighboring towns to the bigger conspiracy surrounding why the bombs fell, the series developed a great mythos.
Though some of the cast and crew has moved on, none of them seem to be so overbooked that they couldn’t fit in a limited series run if it was worth the time. Here’s hoping Netflix will eventually get tired of kicking the tires and want to take it for a spin.
What do you think? Should Jericho come back to life?
(Via TV Guide)