Comic-Con '07: RebuildingJericho

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Jericho fans know the deal: If the show does not get enough viewers, it will be cancelled. If the attendance at the CBS program's panel at Comic-Con this year is any indication, there is a bit of work to do.

Having taken place in the same room where panels for Smallville, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and Family Guy packed the place, the Jericho panel filled the room to about two-thirds capacity. Just as is the case with the show, the odds seemed stacked against the panel. It was taking place on Sunday, which also happens to be Kids' Day. The programming for the day skews heavily towards toddlers and preteens, and the mini-superheroes walking the floor are probably asleep when Jericho airs.

However, the cast was in great spirits as they trotted out on stage in matching Jericho-themed T-shirts, and it didn't take long for anyone to talk about getting the show back on the air. To summarize, CBS cancelled, the fans revolted and sent in tons of peanuts, CBS changed its mind, and Jericho was given another run of seven episodes.

"I'd like to start by saying look what you've done... I mean, it's incredible," lead actor Skeet Ulrich said, pointing to the crowd. As was the case when talk about the show's resurrection was brought up, the fans cheered wildly.

Talk of season two was brief, but the main points will see the government, which was always a background "character" in season one, play a more prominent role in the second season. One way in which it will come into the forefront is through Esai Morales, who will join the cast as Colonel Hoffman, a man with a military background. He'll attempt to bring stability to Jericho, and he will also "hunt" Lennie James' character, Robert Hawkins.

The season will move quicker than season one, mainly because there are fewer episodes for the writers to complete a story arc. "This season will be very big and very fast in order to get from point A to point B," said Jon Steinberg, one of the show's main writers. He emphasized that season two will be an action-packed seven episodes, but said many of the personal relationships won't suffer. "[Season two] will also have some very big family moments."

One fan who approached the microphone was actually a CBS employee, one of four telephone operators at the network. She said the operators fielded about 35,000 to 40,000 calls regarding getting Jericho back on the air, and that it was unlike anything she had ever seen at CBS.

As a treat to fans, executive producer Carol Barbee ran a video showing on-the-set clips from season two. It was a lovefest, with actors hugging and elated to see each other on set again. The reunited family extended well wishes to their fans, given that it was their "nutty" campaign that gave the show new life.

Though some wonder how long the show will remain on the air, the production staff seems pretty confident after all they've been through. Looking out on the fans that had assembled--many of them ringleaders of the "Save Jericho" campaign--Barbee said, "I think we have a long road ahead of us."

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Now that we know that season 2 has come back we hope for season 3 even before watching season 2 because we are sure it is going to be wonderful.
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i'm so glad they're doing a season two and i just hope that they keep right on going because this show is amazing. i love it!
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I hope that Jericho gets back on soon. I really like the show. It always keep me guessing and that's refreshing. There were some minor glitches but, nothing is perfect and it was fun finding them. If the execs at CBS don't bring that show back then they are all idiots. I don't know of any other show in which people a clamoring for its return. Seven episodes is an insult. The show deserves way more respect. CBS needs to deliver the goods in their entirety. Stop playing games with our emotions. People want "real" entertainment. Do the job right or don't do it at all.
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There is no better show on television in my opinion worth saving than Jericho! I did vote and send nuts and email and phone calling! I certainly hope that CBS cares! Enough so that they understand what they have with this program and its qualities that are so important in this day and age. I love Jericho and its cast, the storylines and setting. I for one will continue to fight to keep the viewership growing so we can have more seasons!
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From Denmark: Thankyou for the survival of this great show, and especially to the fans: "THANKS !"
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And popularity in Belgium????

I LOVE this show, glad to hear that there will be a new season!!!!!
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Does increased popularity in Australia count? Would that help the cause? Because i feel that the population of America decides the fate of all shows... ??
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If you can find the British TV show named "State Within" (ep 4 I think), you'll see Lennie James put to death by lethal injection. Sure made me think of Jericho -- it would make a great Jericho spoof video, Ha ha!
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I am glad the Jericho is back and I hope it stays back.
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Please visit our website and see what the Rangers have to say. cbs.com I love this show and it has a fantastic story to tell.
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more jericho, yeah!!!
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Tru_Slayer... I love it that you took Lennie James' name plate !! :lol: :lol:

And I really hope everything turns out best for Jericho. After all we've done, I want more !! :D Now I have to hunt the net to find the on-set vid that was shown at the panel !! ;) I'm sure it's there somewhere :P

GO JERICHO !!!
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Well Im glad the whole cast appreciated what the fans did to resurrect the show. We need to spread the word about Jericho. Tell your friends and family.
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I hope people will watch the new episodes and the ratings will be good for CBS.
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I really hope Jericho survives to get another season.
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The panel was a love feast and a real treat for the fans. I wish they gave everyone those t-shirts. I want one. When the panel was over I took Lennie James's name plate! :lol:
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