Jericho relives battles on Sci Fi

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Jericho fans know what it's like to be left for dead and conquer all odds. The drama was a lifeless slab on CBS's operating table, and CBS president Nina Tassler had put a toe tag on it and was shipping it to the morgue.

But the fans would not let it die, and resuscitated the show through a clever "Save Jericho" campaign.

Apparently it was that sort of fan dedication that Sci Fi Channel was looking for, as the cable network today announced that it has obtained the off-network cable rights to the show. Jericho will begin airing on Sci Fi beginning February 11--the day before season two of the show premieres on CBS--with a four-episode marathon to whet viewers' appetites.

The show's regular night on Sci Fi will be Mondays at 10 p.m., with a high-definition simulcast on Sci Fi HD. Universal HD currently airs reruns of Jericho in HD, and it is unclear if it will continue to do so after Sci Fi begins its run.

Sci Fi has been capitalizing on the recent explosion of its chosen genre in prime-time programming. The cable network also has the off-net rights for Lost, which it will begin rerunning next September.

Jericho follows a small Kansas town dealing with the aftermath of several nuclear explosions across the United States. The show stars Skeet Ulrich, Lennie James, and Pamela Reed. For more information, check out TV.com's previous coverage.

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