Jericho takes a break

The eye is taking a cue from the alphabet.

CBS has announced it is splitting its freshman serial Jericho into two parts--what the network is calling "seasons"--similar to what ABC has done with Lost. Jericho's first "season" will conclude with a cliffhanger on November 29, after which time the show will go off the air, returning February 21 with an all-new "season" of unbroken new episodes.

CBS will will prep viewers with a February 14 Jericho recap show. The new Jericho episode on the February 21 will show what life was like in the small town the day prior to the nuclear attack.

CBS hopes to keep Jericho's ratings momentum by creating a Jericho microsite at the network's Innertube broadband Web site. The site will include episode streams, original content, interactive elements, recaps, and sneak previews.

Jericho is averaging 11.08 million weekly viewers, with a 3.4 rating in adults 18-49.

ABC's Lost is leaving the airwaves following tonight's episode, returning February 7. The network said it was doing so to combat fan complaints that reruns ruined the experience of the serialized show. The new Taye Diggs drama Day Break will reside in the time slot being vacated by Lost.

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