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Jericho May Live Again, Via Netflix

Hey, remember Jericho? No, not Clive Barker’s Clive Barker’s Jericho (by Clive Barker) – the 2006-2008 CBS TV series. Not ringing any bells? Of course not. Barely anyone paid much attention to it during the original run and it’s hard to imagine that too many of the folks who did are still carrying a torch for it now.

Or… maybe enough of them are? Quoth TV Guide:

TV Guide Magazine confirms that Netflix has approached CBS about reviving cult fave Jericho — and the network, through its CBS TV Studios production arm, is considering it. The drama, which followed the residents of a small Kansas town in the wake of a nuclear attack, has been off the air since 2008.

Repeats of Jericho remain popular on Netflix’s on-demand service, even four years after the show’s cancellation. Insiders say Netflix execs would love to emulate the revival of Fox’s Arrested Development, which is expected to return on Netflix with new episodes in 2013, seven years after the show ended its run. Like Arrested fans, Jericho’s are a passionate bunch: CBS renewed the post-apocalyptic show for a second season in 2007 after viewers bombarded the network with cases of peanuts.

The peanuts thing was pretty fun, wasn’t it?

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No, not this Jericho, either. But I bet his show would be pretty awesome.

Okay, so I wasn’t exactly a Jerichoholic or whatever the fans dubbed themselves, but I enjoyed it enough back in the day to find this news intruiging. I’m posting about it, aren’t I? But here’s the problem: it ain’t Arrested Development. Sorry guys.

Resurrecting AD makes more sense: there’s more existing material to build on, post-cancellation DVD sales have always been strong, the fanbase is larger and easier to grow, new episodes can tie-in directly with the upcoming film, and it was a far bigger critical success.

Jericho doesn’t really have any of those things. Although to be fair, CBS didn’t give the show much of a chance to earn those things, either. So while I’d love to see the Second American Civil War storyline finally brought to the small screen where it belongs, I’ll totally understand the why’s and how’s involved if it doesn’t happen.

And now, a quick Jericho primer, just in case the deal actually does happen: Continue reading Jericho May Live Again, Via Netflix