The storyline of the series revolves around Jericho, a small town that bears witness to a nuclear attack of unknown origin against the United States. The town, including prodigal son Jake Green, is forced to resolve their differences and band together to survive in a world where they believe that they may be some of the few survivors left in the nation. But while they work towards progress, there are some agents in the town which may know more about the attacks than they are letting on.
The 2006–2007 season was one which saw a strong development in cross-medium promotion of series, Jericho included. Executive producer Carol Barbee explained in an online interview that a series of webisodes would flesh out a unique story that would eventually dovetail into the main series. Beyond Jericho was attacked by the WGA because of a disagreement over payment for these episodes and by fans for having terribly lackluster acting. The episodes were eventually scrapped and replaced with Countdown, a second webisode series which acted as a prequel to the nuclear attack. The series also employed discreet Morse Code messages which tipped the viewer to clues and hints to what was going on behind the scenes of the attack.
After a lengthy hiatus and lackluster ratings stemming from being in direct competition with American Idol, CBS announced that the series would not be brought back for the 2007–2008 season during its annual upfronts. This decision was met with surprise from its cult audience, which was teased with a cliffhanger season finale. Ingenious fans formed grassroots petitions to convince CBS to bring the series back. The most notable of the campaigns involved fans sending over 20 tons of nuts to CBS's headquarters. Executives admitted to filtering e-mails from Jericho fans because they were coming in at such magnitude that they overwhelmed CEO Leslie Moonves.
On June 6, 2007, CBS president Nina Tassler announced that they reconsidered their cancellation notice and would bring back Jericho for a seven episode midseason replacement in 2008 with a possibility of extension based on ratings. However, the ratings did not pick up, and it was announced that the second season would be its last.
|Season One||September 20, 2006||May 9, 2007||22|
|Season Two||February 12, 2008||March 25, 2008||7|
|Beyond Jericho||September 21, 2006||September 21, 2006||1|
|Countdown||October 26, 2006||May 9, 2007||22|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
|The Complete Series||June 17, 2008||8|
|The First Season||October 2, 2007||6|
|The Second Season||June 17, 2008||2|