CBS to Create Online Destination for "Jericho" During Its 10-Week Intermission with Original Content, Interactive Elements, Recaps and Preview Clips of Upcoming Episodes
According to a CBS press release issued this afternoon their first-season drama, Jericho – a surprise hit about the aftermath of a nuclear explosion in a small, peaceful Kansas town – will be air without repeats for the remainder of the 2006-2007 season.
CBS announced today that it has devised a scheduling pattern to broadcast Jericho in two distinct seasons – following the pattern established by cable hits like Battlestar Galactica and Closer, and recently adopted by ABC's Lost. Jericho will wind up its "fall season" with a cliffhanger finale on Wednesday, Nov. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and return in February with a run of original episodes to close out the season..
The series will return on February 14th with a recap special looking back at the first 11 episodes, followed by a new episode on the 21st. That episode will give the show's audience a look at life in pre-holocaust Jericho the day before the nuclear bombs exploded.
In order to maintain audience interest and participation – and update potential new viewers, CBS is creating an online destination [website] for Jericho during the show's ten-week hiatus. This site will provide new content, interactive elements, recaps and sneak previews of what to expect when the series returns in February.
CBS will also continue to stream all episodes of Jericho broadcast to date on its broadband channel innertube – the series is currently the Network's most-streamed program.