[07/29/07 - 02:23 PM]
Live at the San Diego Comic-Con: "Jericho"
By Brian Ford Sulllivan (TFC)

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1:15 p.m. - And we're back! Or not - they're running a little late. I hope my laptop battery is as forgiving.

1:19 p.m. - Craig Tomashoff is back to intro the panel and pimp TV Guide. He tell us the "Jericho" people are the best! Wait, he told that us about the "4400" people too!

1:22 p.m. - We're treated to a brief music video that overviews the series to date set to that popular Killers song ("I've got soul but I'm not a solider" - that one). And yes, the only audio is the infamous "nuts" line while kids saying the Pledge of Allegiance to a much different flag closes it.

1:25 p.m. - And here comes the "Jericho" peeps - Jon Steinberg, Ashley Scott, Skeet Ulrich, Carol Barbee, Dan Shotz, Karim Zreik and Lennie James. The actors are all wearing matching T-shirts featuring the aforementioned flag.

1:28 p.m. - Craig asks where they were when they heard the news it was coming back. "Well, I remember where I was when I got the other call," Jon jokes. Lennie says Skeet called him at 6:00 a.m. London time one day with the news. "And then we just screamed like little girls," he adds.

1:32 p.m. - Craig jokingly asks what they're going to put in the second season finale that fans can mail in. Lennie says to go to StrippersThanBounce.com to find out. Apparently it's an inside joke.

1:34 p.m. - Carol spoils the first episode - the teaser pays off the fight from the finale (including what happens with the tank) while the first act cuts to several weeks later with Jericho being occupied. She adds that Easi Morales is the military's new de facto mayor of Jericho who's also there to hunt Hawkins.

1:36 p.m. - Karim says they're going to show us a clip from the season one DVD extras, which comes out in October. It's basically a bunch of talking heads dicussing how the "town" set was built.

1:42 p.m. - Craig asks about the departing Gerald McRaney. "It was always a character meant to be less but he made it so much more," Jon confesses. Ashley jokes, "He told me he loves to kill big animals. That kind of freaked me out." Skeet says the show's first filmed scene was the one with him, Gerald and company hashing out the will. Carol adds that his character was always meant to die so that Skeet's would assume that role in the town.

1:45 p.m. - Audience Q&A time. A fan asks about what Skeet does to prepare for his scenes. "I pretty much tail Lennie around and try to act like him," he jokes.

1:47 p.m. - Jon notes the entire writing staff is here and singles out the guy who wrote the actual "nuts" line. The crowd not surprisingly loves him.

1:48 p.m. - Carol reiterates that the show's previously planned multi-season arc hasn't really been affected by the shortened order for season two, they'll just get to the various milestones a lot quicker.

1:50 p.m. - Lennie notes that in the U.K. seasons are 6-8 episodes so the fact they're getting 29 is pretty amazing.

1:52 p.m. - Someone asks for Skeet's nameplate. I sense a new theme. Skeet also offers Craig's glasses.

1:53 p.m. - A fan asks about the timeline between when the show was canceled and when it was picked up. Lennie says 15 trucks were loaded up with the struck sets when the call came the show was coming back. In total, it was three weeks from end to beginning.

1:55 p.m. - Karim says don't expect season two to end with everything wrapped up, adding that they can't write out of fear of cancellation.

1:57 p.m. - Someone asks about the T-shirts the cast in wearing. Carol says a company called Wet Cement created them specifically for the cast for Comic-Con. Apparently you can order them from there.

1:58 p.m. - Skeet's favorite moment from season one - the end of episode 14. Lennie's is when his son on the show asked him if he was going away again.

2:00 p.m. - Carol notes production on the seven episodes will be done by September, before CBS's fall schedule even premieres. In other words, they won't know anything about the show's fate until they're done filming.

2:03 p.m. - Someone asks a long, rambling question about why - considering it's set in Kansas - there were no religious reactions to the nuclear attack (i.e. people running around thinking it's the rapture). Carol says they plan to get to those aspects at some point, but probably not in season two.

2:05 p.m. - Lennie's other favorite part of being on the show - he got to ride a horse!

2:07 p.m. - A fan complains about the break between episodes. "I think it was done with the best of intentions," Carol says but obviously they've learned since it wasn't the way to go. "We're just happy to get on the air this year," she adds, noting that all seven episodes will run consecutively.

2:09 p.m. - A questioner reveals that she is one of only a handful of telephone operators at CBS. She says they got 35-45,000 calls about "Jericho" being canceled.

2:10 p.m. - Karim reiterates that "the next seven episodes are all about you guys" and notes that they're here today because of them. They plan to update the show's blog on CBS.com each day with comments from the cast and crew.

2:11 p.m. - Dan Shotz says they have something special for us - even the network and studio have yet to see it! It starts with the various cliffhangers and cuts to CANCELED in block letters followed by its rebirth set to Eminem's "Shady's Back." From there it's more or less a bunch of b-roll footage from the first week of production spliced with "thank you"s from the cast and crew. Among the highlights - our first glimpse of Esai Morales in uniform and a candid Timothy Omundson wearing a green "Who speaks for New Bern?" T-shirt.

2:15 p.m. - And that's it for "Jericho." Our last panel is next - "Flash Gordon." Battery issues are going to keep from doing it live - so I'll post something from the transcript later.

  [july 2007]  


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