‘Jericho’ to Reveal Whodunit

Mar 15, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Hang on, “Jericho” fans: Executive producer Carol Barbee promises we’ll know “a large part” of who’s responsible for bombing the U.S. by the end of this season.

At the Museum of TV & Radio’s William S. Paley Festival tribute to the CBS drama, Ms. Barbee also said the second season will offer “a lot about the American government coming back together,” – assuming there is a second season, she admitted. The suggestion drew wild applause from a small but enthusiastic audience Tuesday at the Directors Guild Theater in Hollywood.

Ms. Barbee said she was on a plane with star Skeet Ulrich last week when there were “a few bumpy moments,” and she realized she would be fine, “because Jake Green is here, he’ll help me!” Mr. Ulrich quipped, “You’d have to write it really fast!”

Co-creators and writers Josh Schaer and Jonathan E. Steinberg said they did plenty of research for the show, which is informed by the 9/11 attacks as well as Hurricane Katrina. They talked to Homeland Security officials, the Centers for Disease Control and others. “But as soon as the bombs go off, this is a universe that doesn’t exist,” Mr. Schaer said.

Also, they discovered, “We just keep asking questions [of the experts], and when they don’t have answers, that’s where our story is,” he added.

(Editor: Romanelli)