The Sci Fi Channel has acquired cable rerun rights for the post-apocalyptic CBS drama Jericho. The three-year agreement gives Sci Fi rights to the first and second seasons of the series and includes an exclusive first run in basic cable for the first six months.
Jericho will make its Sci Fi debut with a four-episode marathon on Monday, Feb. 11, the day before the show’s second-season premiere on CBS. This is good news for viewers looking for alternative fare during the strike, who will now have a chance to catch up on the series a little bit before the new episodes air.
The first three episodes of the second season were leaked on the internet recently and buzz has been surprisingly good. Even critics who were unimpressed with the show’s uneven first season seem to feel the new episodes show a marked improvement.
Meanwhile, Jericho executive producer Carol Barbee told SCI FI Wire that they’ve shot two different endings for the seven-episode second season. “One of them basically just lets you know that everybody is OK,” she said. “The other ending shows you exactly where we’re going to go for the third season. … I wouldn’t call it a cliffhanger as much as I would say you say, ‘Oh, OK, now I know where we’re going to go.’ But if there’s not going to be a third season, the other one puts sort of a nice emotionally satisfying point to it.”
That’s a big relief for loyal fans who were left with a decidedly unsatisfying cliffhanger at the end of the first season and a great deal of doubt as to whether the show would return.