Fan outrage results in CBS renewal

The nuclear winter begins anew this summer for CBS as it brings repeats of “Jericho” back to its primetime sked starting next month.

The CBS Paramount Network TV drama that was resurrected from cancellation after its rookie season by an outpouring of fan support, and outrage at the Eye’s decision to swing the ax, will take over the Friday 9 p.m. berth as of July 6 with the pilot episode.

“Jericho” revolves around folks in a small Kansas town who band together for survival in the wake of a nuclear explosion. CBS gave the show a seven-seg midseason pickup last week. (Daily Variety, June 6). “Jericho” repeats will take over the slot formerly home to another now-defunct drama, “Close to Home.”

“Jericho,” exec produced by Jon Turteltaub, Stephen Chbosky and Carol Barbee, started the 2006-07 season with promise but stumbled after taking a 10-week break in December and January. By the time the series returned to the Eye’s sked in February, the numbers were heading in the wrong direction.

On July 13, CBS will run the clip recap seg that was used to relaunch the show in mid-February return. This time around, the recap hour will run at 8 leading into a 9 p.m. repeat. There’s no word yet on whether Friday at 9 will be the slot for the fresh “Jericho” installments when they arrive next season.

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