Fans of CBS' short-lived post-apocalyptic series Jericho raised enough hell to get an extra seven episodes that just barely counted as a second season, but all the peanuts in the world couldn't raise the ratings enough to warrant another 13, let alone a third season.
But fans may still get one last visit to the Kansas town, as producers insist they are developing a final two-hour movie.
Lennie James, who played techno spy Robert Hawkins, was part of a Comic-Con panel last weekend when he heard the news. "While we were there, Karim [Zreik], one of the producers, said that the idea of a movie is still on the cards," James said in a group interview on Tuesday in Pasadena, Calif., where he was promoting The Prisoner to the Television Critics Association. "They're just trying to come up with the two-hour story that's worth telling. So that's where they are at the moment. But it's still on the cards, and people are still interested."
In the meantime, the story does continue in comic-book form, which may have to be enough for a while. "I try very hard not to have any expectations, even after people have told me that this is going to happen," James said. "I try not to have any expectations, but I was at Comic-Con the other day, and we did a panel because Jericho is being released as a comic book. That's one way that they're going to continue the story."
Should the telefilm come together, London native James said that he would be excited to play Hawkins again. "Listen, I loved doing Jericho," he said. "I had a lot of fun on Jericho. I've made friends for life on Jericho. It was my introduction to, not just American television, but to America. Jericho did me nothing but favors, so if they come up with a story that's strong and that justifies doing it, and they get it done in the way that I would hope it should be done, then, yeah, I'll be the first name on the list. If not, the second."