Ask anyone about a show cancellation they're still mad about, and you'll probably get one of three answers: Firefly, Arrested Development, and Jericho. These are shows that still have a massive fanbase years after cancellation -- one that's only grown via DVDs and instant streaming. Fans still feel robbed that their favorite shows were cut short, and perhaps rightfully so. Thankfully, there's hope on the horizon, and its name is Netflix. The company, which offers an Instant Streaming service to online users, announced last year that it would be heading up the resurrection of Arrested Development, a sitcom cancelled by FOX in 2006. The show's long-awaited fourth season will premiere on Netflix Instant Streaming sometime next year. Could a similar resurrection be in store for Jericho? According to co-executive producer Karim Zreik, "both sides are talking."
Jericho, a post-apocalyptic drama starring Skeet Ulrich, aired from 2006 to 2008 on CBS. The series was cancelled after its first season, only for CBS to bring the series back for a second season after intense fan pressure. After the second season, the series was cancelled, apparently permanently.
But that cancellation might not be so permanent, with these Netflix talks. "We'd be ecstatic if that happened," Zreik told The Hollywood Reporter. "From what I hear, sides are talking. I wish I knew more. As you know, the fanbase of that show were incredible and they've all started reaching out since this report came out. It's exciting and I know the cast is excited too."
Three Jericho comic books have been released since the show's cancellation, but Zreik remains enthusiastic that there are still many storylines to explore. "Story-wise, we've got ample story to tell, that's not a concern. I think we're just waiting to see if a deal can be brokered."
If such a deal can be reached, Netflix will cement its reputation as the savior of cancelled shows. What will be next for the company? We only have one suggestion: Firefly.