“Jericho” returns, for too short a season

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What is it about Kansas that

makes it the official site of postapocalyptic TV America? The Day After — the first of the two nuclear-bomb-aftermath TV movies of the early ’80s — took place in a small town in

Eastern Kansas.

And 20+ years

later, Kansas had a postapocalyptic TV revival in the form of Jericho, a short-lived series about life

in a small Kansas town after the United States as it previously existed

is gone.

If I lived in Kansas, I don’t

know whether I’d be honored or offended that my home state was the official

site of postapocalyptic TV. I guess there’s no such thing as

bad publicity. And who wouldn’t want to be portrayed as a survivor?

(But this assumption that the heartland will remain after the cities

get bombed might possibly explain how Indiana petting zoos are considered for

Homeland Security funding
.)

Maybe there’s just something quintessentially American about the Sunflower

State.

Regardless of why, postapocalyptic

horror is coming back to Kansas tonight when Jericho

returns to CBS, somewhat unexpectedly, for a short second

season
.

The show

debuted in 2006, was canceled and then brought back to life after a

viewer campaign. And now it’s back again for seven episodes of postapocalyptic

fun. Apparently, the new character introduced this season (Esai Morales

of NYPD Blue and Bad Boys

fame) will bring enough of a new story to the show that new viewers

will be able to jump right in and join the party.

If you’re a former fan, be

prepared for fewer characters and explosions: “We

had to be very wise about where to blow things up, because it’s expensive

to blow things up,” according to executive producer Carol Barbee.

But the new season will answer many questions left dangling last time

around — such as the origin of the bombs.

I’ve never seen the show and

don’t know yet whether I’ll watch — I’m still spooked by The Day

After
. But it could be intriguing. Has anyone seen it?

Is it good? Regardless, if you’re jonesing for some postapocalyptic

Kansas, you’re in luck tonight.

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