One in a series of evenings and special screenings presented as part of The Museum of Television & Radio's William S. Paley Television Festival in Los Angeles. Held this year at the Directors Guild of America Theatre Complex, the festival celebrates the excellence and diversity of American television and is dedicated to television's creative community. This evening honors "Jericho," the dramatic science-fiction series about life in a tiny Kansas town after a terrorist-created nuclear disaster. Rebecca Faez, director of administration at the Museum in Los Angeles, offers opening remarks. Executive producer Carol Barbee then introduces the episode "Semper Fidelis," which is screened in its entirety. (For synopsis and credits, see T:90609.)

After the screening, Craig Tomashoff (West Coast bureau chief, TV Guide) moderates the following panelists: Barbee; executive producer and co-creator Stephen Chbosky; co-creator and executive producer Josh Schaer; co-creator and producer Jon Steinberg; and cast members Erik Knudsen (Dale Turner), Pamela Reed (Gail Green), Ashley Scott (Emily Sullivan), Lennie James (Robert Hawkins), and Skeet Ulrich (Jake Green).

The panelists touch on such topics as: why the series was set in small-town Kansas; how the show was created and developed; inspiration for the story; whether there is a "(Hurricane) Katrina overtone" to the show's tale of survival; how each actor got involved with the show; feedback from fans; questions fans most want answered; talking with security experts in order to make the show "feel" right; how the definition of "terrorism" has been expanded for the show; the "mythology" of the show and how far the series is mapped out; whether the actors like to know where the storyline is headed; the vast amount of rewrites on the show; whether the panelists think they could cope with the tragic situations the characters face on the show; and how the panelists incorporate their own experiences -- such as being in New York City on 9/11 or observing incidents like the L.A. riots -- into the show. Questions from the audience then lead to a discussion of the following topics: whether the character of Heather is getting phased out; whether the 1983 TV movie "The Day After" influenced them in any way; taking inspiration from Stephen King's novel "The Stand"; the status of the "rest of the world" and when the audience will find that out; how scientifically factual the show's creators are in dealing with the effects of radiation; ways the series changed between the treatment and the show's pilot; whether new characters will be introduced; how much input the actors have on their characters; how decisions were reached on which cities got "nuked" for the storyline; if the plotline will venture outside the town of Jericho; whether future episodes will focus more on backstory; and the mood on the set.


  • DATE: March 13, 2007 Tuesday 7:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:59:26
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:90560
  • GENRE: Seminars


    • Rebecca Faez … Host
    • Craig Tomashoff … Moderator
    • Carol Barbee … Panelist
    • Chbosky; Stephen … Panelist
    • Josh Schaer … Panelist
    • Jon Steinberg … Panelist
    • Erik Knudsen … Panelist
    • Pamela Reed … Panelist
    • Ashley Scott … Panelist
    • Lennie James … Panelist
    • Skeet Ulrich … Panelist
    • Stephen King