INTERCEPT: TWoP Blows Lennie James's Cover
I was dreading all of the ghost stories of working on American television, not in the least, the length. In Britain, a series is six episodes of an hour drama, maybe sometimes eight, but never twenty-two, so I was petrified of that. So, I came into it with a sense of blissful ignorance, but wanting all of it to be an adventure for me. And in all honesty, in order to answer your question: I don't know why Jericho seems to have hooked people the way it has hooked people and created the passion the way that it has. But I'm not sure that I want to know. I'm not absolutely sure it's my job to be that knowing or that aware. Whatever we've been doing individually or collectively -- as writers, or actors, or producers, or set, or anybody involved in the process of Jericho -- whatever we've been doing, I think us knowing what we're doing isn't necessarily going to help us.
Somebody else said to me the other day -- in trying to answer the same question about what is it about Jericho -- they said that the thing that comes off is that, as a cast and a company, we all look like we're having fun. We all look like we're enjoying each other's company and enjoying being together. I think that may well be -- if there is a secret to Jericho -- that may well be it. For whatever reason and for whoever takes responsibility for it, the gang that has been put together on Jericho is a gang that all are pulling in the same direction, and that may well be it. I'm sure it's more complicated than that but as I said, I don't want to know.
K: I'm so enthralled with the complications that have been brought up in the new episodes -- it just is so fascinating. And frankly, I have to tell you, if this show doesn't get a Season Three, I think I'm going to be more heartbroken than I ever have been for any show I've seen.
LJ: [laughs] That's very nice of you to say. I mean, you've hit on it really, but I think one of the big hooks of Jericho is that whole kind of "What if?" scenario, and the fact that people do have their own ideas of what will happen. And I'm not setting Jericho up to be anything other than what it is, which is, you know, a piece of good, well thought-out, well put-together TV and entertainment.