INTERCEPT: TWoP Blows Lennie James's Cover
We're very open. People are open to comments, not just about the journey of their character, but about other people's characters. Not in a threatening way, and not in a dominating way, but in an open, friendly, but serious way. And Skeet, more than anybody else, takes a real responsibility, not just for the journey of his character, but also for the journey of the show, and he has allowed people to follow that on. I love going to work on Jericho because it's a fantastic bunch of people to go and work with, but also, I really do love days when me and Skeet get to play the full potential of our characters.
K: And do you have some of the best lines of the show.
K: In that time between cancellation and the show being brought back, obviously we, the fans, were very invested, but how did you guys feel when it was cancelled? Did you go to the production staff and try and find out what they had planned for your characters if there had been another season?
LJ: The way the things played out chronologically is that, long before the season is nearing episode twenty-two, the writers, and the producers, and the creators are already having conversations about what the next season could possibly be. So, the writers are getting excited about it, and having to come up with storylines for the network, so they're talking to you about them, because they're excited. So, they'll go, "In the next season we're going to this," and you're having ideas about it as well, and you're going to the writers and saying, "Listen, if we get another season, I think we should explore this part," so everybody's kind of got a sense about what the next season could possibly be.
K: That's fantastic.
LJ: But what's also happening is that you're also aware, because of the way it all plays out -- and again, this was new to me, so I was learning as it kind of goes along -- that there are rumors and whispers about how it looks like you're coming back, or how it looks like you're not coming back.
I finished filming the season at the end of April, or something like that, and I went back to London while the rest of it played out. So, back in London, you start getting whispers from everybody -- you know, your agent or manager, or other castmembers, from their agents and managers -- about, "Oh, it's not looking good," or "It's looking good," and all that kind of stuff, and we finally got the decision on something like the seventeenth of May, the day for the upfronts, and that's the day when you know whether or not you're going to be back. So, on the seventeenth of May, I get the telephone call from my manager going, "What we thought was going to happen has happened, and you guys have been cancelled," so you're kind of prepared for the cancellation and, of course, I was disappointed and upset. I had conversations with cast members and friends, and I really was kind of gutted, you know? And of course you have feelings like, "I think this is a mistake. I think that they should have let it run more," because you know about the stories, and the way you were going to take it, and the job you were doing on the set, and the feelings you were getting from people.