ON SEPTEMBER 20th, CBS television network added a new dramatic series to its fall line-up. Set in the fictional town of Jericho, Kansas, the pilot episode introduced viewers to a picturesque community in the heart of rural America.Jacob Green (Skeet Ulrich), prodigal son of Mayor Johnston Green, returns home after a five-years absense to mourn the death of his wealthy grandfather and claim an inheritance. Jacob’s father, masterfully portrayed by Gerald McRaney, refuses to release the sizeable funds to Jake, while Jacob’s mother (Pamela Reed) sneaks money to her son on the sly.
Predictably, the mysterious Jacob kisses his mother goodbye and heads in the direction of Colorado, toward an unknown future. Within minutes, his future becomes clear however, as communications in town suddenly stop and a mushroom cloud appears over Denver, some 65 miles or so to the west.
A school bus crash, gas station riots, and the arrival of terrifying news that Atlanta has also been bombed follow as the townspeople slowly realize they are now living the nuclear nightmare of a dying United States. |inline