Jericho (TV Series 1966–1967)
|Company||Arena Productions, MGM Television, CBS Television Network|
Jericho (1966 TV series)
Jericho is an American espionage series set during World War II. The series stars John Leyton, Don Francks and Marino Masé as secret agents, and aired on CBS from September 1966 to January 1967.
Plot and production
Norman Felton who had previously co-produced The Man from U.N.C.L.E. came up with the idea of a World War II espionage series produced by his Arena Productions through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television for the CBS television network. The characters were perhaps inspired by the Jedburgh teams consisting of three agents, American Office of Strategic Services Army Captain Franklin Shepphard (Francks) expert in psychological warfare, Special Operations Executive Royal Navy Lieutenant Nicholas Gage (Leyton) expert in demolitions, and French Air Force Lt. Jean-Gaston Andre (Masé) skilled in small arms. Each week the three performed a mission behind enemy lines using their skills in espionage and sabotage where they met a guest star. Eric Braeden, who would be one of the stars of the more successful World War II series The Rat Patrol (which began that same season), was one of the guest stars in the pilot.
The Jericho theme was composed by Jerry Goldsmith, although Goldsmith did not score the pilot episode "Upbeat And Underground" (Lalo Schifrin composed the music for the pilot and a theme which was never used) - Goldsmith's theme came from his score for "A Jug Of Wine, A Loaf Of Bread And Pow!"
The series was canceled after 16 episodes. It primarily failed as it was shown opposite ABC's popular Batman.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Dutch and Go"||Barry Shear||Sheldon Stark||September 15, 1966|
|2||"A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread, and Pow!"||Richard C. Sarafian||Max Ehrlich||September 22, 1966|
|3||"Upbeat and Underground"||Richard Donner||Story by : William Link & Richard Levinson|
Teleplay by : Dean Hargrove & William Link & Richard Levinson
|September 29, 1966|
|4||"Have Traitor, Will Travel"||TBA||TBA||October 6, 1966|
|5||"Panic in the Piazza"||Sherman Marks||Norman Borisoff||October 13, 1966|
|6||"The Big Brass Contraband"||Richard C. Sarafin||Alvin Boretz||October 20, 1966|
|7||"Wall to Wall Kaput"||Richard C. Sarafian||Irv Tunick||October 27, 1966|
|8||"Eric the Redhead"||TBA||TBA||November 3, 1966|
|9||"One for the Mountain: Part 1"||TBA||TBA||November 10, 1966|
|10||"Two for the Road: Part 2"||TBA||TBA||November 17, 1966|
|11||"Four O'Clock Bomb to London"||TBA||TBA||December 1, 1966|
|12||"Long Journey Across a Short Street"||TBA||TBA||December 8, 1966|
|13||"Both Ends Against the Riddle"||TBA||TBA||December 15, 1966|
|14||"Jackal of Diamonds"||TBA||TBA||December 29, 1966|
|15||"A Switch in Time"||TBA||TBA||January 5, 1967|
|16||"The Loot of All Evil"||TBA||TBA||January 19, 1967|
In June 2005, Film Score Monthly released an album of music from the series, twinned with the score Johnny Williams composed for the unsold pilot The Ghostbreaker (also produced by Arena Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television) - the latter score occupies tracks 13-22.
On June 16, 2015, Warner Bros. released Jericho- The Complete Series on DVD via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.
- Jericho at IMDb