Jericho TV Series Overview (1966-1967)


Introduction

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.

Outline

The Jericho team is a trio of Allied specialists who operate as intelligence agents and saboteurs behind German lines. Franklin Sheppard of American Army Intelligence is their commanding officer and chief planner. Jean-Gaston Andre of the Free French Air Force is the team’s demolitions and weapons expert. Nicholas Gage of the British Navy is a former circus performer (high-wire artist) whose specialty is getting in and out of German installations.

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 Lieutenant 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 cancelled after 16 episodes. It primarily failed as it was shown opposite ABC’s popular Batman.

Release

On 16 June 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 Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Richard C. Sarafian … (5 episodes, 1966).
    • Allen Baron … (3 episodes, 1966-1967).
    • Barry Shear … (3 episodes, 1966).
    • Richard Donner … (1 episode, 1966).
    • Murray Golden … (1 episode, 1966).
    • Alex March … (1 episode, 1966).
    • Sherman Marks … (1 episode, 1966).
    • Alexander Singer … (1 episode, 1966).
  • Producer(s):
    • Norman Felton … executive producer (16 episodes, 1966-1967).
    • Robert F. O’Neill … associate producer (16 episodes, 1966-1967).
    • Stanley Niss … producer (15 episodes, 1966-1967).
    • David Victor … supervising producer: Arena Productions / producer (15 episodes, 1966-1967).
    • Don Tait … associate producer (13 episodes, 1966).
    • Richard P. McDonagh … associate producer (3 episodes, 1966-1967).
  • Writer(s):
    • Richard Levinson … (creator) (15 episodes, 1966-1967).
    • William Link … (creator) (15 episodes, 1966-1967).
    • Merwin A. Bloch … (4 episodes, 1966).
    • Jackson Gillis … (3 episodes, 1966).
    • Sy Salkowitz … (2 episodes, 1966).
    • Irve Tunick … (2 episodes, 1966).
    • Alvin Boretz … (1 episode, 1966).
    • Norman Borisoff … (1 episode, 1966).
    • Max Ehrlich … (1 episode, 1966).
    • Dean Hargrove … (1 episode, 1966).
    • William Koenig … (1 episode, 1966).
    • Jerome Ross … (1 episode, 1966).
    • Stanford Sherman … (1 episode, 1966).
    • Sheldon Stark … (1 episode, 1966).
    • Don Tait … (1 episode, 1966).
    • Tony Barrett … (1 episode, 1967).
    • Stanley Niss … (1 episode, 1967).
    • Palmer Thompson … (1 episode, 1967).
  • Music:
    • Richard Shores … (10 episodes, 1966-1967).
    • Morton Stevens … (3 episodes, 1966).
    • Jerry Goldsmith … (2 episodes, 1966).
    • Gerald Fried … (1 episode, 1966).
    • Lalo Schifrn … (1 episode, 1966).
  • Cinematography:
    • Lester Shorr … (12 episodes, 1966-1967).
    • Harold E. Wellman … (2 episodes, 1966-1967).
    • Fred J. Koenekamp … (1 episode, 1966).
  • Editor(s):
    • Henry Berman … (6 episodes, 1966).
    • Harry V. Knapp … (5 episodes, 1966-1967).
    • Jules Nayfack … (5 episodes, 1966-1967).
  • Production:
    • Arena Productions.
    • MGM Television.
    • CBS Television Network.
  • Distributor(s):
    • CBS (1966-1967) (USA) (TV).
    • Warner Home Video (2015) (USA) (DVD) (dvdr) (complete series).
  • Release Date: 15 September 1966 to 19 January 1967.
  • Running Time: 48 minutes.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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