Variety has a lovely article about Jon Turteltaub's involvement with Jericho and how the show itself came into being. Seriously, if you're a fan (as I hope you are! :D), you need to read this.
"Jon Turteltaub didn't really need to go nuclear in primetime last season.
"The director-producer had plenty to keep him busy with preparations for 'National Treasure: Book of Secrets,' the sequel to his 2004 hit starring Turteltaub's former Beverly Hills High School classmate Nicolas Cage. And he has a host of feature development projects in the works at his Disney-based production shingle, Junction Entertainment.
"But Turteltaub had been working with a trio of writers -- Jonathan Steinberg, Josh Schaer and Stephen Chbosky -- who had an idea for a project about a post-apocalyptic civil war in the United States, focusing on how the country would respond if a nuclear bomb suddenly exploded in, say, the middle of Kansas. The assumption was that Turteltaub would tackle it as a movie, but somewhere along the way he decided to take a cue from Jerry Bruckheimer and 'go about making a TV show like a movie,' Turteltaub says. Read more