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Show's plot, old nuke ideas clash (Date: February 20, 2007)

The end of the world isn't how "Jericho" star Skeet Ulrich envisioned it.

While working on the show over the past few months, Ulrich has had his own ideas about a nuclear catastrophe challenged. He says many fans of the show are experiencing the same thing.

"What surprises me is the propaganda of the Cold War and how it continues," says the 37-year-old actor, who headlines the cast of the apocalyptic CBS drama.

On "Jericho," a nuclear bomb is set off over Denver. Seeing a mushroom cloud changes the lives of citizens of the small fictitious town of Jericho, Kan.

It leaves many viewers wondering: Why hasn't a nuclear winter instantly happened on the show? Why are Jericho's citizens safe outside when a nuclear bomb has gone off only dozens of miles away? Is this realistic?

Ulrich says it is. He says the ideas of what life will be like after such an attack are leftovers from the Cold War era of the 1950s. According to experts guiding the show's writers, for a nuclear winter to happen in Jericho, it would take more than one bomb detonated in another state.

"Not that this eases my worries," he says, "because I think we all cling to that idea that we'll all be dead in three years after a bomb goes off."

But there are certain aspects of nuclear radiation that Ulrich says he wants to see in "Jericho."

"I still want to see a scene where somebody runs their hand through their hair and they pull out a clump of hair," he says.

From: Chicago Sun-Times | Date: February 20, 2007 | Author: Terry Morrow
Tags: 2007 articles, jericho, skeet ulrich
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