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''Jericho'' Protected, ''King of Queens'' Returns

By RD Heldenfels Published: November 8, 2006

From CBS today, a couple of things of note. The network is sufficiently happy with ''Jericho'' that it doesn't want people to burn out on reruns, and the people who keep asking me about ''King of Queens'' finally have an answer. Here's the skinny from CBS:

JERICHO, CBS's hit freshman drama about the aftermath of a nuclear explosion in a small, peaceful Kansastown, will be broadcast without repeats for the remainder of the 2006-2007 season. The network announced today that it has devised a scheduling pattern to broadcast JERICHO in two distinct seasons. 

JERICHO will conclude its "fall season" with a cliffhanger finale on Wednesday, Nov. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and come back in February with all original episodes for the remainder of the season.

JERICHO will return on February 14th with a recap special looking back at the first 11 episodes, followed by an original episode on February 21st.  The all-new episode on February 21st will provide a look into life in Jericho the day before the nuclear bombs exploded.

To sustain audience momentum and update potential new viewers, CBS will create an online destination for JERICHO during the show's 10-week intermission.  The site will include original content, interactive elements, recaps and sneak previews. CBS will also continue to stream all episodes of JERICHO broadcast to date on its broadband channel innertube.  Currently, JERICHO is the Network's most-streamed program on innertube. ...

In a related announcement, Kevin James, Leah Remini and Jerry Stiller return with original episodes of THE KING OF QUEENS in December.

CBS will broadcast back-to-back new episodes of THE KING OF QUEENS on Wednesday, Dec. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and Wednesday, Dec. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET).  New episodes of THE KING OF QUEENS will also be broadcast on Wednesday, Dec. 20 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT) and Wednesday Dec. 27 (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT).  Seven more episodes of THE KING OF QUEENS to be broadcast in 2007 will be announced at a later date.

CBS will also announce additional programming for the Wednesday (8:00-9:00 PM) time period at a later time.

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