On March 3Showtime unveils its near-future sci-fi show Jeremiah. While fansin Europe are well-acquainted with Hermann Huppen's comic that is the basis forthe show, it will be the first time that many U.S. viewers meet Jeremiah (LukePerry) and his partner Kurdy (Malcolm-Jamal Warner).
Scott Rosenbergserves as Executive Producer on the show for Platinum Studios, who publishes theJeremiah graphic albums domestically. Rosenberg recently talked about his firstexperiences with the book..
"Jeremiahpredated Mad Max," Rosenberg said. He was first introduced tothe title while he was the president of Malibu Comics. "I thought it had acool world, and I liked the relationship between Jeremiah and Kurdy. They livedin a future world that wasn't futuristic in the usual sci-fi sense-it wasessentially now."
Jeremiahtakes place in a world where a virus wiped out everyone over the age of 13, anevent called "The Big Death." Now its 15 years later and Jeremiah andKurdy make their way through a chaotic world pieced back together by children.
Warner, whopreviously starred in Cosby and Malcolm and Eddie,expressed that the characters' relationship is the key to survival in thatworld. "I think both characters, to a large extent, serve as each other'sconscience. Because of the post-apocalyptic element of the show, everyone is ascavenger, everyone is about survival," Warner explained. "When mycharacter, Kurdy, and Luke's character, Jeremiah, hook up, there's the sense ofsurvival, but there's also a sense of wanting to have someone around to watchyour back."
Perry, not onlythe star of the show, but also an executive producer said of the pair, "Thesetwo really compel each other to take action and move to the next place in thestory."
"Theirrelationship with each other is awesome, like it is in the comic,"Rosenberg adds.
The show will beshort on permanent sets and feature different locations from week to week."Jeremiah was a particular challenge because Jeremiah andKurdy are going to new locales on a regular basis-so it's not an inexpensiveshow to make, but their journey is really a significant portion of theshow."
"Thecharacters don't have a home, per se, so we're always going to a newplace," Perry said of the production. "We shoot the show outside alot. We have very few standing sets. You have to sort of make a choice up front,what you're going to do about the weather. And some people, they try really hardand just fight the weather and make it look like it's not raining and blowinglight in for sun. And we said, when it rains, it rains, and we shoot it forrain. And when the rain turns to freezing rain, we shoot that, too."
"I'm veryused to, obviously, working onstage in a studio for only about 8-9 hours a day.So working, shooting on location all the time in the Vancouver winter has beenquite a challenge for a creature of comfort such as myself," Warner added.
The actor alsoadded that being on an edgy, cable show has its perks. "We get to do a gooddeal of fighting. There's a lot of hand-to-hand combat, things I wasn't able todo on Cosby," Warner said. "I jump at the chance, everychance I get, to have Kurdy involved in a fighting scene or be able to useprofanity. So we're trying to tone down Kurdy's use of profanity because Theo,of course, couldn't say "motherfucker." [laughter] And there's acertain ring that it has for me. So I love saying it in every scene I get achance to."
Jeremiahdebuts with a two-hour movie on March 3 at 8:00 p.m. on Showtime. Following thatit falls into its regular time-slot on Fridays at 10:45 p.m. as part of thenetwork's Sci-Friday line-up.