Another, quite lengthy promo up for Season 2. And it looks like ...the government seizes Hawkins's nuke. Looked like it may have been strapped to a helicopter? Though I'm still projecting like I did before that the nuke is ultimately used to get rid of Valente and his organization. "BOOM," indeed. Also, note the "Jennings & Rall" building in this promo, and shoot back a few pages for my comments from the better part of a year ago on these guys, and what they portended for the future. Damn, I love being right. Can't wait to see how much -- or little -- this new President-guy (the former Senator Tomarchio, who was conveniently out of town on the day the bombs went off in D.C.) is tied up with Valente's plot. That, and the whole "from [the] Mississippi [to the] Pacific" thing smacks of a brewing civil war, this time between East and West. Bring it on. Some other news of interest: Apparently Pamela Reed won't be returning to Jericho past the first episode of this next season -- that will be her last episode, as it seems that the network was wanting to cut some of the cast who were "over 40," and she was one of the casualties. She also doesn't have a contract for Season 3 (unlike most of the rest of the cast), and has been giving a number of recent interviews to the media confirming this. Michael Gaston (Gray Anderson) is likewise gone from the series after episode three. Hooray for youth. Then again, considering the abbreviated season, characters like Gail are there almost solely for the character-driven aspects of the show, whereas characters like Jake and Hawkins are the driving force behind the show's overarching storylines. Since this season has been shortened so much, they're going to be focusing a lot more on the show's greater mythology, and there won't be nearly as much space for some of those minor characters this season, anyhow. They're going to spend most of the time focusing on the new government and the conspiracy, so Hawkins and Jake will get most of the screen time. And then there are characters like Stanley and Eric who, though not as connected to the conspiracy as Jake and Hawkins, will tag along with them in their adventures. Old characters (unless they're a hardcore old guy like Johnston was) don't go gallivanting around fighting wars and bringing down a corrupt government, which I'm guessing most of this season will revolve around, so I just don't see how they'd fit them in. I bet you anything characters like Dale and Skylar don't get a lot of screen time, either. The "official" Jennings & Rall website is now up, and has some very interesting information on it. Note too that they're also the parent corporate owners of Ravenwood. These ***holes are tied up in the nukings somehow; we simply haven't been given that specific information yet as to how. One particular section: "Full acquisitions awaiting integration into the J&R family tree include the Kom-Ma Shipyards, the formerly nationalized ship-building enterprise of North Korea, undamaged in their recent attacks." (http://www.jenningsandrall.com/html/index.php?cle=4822747) Maybe the fake Marines weren't lying about Iran and North Korea after all.