Jeremiah Star Amazed at Fan Uproar Over TV Show

Beverly Hills, CA -- November 8, 2003 -- Fans of the Showtime sci-fi series
Jeremiah want what's been promised to them by the cable network. They're making
themselves heard, with thousands of letters, faxes and emails. Upon hearing
about and being amazed by the international efforts by fans, Jeremiah star Sean
Astin (Lord of the Rings) contacted Jeremiah Executive Producer Scott Mitchell
Rosenberg via telephone to give his views on the situation and get his message
out to the show's millions of fans. Astin, who had just finished a 3-mile hike
up Table Mountain in South Africa, said: "The power of the fans can have real
impact. I certainly hope this isn.t the end of Jeremiah and want to keep it

Last week, Showtime announced in its weekly newsletter that November is the
finale of Jeremiah's second season. The season's final two episodes, being aired
several times, will be on Showtime Too the next two Saturdays at 9 p.m. (11/15
and 11/22.) Confused by what seemed like a shortened season and no mention of
anything to come, fans quickly realized that eight more episodes--enough for
another season--had already been produced, and had even been described
extensively online. Additionally, ratings have risen every week since the season
began (according to  Showtime has not yet given word about when these
remaining episodes--labeled by fans as "The Missing 8"--will be aired, leaving
fans wanting an explanation, as well as assurance from Showtime that their
favorite TV show will continue. According to Astin, "I certainly hope this isn't
the end of Jeremiah and want it to keep going."

Jeremiah fans immediately joined forces via the Internet, distributing contact
information for executives at Showtime, MGM (the show's world-wide distributor)
and Platinum Studios, the comic book entertainment and production company which
adapted Jeremiah from the award-winning graphic novel series. The companies have
received phone calls, faxes and emails from fans, urging key executives
responsible for the show to air the "Missing 8" episodes and make the show an
ongoing series with additional seasons.

Webmasters of Jeremiah websites and message boards are collaborating with others
who maintain fan-sites for the show's stars, Sean Astin and Luke Perry. Says
Monica Hübinette, webmaster of the leading website
( dedicated to Jeremiah, "We each
are focusing on reaching a segment of the viewers who care about the show--
Sci-Fi fans, Sean Astin fans, Luke Perry fans and people who love thoughtful and
intelligent TV. Then we give them what they need to act--the reason and the
means. The fans have instantly risen to the occasion--literally organizing in
days and working non-stop to make a difference. We believe time is of the

Looking for a friend, many of the fans have directed their messages to Platinum
Studios. Chairman (and Jeremiah Executive Producer) Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
because of his long history of being fan-friendly and responding personally to
mail. Rosenberg is seen as "getting it", as he also founded and created Malibu
Comics (which he later sold to Marvel) and produced a popular line of comic
books, including developing the Men in Black comic and signing it with Sony to
become a billion-dollar film and television franchise. "I'm a geek, so I know
all about passion for characters," said Rosenberg. "The amount of mainstream
support the show has received from fans young and old, male and female, shows me
that Jeremiah is clearly not just another sci-fi series. It's a realistic "what
if" series about the collapse and rebuilding of society after a devastating
virus wiped out everyone over the age of puberty. It's a show of hope,
inspiration and the un-crushable human spirit."

According to Rak, webmaster of, "I've had fans send
me letters saying that they were incredulous that Rosenberg had been personally
responding to them. That's a rarity in letter writing campaigns and shows his
commitment to the show."  Actor Sean Astin agreed with Rosenberg about the
viability of Jeremiah during a telephone call he made to Platinum Studios this
morning.  "I am tickled that the fans took it upon themselves to influence the
future of the show," said Sean during the phone call. "I'm amazed at how quickly
they were able to organize and synchronize their efforts. It shows they believe
in what we're doing, just like I do." Sean continued, "I would be extremely
disappointed if those remaining second season shows weren't aired. I directed
the 13th episode myself, and it's a pivotal episode in the overall story."
Indeed, the episode he directed goes to the genesis of a terrible threat to what
should be a free world: an aggressively expanding organization led by an
enigmatic figure named Daniel, with no regard for human rights, acting to take
over North America by offering captured peoples the choice of servitude or

Astin and Rosenberg also discussed scenes for an upcoming Jeremiah comic book
featuring Astin's "Mister Smith" character, slated for national publication in
early 2004. Astin is also very enthusiastic about his popular Mister Smith
character being a part of Platinum's upcoming 50 episode comic book (which will
debut in February 2004 as a weekly strip on the web, then collected in print
after each year's run.) "That's cool--I'm into being in the comic book and
figuring out where my character should go. There are some interesting surprises
coming", said Astin. "I think this will be Sean's first time acting on a comic
book page," said Rosenberg. "Rather than specifically adapting the television
episodes, the stories will be all new and bring new depth to the characters and
world, as well as a planned springboard for an expansion of the world into text
fiction, video games, television and features."

Jeremiah follows the adventures of Sean Astin, Luke Perry, and Malcolm
Jamal-Warner fifteen years after all of the adults were wiped out in the year
2006 by a virus called the Big Death, leaving only the world's children to fend
for themselves. In addition to Sean Astin who has joined the cast as of this
season and stars as Mister Smith, Luke Perry (Beverly Hills 90210) plays
Jeremiah and Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show) plays Kurdy. Astin plays a
mysterious prophet who seems to know the future, both the good and the
bad. Executive Producers are J. Michael Straczynski, Luke Perry, Ervin
Rustemagic, Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, Joe Dante and Mike Finnel, co-executive
produced by Grant Rosenberg and produced by George Horie. Created for television
by Hugo award-winning writer/producer J. Michael Straczynski (creator of Babylon
5), Jeremiah is comic book entertainment company Platinum Studios' comic-to-film
adaptation based on the award-winning graphic novels by Hermann Huppen,
published for 20 years in over 20 languages by Strip Art Features.

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Platinum Studios ( home to a
growing library of over 1,000 international and domestic comic book characters,
is an entertainment and production company focusing on comic book-to-film
adaptations. The company was formed by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg following a
successful high-profile career in the comic book industry as head and founder of
Malibu Comics, which was bought by Marvel Comics. During his tenure at Malibu
Comics, Rosenberg discovered and published the property "Men In Black," which he
then developed for feature film and television.