Fox pulled the plug on any thoughts of a second season of Terra Nova the other day by canceling the show. After weeks of exploring potential Season 2 tweaks to the series to increase viewership Fox decided that although the show had decent ratings it had to go. The show was just like the dinosaur threat that surrounded them, big, loud, but unable to get a hand on a large audience with those little T-Rex arms and hands.
Fox’s entertainment president Kevin Reilly said:
“If this is all we make (of Terra Nova), we made money on it, the studio made money on it, and it seems to have resonated with the family audience,” he said. “There is a show, which if we are to bring back, there’s an audience there. But creatively, the show was hunting (for its identity). If we had more holes in our network, we’d be thrilled to lock that right in.”
The plan now is for show producers to shop Terra Nova, starring Jason O’Mara and Stephen Lang, to other networks.
Terra Nova, with its elaborate sets (some 259 of them built in Australia) and post-production, it took 16 months for Terra Nova to get on the air after first announced at Fox’s 2010 upfront. Terra Nova had its share of issues during production of its first 13-episode season. For starters, Craig Silverstein, who co-wrote the pilot script with British scribe Kelly Marcel, was not available because his CW pilot Nikita was picked up to series. Terra Nova recruited Brennan Braga as showrunner. Rene Echevarria was then brought in to run the show with him, the series went through 2 writing staffs and took longer to cast than originally planned, incurring a $660,000 charge for delaying the start of production. In the end, Terra Nova, whose budget was $14 million for the two-hour pilot and about $4 million for the subsequent episodes, not including Australian tax breaks, premiered last fall with one of Fox’s most hyped launches. It was a steady but modestly-rated performer and a big DVR gainer. The series two-hour season finale drew a 2.2/6 in adults 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers, in line with the show’s season average, which wasn’t big enough to seal a renewal but not too small to warrant an automatic cancellation.
Was this cancelation a suprise to anyone? Although the intial thought was interesting, the cookie cutter characters just never jelled for this NerdBastard. The rebellious teen character that seemed to put the family in danger every other week was extremly annoying.
Are you angry, indifferent, or just tired of this show?