As FOX continues to taunt nerds with shows based on things they love (superheroes, spaceships, Nathan Fillion) only to quickly cancel them, we turn our attention to the networks latest victim, Terra Nova. Sci-Fi TV Zone (part of the Media Geek Network) did a postmortem with producer Brannon Braga.
By the sounds of it they were very ready for a second season, a season that would include intelligent dinosaurs among other developments.
“Weird stuff out in the badlands, [there’s] still an army out there, but we were going to find they were being massacred by what could be the possible next step in evolution for the dinosaurs. Some strange highly intelligent dinosaurs out there…
Then a big showdown, and Taylor was going to go crazy … The main source of conflict would be between Taylor and Jim Shannon, and there were going to battle for control of the colony and how to deal with these new dangers.”
Intelligent dinosaurs! Come on FOX, that would have been gold. By season three they could have had fully opposable thumbs…
Terra Nova fans hit the jump to hear Media Geek’s interview with Braga and long for what could have been. (more…)
A character actor known for his gruff and authoritarian characters, Stephen Lang stepped away from looking menacing in front of a green screen to talk to a gaggle of reporters on Tuesday and I had the pleasure of being in on the call. I asked Lang‘s about his knack for choosing those previously mentioned authoritarian roles, how he navigates through effects laden projects, his future, and because I’m a lovable scallywag, I asked him about the semi-beloved but now cancelled Terra Nova… which went… un-well.
Nerd Bastards: After some of the effects-heavy work in Avatar, Conan, and Terra Nova — is it a nice change to, sort of, come in from the jungle and do something a little more grounded in reality (In Plain Sight)?
Stephen Lang: Well the first thing I did when I got out there, I said, “Excuse me, where’s the green screen? I can’t work without a green screen.” No, it was nice to get back into this kind of century for one thing and wear something that wasn’t kind of military, and yes, tell kind of a human story — not that the others aren’t, but you know what I mean — it’s kind of on a different scale — an intimate story. I mean, I know it’s a big show and it’s all about witness protection and everything but, you know, (theirs) a sense of — we’re doing a father and a daughter kind of a reunion show — albbe it not a conventional reunion. And so it was great. It’s good to do it.
Terra Nova…..brings back the splendid memories of Comic-Con 2011. I first saw the premier there and fell head over heels in love with it the moment I laid eyes upon the miraculous display of theLOST-Stargate-JurrasicParkcreation. And as the season came to an end, I found myself weeping in a corner not wanting it to be over. But alas, a new season would be starting in a few short months and my life would once again be complete.
Until, however, when I got a strange text message from none other than Mr. Editor-in-Chief himself, Luke Gallagher. What it said simply was, “Not to make your day any worse but Terra Nova got cancelled.” Great. Kill me now. My life is ruined. I spent the next few days sulking and Luke trying to console me with lost hope of another network picking it up. Damn you Fox.
But, Ah-Hah….Hope has come back in full force with sugar plums dancing in my head as Netflix comes to the rescue…maybe. But I like the chances. So who’s with me? Do you want to see Terra Nova brought back even if it on Netflix? Would you pay the extra mullah a month and get Netflix if you don’t already have it just to watch Terra Nova? If you answered NO to any of these questions then I don’t want to hear from you. Otherwise, feel free to discuss below. DIE-HARD Terra Nova Fans only, please and thank you.
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?
Did you watch last weeks premiere of Terra Nova? I’m going to go ahead and assume you said yes, because who doesn’t answer rhetorical questions websites ask and now that the ratings are in it looks like just about everybody watched it.
Deadline is reporting that Steven Spielberg’s latest dinobaby is currently this seasons number one among all the new drama series premieres. The show had a modest opening with a 3.1 Live+same day rating among adults 18-49, A little shy of expectations. With a 1.0 rating bump in Live+3, 18-49 rating is now a 4.1. That’s TV marketing babble for one heck of a nice chunk of the most desirable demographic.
We’ve all felt the sting of Sci-Fi not working on network television. Could this be the TV show that bucks the trend? Will we all be left dangling after it gets the axe from the same network that killed Firefly? Lets all tune into the 2nd episode tonight and find out.
Squee! San Diego Comic Con, the media mecca for comics, movies, television, video games, toys and more, is a little over 4 weeks a way (July 21-24) . Good lord we can’t wait! Oh, FYI NerdBastards will be in attendance. Luke Gallagher and Mrs. NerdBastards (aka Luke’s mistress, life coach and supplier of NOMs) Crystal H. will be doing some field reporting, schmoozing with celebs, and procuring as much swag as we can. We’ll also be on hand to meet with any NB fans in attendance. Come say hi (Will be wearing NB t-shirts, as scene on splitreason.com). Tell us how much you love us, or how much you hate us. Either way, we’re happy to meet you. Though, if you say some shit, that nullifies your chances of getting any free fan appreciation swag from us. Also, warning to the busty nerdy girlies out there, Luke is a weak and very perverted man. Stay at-least 5 feet away.
Anyway, as the dates come closer and closer, news on guest appearances, panels and other festivities will be rolling out. At the moment, thanks to TV Line, we have a list of what TV shows and stars will be in attendance.
With May sweeps fully upon us, and most shows ending their seasons with a bang, it is only natural that we start to see previews for shows coming in the fall.
The four most anticipated shows are NBC‘s Grimm and Awake along with Fox‘s Alcatraz and Terra Nova.
Below you will find a description of each of the show’s, along with an amazing new trailer for each. I’m most looking forward to Grimm and Alcatraz … what about you?
“Grimm” is a new drama series inspired by the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Remember the fairy tales your parents used to tell you before bedtime? Those weren’t stories — they were warnings. Nick Burkhardt (David Guintoli “Turn The Beat Around”) thought he prepared himself for the realities of working as a homicide detective until he started seeing things he couldn’t quite explain. When his ailing Aunt Marie (guest star Kate Burton, “Grey’s Anatomy”) arrives, Nick’s life turns upside down when she reveals they are descendants of an elite group of hunters, also known as “Grimms,” who fight to keep the balance of humanity safe from the supernatural creatures of the world. As Nick digs deeper into her past, he realizes that he will have to shoulder the responsibility of his ancestors — and contend with a larger-than-life mythology of the Brothers Grimm that is now all too real. Russell Hornsby (“Lincoln Heights”), Bitsie Tulloch (“Quarterlife”), Silas Weir Mitchell (“Prison Break”), Reggie Lee (“Persons Unknown”) and Sasha Roiz (“Caprica”) also star. “Grimm” is a production of Universal Media Studios and Hazy Mills Productions. Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner (“Hot in Cleveland”) serve as executive producers, Jim Kouf (“National Treasure,” “Angel”) and David Greenwalt (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) are the creators/executive producers and Marc Buckland (“My Name Is Earl”) is the director.
Television – teacher, mother, secret lover! ~Homer Simpson
Bah! I love TV as much as anyone else, but there has been too much boob tube talk recently. My head is spinning with all the shows coming and going. I need a Batman worthy command center to keep track of it all.
Earlier we reported NBC’s fall line-up (Grimm, Awake and the 5th Season of Chuck were the only note worthy bits) and now FOX has released their 2011-2012 schedule.
Skimming through it all, I think the only thing you need to know is that Fringe will stay on Fridays (rather surprised it survived the death slot), while Steven Spielberg’s Terra Nova will air Mondays (yay, finally something to watch other than Dancing With The Stars).
While I’ll be spending my Fridays having sex with red headed hookers and eaten coconut cupcakes, there will be three shows duking out the 9pm slot. Fringe, NBC’s new fairytale series Grimm, and possibly Supernatural, if the CW decides to keep it in its current timeslot. Eh, almost enough reason to stay home on a Friday night.
HIT THE JUMP for the official descriptions of the new shows, and what the line-up is looking like:
Every new television show premiering in the fall starts press early. There are commercials, teasers, interviews in magazines, etc …
And yet, Fox Television‘s upcoming science fiction-eque television show Terra Nova has become the king of early previews.
First off, we’ve been hearing about this show for a while. They were a no-show at San Diego Comic-Con last year, their writing staff got a complete overhaul and it was supposed to premiere in the winter of 2010 (before it got pushed to May of this year).
Secondly, despite all the trailers and information that has come out leading up to the premiere, Fox delayed its premiere until the fall in order to give its special effects time to finish.
But I ask you this, dear readers, if it is taking them this long (well over a year) to finish up effects for the first season, how will they manage a second season or more, if they get picked up?
That said, the premise behind the show, that humanity screwed up its future and our only hope lies 65 million years in the past, is still cool. I just hope the show manages to be as cool as the concept sounds!
Take a look at the new trailer below, and let us know what you think.
Take a small group of civilians, scientists and soldiers, send them into the prehistoric times with hopes of saving the human race from their planet’s dying present and you get ‘Terra Nova‘. The Series, produced by Steven Spielberg, is pretty much a TV version of ‘Jurassic Park’ minus Jeff Goldblum. Bringing time-travel, science and dinosaurs together for an hour each episode is like mixing mentos and coke; awesome while it lasts. Centering the series on a family part of the journey to restart the human population is going to be some worthwhile television, something everyone was going to be able to watch in May. Well, hate to piss in the primordial soup and call it lemonade, but it looks like you’ll be waiting a few extra months before you get another “Dinosaur eating a person hiding in an outhouse” moment.
Welcome to Terra Nova ($14.95 for children)
Starring Jason O’Mara, Stephen Lang and Shelley Conn; focusing on the Shannon family as they join the tenth pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, the first human colony on the other side of the temporal doorway. Traveling 85 million years to prehistoric Earth only to learn everything isn’t as ‘Adam & Eve’ as they would like. Doesn’t that sound like a family outing: a campfire, smores, young Billy getting torn apart during story-time. It just screams ‘must see TV’ but sadly the sneak peek that Fox promised for May 23 and 24 is going to be head back a bit. As in your going to have to wait for the two-hour premier in the fall with the rest of the series. Ain’t that about a bitch.
Here’s a sample of Fox’s press release:
Friday, March 11, 2011
NEW EPIC FAMILY ADVENTURE SERIES “TERRA NOVA” TO PREMIERE IN FALL 2011
The new epic family adventure series TERRA NOVA will now launch with its series premiere in fall 2011 on FOX, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
“TERRA NOVA is one of the most ambitious television series ever produced,” said Reilly. “The cutting-edge visual effects used to create the world of TERRA NOVA, which is of massive scope and scale, require more time to be realized. This aspect of the series is essential, so we are pushing back the special early preview date to give the visual effects team the time needed for their ground-breaking work.”
“The world of TERRA NOVA is visually stunning on multiple levels, and effects play an enormous part,” said executive producer René Echevarria. “Premiering in the fall will give us the proper time to create a world never before seen on television.”
When each episode costs $4 million your paying for a bit more then streamers and glitter. Having a 7-foot, full-scale animatronic dino at least shows that practical effects are making a come back along with being filmed in exotic locations. Australia must be proud to be filming something that has the creator of ‘ET’ attached to it. Sadly, when you start making a promise to show the first two hours before it even ready you need to do more then say “Our bad, sorry”.