Terra Nova: Cancelled; Season Two Still Possible?

Terra Nova canceled season twoThe Terra Nova TV show has been officially cancelled by the FOX network. However, though you won’t see dinosaurs back on the FOX schedule next season, there’s still hope for a second season.

For those who came in late, Terra Nova’s produced by Steven Spielberg and revolves around a time when our planet has become over-developed and overcrowded. Mankind’s only chance for survival is to make use of a newly discovered fracture in time and try to colonize pre-historic Earth. The cast includes Jason O’Mara, Shelley Conn, Landon Liboiron, Allison Miller, Naomi Scott, Alana Mansour, Stephen Lang, Rod Hallett, and Christine Adams.

Terra Nova premiered last September with a pair of installments which attracted an average of a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 9.22 million total viewers. It was third in its timeslots but held viewers through the two hours. The third episode drew about the same as the first two episodes. Episode four fell by 19% in the demo and later episodes hit a low of a 2.1 rating in the demo three times.

The season averaged a 2.5 rating in the demo and 7.52 million viewers. Those aren’t bad numbers but also aren’t good enough to ensure a pick up — especially considering that Terra Nova is expensive to produce. FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly once noted that the network was committed to purchasing 22 installments if the show was renewed.

FOX initially had a December 31st deadline to make a decision on renewing Terra Nova but bought themselves some extra time by picking up the options on many of the actors’ contracts.

Reilly had concerns about the creative direction of the show so Terra Nova producers and 20th Century Fox Television began approaching showrunners and senior writers about possibly joining the series for next season. Reilly was reportedly pitched several potential scenarios and writers but he didn’t take to any of them. A last ditch meeting on Friday supposedly went well but Reilly ultimately decided late yesterday to cancel the show.

The decision comes as somewhat of a surprise since the network and studio both made money on the show and has Spielberg’s name attached. Word is that studio 20th Century TV will now shop the series to other potential outlets. The mediocre ratings and hefty price tag — reportedly about $4 million per episode — won’t make it an easy sell. The talent options supposedly expire at the end of June, keeping those castmembers from being in contention for potential new series.

What do you think? Are you disappointed that FOX has cancelled Terra Nova? Are you surprised?

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  1. Charlie cox says

    I really loved this show. Such a shame, way to screw it up fox, great show with amazing actors, my favorite is Naomi Scott and Stephan Lang.

  2. Kim says

    So disappointed!! I had a good show that I was able to watch with my 10yr old boy and we have waited for the season premiere. It was a family show that we all could watch together. Not a smart move FOX! Even my 16yr old and 6yr old enjoyed it!!!

  3. Bob & Ethan Jernigan says

    The one great show still suitable for younger viewers and what does FOX do…opt out and they will undoubtedly replace it with yet another filth filled show. You’ve lost another household of viewers FOX.

  4. Walter says

    That was the only program I watched on Fox. I can’t believe how Fox would stop a series viewed by many. Like one of the comments said there are a lot of programs not worth seeing and the one good is taken away. Good luck fox, I’ve spoken to many and they are just as unhappy as I.

  5. Anonymous says

    You dumb **** why would u cancel it even if alot of
    People didnt watch it u atleast should of gave it anorher
    Season to see what would happen.

  6. Anonymous says

    It all comes down to date and time of show. If only they can introduce a new show during prime time, more people will have the opportunity to see the show and get hooked. Even if you have to then change the time, its getting the initial viewership that makes the difference. :0( BTW Love the show… Wanted to find out what was going to happen in the badlands!!

  7. Damion Slade says

    Figures! FOX keeps al the ABSOLUTE CRAP & gets rid of shows that are GREEEEAT!!! THIS IS WHY I DO NOT WATCH FOX!!!! Terra Nova was Awesom and I hope someone picks it back up!!!

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