The 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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I absolutely LOVED THE SHOW
Hated the cliff hanger ending
Raspberries to the studio for cancelling one of the best shows around
Its now 202o and I have every episode of season one. I’ve watched it dozens of times. While they can’t pick up where they left off I still feel the show has value and can be rebooted. It may not be the same as they won’t be able to get the original characters back but the concept for the show was great.
not a happy camper that it was cancelled. why start a series if you know you going to cancel it. that sux.
I’m soooooo sad there aren’t any more seasons of this show. My husband and I usually like fairly different shows but we were totally sucked into this one. I feel robbed 🙁 we will never know what happened in the badlands, and will never get to enjoy the beauty and wonder this show allowed us to experience again. It makes me mad that good quality shows don’t seem to make it very far these days. This show had integrity, and the performances were solid. Way better than a lot of the garbage on that continues to show season after season.… Read more »
and I’m twelve
I loved terra nova and I’m very mad it got cancelled
what the heck all the good shows on fox get cancelled. what is wrong with you people. I don’t watch fox hardly anymore because the good shows have been taken off.
Just found Terra Nova on Netflix and loved it. Sad to see only one season. Sometimes I feel, I’ve missed out on all these great shows and never knew anything about them until their streaming. By that time, they’ve cancelled with only one or two seasons fully made. This leaves me bitter and wanting a taste for more. I can say I’m happy to have found this one season. Hey, u never know, they might have a come back like the X Files. To many good shows aired before there time. Cheers!
Yes, I am disappointed tha Terra Nova was cancelled! It’s plot, production and actors were great.
Renew it!!! Finally find an amazing show and it’s cancelled. This show is worth it !! I’m begging you to renew it !
I love that show! Renew it!! So what if it costs 4 million dollars an episode to produce! Whenever I re-watch Terra Nova episodes I get this really ticked feeling…Plez, renew it…
Terra nova was a great show me and my girlfriend both loved it and I will spread the word about it for the rating problem please give it another shot!