Episodes: 13 (hour)
TV show dates: September 26 — December 19, 2011
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Jason O’Mara, Shelley Conn, Landon Liboiron, Allison Miller, Naomi Scott, Alana Mansour, Stephen Lang, and Christine Adams.
TV show description:
In the year 2149, the planet Earth is overdeveloped and overcrowded. The majority of plant and animal life are extinct. Scientists unexpectedly discover a fracture in time that makes it possible to construct a portal into primeval history. With the future of the species at stake, a bold notion is born — to resettle humanity in the past. It’s believed that this is a second chance to rebuild civilization and to hopefully get it right this time. The first colony that’s established in the prehistoric land is called Terra Nova.
The Shannons, an ordinary family, are part of the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers. Jim Shannon (Jason O’Mara) is a devoted father with a checkered past. He guides his family through this new world of limitless beauty, mystery, and terror. Jim’s wife is Elisabeth (Shelley Conn), a trauma surgeon and the newest addition to Terra Nova’s medical team.
Josh Shannon (Landon Liboiron) is their 17-year-old son and he’s resistant to leave the life he knew behind. When he arrives at the settlement, Josh finds himself immediately drawn to a beautiful and rule-breaking young woman named Skye (Allison Miller).
Maddy (Naomi Scott) is Josh’s endearingly awkward 15-year-old sister. She hopes that Terra Nova will give her a chance to reinvent herself. She’s the older sister to five-year-old Zoe (Alana Mansour). Elisabeth’s medical training secured the family a spot on the pilgrimage but a secret involving Zoe endangers their place in the ancient utopia.
Commander Nathaniel Taylor (Stephen Lang) is the charismatic and heroic first pioneer and leader of the settlement. He warns the travelers that, while Terra Nova is a place of new opportunities and fresh beginnings, everything isn’t as perfect as it appears. Along with clear blue skies, towering waterfalls, and lush vegetation, the surrounding terrain is filled with many dangers – much more than just man-eating dinosaurs. There’s also a splinter colony of renegades, led by the battle-hardened Mira (Christine Adams), who is vehemently opposed to Taylor and his leadership.
Even more threatening than what lies outside the protective walls of the colony is the chilling possibility that something sinister is happening inside Terra Nova. The Shannons soon begin to suspect that not everyone on the mission has the same idea of how to best save mankind. In fact, there may be forces intent on destroying their new world before it even begins.