The ambitious dinosaur drama “Terra Nova” has gone extinct, at least on the Fox network.
Steven Spielberg’s expensive sci-fi series only lasted one rocky season, drawing modest ratings that apparently weren’t sufficient to offset its high costs.
20th Century Fox, which produced the series, says it will shop it to other networks to keep it alive. That’s considered a longshot, though, because cable networks have lower budgets than the broadcast networks.
“Terra Nova” got off to a rocky start when production problems forced Fox to postpone its original premiere date, and when it did debut, many sci-fi fans said they were disappointed by early storylines.
The departure of “Terra Nova” and the likely demise of several other Fox dramas, including “The Finder” and quite possibly “Fringe” and “Alcatraz,” means Fox could have openings for a number of new shows in the fall.
“Bad news guys, Terra Nova has been cancelled,” star Jason O’Mara (Jim Taylor) confirmed on Twitter. “We’re gonna try and get another network to do it. Stand by.”
He added:“Thx for the immense outpouring of love & support for [the show], which is currently trending worldwide (sic).”
Co-star Naomi Scott, who played Jim’s daughter Maddy, wrote: “Just heard the news about Terra, thanks for all your support guys.”
“It was a truly amazing experience, I was so blessed to get the opportunity.”
Executive producer Cassar later commented: “Sad day for Terra Nova fans and the cast and crew, in both the US and Australia. It was a wonderful show to work on.”