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Will Fox's "Terra Nova" Get a Second Season?

Fox‘s “Terra Nova” was meant to be a show that stole even more viewers away from NBC, CBS and ABC. However, it appears that Fox execs are debating pulling the plug on the show that is drawing in very few viewers, despite its pricey production costs.

According to TV insiders, the fate of “Terra Nova” needs to be made early and can be a gamble. With all the sci-fi effects, this show takes more time than the average show to perfect each week (which also means more money). Fox had originally intended to end the show after the first season, airing all 13 episodes. It seems that producers aren’t ready to give up yet and plan to meet with Fox execs this week to pitch a second season.

There’s a number of factors that go against “Terra Nova” at the moment.

    - “Terra Nova” lacks the viewers execs expected. Each week a combined DVR and Nielsen Ratings show that only three million people tune in each week. This is a quick decline of 30 percent from its premiere.
    - The show does not have a lead from an already established program like newcomer “Revenge.” This show is only succeeding because people are already tuning in for “Modern Family” and “Happy Endings.”
    - The background shots are cheesy and unbelievable, even if it’s one of the most expensive shows on TV to film at the moment.
    - “Terra Nova” is up against “Monday Night Football,” “Dancing With the Stars” and CBS’ comedy block. As a new show, it hardly stands a chance for big ratings.
    - There’s no buzz about this show at all, not even from sci-fi fan boys and girls. Critics aren’t paying attention either.

One thing working in “Terra Nova’s” future is that the show is competing for a slot with two upcoming dramas, so Fox has no definite plans for its Monday nights. In all honesty, maybe it’s meant to be the type of show that airs in the UK. A short lived, highly reviewed show that isn’t canceled, but designed to last only one season. In the future it could be one of those shows everyone watches on Netflix and wonders “why on earth was there only one series?” An instant cult classic. “Freaks and Geeks” anyone?


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Show:
- Terra Nova
Network:
- FOX

Written by: mawarner
Dec 12th, 2011, 9:55 am

SciFi Snowie

Message Posted On May 7th, 2012, 3:37 am
I love everything about Terra Nova. It's a great storyline from the beginning. Stephen Lang is fantastic for the leader of their community & seeing how a family unit would survive in that type of environment is awesome. The music, photography, editing, & casting were also very good in this program. Please keep it on the air. 
Anonymous

Message Posted On Feb 6th, 2012, 12:37 pm
OK where are the next episodes???? I miss the day when a season was 22 episodes not a crappy 13 like it is now.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Jan 29th, 2012, 8:29 am
I like this show very much! Hope they will make more episodes.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Jan 25th, 2012, 3:58 am
If you people don't like the show why bother to comment? If the show stays on the air, to your disapproval, you wouldn't watch anyway. But there isn't any other sci fi around and I think the show will appeal to more people if it had more action. People, unlike myself, seem to think blowing something up is fun to watch. In the producer's place, I would release movies instead of a series, two episodes well thought out, perfect graphics and a bunch of explosions or bullets flying, would make a great movie for the theaters and make more money as well.
gbodur

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Since: 19/Mar/08
Message Posted On Jan 9th, 2012, 4:53 am

The show is telling the story of a family, honestly I don't care about the problems of the teenager boy, the pet dinasour of the little girl or so on. I need to see some sci fi action and not a rework of a scenario from Stargate. Bomb through the portal, come on, is this the best you can come up with?

Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 30th, 2011, 6:38 am
I also think that the series is warranted a second season, especially if another night could help get it established. The lack of dinos, and the addition of the second colony of the (sixers and Phoenix group) the bad guys could focus the stories more. Maybe the Badlands could be the new locus... I hope that Fox gives it another chance and the writers can tighten up the stories....
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 27th, 2011, 3:39 pm
While in Europe, I managed to view the 4 or 5 first episodes of TerraNova. I found it pretty dumb and quite dated, with a cast that's either terrible or really badly directed. Couldn't really find an incentive to keep watching that, so stopped.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 20th, 2011, 12:45 pm
I thought the show was great, I tried to tune in every week and I even got Hulu for the weeks i couldnt. I think if they aired on a different day it would do a lot better instead of competing with already highly tuned in shows. I surely hope they make a 2nd season and more people tune in.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 16th, 2011, 4:20 am
On one hand, looking at some of the comments and the grammar, it makes you wonder why we are surprised that script writers can't write. On the other hand... I think the show is OK and has some promise. It takes time for a cast and storylines to gel together to get the viewers interested. I would say from my point of view some rough ideas: Stop with the dino's if they are the visually expensive - seems viewers dont really need them for the understanding we are in the past. Get some form of "other colonies" established. This portal issue that is upon us can help establish that. Trading, interaction, expansion of plots outside of the four walls of Terra Nova may help with varied stories. If things were set so long ago, what about artistic license to bring in myths like the pyramid builders and stuff - or something along those lines (myans?) - some other race to visit Earth. Just time I think to try to widen the options a little rather than have just one group of people who may be the worlds most interesting people but lets face it - it wont take long to get to know them... Oh well, its hard this writing about things... good luck - please keep the show. We need something to get us through TV.
Anonymous

Message Posted On Dec 16th, 2011, 4:07 am
On one hand, looking at some of the comments and the grammar, it makes you wonder why we are surprised that script writers can't write. On the other hand... I think the show is OK and has some promise. It takes time for a cast and storylines to gel together to get the viewers interested. I would say from my point of view some rough ideas: Stop with the dino's if they are the visually expensive - seems viewers dont really need them for the understanding we are in the past. Get some form of "other colonies" established. This portal issue that is upon us can help establish that. Trading, interaction, expansion of plots outside of the four walls of Terra Nova may help with varied stories. If things were set so long ago, what about artistic license to bring in myths like the pyramid builders and stuff - or something along those lines (myans?) - some other race to visit Earth. Just time I think to try to widen the options a little rather than have just one group of people who may be the worlds most interesting people but lets face it - it wont take long to get to know them... Oh well, its hard this writing about things... good luck - please keep the show. We need something to get us through TV.
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