t's been expected to happen for months now, but that still won't stop fans from getting a bad taste in their mouths after they read it. Deadline Hollywood reported early this morning that FOX has canceled the big-budget, Steven Spielberg produced dinosaur series Terra Nova after one short season of 13 episodes. What will become of the Shannons, Commander Taylor, and the rest of the colonists from 2149? I guess we'll all just have to assume that they lived happily ever after. Or were devoured by rampaging Carnotaurs. Whichever works for you.
Despite the doom and gloom long surrounding the show's chances for renewal, I'm still a bit surprised they gave it the axe. Other genre series Fringe and Alcatraz have gotten even worse ratings and have yet to be canceled. Plus, Terra Nova has the Spielberg powerhouse behind it. You wouldn't think the network would be so quick to kill it off. Why not just cut the budget? Or fire some actors? Or trim the number of episodes for season 2? Why not do any of these things instead of just canceling the show outright on a cliffhanger ending? Why not do a tv movie to wrap things up?
Simplly put, I really don't think FOX cares about it's viewers. FOX has long been known as the place where genre shows go to die and now we can just add another grave to the cemetery. Sliders, Brimstone, Strange Luck, Dark Angel, and Firefly all say hi. On the (sort of) bright side, Terra Nova's producers plan to shop the show to other networks. I say sort of because that plan almost never works. Rarely does one broadcast network want another's cast offs, and I fear the series' budget would be too much for a cable channel to handle.
What do you think? Should Terra Nova have been canceled? Or did it deserve one more pilgrimage?