They can’t all be “Lost.” The Steven Spielberg-produced time-travel drama “Terra Nova” will not be back for a second season on Fox, it was announced late yesterday, making it one of the season’s highest profile cancellations.
Plagued by delays and with a two-hour pilot that reportedly cost around $14 million, “Terra Nova” attracted audiences — and fans devoted enough to start a Save Terra Nova campaign that involved mailing plastic dinosaur toys to the network — but not enough to make investing in more episodes worthwhile.
The series followed a family from the year 2149 who are sent via a time rift from the crumbling, overcrowded future to the Cretaceous period, where settlers are trying to establish colonies, but proved itself better at portraying CGI dinosaurs than compelling characters.
It’s not a total loss — studio 20th Century Fox TV will be trying to sell the series to another network, one that would presumably try to capitalize on the existing viewer base while balancing out the cost of production. And if not, hopefully those expensive sets and motion graphics efforts can be put to some other use — “Jurassic Park IV” could be a green 40% recycled material.
Many of the cast and crew members have moved on to or are already working on other things:
- Lead Jason O’Mara is set to play Simon Bolivar Buckner in the Civil War miniseries “To Appomattox.”
- Co-star Stephen Lang is slated to play Abraham Lincoln in the miniseries, and according to The Hollywood Reporter will appear on several episodes of USA’s “In Plain Sight.”
- Creator Craig Silverstein still has the Maggie Q action series “Nikita” on the CW.
- The show’s de rigueur sulky teenager Landon Liboiron appears next in the Eva Mendes dramedy “Girl in Progress.”
- Spielberg also serves as executive producer on “The River” and “Smash,” both currently on air.