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by Alison Willmore
March 27, 2012 10:32 AM
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'Terra Nova' Will Not Get a Second Chance as a Netflix Series

'Terra Nova' Fox
Upon canceling "Terra Nova" last month, Fox made it clear that it was shopping the series around to other networks who might be interested in taking a chance on the pricey dinosaur drama. The show did have a devoted fanbase, if not a big enough one for Fox to consider it worth bringing back for a second season.

Not great news for 'Terra Nova' devotees
Naturally, Netflix was soon in talks with 20th Century Fox Television about taking on the show -- the online service has been aggressively setting up original series with David Fincher, Jenji Kohan and Eli Roth, but it's also been looking at popular but canceled properties from other networks. Netflix gave hope to legions of faith-keeping fans holding out for the return of beloved but long-dormant properties by announcing in October that it was bringing back "Arrested Development" for a new 10-episode season. (On his blog, writer Dean Lorey confirmed that the original cast is back.)

But yesterday, Deadline reported that the "Terra Nova" talks with Netflix were over, and that "while 20th TV is not throwing in the towel quite yet as it is not releasing the actors, there is no other viable suitor at this time and the chances of keeping the show alive following Fox’s cancellation earlier this month appear minimal."

Not great news for "Terra Nova" devotees, and I know you're out there -- I saw that dinosaur mailing campaign -- but logistically, a show that expensive and dependent on extensive sets and effects is a risky bet for service that's in its early days of creating its own content. Found footage horror show "The River," which Netflix is also eyeing, seems like a more likely fit.

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18 Comments

  • jr | May 4, 2013 10:06 AMReply

    Another good example of the stiff suits who run the networks not giving a dam about what the public likes or enjoys, it all about the almighty buck. I know it will make no difference to the stiff shirts but this one individual who will keep FOX network off my screen in my home. The show was just great entertainment for an hour, made you forget about bills, problems, the world etc. etc. , so simple, thank you FOX zombies.

  • JC | January 9, 2013 12:48 PMReply

    Not surprising. Fox gives up on everything too soon. Firefly is another prime example. Dolts.

  • Francis Scott | October 5, 2012 11:03 PMReply

    This show definitely has potential, unfortunately like NBC's Surface it just did not get enough exposure to justify the expense. I remember Terra Nova's orignal ad campaign as not enticing at all. Star Trek was originally cancelled as well due to lack of interest. When will the Studio's learn.

  • david | October 5, 2012 12:55 AMReply

    This show was a stay of something big but unfortunately we will probably never know which sucks . Can we make it at least a there part movie like twilight....

  • R | September 30, 2012 1:00 AMReply

    Are you kidding me terra nova was amazing it was one of my favorite shows they can't get rid of it...i will seriously die if some channel doesnt bring it back for a second season!!! PLEASE BRING TERRA NOVA BACK!!!!!! They left it on such a good ending for a season 2...its like the new beginning of the new beginning. If they really put some effort into the show then they could easily get the original amount of viewers. BOO on getting rid of it.

  • rach | July 9, 2012 6:36 PMReply

    you fools put it back on first eastwick then tower prep or wait kyle xy even blood ties then this

  • Boliviano | June 17, 2012 11:59 PMReply

    I cant believe they gave up so easily! I personally enjoyed the show more than anything on the same time slot. Hope someone is smart enough to put up the money and bring Terranova back to the loyal fans.

  • chantaly-lace | June 14, 2012 2:07 AMReply

    Yeah it's more expensive but at least it is a really good show.. especially compared to the endless list of shitty shows that are on tv now.

  • Conez7 | March 29, 2012 5:43 AMReply

    I really loved this show, extremely likable characters, and a decent story line. I really want t o see a season 2

  • Joellyn | March 28, 2012 12:03 PMReply

    Sorry to hear this. I really was enjoying this show.....I thought it was a great idea and storyline.

  • Pat | March 28, 2012 7:54 AMReply

    Enjoyed Terra Nova at first, then it got a bit weak and I gave up before the end, so not sorry it's not coming back, but I am sorry that Arrested Development is coming back, was hoping we'd got rid of that.

  • heidl | March 27, 2012 5:32 PMReply

    Firefly!!! Come on what are you waiting for.. Christmas!?

  • JC | March 27, 2012 6:04 PM

    In case you haven't notice, Wash and Book are dead. Plus Nathan Fillion has a long term contract to star on Castle. Let it go Firefly fans, it's over.

  • Scott | March 27, 2012 4:37 PMReply

    they should've left this on the tube because it rocked! and because for once, we were seeing cops, lawyers, doctors and/or politicians rule the screen in some damn cloak-and-dagger piece of overdone garbage!...terra nova should've remained...they got about 67 cop shows they can rid us of and another 67 doctor shows!..aarrgghh!

  • scott | March 27, 2012 4:38 PM

    sorry, that was meant to say "...we weren't seeing..."

  • michael hansen | March 27, 2012 3:02 PMReply

    kill it!!!!

  • Funnyperson123 | March 27, 2012 9:01 PM

    Fuck you

  • Sam shingleton | March 27, 2012 2:17 PMReply

    Save it!!!!