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TERRA NOVA has been Canceled by FOX: Shopped to New Network

Jason O"Mara, Stephen Lang, Terra Nova

Terra Nova CanceledFox Network has canceled the freshman sci-fi TV show series after its thirteen episode first season. I am not surprised by this at all. I lost interest after the series after the three episode after I realized the main characters were destined to get out of every jam they got into.

In addition the series plot holes were ridiculous. From the first episode: Dr. Elisabeth Shannon (Shelley Conn) sneaks into a prison a metal hand laser. No one checked her? She was able to get that through metal detectors? Even if her husband Jim Shannon (Jason O’Mara) cut his way out of his cell, then what? He is still in prison. The cells were idiotic looking and they just happened to let people freely pass things to one another. That was convenient.

One more thing on the laser front: if small, portable lasers are out in the public, where were the laser hand gun weapon? None were to be found. Very strange. At least in Firefly it was latter explained: Hand laser weapons and their production had been banned decades ago.

Terra Nova also starred Stephen Lang, Christine Adams, Landon Liboiron, Naomi Scott, Alana Mansour, Rod Hallett, Simone Kessell, Dean Geyer, Damien Garvey, and Emelia Burns.

Back to the cancelation.

Terra Nova “performed moderately in its first season. But there’s still a sliver of hope to be found, as the series is now being shopped around to other networks.”

Terra Nova production costs may make that troublesome for other networks with smaller budgets.

Terra Nova‘s fate was originally expected to be announced by the end of 2011. However, the network pushed its decision into 2012, probably in part it wanted to see how some of its other series (most notably Alcatraz) were doing before making the final call…Terra Nova‘s cancellation comes after weeks of trying to tweak the series for its second season. Potential new writers and showrunners had been approached by producers to help improve the writing on the series, and the network had considered several new executive producers.

However, entertainment president Kevin Reilly ultimately couldn’t get on board with any of the new ideas, and ultimately decided to pull the plug.

The writing is why the show failed e.g. everyone got immediately set up with a potential new boyfriend or girlfriend within the first episode. If everything works out for the characters, where is the drama? Plus every time something was about to be explained, the truth was held back or something got in the way. A common ploy to be sure but glaring in this case.

Source: Slashfilm, DeadlineHitFix


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