Terra Nova has been cancelled after just one season. Terra Nova was debuted on Fox network last year, but the two-hour premiere was delayed twice and rumoured to have cost between $10 million and $20 million.
Much of that budget was for creating special effects that included very sophisticated renderings of dinosaurs that greet travelers who travel back in time 85 million years.
The show required six additional weeks of post-production per episode just to process the effects. While the typical show only gets about four weeks. On top of that, the Australian locations where they filmed also added up on the cost.
It’s being reported that the studio, 20th Century Fox will try to shop around with other networks to see if they will want to bring back Terra Nova. That will be a shot in the dark because cable networks have lower budgets than broadcast networks.
Terra Nova was set in 2149 where man has screwed up, overpopulation and declining air quality threatens life on Earth. The only hope for civilization again is to travel back in time 85 million years and start all over. The new civilization, called Terra Nova, was surrounded by the other inhabitants of that earth like dinosaurs.
Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi drama starred Jason O’Mara, Stephen Lang, Christine Adams and Shelley Conn. The Terra Nova premiere had 9.2 million total viewers and the finale in December had 7.4 million viewers. Terra Nova averaged about 10.1 million viewers with the demographic for adults in the range of 18-49 years old.