Netflix Opts Not To Pick Up ‘Terra Nova’

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After weeks of discussions with 20th Century Fox, Netflix has had a change of heart and is no longer seeking to rescue Terra Nova from cancellation, leaving the studio free to shop the expensive sci-fi series to other possible suitors.

Despite the news that Terra Nova‘s best chance for survival has ceased being interested, 20th century Fox is not remanding the series to the dust bin just yet. For now, as a modicum of hope still lingers that some network will take a shine to the thought of Stephen Lang and a horde of CGI dinosaurs gracing its airwaves, the studio has kept all the actors’ contracts in place.

After a certain point, though, the cost of keeping everything and everyone on standby, while the last glimmer of hope slowly fades, will become prohibitive to doing actual business; so if Terra Nova can’t successfully woo another network, it’s going to be lights out for any more prehistoric shenanigans.

Meanwhile, perhaps as an indication of their faith in the show’s chances, many in the cast have already signed on to appear in other upcoming pilots. Most notably, series lead Jason O’Mara (Jim Shannon) has joined the impressive cast for CBS’ period drama based on real-life Las Vegas lawman Ralph Lamb. The series touts Dennis Quaid, Carrie-Anne Moss and Michael Chiklis amongst its cast and comes from screenwriter Nicholas Pileggi (Goodfellas). Meanwhile, Christine Adams (Mira) has signed on to appear in ABC’s fashion-centric drama Americana, alongside Emilie de Ravin (Lost) and Anthony LaPaglia (Without a Trace).

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So why did Netflix pass? For one, Terra Nova cost around $4 million per episode, which may have been seen as too risky, especially since the company is seeking to define it’s brand with content created solely for its subscribers. And with word that Netflix and Media Rights Capital – the studio behind the upcoming House of Cards -are currently battling director and executive producer David Fincher on matters of that series’ budget, one can see why avoiding another series where dollars are certain to add up was part of Netflix’s decision.

Meanwhile, in addition to House of Cards, Netflix has Hemlock Grove from Eli Roth in the works, as well as a new series from Weeds creator Jenji Kohan. To catch a glimpse of Netflix’s first original offering, subscribers can currently tune into the complete first season of Lilyhammer.

Whether this announcement will play into Netflix’s interest in The River is not clear, as the found-footage series’ fate on ABC has not yet been determined.


Screen Rant will keep you posted on the news surrounding Terra Nova as it is made available.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I love Terra Nova! I have been a true fan from the beginning! We need answers!!! Spielberg should at least make a movie to tie up all the loose ends. Please, someone, anyone, keep Terra Nova alive!!

  2. They should definitely at least make a movie or one more season to tie up all those loose ends

  3. I’ve finished watching the first season of Terra Nova and I love it. Please you need to continue the seasons even if it’s on another network or do a movie about it please please. This serie is brilliantly done and the actors are efficient, please continue this serie please

  4. this blows because of the way they left the first season i really liked this series its one that i would keep watching.

  5. keep the show going!

    • I really want them to put a second season for terra nova on Netflix. It is an AMAZING show an I hope you guys can put another season. !!!PLEASE!!!

  6. Stupid not to continue…..

  7. No more Terra Nova :( Terra Nova is an AMAZING show. Maybe u guys can do a donation so that u guys can then afford enough money to do more episodes and seasons on netflix and anywhere else. I hope that works.

  8. Then why the hell even play the first season on netflix? Now my boy is hooked and waiting for season 2 and there won’t be one? I’m cancelling Netflix. They can kiss my ass.