Spielberg’s ‘Terra Nova’ Delayed Until Fall 2011

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

When the creators of Fox’s prehistoric sci-fi show Terra Nova cancelled their scheduled appearance at Comic-Con, it raised a few eyebrows. Many took it as a sign that there might be some serious setbacks occurring behind-the-scenes and as it unfortunately turns out – where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Originally scheduled to debut as a mid-season replacement this year, EW is reporting that Terra Nova will now air its pilot episode in May as a special one-night preview before its official debut in the fall of 2011. It’s the same strategy that the network utilized to build hype for Glee, which had a strong debut after its audience spent all summer talking about the preview episode. Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly explains:

“It was mainly due to the scope [Terra Nova] was going to take… We went into it knowing it was going to be ambitious. It really became apparent that we had to do this show right. We’ll have an enormous jump on the pilot, and on the marketing side, we’ll let people understand the show.”

Typically, a network will finance a pilot and then decide if they want to order additional episodes, but Fox committed to 13 episodes of Terra Nova right from the get go. Naturally, there were financial considerations involved with this decision (such as the cost of tearing down and rebuilding sets for a project this large), but it’s more likely that the talent involved played a part in securing the show’s spot on their line-up.

Terra Nova is produced by Steven Spielberg, Brannon Braga (24, FlashForward), and David Fury (Lost, Angel). Braga, who cut his teeth writing and producing several Star Trek shows, is also the showrunner. Back in June, Jason O’ Mara was confirmed as the series’ lead and with filming on the pilot scheduled to start in October, additional casting news should be forthcoming.

Producers Steven Spielberg and Brannon Braga

Set 100 years in the future, Terra Nova centers around a group of settlers who use a portal to travel back to the prehistoric era. They quickly discover there are forces inside their colony that are as dangerous as the creatures surrounding them.

I actually like the concept of the show and if Fox is simply making sure it’s at the highest level of quality it can be, perhaps it will be worth the wait. It’s unfortunate that we’re almost a year away from getting our first taste of Terra Nova, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it has a gigantic presence at next year’s Comic-Con.

Source: EW

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  1. Why am I not surprised? Spielberg really needs to just focus his attention on one project at a time. It just feels like every week I’m reading about something he wants to do but will do 8 other things at the same time

    • True, Spielberg has ADD when it comes to new projects.

      I was looking forward to this and a few other shows, which now have been moved back to later debuts. Is it a wonder I watch TV at all? There just isn’t that much on anymore.

  2. With Braga on board…this show is gonna suck !
    The man is sooooo burned out,there is not much good coming out of him these days.
    Back in a day..he re used so many star trek stories for each new show..i really had Deja Vu feelings…nothing really original is coming from there anymore this days!

    Please no more Braga !

  3. Sounds a bit like Primeval

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