Fight for Terra Nova
Steven Spielberg's dino-drama may yet be coming to Free to Air after all.
Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur drama Terra Nova is turning into a behind-the-scenes drama with TEN now claiming it will air the show in 2011 despite it already being announced by Foxtel.
The change will come about under the FOX output deal that TEN and Foxtel both share.
With the show not due to premiere in the US until mid-2011, it now falls under the acquisitions for next year, not this year.
Earlier this month Foxtel’s Brian Walsh said the big-budget project was one of its exciting forthcoming titles.
“Terra Nova will screen on Foxtel’s flagship channel FOX8 as part of our shared output deal with 20th Century Fox and Network TEN,” he said.
But a spokerson for TEN yesterday told TV Tonight, “With Terra Nova currently still in pre-production in Queensland, we’re advised that it won’t screen in the US until next year. Whatever the US air-date, we look forward to bringing Spielberg’s latest masterpiece to TEN in 2011.
“Whatever the US air-date, we look forward to bringing Spielberg’s latest masterpiece to TEN in 2011.”
The show is expected to premiere its first episode following the American Idol finale in May next year before the series rolls out in September 2011, just as Glee did last year.
It begins shooting on the Gold Coast in October.
Foxtel did not respond to enquiries.