Steven Spielberg’s dino-drama Terra Nova has been axed by FOX.
While the news is not unsurprising it comes as a blow to the Queensland production sector, given many Australians were employed on the shoot.
FOX made the decision after weeks of exploring potential Season 2 tweaks to the series.
Given then lengthy production time required on the heavily-CGI series, the clock was ticking if it was to be readied for the next Fall season.
In the US the series attracted respectable ratings, and 20th Century Fox TV is hoping to shop the series around to other networks. The likelihood of a pick-up, especially given the high Aussie dollar, is slim.
In January, Fox’s entertainment president Kevin Reilly said, “If this is all we make [of Terra Nova], we made money on it, the studio made money on it, and it seems to have resonated with the family audience,” he said. “There is a show, which if we are to bring back, there’s an audience there. But creatively, the show was hunting [for its identity]. If we had more holes in our network, we’d be thrilled to lock that right in.”
Presuming the show is not given an afterlife, TEN was wise to continue episodes through summer non-ratings.
David Mott recently told TV Tonight, “With a show like Terra Nova people did invest and it rated well. We would have ended up with 3 episodes. So what was the point in breaking it and not being loyal to the viewers who had committed to it? But I know that comment will get some traction.”