'Terra Nova', STEVEN SPILEBErG's hugely expensive dinosaur drama, could find itself back on television sooner rather than later. Fans of the epic series were left deflated on Monday (March 5, 2012), when Fox announced they had cancelled the show after just one season, but it may not be the end.
According to the New York Times, the studio that produces the science-fiction drama has been stepping up "intensive" efforts to find another network willing to run the show. The series, about a family who time travel back to prehistoric times, scored relatively strong ratings during its first season, though the first two hours alone are understood to have cost around $16 million. Twentieth Century Fox Television are keen to find another network because Terra Nova has proved extremely popular in sales to international television outlets, however, the list of networks who could afford the programme are slim. The show was shot on location in Australia and any network taking on the drama would have to back the huge production costs. The cancellation will come as another blow for Spielberg, who has a patchy record in television despite being one of the most celebrated and successful filmmakers of all time. His television success stories include 'Er', 'Band of Brothers' and 'The Pacific', though his notably failures include 'Amazing Stories' and 'SeaQuest'. He also involved with ABC show 'The River', which has received mixed reviews for its first season though looks likely to survive for another.
'Terra Nova' was immediately compared to the hugely popular drama 'Lost' after its big-budget pilot, and Lost creator Damon Lindelof told the Times, "Terra Nova' gets huge points just for attempting to execute a highly perilous dive and I hope that ambition is part of its legacy as opposed to the cautionary tale that many pundits will likely make it out to be".