Can Terra Nova Be Saved by Netflix?

We’ve all been taking in the news of  Terra Nova’s cancelling this week.  Some of us are bummed (me), some are not.  When announced, there was a glimmer of hope that the production studio (20th Century Fox TV) was shopping the show around to other potential networks.  It seems the rumor mill has started and there’s been talk of Netflix being one of those other potential networks.

According to the Huffington Post there have been multiple reports confirming Netflix expressing interest in saving the show from cancellation.  You can read the article for the nitty gritty so here’s my take.  I see this as a moderate possibility (40 – 60%).  It’s definitely within the realm of possibility as Netflix has been moving into original programming and I do see this as a way to make their business unique in wake of competition from the likes of Amazon Prime and now Comcast’s Xfinity Streampix.  They’ve already premiered Lilyhammer (which I plan to watch), which is a show starring Steven Van Zandt (of Sopranos and E-street Band fame) as a mobster relocated to Norway.  They’re working on House of Cards from Kevin Spacey and in its highest profile move they’re bringing back Arrested Development.  Also in favor of saving Terra Nova is the fact that Arrested Development and Terra Nova share the same production studio and Netflix has already saved (or brought back) one cancelled show.  I think it’ll come down to dollars and cents in the end.  At $4 million average per episode I’d think Netflix would have to add a lot of subscribers to see profit from the show or they’d really have to cut down on the show’s budget.  Ultimately I’m rooting for the show’s saving but I’m not holding my breath.

It’s be cool to have a whole season up at once (like they did for Lilyhammer) but only time will tell.  I’ll keep you updated on Terra Nova news as best as I can.