Mark March 6th in you calendar as the day that I told you that Fox decided what to do with Terra Nova. Finally â€¦ Â Well you getter get your box of tissues because Fox has decided not to renew the show for a second season. Â Variety reported that on late Monday the network cancelled the show. Â This is ultimately not surprising as itâ€™s been sitting in limbo for so long. Â That couldnâ€™t have been a good sign.
All hope is not gone (though it probably should be). Â 20th Century Fox Studios, the studio that produces it (and is wholly separate from the TV network that aired it â€“ although is still owned by News Corp.), is going to shop the show around at other networks to see if theyâ€™ll pick it up. Of course the first network that comes to mind is SyFy though Iâ€™ll predict theyâ€™ll pass because of the overall cost of the show. Â According to reports average episode cost is around $4 million for the 13 episode season after the pilot episode cost $16 million. Â This cost probably puts it out of the range of most other networks unless they can really cut costs. Â The lofty visual effects are really to blame here for the high costs. Â Â With all that being said Fox president of entertainment Kevin Reily has noted that the show was profitable. Â Only time will tell. Â Nothing has been announced so weâ€™ll have to wait an see.
Whatâ€™s bad for Terra Nova may be good for other Fox shows like Alcatraz (which I do review) and Touch. Â With one more show out of the way if ratings stay steady (or improve for these shows) theyâ€™re likely to be renewed.
So itâ€™s cancelled. Â Iâ€™m bummed that the first show I actually reviewed all the way through got cancelled. If you read my past reviews youâ€™ll know that I like it. Â Yeah â€“ it certainly had its bad moments and you could call it a â€œVâ€ of satisfaction though overall I dug the story and really had high hopes for a season two. Â So letâ€™s cross our fingers but donâ€™t hold our breath.
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