The media is now reporting the cancellation of the time-travel/sci-fi/family drama Terra Nova.
From Yahoo News:
“The prehistoric drama “Terra Nova” is history on Fox.
The network said late Monday it is dropping the pricey sci-fi series after a single season.
The ambitious series, filmed in Australia with expensive special effects, got a lukewarm reception from viewers despite high anticipation from sci-fi fans. It averaged less than 8 million viewers weekly.
The series followed a family on its journey back to prehistoric Earth on a mission to save the human race. It starred Jason O’Mara and Stephen Lang, with behind-the-scenes principals including Steven Spielberg.”
I must confess, I never tuned back in to this series after the dreadful pilot episode. Terra Nova struck me as hopelessly dumb and hackneyed, and yet I always, sincerely, intended to go back to it and give it a second go. In fact, all the episodes are still safely ensconced on my DVR. I hate to see science fiction programs cancelled, but also can’t help but think, given what I saw, that Terra Nova was a very poorly-conceived standard-bearer for the genre on television.
Also, the news of Terra Nova’s cancellation reminds me how totally arbitrary programming choices truly are. The series was drawing eight million viewers a week on Fox. On the CW, such numbers would have made it a blockbuster. On Sy-Fy, those numbers would have been historic. So, was axing Terra Nova the right call, or was mainstream success/acceptance of it just around the corner?