News Briefs: Terra Nova Gets a Finale Date, But Will the Show Return?

By Tim Surette

Oct 12, 2011


... Fox's Terra Nova will go out the same way it came in: with a two-hour episode. The dino drama's 13-episode first season will conclude on December 19, but the real question is, will it live to see a second season? Given the show's high price tag and lower-than-expected ratings, I'm not so sure. Terra Nova certainly isn't going to pick up many new viewers, but if it can rule overseas (which is a good bet) it might survive. Ultimately, though, Terra Nova looks like a bust, and the ratings will show that in the coming weeks. [EW]

... Good news for Harry's Law's fan (har): NBC has ordered six more scripts for the program, which only has a 13-episode order so far. Script orders are a great sign that a network is seriously considering adding more episodes. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Courteney Cox and David Arquette are getting back together! Well, to work on a show. The duo is producing Ten Years for NBC, the network that will buy anything these days as it tries to get back on top. The comedy follows a group of friends and their ups and downs over a decade. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Jonah Hill must be stopped! He's sold a comedy to Fox that doesn't have a concept or a format beyond "it will star comedian Hannibal Buress." Yes, this is how Hollywood works. One famous guy in Hollywood tells a studio he'll come up with something, and the studio pays him. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC's midseason comedy Apartment 23 was originally titled Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23, but then ABC got scared and shortened it. Spineless! Now ABC is changing its mind and reinstating the original name, sort of. Look forward to Don't Trust the B––– in Apartment 23. What's the B stand for? Baboon? Border Collie? Bananas? What can't I trust, ABC, WHAT CAN'T I TRUST? [EW]

... Syfy has announced a return date for Being Human: Monday, January 16. That same night, the network will also debut new series Lost Girl, about a succubus that feeds off sexual energy. Given the many synonyms for "handsome" and "sexy" that the network used in its description for the show, I think I'll pass. [Syfy via press release]


... And now finally, some interesting news! Justified has cast its bad guys for Season 3: Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson, both of whom starred in Boomtown. McDonough will play a Detroit mobster and Williamson will play a man who lives in a small black community. Also news: Jeremy Davies will return. [EW]

... Rachael Harris will guest-star on Fox's New Girl as a quirky vice-principal who loans Jess (Zooey Deschanel) a school bus for Schmidt's birthday party. [EW]

... Michael Douglas will play famously flamboyant pianist Liberace in an HBO biopic. Matt Damon will also star, and the super-awesome Steven Soderbergh will direct. [NY Times]

... Former supermodel Cheryl Tieg and race-car driver Mario Andretti have signed up for the next round of Celebrity Apprentice, in case anyone out there cares. [EW]

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  • jdbond Oct 15, 2011

    Well in 6 months, aSoIaF is coming back!

  • tv_ark Oct 14, 2011

    SyFy debuting Lost Girl? Series rebooting? I guess wanted to say debuting 3rd season? Anyway for me british Being Human is much better.

    Terra Nova should end. It's a series too expensive for presenting two almost crap episodes like last two. Writers are doing it wrong. Instead of use Sixers/Militar Conspiracy etc plot as bonus plot scenes for dino rescue missions that should be main story skeleton. They are slowing down too much the discovering of that mysteries. It's a pity. Series could give many material around key plot to not need to fill it with sucessive rescue missions. Investigating and reveling of secrets, confrontation with power, rebellion and escape, going sixer, fighting terra nova army, unmask the government in Earth... Lots of gold stuff, no need to keep things so slow...

  • JennRocque Oct 14, 2011

    Ironically pegged this one as the best new series that came out this year as seen in their top 10. I personally had my money on other shows. After terra nova explained what looked like their ongoing plot in the first episode it isn't surprising that it failed. The writing was just not up to par. Are we surprised, not so much. My suggestion is to turn to the CW as it seems to have a better hit with the "new series". My bet is also that house isn't going to do as well this season either. Also many of the shows based upon legal/police/cime dramas are going to also have a problem because there are so many on the market that a new one just might not shine through what is already enjoyed. Ringer I believe will do well because Sarah Michelle Gellar has a cult following like many of Whedon's work and will likely stick around for another season at least

  • Shreela Oct 14, 2011

    Terra Nova had all the big pre-season excitement, pretty decent CGI, but watching it was as lame as SGU. I can't say whether most the actors on the show are boring, or if it's the writers fault. The ONLY thing exciting on Terra Nova is Stephen Lang. Oh and I'll admit to being intrigued about the Six'ers backstory, but I'm betting I'd be disappointed with another boring story.

    I loved Harry's Law last season! Although it was yet another attorney drama with a twist, the twist is the main character is a tired, bitter old lady. I enjoyed Harry going against Tommy (emulating Denny Crane), but this season is almost an entirely new show. Too much Tommy is getting on my nerves, and the guy from Boston Legal and Human Target to pretty much play his same character from Boston Legal again, WTH? I do like the new dark-headed lady, and Charlene as Hoseanna was entertaining for a few shows (will they bring her into Harry's practice as well?) I still enjoy it, but not nearly as much as last season.

    New Girl, blech, but I can't stand Zoey - she's played the exact same desperately-quirky character in everything I've had the misfortune to see her in.

    I enjoy Justified enough to continue watching it. And Micheal Douglas as Liberace, seriously? WTH?

  • LcG65 Oct 14, 2011

    Really like Lost Girl, but not really a new show.

    New Girl is not that funny, don't get the whole hype.

    Glad Harry's Law is getting more episodes.

    Looking forward to the new season of Justified.

  • Amazon_Hollow Oct 14, 2011

    Hmmm... Why is Terra Nova even on Locel Channel Network anyway? This early end date feels like any other program, boardcast on DirecTv have the total number of 13 Episodes. Please... Move Terra Nova off Fox on to TnT Channel or SyFy Channel. It doesn't feel right having 13 episodes program on Locel Channel Network at all. When the else of the programming runs to 22 episodes whole year up to May. Oh, Man! I like Terra Nova quite alot here. I don't want see it go into cancellation because of the Fox Network Channel, not giving it a fair chance. Please make a smart move... And put Terra Nova on SyFy or TnT for the next Season. It's really not a Locel Channel Network program to be boardcast on. When i watch Terra Nova. It's like i am watching a SyFy channel program or DirecTv Programming with that total number of 13 Episodes. It's good enough you have Fringe being a local channel network program on Fox. But,Terra Nova isn't like the way that Fringe is put on the network really.

  • joostin_cdn Oct 14, 2011

    lol Tim..Lost Girl is a Canadian sci-fi fantasy procedural. It isn't great at all haha, but I would rank it higher than Terra Nova. You can find the first season and half of the second season on the interwebs if you want to take it for a test ride before syfy gets it.

  • joostin_cdn Oct 14, 2011

    I love that screen capture Tim! It sticks out in my head as a metaphor for the show. Josh take s a pathetic swing at a mini dino bird, the same way the show makes a weak attempt at being sci-fi. Hiyo!

  • ArimasvanO Oct 13, 2011

    big fan of the show. season 2... yes please

  • VirnaMedina0 Oct 13, 2011

    regardless the review, i think it's a good show. hope it survives.

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