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Fox Cancels Terra Nova


The best and worst (not necessarily in that order) of Terra Nova.

Fox's Terra Nova, one of the most anticipated series of the 2011-2012 season, has been crushed by the meteor of cancellation. BOOM! The series had been considered a bubble show (except by me, who said no way would the show be back. High-five, me!), but expensive costs and a flood of other new one-hour dramas on Fox helped make the decision not to renew the series.

However, as is standard for every single show that gets canceled nowadays, there's talk that the dirt may not be on the coffin yet. The studio behind Terra Nova, 20th Century Fox TV, is shopping the series to other networks, according to Entertainment Weekly. However, there's a better chance that dinosaurs will be cloned and available for children's birthday parties this summer than that another network will take on a show that delivered unspectacular ratings (though DVR numbers were big), suffered dismal reviews from critics, and was generally a few eons shy of "aiiight." If there is one chance at Terra Nova surviving (which it won't), it's in the fact that it wouldn't be as expensive to shoot a second season and its international audience is pretty substantial.

Terra Nova's chances continually wavered as the first season progressed. The announcement that the current season of House will be the show's last helped Terra Nova's chances. But the additions of Alcatraz and Touch hurt its chances. If you ask me, Touch returns next year, while Alcatraz keeps Terra Nova company in the trash pile.

I'll admit I was one of the viewers who, up to last fall, was really looking forward to the show. On paper, it couldn't go wrong. Dinosaurs! Time travel! That dude from Avatar! But the series tried to be too many shows at once, ultimately settling on being a generic family series more interested in teen romance than a Triceratops disemboweling a T-Rex while a volcano erupted in the background and the citizens of the Terra Nova colony blasted them with laser bazookas while at the same time aliens from Neptune invaded from the future. See, that's why I should have written the series.

I'll miss Maddy and her teen detective agency. But I won't miss Josh. Man, did I hate Josh.


Is this a time of mourning or celebrating for you, dear reader?


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KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!!



Just keep Fringe on for Peter's sake.
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it was only good for a few episodes, don't really care that it's on the chopping block.
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This show has been done better many times before. I realize some of you have the memory of fruit flies, and think that 30 years is longer than time itself because your parents reproduce at puberty- but this show was a poor attempt at puking out much better past shows. For those of you that miss this show, can you formulate why? Was it the plot? The intriguing writing? Or was it the half white half indian girl with nice legs?



For people that weren't born last night, the writing was poor because the writers are scientifically illiterate morons. In the past, people actually had to study science whether or not they were artists/losers. Now, you get a idiocracy-fest as demonstrated by this canceled show a twenty related reality tv shows that nobody can name. Sorry, but Terra Nova was a sequel without a clue.
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Leave it to Fox. Terra Nova was an excellent concept, good casting/characters,but Elementary School writing. With the shows Fox has cancelled or butchered its hard to imagine Fox has made it as a major network.
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It was shaky, but I thought it picked up near the end. I would have liked to see it come back.
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Freaking stupid Fox..it may have good success globally,but ofc Usa tv channel doesn't think of that cause no cash flow for them from success in other countries / continents. All true Terranova fans pls buy the Season Dvd / Blu Ray & show ur support asap & maybe that will help for some other channel to pick it up and we'll see great Stephen Lang back in tv serie & doing great job as Nathaniel Taylor :) Buying my copy from Amazon. Terranova forever :)
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Wow, thank tyou Fox. Really appreciate it. I'd be even more happy if you cancel Alcatraz mid season.
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Sad news :( I hope Fringe get renewed :)
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best news ever !
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Tried to watch horrible show good call fox!!!

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Great! so, maybe now that they wont be spending that much in that Dino thing they would keep Fringe alive! or so i hope.
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I just hope Fringe gets a new home before it gets Foxed!!
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I loved Terra Nova. but havent you learned.. never watch shows on fox, even if its good and pulls in alot of money, theyre always like: no no i know you guys think this is good but we(fox). decided to cancel it 4 episodes before its ending, cuz we think this new thing is going to be alot cooler

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ah man seriously? i loved terra nova! it was a good show! it's stupid that they cancelled it. alcatraz is a good show too..what i don't understand is, why keep shows that annoy the hell out of people and cancel good ones??
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nooooooo not terra nova!!! the show was actually good! come on fox...alactraz sucked ass replace it with terra nova!!! gahhhh
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Another good show Foxed!!!
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AWESOME! I mean I liked this show to an extent. It started good, was bad through the middle, and had a good finale. But when I read the news of its cancellation, I was NOT sad or upset. Instead I am full of hope and joy because this certainly opens a fantastic door for FRINGE! Fringe deserves to stay on the air, and Terra Nova deserved to be axed.



Now, I only hope that Fox cancels Alcatraz, which would leave more room for Fringe to be renewed. I think we have a good shot at Alcatraz vanishing from us too! #TeamFringe
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This was a good show !! R.I.P TERRA NOVA
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All I have to say is HAHA! I wanted it to be good, but as soon as it started I wanted it dead.
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I WAS HOPE FOX GET IT A CHANCE TERRA NOVA R.I.P
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The first two episodes and the last two episodes were great, but unfortunately the ones in between were boring. This show would have done better as a 6 - 8 episode HBO/Showtime/TMN series. I hope Netflix does pick it up, because they left it with a great launch pad for a second series/season. I watched all the episodes, because I always had hope, but it tuned in to tween drama with good effects. Say no to Disney, say yes to Premium Cable!
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Never got into this show. Watched it for 4 episodes and stopped. A few people here criticized some of us who thought this show would be canceled. But sure enough, here it is, on the pile of canceled shows. It would seem that anything in TV Spielberg is associated with, is a sure bet to be canceled in a short time.
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Sooner or later, every show gets canceled. Don't pat yourself on the back too hard.
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What a revelation, "Sooner or later, every show gets canceled." You mean "The Munsters" are no longer on TV?........,Oh high and mighty wise one..., we're not talking about "every show", just this one. Having a hard time staying on topic, eh? But, hey, don't take it personally that not everyone liked your favorite show.
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Yet another good show cancelled.. When will this nonsense stop? Get a new accountant or something. Cancelling shows cause they cost a lot of money.. you don't say? You didn't see that coming maybe?
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Do you have any idea how the TV buisness works? It's all about money. EVERYTHING is about money. The entertainment of the viewer is completely irellevant as long as the network is making money in the end. Shows are cancelled when the network loses money over them. Whether it's good or bad has nothing to do with it.
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What? I'll admit some people obviously liked it for what it was, but it was never good.



From most common viewpoints, it was seriously lacking.



The writers and producers should win an oscar for the 'best premise most quickly destroyed'.
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Good show?
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It could have been a VERY good show, but missed the target.

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Shame it didn't survive to show the painful and slow deaths for the teenagers :(



Oh well, let's hope the money saved goes into one more season of the ever excellent Fringe!
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A wise choice. Hope they use the saved money to improve and save fringe
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I also would like to see Fringe but I also want Terra Nova..
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At this point I just have to give up on Fox. At the point they get me interested in show they go and cancel it.
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But it might return on Netflix: http://www.deadline.com/2012/03/netflix-eyes-cancelled-terra-nova/ from http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/23261/netflix-may-resurrect-terra-nova
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It's a shame. It had a lot of potential! They just took really bad decisions. By the end I watched it in fast forward just in case something happened. None of the characters were interesting...Maddy...Josh...

If you're going to make a show about dinosaurs and time travel, well make it about that and not about Maddys first kiss!! They should have started by showing how they settled there in the first place. Securing the place with all the dinosaurs for example. Not placing them in a finished settlement fully equipped with satellites...
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bunch of idiots the fox team

whats wrong with them
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I hope Falling Skies doesnt suffer the same fate...
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Hahaha, one more failed show from Brannon Braga, guy who destroyed Star Trek.
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FOX is run by idiots! My stupid old paranoid neighbor could do a better job running FOX then those nimrods! Though I do have to agree, the show started off a bit sucky, but I do think it ended pretty ok! Meh.. maybe it's just my undying love of sci-fi!
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ITS FOX!!!! They cancel every show but the SIMPSONS!! Lets see...Human Target, Lie To Me, Chicago Code, Firefly.....shall I continue???
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its not fear for what they did. Terranova is a good series and beleive me it is nice and i watched good serieses (lost, 24, prison break, the unit, the oc etc) its just not fear to just cancel this show :(
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A very wise choice.
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Fox and "wise"? How dare you!
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I gave up on Fox after they cancelled The Good Guys, followed by putting Human Target through a paper shredder, then cancelling it.
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THANK GOD. TV just became a whole lot better!!! No more Josh. YIPEE!
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What I don't understand is, if you don't like it why did you watch it? If you wouldn't watch, you wouldn't see Josh on TV anyway (:
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"it wouldn't be as expensive to shoot a second season "

No Lattes for Spielberg???
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Wat a nice series to ever watch .
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Sorry they are cancelling Terra Nova. Seems that all the shows I enjoy get cancelled.
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Finally. Good idea, bad ...all
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I cancelled Terra Nova 2/3 of the way into the pilot. I saw this coming 100 millions years away.
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Same for me. Only took me half way into the Pilot to hit stop recording on the DVR.



I hated most of the main characters and the plot just was plain stupid.
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My gosh, if I hear one more comment about Fringe here, I'ma splode! This article is NOT about Fringe, and all you Fringe zombies should probably make your comments...I don't know...on the Fringe pages?
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The possible impact it might have on Fringe's future is the only thing that ever made this news. That and schadenfreude were the only excuses for being interested in Terra Nova's future after the ridiculous disappointment that season ended up being.
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And yet Tim crafted an article that didn't mention Fringe in any of its 5 paragraphs.
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anyways that knows anything about television would know that the Fringe thing is implied.
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Fringe Fringe Fringe Fringe Fringy McFringe. Fringe.
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The pilot wasn't bad and neither was the finale, which you feel where the bulk of the money went, but you're right about the mess in the middle.

Some terrible scripts, some awful acting, mainly from the kids and a show which couldn't make it's mind up whether it was trying to appeal to adults, teens or 3 year olds.



Let's hope Fox reallocates some of the budget towards vamping up Fringe and giving it a fantastic season 5 after a slightly lacklustre season 4.
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was a letole desapointed from the season ... but was hoping 2 would make it up for 1 ....

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Expected!
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As expected!
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EPIC FAIL of a show!
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Well that sucks, it was left open with so much potential!

Touch and Alcatraz haven't started over here yet, but we are looking forward to them and with Primeval: New World coming later in the year, that means we still get some dino action!
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