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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