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News Briefs: Netflix Is Thinking About Picking Up Terra Nova

PULLING DNA OUT OF A FOSSILIZED MOSQUITO NEWS

... Fox canceled prehistoric teen romance soap Terra Nova just a few days ago, but the big-budget show already has a potential suitor. Netflix has reportedly expressed interest in picking up the sci-fi series, just as it picked up fan favorite comedy Arrested Development out of its coffin. But I get this is one of those times like when you offer to buy dinner for friends, then see the bill and mutter "Awww crap" because it's way more pricey than you thought. Only Netflix will see the bill first. It's great that Netflix has interest in saving shows, but the chances of this happening are very low. [THR]

NEW SHOWS!

... American Idol is great. The Voice is great. The X Factor is great. The CW's upcoming The Star Next Door will be great. But really, don't we have room for one more singing competition show? Thank you, ABC! The Alphabet (as industry types call it) is starting its own singing show this summer called Duets, which will see contestants partner up with one of four stars and sing their pants off. Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke, and someone named Jennifer Nettles will be three of the featured stars, but the real deal is the fourth: LIONEL RITCHIE! True story: Lionel Ritchie is on my voicemail message. Seriously, call me. [TV Guide]

... Comedy Central has picked up a trio of shows. First up is The Burn hosted by Jeffrey Ross, the network's resident Roastmaster. He'll make fun of current events and public figures with all sorts of spiky zingers. Review with Forrest MacNeil is based on an Australian show and stars a man who reviews various experiences for a fake show. Finally, Nathan for You follows a man who gives real advice to real people and real small businesses in reality-show makeover fashion. It should be pointed out that the advice he gives is often horrible, thus making the show funny. [Comedy Central via press release]

NOW THEY'RE GETTING DESPERATE NEWS

... American Idol is bringing on fashion dude Tommy Hilfiger to be the show's "image advisor" for contestants. WHY WON'T THIS SHOW JUST LET PEOPLE BE WHO THEY WANT TO BE!? [Fox via press release]

SOMEONE'S DYING NEWS

... Desperate Housewives is killing off a character! And you know who got the scoop? The Justice System. During the contentious trial between show creator Marc Cherry and actress Nicolette Sheridan, details of the death leaked to the court and that news spread to the blogosphere. Warning: Link includes the spoiler, so click at your own risk. [EW]

CASTING ROUNDUP

... Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) is joining CBS' pilot Baby Big Shot. The legal drama focuses on a regular woman who uses her street smarts to out-think more seasoned lawyers in New York. MacLachlan will play her boss. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Party Down's Ken Marino has landed a role opposite Judy Greer in American Judy. The ABC comedy pilot stars Greer as a city woman who moves to the 'burbs with her new husband (Marino). Marino is a funny guy. Greer is a funny gal. This better be funny. [THR]

... Terra Nova's Allison Miller (she played that traitor Skye) has found a new job if Terra Nova is indeed officially dead. She'll co-star in NBC's comedy pilot Go On alongside Matthew Perry. Perry plays a sportswriter dealing with loss who finds comfort in a support group. Miller would play his assisant. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Homeland has promoted Jamey Sheridan to regular for Season 2. Sheridan played Vice President William Walden in Season 1, and is booked for a guest role as the father of the Green Arrow in The CW's pilot Arrow. I wonder which role he's more proud of? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Entourage's Jeremy Piven is in talks to star in the British drama Mr. Selfridge, probably because he thought the title was actually Mr. Self Righteous. [Deadline Hollywood]

SAD NEWS

... The giant set of eyes and bones known as Ashley Olsen, one half of the universe-famous Olsen Twins, is retiring from acting to concentrate on her fashion line. I like how celebrities who haven't had an acting job in eight years can say "they retired." Yeah... retired! That's it. [Zap2It]


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I loved Terra Nova and yes I am a fan of Stephen Lang, however the show was good and it had lots of potential and yes it was different than anything else on tv today. It did at least have a few dinosaurs and they were really good ones!! I dont know any other show on tv that you can watch on a weekly basis and have a chance of seeing one. Yes they should have had more of them but it was better than none at all. The actors were good and yes some of them were a little annoying but on the whole it was a good series that could have been better with better writing. The actors were good most especially Stephen Lang who is great in anything he plays in!! I think its a shame that it didnt get a second season and better writers it was a new kind of idea for a series and better than all this reality bull crap that idiots seem to like, or the half hour comedy sitcoms they watch which are really not funny just stupid, with the exception of The Big Bang Theory. Terra Nova was great and I would love to see it picked up!!

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-clark- It's kind of embarassing that you're embarassed for someone else who doesn't really care who jennifer nettles is.
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it's kind of embarassing that you don't know who jennifer nettles is since you are on a computer and you could have looked it up. she is one half of the multiplatinum country duo sugarland.
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Well, I'm glad to hear that Judy Greer will get yet another shot on a major network, but I suspect that this show will end up like her other past endeavors. (At least Archer will get a minimum of one more season after this one.) I'm more concerned that Ken Marino has been cast as her husband. Since he's already one of the main cast members of Happy Endings, how can that work? Is H.E. expected to die after this season? (And if so, what will all its apparently cocaine/meth-fueled writers do?)

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Someone please pick up Terra Nova! But if it was Terra Nova vs Fringe, then please save Fringe
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Regarding Baby Big Shot: Wasn't that the premise of Kaz 30 years ago, as well as the USA series, Suits?
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Id anyone wants a true American amateur talent show, bring back The Gong Show!.

Would make the voice, the ear, idol, whatever seem even more ridiculous!



And as Surette would say, would probably have the best dialogue on TV! Bar none!!!!!
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Yes Netflix lets take an awesome premise like Terra Nova and make it great, instead of taking Fringe and making it the same.
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Exactly. Hold out Netflix, Terra Nova is garbage anyway. Save Fringe when it gets unfortunately cancelled instead!
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Terra Nova on Netflix YES YES YES but it should also be available on itunes as well
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if Netflix should be concentrating on picking up a Sci-Fi series that's in danger...they may want to focus on Fringe...you know..something actually worth the effort. I couldn't get past the Pilot episode of Terra Nova. I can't see it..really can't.
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Netfix?? Nah, don't bother. I'll just wait for the 3 days after the DVD release, then buy it out of the 99 cent bin.

This one is going right next to Cop Rock !!
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NOOOOO! Netflix, you have limited capital, don't waste it on this limp noodle of a show. Arrested Development was special and deserves life, Terra Nova is junk and deserves to be a better show. Save your Terra Nova money for Community when NBC foolishly cancels it.



You forgot America's Got Talent, which is 80% singing too. But we certainly don't need Singing With the Stars.



Oh good, Comedy Central has 3 more shows to cancel. I think they just pick these things up now so Tosh.0 can reference their canceled nature in his 3rd ad break.
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"WHY WON'T THIS SHOW JUST LET PEOPLE BE WHO THEY WANT TO BE!?" They can't, that's not how it works, "normal" people don't make money. Good call by American Idol in my opinion. And I can't stand Jeremy Piven, if he decides to do the show, let's hope for all who are involved he won't get another case of mercury poisoning again.
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Interesting to see if Netflix could turn Terra Nova into what it should have been!
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Terra Nova, more like Terra-ble No-way! Ha. Ha. Ha... anyway, Ken Marino + Judy Greer = I want to watch this right now, but it will not last long at all. :c
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I doubt that if Netflix picks up the series it will be to do new episodes. I suspect they're only considering adding the existing episodes to their library.
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"teen romance soap"



please justify this nonsensical descriptor...never mind, you can't
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Dream on..! show is dead and buried, it boggles the mind why they would even consider it
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I'm ok with netflix saving terra nova on the sole condition that scene 1 involves josh having his face bitten off by 1 giant dinosaur or 7,000 tiny ones. See. Show's better already.
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I can think of about 60 shows that deserve to be saved/exhumed just off the top of my head and Netflix decides to look at Terra Nova? Idiots. Just let it go extinct.
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The problem is, a lot of shows that get cancelled... the actors move onto other projects. I'ts one of the reasons why the Serenity film used 2 of the characters very little... they were involved in other projects.



With Terra Nova... well they JUST found out. So if they can work out an agreement now they might be able to lock enough of them in before they all leave.



Like, imagine trying to bring back "The Good Guys" when one of the stars is already starring in a new show... replacing him would just kill the show.
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Yeah I know, it was wishful thinking, I like The Good Guys reference too - fantastic show, To be fair though, if they can bring Arrested Development back from the dead then why can't they bring back other shows (not just Firefly and The Good Guy's)?
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Silly Netflix. If FOX thinks it's too expensive for an average-at-best show, then Netflix has no chance of working with that kind of money.



Also, Jeffrey Ross is tolerable for a few minutes during roasts. A whole show hosted by him would be insufferable.
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Tim is a fan of Lionel Richie!!



I dont know what i feel about that.....
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netflix picking it up would be a godsend for us fans.
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If I were Jamey Sheridan I'd be more proud of being Oliver Queen's dad, but that's almost certainly just me.
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I don't care if it's on Netflix, but I'd never be able to watch it since I won't be getting Netflix. If it didn't have some deal like DirecTV and NBC did with Friday Night Lights where it eventually aired on TV I'd never see it, unless it was on Blu-ray.. because I would refuse to buy a DVD again
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torrent it like the rest of the world
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I wouldn't mind keeping watching for one.
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I typed something, but erased it because I can't top what was posted just below me. VVV
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Netflix is so preoccupied with whether they can that they're not stopping to think if they should.
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!!!! Thumbs up all day
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They could fire Josh and Skye to save some money. I'd be okay with that.
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Of course if Netflix does pick up Terra Nova it will expect the budget to be 90 % less per episode than what Fox paid. Expect most of the cast to be fired, the series to be filmed in an LA studio instead of Australia, and the expensive CGI dinosaurs to be replaced by 50 year old Ray Harryhausen outtake footage and puppet from a local children's theatre troop.
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Actually, with some of the effects they used last year it would be an improvement using Harryhausen's creatures.
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Netflix has been doing well in the series that it has picked up thus far. Don't blow it now with the steaming pile that is that show.



And poor Alison Miller, two shows that are/were never going to make it past 1 season. Anything with Mathew Perry isn't going to go anywhere.
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It would be nice if Netflix picked it up, even if for just one season...this way those of us who DO enjoy the show can have some kind of closure (hopefully)
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Nice! That would be awesome because I heard/read good things about this show and I was JUST about to start watching until I saw that it had been canceled.. If there's any more news about this please let us know because if this goes through then i will definitely start watching.
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You talking about Terra Nova? Have you read all the complaints about it? What they came up with was basically Disney's Swiss Family Robinson idea (sort of) from a ruined world world crossed with Jurassic Park with a dollop of Avatar's exploit the planet's resources plot and none of it really comes together, as if no one really knew what it should be or tried to appeal to everyone and missing all the target audiences.



The oldest son was annoying, particularly in his ridiculous attitude towards his father in the beginning for getting himself locked up for defending his youngest and illegal daughter in a society that ruled you could have no more than three children. There is more that may annoy you too. Stephen Lang's son had mommy and daddy issues that didn't quite work either. Lang was a walking, cliched, stereotype. To some degree, so was his second second in command (his first disappeared after the pilot episode).



Do not expect more than a handful of dinosaurs. There were more in Jurassic than the entire season of this.



I was also bugged by the lightness in tone throughout suddenly being smashed by a rather violent execution scene in the last episodes. I honestly wonder if any families with children were watching this and were shocked by it.



There was nothing all that original, unique, or too visually exciting. It was mostly made up of "borrowed" elements you've likely seen before in other films and shows only worse. The sad thing is, that for all the money it cost, the cheap, writing/plotting and under-developed concept bankrupted it.



That all said, there were some good things. The dinos they did have were of the Jurassic CGI quality, not SyFy channel's usual garbage. Jason O'Mara was OK, as well as his wife, oldest daughter, the British doctor they brought in, the suspicious bar guy, and the scenery. I thought the ruined world they came from would have been a more interesting story, but probably as a movie or an few episode arc, not as a series. Watch it if a real sci-fi fan who has to watch everything (I kind of fall into that category), a real dinosaur fan, fan of one or more of the actors, fan of Spielberg, or you have absolutely nothing better to do. Otherwise, you are not missing any kind of groundbreaking television here.



If FOX could barely afford to keep it going, Netflix has to be run by delusional people who must have champagne taste on a beer pocketbook. That, or they are really going to raise their fees and we'll wonder why.



If you are talking about another show, like Arrested Development, disregard all this. There were no dinosaurs I know of in that - Except, maybe, Jeffrey Tambor. :o}
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lol dang. Ok so maybe I won't watch it then.. Well, it at least LOOKED promising when I first heard about it last year..
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It was promising, which is why it may have been more disappointing than it had a right to be. It had the elements of a good show, it just needed more time to be thoroughly thought through. It's a problem too many shows have these days - A rush to get an idea on the air with little but the idea to go on and make it up or figure it out as they go along. Try it, if real curious. Hulu has it, but you need to subscribe for early episodes or wait for Netflix to get the DVD and rent the first three or four episode disc.
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