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It’s only been a few days since Fox announced that they weren’t renewing Terra Nova and already word is stirring that at least one network is interested in picking it up. Personally I think it was a waste of money for Fox not to try Terra Nova out for a second season with some adjustments. However, this is now an opportunity that another network can take advantage of.

So why would a network want to take up a show that was cancelled by another? The answer is simple, to make money. Fox decided not renew Terra Nova because they didn’t think it was making enough money to continue on with. But that’s because they started out with a huge budget (reportedly a whopping 10 to 20 million just on the two hour premiere) which was unnecessary. Most of the production money would have gone into the special effects on the show, mainly the dino’s, which could have been reduced greatly. Fans don’t need to see them every episode to know they’re there. Fox also spent a great amount of money on the shots of 2149 which the next network can chose to either not show at all or in a different (less expensive) way.

Fox learned the hard way that the fans were far more interested in the character development than big action every episode. When the first season started out the writers used stand-alone episodes. This meant that someone could start watching the show at any point in the start of the season and not be lost. The downside – it was really boring. Topics would be brought up and then forgot the next episode. When fans wanted to connect with the characters they were given big explosions and a few dino’s. The writers realized this wasn’t working and switched about halfway through season. This vastly improved the remainder of the season but in the process they probably lost fans.

So why should another network pick up the show? Terra Nova actually did pretty well with ratings. It averaged about 7.5 million viewers total and 2.6 million in the demographic of 18-49 year olds that advertisers look for. And when fans realized the show was in trouble they started campaigns to save it. This included many online petitions and a campaign to send toy dino’s to the producers. It doesn’t hurt that the show still has the back of executive producer Steven Spielberg and star Jason O’Mara. Plus they get the advantage of already knowing what doesn’t work for the show and can make it better without having the losses that Fox is taking. And what’s better than kicking off a show that already has a loyal fan base? It’s less risky than ordering a pilot not knowing how well it will do.

Do you agree that another network could gain from picking up Terra Nova or do you think the show is better off left extinct?

  • http://hypable.com Selina

    While I haven’t been keeping up with Terra Nova, I agree with you that it should get another chance. I often think of 1/2 season shows, imagining if they’d had 5+ year runs and how much they could have developed and become amazing in that time. So much wasted potential.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/SonyaWrites Sonya Faria

       Part of the problem was that they expected it to be a huge hit right off the bat so I don’t think they really wanted to work on the show as they should have. Fox relied too heavily on Steven Spielberg’s name being on the project and the special effects.

  • WillowBlood

    I agree–it had so much potential, but lots of it was wasted. 

  • TheHamburglar

    Sorry, but it probably isn’t happening. There have been other FOX shows that were canceled after one season that had a bigger fanbase, the same online petitioning, much lower production costs, and even better ratings.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/SonyaWrites Sonya Faria

       I’m not sure that it will get picked up either but I hope that it does. One show that Fox cancelled that did get picked up later was Arrested Development. But there was a huge gap in time between its cancellation and its renewal.

  • Chaz

    As someone who has watched the show and followed the ratings, I am glad it is canceled. The show was bad – the only good episode(s) in my opinion was the finale.

    The average of the show and how it did on FOX is pretty pointless to use in an argument for another network to pick the show up. The averages include the first two/three episodes which were the highest rated episodes (above 9 million viewers, I think). Everything after that showed a vary decline in an audience. Even if 6 million people watch it on FOX, that number will go down to around 2 million if they are lucky. The biggest example of this is the transition of Merlin from NBC to SyFy.  The finale on NBC averaged around 3.5 million viewers, the premiere on SyFy averaged no more than 1.2 million viewers.

    Arrested Development was a totally different situation. Arrested Development needs far fewer new episodes than Terran Nova to get enough episodes for syndication. Nexflix also had a good idea of the shows audience because of the length it had been on Nexflix streaming.

    Terra Nova, along with Alkatraz are total flops. Fox made one smart decision. Campaigns to get a show renewed NEVER work. It never has, save for Chuck possibly, and never will. People with a few signs don’t make the bottom line for any network.

    • TheHamburglar

      Agreed with all your points. Alcatraz is actually a pretty decent show (minus the acting sometimes) but the ratings are what matter. I bet FOX is absolutely shocked that all of these shows are flopping. Including last year’s ratings failure in The Chicago Code (a show that I loved, but the ratings suffered), they had HUGE names like Spielberg, Abrams, and Shawn Ryan attached to new shows, which you would think would mean promising ratings. But as we know the opposite has happened.

  • http://twitter.com/Andrew_ww Andrew W

    It might not get picked up, but there is no doubt that it should. It is a damn good idea and should be given a second chance.

  • Michael Farrar

    I really hope it gets picked up, it has great potential and was turning into a good show.

  • Billandteds

    The season finale really made me think that a really good show was about to get GREAT!  I’m sorry FOX passed.  Following this rationale, how much longer are they going to keep FRINGE around?

  • Killboy2003

    Ah Fox sucks.. Fringe now Terra Nova .. Fox can go to hell

  • Shirlhigher

    please bring it back, i keep watching 1st season over and over.it is a fantastic show for family. i am handing on  my seat waiting to hear another network pick it up. Soooooooooooooooooooooo bring it back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deborah.tavares.393 Tavares Deborah

    I really liked this show and character and found it very interesting.  I waited and anticipated every week and showing of the ongoing saga of a civilization attempting to servive in the past when things were not so complicated.  I really liked the “rebel” group living outside the secured gate.  The family dynamic of Jim and his family is so full of possible scenarios and possibilities that keep it going.

  • http://www.facebook.com/deborah.tavares.393 Tavares Deborah

    Please bring back Terra Nova—it is worth the chance of another season—season 2.

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