FOX had stated that depending on how Touch and Alcatraz did, the fate of Terra Nova was one that remained to be decided. The dinosaur series definitely didn’t seem to impress overall, as the spectacular pilot soon morphed into nearly a procedural series, turning some people away to the other Monday series competiting against the freshman show. Now, despite a fan campaign, the show has been cancelled by FOX. But in true promise, it seems it’s being shopped around elsewhere.
FOX confirmed tonight that Terra Nova would not be returning for a second season, not citing why, but perhaps due to moderate ratings not exactly matching the high budget. It’s said that 20th Fox Television is shopping the series around at other networks, but it wouldn’t disclose where. It’s likely the series could continue on a network such as SyFy or TNT, but due to the budget of the show, it’s unlikely that the show will be picked up somewhere else.
The series was produced by Steven Spielberg, and was initially pushed back nine months due to special effects and production issues. The series premiere received great numbers back in September, but eventually dwindled down, and failed to meet the studio’s expectations.
The first season only ran until December due to the complex production schedule, and it was said that it’s this reason that the series seemed extremely unlikely to return. Fans tried to convince the network to renew the series in a campaign that involved sending toy dinosaurs to FOX headquarters, but it obviously was for nothing.