Terra Nova Cancelled By Fox, Series Being Shopped Around to Other Networks

Terra Nova CancelledDinosaurs are headed back onto TV’s endangered species list.

Fox has pulled the plug on its pricey prehistoric drama Terra Nova after one moderately rated season, TVLine has learned.

The show is currently being shopped around to other networks by 20th Century Fox Television.

“Bad news guys, Terra Nova has been cancelled by Fox,” leading man Jason O’Mara tweeted late Monday. “We’re gonna try and get another network to do it. Stand by.”

TVLine’s Renewal Scorecard has been updated with the news. Post your eulogies in the comments.

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  1. Barbie says:


    • Shawn says:

      I really hope that the show gets picked up by another network it was a great show especially the affects it kind of reminded me a little bit of the probably one of the biggest block buster movie to date Avatar, Some if the special affects like the computer graphics and stuff reminds me of Avatar. I really hope they can find a new home for it.

    • Forrest-Patrick W. Rees says:

      It’s ok, a great show like this, doesn’t belong on the Alphabet channel networks! SciFi would be th ebest place for it, and it would run a long freakin time there. Buck up, it’ll be ok!

    • Ca says:

      SO AM I….sniffles all the shows i liked this season that were new are done except 1. I really liked this one though. Once you get past the pilot it gets a lot more interesting. Pilot wasn’t bad just a bit slow and not what i expected of the show from previews. I looked for in advance as soon as my dvr would let me

    • Nancy says:

      Whatever, it seems anything show my husband and I like to watch gets cancelled. Studios don’t believe in trying a new show for more than one season anymore. I wonder what reality show will take its place? Seems that’s all we get these days. Don’t the studio heads realize we need some RELIEF FROM REALITY right now? Well, even if a show is given another chance, the season lasts only 4 episodes. Have we really been dumbed down so much that we can’t get more than a few episodes? I don’t like the way things are going these days. Guess I’ll have to go back to reading again!

    • Mark says:

      They better bring this show back by far the most interesting new show brought to life it deserves at least 5 seasons for people to have time to get into it. The sales alone on dvd sales will by far be worth the effort

  2. Laura says:

    Very bummed to hear this…knew that it was probably going to happen but still…this was a show that my 9 year old son and I really enjoyed watching together (and there aren’t many that we both like and are interested in…but I have turned him into a Dr. Who fan)

  3. Matt says:

    Dang it! I wanted to see that douchey son get eaten by a dinosaur!

  4. Maxxybrod says:

    That sucks! The finale was really good. They should have given it one more season!

    • Agnès says:

      I agree with you, I loved the finale. It’s really too bad :(

    • wordsmith says:

      Yeah, they really got their act together towards the end of the season once things finally got rolling. I was actually pretty impressed.
      Shame we might never get to see what comes next.

  5. Cindy says:

    That’s to bad I really liked that show!

  6. Doug says:

    Damn you FOX, why must you cancel all the shows I like…STOP IT!!

    • Reality says:

      Because shows like Terra Nova cost money and its cheaper to flood the airwaves with reality television: Gordon Ramsey, American Idol, X Factor.

  7. Nick says:

    Damn you Fox! Stop cancelling my favorite shows! (At least the brought breaking in back…)

  8. Steven S. says:

    Totes saw that coming. Totes.

  9. Irishgirl says:

    Bummer….I really liked the show.

  10. Melinda says:

    Bummer. I thought that show had some real potential.

  11. scorpo says:

    I never saw where the money was spent on this crapfest.

    • Annika says:

      Completely agree, I could only watch the first two or three episodes…

      • Pengwyn says:

        Meh!, the first SEASONS of Stargate SG1 were crap. Then it became great and ran 10 seasons.
        Never pull the plug to soon folks.
        Wondering why television networks don’t deploy social media to see whether shows are really being watched or not. Can’t wait for the first subscription-funded tv-series…

      • jack says:

        because u watch midless crap like sit-coms

  12. Alex says:

    So this helps Fringe’s chances…right?
    Sorry, had to be that person.

    • paco says:

      Well, you certainly aren’t the only person with that thought, Alex…first thing I thought of too…

    • Amanda says:

      I hate this for Terra Nova fans but I really hope your right about Fringe.

    • Alex A says:

      I’m kind of new to this whole ratings thing so forgive me for asking: Does this legitimately impact Fringe’s chance of renewal? Obviously it freed up some money and a time slot, but I don’t know how much that actually affects a studio’s decision.

      • Donna says:

        Fringe’s fate pretty much hinges on Warner Bros giving Fox any deal it wants. Fox made pretty clear noises at the winter TCA meeting… “Fringe is too expensive to keep alive, UNLESS…” unless Warner Bros bends over backwards and cuts the licensing fee even further.

      • ML says:

        I think its probably more fans hopeful thinking that it frees up money for Fringe but I would guess Fox already knows how much they will or won’t pay for Fringe.
        I think its up to Warner Bros now

      • Alex says:

        Like others said, Fringe’s fate depends on if Warner Brothers lowers the licensing fee. So, this does free up quite a lot of money for Fox since Terra Nova was super expensive. Also, there’s the mentality of not wanting to cancel too many shows so that there aren’t too many holes in the schedule for next year. Fox is in kind of a weird situation this year because of so many bubble shows. Alcatraz and The Finder could both go either way, but are leaning more towards cancellation. They really want their remaining shows to succeed, as they moved The Finder to Fridays to give it a fighting chance, and gave Touch the plum post-Idol slot.

        • mike says:

          So they kill all the good shows and we are left with crap again? Glee will go down this upcoming season. If Fringe goes, thats it, watched Alcatraz, not good. Makes no sense. The finder is cute but weak storywise. Touch will tank. They should have simply kept Terra Nova. Oh well I shall move to cable more.

          • Jericho Jared says:

            I don’t agree that Touch will tank. It’s a good idea. It all depends on the writers and if they can consistently come up with good ideas… you’re right; it will probably go belly-side-up… damn DX.

      • Ben says:

        Perahps not much, but yes it does. Fox will have a number in mind from WB, but even if they get that number, thats no guarantee they won’t cancel. Other shows going down mean a higher chance that they will accept the smallish profit margin that they would get on Fringe.

    • Jeff says:

      First thing I thought too. Can’t hurt Fringe’s chances. It means there’s more space on the schedule. I’m really hoping for a 10-15 episode final season. Tell the writers how much time they have left and let them wrap up the story right. This is one of my favorite shows of all time and I want to see it have a proper ending.

    • Jeeper's another one bites it.. says:

      House…Final season
      Alcatraz… More mysteries, less answers than Lost..Bubble show
      Fringe….on the bubble.
      Please, Please put American Idol on four days a week at 2 hours each night. I am sure that will ensure Fox’s survival.
      For me, once house, Terra Nove, Alcatraz and Fringe are gone, the Fox Network will no longer be on my need to tune in to list.

  13. paco says:

    Wow–Took long enough to stick a fork in that turkey. Watched every episode. Characters never truly engaged me. Was rooting for the Dinosaurs to have a “Grand Buffet” if they ever got to “Series Finale” status. And now the inevitable hue and cry of “They need to do a special 2 hour movie to tie everything up” will be heard through out the land.

  14. ScrubsGuy says:

    Wow, that’s kind of disappointing. Feels like this is going to be the beginning of a very bloody season of cancellations…

  15. ML says:

    The show stunk.

    Now only concern for Fox is FRINGE! Please give us a season 5 of Fringe!

  16. Miranda Valenti says:

    Well… I love Landon Liboiron from his Degrassi days, but it lost me after the first two episodes.

  17. Miranda says:

    Well, I love Landon Liboiron from his Degrassi Days, but it lost me after the first two episodes.

  18. Ana says:

    Can we have The Chicago Code back now???

  19. Michael says:

    seem like fox wont be around much longer as a network I hope the SYFI network pick it up

    • ggny says:

      yah because fox cancel 1 show that had bad ratings it isnt gonna be around much longer…the #2 network on TV isnt gonna be around much longer i sure you are right about that

      • Ari says:

        10 million isn’t really bad ratings. I imagine the reason TN didn’t get picked up has more to do with cost than ratings. Hopefully they’ll find a way to slash the budget and present it to a different network (HINT NBC: Grimm+ Terra Nova=Friday Night). I thought it got much better toward the end.

        • Emily says:

          I cannot see Terra Nova, even with lower costs, on a Friday night. That would be a colossal waste of potential. It’s a shame though; it was the kind of show that had potential and I wanted to see it succeed, even though it wasn’t living up to my expectations. Alcatraz, on the other hand… I wouldn’t be sorry to see that one go. It’s dying already and there’s just no point in dragging it out another season until it actually dies.

          • Katrina says:

            Braga is a terrible showrunner imho. A different showrunner could’ve really helped this show live up to its potential!

        • ggny says:

          where the did you get 10mil from? the shows average 7.50mil viewers and like a 2.2in the 18/48…I dont think Terra Nova has ever broke the 10mil mark you just pulled them numbers out of the sky

          • JD says:

            I remember reading somewhere that either the finale or the penultimate episode drew just over 10 million in the Live + 7 day DVR ratings. That’s where they’re getting that number. It proves that the Terra Nova audience was growing from week to week and not shrinking. That should have been a sign not to cancel it. NBC better jump all over this.

          • Ari says:

            EW had 10 mil listed on their article with the cancellation notice.

          • Ari says:

            As per Entertainment Weekly, “It averaged 10.1 million viewers and a 3.6 adult demo rating once you add in a week of DVR playback.” So I guess it didn’t get 10 mil in overnight but rather per week.

        • JD says:

          NBC Wednesday Nights – Terra Nova at 8/7c, Grimm at 9/8c, and Awake at 10/9c.

          This could also work on Monday nights, but Awake won’t do very well against Castle and Hawaii Five-O. It could possibly be decent counter-programming to the NCIS block on Tuesday nights, but it won’t work for Thursdays and would be too good to waste on Fridays.

          • Ari says:

            I think they should cancel Biggest Loser and run this lineup on Tuesday, move Parenthood to Thursday night at 10.

        • Josh Butler says:

          here here

    • Simon Jester says:

      It’s much too expensive for Syfy — or, indeed, any other basic cable network.

    • Anna says:

      I was thinking TNT, alternating with Falling Skies.

      • Beans says:

        Sounds good to me

      • Kate says:

        TNT does their shows justice. We won’t get that line-up down under where i am but it sounds like a pretty awesome line-up to me Anna. Problem is TNT is only small-fry, it can run Falling Skies because it’s far lower budget than Terra Nova. Nonetheless TNT would be the best channel ever if this happened. Just an idea TNT executives…

  20. ggny says:

    yah because someone else is gonna buy a show that 10mil a episode to make and cant even break a 3.0

    just end it and move on people

  21. Simon Jester says:

    Dear Fox: Please put that money toward a final season of FRINGE. XXXOO

    • DB says:

      i was just thinking the same thing… Dear Kevin Reilly, you will be the coolest guy in the whole wide world. XOXO

  22. Ela says:

    Can we get Lie to Me back now?

  23. pv says:

    Bummer, enjoyed it. BUT! Hopefully this means Fox has decided to invest one more season into FRINGE.

    And that is a trade-off I’m more than happy to make

  24. Brian D. says:

    Despite the show turning a profit for FOX, I guess it didn’t pull big enough numbers for it to survive on the channel. I just hope another network can handle the show’s budget and bank on it doing well.

  25. FringeFan says:

    I honestly couldn’t care less about Terra Nova, but no offence to anyone who enjoys Terra Nova (I’m sure it’s an interesting show), but I’m kinda happy they cancelled it, because people were saying they’d keep Terra Nova and cancel Fringe, but they didn’t, which means Fringe perhaps has a higher chance of renewal… One can hope at least!

  26. Rachel says:

    I know it wasn’t making the money they really wanted it to, but its numbers were still really good, and it was getting better! Bad decision, FOX.

  27. Zach says:


  28. Ryan says:

    Decent show. I would have liked to see Finder or Alcatraz canceled before this. If it helps Fringe though…

    • Emily says:

      My thoughts exactly! Out of Finder, Alcatraz, and Terra Nova, I would’ve picked Terra Nova to stay. But I’ll take anything for Fringe.

      • Ari says:

        I don’t think this is going to directly impact Fringe. I think Fox knows what it wants to pay for Fringe and the powers that be at Fringe need to figure out how to make that work for Fox not vice versa.

    • Stormcrow says:

      I felt Finder was weaker than Terra Nova, that had a shot at a good second season now that the background was established.

  29. Cagney John says:

    Fox sure doesn’t stand by their drama or comedy shows, unless it’s some talent themed one. Then it never goes away.

  30. ladyX says:

    This sucks!! I really loved this show! I mean, god, I figured it was a definite possibility with the way the ended the first season but…man… :-\ so sad…

  31. Alice says:

    Hopefully this means that the actress from Kings will get a more interesting role than “girlfriend interest/obvious spy” in a new show soon. I liked the cast of Kings a lot and they all need to get back on my TV.

    • adriene says:

      Oh now you had to go and mention Kings and remind how ANGRY I am for it’s cancellation!!!! AAaaaaarrrrghhhhh!!

  32. Renee says:


  33. ML says:

    I don’t know if this helps Fringe but I am certainly hoping it does.

    The thing is all these shows that Fox openly were negative about at the recent TCA, House, TN and Fringe 2 out of 3 of those shows are now gone.

    That makes me nervous for Fringe

    • Jericho Jared says:

      First off, loved Terra Nova and I shat a brick when I saw the word, “cancelled” while looking for season 2 info not five minutes ago. Second, I friggin’ love fringe, but I started to consistantly miss expisodes of it after Walter asked Olivia not to tell Peter he had, “the glow” around him. And that’s the thing I think: There are plently of people who love this show, but after you miss a few episodes you may have missed a few seasons! There’s just no catching up. I really hope that they don’t cancel it though because it genuinely is one of the best shows I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing.

  34. Chad says:

    Another good show cancelled. Networks cancel good and entertaining shows like this for boring shows like big brother or survivor then wonder why people they are losing viewers

  35. Donna says:

    If crappy, awful NBC can give Chuck a fifth and final mini-season, one hopes Fox could do the same for Fringe.

    • forrest says:

      Chuck proved NBC’s loyalty to the Fans. Fox has not…yet. Prove me wrong Fox. Extend Fringe please.

      • Nat says:

        I don’t understand this sentiment. I love Fringe, have watched from the very first episode. I felt like this season was a gift to the fans. If the PTBs at Fringe don’t wrap up this season in a series finale kind of way, that is on them not Fox.

  36. Marc says:

    aw, sad for the terra nova fans; i do hope it means fringe now has a better chance at getting renewed for another season. wait. actually, i want at least TWO more seasons of fringe. xD also… alcatraz isn’t thaaat bad.

  37. Pat young says:

    I thought was a good show, a combo of Lost meets Jurasic Park. They should cancel Amercian Idol!

  38. Kelsey says:

    I guess at the end of the day, it is all about money, and Fox would have had to weigh up money gained vs money lost. Disappointing,as I loved Terra Nova (and not only due to my Landon Liboiron crush), but that’s life. That being said, it was filmed here in Aus and had a heap of Aussie actors in it- any Australian TV companies wanna have a crack? :)

  39. Samantha says:

    I really hope someone picks it up or it gets a mini-movie or something. It wasn’t stellar but it was really entertaining! My husband and I loved watching it together, and we don’t do that with a lot of shows!

    • Amy says:

      you should watch Fringe then.

      • Samantha says:

        tried it. Neither of us is a fan.

        • ML says:

          You gotta give Fringe another change. It starts off a little bumpy but mid/late season 1 and thru its current season it blows my mind. I think its the best show on tv.

          If you find TN “entertaining” I don’t know how one could find Fringe lacking. It’s the most thrilling thing on tv

          • Samantha says:

            I watched 3 season of Fringe. Even rewatched the first two. I think I gave it a fair shot.

  40. Mandii says:

    I am so upset that they canceled it, the show was awesome my husband and I watched every Monday we never missed an episode we waited months for it to start up now it’s cancelled. I will no longer watch shows on fox.

  41. Emma O says:

    CALLED IT! Color me unsurprised.

  42. Alice says:

    LOL. Why is anybody surprised? Fox should have kept Lie to Me and The Chicago Code.

  43. Alienate says:

    I called this Crapfest “done” after watching the first 2 or 3 episodes.

    Typical Spielberg SLOP.

  44. Renee says:

    Why does Fox even bother? Or really why do I ever bother with Fox? If I like a show on Fox it gets cancelled.

  45. Nick says:

    Damn. Well good luck to the Fringe people anyway, I hope this means you get a break.

  46. RS says:

    Not unexpected at all, but still bites, since I think it’s unlikely anyone’s going to pick up a tab that big for mediocre ratings. Personally, I loved the family drama at the heart of it. I went in disliking all the actors and they changed my mind by episode 3.

  47. mina says:

    awww bummer… i thought it was a nice show… i mean at first i only watched it bcuz of landon, because i loved him degrassi… and he did a good job!! but like afterwards… i started to like the plot… well there goes another show…

  48. I will watch any network that picks this show up. The finale left too many unanswered questions and season 2 surely would have been better than the 1st. If nobody picks it up I’ll just recreate it on my youtube channel with puppets and nutcrackers.

  49. cue says:

    Really its stupid you guys at fox keep taking shows out like that ….house and now terra Nova. Like the person with the kid said we parents don’t have much shows we can watch with our kids …well I guess cheers fox

    • Dora Graham says:

      I don’t usually watch FOX except for Terra Nova which I thought was great, and House which was becoming a little boring. So now I guess I won’t be watching at all since they cancelled the only two shows I watched on that network!!

    • LS says:

      To be fair, Fox wasn’t the one that cancelled House. Hugh Laurie and the EP’s decided to make it the last season. So, that’s not Fox’s fault.

      That being said, I hate Fox for doing what it does. I can only hope they give Fringe the last shot it deserves.