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‘Terra Nova’ Goes Extinct in World’s Most Obvious Cancellation Joke

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Ashes to ashes, and requiem, and terra pax, and so forth.  ‘Terra Nova‘ is officially no more.

Deadline TV broke the news that after a costly, and moderately successful first season, FOX has opted not to renew the prehistoric sci-fi adventure for a second season.  The network had remained somewhat non-committal on the possibility of a renewal in recent months but needed to make a decision by April in order for the series to make a potential September season premiere.

Fortunately for fans of the Steven Spielberg-produced drama, 20th Century Fox plans to shop the series around to other networks, possibly affording it a second season after all.  Prior to the decision, FOX had considered methods of tweaking the premise for season two in order to bring costs down, as each episode of ‘Terra Nova’ ran about $4 million per episode and required a costly six weeks of post-production time.

At the TCA press tour back in January, FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly said of the series’ renewal “If this is all we make (of ‘Terra Nova‘), we made money on it, the studio made money on it, and it seems to have resonated with the family audience.  There is a show, which if we are to bring back, there’s an audience there. But creatively, the show was hunting (for its identity). If we had more holes in our network, we’d be thrilled to lock that right in.”

Of course, that was before ‘House’ announced that it’d be making it’s eighth season into its last, and FOX might have a few more holes in their schedule if indeed it pulls the plug on under-performers ‘Alcatraz’ and ‘The Finder.’

Well, she was no ‘Firefly,’ but pour one out for the latest intriguing sci-fi series bounced off the FOX network.  I shall miss your mediocre-ly rendered dinosaurs, your generic protagonists, and yes, even your obvious ‘LOST’ parallels.

Of course, there’s always the chance ‘Terra Nova’ could find life on another network, but what are your thoughts?  Did the expensive series deserve to be fossilized, or given another chance at a bright future?  No take is too terra-ble for the comments section below!

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