Fox’s uber-expensive drama, Terra Nova, has been canceled, according to multiple reports, making it one of the biggest disappointments of the fall season considering how much money was spent on the ambitious project.
Die hard fans of the show can cross their fingers as 20th Century Fox attempts to sell the drama to another network, according to the Hollywood Reporter, but its huge budget may make it hard for somebody to give it another shot.
It was unclear which direction the network was going to go with the dinosaur drama after it completed its 13-episode first season in December. The show was averaging around 10 million viewers and a 3.6 rating among adults (18-49), according to zap2it.com. Unfortunately for the show, ratings for its two-hour season finale reached a season low on Dec. 19.
Terra Nova starred Jason O’Mara (Jim Shannon), Stephen Lang (Commander Taylor), Shelley Conn (Dr. Elisabeth Shannon). The show centered around the Shannon family who traveled back 85 million years to the Earth’s prehistoric past where dinosaurs and other creatures roamed the land, in order to escape an overpopulated and over polluted Earth in the year 2149.
“Terra Nova is a big swing—and the best of Fox tends to be big swings, in concept and/or tone,” Kevin Reilly, president of Fox Entertainment told the Hollywood Reporter before the series premiere. “We are in the big-bet business. So if you’re looking to break through and garner a big share of a fractured audience, and it is going to be costly regardless, you take the most exciting shots you can for your audience.”
The network also bet on filmmaker Stephen Spielberg who was an executive producer of the series.