When 20th Century Fox originally announced it's ambitious new Steven Spielberg/Peter Chernin-produced adventure show Terra Nova, the media-munching-masses got really excited, really quickly. After all, it's not every day that the innovative minds behind small-screen hits like Band of Brothers, 24, FlashForward, Amazing Stories and The Pacific get together for one super-sized program. Needless to say, Terra Nova was one of the big hits during May sweeps.
Unfortunately, since the spring presentation, the production's momentum has slowed down and the delay has caused Fox Television and the producer's to push the premiere of the anticipated show back from a mid-season launch to May 2011 (NOTE: the show will premiere in May, but won't return with regularly scheduled episodes until Fall 2011). It's not surprising, considering Terra Nova's themes involving grand, pre-historic science fiction and effects-heavy production demands. With only one actor set - Life On Mars' Jason O'Mara - and a whole lot of design work to be done, this minor setback ensures that the producers will have enough time to create the most visually stunning and immersive experience that the tube has ever broadcast. Come May 2011, we'll have an engrossing small screen experience to look forward to in addition to the many movies that we're all excited about.
Read on below for Fox's official press release:
TERRA NOVA, the new family adventure drama series executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga and David Fury, will preview in May 2011 on FOX prior to its series premiere in the fall.
Jason O'Mara ("Life on Mars") has been cast in the lead role of JIM SHANNON, the patriarch of the show's central family. As previously announced, Emmy Award winner Alex Graves (FRINGE) will direct the pilot, and Emmy Award-winning executive producer and director Jon Cassar ("24") has joined the series as an executive producer and series director.
"TERRA NOVA will be one of the most visually stimulating and dramatically grand series to air on network television," said Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "It deserves to have an equally unique launch to distinguish that the show is unlike any other, and the spring promotional platform will give us the perfect opportunity to introduce this bold show to audiences."
TERRA NOVA, an epic family adventure 85 million years in the making, follows an ordinary family embarking on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a massive experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149 the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped, overcrowded and overpolluted. Knowing there is no way to reverse the damage to the planet, a coalition of scientists has managed to open up a fracture in the space-time continuum, creating a portal to prehistoric Earth. This doorway leads to an amazing world, one that allows for a last-ditch effort to save the human race...possibly changing the future by correcting the mistakes of the past.
The series centers on the Shannon family as they join the tenth pilgrimage of settlers to TERRA NOVA, the first colony of humans in this second chance for civilization. JIM SHANNON (O'Mara), a devoted father with a checkered past, guides his family - wife ELISABETH and children JOSH and MADDY - through this new land of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. In addition to blue skies, rolling rivers and lush vegetation, TERRA NOVA offers new opportunities and fresh beginnings to its recent arrivals, but the Shannons have brought with them a familial secret that may threaten their citizenship in this utopia. These adventurers soon discover that this healthy, vibrant world is not as idyllic as it initially appears. The areas surrounding TERRA NOVA are filled with dangerous dinosaurs and other prehistoric threats, as well as external forces that may be intent on destroying this new world before it begins.
TERRA NOVA is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, DreamWorks Television, Kapital Entertainment and Chernin Entertainment. Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga, David Fury, Jon Cassar, Aaron Kaplan, Katherine Pope, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Craig Silverstein and Kelly Marcel serve as executive producers. Alex Graves will direct the pilot episode.