"Terra Nova" stars Jason O'Mara, Landon Loboiron, Naomi… (Fox )
"Terra Nova" has gone the way of the dinosaurs. Fox has cancelled the prehistoric drama after just one season.
The studio responsible for the series, 20th Century Fox TV, is said to be fighting extinction by shopping "Terra Nova" to other networks.
That could be a hard sell, considering how much the show, which was filmed in Australia, cost to produce. The two-hour pilot alone was estimated to have cost $20 million. When your show averages about 10 million viewers, it's difficult to see a return on that investment.
I had reservations from the start about the Steven Spielberg-produced series about a family from 22nd century Chicago that travels back to prehistoric Earth as part of an expedition to save mankind. But I latched on to its best qualities, figuring that it would steadily improve.
Instead, it squandered a marvelous premise and great potential with lazy storytelling and a seemingly suicidal desire to only tease its most interesting ideas, then go back to being a bland family drama.
Fox could have quite a few openings for new shows this fall. The network already has announced that its long-running Monday night drama "House" will end after this season. "The Finder," "Alcatraz" and, sadly, "Fringe," are not on solid ground either. As far as comedies go, I can't imagine "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" will be back.