After making what he referred to as a premature decision, with Fox’s cancellation of the ambitious sci-fi drama Terra Nova and the Netflix deal not going through, actor Jason O’Mara immediately pursued a role in the CBS drama series Vegas, starring Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and Carrie-Anne Moss. Premiering on September 25th, Vegas is a 1960′s period piece inspired by the true story of Ralph Lamb (Quaid), a cowboy turned sheriff of Las Vegas, and Vincent Savino (Chiklis), a Chicago mob fixer.
While at the CBS portion of the TCA Press Tour, Jason O’Mara shared some thoughts about the creative issues with Terra Nova, how he felt about the cancellation of the series, that the showrunners had plans for what they could do with Season 2, and that he would have definitely stuck with it, if it had moved to Netflix. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
After Fox officially canceled Terra Nova at the end of its first and only season, fans of the prehistoric sci-fi adventure series got a brief glimmer of hope when it was announced that Netflix had an interest in picking the show up for new episodes (at an obviously reduced cost). Well, I’m here to dash your hopes in meteoric fashion as word has it that talks have fallen through between Netflix and 20th Century Fox Television. THR reports that neither side was able to come to terms on salvaging the series. Although it carried a bloated production budget and never produced the necessary number of viewers, I was intrigued by Terra Nova’s premise even more so than its visual marvels. Netflix continues to be aggressive with its series pickups, notably Eli Roth’s horror series, Hemlock Grove; new episodes of the fantastic comedy series, Arrested Development; and David Fincher’s House of Cards, a drama starring Kevin Spacey.
Reports on the cancellation of Terra Nova came with the requisite noise of the studio (20th Century Fox Television in this case) shopping it around to other networks. I scoffed, because Terra Nova was a very expensive production that did not lead to big ratings. (The two-hour series finale averaged 7.2 million viewers with a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demo.) However, The Live Feed reports that Netflix “has expressed interest” in continuing the sci-fi series. I still scoff, for all the same reasons. But the last time Netflix eyed a Fox castoff, I was just as doubtful. Yet lo and behold, new episodes of Arrested Development are coming to Netflix in 2013. The distinction is obviously price—it may have been difficult to negotiate deals with the now-stars that make up the AD cast, but a VFX-heavy time-travel series set in a prehistoric jungle costs a bit more to produce than a California sitcom. Perhaps Netflix is looking for a flagship show to launch their rumored cable network and Terra Nova—a very pretty show that was never especially good—is the perfect candidate. More after the jump.
Terra Nova was one of the most ambitious series to ever grace the airwaves—the cost of the two-hour pilot produced by Steven Spielberg is estimated to be between $10-20 million. Unfortunately, the storytelling never met the standard of the scope and visual effects of the sci-fi drama. The series premiered modestly to 9.2 million viewers (3.1 rating in the 18-49 demo) before sliding to 7.2 million (2.2 18-49) for the finale in December. That’s respectable, but not enough to justify the enormous cost. The one thing Terra Nova had in its favor was the fact that a second season would help amortize the massive startup costs, but that’s clearly a bad position to be in if you’re a new series. Fox finally bit the bullet and cancelled Terra Nova after 13 episodes. Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox Television now plans to shop the series out to other networks, but guys, don’t fall for it. It is rare for network shows to make the leap to another network, and never has a series this expensive done so. Even if Terra Nova does somehow end up on, say, Syfy, the budget will be slashed within an inch of its life. Suddenly Terra Nova will look a whole lot like Vancouver. Nobody wants that.
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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for Fox, President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly took some time to talk about where things stand with a number of their popular and long-running series. While he did say that the Jonah Hill animated series Allen Gregory was officially canceled, he said they still haven’t made final decisions on House, Fringe or Terra Nova, for further seasons, and shared some insight into how those calls will be made. And, although there will not be a Glee spin-off with Lea Michelle and Chris Colfer, Reilly said that show creator Ryan Murphy has come up with a cool idea for the show to continue beyond the graduation of some of the favorite characters, with them still involved in the series. Check out what he had to say about all the series after the jump.
The ambitious new sci-fi series Terra Nova (premiering on Fox on September 26th) is an epic family adventure 85 million years in the making. Following an ordinary family on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth, the Shannon family joins the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers to the first colony established in this beautiful yet treacherous land. With the planet overdeveloped and overcrowded, and the majority of plant and animal life extinct, the future of mankind is in doubt, so Jim Shannon (Jason O’Mara) takes his wife and three kids in search of new opportunities and fresh beginnings. Once there, the Shannons come to suspect that not everyone on this mission has the same idea of how to best save mankind and, along with the very real danger of man-eating dinosaurs, they realize that there are forces intent on destroying this new world before it even begins.
During a recent interview to promote the Steven Spielberg-produced series, actor Jason O’Mara talked about this scary vision of the future, the challenges of working with so much green screen, how the show will answer many of the questions it poses, and how much fun he has doing action scenes. He also talked about his role opposite Katherine Heigl in One for the Money, due out in 2012. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for Fox, President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly took some time to talk about the focus of their returning series for the Fall season, the possibility of further seasons for a number of those shows, and the role that their new line-up will play, in determining the future of the network. Here are the most interesting points:
- Season 3 of Glee will return its focus on the core characters and relationships, with three of the original cast graduating this season. There are not going to be any big guest stars this season, or tribute episodes.
- There is no doubt that Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk will be able to manage their time on both Glee and their new FX drama series American Horror Story.
- Fox has made the unique decision to team up with Seth MacFarlane to produce Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, a 13-part sequel to the Emmy-winning 1980 PBS docu-series from Carl Sagan.
- The folks behind Terra Nova are right on track with where that show needs to be, in order to have the episodes ready for their air dates, and Fox believes they’ve got a real shot with the epic series.
- Kevin Reilly is happy with where things are at with both Fringe and Bones, and hopes both of those series will be continuing with future seasons. And, although they are considering a Season 8 for House, even involved wants to be sure to go out on top creatively, so no decision has been made yet.
- An option has been extended with the cast of Breaking In, so there is still some slim hope that that series could return, at some point.
Hit the jump for more of what he had to say:
As the new television season looms closer, the marketing machine is starting to pick up steam. A couple new posters promoting the return of The Good Wife and the premiere of Terra Nova have just debuted. One is pretty damn sexy implying some naughty behavior (though it really just seems like a way to get people’s attention, and the other has some photoshopped images in a jungle that look a little to clean cut. I’m pretty sure you can figure out which attributes belong to which piece of poster, but we’ll let you take a look yourself after the jump.
Face it. Having dinosaurs on television is an exciting proposition. With FOX bringing Terra Nova to network TV this September, many are curious to see if a show can live up to the ideas it puts forth. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park) and flying on the backs of stars Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars) and Stephen Lang (Avatar), the show has a high-concept and high-budget premise that may be a tough pill to swallow for mainstream audiences. Yesterday morning, Ballroom 20 played host to the first half of the two-hour pilot and a brief but lively Q&A with star Stephen Lang, executive producers Rene Echevarria (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Brannon Braga (24), co-executive producer Jose Molina (Castle), and more. For a brief review of the pilot and highlights from the panel, hit the jump.
The Saturday schedule for Comic-Con has been released, and it looks to be a very big day for TV fans. However, Hall H will be having a fairly light day, with the highest profile panels being Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman and Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. Other films taking up shop in Hall H on Saturday include Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt, the comedy-fantasy Knights of Badassdom, the animated film Dorothy of Oz, and wrapping things up will be “An Early Evening with Kevin Smith.”
TV highlights include Chuck, Terra Nova, Being Human, Futurama, The Simpsons, Community, Family Guy, American Dad, Adventure Time, Once Upon a Time, The Vampire Diaries, The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra, Grimm (includes pilot screening), Fringe, Charlie’s Angels, The Secret Circle, Alcatraz (includes pilot screening), Teen Wolf, Nikita, Good Vibes, Person of Interest (includes pilot screening), and Mythbusters. The day also includes comic panels with Joss Whedon and Robert Kirkman. Hit the jump for a list of schedule highlights for movies and TV.
As usual, there will be plenty of mainstream flicks vying for the attention of the masses at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. This Comic-Con will be slightly different as some films will be dropping Hall H presentations and instead aim their presence to other aspects of the Con. But there will also be marquee films like The Amazing Spider-Man and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 taking the big room. The final schedule has yet to be released but Steve and other movie bloggers have chimed in on what they’re looking forward to at this year’s Comic-Con. Personally, I’m eager to see which smaller films pick up buzz from their presentations and to hang out with my peers from New York and LA who I rarely see. Also, if there was a demo of Batman: Arkham City I could play, that would be all right.
Hit the jump to find out what your favorite movie bloggers are jazzed to see and do at this year’s Comic-Con. The 2011 San Diego Comic-Con runs from July 21 – 24th.
We have a plethora of new posters to bring you tonight from Crazy, Stupid, Love., Fox’s Terra Nova, and Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. Beginning with Crazy, I’m looking forward to this pic because of its stellar cast and I’m a fan of these new posters because it gives me a heads up on which of the said cast members embody “Crazy,” “Stupid,” and “Love.” Starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, and Marisa Tomei, Crazy, Stupid, Love. hits theaters on July 29th.
Next up, we have some very cool sheets from Fox’s and producer Steven Spielberg’s new sci-fi drama Terra Nova. Up until now, I was a little concerned that the series’ promo campaign was trying to look kind of like Avatar without looking exactly like Avatar. However, the three “Warning” messages on display here are pretty creative and stylish to boot. Fox just announced that Terra Nova will premiere on Monday, September 26th. Finally, we also have some new looks at Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, one of which is a character poster for a dog. Enough said. The Robert Rodriguez written/directed pic stars Jessica Alba, Antonio Banderas, Jeremy Piven, Danny Trejo, Alexa Vega, and Joel McHale. It opens in 3D on August 19th. Hit the jump to check out the new posters.
Just recently we got a rundown of premiere dates for The CW’s returning and new series for the 2011-2012, now Fox has unveiled their premiere dates for new and returning series starting in September. Returning series include the musical comedy Glee, the family sitcom Raising Hope, and the long-running animated hit Family Guy. In addition, you’ll find premiere dates for promising new series like Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi drama Terra Nova, Jonah Hill’s new animated comedy Allen Gregory and Zooey Deschanel’s charmingly funny New Girl. For information on all the new series hitting fox, be sure to check out our upfronts article from last month. But for a full rundown of Fox’s premiere dates for these series and more (including The X Factor if that kind of show is your cup of tea) hit the jump.
Though we should’ve seen a sneak peek premiere last month, audiences will have to wait until this fall for the first episode of Steven Spielberg’s new sci-fi drama Terra Nova. However, this weekend comes a big push to get audiences who aren’t in front of their TV this weekend excited for the new series as a new trailer has just shown up that will also be playing in theaters across the nation this weekend. It’s only a minute long, but it’s a nice, short set-up for the series, and let’s everyone know what it’s all about. I’m still not convinced that the dinosaurs here are going to look as good or offer as many thrills as Spielberg’s escapades with them in Jurassic Park, but I’m hoping this doesn’t end up being a flop. Check out the new trailer after the jump.
Hot off the heels of NBC releasing full trailers for their new slate of series set to debut next season, Fox has unveiled trailers for their new series. All in all, the most promising pilots based on the trailers seem to be Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi series Terra Nova and the Zooey Deschanel-fronted comedy New Girl (if only because of the inordinate amount of cuteness that Deschanel brings to every scene).
On the other hand, the Jamie Pressly-starred sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter looks painfully unfunny, and Napoleon Dynamite is simply a re-tread of territory that’s completely outdated. J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz looks promising, but its similarities to NBC’s contrived (and now cancelled) The Event give me a bit of pause. Judge for yourself after the jump with the trailers for these series plus Jonah Hill’s animated show Allen Gregory and the Bones spinoff The Finder.