Fox’s Time Travel Show TERRA NOVA Delayed Again

     March 11, 2011

While Fox had previously announced their big sci-fi show Terra Nova would premiere in May by airing the pilot, Kevin Reilly (President of Entertainment at Fox) has announced that the show has been pushed back until the fall.  Here’s his statement:

“Terra  Nova is one of the most ambitious television series ever produced.  The cutting-edge visual effects used to create the world of Terra  Nova, which is of massive scope and scale, require more time to be realized. This aspect of the series is essential, so we are pushing back the special early preview date to give the visual effects team the time needed for their ground-breaking work.”

More after the jump:

While I haven’t been wowed by the footage, this is still the kind of show that I can’t wait to see.  After all, it’s got time travel, dinosaurs, and it’s produced by Steven Spielberg, René Echevarria, and Brannon Braga (just to name a few of the producers).

The fact is, networks rarely spend this much time and money producing something this extravagant for weekly television.  Sure, HBO does it, but not the free over the air networks.  I’d love it to be something special.

If you’ve missed the promo, images or some footage from Terra Nova, hit the links.  Otherwise, here’s the synopsis.  Don’t expect to see any other footage until Comic-Con, where I’m sure the network will be pushing the show.

An epic family adventure 85 million years in the making, TERRA NOVA follows an ordinary family embarking on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149 the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped, overcrowded and overpolluted. With no known way to reverse the damage to the planet, scientists discover 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…a second chance to rebuild civilization and get it right this time.

The series centers on the Shannon family as they join the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers to TERRA NOVA, the first colony established in this beautiful yet forbidding land led by its founder COMMANDER NATHANIEL TAYLOR (Stephen Lang, “Avatar”). JIM SHANNON (Jason O’Mara, “Life on Mars”), a devoted father with a checkered past, guides his family – wife ELISABETH (Shelley Conn, “Mistresses”); and children JOSH (Landon Liboiron, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”), MADDY (Naomi Scott, “Life Bites”) and ZOE (newcomer Alana Mansour) – through this new land of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. In addition to blue skies, towering waterfalls 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 teeming with danger – and not just of the man-eating dinosaur variety. The Shannons will come to suspect that not everyone on this mission has the same idea of how to best save mankind; in fact, there may be forces intent on destroying this new world before it even begins.