Steven Spielberg’s TERRA NOVA Airing Sneak Preview in May 2011 Followed By Series Premiere in Fall 2011

     August 2, 2010


Just last month, Comic-Con attendees unfortunately were not given the opportunity to get an early look at Terra Nova, Steven Spielberg’s science fiction series about a man whose family lives on a dying earth where people are traveling back in time to survive and end up surrounded by dinosaurs. There was speculation that the reason the program pulled its appearance was because of a lack of significant footage to show audiences. All this seems to make sense as a new press release indicates that Terra Nova won’t be seen by audiences until a sneak preview on Fox in May of 2011 (likely after the season finale of one of Fox’s big series). The official series premiere will happen when the rest of television kicks off later that fall. More details on this epic sounding series including portals, time travel babble and casting confirmations can be found after the jump.

terra_nova_logoAs was mentioned previously, Jason O’Mara (Life on Mars) will lead the series as Jim Shannon, the father of the series central family, and Alex Graves, who has done phenomenal work on Fox’s Fringe, will direct the pilot. Though there’s no confirmation Jon Cassar, a heavy hitter from 24 (yet another hit series from Fox) has signed on as executive producer and series director for Terra Nova. This casting confirmation and showrunner announcement seems to contradict what we had initially heard back in April, but I like this new crew better anyway. You’ve heard the logline for the series, but the more detailed synopsis within the press release below makes it sound all the more thrilling:

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, 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.