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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #45 on: March 07, 2012, 08:37:13 am »
Not sure if you passed over the 'Alcatraz' news at the end. I thought you might be watching that?

No. I saw it. And yes, I'm still watching Alcatraz. I don't think FOX will cancel it until Season 1 is complete, if they do decide to drop the hammer. At least that's my hope. It's a good show, it's just not what I was hoping it would become. It's nowhere close to being must-see TV like LOST was during it's first season.
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #46 on: March 09, 2012, 11:12:19 am »
Netflix showing interest in picking up Terra Nova




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Just two days after Fox lowered the axe on Terra Nova, studio 20th Television is scrambling to find a new home for the dinosaur drama. At least one potential buyer apparently likes the idea of continuing the series.


Streaming service Netflix has expressed interest in reviving the time-traveling show from executive producer Steven Spielberg, a source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fox late Monday opted not to move forward with the pricey Australia-shot drama -- whose two-hour premiere was pegged at a price tag between $10 million and $20 million. Noting the Jason O'Mara-Stephen Lang starrer's international appeal, studio 20th Television announced it would shop the big-budget series to other networks.
While discussions are merely preliminary, the move could make sense for Netflix as it continues its push into original scripted programming with fare including 20th Television's Arrested Development, which the company resurrected in November.

Then again, Netflix's name tends to surface any time a bubble series is canceled, as the streaming service is increasingly seen as a potential savior for shows whose ratings don't justify traditional television network airtime.
While Terra Nova averaged 7.5 million total viewers and 2.6 million in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo in its 11-episode first season, it failed to catch on the way the network had hoped. Its two-hour finale matched a series low in the demo, drawing a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 and an audience of 7.2 million.

Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly told reporters in January at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that the network was waiting to make big decisions as the fate of the Spielberg series until they had a better sense for midseason and development projects. "I do feel fortunate that we have some high-class problems," he said at the time. "[Terra Nova] was an exciting bet to take and it's proven that it was worthwhile."
Meanwhile, 20th Television still holds an option on cast members including Lang and O'Mara. Co-star Christine Adams, meanwhile, has already found her next potential gig, joining ABC's fashion drama pilot Americana.
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #47 on: March 09, 2012, 11:26:12 am »
What other series has Netflix ever "saved"? Could this just be a cheap way to get it's name out there for some free press with no intention to save it? I really don't see how anyone would want to keep this show alive when it couldn't draw in the viewers on one of the Big 4 Networks.

The last series that I can remember being saved was Friday Night Lights when DirecTV stepped in to share in the cost of production. But even that was a different model because the series would first air on DirecTV and then later on NBC.
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #48 on: March 09, 2012, 01:57:43 pm »
I think they said they saved Arrested Development?
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #49 on: March 09, 2012, 02:00:21 pm »
I think they said they saved Arrested Development?

That's news to me. They didn't do a good job of it because I'm STILL waiting for it to be saved!!
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #50 on: March 11, 2012, 10:09:32 am »
Don't really need to start a new thread because this next piece is just an open ended opinion, that ties in nicely with the Netflix news about possibly continuing Terra Nova.

10 Cancelled Sci-Fi TV Shows Netflix Should Bring Back Before Terra Nova

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Earlier this week we got wind that Netflix may be investigating the possibility of producing new episodes of the recently cancelled Fox series Terra Nova for broadcast on their streaming service. They’ve already committed to doing just that, for the once cancelled but much loved series Arrested Development. But in the case of Terra Nova, it feels like the wrong move.

The list of great science fiction programs unfairly cancelled before their time is long and, while Terra Nova has its charms, it should be near the bottom of the list when it comes to looking at cancelled sci-fi that Netflix should bring back. To help them figure out their next move we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the science fiction shows which not only should be resurrected by Netflix before they can consider Terra Nova, but also shows which it’s realistic to consider. That means no matter how much we loved Quantum Leap we realize it’s been gone so long there’s no way to bring it back. But Netflix could and should look into making new episodes of these shows, instead…


Firefly
Fox produced fourteen episodes of Firefly. Only eleven of those actually aired before the show’s all too soon cancellation in December of 2002. It didn’t take long before Fox realized they’d made a huge mistake. In that short time the Joss Whedon written and produced space western earned an army of devoted fans who were left angry and clamoring for more. Hollywood responded by turning it into a movie in 2005 called Serenity, but even that really just scratched the surface of this show’s potential. It’s been gone a long time but when interviewed the cast retains an enthusiastic longing to do more. In 2011 star Nathan Fillion even hinted that if he had the money himself, he’d buy the rights to Firefly and make it on his own. The cast seems willing to do more and the rabid fanbase for the series hasn’t evaporated. In fact, while on the air, Firefly’s rating were better than those of Arrested Development, another cancelled television show which Netflix has already committed to bringing back. The Browncoats are ready waiting should Netflix aim to misbehave.


Dollhouse
This is the other Joss Whedon written and produced series cancelled by Fox and while it was never as popular as Firefly it would probably be even easier to resurrect. The show aired 27 episodes between 2009 and 2010 before being cancelled, leaving the story of a beautiful brainwashed spy (played by Eliza Dushku) and the secret corporation she works for, unfinished. Unlike a lot of the other shows on this list Dollhouse doesn’t quire a lot of outer space effects. They don’t even really need to bring back Eliza Dushku. Any resurrection of the series could easily pick up the story of some other Doll from the Dollhouse and carry on from there. At its peak Dollhouse earned around 4.63 million viewers, roughly as many as the already in Netflix production (and likely to be more expensive to make given the cast) Arrested Development. Dollhouse may be the easiest show on this list to re-produce and with the loyalty of Joss Whedon fans to support it, this should be an incredibly attractive property for Netflix resurrection consideration.

Defying Gravity
Defying Gravity was one of those shows network television cancelled so fast almost no one had a chance to realize it was on the air. Eight episodes hit the airwaves in August and September of 2009, and with very little promotional effort behind them, it seemed clear that ABC had given up on it before the show even began. But hidden in those eight episodes and the other 5 which would eventually air on deep cable was loads of potential in telling the story of the first manned exploration of our solar system. The special effects, which included realistic depictions of weightlessness and sets which had a 2001: A Space Odyssey feel, were stunning and the characters (lead by Office Space’s Ron Livingston as chief engineer) were only beginning to unfold when the show was unceremoniously ended. It was an ambitious project, maybe even too ambitious for Netflix to take on, but if they really want to make a splash retooling and bringing back something as fresh and unique as Defying Gravity might be the way to do it.


Star Trek
Thanks to the 2009 movie the Star Trek universe has really moved on since the cancellation of Enterprise in 2005. There’s another movie on the way but at some point Star Trek really needs to find a way to get back on television. Netflix might be the perfect place to do it, as an experimental outlet willing to test out more niche Trek series ideas while leaving room for some big network to swoop in and start a more traditional Trek series too. For instance some have suggested that the next Trek could try exploring the inner workings of lesser known parts of the universe, maybe an entire series based on examining the inner workings of the Federation Council. It would play out like West Wing but set in the future. Or perhaps a Trek series set entirely in the Klingon Empire, following the exploits of a Klingon crew aboard a Bird of Prey. Star Trek: Bird of Prey would be a badass name for a series. Meanwhile CBS would still be free to do a more traditional Trek series on their channels, letting these other ideas play out on Netflix in the hopes that one of them might take off.


Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

I was skeptical going into TSCC, to say the least. At the time the last we’d seen of the Terminator franchise was the forgettable Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, and even that had felt like an unnecessary return to the well. Two performances changed my mind. As the show’s incarnation of Sarah Connor, Lena Headey found ways to make the role her own without just doing a Linda Hamilton impersonation. Summer Glau added yet another “ass-kicking female” role to her resume as a reprogrammed Terminator disguised as a high-school cheerleader. The show also found ways to build on the established mythology without outright contradicting it, but Fox decided not to renew it after the second season. That left fans with a nasty cliffhanger just itching to be continued, with young John Connor trapped in the apocalyptic future he’d been trying to prevent. The biggest obstacle would be luring the leads back, since Lena is doing Game of Thrones and Thomas Dekker is on the CW’s Secret Circle. Unless Summer Glau’s role in the next season of Syfy’s Alphas is increased dramatically, she might be easier to get. As for Brian Austin Green, you’d presumably just have to drag him off Megan Fox.


Odyssey 5

This is the real long-shot of the bunch, as it aired a full decade ago and many of you have probably never even seen an episode. Odyssey 5 follows five shuttle astronauts who witness Earth’s destruction from orbit, and are then thrown back in time by an alien intelligence known as the Seeker. They have five years to solve the mystery of Earth’s destruction, and prevent it from happening. Unfortunately, Showtime canceled the series after one season and left the show without any resolution. Odyssey 5 was the creation of Manny Coto, who went on to run the final season of Star Trek: Enterprise. The show’s biggest star was Peter Weller, who played mission commander Chuck Taggart. He’s doing some directing in recent years but isn’t tied down to a continuing series, so he could conceivably be lured back, especially if Netflix baited him with the prospect of directing some of the episodes. This is probably the least likely of our picks, but I for one would love to see where the show was headed. As for the actors aging a decade? Just claim it’s an adverse effect of being thrown back in time.


Journeyman
Another one-season wonder that I really enjoyed, Journeyman aired for 13 short episodes back in 2007. Kevin McKidd starred as Dan Vasser, a newspaper reporter who finds himself being thrown back in time over and over again, each time meant to help a certain individual avoid an unpleasant fate. The whole “setting right what once went wrong” thing is a concept that’s been done many times before, most notably in Quantum Leap, but Journeyman did it well. It was also building up a fascinating mythology involving other time-jumpers, including Dan’s formerly believed-dead fiance (played by Moon Bloodgood), and the origins of Dan’s abilities. There is still plenty of meat to the concept to merit a resurrection. McKidd has been appearing on Grey’s Anatomy and Bloodgood is on TNT’s Falling Skies, but since Netflix isn’t restricted to a specific season length, they still might be able to make it work. Unfortunately, series creator Kevin Falls has moved on to running TNT’s Franklin and Bash, which might make things tricky.


Stargate Universe
Stargate is without question the most popular science fiction franchise of the modern era. When it debuted in 2009 Stargate Universe was an attempt to get away from the formula of previous Stargate series’ in favor of telling the more self-contained story of a group of humans stranded on the other side of the universe in a starship they couldn’t really control. After a slow start the show’s scripts started to pick up steam as the ensemble cast (led by Robert Carlyle and Louis Ferreira) found a real chemistry and there seemed to be real potential there… right before its unceremonious cancellation by the SyFy network in 2010. Of all the shows on this list Stargate Universe would be the easiest to bring back. It hasn’t been gone long and most of the cast should still be available. It would be easy to pick right up where the show left off, almost as though it had never been gone. There’s huge potential here, if Netflix just bites and the existing Stargate fanbase is big enough and devoted enough that they’re sure to show up and give it a shot at living up to the potential only glimpsed in the series’ final few episodes.


Farscape
It’s been almost a decade since Farscape last graced the airwaves, but it’s the show I would most love to see return, even more than Firefly. No other fictional universe has intrigued me like Farscape‘s, and I challenge you to find two leading actors with better chemistry together than Ben Browder and Claudia Black. Claudia has done lots of voiceover work and put in some TV appearances in recent years. Ben’s last recurring role was on Stargate SG-1. It’s criminal that these two didn’t become bigger stars after Farscape, so I’d love to see them back in the roles that made many fans fall in love with them. There has been talk of resurrecting it in some form over the years, including as webisodes, but the closest we’ve come is the ongoing comic series by Boom! Studios. Creator Rockne S. O’Bannon is at work on the CW pilot Cult, but assuming that doesn’t go to series I have a feeling he could be lured back to work on his baby again. Farscape still has a devoted fanbase even all these years later, and god knows it’s a better show than Terra Nova. Let’s make it happen, Netflix.


Jericho

Cancelled after the completion of its first full season, fan support for Jericho was so strong that CBS was forced to bring it back. It wasn’t enough, however, for them to keep it on the air for very long. After an abbreviated second season, Jericho’s story of a small town surviving in the aftermath of all out nuclear disaster, left the airwaves never to return. It seems like a slam dunk to bring it back. The show left fans with many unanswered questions, a story still left to be told. And those fans, who were so devoted to the series that they launched a campaign which strongarmed network television into giving it more, are sure to show up again in support of the Jericho cause should Netflix have the good judgement to give it a second chance. Better still, since most of it is set in a very familiar modern-day town, productions costs should be low enough that it won’t require much of an investment from the streaming service. Bring back Jericho just makes sense
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #51 on: March 11, 2012, 10:17:37 am »
I say yes to bringing back 5 of those. Of those five, I actually went out of my way to bring back by signing petitions and telling others to do the same. I'm talking about Firefly, Dollhouse, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Journeyman and Jericho. The other shows I could care less about as I've never seen them.
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« Reply #52 on: March 26, 2012, 09:29:22 pm »
As Netflix Talks End, Terra Nova Looks Officially Over


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The dinos of Terra Nova are now even more extinct. Despite an 11th hour attempt by Netflix to keep the show alive, a deal could not be reached and the show's producers are ready to throw in the towel.

Netflix was interested in the show, and talks had been ongoing with 20th Century Fox TV to keep Terra Nova alive. But sticking points began to emerge — and not just production costs. As a result, at least two insiders have confirmed to TV Guide Magazine that it's all over for Terra Nova.

According to one source, international broadcasters may not have been keen on the idea of Netflix serving as the sole U.S. "broadcaster" of Terra Nova. Netflix, still new to the original programming game, doesn't carry the same marketing heft or cache that a TV network does, and international outlets perhaps weren't sure they wanted to commit to another season without an actual broadcast or cable channel attached. While a studio source pointed to Futurama as an example of a show that was resurrected down the road, such a move is unlikely for Terra Nova.

Even after Fox finally decided to cancel Terra Nova, the prehistoric time-traveling drama's cast and crew were holding out for a dino-sized miracle. "[Fox] will regret the decision," lamented one person with ties to the show. "We felt with some changes, the show could live up to potential and be something unique."

Netflix began an investigation into saving the Steven Spielberg series from extinction, but it appeared to be a long shot from the beginning. Such a deal would represent another pricy programming play for Netflix, which is spending $100 million for two seasons of the Kevin Spacey original drama House of Cards, and will fork over millions more to resurrect Fox's long-canceled Arrested Development. Netflix is also said to be interested in rescuing ABC's The River, but that show hasn't even been officially canceled yet.

Terra Nova costs at least $4 million an episode, which is why a cable home was unlikely. "We'll certainly try," one producer said early on of shopping the show. Terra Nova's cast remains under contract, but as days dragged on after the Fox cancellation, they began to look at other work. Most notably, star Jason O'Mara signed on in second position to star opposite Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and Carrie-Anne Moss in CBS' untitled 1960s-set Ralph Lamb pilot. Terra Nova series regular Allison Miller was also cast as a "guest star" in the NBC comedy pilot Go On.

Stephen Lang, who plays Commander Nathaniel Taylor, called the cancellation "myopic" and compared Terra Nova to the initially troubled Hubble Space Telescope: "Even in its flawed first season, each episode was full of marvelous moments and beautiful images," he said in a statement.

While Terra Nova didn't live up to the hype or its major marketing campaign, the show averaged a decent 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 7.5 million viewers. "It was an exciting bet to take, and I think it's proven that it was worthwhile," Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly said in January. "We made money on it, the studio made money on it, the audience loved it, the show looked fantastic."

Sources inside Terra Nova say they believe Reilly grew wary of the drama's early production problems and lost interest as the show struggled to find a creative footing. Terra Nova tried to be all things to all viewers — sci-fi show, dinosaur thriller, family drama, police procedural and teen soap. "The show was hunting for itself creatively through the season," Reilly said.

But just as Fox was about to abandon Terra Nova, it roared back with a splashy season finale in December: The portal between the future and the past was blown up, creating a whole new scenario for season two. "That allowed us to hit the reset button and go any way we wanted to go," says one insider. "What is it like in this place when it's totally cut off from the future? It changes things in a dramatic way."

As the show's producers pitched several different scenarios for next year, a contingent inside Fox fought for the renewal and a decision kept being pushed back. Fans also began bombarding Reilly with toy dinosaur figurines (which he later donated to a kids' charity). The longer Fox waited — execs originally planned to give producers their decision in January — the more it looked like a cancellation was imminent.

By the start of March, producers say it was probably already too late to get Terra Nova on the fall schedule. "Kevin took it to the last moment, and beyond a couple weeks when we could have even hit fall," says one insider. "Once we couldn't hit fall, he wasn't sure he wanted to bring us back much later. The indecision became the decision."
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Re: Terra Nova (Season 1)
« Reply #53 on: March 26, 2012, 09:30:44 pm »
As Netflix Talks End, Terra Nova Looks Officially Over

But what about these shows? These are the only ones that matter!
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