The sci-fi series told the story of a group of colonists, from the near future, who travelled back 85 million years in time to the late Cretaceous period to start a new colony and save humanity. The drama series starred Jason O’Mara and Shelley Conn and aired one season on Fox in America.
The costly drama faced a bumpy road to air with several delays forcing its premier back and ultimately its hefty budget caused Fox to axed it. Although ratings for Terra Nova were on the average side – they would have saved other shows from the axe – its demise was its budget demanded by the unique premise of the series.
BSkyB’s Stuart Murphy, the broadcasters’ director of entertainment, has revealed via Twitter had he did consider saving the series. Murphy said “I still get complaints every day [about its axing] even though it was the US that axed it not me.” However, the terms demanded by Fox were “too pricey” which put spell to any plans for a Sky revival.
Producers hoped to ship Terra Nova to another broadcaster but with the first series costing a whopping $45 million to produce – making it one of the most expensive television shows ever – finding a new home was not successful. Netflix, the streaming service, considered picking the sci-fi up but decided against it.