Save your plastic dinosaurs. It seems middling ratings and a pricey budget is all it took to kill Fox’s time-traveling dinosaur drama Terra Nova—no asteroid or ice age required.
TV Line is reporting that Fox has pulled the plug on the Steven Spielberg-led series after just one season, leaving fans hanging on an intriguing cliffhanger.
The news is somewhat surprising, as the show’s decent ratings have looked a bit better recently, as Fringe continues to struggle and J.J. Abrams’ other series, Alcatraz, has seen its numbers crater after a strong debut.
But, Terra Nova fans, there is still (some) hope: The studio is now shopping the fan-favorite show to other networks. The bad news? Considering that it’s heavy on FX (I’m guessing dinosaurs don’t come cheap) and that most cable networks probably couldn’t afford the sticker price, it’s admittedly a long shot.
It’s sad, too, because the series was just beginning to find its footing at the end of season one. I guess we may never learn the mystery of the Badlands.
With the ax falling on Terra Nova, it also begs the question of how Fringe and Alcatraz will fare—especially considering the fact that the dino drama posted equal or better ratings than either of them.
Depending on how things shake out, there’s a chance it could be a bloodbath for sci-fi shows at Fox this season.
Sound off: Are you surprised Terra Nova isn’t coming back?