Netflix Abandons Talks to Revive 'Terra Nova'
The streaming service had expressed interest in picking up the recently canceled Fox dinosaur drama but ultimately passed.
Terra Nova is officially extinct, at least with Netflix.
Just weeks after the company expressed interest in picking up the recently canceled Fox dinosaur drama, the streaming service has opted to pass on salvaging the series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with Netflix and Terra Nova studio 20th Television unable to come to terms to revive the series.
Netflix's name first surfaced early this month after Fox canceled the pricey drama from executive producer Steven Spielberg and 20th Television but talks ultimately broke down.
Despite international appeal for the series, which starred Jason O'Mara and Stephen Lang, Fox canceled Terra Nova in early March after spending an estimated $10 million-$20 million on its twice-delayed two-hour premiere with studio 20th Television announcing it would shop the series elsewhere.
Netflix, for its part, has continued its aggressive to push into scripted programming, picking up 20th Television's Arrested Development in November years after the comedy ended its run on Fox. It's also spending big on fare from David Fincher (House of Cards), Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black) and Eli Roth (Hemlock Grove).
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 Fox 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.
Meanwhile, 20th Television still holds an option on cast members including Lang and O'Mara, who recently joined CBS' untitled Ralph Lamb Western pilot. Co-star Allison Miller also boarded NBC's Go On comedy pilot. Both are in second position to Terra Nova.
Fox Cancels Terra Nova, But the Show Could Still Live On
Terra Nova has gone extinct — at least on Fox.
The dino drama failed to get a renewal order from the network, TVGuide.com has confirmed. But all is not lost, Terra Nova fans: 20th Century TV is planning to shop the series to other networks.
The series, which followed the Shannon family as they traveled back in time from a dystopian future to a prehistoric Earth, premiered to 9.2 million viewers and a 3.1 adults 18-49 rating, but that fell to 7.2 million and a 2.1 by the season finale. Terra Nova was also one of the season's more expensive series to produce, the pilot alone costing a reported $10 to $20 million.
In January, Fox President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly told reporters that the show "was an exciting bet to take. It was worthwhile. We're trying to figure out... if that's the best show [for our schedule]. If we had more holes, we'd be thrilled to lock that right in. ... If this is all we produce, we made money on it, the studio made money on it, and the audience enjoyed it."