Fox Cancels High-Profile Drama Series; Producers Will Shop It to Other Networks

Mar 6, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Fox has decided to pull the plug on one of its drama series, with the show’s producer planning to shop it to other networks, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Steven Spielberg series “Terra Nova” has been the subject of much speculation about its future after failing to live up to ratings expectations during its first season. With the high-profile show’s big budget and a growing lineup of hour dramas on the network, Fox decided not to go ahead with season two.

Producer 20th Century Fox TV will look for another home for the time-travel show, the story reports. The series translates well to the international market, which means the show, set in the past, may have a future after all.

“Terra Nova” averaged 7.5 million total viewers and 2.6 million in the key 18-49 demo during its first season, which ran 11 episodes. The show’s two-hour finale attracted a series-low 2.1 rating in viewers 18-49, the report notes.

While “Terra Nova” failed to live up to the “big event” status of predecessors on Fox such as “24,” the network still has contenders in the pipeline. J.J. Abrams’ “Alcatraz” and the Kiefer Sutherland-Tim Kring drama “Touch” are among the shows joining the drama-heavy Fox lineup.

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  1. I am reminded of another Spielberg flop from the mid-1980s, in the heyday of broadcasting: Amazing Stories (on NBC). Nobody bats 1.000

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