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Netflix Says No Thanks To
Fox's Dino Tale TERRA NOVA!!

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In one of the more predictable TV developments, Netflix says it will not prove the savior of Fox’s cancelled dinosaur drama “Terra Nova.”

Netflix announced recently it would be producing a handful of new episodes of “Arrested Development,” so now everybody is looking to Netflix to revive virtually every cancelled series.

I get the impression that Netflix is expecting Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett, Portia de Rossi et al to work on the new “Arrested” episodes more or less for free.

“Terra Nova,” I gather, had a bigger budget than the one “Arrested” utilized.

Earlier this month, “Terra Nova” star Jason O’Mara joined the cast of CBS’s untitled Ralph Lamb pilot.

The story, originally reported by Deadline Hollywood, did bring lots of free publicity to Netflix.

Find Deadline’s most recent story on the matter here.

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  • March 26, 2012, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Maybe NetFlix can resurrect, "Firefly" and "Journeyman"

    by Tristan

    I'm sure some people on here would like to see one (if not, both) of those shows to return...

  • March 26, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Netflix should revive Babylon 5

    by Titus05

    and a show most people never heard of called VR.5

  • March 26, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Netflix sucks donkey balls

    by hipnosismag

    They had no intentions of resurrecting the show, they just did it because they are a failing company and wanted some publicity to try and hide the fact that they are losing ground fast. A few companies have already pulled their titles from Netflix and its only going to get worse since Netflix doubled its price. Netflix is looking to make crap that will make those F-Grade Syfy Channel movies look like blockbusters..... They'll be bankrupt soon, mark my words.....

  • March 26, 2012, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Wow, even a monkey could make that business decision.

    by atlatl

  • March 26, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    For all those Terra Nova haters.....

    by hipnosismag

    The show was designed as a family show, similar to what Land of the Lost was in the 70's. All you people hating the show because it didn't have people getting ripped apart obviously didn't notice that the show was for a family audience. It's not Walking Dead. It never was intended to be. Keep in mind people, whenever you choose to not support a genre show like Terra Nova, the studios decide to go for more reality shows. So instead of a family drama about dinosaurs, we'll get another season of mind-lacking reality shows......this time it will be 42 minutes of watching Joan Rivers pick at her HD!

  • March 26, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Netflix should bring back "Baby Bob"

    by Atomike2

    'Cause why not.

  • March 26, 2012, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Netflix should revive 'Strange Luck'

    by Raptor Jesus

    Remember that one? "I'd love to live a normal life. Have a real job and a family. It's my dream. But it's not going to happen till my luck runs out".

  • March 27, 2012, midnight CST

    Hey Netflix

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    Why not go ahead and bring back Brimstone, Nowhere Man and even The Maxx? No way in hell they were giving any serious consideration to continuing Terra Nova. Seems more like they knew it would bring a nice little chunk of press their way if they let people THINK they gave two shits about it though.

  • March 27, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST

    I saw the first episode and I don't want to see any more.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Terra fucking stupid.

  • March 27, 2012, 12:06 a.m. CST

    netflix should revive the chicago code

    by jsfithaca

    show had great potential, with great acting and characters. really fun and was dissapointed to see it go off the air

  • March 27, 2012, 12:59 a.m. CST

    The key is cheap and good. Like Lucky Louie might have worked

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Better then he made a better show. But that's about the level they can hope for. The Sarah Silverman Show maybe?

  • March 27, 2012, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Your right...and wrong hipnosismag

    by Monkeybrains

    It was a show for families, but not a very good one. Very little edge to it and therefore quite boring. Nothing wrong with a family show, but most now a days talk down to their audience and follow cliche plots that we have seen a million times. Anyone who watches TV regularly could predict what most of the episodes would be about. <p> And don't even bring up waling dead around here because most of the posters on here don't even get that show. Some actually think it's a show about people fighting zombies. <p> And there are much better genre shows to support than Terra Nova. While I understand the desire to not see anymore shows about Fat Ass Kim K, supporting a weak show does not help the cause.

  • March 27, 2012, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Family show? Bull

    by Gezoes

    It was presented as a kick-ass back in time prehistoric dino series. When we started watching we saw nothing more than family, kids, teen drama. It sucked, and I'm glad it's gone. With that kind of budget they should really be ashamed.

  • March 27, 2012, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Dear Netflix, please bring back Earth 2.

    by photoboy

    OK, not really, please don't. But if you want to fund the HD conversion of DS9 that would be cool.

  • March 27, 2012, 5:56 a.m. CST



    To have Twin Peaks again. But a fanciful dream.

  • March 27, 2012, 7:11 a.m. CST

    TN sucked, they should revive 'Cavemen'

    by Heresy

  • March 27, 2012, 7:28 a.m. CST


    by Lee

    With regard to TWD, I don't think "most of the posters get that show" is particularly accurate. It's a character drama, I get that. I'm pretty sure most would catch onto the "Characters fighting their worst enemy: themselves" description - it's pretty well-trodden ground. Look, people enjoy that show; it's huge in the ratings and some of the detractors are definitely media hipsters - it even has some great-plotting and writing at some points. My problem stems from the snails pace that events unfold at. I have no problem watching something that isn't particularly nippy in its pacing, but the fact that they spent the better part of a season at a farm not doing anything soured me to the whole thing. Not to mention absurd character motivation at times (Rick's wife driving off to find them) or character's being privvy to the same information as the viewer for the sake of plot mechanics (Dale knowing about Shane murdering the fat lad). The generally insufferable patter (ie. daytime soap opera level whining and exposition) is the final straw as far as I'm concerned. If they were in the least likeable, I'd be happy watching them do very little as their world crumbles away; as is, I'm not.

  • March 27, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Firefly will never be rezzed

    by IamHERE

    Nathan is enjoying a decently rated show and constant employment for seasons to come on Castle. Loved Firefly but am a realist.

  • He's the kiss of death.

  • March 27, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST


    by Richard

    Bring back Frank Black!

  • March 27, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Is this going to be a thing now?

    by Andrew

    Every time a show gets cancelled, we'll have to hear whether or not Netflix will pick it up? It kinda makes sense with Arrested Development, because it'll be a neat lead in to the movie, but for a show like Terra Nova? People just didn't watch it. It happens. Television "selected" it for extinction.

  • March 27, 2012, 9 a.m. CST


    by Mr Lucas

    Now there's a cheap show they could bring back.

  • March 27, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    My post, much like season 2 of Terra Nova

    by gotilk

    just didn't appear. Strange. And it was such a sweetly innocent indictment of the production designers all the way down to the set decorators. See what happens when you try to do good in the world?

  • March 27, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST

    I don't think...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...anyone was asking for Terra Nova to be all Dinosaur War all the time. Maybe they did expect the characters to act...ummm...sort of like they would have in the amazing situation they were in, though. You know, instead of acting precisely the way they would have if they lived on One Tree Hill. Dude, my dad is a tool and I really want to date that hot chick but she's totally into that one the allosaurus ate my term paper. Bad is bad. A family show set in some sort of prehistoric world will still rise or fall based on characterization, plot, and for this kind of show especially, a sense of wonder. Terra Nova, with its designed by committee two parts Jurassic Park/one part Avatar/three parts Lost/four parts Seventh Heaven construction, possessed none of those things. You can't hide that behind a claim that it was a family show or a threat that if people don't support even the most cynical and joyless genre production they are dooming another timeslot to dancing with the biggest losers secret bosses.

  • March 27, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    I have no idea what it is....

    by gotilk

    the way the sets are lit, the way they are constructed, maybe the location and the time of day they choose to shoot? Just the designs in general? All I know is that this show had the same problem a lot of shows had. All the Stargate shows except SGU (and even they had a couple of episodes there that suffered the same way), Star Trek whenever they beamed down to a planet, the Xena/Hercules shows, all had these outdoor sets that looked like SETS instead of places lived in. Terra Nova's sets looked like crap. The *fort* looked like they could have airlifted it and dropped it on the parking lot between California Adventure and Disneyland... and it would have just fit in perfectly. They'd be selling 12 dollar dinoburgers right away and charging 4 dollars for a bottle of water. It was just a big, promising mess, top to bottom. How they spent that much and got what they did on screen is beyond me. Even the cinematography looked like it was shot like an episode of Stargate, one of the ones with the generic Canadian forest *villagers*. The distant effect shots of the environment looked saturated, contrasty, detailed and rich. Then when they cut to down on the ground it looked cheap, desaturated, bland and in the case of the fort, not at ALL lived in. I could sense that there was a crew behind what I was seeing on screen. What a mess. I couldn't do better myself, I know. But I don't have to actually shit catshit to know catshit when I see catshit. You know?

  • March 27, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    RE: Family shows and MST3K.

    by 3774

    Wrong on both counts. For one, too many people throw 'family show' around as if it's an excuse to...well, suck. It's not. Family shows will often convey the shade of a morality tale, and do so through a parent-child dynamic, without resorting to overt sex, gratuitous violence or overt hipster cliches. That's it. And that template doesn't automatically suck, nor is it an excuse to suck by doing it poorly. Terra Nova was boring. Period. And it was brought down by the ponderous weight of its own expensive mediocrity, nothing more. MST3K would not be a 'cheap' show. Perpetuity rights to those movies are expensive, which is why we can't have many of them on dvd now. Every owner now thinks their crap is worth its weight in gold. Quite similar to urban and suburban trash who think their junk is priceless. Let's call that the 'reality pawn show' effect.

  • March 27, 2012, 9:52 a.m. CST


    by Richard

    that, and the fact that he had seen Shane in similar situations. in the first season, when Rick, Shane and Dale are sweeping the Atlanta camp for walkers, he sees Shane put up his rifle at Rick, apparently thinking he's a walker, and then lowering his rifle after realizing it was Rick, then raising his rifle again and getting the "Insane Shane" look on his face, before Dale comes up behind startling him. from that point on, Dale never trusted Shane.

  • March 27, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST


    by Andrew

    The only thing they'd have to worry about With MST3K is getting the rights for the Movies they riff on.

  • March 27, 2012, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Yeah, Universal...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...has made sure some of the best of the old MST3Ks haven't come out on DVD. Mole Men, The Giant Mantis, Revenge of the Creature...shame, too, because they were some of the best episodes.

  • March 27, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Smart move, what a neutered show that was.

    by jimmy_009

    How could a show about dinosaurs be so generic and harmless.

  • March 27, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    I agree with the Firefly sizzle out

    by professor murder

    Great show, but there is NO WAY they are coming back. Nathan is on Castle right now for (what the 4th or 5th?) seasons now and it's still popular. He's going nowhere. Besides, that's why they made Serenity, to try and wrap up some closure that they didn't get upon cancellation. Someone earlier also mentioned Journeyman. Those actors are on other shows too now. Journeyman is now a doctor on Greys Anatomy, and as much as that might suck, he's not showing any signs of being written out any time soon. I do watch Castle, and I started watching Journeyman catch up upon hearing it was stopped, but the shows that really pump me up are far from these. DON'T CANCEL THESE NEW SHOWS(anytime soon because I'm just getting into them): Awake Missing Shows still running that I make sure not to miss: Criminal Minds Eureka Fringe It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Justified NCIS NCIS:LA Sons of Anarchy And then these premier shows rock too: Dexter Game of Thrones Homeland(I liked) The Walking Dead And then the show that I never wanted to end but knew it was time: 24 I'm going to start Breaking Bad soon. Anyone have any shows to try that are similar to my taste?

  • March 27, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Netflix: Please give us a proper Carnivale ending

    by cekma

    I know you probably won't want to pickup a big run of the series. But please work out a way to finish this show!!!!!!!!!

  • March 27, 2012, 11:58 a.m. CST

    It wasn't as bad as I though it would be BUT...


    the special effects were pretty bad at times.

  • March 27, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Special FX shouldn't be bad in a show made in 2011.


    That's just not acceptable. The bits with the Ankylosaurus being released in the wild to it's mother looked terrible, plus a few other bits.

  • Yes, just like Sci-Fi was the rumoured saviour of every show a few years ago. Or how, thanks to Jericho, fans of every on-the-bubble show believe by mailing something to the networks would get their show renewed. Although, on that note, watching Alcatraz last night I thought of a "Save Alcatraz" mail-in campaign. Everyone has keys they no longer need due to moves, locks changed, etc. People could mail Fox all their old keys.

  • March 27, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Same thing I said.

    by the Green Gargantua

  • March 27, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    forget about netflix bringing back old shows

    by TheBaxter

    i'd rather see them bring back their old pricing

  • March 27, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Terra Nova was pretty good

    by prince_fufu

    My kids liked it, and it was better than most shows that are out there. Sorry to here it was cancelled.

  • March 27, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Agree we need some Dinosaur films/tv aimed solely at adults though.


    Unfortunately apart from some documentaries most films and tv about Dinosaurs are aimed at kids. I'm not saying that T. Nova was solely aimed at kids.....but kids dinosaur interest was obviously a factor. Some people in Hollywood and tv land seem to think that Dinosaurs were invented for kids....which is absolutely ludicrous. I want to see some Dinosaur films and tv that are aimed JUST at adults too. It's about time.

  • March 27, 2012, 4:33 p.m. CST

    5th time Firefly has been mentioned

    by WerePlatypus

    It's happening right now. . .

  • March 27, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Agree on Carnivale

    by PhineasFlynn

    The problem now would be (you know, beyond getting the actors back) getting Dan Knauf to put down his Bxx project and getting back into the Carnivale state of mind. From what I can tell, he's not in a hurry to work for a studio suit anytime soon.

  • March 27, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST


    by thommcg

    That's all I got folks.

  • March 27, 2012, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Netflix please do a do-over on S6 of Lost.

    by DougMcKenzie

    and like the others said, a proper conclusion to Carnivale... which incidentally had the best opening credits ever.

  • March 28, 2012, 11:43 a.m. CST

    What about Twin Peaks?

    by ChickenStu

    Just throwing it out there...

  • March 28, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    If your kids like terra nova

    by PlayerHater_of_the_year

    than they are fucking idiots.

  • March 28, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    You people are all high

    by Tim Tringle

    For all of those people throwing out all these "Netflix please bring back ..." Get over it. I liked some of the shows being suggested but your all out of your ever lovin minds if you think that Lost is going to get a new season 6, or that Carnivale which didn't last a SEASON on a PAY TV channel is going to get another season on Netflix. Firefly is over, MST3K's show runners are all on opposite sides of two different franchises that copy the MST3K Formula so that ain't likely to happen. Not to mention that it can't be called MST3K anyway since Comedy Central owns the rights to the name. So stop torturing yourselves already and MOVE THE HELL ON!!!

  • March 28, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST

    well actually, Carnivale lasted TWO full sesons

    by quintana007

    just for the record..

  • March 29, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Carnivale was dull as freaks.

    by ZodNotGod

    Terra Nova was under-written and boring on top of being terrible. LOST sucks- had it just stuck with people on a deserted Island premise; used it as a dramatic microcosm to show society's real ills, I'd be for it. Throw in some head hunters/cannabils....maybe weird government experients that rip open wormholes and brings in Dinos and terradactyles and shit... Lose the "alreay dead crap".....Fuck it, just create a NEW show and use this premise. NEVER do what LOST did, don't make it so damn plot oriented/heavy. Make it about the characters, kinda nifty, eh?

  • March 29, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Doomed for being dumb

    by Marc Cerasini

    I knew this show was doomed in the first episode when they showed Obama’s face on money and not on toilet paper.

  • March 30, 2012, 7:08 a.m. CST

    To Zodnotgod

    by Phildogger

    They were not "Already dead" on Lost. I still can't understand how so many people didn't comprehend the ending. Listen to what Jacks father was saying, in its entirety.