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'Terra Nova' Fires Entire Writing Staff

by Jean Bentley, posted Nov 4th 2010 11:20AM
'Terra Nova'The production of Fox's epic prehistoric drama 'Terra Nova' has been plagued with problems, and here's the latest trouble surrounding the show: the entire writing staff, save for showrunner Brannon Braga, has been fired.

But don't worry -- it's not as dire as it sounds. According to the Los Angeles Times, it's only a money-saving issue. Because 'Terra Nova' is launching with a two-hour special in May followed by a regular series order in the fall, most of the production has been pushed back until next summer. That means the writers on the payroll -- some of whom were making a reported $200,000 a week -- were just waiting around until they could start scripting episodes in the spring.

The all-star writing staff is a pricey one, so Fox let them go with the intention to rehire them in the spring -- if they haven't found a new gig by then.

According to previous reports, the 'Terra Nova' pilot has already cost $10 million -- and it hasn't even started shooting yet. Executive producer Peter Chernin left in September due to "creative differences." However, one bit of good news: the casting was finally completed earlier this week with the addition of actress Christine Adams as a longtime Terra Nova resident who befriends the Shannon family.

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I'm totally not buying this. Sounds awfully familiar...

November 04 2010 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

Please tell me that's a typo, and you didn't mean two hundred thousand dollars A WEEK. That seems incredibly excessive, especially for writers (who are always much lower-paid than actors).

November 04 2010 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wish Belkin

"'Terra Nova' pilot has already cost $10 million -- and it hasn't even started shooting yet."

Could this be why studios go bankrupt?

November 04 2010 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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D.

Because they don't have great shows like House!

November 04 2010 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

When was the last time he actually did something good? I mean, DS9 was great in spite of Braga and Berman, so you can't count that... He did do some great TNG episodes, but as a showrunner or even an executive producer? He's done nothing worthwhile, and in many ways has hampered some great sci-fi with his presence. Needless to say, I have no hope for Terra Nova with him at the helm.

November 04 2010 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
w

Brannon Braga should be fired regardless. He is the least creative "name" television science fiction writer on this planet. His work is sleep inducing. If not brain numbingly boring. The fact that he still finds work is a testament to his butt kissing ability.

November 04 2010 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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