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'Terra Nova': Showdown at Lucas' Portal to the Future (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 13th 2011 1:00AM
'Terra Nova' - 'Within'It was a week of revelations and potentially series changing moments on 'Terra Nova' (Mon., 8PM ET on Fox). First, Shannon's investigation into the traitor within Terra Nova finally began to bear fruit, but there's still the question of why.

Meanwhile, Taylor's son has finally finished his work on the portal, leading to a tense and dramatic confrontation. It was a very mini-'Stargate' moment when Lucas turned on the device, opening a portal to the future. He stepped through it, warning that he would come back with allies to destroy everything Taylor has built.

So Taylor rallied the troops. With the Eleventh Pilgrimage days away, there is every reason to suspect it will be stacked with those same allies just as the Sixth Pilgrimage was. The end game for this season of 'Terra Nova' is nearly here. It remains to be seen if it will be a season ender, or a series ender.

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Talking TV Podcast Talks 'Walking Dead,' 'Terra Nova,' 'Sons of Anarchy' and More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Dec 1st 2011 3:45PM
It's mostly zombies, dinosaurs and bikers in the latest edition of the Talking TV with Ryan and Ryan podcast.

Ryan McGee and I kicked things off by mentioning a few shows that premiere this week ('The Take,' 'Trek Nation' and 'Weed Wars'). By the way, you can find plenty of other notable December specials and such in this post.

We also talked a little about 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter,' but in a much longer section of the podcast, we discussed the state of genre television and in particular the disappointing first season of 'Terra Nova' and the very uneven second season of 'The Walking Dead.'

Then it was all 'Sons of Anarchy' all the time, as we discussed the latest installment of FX's biker drama. Running times are below.

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Taylor and Mira Must Join Forces to Survive Dinosaur Attack on 'Terra Nova' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 29th 2011 12:00AM
'Terra Nova' - 'Now You See Me'Taylor mused about a parallel universe where he and Mira were allies on 'Terra Nova' (Mon., 8PM ET on Fox). He's right in thinking they would make a very powerful team running things on Terra Nova. Alas, they are on opposite sides of this political issue.

But things escalated beyond their control, forcing them to set aside their differences and take on a pair of young predator dinosaurs at the base of a waterfall. There, they proved that they're really quite alike in a lot of ways.

Unfortunately, their feud is quickly coming to a head, with Shannon narrowing the field of traitors within camp, and Taylor's son coming close to solving the equation that would allow them to open portals back to the future.

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Shannon Learns Taylor's Secret and Intentions For 'Terra Nova' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 22nd 2011 2:00AM
'Terra Nova' - 'Vs.''Terra Nova' (Mon., 8PM ET on FOX) put its focus firmly on the larger story behind the series and it made for a very compelling hour of television. It's a shame the show lost so much of its audience during its very boring first month or so as it seems to be getting on track and suddenly I find myself rooting for a second season.

The idea of a portal back to the future is rich enough, but the notion that it could be a battle for the precious natural resources of Terra Nova makes it a story with a very current struggle at its heart. The best science fiction stories speak to us about the current condition, and Terra Nova is finally starting to show glimmers of that.

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Taylor Faces a Giant Lizard to Protect a Known Murderer on 'Terra Nova' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 15th 2011 2:00AM
'Terra Nova' - 'Proof'For those who've been patient to stick with 'Terra Nova' (Mon., 8PM ET on FOX) through its awkward and meandering first several episodes, things are really starting to come together and get interesting. In fact, I dare say if this keeps up, we may be worrying about a second season pick-up come the inevitable cliffhanger finale in about a month.

This week, Taylor tracked the man who'd been banished from Terra Nova for murder, and implemented a brilliant espionage assignment. It could help earn the man entry back into the colony, but more importantly it could help Taylor find out who the spy is inside Terra Nova. That's a brilliant tactician taking advantage of a situation that was out of his control.

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Jim is Strung Up Like a Tasty Dino Treat on 'Terra Nova' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 18th 2011 2:45AM
'Terra Nova' - 'The Runaway''Terra Nova' (Mon., 8PM ET on FOX) toned way down on the dinosaur action this week, but that's only because we got some juicy plot developments as far as the larger story goes. A young girl, Leah, is sent to infiltrate Terra Nova to retrieve something for Mira, the leader of the Sixers.

It's certainly telling that she would use someone so young to do her dirty work, but when Jim went after them, she planted some other bugs in his ear. He almost didn't have an ear to her it, though, after their trap snagged him and we got our lone dino sighting of the week.

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Ask Mo Returns! Answering Your Questions on 'Terra Nova,' 'Revenge,' 'Breaking Bad,' 'Ringer' and Much More

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 12th 2011 11:30AM
Thanks for all the great questions you sent in for this round of Ask Mo. I picked a bumper crop to take on this time. Let's get right to it, shall we?

Jamilbhatti0782: Do you think 'Terra Nova' will be picked up for a full season?

Mo says: Production wrapped last week on the first season of the dino drama, which was always envisioned as a 13-hour saga (according to a Fox representative, the show's 2-hour season finale airs Dec. 19). Any episodes beyond that would be part of a hypothetical second season, but the network hasn't yet decided whether to order a season 2. Given the show's high cost and relatively modest ratings, the jury is still out on whether we'll get a second season of dinosaur drama.

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You Must Never Forget About the Dinosaurs on 'Terra Nova' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 11th 2011 2:00AM
'Terra Nova' - 'What Remains'With this week's episode, 'Terra Nova' (Mon., 8PM ET on FOX) is starting to feel a lot more like 'Star Trek,' but not necessarily in a good way.

The "monster of the week" turned out to be a virus that wiped memories, but the cure was so painfully obvious throughout the episode, that it became tedious waiting for the characters to figure it out. We like a little bit of mystery and suspense with our dinosaurs, please.

As for a larger story, that was relegated very much to the back-burners, which is a common format for procedural shows and adventure series. That's fine, so long as the adventures are fun, and with 'Terra Nova' we do get those dinosaurs. And what's not fun about those?

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Millions of Pterosaurs Threaten to Destroy 'Terra Nova' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 4th 2011 6:45AM
'Terra Nova' - 'Instinct''Terra Nova' (Mon., 8PM ET on FOX) settled into adventure-series mode this week with an "adventure of the week" kind of story. With the encampment under bizarre attack by hordes of pterosaurs, the leaders had to find out why this was happening, and how to stop it.

It turns out, Terra Nova was built on a breeding ground for the migratory creatures, which meant there were millions incoming. Through some fancy science they were able to relocate the dinosaurs to a new breeding ground in the nick of time, and that was basically it.

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'Terra Nova': Beautiful From Afar, Not-So-Pretty Up Close

by Stephanie Earp, posted Oct 3rd 2011 2:00PM
No matter how much bad press the pilot of 'Terra Nova' received, I had to watch. When someone spends $20 million on a pilot, you watch it. But in all the negativity around the show -- the exorbitant price tag, the repeated delaying of the premiere date -- everyone seems to agree that the visual fabric of this show is top-quality. The 'Blade Runner'-esque state of ruined future Earth, the super-sized 'Stargate' portal and the CGI dinosaurs are indeed convincing, as they should be at that price.


I actually warmed to the show on second viewing, but I was overwhelmed by the number of details included that seemed to contradict each other, or just confuse the issues. Besides the bone structure and eating habits of the local dinos, I wonder how much the writers really know about the monster they've created. Here are some things about 'Terra Nova' that just aren't sitting right.

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Talking TV Podcast Collars 'Luther,' 'The League,' 'Homeland' and 'Breaking Bad'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 29th 2011 2:00PM
A few new shows and 'Breaking Bad' get the Talking TV treatment this week.

In this edition of the podcast, Ryan McGee and I talk about the second season of BBC America's 'Luther,' the return of the fantasy-football comedy 'The League' (season premiere guest star Seth Rogen is pictured at right), Showtime's excellent new drama 'Homeland,' the bumpy ride of Fox's 'Terra Nova' and this week's 'Breaking Bad' episode.

Running times are below.

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A Dozen Big 'Terra Nova' Questions (With Some Answers from a Dino Drama Insider)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 26th 2011 10:01PM
'Terra Nova,' which I reviewed here, has been one of the most anticipated television programs of the year, and if you're like me, you had a number of questions once the two-hour pilot ended.

What's up with the Sixers? How crazy will the people vs. dino battles get? Will the teen son become less annoying?

As luck would have it, I spoke to 'Terra Nova' executive producer Rene Echevarria in August, and I was able to ask him some of the questions I had (I'd only seen the first hour of the pilot at that point, or I would have asked him more).

In any event, here are a dozen of the most pressing questions I had, and I'd love to get your answers to those queries, as well as your theories or predictions about where the show will go from here. And of course, I've included Echavarria's answers to various queries where relevant.

Spoilers ahoy, obviously. If you haven't seen the 'Terra Nova' premiere, stop reading now.

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'Terra Nova' Promo Features New Song from Michelle Branch (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 23rd 2011 7:30AM
Fox's epic new time-travelling series 'Terra Nova' premieres Monday.

It has all the ingredients for a sure-fire ratings winner for the post-'Lost' generation: Dying planets! Parallel worlds! Dinosaurs! Time-traveling! Stephen Spielberg!

'Terra Nova' is set in a dystopian future where humans live in on a dying planet. Cop Jim Shannon (Jason O'Mara) travels back in time with his family to the prehistoric era to help colonists rebuild civilization from the ground up.

The promo opens with scenes of a choking planet Earth followed by the colonists embarking on their "new beginning." As Dr. Elizabeth Shannon (Shelley Conn) says she can't help worrying about her children's future, the action cuts to Jim, who says "The thing about Terra Nova is, you don't have to go looking for trouble." Uh oh. Cue some mighty angry-looking dinosaurs.

Check out the new promo after the jump. It features Grammy-winner Michelle Branch's new song 'Another Sun.'

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Fox's 'Terra Nova' Will Film in Australia

by Ryan McKee, posted Aug 9th 2010 10:00AM
'Terra Nova'Billed as an epic family adventure 85 million years in the making, 'Terra Nova' will attempt to revive dinosaur dramas after the 'Jurassic Park' sequels and 'Land of the Lost' threw the genre into the tar pits. Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga and David Fury make up the dream team at the helm.

The big announcement today is that the series will be shot at locations on The Gold Coast in southern Queensland, including Warner Roadshow Studios. The Aussies are stoked since 80 percent of the crew, cast and extras will be pulled from the area. The production of 13 one-hour episodes will really help the high unemployment rate. Too bad they can't shoot in Detroit ...

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TV Casting: Kyle Chandler May Star in 'Terra Nova'

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 20th 2010 11:45AM
Kyle Chandler'Friday Night Lights' may be coming to end, but it appears the game is far from over for star Kyle Chandler. According to reports, Chandler has received a "very lucrative offer" to star in the new Fox drama 'Terra Nova' from producers Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin, about a family who travels back in time to the dinosaur age. The series is already expected to be picked up under a 13-episode order. In the meantime, fans can check out Chandler when 'FNL' season 4 premieres Fri., May 7 on NBC. (Watch the trailer here.) [Ausiello Files]

More casting news after the jump.

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