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Meet the Cast of Fox's 'Terra Nova,' Steven Spielberg's Pricey New Sci-Fi Show (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Mar 9th 2011 6:00PM
Fox's 'Terra Nova' has made more headlines before premiering than most shows will snag in their entire TV life. Unfortunately, most of them have been about how insanely expensive the series has been to produce.

Fox's 'Terra Nova'

Some sites report that the pilot cost around $10 million, while other insiders claim that number is closer to $20 million. Either way, Fox realized that the Australia-based, Steven Spielberg-produced production -- complete with a large main cast and some prehistoric extras -- was an investment, which is why they've already ordered 13 episodes.

So what does $20 million (allegedly) buy you? The gorgeous sweeping landscapes of Australia are the perfect backdrop for this journey all the way back to dinosaur times. Yes, dinosaurs and people will be living together as humans from a not-so-happy future travel back 85 million years to recolonize.

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'Terra Nova' First Look (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 7th 2011 5:30PM
Terra NovaDid you catch that commercial with dinosaurs during the Super Bowl? No, it wasn't 'Jurassic Park 4: The T-Rex Strikes Back,' it was the highly anticipated first look at Fox and Steven Spielberg's 'Terra Nova.'

In the preview, audiences are given a very brief plot synopsis: People of the future screw up ("The world you left behind fell victim to greed, war ..."), then travel back in time to start life again. Hence, dinosaurs.

However, unlike 'Jurassic Park,' these humans presumably have weapons and technology from the future ... but they're still on the dinosaurs' home turf. Obviously this description does not do the promo justice, so why not take a look at it below?

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Ask Mo Time: Answering Queries on 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Terra Nova,' 'Damages' and 'Law & Order: Los Angeles'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 31st 2011 6:15PM
In one of last week's Talking TV podcasts, Ryan McGee and I took on several reader questions that were posed here. Below are answers to more questions I recently received on that post and via Twitter.

Katie71483 asks: Do we know yet when NBC is going to air the fifth season of 'Friday Night Lights'? I can't wait and at the same time am completely dreading the end. Have you seen any of it? Is it worthy sendoff for one of TV's finest shows?
Mo says: The 60-minute series finale of 'Friday Night Lights' airs Feb. 9 on DirecTV, but fans will have to wait awhile to see the show's fifth and final season on NBC. A representative for NBC said Monday that season 5 of FNL will begin airing in "late spring" on the network; a more exact date should be announced soon.

Here's the odd thing: The show's season 5 DVD set will be released April 5, so it seems that the fifth season is likely to air on NBC after it's already out on DVD.

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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.

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Casting News: Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White to Reunite on 'Hot in Cleveland,' 'NCIS: LA' Adds a Series Regular and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 2nd 2010 11:01AM
Betty White, Mary Tyler MooreEven more TV legends are coming together on season 2 of 'Hot in Cleveland.'

The TV Land sitcom is hosting a 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' reunion and pairing Moore with her former costar Betty White once again. According to Deadline Hollywood, Moore will appear in the Jan. 19 season 2 premiere of 'Hot in Cleveland.'

Details on her character are scarce, but Deadline reports Moore's character may have something to do with the storyline that saw White's character, Elka, get arrested at the end of season 1.

In other casting news ...

Christine Adams has joined the cast of 'Terra Nova.' Adams, who can currently be seen on ABC's 'The Whole Truth,' will play Mira, a resident of Terra Nova who gets to know the Shannon family. [Entertainment Weekly]

Camille Sullivan has been tapped for ABC's 'Rookie Blue.' Sullivan, a veteran of Canadian dramas, will play Detective Jo Rosati during the second season of the summer series. [Hollywood Reporter]

'NCIS: LA' has promoted Renee Felice Smith to series regular. Smith joined the cast in a recurring capacity earlier this season as Nell Jones, an intelligence analyst. [TV Guide]

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Charlie Sheen Hospitalized but Will Return to Work This Week, 'Terra Nova' Casting Almost Complete and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 27th 2010 12:05PM
Charlie SheenThat hospital stay yesterday didn't get in the way of Charlie Sheen's work schedule -- his manager told People that the actor will return to work this week.

"Charlie will be working this week doing a cameo role, playing himself, in a small movie as a favor to a friend and has every intention of going back to work on 'Two and a Half Men' on Tuesday," Mark Burg told the magazine. "He's looking forward to working."

Sheen was found drunk and naked in his trashed New York hotel room early Tuesday morning, and was immediately hospitalized then released later in the day. Though sources claim the hospitalization was due to intoxication, Sheen's rep said it was an "adverse reaction to some medication."

In other TV news ...

ABC has ordered six more episodes of its midseason series 'Off the Map,' bringing the episode total to 13. The medical drama follows doctors at a medical clinic in South America. [TV Guide]

Fox has renamed new series 'Ride-Along' to 'The Chicago Code.' "Changing the title ... reflects our belief that this is more than just a cop show. It's about the not just the police but politics, the Midwest, history, Government corruption and the city's code," said creator Shawn Ryan. [Deadline]

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The 'Terra Nova' Pilot Already Costs $10 Million, and It Hasn't Even Been Shot Yet

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 14th 2010 9:15AM
'Terra Nova' logoIs the pilot episode of Fox's new sci-fi drama 'Terra Nova' set to be the most expensive ever?

Just a few months ago all looked rosy in the 'Terra Nova' garden. It had all the ingredients for a sure-fire ratings winner for the post-'Lost' generation: Dying planets! Parallel worlds! Dinosaurs! Time-traveling! Stephen Spielberg!

Having nabbed 'Fringe' director Alex Graves to direct the pilot, filming was set to begin this fall. But now, reports are coming in that all is not well, and that cost overruns have meant that even before a single frame's been shot, the pilot has already cost almost $10 million.

Sources have described the production as a "debacle," and according to 'The Wrap', as prices and creative disagreements keep mounting on the Australia-based series, the cost could keep spiralling upwards to as much as $20 million. That's the cost of a feature film, not a one-hour TV episode.

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News Roundup: Anderson Cooper Could Be the New Oprah Winfrey, 'Terra Nova' Casts its Female Lead and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 30th 2010 1:30PM
Anderson CooperAdd another name to the growing list of people angling to fill Oprah Winfrey's daytime talk show shoes when the host steps down at the end of the season: Anderson Cooper.

The CNN anchor is in talks to transition from cable news to syndicated talk show host, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The still-untitled project will touch upon the usual daytime fare, from pop culture to topical news, and is expected to be pitched to TV stations for a fall 2011 launch.

"Over the course of the past few years, I've had the opportunity to work on a number of daytime programs," Cooper told THR. "It's fun and interesting to work in daytime television. The format is unique and you can really go in-depth on a wide range of fascinating and compelling stories. With this new program I hope to relay important information and relate to people and the audience in a completely different way. It's an exciting opportunity to show another side of myself and create something worthwhile and special in daytime."

In other TV news ...

Shelley Conn has been cast as the female lead on Fox's 'Terra Nova.' The British actress, best known for her role on BBC America's 'Mistresses,' will play the wife in a family living 85 million years ago in prehistoric Earth. [Deadline]

Brad Garrett will host a new children's show for TLC that's being described as "a modern update of 'Kids Say the Darndest Things.'" The still-untitled show will be produced by Ryan Seacrest and feature viral videos, children reviewing movies and Garrett interviewing kids. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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'Terra Nova' Updates: 'Avatar' Baddie Stephen Lang Eyes Role, Executive Producer David Fury Leaves

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 14th 2010 8:15AM
Stephen Lang, March 2010It's been reported that 'Avatar' star Stephen Lang is interested in playing a lead role opposite Jason O'Mara in Fox's big-budget, new prehistoric drama 'Terra Nova.'

According to deadline.com Lang is in talks to play the role of Frank Taylor, the charismatic and ruthless leader of the Terra Nova settlement. He was apparently an early favorite for the role but other commitments prevented him from pursuing it until he just became available and received an offer from the 'Terra Nova' producers.

The news comes shortly after it was announced that powerhouse executive producer David Fury ('24,' 'Lost') is leaving the series due to "creative differences." A source close to the production said that "he was beloved by the producers on the show, but it just didn't work out."

Fury will not be replaced, so showrunner Brannon Braga ('FlashForward,' 'Star Trek: Enterprise') will now be the drama's sole writing executive producer. The other executive producers, Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin, are remaining in place.

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News Roundup: Frances Conroy to Guest on 'Grey's Anatomy,' Jerry Stiller Visits 'Seinfeld' Home and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 27th 2010 5:00PM
Frances Conroy'Six Feet Under' star and Golden Globe winner Frances Conroy is scrubbing in for a guest stint on ABC's 'Grey's Anatomy.'

According to TV Guide, Conroy will play Eleanor, a woman who blacks out just as she enters a laundromat to see her husband folding another woman's underwear. "Whether or not she really blacked out is an issue," 'Grey's Anatomy' creator Shonda Rhimes told TV Guide.

TV Guide is also reporting the season 6 DVD set of 'Grey's,' which hits shelves Sept. 14, will feature an extended version of the finale. In the additional 18 minutes, viewers will see Lexie get thrown out of an ambulance, Callie singing to a patient, Bailey giving a monologue to Mary (guest star Mandy Moore) and Mary's husband (Ryan Devlin) giving a speech about Mary.

In other TV news ...

Investigation Discovery's new series 'Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?' received the network's highest ratings for a series premiere. The Wednesday night premiere was seen by 649,000 people. [Live Feed]

'Final Destination' star Devon Sawa will play Nikita's nemesis on the new CW show. Sawa will play Owen, a spy that has skills to match Nikita's. [Zap2It]

Comedian and 'Louie' star Louis CK's new stand-up special will screen in 8 cities. On Sept. 8, viewers can head to locations in Austin, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia to see it or wait for the special to air on Epix before heading to Comedy Central. [Entertainment Weekly]

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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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No 'American Idol' Deals In Place Yet, Say Fox Execs - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 2nd 2010 3:13PM
Peter Rice and Kevin Reilly at the FOX executive session at the Summer 2010 TCAsThe highly-anticipated FOX executive session got underway with a bit of non-news, with the network's entertainment chairman, Peter Rice, saying that "No one has signed a deal yet on either side of the camera to join 'American Idol' that wasn't there last year."

This means that there's no deal for Jennifer Lopez or Steven Tyler to be judges, no deal for Nigel Lythgoe to return as executive producer. Rice and FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly both deflected questions from the gathered critics about the 'Idol' judging panel, including the status of Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson. Rice would not get into speculating about the judges because "it's not fair to those being speculated about."

All he would really say is that some of the speculation around who the new names are going to be is close to true, and a lot of it is wildly false. One thing Reilly did say in the reporter's scrum after the panel is that the goal is to announce all the changes at once. Whether they'll be able to do that or not is obviously going to be determined on when they get the deals done.

More on the FOX exec panel after the jump...

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Fox Delays 'Terra Nova' Until Fall 2011

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 2nd 2010 2:30PM
'Terra Nova'Fox's highly anticipated 'Terra Nova' finally has a premiere plan. Set to debut in the fall of 2011, the prehistoric drama will air a preview episode in May, according to Deadline. More than likely, the network will preview it after a late-season episode of 'American Idol,' assuming the ratings leader retains at least some of its power.

Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said in a statement, "'Terra Nova' will be one of the most visually stimulating and dramatically grand series to air on network television. It deserves to have an equally unique launch to distinguish that the show is unlike any other."

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Fox Scraps 'Terra Nova' Comic-Con Panel

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 14th 2010 2:40PM
terra nova foxSadly, it's time to add yet another name to the list of shows pulling out of this month's San Diego Comic-Con.

Steven Spielberg's upcoming Fox time-travel adventure series 'Terra Nova' has joined 'Game of Thrones' and 'Torchwood' by canceling its scheduled Comic-Con panel, according to the Live Feed.

The reason? Seems like the showrunners don't have any footage to show to hungry Con-goers. And the series is still in the early stages of development, which makes talking about it in front of live audience a pretty hard thing to do.

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More Time Traveling in Store for Jason O'Mara

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 21st 2010 8:40AM
Jason O'Mara ('Life on Mars') has signed on to star in FOX's ambitious new drama series, 'Terra Nova.'

The big-budget spectacle will be executive produced by powerhouses Steven Spielberg ('The Pacific'), Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga ('FlashForward') and David Fury ('Lost'), and will reportedly use writers from the now-defunct '24.'

O'Mara will play Jim Shannon, a father in the year 2149 on a dying planet who travels back in time with his family to the pre-historic era to help colonists rebuild civilization from the ground up. Stars who were previously thought to be considering the role include Kyle Chandler ('Friday Night Lights').

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