TV/Business NotesNetflix in Talks to Continue 'Terra Nova'
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter
's 'Live Feed' Blog - Mar. 7, 2012
Just two days after Fox lowered the ax on Terra Nova, studio 20th Television could have found a new home for the dinosaur drama.
Streaming service Netflix has expressed interest in reviving the time-traveling series from executive producer Steven Spielberg, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Fox late Monday opted not to move forward with the pricey Australia-shot drama -- whose two-hour premiere was pegged at a price tag between $10 million and $20 million. Noting the Jason O'Mara-Stephen Lang starrer's international appeal, studio 20th Television announced it would shop the big-budget series to other networks.
While discussions are early, the move could make sense for Netflix as it continues its push into original scripted programming with fare including 20th Television's Arrested Development, which the company resurrected in November.
While Terra Nova averaged 7.5 million total viewers and 2.6 million in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo in its 11-episode first season, it failed to catch on the way the network had hoped. Its two-hour finale matched a series low in the demo, drawing a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 and an audience of 7.2 million.
Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly told reporters in January at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that the network was waiting to make big decisions as the fate of the Spielberg series until they had a better sense for midseason and development projects. "I do feel fortunate that we have some high-class problems," he said at the time. "[Terra Nova] was an exciting bet to take and it's proven that it was worthwhile."
Meanwhile, 20th Television still holds an option on cast members including Lang and O'Mara. Co-star Christine Adams, meanwhile, has already found her next potential gig, joining ABC's fashion drama pilot Americana.http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/liv...ra-nova-297585