'Terra Nova': No sneak peek planned for Comic Con

jason-omaraImage Credit: Bobby Bank/WireImage.comFanboys who were eager to get a sneak peek of Fox’s midseason drama Terra Nova – the next series from Brannon Braga (24, FlashForward) and David Fury (Lost, Angel) – will have to wait a little longer: 20th Century Fox TV has decided not to unveil the time-traveling drama at Comic Con next week, EW has learned.

Since production on the Jason O’Mara starrer isn’t expected to start until September, the producers don’t have any footage to show the fans in San Diego. Plus, the writers don’t want to reveal too much about the high-concept series, which Fury promises will have an “ongoing mythology.” The action in Terra Nova takes place 100 years in the future and focuses on a family that travels back to the prehistoric era. Steven Spielberg is one of the executive producers.

“There are a lot of surprises, a lot of reveals that come out throughout the course of season,” Fury tells EW. “If we talk about the more interesting aspects of the show now, we’re afraid we’ll ruin the surprise for the audience. In this case, everything is moving along steadily, the script has been well-received. We just don’t have anything to wow anyone with. It’s still in the preliminary stage, It’s a huge undertaking.”

Among the hurdles for the massive project, which has already received a 13-episode commitment from Fox, is nailing down a location. There was some talk about shooting the drama in Australia but the studio is also considering locales in Hawaii and even the mainland. The drama will also feature prehistoric creatures. “There will be dinosaurs that have never been seen before,” promises Fury. “They’ve learned so much since the days of Jurassic Park.”

Adds Braga, “We are presenting a really cool show with a wonderous primeval world. There are not just dinosaurs. There is a whole ecosystem. There will be plenty of adventures and effects, but this is a show about the characters, the humans.”

Casting is still underway for the drama, which is expected to bow in the spring. O’Mara (Life on Mars) will play Jim Shannon, whose family is part of a group of settlers who travel back in time. The show’s auspices read like a who’s who in Hollywood: Besides Braga, Fury and Spielberg, other executive producers include ex-Fox Chairman Peter Chernin, agent-turned-producer Aaron Kaplan, Craig Silverstein (Bones) and Kelly Marcel.

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  • Austin

    Is this the next Lost? It looks promising…

    • topoopon

      It looks like the next “land of the Lost”… so it takes place in the future, in the past.

    • Dwight K Schrute

      Brannon Braga is the WORST writer in television.

      • Shiny

        Tru dat. Don’t know any fanboys who can stand him. He’d best stay far, far away from any con. It’ll probably take another twenty years for people to forget (or forgive) his d-bag antics on Enterprise.

  • C C

    If I’m right, it’s the “real”

  • Andy

    I really hope it doesn’t suck.

    • darclyte

      How many producers does one show need? That seems troubling (too many cooks…)

      • Don

        A lot of shows have multiple producers. Look at Bones, it has probably 6 producers/executive producers. A lot of times it’s nothing more than a title.

      • RP

        Sometimes the producers are doing just that: making sure the show gets produced. I’m not sure why this thing of producers also being the writers and editors of the show got started but a producer doesn’t have to have a say in how a show goes creatively.

  • Kyle

    I wish it had been true that Kyle Chandler had taken this show on …. it was rumoured for a while,he would have been perfect. And hes already done Dinosaurs AND a giant ape

  • Tal

    Screw this. I can’t wait for the next series of Primeval in January.

  • Jeremy

    I have a feeling it will be like “EARTH 2″–promising at first, but eventually a major letdown.

  • V

    If it were the next LOST it wouldn’t be mid-season, it tells you the FOX exec’s weren’t to thrilled.
    But it does sound more promising, as more details are revealed.
    24 & Flashforward were both bad last year. Hope the learn something.

    • Frank

      Brannon Braga wrote for, and was a producer of, both 24 and FlashForward last year. It’s highly likely that Terra Nova is going to be a major disappointment if he is involved but I am hoping for a miracle

  • Jen

    Sounds like crap that Fox will abandon anyway. Their track record with anything other than reality shows is terrible.

  • Wawa ICeT

    So are we getting a Green Lantern cover on this week’s EW or what?

    • darclyte

      GL FTW!!!

  • Mike

    It does look promising. However, so did FlashForward, Melrose Place 2.0, and Happy Town. If this show is going to make it people are going to have to stick with it and realize that not every episode will be all that great starting off.

  • JLC

    Not appearing at Comic Con is a HUGE RED FLAG!!!
    Just kidding. This whole Comic Con thing has gotten so overblown. It’s become just another marketing tool for the studios.

    • Brett

      Not appearing at Comic Con because they couldn’t find parking.

  • Briana

    This better not suck.

  • RP

    It’s a sci-fi show that’s a) going to be on Fox and b) has someone who’s worked on a Joss Whedon show working on it. It’s going to get canceled.

    Seriously, has there been a sci-fi series on Fox that hasn’t been canceled?

    • Rob

      Fringe hasn’t been canceled!

      • Danni

        It’s hovering pretty close to the cancellation line. It is averaging 6mil an episode. I’m surprised it was renewed. If the ratings don’t rise next year then it’ll get the ax for sure.

  • Troy

    Sounds like a remake of “Earth2″…ha!


    HMM .. The featured actor was on the series life on mars. i may give this series a chance (provided it isnt on a friday nite)

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