Fox announced today that we’ll have to wait a lot longer to see the next series from Brannon Braga (24, FlashForward) and David Fury (Lost, Angel): Terra Nova will preview for one night next May, but then bow officially in the fall of 2011.
Fox decided to give the time-traveling drama the same treatment it gave Glee, which was previewed last year after a May episode of American Idol and subsequently rolled out officially in the fall of 2009. The experiment worked: Buzz for the musical dramedy built over the summer and the show had an auspicious beginning.
“It was mainly due to the scope [Terra Nova] was going to take,” Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly told reporters Monday in Beverly Hills. “ We went into it knowing it was going to be ambitious. It really became apparent that we had to do this show right. We’ll have an enormous jump on the pilot, and on the marketing side, we’ll let people understand the show.”
Production on the Jason O’Mara starrer isn’t expected to start until October, and the producers are still deciding where to shoot the high-concept series, which takes place 100 years in the future and focuses on a family that travels back to the prehistoric era. There was some talk about shooting the drama in Australia, but the studio is also considering locales in Florida. The drama will have a heavy computer imagery component because it will feature prehistoric creatures.
Casting is still underway for Terra Nova. O’Mara (Life on Mars) will play Jim Shannon, whose family is part of a group of settlers who travel back in time. Meanwhile, the show’s auspices read like a who’s who in Hollywood: Besides Braga, Fury, and Steven Spielberg, other executive producers include ex-Fox Chairman Peter Chernin, agent-turned-producer Aaron Kaplan, Craig Silverstein (Bones), and Kelly Marcel.