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Jason O'Mara on 'Terra Nova' axing: Fox took 'awful long time' to make 'premature decision'

Jason O’Mara may have already lined up a new gig on CBS’s period drama Vegas, but the star still has some choice words about the cancellation of Fox’s Terra Nova.

“I felt like Fox took an awful long time to make what was ultimately a premature decision,” he told reporters today at TCA while joined on stage by Vegas stars Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis. “A decision could have been made earlier. However, I’d been keeping an eye on this project for a long time.”

All eyes were also on newly announced cast member Sarah Jones, whose show Alcatraz was also a Fox casualty from last season. Jones, whose deal just closed last week, joins the cast as the daughter of a top Chicago mobster who will go “head-to-head” with Chiklis’ character, a Chicago gangster named Vincent.

Executive producer Greg Walker said Jones’s character would be a nice compliment to Carrie Ann Moss, who plays Deputy District Attorney Katherine O’Connell. “For the series, we wanted to bring in another dynamic female presence. We had one in the law enforcement world, we wanted one in the casino world as well,” he said.

Vegas premieres on CBS Sept. 25.

The nine highest-rated canceled shows

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More than any year in recent memory, the survival of shows this season did not hinge on ratings.

You had Fox’s Fringe getting renewed for a final GTFO season with only 4.2 million viewers and slight 1.6 average rating. Then you had Terra Nova getting axed with 10.8 million viewers and a 3.6 rating. The biggest mitigating factor was a show’s cost — which usually rises along with its age — along with the difficulty of a time period, who owns the program, how intensely critics and fans feel about the series and, believe it or not, whether a network’s executives like the show. Here are the top nine highest-rated canceled shows this season:

1. Rob (CBS: 12 million viewers, 3.7 adults 18-49 rating): A 3.7? If NBC had a freshman comedy with a 3.7 average, it would run the show five nights a week this fall (Community was renewed with almost half this rating). Bully for CBS that their table scraps have these kind of numbers. The issue here was Rob Schneider’s comedy was shedding too much of its massive Big Bang Theory lead-in, and was trending the wrong direction. CBS suspects the time slot can do better. READ FULL STORY

'Terra Nova' star joins high-profile CBS pilot

jason-omaraImage Credit: Bobby Bank/WireImage.comThe death knell has sounded even louder for Terra Nova, the freshman dino drama that’s busy hunting for a new home now that Fox canceled it. To wit: star Jason O’Mara just booked a co-leading role in CBS’ high-profile period drama about Las Vegas lawdog Ralph Lamb.

O’Mara will join Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis in the drama pilot from writers Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker, reports Deadline. Quaid will play Lamb while O’Mara will play his younger brother Frank. Chiklis gets to chuck the white hat for a change and play a Chicago mob fixer.

This is a second position booking for O’Mara, meaning if another outlet picks up Terra NovaNetflix maybe? — he won’t join the CBS project. But working alongside Quaid and Chiklis sounds a heckuva lot better than acting scared in front of faux prehistoric creatures. Just saying…

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'Terra Nova': A future with Netflix?

It’s not always easy for a studio to find a second home for a ratings-challenged show, but 20th Century Fox TV is sure going to try with the recently canceled Terra Nova. And lucky for the studio, at least one outlet seems willing to kick the tires: EW has confirmed that 20th Century Fox TV is talking to Netflix about possibly saving the freshman drama from extinction.

One source with knowledge of the situation urged that talks are preliminary, but Netflix has proven once before that it is willing to keep shows out of the trash heap. After all, it made a deal last November to bring back the cult classic Arrested Development. It also remains committed to offering more original content, like House of Cards and Lilyhammer. So keep your fingers crossed, Jason O’Mara fans.

Terra Nova will likely end up the highest-rated canceled show of the season. It averaged 10.1 million viewers and a 3.6 adult demo rating once DVR playbacks are added.

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‘Terra Nova': What went wrong. 6 ways the show could have been saved
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Fox cancels 'Terra Nova'

Guess we’ll likely never find out what the Badlands were all about.

Fox has cancelled prehistoric dino drama Terra Nova after one season, ending months of will-they-or-won’t-they speculation. Studio 20th Century Fox TV, however, says they fight Terra Nova‘s extinction event by shopping the series to other networks.

The decision was handed down despite a few factors that were in the show’s favor: A creatively strong two-hour finale, which won over many of the show’s grumbling detractors; Fox cancelling Monday night veteran House; and another Monday sci-fi drama, Alcatraz, under-performing in recent weeks. From what we hear, Fox higher-ups weren’t too fond of the show.

Terra Nova will likely end up the highest-rated cancelled show of the season. It averaged 10.1 million viewers and a 3.6 adult demo rating once you add in a week of DVR playback.

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'Terra Nova' roars opposite repeats and reality

Fox and CBS finished Monday in a dead heat, according to early nationals, as viewership continues to decline heading into the holidays. Both networks posted a 2.2 rating/6 share in adults 18-49 — though a victor will likely shake out this afternoon when finals come in (and we’re thinking it’ll be the usual winner CBS).

CBS won the night in viewers (7.4 million) followed by Fox (7.1 million).

Terra Nova wrapped its freshman season with a 2.2/6, up 5 percent among 18-49 and up 4 percent in total viewers (7.2 vs. 6.9 million) from last week. The dino show hasn’t been picked up for a second season but word is Fox is thisclose to ordering another 10 or so episodes that’ll bow mid year during the 2012-13 season.

CBS ran repeats of its comedies with Two and a Half Men (2.5/6) performing the best. NBC came in third with a 1.7/4,  having aired the premiere of Who’s Still Standing (1.5/4), another installment of Fear Factor (2.4/6, down 31 percent from last week’s debut of 3.5/8), and a fresh episode of Rock Center With Brian Williams (1.2/3).

ABC came in fourth with two Christmas specials involving pandas and chipmunks, plus an original episode of You Deserve It! (1.1/3) and a repeat of Castle.

The night’s most-watched show was Men (8.4 million) while the least watched one was a repeat of the CW’s Hart of Dixie at 8 (1.3 million).

'Terra Nova': 6 ways to save the show

UPDATED: Terra Nova might still get saved from extinction has been cancelled. Below we list six ways the show went wrong — and how things could have been salvaged for a second season (the studio is still shopping the project to other networks).

Terra Nova has been a self starter in the ratings on Mondays and its family-friendly nature makes it an easy pitch to advertisers. Yet the show’s overall adult demo ratings have disappointed, and sources say the network has been creatively unsatisfied with the show, as well. But in an odd way, some of Terra Nova‘s problems have worked in its favor — everybody involved with the project agrees there’s room for improvement and, therefore, possible ratings growth.

If renewed, expect Fox’s order will be along the lines of the first season’s 13 episodes, not a full 22 like most other shows. READ FULL STORY

'The Mentalist,' 'Terra Nova,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'NCIS': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Hello, friends!

As we all prepare to celebrate the annual celebration of Saturnalia, it is with great excitement that I present to you this week’s column! Why am I so excited? Because I get a week of vacation starting… Oh, crap! Ten hours ago!

We better get a move on. But while I’m away, remember to keep sending in your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com and sending em via Twitter. (@EWSandraG) See y’all soon!

‘THE MENTALIST’: RED JOHN MYSTERY WILL ‘RAMP UP’

The Red John story line has taken so many twists and turns since last season’s epic finale that that story line has largely taken a backseat to other fun capers. But that won’t be the case all season. In fact, Daniel Cerone, executive producer and writer of next week’s “Fugue in Red,” tells me this week’s episode, which will find Jane reverting to his con-man ways after an accident, will “reframe who Red John is in the life of our character” and ultimately set the stage for a second half of the season that will see more action from this fan-favorite story line. READ FULL STORY

'Terra Nova' roars back, but CBS comedy block rules earth

Helluva performance by Fox’s Terra Nova on Monday: The dino drama (recap here) was up 24 percent in the adults 18-49 demo (2.6 rating/6 share) and 17 percent in total viewers (7.6 million) versus last week, according to early results. It also posted its highest-ever rating in male teens (2.7/9) — assuming you care about what those little buggers are watching on broadcast TV. Anyway, this is all good news for the freshman series, which has yet to learn whether it’ll be back for a second season. (That decision will come around upfronts time this May). READ FULL STORY

'Terra Nova' ratings drop on Halloween night

Fox’s Terra Nova ratings got spooked on Halloween night, falling more than any other broadcast show after spending a week off the air due to baseball coverage.

Terra Nova returned to 6.4 million viewers and a 2.1 adults 18-49 rating, down 25 percent compared to its last original airing. (Bummer — some say it was the show’s best episode, recap here.) Given that Terra Nova airs at 8 p.m. and is targeted toward families, it was probably the most likely series to take a punch.

And Terra Nova wasn’t the only show to take a holiday night hit in the ratings — pretty much every series was down, except… READ FULL STORY

'Terra Nova' scoop: Producers reveal death, romance, shark-dinos to come

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Terra Nova is about to get wilder. After experimenting with a couple stand-alone episodes, Fox’s dino-drama is taking a more serialized path for the rest of the season — solving key mysteries, introducing new dinos, and even killing off a character. (Don’t worry, we won’t say who.)

Terra Nova executive producers René Echevarria and Brannon Braga reveal some of the threats the colonists will face in the upcoming hours, as well as answer some burning fan questions. Will we see 2149 again? Will the season finale end on a cliffhanger? What’s up with all the teen romance? And hey, will the colonists ever actually kill a dinosaur? We have a mega Q&A that answers all this and more. The interview comes on the heels of Monday’s fourth episode rising in the ratings — a promising sign if the ambitious sci-fi show is going to land a second season.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations on the ratings uptick. I hear the show is going to get more serialized from here on?
RENÉ ECHEVARRIA: It does. We’re going to roll out the whole Sixer mythology this season. You’re going to see who sent them here and why, and it all comes to a head in the season finale.
BRANNON BRAGA: Whether it’s the strange markings on the rocks, or even the new thing we introduced Monday night with the container, all these things will culminate and be explored by the end of the 13. And it’s been fun doing that. As the episodes go on, the momentum will build with the ongoing storylines. READ FULL STORY

Fox sets 'Terra Nova' finale, 'New Girl' pushed to November

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Fox’s grand dino experiment has set a (first season?) conclusion: As Futon Critic first reported, Terra Nova will finish its 13-hour run on Monday, Dec. 19. The show will finish how it ended, with a two-hour episode (see last night’s recap, “What Just Happened,” here). Last night’s Terra Nova ratings were disrupted by Fox’s baseball coverage, but it looks like, after holding steady the first two weeks, the show might have dipped a bit.

In other Fox scheduling news, the network is expanding another edition of X Factor next week to two hours for the “judges house” episodes (producers ended up with a lot of good footage, a rep explains). Combined with previously announced Factor expansions and baseball, that means the network will hold off on airing new episodes of New Girl at 9:30 p.m. until Nov. 1 (fellow Tuesday shows Glee and Raising Hope are also not scheduled to return until next month, either). All this sort of shuffling is common for Fox in the fall due to baseball pushing around the schedule, and shouldn’t be taken as a diss of New Girl, which is performing great.

'Terra Nova' star Jason O'Mara on when to expect answers; Plus, a new clip from tonight's episode

If you became a fan of the new Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi saga Terra Nova last week, you should know that as you’re watching tonight’s second episode (Fox, 8/7c), Jason O’Mara will be in Australia shooting the season finale. “There’s one moment in particular that’s particularly mind-blowing,” says the actor, who wraps filming on the rookie drama’s 13-episode first season this week. “I’m pretty excited for people to see it and react to it, too.”

Might that moment have something to do with the mysterious chalk diagrams near the waterfall? Or will that moment clarify the degree to which  the so-called “Butterfly Effect” might be at work in the show — i.e., the time-travel idea that even a small change in the distant past could change all of history? O’Mara told us the answer, then used that chilling technology from last Friday’s episode of Fringe to extract the memory from our brains, just because he’s mean that way. Okay, he told us nothing.

However, the Life On Mars star did note that viewers will be getting more intel on those aforementioned bits of Terra Nova mythology sooner rather than later. “You won’t have to wait around the whole season for answers,” says O’Mara. “And what I like best about those answers is that they are tied to the big theme of what this show is all about: Family.” READ FULL STORY

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