Source: TV Media Insights - Marc Berman (http://www.tvmediainsights.com/)
Fox Cancels Terra Nova
Fox has passed on a second season of dinosaur drama Terra Nova, which concluded in the Monday 8 p.m. hour on December 19. Terra Nova debuted on the network on September 26, with 9.22 million viewers and a 3.1 rating/8 share in the demo, ultimately settling into a respectable 7.5 million viewers and a 2.5/ 6 in the demo for the season. Had expectations been lower and the name Steven Spielberg was not attached to it, there might have been a second season. House on Monday is, after all, concluding and recent entry Alcatraz is losing steam. But with the high cost also a determining factor, on-the-fence Terra Nova was issued its walking papers after just 11-episodes.
Producer 20th Century Fox Television plans to shop the series to other networks.
My biggest problem with Terra Nova was the "family" angle. I could not stand his kids they all seemed so fake. The end of the season was by far the best and am bummed to know i may not see how it plays out. I didn't need dinosaurs every week at all but they should have concentrated a little more on the sci-fi of the show, the rift and the science part ..... IMHO anyway.
Didn't watch an episode so much as I glanced at the odd one while flipping around, but, it seemed like other expensive high-concept dramas (Surface etc) where they could only afford limited use of the costly effects and didn't really have that much to fall back on without the big dino effects. People who want to watch a nighttime soap have lots of other options where they don't need to buy into any science first so this whole genre will never make sense until they figure out a way to get the effects without blowing the whole budget. Paramount had the various Trek series going for quite a while so we know it CAN work.
I never did find out what the theory was for surviving in the past dino age when they caught up to the extinction event(s) we know are going to come along. Silly concept really.