I think I was one of a small group of people who actually enjoyed sitting down to watch Terra Nova each week. Not because it’s a great show or is particularly intriguing, but because it is easy. When you watch heavier fare like Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead, and Homeland, something a little schlocky that you can enjoy without paying too much attention to is a nice palette cleanser at the beginning of the week.
However, the Steven Spielberg dino-drama may not be back for a second season this coming fall, according to Deadline. Fox has some decisions to make and they’re in kind of a tough position. They have a bunch of new dramas getting ready to heat up and if they all hit Fox won’t have enough room for Terra Nova in their schedule. Not that it would be heartbreaking if it didn’t make it back next year, but even though the first season was a little bit rocky, Terra Nova has a lot of room to spread its wings and really go new places. It’d be nice to see what they do with it.
Also on the chopping block is long-running lupus diagnoser House, currently in its eighth season. It sounds as if it may be a “one or the other” situation between House and Terra Nova especially if Fox’s new shows find some ratings.
To be ready for the Fall line up, Terra Nova needs to be back in production by April. With new shows starting in January and March, it will give Fox a little bit of an idea of how they will perform, but not as much as they’re hoping for. Expect a very last-minute decision on both Terra Nova and House as we move closer to the spring season.