BREAKING NEWS: Terra Nova has been cancelled

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This just in: Fox has cancelled "Terra Nova," a show that cost $4 million per episode, and never brought in as many as ten million viewers even on their best night ever.

The Hollywood Reporter has all the details here

But what I find interesting is how this continues the 'Parade of Failure' for the major names associated with this: Firstly and most obviously, Stephen Spielberg, who's *never* managed to have a hit show, despite numerous huge-budget attempts like "Amazing Stories," "SeaQuest," "Earth 2," and now this. (To be fair, though "Falling Skies" *MIGHT* eventually break his streak). Less newsworthy, yet more amazing is Brannon Braga.

Branon Braga has absolutely positively *the worst* track record of *ANY* television producer working in the Science Fiction genre in history. While Voyager ran for Seven years, it was never terribly successful, and the failures of the later seasons were largely based on Braga. Voyager was generally cited as the reason why "Enterprise" wasn't given a longer initial deal (TNG had a five-season, Voyager and DS9 had seven from the outset), and its general unpopularity with casual viewers is largely based on him. Since his decade-long mission to scuttle Trek, he went on to create - and then destroy - "Threshold," and then was executive producer on "24" (Not an SF show) for the final two seasons. A lot of people have blamed the cancellation of 24 on Braga, I actually don't think that's fair. He inherited a show that was already wheezing. After that, he went on to create - and destroy - "FlashForward." And now he's created and destroyed "Terra Nova."

Seriously: Trekies give a lot of grief to Fred Freiberger as "The Series Killer" because of him helming Space: 1999 and TOS and The Six Million Dollar Man in their final seasons, but honestly, Freddy's ghost can't hold a candle to Mr. Braga.

Seriously, can someone please stop cutting this guy checks?



C'est la Vie

It is a shame though, The basic idea had a lot of promise. They just needed to write a better show.

Do you think Falling Skies is technically a candidate to break his streak since its not on a major network?

As far as Braga, I think as long as he can attach himself to things that get on the air, he'll remain in play. Sort of like those eternally mediocre baseball managers that always get recycled. As long as your name is around, you're in play. That's why Ron Moore seems to be vanishing--he can't get his name attached to anything that makes it on the air.


nwkeys01's picture

If a show can consistently get 10 mill that's nothing to quaff at. If it gets below 2 though, u can almost bet it will be canceled.

Took them long enough

neorandomizer's picture

Just goes to show in 2012 we did not need a 70's style adventure sci-fi show.

More Kitchen Nightmares!!!

Charles H's picture

Yeah at least we have room for more terrible reality shows recycled from the BBC. I imagine Alcatraz will be next axed and rumor is Fringe may or may not get a fifth season. We could have Kitchen Nightmares Mon/Fri, American Idol Tues/Wed/Thur, and recaps of those on Sat.

I do think Braga had a hand in the demise of 24. I was an avid watcher of 24. Between him (and others) coming on board and the shows initial creators and producers leaving, the show started leaning left and quality started slipping. (Is it torture? If we are nice to them, they will be nice to us. Blah, blah, blah.)

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Ratings never hit 10 million. Their highest - for the premier - were a fairly impressive 9.2 or thereabouts. They began to drop off immediately thereafter and stalled out in the high-6/low-7 range, which for a $4million/hour show, ain't great. (NCIS, which costs about $2-3million/episode regularly pulls in 19 million viewers. Big Bang Theory, which costs about eleven bucks to make, pulls in around 14 million a week). So they started low, lost about a third of that almost immediately, and never recovered.

And I really don't think the premise was all that good. When it was first explained to me a year or so before it hit the air, I kept blinking and saying "I'm sorry, I must not have heard you right, can you go over that again?" and it still never made any sense, no matter how many times I heard it.

I mean, think about this: they have clean, non-polluting energy, plenty of resources, and yet the world is all-but-uninhabitable? And rather than *fix* the world, they invest all their resources in traveling through time so a few thousand people can live in bucolic splendor in a theme park, rather than helping billions of people in the present? And it's established that the world they're going to isn't really *our* world to begin with, but rather a parallel one. And then we're told - repeatedly - that scavenging this parallel world to fix the miserable present world is a *bad* thing despite it making completely logical sense to do so, as it's an endless world of resources and there's no consequences for taking 'em.

Hell: I'll just say it: The Terra Novans were selfish and wrong.

So it was all a muddle, and it felt like it was sewn together from the table scraps of a half dozen different shows.

It is curious about RDM's fall from grace. Despite my much and great and valid ragging on his version of BSG, I actually *DO* like the guy, and I think he's extremely talented, he just screwed up really badly at the end there. (But I believed, up until the bitter end, that he'd be able to pull it out because, again, he's pretty talented.) I *am* surprised he can't seem to get anything on the air.

If you guys feel Braga was responsible for the decline of 24, I'll accept that. My knowledge of the later years is limited. I think we can all agree dude needs to be put out to pasture, though.

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neorandomizer's picture

I never watched it I thought the premise was stupid and the revues of the episodes did not entice me.


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Netflix distribution has been tossed around for a while now as an alternative to networks and paycable and straight-to-DVD. I think it was staved off a bit by the collapse of the Straight-to-DVD market a few years ago, but I think it's worth a shot. I think it would be a VERY bad idea to try it out with T.N., though, a show that nobody watched, and nobody seems to have particularly liked. Much, much safer and cheaper to try it with Arrested Development (As they're doing), since that's already got a pretty rabid cult following, and it's made a bundle on DVD.

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