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Terra Nova (TV series)

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Terra Nova
Science fiction
Adventure fiction
Family saga
Created byKelly Marcel
Craig Silverstein
Developed byMitch Kramer
StarringJason O'Mara
Shelley Conn
Christine Adams
Allison Miller
Landon Liboiron
Naomi Scott
Rod Hallett
Alana Mansour
Stephen Lang
ComposerBrian Tyler
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11
Executive producersSteven Spielberg
Peter Chernin
René Echevarria
Brannon Braga
Jon Cassar
Aaron Kaplan
Katherine Pope
Darryl Frank
Justin Falvey
Alex Graves
Craig Silverstein
Kelly Marcel
ProducersMark H. Ovitz
Livia Hanich (co-prod.)
(consulting producers)
Chris Brancato
Michael Fazekas
Tara Butters
Production locationsQueensland, Australia
CinematographyNelson Cragg
EditorsJeff Betancourt
Caroline Ross
Henk Van Eeghen, ACE
Running time44 minutes
86 minutes (2 double episodes)
Production companies20th Century Fox Television
Amblin Television
Chernin Entertainment
Kapital Entertainment
Siesta Productions
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 26 (2011-09-26) –
December 19, 2011 (2011-12-19)

Terra Nova was an American science fiction television series. It was broadcast from September 26 to December 19, 2011 on Fox. Fox has said they will not pick the series up for a second year. The series is shopped to other networks.[1] The series tells the story of the Shannon family as they travel 85 million year into the past. The series starred Jason O'Mara and Stephen Lang.

In the future, Earth is overcrowded. Most plants and animals are extinct. The skies are dark grey and the air is barely breathable because of pollution. The only hope for humanity to survive is in the distant past. Scientists find a way to travel to the past. They decide to send people into prehistoric times. They want to try to rebuild civilization and not repeat the mistakes they have made in their own world. The group in the past calls their new home "Terra Nova". The name means "new land" in Latin. People are sent back in time in groups called "pilgrimages". The story told in the series begins in the year 2149. It continues 85 million years in the past.

The series is about the Shannon family as they join the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova. Jim Shannon is the father of the family. He is a former police officer. Jim’s wife, Elisabeth, is a surgeon. She is the newest member of Terra Nova’s medical team and the new chief medical officer. Jim and Elizabeth have three children; Josh, Maddy and Zoe. Josh () is their 17 year old son. Josh did not want to travel back in time because doing this meant he would have to leave his girlfriend. Upon arriving at Terra Nova, he finds himself instantly drawn to the beautiful and rule-breaking Skye. Maddy is Josh’s 15 years old sister. She hopes Terra Nova will give her a chance to reinvent herself. Zoe is the Shannon's 5 year old daughter.

When the Shannon family first gets to Terra Nova, they meet Commander Nathaniel Taylor. He is the first person to go to Terra Nova and leader of the settlement. Taylor warns the travelers that while Terra Nova is a place of new opportunities and fresh beginnings, all is not as idyllic as it looks. Along with blue skies, large waterfalls and vegetation, the land is full of danger. This danger is not just from the man-eating dinosaurs. There is also a second group of people lead by Mira, who is opposed to Taylor and his leadership. This group, the Sixers, came to Terra Nova on the Sixth Pilgrimage. Many of the people on that pilgrimage had secret reasons for being there.

Actor character Notes
Jason O'Mara Jim Shannon Father of the Shannon family, former police officer
Shelley Conn Elizabeth Shannon Mother of the Shannon family, Surgeon
Landon Liboiron Josh Shannon
Naomi Scott Maddie Shannon
Alana Mansour Zoe Shannon
Allison Miller Skye Alexandria Tate Adopted daughter of Nathaniel Taylor
Stephen Lang Commander Nathaniel Taylor Former military and current leader of Terra Nova
Christine Adams Myra Leader of the Sixers


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The series was given both good and bad reviews. Before it was being broadcast, most critics liked the series. Near the middle of the season, this opinion changed. Many critics did not like the way the characters acted with each other. By the end of the season, the opinion of the critics had changed again and had become more positive.


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  1. Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (6 March 2012). "'Terra Nova' Cancelled By Fox: Chernin Series Will Be Shopped To Other Networks".