We’ve recently been getting a multitude of questions we’re about if/when Terra Nova is coming back for a 2nd season. The answer is… we don’t know yet… and might not for another couple of months due to a number of issues.
Firstly, Terra Nova is an expensive show to make, and has a fairly long production cycle. However, it got respectable viewer numbers by today’s standards, but it depends if the network (Fox) think the expense is returning enough viewers. As i’ve said many many times before on the site, TV is a business, and they are in it to make money. You could have a brilliant show, but if you’re not returning the viewing figures, you’re getting canned. It sucks, but that’s how it is.
Secondly, Fox are in an odd position this year, as an 3 of their potential biggest new drama shows haven’t aired yet. JJ Abrams’ ‘Alcatraz‘, Kiefer Sutherland’s ‘Touch‘, and Bones spin-off ‘The Finder‘ are all still to air. This leaves Fox with a bit of a dilemma… To give Terra Nova any hope of being ready for the 2012 Fall Season, they have to be back in production by April this year. It’ll be the end of Jan before all 3 of the aforementioned dramas have aired, which means Fox may need to make a budget decision on Terra Nova’s future before having a decent grasp on how all their new shows are going to fair. The very earliest Fox will likely want to make an official decision would be February, which is already leaving Terra Nova limited pre-production time.
IF Terra Nova does get renewed for Season 2, it will air in September 2012 on Sky 1.
UPDATE: Terra Nova was cancelled in March 2012 by Fox.