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The fate of the colony may be decided on Dec. 19 in Terra Nova’s two-hour finale, but the future of the show wont be decided ’til 2012, according to Jason O’Mara.
O’Mara who plays Jim Shannon on the FOX semi-time-travel series wrote on Twitter:
“Decision to pick up TerraNova for S2 deferred to New Year by [FOX].”
He continued by saying:
“Everyone involved remains confident and optimistic.”
Shelley Conn, who plays Elisabeth Shannon, previously shared her confidence over a second season, saying:
“I definitely have [hopes for a second season]. You probably never should, but you can’t help it. Like I say, we’re so invested that it would break my heart if we didn’t get another chance at this. I just think everybody’s worked so hard and we’ve created something that deserves to be continued.
“So I really, really hope that we get a second season. We haven’t heard yet — it looks positive, but you never really know what that means and you mustn’t speculate. You just sort of hope.”
Does Terra Nova deserve a second season? I think money talks, no doubt FOX are waiting to see what the finale numbers bring. But from a seriable viewpoint the situation is muddier. On the one hand the show’s execution has been poor; the mythology and overarching story has been lite; and the characters, I just couldn’t care less about. But, the show’s cancelation after just 13 episodes could make it harder for other ‘high-concept’ stories to come through the gate.
I also maintain that there’s potentially a good story somewhere in Terra Nova. It’s right there in the premise. I’d be interested to see what direction a second season would take — would the network and producers would stick to their ‘family’ focused drama (nothing inherently wrong with that either, IF it’s done well) or would they change it up and allow the show to play towards its obvious sci-fi foundations, with more character and story development?
At the end of the day it’s not nice to see a serialized show — or one with seriable potential — canceled. There might be some exceptions to that (I think we all have a few candidates in mind), but generally speaking, it’s not positive. If Nova does get a second season it will certainly have a lot to prove, but at this stage I can’t say I’d miss it if we didn’t see it again after Dec. 19. I’d simply rue a great opportunity missed and hope it doesn’t result in a raft of meek procedurals with no seria-balls.
We’ll see what happens – we may get a better sense of the show’s future with how the finale leaves things. And to be fair, three hours (the final three episodes) can be a long time in story, I’m genuinely hoping they’ve saved the overarching best for last.
Elsewhere, Jason O’Mara talked Terra Nova with Carrie Keagan on Big Morning Buzz Live. Check out the video below (HT: JoeWatchesTV)