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'Terra Nova': Netflix Move Not Happening

Posted: 03/27/2012 8:53 am

Terra Nova Netflix Canceled
"Terra Nova" won't move to Netflix.

It's time to officially say goodbye to "Terra Nova."

Less than a month after the show was canceled and there were talks of a possible move to Netflix, sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the deal won't happen and "Terra Nova" will go the way of the dinosaurs. TV Guide confirmed THR's reports, citing sources close to the show.

The Fox time travel drama starring Jason O'Mara and Stephen Lang hovered around the 7 million viewers mark for its 11-episode run. The show ended its season -- and time on Fox -- with 7.2 million viewers and a 2.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic. "Terra Nova" didn't have any easy time on Fox: The pilot was delayed twice and reportedly cost between $10-20 million to produce.

According to TV Guide, "Terra Nova" cost about $4 million per episode, making it one pricey drama, especially for Netflix. The price tag also makes the show finding a cable home unlikely. The cast, while still under contract with "Terra Nova," has started booking new roles. Series star Jason O'Mara will appear in CBS's Ralph Lamb pilot, but the role is in second position to "Terra Nova."

News of a possible Netflix revival first broke in early March right after Fox canceled the series. Netflix and 20th Century Fox TV have a relationship thanks to "Arrested Development." Netflix is reviving the canceled cult-hit comedy and will air a new season on its streaming service in 2013. After the "Arrested Development" announcement, 20th Century Fox TV brass seemed eager to continue their game-changing deals to keep and/or bring back canceled programs.

"We build brands at this studio which are so distinctive that audiences still clamor for them years after they go off the air. 'Arrested Development' is a great example of that has stood the test of time," 20th Century Fox TV chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman said in March in a statement. "This innovative deal with Netflix represents a new business model that is extremely exciting and opens the door for a wide range of new collaborations."

Along with "Arrested Development," Netflix has "Lilyhammer" and is at work on "Hemlock Grove" from Eli Roth, the Kevin Spacey series "House of Cards" and a new show from "Weeds" creator Jenji Kohan.

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Filed by Chris Harnick  |