Terra Nova Premiere Delayed

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The premiere of Fox’s Steven Spielberg-produced series “Terra Nova” has been delayed until sometime this fall. The original plan was to have the series pilot debut in May, but a scheduling shift now means that fans will have to wait a bit longer for the sci-fi program to air.

“‘Terra Nova’ is one of the most ambitious television series ever produced,” explains Kevin Reilly, Fox Broadcasting’s President of Entertainment, “The cutting-edge visual effects used to create the world of ‘Terra Nova’, which is of massive scope and scale, require more time to be realized. This aspect of the series is essential, so we are pushing back the special early preview date to give the visual effects team the time needed for their ground-breaking work.”

“The world of ‘Terra Nova’is visually stunning on multiple levels, and effects play an enormous part,” adds executive producer RenĂ© Echevarria. “Premiering in the fall will give us the proper time to create a world never before seen on television.”

The official press release offers the following description of the the much-anticipated series:

An epic family adventure 85 million years in the making, TERRA NOVA follows an ordinary family embarking on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149 the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped, overcrowded and overpolluted. With no known way to reverse the damage to the planet, scientists discover a portal to prehistoric Earth. This doorway leads to an amazing world, one that allows for a last-ditch effort to save the human race…a second chance to rebuild civilization and get it right this time.

The series centers on the Shannon family as they join the Tenth Pilgrimage of settlers to TERRA NOVA, the first colony established in this beautiful yet forbidding land led by its founder COMMANDER NATHANIEL TAYLOR (Stephen Lang, “Avatar”). JIM SHANNON (Jason O’Mara, “Life on Mars”), a devoted father with a checkered past, guides his family – wife ELISABETH (Shelley Conn, “Mistresses”); and children JOSH (Landon Liboiron, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”), MADDY (Naomi Scott, “Life Bites”) and ZOE (newcomer Alana Mansour) – through this new land of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. In addition to blue skies, towering waterfalls and lush vegetation, TERRA NOVA offers new opportunities and fresh beginnings to its recent arrivals, but the Shannons have brought with them a familial secret that may threaten their citizenship in this utopia. These adventurers soon discover that this healthy, vibrant world is not as idyllic as it initially appears. The areas surrounding TERRA NOVA are teeming with danger – and not just of the man-eating dinosaur variety. The Shannons will come to suspect that not everyone on this mission has the same idea of how to best save mankind; in fact, there may be forces intent on destroying this new world before it even begins.

In the meantime, you can check out the recently-aired Super Bowl spot by clicking here or an alternate promo here.