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Sci-fi series Terra Nova cancelled

1 of 2 The cast of Terra Nova
The cast of Terra Nova
2 of 2 The Shannon Family are the main focus of the show
The Shannon Family are the main focus of the show

American TV series Terra Nova has been cancelled by production company 20th Century Fox.

All may not be lost for the science fiction drama, however as the producers are planning to shop the series to other networks in the hopes that it can continue.

The Steven Speilberg-produced drama is shown in Ireland on Sky 1. The show follows the Shannon family as they travel back in time 85 million years to try and discover ways of saving the Earth, spun into an overpopulation crisis in 2149.

The series has come under fire for reportedly costing too much to produce, paired with average viewership in The States which dwindled steadily towards the finale.

Recently, Huffington Post TV critic Maureen Ryan wrote about the impending fate of the show following its first season finale "Terra Nova will go down as one of the biggest misfires in television history [if not renewed for a second season]. What a waste this expensive Fox show was, not just of money, but of potential".

However, Fox president Kevin Reilly spoke about the series in January, saying it "was an exciting bet to take. It was worthwhile. We're trying to figure out... If we had more holes, we'd be thrilled to lock that right in. If this is all we produce, we made money on it, the studio made money on it, and the audience enjoyed it."

Irish actor Jason O'Mara plays Jim Shannon, one of the lead characters in the series. He took to Twitter to break the news to fans "Bad news guys. #TerraNova has been cancelled by @FoxBroadcasting - we're gonna try and get another network to do it. Stand by : ("

He followed that up by writing "Thx for the immense outpouring of love & support for #TerraNova, which is currently trending worldwide [sic]".

Meanwhile, fans of the show have already taken to Twitter and Facebook to launch petitions to save the show.

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