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Fox Delays ‘Terra Nova’ To Fall 2011

However, the network will sneak preview the pilot next spring


Fox cancelled a proposed panel for its new Steven Spielberg genre series “Terra Nova” from San Diego Comic-Con last month saying it just wasn’t ready to go. And now those delays are creeping into the network’s schedule as well.

“Terra Nova” has been bumped from Fox’s midseason slate to Fall 2011, according to Deadline.com. The show, which centers around a family that goes back in time to prehistoric Earth, was meant to be the winter anchor for the network. But now, it will have to lead fall programming.

“”Terra Nova’ will be one of the most visually stimulating and dramatically grand series to air on network television,” Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said in a statement. “It deserves to have an equally unique launch to distinguish that the show is unlike any other, and the spring promotional platform will give us the perfect opportunity to introduce this bold show to audiences.”

Spring platform opportunity? Reilly is referring to plans to air the pilot this spring, likely during May sweeps, as a way to build interest for the show in the fall. Fox took a similar approach to “Glee,” airing its pilot the spring before its full-on premiere, generating buzz throughout the summer and leading into a freshman run success.

Filming has yet to begin on “Terra Nova,” which will showrun by former “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise” executive producer Brannon Braga. His most recent series, “FlashForward” with David S. Goyer, lasted just a single season on ABC last year.

“Terra Nova” will be an in-house production for Fox, which right now is starring Jason O’Mara from “Life on Mars” fame. Other producers include David Fury, Jon Cassar, Aaron Kaplan, Katherine Pope, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Craig Silverstein and Kelly Marcel.

Alex Graves, a popular television director from “The West Wing” who did the pilot for “Fringe” and the failed “Day One” for NBC, will direct the pilot.

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