Fox is ready to give America a sneak peek at its new "Lost" in time series "Terra Nova" in May. And despite the delays on getting it on the schedule, the network remains quite excited about it.
And when we say "excited," we mean, "not costing us extra money."
Peter Rice, Fox's entertainment chair, told the Television Critics Association tour last week that "Terra Nova" is expensive, but it's on budget. In fact, it's so expensive, Fox ordered 13 episodes right out the gate, to try and spread those costs out.
Seeing some clips of "Terra Nova," TheWrap reported that the visual aspect of "Terra Nova" rivals that of James Cameron's masterpiece "Avatar." And it should be -- the pilot reportedly cost $20 million, six times a typical episode.
However, pilots typically are the most expensive, because you have to pay for everything from scratch, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said. What's nice about the pricetag, however, is that once those costs are spread out over 13 episodes, your initial check is really just a much more manageable $1.6 million.
"We’re not in some completely uncharted territory,” Reilly told reporters, according to TheWrap. “This is not a bank-breaking process.”
From Steven Spielberg and former Fox executive Peter Chernin, "Terra Nova" transports about 1,000 families from a dying future Earth to prehistoric Earth, 85 million years in the past. The idea is to rebuild civilization, even if it's in the midst of dinosaurs and the like.
The show stars Jason O'Mara from ABC's "Life on Mars" as well as an "Avatar" actor himself, Stephen Lang.
Fox hopes "Terra Nova" will become the new "Lost." It has put former "Star Trek: Voyager" and "FlashForward" showrunner Brannon Braga in charge, and hopes the May 23 preview will whet the appetite for an even bigger fall premiere.
The May preview has become an almost staple of Fox as of late, especially after seeing it use successfully with the launch of "Glee" before its first season.
"Terra Nova" is expected to be a huge special effects series, especially with the inclusion of dinosaurs. However, producers have made it clear, they are not sticking to your typical Jurassic Park style dinosaurs. In fact, they plan on creating some of their own, banking on the fact that it's possible we haven't found the fossils for every creature that lurked on Earth millions of years ago.
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