'Terra Nova' drama at Fox scores director

fringe-gravesImage Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/Fox; Inset: Frederick M. Brown/GetTerra Nova – the high-concept series that Fox picked up for midseason – just hired a director for the show’s much-anticipated debut, EW has learned exclusively. Alex Graves, who helmed the pilots for ABC’s The Whole Truth, Fox’s Fringe and NBC’s Journeyman, will now direct the drama about a family 100 years in the future that travels back to the prehistoric era.  The project received a 13-episode commitment from Fox and filming will likely begin in Australia at the end of the summer.

The show’s auspices read like a who’s who in Hollywood; the executive producers include Brannon Braga (24), Steven Spielberg, ex-Fox Chairman Peter Chernin, agent-turned-producer Aaron Kaplan, Craig Silverstein (Bones) and Kelly Marcel, among others.

Meanwhile, EW obtained the script for Terra Nova, which begins in 2149 A.D. The scene: a large group of settlers are preparing to leave the apocalyptic world they live in to time travel back millions of years via a massive, high-tech contraption. Their goal is to see trees, enjoy a blue sky, eat real food – basically, to start over in this so-called Eden. But what they find is unlike anything they were expecting.

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  • arihant jain

    Man, wow great!


    this sounds interesting, well since its not lame it will probably get canceled after a few episodes

    • JC

      I’m not so sure. Without “24”, FOX needs a big hit, and Lost being gone too opens up some room. This sounds very interesting, and depending on the cast, it could be epic. I for one, am very pumped.

      • Sarah


      • Really?

        Really? Fox needs another hit show? They have 3 of the highest rated scripted shows with House, Bones, and Fringe…They have the highest rated reality show with Idol…They are getting X-Factor a year from now…Fox is doing pretty good :) This is a new show to fill their Weird You Out Wednesday Line Up…Starting with Fringe and then followed up by Terra Nova.

        Definitely looking forward to it, especially with David Fury on board!

  • Sheli

    It sounds like Land of the Lost to me.

  • Krayzeman

    Flash Forward sounded interesting too…

  • Rufus

    This sounds really intriguing, but I will not bother watching until I see if it’s a success or not. I’m not gonna get invested in a show only to see it get axed before it can tell its story.

    I don’t think I’m alone on this either. The, brief, age of good serialized television is probably over.

    • Brittany

      People who refuse to watch until a show becomes a hit, IMO, only add to the lack of eyeballs that ensure it won’t.

  • Matt K

    So excited for this show… really disappointed that Lost is over and hopefully this will fill that gap… tv needs to embrace more high concept shows like this one to engage the audience like me who want to think and be entertained at the same time

  • kg

    So….. It’s basically Phil of the Future?

    • Diva

      That is exactly what I said :)

  • Johnification

    Wasn’t this the premise of that South Park episode? Will cave men eventually start getting pissed that all the future people “terk rrr JERRRBBBS!”

  • Another Kate

    Not sure what “What they find is unlike anything they were expecting” is alluding to, but this sort of sounds like the premise of Julian May’s Saga of Pliocene Exile, in which Earth’s misfits are sent back in time via a portal in France to the Pliocene Age, where they find that Europe is a battleground for warring groups of extraterrestrials. Those books are a lot of fun, so if this series is anything like the Saga, I’ll definitely check out the first few episodes.

    • SmartMan

      Actually this seems like a rip off of Segars Jaquie’s Serving to the New Gods. It was a portal through which the people of france could be cleansed. Most of the population were to scared to go into it because of the running water and soap. The Germans then renamed it a shower and the rest of the world loved it, but the French still were toscared to go in.

  • Joe

    With our economy the way it is wouldn’t it be better for FOX
    to spend that money to make the show in Hawaii verses send it all over seas.
    Just a thought,
    but it is the right thing to do.

  • Raptor

    Remember Stink from the 90’s Land of the Lost? I hope he shows up.

  • Joe

    Great. While good shows continue to draw low ratings and constantly have to ward of cancellation, let’s give airtime to a gimmicky dinosaur show to appease the sheep. Hasn’t Spielberg already been involved with something similar? A little project named Jurassic Park! I’m sure Fringe, Human Target, Lie To Me or some other Fox show that deserves better will get scrapped by midseason for this nonsense.

  • Melanie

    great show at datingsugarmommies

  • Michael

    Quite disappointing. My problem was not so much the predictable story line (J.Park meets lost), nor the 5 min. of commercials every 6 min., but WHY is the Black Man still the FIRST to die. There are very few African Americans in the movie so it was not accidental and EVERY African American family watching the show knew what was coming (doubt me?, ask one). I understand it was standard practice years ago to kill off the black man first, but this is 2011? My wife has decided to abstain from further viewings. Myself? It was refreshing to see a show that included such ethnic diversity within its main cast members, points for that earned you another shot.

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