Update: Swanni Gets
This One Wrong!
Fox announced last night that
it's cancelling....Terra Nova! The network did not give a reason
for the decision, but Entertainment Weekly reports that the
show's producers are shopping the series to another network.
There's no official word yet on Fox's plans for Alcatraz or
TV Prediction: Terra Nova Renewed; Alcatraz
Note: Every weekday, Swanni, president of TVPredictions.com,
will post a new prediction on a TV related matter on the Home
Page of this web site. Today, Swanni gazes into his crystal ball
and offers a forecast on Fox's plans for its ratings-starved
Fox this season launched two sci-fi dramas that have been
closely watched by the industry more for their pedigrees than
their plotlines: Terra Nova, executive produced by Steven
Spielberg, and Alcatraz, executive-produced by J.J.
Abrams (Lost, Fringe).
Both shows debuted to strong ratings, but saw their audiences
slowly decline with each passing episode. With Fox anxious to
schedule a handful of new dramas in the fall, such as Kiefer
Sutherland's Touch, whether Terra Nova or
Alcatraz (or either) will be renewed has become a popular
guessing game in Hollywood.
Complicating the debate is that many people believe Abrams'
Fringe will be cancelled when it finishes its fourth season
in May. Would Fox cancel two Abrams-backed shows?
My prediction: I'm afraid so.
I think Fox will give Spielberg and Terra Nova, which
features a modern family lost in prehistoric times, an
opportunity to attract a stronger following in season two.
Despite the show's flaws, it does have Spielberg and some
interesting special effects. With a tighter plotline, it could
still make it.
Both of Abrams' shows have cult followings (particularly
Fringe), but their Lost-like, convoluted storylines
make it nearly impossible for a new viewer to catch up. This
does not bode well for attracting a bigger audience for a second
So, I predict: Terra Nova lives; Alcatraz and
Come back Wednesday to
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