Terra Nova Jason O'Mara Stephen Lang

The season finale of ‘Terra Nova’ aired last night and while Fox hasn’t made a definitive decision as to whether or not to renew the series, the producers are moving forward to make sure its stars will be available if the order comes through.

Options for the cast expire on December 31st, but Deadline has revealed that pickups for two of the major stars, Jason O’Mara (‘Jim Shannon’) and Stephen Lang (‘Commander Nathaniel Taylor’), are likely to occur. Fox was originally supposed to make a decision about the series’ future last week but for some reason the decision making has been postponed until January. In the meantime, the producers wanted to ensure that O’Mara and Lang will be on board if a second season was a go.

Looking for a way to up their game in the second season, the producers are also looking for high level writers to join the team although no names have been mentioned as to who they’d like to come on board. Some fans have complained about the writing and feel that the series needs to really work on alleviating the many plot holes and establishing the characters more so that the audience can be emotionally involved if it is expected to continue to be watchable.

Last night’s season finale drew in a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49 and had 7.2 million viewers. While better than last week’s numbers, it still couldn’t beat CBS’ ‘2 Broke Girls’ who had 7.7 million viewers watching a repeat episode. ‘Terra Nova’ did, however, rank in 30th place in overall viewership.

These numbers don’t make it easy for Fox to make a decision as they are neither that great nor that bad. If the network does decide to renew, then production will have a very tight schedule as filming will have to start in April for a September season premiere date due to the show’s elaborate post production visual effects.

So at the moment, it’s a waiting game to see if ‘Terra Nova’ returns next season. What do you think? Would you like to see ‘Terra Nova’ return or should it follow the same future as the dinosaurs?

UPDATE 3/6/12

After some months of speculation as to whether or not ‘Terra Nova’ will come back for another season, Fox announced last night that they have decided to cancel it. Maybe there is a little hope though, as the show is being shopped around to other networks.  For the full story click the link below.

Fox Cancels Terra Nova After One Season