When news came that Fox cancelled ‘Terra Nova,’ and the deal with Netflix fell through, fans around the world expressed their dismay and anger at the decision not to continue to give this unique show a chance. But it looks like it wasn’t only the fans that felt that way as Jason O’Mara also thought that the show deserved a second season.
While promoting his new show ‘Vegas’ at the TCA Press, O’Mara expressed to Collider that had ‘Terra Nova’ been given a second season, the network would have seen better ratings and a chance to improve viewership:
“We were just finding our feet. I think we proved that, by the season finale. There was a lot more story to tell and I think there was an audience to watch it. Certainly internationally, the show went down extremely well with huge numbers. Domestically, it didn’t quite get there. Creatively, we probably could have made some slightly better decisions, half-way through. But, that’s par for the course with such an ambitious series. We needed more than 13 episodes, I think. Honestly, we were on the bubble, and we were a show that they should have just gone with their gut on and taken another shot with, for another season.”
O’Mara admits that the show took it’s time setting up the story arc for the series and that may have been one of the reasons the series didn’t take as well as it could have:
“They weren’t so much missteps (creatively). I think there was a lack of clarity, in terms of when the mythology needed to kick in. The first few episodes were strangely stand-alone, and there wasn’t much mythology. I think the mythology needed to be kicking in, right from that second episode and onwards. We needed to commit to the fact that it was going to be a Lost-like mythological series, and not apologize for it.”
While O’Mara wasn’t privy on any details about what a second season would be about, he was under contract with the show had Netflix decided to pick it up and would have continued starring in the series. Of his new gig, the CBS drama ‘Vegas’ that is set in the 1960’s, he says, “There’s no time travel in this, but I haven’t done anything contemporary on TV, in quite some time. I like to take a shot with things. I like to take risks. I’m attracted to things that are different than the average run-of-the-mill stuff.”
Although it will be good to see O’Mara back on the small screen, it still won’t be the same without a dinosaur nearby.