Terra Nova (English: New Earth) is an American science fiction drama television series created by Kelly Marcel and Craig Silverstein for 20th Century Fox Television.
The series is initially set in A.D. 2149, when overpopulation and declining air quality threatens all life on Earth. When scientists discover a temporal rift permitting (one-way) human transmission, they initiate a series of "pilgrimages" to a parallel "time stream" resembling Earth's Cretaceous Period. The series focuses primarily on police officer James "Jim" Shannon, his wife Elizabeth, and their children Josh, Mandy, and Zoe, as they join the colony there, named "Terra Nova" (Latin for "New Earth" or "New World).
Elizabeth Shannon is chosen to join Terra Nova for her medical expertise, and her two older children with her. Her husband, imprisoned for violating population control by harboring a third child and assaulting an agent to protect his own daughter, stows away to join them and eventually convinces the colony's leader, Commander Nathaniel Taylor, that his own police expertise is of use to the administration. The colony places nominal emphasis on environmental responsibility.
Opposing the colony and its leader Taylor is a group of separatists known as the "Sixers", so called because they arrived in the "Sixth Pilgrimage", working in concert with corporate industrialists to strip the Cretaceous Earth of its resources and transmit them to 2149, allowing for massive profits at the cost of environmental destruction.
Why It Was Cancelled Edit
Shortly after the airing of the season one finale, Fox Broadcasting stated that no decision would be made until 2012 regarding the continuation of the series. In March 2012, it was announced that the series had been cancelled; while the series garnered strong ratings, it did not quite live up to expectations. Because of this, 20th Century Fox Television stated that it would try to sell the show to other networks. Following this decision, they entered negotiations with Netflix to possibly create a second season, though nothing has ultimately come of this.