As we approach the end of May, we also approach the circus of season finales of fall television shows. For some of the shows that are ending their first season, some, unfortunately, will not be back in September. Recently, most networks announced which of the new series would be getting the ax for under-performing, including “Terra Nova”, “GCB”, “Pan Am”, and several others. While some of these deserve the cut for poor ratings and viewership, others like “Terra Nova” had a rating of 3.6 on a 5-point scale and brought in 10.1 million viewers weekly. Not too shabby. However, Fox is cutting it to make way for other shows like “Touch”. I have to admit, I watched a few episodes of “Terra Nova” and found that it did not live up to my “Jurassic Park” standard like I had hoped. It was very different from anything else on television, and that reason, I believe, is Fox’s motive for not renewing for a second season.
Television shows tend to follow a cycle. In the nineties there were several shows with the same concept circling around a group of friends like “Seinfeld, “Friends”, and “Will and Grace” that were popular and thrived in their time. Then came the forensic crime investigation shows like “CSI”, some of which still air today. I believe that today we live under two reigns, the mockumentary and the supernaturals. Between “The Office”, “Modern Family”, “Grimm”, “True Blood”, and “Once Upon a Time”, the same type of shows dominate networks as well as top the charts for prime-time television. Shows like “Terra Nova” are too diverse and therefore too distinct for audiences. I believe this is why most shows see the chopping block. As viewers, we find a rut and become obsessed with the same type of shows. Maybe one day television will become dominated with pre-historic survival shows and “Terra Nova” might have made the cut.
Check out information on other shows that were cut here.