Fox’s Dino-Mite Spielberg Series Still On Track For A May Debut

Despite what could be perceived as recent behind-the-scenes hiccups, Fox’s time-trippy, futuristic/prehistoric ‘Terra Nova‘ series will still get a two-hour sneak peek in May 2011, a network rep confirms.

The big-budget Steven Spielberg series will then officially premiere in the fall, following the roll-out model employed by ‘Glee’ in spring/fall 2009.

Because of its inherently grand scale, ‘Terra Nova’ has proven to be terra-bly expensive to produce, with some reports pricing the pilot at $14 million and subsequent episodes estimated at $4 mil a pop. To reign in costs, producers this week released most of the writing staff (with the intention of rehiring them later), seeing as there will be a months-long gap between the pilot outing (which starts shooting in Australia next week) and the actual first season.

Touted in press materials as “an epic family adventure 85 million years in the making,” ‘Terra Nova’ kicks off in the year 2149, where Kate Gosselin still makes headlines the overdeveloped and overcrowded world is dying. With mankind on the brink of destruction, scientists pry open the space-time continuum to send a small group to prehistoric Earth, where/when they hope to fix the future by correcting the mistakes of the past.

Cue the giant lizards!

The ‘Terra Nova’ cast includes Jason O’Mara (‘Life On Mars’), Allison Miller (‘Kings’), Christine Adams (‘The Whole Truth’), Stephen Lang (‘Avatar’) and Mido Hamada (’24’).

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