Spielberg's Terra Nova Pushed Back

Dinosaur TV show that was to start showing early in 2011 has been pushed back to the Autumn, but with a preview in May

Terra Nova , the new dinosaur TV sci-fi show being executive produced by Steven Speilberg, has had its premier pushed back. The show, which has Brannon ( Star Trek ) Braga and David ( Angel ) Fury as showrunners, was due to start airing early in 2011.

However, following the cancellation of the Terra Nova panel at Comic-Con (because there was nothing to show) perhaps it comes as no surprise that Fox has today announced that the show will now kick off with a preview in May 2011 on the Fox Network, prior to its series premiere in the fall. Star of the show is Jason O’Mara (from the US versions of Life on Mars ) playing Jim Shannon, dad of the show’s central family. Alex ( Fringe ) Graves will direct the pilot, and Emmy Award-winning executive producer and director Jon ( 24 ) Cassar has joined the series as an executive producer and series director.

The story follows an ordinary family embarking on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a massive experiment to save the human race. In the year 2149 the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped, overcrowded and overpolluted. Knowing there is no way to reverse the damage to the planet, a coalition of scientists has managed to open up a fracture in the space-time continuum, creating a portal to prehistoric Earth. This doorway leads to an amazing world, one that allows for a last-ditch effort to save the human race... possibly changing the future by correcting the mistakes of the past.

The series centres on the Shannon family as they join the tenth pilgrimage of settlers to Terra Nova, the first colony of humans in this second chance for civilization. In addition to blue skies, rolling rivers and lush vegetation, Terra Nova offers new opportunities and fresh beginnings to its recent arrivals, but the Shannons have brought with them a family secret that may threaten their stay in this apparent utopia. Apparent because this vibrant world is not as idyllic as it initially appears. The areas surrounding Terra Nova are filled with dangerous dinosaurs and other prehistoric threats, as well as external forces that may be intent on destroying this new world before it begins.