Terra Nova is an American science fiction drama television series that airs on Fox on Monday nights. It premiered on September 26, 2011 with a 90 minute episode. It follows the Shannon family as they go 85 million years into the past.
The series is based on an idea by British writer Kelly Marcel. Alex Graves signed on to direct the pilot. Brannon Braga and René Echevarria serve as showrunners. Australia was chosen after producer Steven Spielberg vetoed Hawaii because he wanted a different filming location from his 1993 film Jurassic Park. The two-hour pilot was filmed over 26 days in late November to December 2010. It was shot in south-east Queensland, Australia, with locations in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Hinterland. The shoot was plagued by torrential rain and additional material had to be shot in 2011, with a total estimated cost between $10 to $20 million to be amortized over the season. More than 250 sets were constructed. An episode takes eight to nine days to shoot, like most television dramas, but six weeks in post-production, twice the television average. The average episode budget is about $4 million, compared to an average of $3 million for broadcast network dramas. Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly stated, "This thing is going to be huge. It’s going to take an enormous production commitment."