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Fall TV: Fox's 'Terra Nova' has an expensive secret

September 9, 2011 |  7:30 pm

"Terra Nova" 
Everyone knows that Fox's "Terra Nova" has dinosaurs.

What they may not know is that it's probably the most expensive series in TV history.

The pilot for Steven Spielberg's time-travel epic reportedly cost a record of nearly $20 million. The big question, though, is whether the show can overcome viewers' longtime skepticism toward science-fiction series.

"We're striving to have the most impressive special effects that have been seen on television," said Fox studio chief Gary Newman, who also admitted that some of the early going -- including painful personnel changes among the top writer-producers -- was "rocky."

You can read more about "Terra Nova" here.

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Photo: Jason O'Mara, Landon Liboiron, Naomi Scott, Alana Mansour and Shelley Conn in "Terra Nova." Credit: Brook Rushton / Fox