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Fox's sci-fi epic 'Terra Nova' rollout delayed from May to September

March 11, 2011 |  4:03 pm

TerraNova Fox announced late Friday that it would push back the much-anticipated premiere of Steven Spielberg's time-travel epic "Terra Nova." The series was supposed to get a splashy two-hour preview on May 23 and 24 but now won't be seen until the fall.

Network sources say that the show's elaborate special effects are the culprit. "Terra Nova" stars Jason O'Mara as the head of a family in the 22nd century who is transported back to prehistoric times as part of an experiment to save Earth.

" 'Terra Nova' is one of the most ambitious television series ever produced," Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly said in a statement. "The cutting-edge visual effects used to create the world of 'Terra Nova,' which is of massive scope and scale, require more time to be realized. This aspect of the series is essential, so we are pushing back the special early preview date to give the visual effects team the time needed for their groundbreaking work."

"Terra Nova" has already hit a few bumps along the way. In November, the producers laid off most of the writing staff, due in part to production delays.

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"Terra Nova" lays off most of writing staff

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