Fox Leans Towards A ‘Terra Nova’ Pickup

Jason O’Mara and Stephen Lang's contracts may soon be extended, possibly as a prelude to a second season order.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

On last night's season finale of "Terra Nova," Commander Nathaniel Taylor (Stephen Lang) and his right hand man, Jim Shannon (Jason O’Mara) fought off invaders from the future in order to reclaim and secure the Terra Nova colony and rebuild human civilization without any more help from 2149. And while Fox has reportedly not made a decision about the future of the series, its chances for renewal appear to be on the rise.

According to a report on Deadline, Fox has until December 31st to extend the contracts of the "Terra Nova" cast in order to keep them on the show. And the network is said to be close to picking up their options on both Lang and O'Mara; which would ensure that the main characters are available for a potential second season.

The report also states that the decision to save or cancel "Terra Nova" was expected to occur last week, but the final word is now expected to come down in January. The network is also said to be looking to add "high-level writers" to join Brannon Braga and Rene Echevarria; which could potentially address the greatest weakness of "Terra Nova": the stories.

The good news for "Terra Nova" fans is that the season finale drew 7.2 million viewers and it seems likely to get a pickup thanks to strong DVR numbers, international sales and support from executive producers Steven Spielberg and Peter Chernin. Entertainment Weekly also has a report that the potential second season may be only ten episodes long as a midseason show for the 2012-2013 TV season.

Until Hope Plaza is rebuilt and Fox gives word one way or another, Crave Online will be back with the 12th pilgrimage.