"Terra Nova" chances for at least a second season and maybe more have improved somewhat. According to Variety
Fox and TV conglom Mediaset Espana have sealed a multi-year volume deal that will allow Mediaset's Spanish channel bouquet to air Fox-distributed feature films and new TV skeins.
Pact includes TV series "Terra Nova," produced by Steven Spielberg, FX drama "American Horror [Story]," "Bones" spinoff "The Finder" and midseason skein "Touch," with Kiefer Sutherland.
Spreading the cost helps make a show more affordable when Fox discusses future seasons with the shows production companies. The producers already have distribution deals in Sweden and Great Britain. In fact, in offering news coverage
on its quarterly report yesterday British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) included:
"We continue to deliver strong financial results and good growth in customers and products," said Jeremy Darroch, BSkyB chief executive....
BSkyB said it was pleased with a particularly strong quarter for programming, with a big focus on its entertainment offering.
"In particular, customers can look forward to more outstanding TV as we step-change our investment in new British comedy and drama, begin coverage of Formula 1 and continue to offer the best US shows like Glee, Terra Nova and Boardwalk Empire," Mr Darroch said.
Fox, which seems to want to be in the TV scripted series business but just can't seem to not screw around with the schedule, has a serious problem resulting from its ratings weaknesses. As The Hollywood Reporter noted
when it reported Sweden's TV4 buy two weeks ago that "many international broadcasters are taking a wait-and-see approach on the show."
The problem for Spielberg's Amblin Television, which has put the most money into the project. is that Fox's programming schedule is erratic. It's tough to sell international distribution when Fox doesn't think the program deserves consistent weekly airings so there are no reviews or ratings to point to. If I were a producer I'd be reluctant to turn my show over to Fox without a huge penalty clause for failure to air on an agreed-upon schedule.