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It looks like veteran Star Trek writer/producer Brannon Braga is returning to the world of time travel, but this time he is trading in starships for dinosaurs. A new report says that Braga has joined the Steven Spielberg produced prehistoric show Terra Nova.
Braga-saurus headed back in time
Steven Spielberg has been developing a new TV series at Fox about a family from 100 years in the future that travels back in time 150 million years to a prehistoric Earth ruled by dinosaurs. Now Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Brannon Braga (who recently inked a long term deal at Fox) has signed on as executive producer and showrunner for Terra Nova, which has also been given a 13 episode order.
This will be Braga’s first time as a showrunner since Threshold, the CBS sci-fi show that ran for one season in 2005-2006. Before that Braga had been a showrunner for both Star Trek Voyager and Star Trek Enterprise, where he often delved into time travel. More recently he has been a writer/producer for Fox’s 24, which is in its final season. In addition, Braga co-created ABC’s FlashForward, which also has a time-travel theme.
This will not be Braga’s first time dealing with dinosaurs. Braga co-wrote (with Joe Menosky) one of Star Trek Voyager’s better episodes, "Distant Origin", which posited the notion that a race of intelligent dinosaurs left Earth in the distant past.
Shot from Voyager’s "Distant Origin", co-written by Brannon Braga
And it looks like Braga already has his leading man for Terra Nova. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) has been made an offer to star.
Brannon thanks fans for feedback – on both ‘good ones’ and ‘stinkers’
Last month we reported on Braga’s new deal at Fox, and that article created the usual outpouring of fan feedback. As Star Trek’s most prolific writer, there is much to comment on about his time with the franchise, and comments often run the spectrum from high praise to blistering critiques. Brannon Braga himself also joined in the feedback, acknowledging both ends.
If you missed it, here are some of his comments:
Brannon here. Always fascinating to read all of your comments, good and bad. This is a superb website, and one of the best for fan feedback. To the haters: your comments are welcome and observed and never disregarded (no matter how brutal). To the lovers: loving you back. I’m not making television just for me, or a studio, but for you you guys too. Really it is for you, because if you ain’t watching, then what’s the point? I guess I’m saying thanks for even taking the time to even comment on this story.
Wow. Great comments. Thank you for taking the time. Yes, you’re right: I wrote some raging stinkers, and perhaps some good ones too. But over the course of 14 years, I guess that’s to be expected. Wish they could all have been top-notch. It wasn’t for a lack of trying. Never once did I set out to write or co-write a lazy or crappy episode of Trek. I was passionate about the show, the franchise, Gene’s remarkable vision, and I always worked my ass off to put out the very best. But they don’t always turn out that way. For that, my humble apologies. Trek is in great hands now. I look forward to more of it with the rest of you…