FOX has released new promos for sci-fi shows from Star Trek vets, with a series preview of next fall’s Terra Nova (produced by Brannon Braga) and this Friday’s season finale of Fringe (created by JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman). There is also an update on the genre pilots from the Star Trek vets.
New Trailer for Brannon Braga’s Terra Nova – premiering in the Fall
Star Trek TNG – Star Trek: Enterprise vet Brannon Braga is returning to TV and returning to time travel with as the executive producer and show-runner for Terra Nova, a new series also produced by Steven Spielberg. The show about a family traveling back to prehistoric times stars Jason O’Mara (Live on Mars) and Stephen Lang (Avatar) premières this fall, and FOX has released a new trailer.
New Fringe Season Finale Trailer
And FOX has also released a cool movie-style trailer for this Friday’s season finale of Fringe, the sci-fi series created by Star Trek’s JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci, and Alex Kurtzman. [Spoiler alert] And Fringe is also getting into time-travel business (along with their multiple universes storyline).
New FOX sci-fi pilots from Star Trek team now looking less likely for pickup?
May is the month that all the networks announced their schedule for the next season. Fox has already renewed Fringe for a fourth season and so combined with Terra Nova, it could be that they may not need another genre show for their next season. The Star Trek "supreme court" have two sci-fi shows in contention at FOX with Locke and Key from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman and Alcatraz from Bryan Burk and JJ Abrams. Here is what Deadline Hollywood is reporting this week:
I hear Fox’s new crop of dramas may not include a sci-fi entry this year as both LOCKE & KEY and ALCATRAZ have cooled off, though the time travel-themed mystery Alcatraz still has loyal fans among the higher-ups. With the network recently renewing Fringe for a full season, it has secured the genre’s presence on the network for fall and has protected its good relationship with Fringe executive producer JJ Abrams, who also produces Alcatraz, in case the pilot doesn’t go.
The Trek team seem to be doing better with their non-scifi pilots. Deadline reports Orci and Kurtzman’s Paper Products’ Exit Strategy pilot has "emerged as a frontrunner" at FOX. Also, Abrams and Burk’s Bad Robot has Persons of Interest in contention at CBS, which is reported to be getting "mixed early buzz," noting that it "tested well but plays dark."
As for Ron Moore’s magic-themed procedural 17th Precinct, Deadline reports that it "doesn’t look good" for that pilot to get picked up at NBC, with the net leaning towards another magical show Grimm.