Fox adds Spielberg's time-traveling dinos to its 2010-11 lineup

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Dec 14, 2012

Fox announced its primetime slate of programming for the 2010-2011 television season today, with Fringe and Human Target making the fall schedule. Steven Spielberg's new family dino adventure Terra Nova got a Fox pickup for midseason, but it didn't make the schedule.

Fringe remains in its Thursday slot after Bones, while Human Target moves to Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Both shows are scheduled in those timeslots for both fall and midseason.

"Fox has been the No. 1 network for six consecutive seasons not only because our programs are hits, but also because they're the most engaging shows on television," said Fox Entertainment chairman Peter Rice. "We're very excited to add a full slate of creative, original new series next season that will help us continue to capture imaginations and draw people back to Fox week after week."

"Last season, we did what Fox does best: We took some risks that paid off. Now we're going to up the ante with an even more diverse and creative roster of programs for next year," said Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly. "With three daring new dramas, a fresh new animated series and three new live-action comedies, we're positioned to rebuild the Fox comedy brand, introduce the next generation of unique characters and deliver an even more compelling experience for our viewers next season."

Overall, Fox seemed happy with most of its schedule from this year and kept much of that schedule intact. This season's canceled shows included Dollhouse, Past Life and 24.

While Fox had already announced pickups for Fringe and Human Target, the big news is the addition of Terra Nova to its lineup of new shows. Here's the show's official description:

From executive producers Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Brannon Braga (24, "Star Trek: Enterprise") and David Fury ("Lost," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") comes an epic family adventure 85 million years in the making. TERRA NOVA follows an ordinary family embarking on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a massive experiment to save the human race.

In the year 2149 the world is dying. The planet is overdeveloped, overcrowded and overpolluted. With the majority of plant and animal life extinct, devotion to science has brought mankind to the brink of destruction, but has also provided its only hope for salvation. Knowing there is no way to reverse the damage to the planet, a coalition of scientists has managed to open up a fracture in the space-time continuum, creating a portal to prehistoric Earth. This doorway leads to an amazing world, one that allows for a last-ditch effort to save the human race ... possibly changing the future by correcting the mistakes of the past.

The series centers on the Shannon family as they join the tenth pilgrimage of settlers to TERRA NOVA, the first colony of humans in this second chance for civilization. JIM SHANNON, a devoted father with a checkered past, guides his family through this new land of limitless beauty, mystery and terror. Jim's wife, ELISABETH SHANNON, is a trauma surgeon chosen through a global lottery as a new addition to Terra Nova's medical team. JOSH SHANNON is their son, mourning the girl he left behind, as he's torn between two role models - his father and the charismatic COMMANDER FRANK TAYLOR, the leader of the settlement, and the heroic first pioneer through the time portal. MADDY SHANNON, Jim and Elizabeth's teen daughter, is as independent and adventurous as her parents, but her distrust of authority soon leads her on a dangerous path.

In addition to blue skies, rolling rivers and lush vegetation, TERRA NOVA offers new opportunities and fresh beginnings to its recent arrivals, but the Shannons have brought with them a familial secret that may threaten their citizenship in this utopia. Additionally these adventurers soon discover that this healthy, vibrant world is not as idyllic as it initially appears. The areas surrounding Terra Nova are filled with dangerous dinosaurs, and other prehistoric threats, as well as external forces that may be intent on destroying this new world before it begins.

But perhaps even more threatening than what lies outside the protective walls is the Shannons' realization that something sinister may be happening inside TERRA NOVA as not everyone on this mission has the same intentions of how best to save mankind.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: 20th Century Fox Television, DreamWorks Television, Kapital Entertainment, Chernin Entertainment

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Steven Spielberg, Peter Chernin, Craig Silverstein, Kelly Marcel, Brannon Braga, David Fury, Aaron Kaplan, Katherine Pope, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank

Here's Fox's complete schedule:

FOX FALL 2010 PRIME-TIME SCHEDULE
*New programs in UPPERCASE; all times ET

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. - House
9-10 p.m. - LONESTAR

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m. - Glee
9-9:30 p.m. - RAISING HOPE
9:30-10 p.m. - RUNNING WILDE

WEDNESDAY
8-9 p.m. - Lie to Me
9-10 p.m. - Hell's Kitchen

THURSDAY
8-9 p.m. - Bones
9-10 p.m. - Fringe

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. - Human Target
9-10 p.m. - The Good Guys

SATURDAY
8-8:30 p.m. - Cops
8:30-9 p.m. - Cops
9-10 p.m. - America's Most Wanted

SUNDAY
7- 8 p.m. - The OT (NFL post-game)
8-8:30 p.m. - The Simpsons
8:30-9 p.m. - The Cleveland Show
9-9:30 p.m. - Family Guy
9:30-10 p.m. - American Dad

FOX MIDSEASON 2011 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

MONDAY
8-9 p.m. - House
9-10 p.m. - LONESTAR / RIDE-ALONG

TUESDAY
8-9 p.m. - American Idol Performance Show
9:30-10 p.m. - RUNNING WILDE / MIXED SIGNALS

WEDNESDAY
8-8:30 p.m. - RAISING HOPE
8:30-9 p.m. - American Idol Results Show
9-10 p.m. - Glee

THURSDAY
8-9 p.m. - Bones
9-10 p.m. - Fringe

FRIDAY
8-9 p.m. - Human Target
9-10 p.m. - Kitchen Nightmares

SATURDAY
8-8:30 p.m. - Cops
8:30-9 p.m. - Cops
9-10 p.m. - America's Most Wanted

SUNDAY
7- 7:30 p.m. - The Simpsons (encores)
7:30-8 p.m. - American Dad
8-8:30 p.m. - The Simpsons
8:30-9 p.m. - BOB'S BURGERS
9-9:30 p.m. - Family Guy
9:30-10 p.m. - The Cleveland Show