Fox Pushes Premiere of 'Terra Nova' to Fall; Cancels May Preview

David Strick
"Terra Nova"

The visual effects team needs more time to work on the ambitious television series.

Fox has scrapped plans to preview its new epic family adventure series Terra Nova in May and will now launch its series premiere in fall, Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company, announced Friday.

Terra Nova is one of the most ambitious television series ever produced,” Reilly said in a statement. “The cutting-edge visual effects used to create the world of Terra Nova, which is of massive scope and scale, require more time to be realized. This aspect of the series is essential, so we are pushing back the special early preview date to give the visual effects team the time needed for their ground-breaking work.”

“The world of Terra Nova is visually stunning on multiple levels, and effects play an enormous part,” added executive producer René Echevarria. “Premiering in the fall will give us the proper time to create a world never before seen on television.”

Terra Nova -- which follows an ordinary family embarking on an incredible journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a small part of a daring experiment to save the human race -- is produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Chernin Entertainment, DreamWorks Television and Kapital Entertainment.

Peter Chernin, Steven Spielberg, Echevarria, Brannon Braga, Aaron Kaplan, Katherine Pope, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Jon Cassar, Craig Silverstein and Kelly Marcel serve as executive producers.

Alex Graves serves as executive producer and directed the series premiere.

Because of this schedule change, The Chicago Code will now air its season finale on Monday, May 23 at 9 p.m. and Glee's Season 2 ender will air Tuesday, May 24 at 9 p.m.