Terra Nova Hubble Rubble?

Terra Nova star Stephen Lang has criticised Fox TV’s axing of the fledgling sci-fi show (TV3, 7.30pm Saturdays) as “myopic as it would have been to scrap the Hubble” after it was launched with a critical flaw.

“Yet even with an improperly ground mirror the Hubble delivered extraordinary images,” Lang told Deadline.

“When the flaw was corrected the Hubble delivered images of transcendent beauty and value for many years. So too Terra Nova.

“Even in it’s flawed first season each episode was full of marvelous moments and beautiful images. With correction, and given the chance, Terra Nova can and will deliver seasons of transcendent images and storytelling.”

It’s a view echoed by Advertising Age. While pithily acknowledging the programme’s faults compounded the extraordinarily high production costs, the trade magazine argues it notched up “decent ratings” and “stands as one of the few conscious efforts to weave sci-fi and family-friendly TV viewing into one big pterodactyl-egg omelet …

“There’s good reason to shed a tear for Terra. It’s rare for a broadcast network to take a leap on a costly, over-the-top effort, particularly in these days of splintering audiences.

“What’s more, it’s nice to see one of the Big Four put some weight behind something that isn’t a raunchy sitcom, song-and-dance contest, doctor drama or cop show …

“Let’s hope the dinosaurs of Terra Nova help Fox evolve its programming rather than letting it ossify in the tar pits.”

In the meantime, Deadline reports US video steaming service Netflix has been investigating the feasibility of picking up the show.

Netflix already is resurrecting another Fox property, Arrested Development, “so while not very likely, a deal for Terra Nova won’t be impossible.”

However, chances are most of the cast will be too busy with other projects to sign on.

One of the first looking to land a new gig is Christine Adams (Mira) — The Hollywood Reporter has learned she’s lined up for a fashion soap that’s being piloted for the 2012/13 season.

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