Jason O'Mara to star in Fox's 'Terra Nova': The next 'Lost'?

jason-omaraImage Credit: Bobby Bank/WireImage.comJason O’Mara, star of ABC’s 1970s-set Life on Mars, has officially been cast in the Fox midseason series Terra Nova, from executive producers Brannon Braga (FlashForward, 24, Star Trek: Enterprise), David Fury (24, Lost, Angel), and Steven Spielberg. According to Variety, the show revolves around “humans from the year 2149 who are forced to find a way to save the human race — and discover a rip in the time-space continuum that can send them back to pre-human Earth.”

“Writing the character of Jim Shannon, we’ve thought of Jason O’Mara as something of an archetype,” Braga told the trade. “He has an everyman quality to him, but there’s something dangerous underneath.”

In May, EW’s Hollywood Insider blog got a peek at the first script. (Fox has given the show, which will start shooting this summer in Australia, a 13-episode commitment.) “The scene: a large group of settlers are preparing to leave the apocalyptic world they live in to time travel back millions of years via a massive, high-tech contraption,” EW’s Lynette Rice wrote. “Their goal is to see trees, enjoy a blue sky, eat real food — basically, to start over in this so-called Eden. But what they find is unlike anything they were expecting.”

Does this sound like the next Lost to you? Personally, I would be fine seeing O’Mara grace EW’s cover wet. (Australia = water, right?)

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  • ian g

    not the next Lost.

    maybe the next Terra Nova.

    ya dummy.

    • poop

      I think they mean the next Lost in terms of the next successful high concept show.

  • Strepsi

    Mandi, you dirty dirty girl.

    I second the cover shoot idea.

  • josephrileyland

    yet again, i think Mandi and i would be fantastic friends.

  • Kay

    Was more excited when Kyle Chandler was attached, though I might give this a chance.

    • Imzadi

      Dito. Not so interested anymore, because the storyline is not very interesting.

  • Vikki Sixx

    I’m sorry but am I the only one who remembers Battlestar Galactica and how it ended?

    • Anthony

      My thoughts exactly when they mentioned the fact that they were going to be in “Eden”.

  • S.O.

    Alright, another new show that looks promising. Hopefully this ISN”T the next Flash Forward.

    • avenger

      this sounds kinda interesting, so I guess that automatically means its going to get cancelled after 5-8 episodes

      • Mic

        It’s on Fox- more like 3-4

  • Yes

    Loved him on Life on Mars. I’ll watch it if he’s in it. But if it turns out to be another dream – I’m done!
    Also agree about that cover idea. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • Dave

    I’m really sick of hearing the words “the next Lost.” For 5 years, networks have been trying to use that phrase for various shows, and in my opinion, the comparison just ends up hurting the new show. No show should want to be called “the next Lost.” Have these people seen the pilot episode of Lost? In my humble opinion, it is the single best pilot episode I have ever seen, with virtually no flaws. It is essentially perfect. So when a new show comes along with this label as “the next Lost,” and the pilot episode is somewhat underwhelming (they usually are nowadays), people are disappointed and tune out. FlashForward and V are the most recent victims. Huge initial ratings because people considered them to be “the next Lost,” and then the ratings dropped off significantly because the pilot episodes underwhelmed. Whether or not the show creatively recovers from its initial lukewarm pilot (some do, like Fringe, and some don’t, like FlashForward), the damage may already be done, due to the impatience of a large amount of TV audiences. Fringe, luckily, was able to retain most of its audience throughout its first season before Fox changed its timeslot. But V, which I felt did get better as the season went on, still took a big dip in the ratings after the pilot episode.

    • Ceballos

      Whoops…I was typing my comment before yours popped up…well said.

    • PC

      Well said!

    • facue

      I agree with your post, Dave. But will you still be tuning in? I believe I will, regardless of ‘the next Lost’ hype (of which the phrasing CAN work initially to gain viewership – or at least to read stories like these – if not overdone)

  • Ceballos

    Seems like an interesting concept…seems pretty effects-heavy and I hope it doesn’t end up looking cheesy on TV.

    My bigger concern is this relentless show for “the next ‘Lost’.” “Lost” is over people, and there’s never going to be another one like it. More importantly, when people try to make something “the next ‘Lost'” (like they did with “FlashForward” and “V”, to a lesser extent), it’s unfair to those shows, which can’t even stand on their own out of the gate.

    • facue

      I worry about the effects too…so if it’s not ‘the next Lost’ is it ‘the next Land of the Lost/Lost/Avatar/Planet of the Apes? Hopefully it can stand on its own.

      • Ceballos

        That’s what I’m saying…at least give it a chance to be its own thing before you inundate it with “the next _______” label.

  • PC

    this does NOT NOT NOT sound like the “next Lost”.

    Still too soon for any new show to replace Lost!

  • Carrie!

    I know I’m excited! Sounds like fun and I LOVED Life on Mars!

  • E.

    Been waiting for this guy to break through for a while–really cute and talented. Hopefully this show does the trick for him!

  • B

    I loved Jason O’Mara in Life on Mars (stupid ABC, canceling it) – but this show doesn’t sound that interesting to me. I might check it out because he’s in it, but I have no expectations.

  • Sharlin

    There can never be a new LOST.

    • Justin


  • DRH in CMH

    This makes me miss Journeyman…

    • Chris

      Or “Life on Mars.”

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