Fox Sets ‘Terra Nova’ Release Date

The producers of the heavily anticipated series also deny that it's a sci-fi show.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Fox Sets 'Terra Nova' Release Date

Fox’s upcoming sci-fi series, "Terra Nova" finally has a launch date.

During the TCA press tour, it was announced that the pilot episode of "Terra Nova" will debut in two parts, on Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24 at 9PM both nights.

"Terra Nova" stars Jason O’Mara ("Life on Mars") as Jim Shannon, a man who brings his family from the future to Earth’s prehistoric past in order to escape the destruction of humanity. However, the past is filled with carnivorous dinosaurs and a deadly military leader, played by "Avatar" star Stephen Lang.

Although the series is drawing early comparisons to "Lost," "Terra Nova" executive producer Alex Graves was quick to down play the connection.

"This has nothing to do with ‘Lost,’ for one major reason: it’s made for a massively broad audience," said Graves (via The Hollywood Reporter). "[‘Terra Nova’] is for everybody … from my kids to the gamer to my dad."

The shows producers also made the argument that "Terra Nova" isn’t really a sci-fi show.

"It’s really about this frontier family trying to survive," added "Terra Nova" executive producer, Brannon Braga.

The "Terra Nova" pilot is widely rumored to be among the most expensive in television history. However, Fox’s Chairman of Entertainment, Peter Rice fought against that perception as well.

“It’s on budget,” said Rice. “It’s a very expensive television show. It’s a very ambitious television show.”

“We’re not in completely unchartered territory here,” added Kevin Reilly, Fox Broadcasting’s President of Entertainment. “The start-up cost for the series is definitely on the high end. But it’s not some bank-breaking series.”

The first season for "Terra Nova" will run for 13 episodes starting next fall.