25. Terra Nova
Stars: Jason O’Mara, Stephen Lang, Shelley Conn, Landon Loboiron, Naomi Scott, Allison Miller, Mido Hamada
Premiere Date: September 26
Why we’re excited: The premise of the new Steven Spielberg-produced Terra Nova taps directly into our elementary school selves’ imaginations: In the year 2149, mankind is on the verge of extinction, so the government sends people back 85 million years into the world where T-Rexes and other dinos reigned supreme. If that sounds Jurassic Park on HGH to you, which means it sounds fucking awesome, you’re not alone. So why are we so uncertain here?
For several reasons, actually. One, Terra Nova was initially supposed to debut in May 2011, a move designed to give the FX team more time to make the dinosaurs look badass, but, still, a red flag nonetheless. Even more alarming is the show’s trailer (posted above), which gives off a strong Avatar-ripoff vibe.
But, again, it’s a show about dinosaurs that’s backed by Steven Spielberg, for fuck’s sake—how can we not be excited? Come September 27th, let’s hope we’re not singing a different, “Fuck out of here, Spielberg” tune.