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Filming of Terra Nova set to resume

Location filming in Queensland for Terra Nova will resume next week, marking a step forward for the Fox network as it attempts to draw the big-budget programme's faltering production process to a close.
Cast and crew on the costly science-fiction series - the brainchild of the film director Steven Spielberg - will recommence filming on 25 May. The thirteen-part series follows the adventures of a family travelling through time in an effort to save the human race.
Despite having strong financial and corporate backing, Terra Nova has experienced a number of delays. The series was initially meant to go to air as a mid-season replacement in 2010, but as the project fell behind schedule, the network was forced to revise its plans.
An initial stint of location shooting took place in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast in November last year, but filming was hampered by poor weather including flash floods. Some insiders claimed that when producers returned to the United States, it was discovered that there was insufficient material to fill out a two-hour pilot episode. Fox said publicly that delays had been caused by slow progress on visual effects.
The network confirmed at its 2011 upfront presentation to advertisers that the series would form part of its fall line-up, occupying the 8:00pm timeslot on Mondays. The programme is due to air on the Ten Network in Australia.
Maureen Barron, the chief executive of Screen Queensland, expressed relief that filming would soon resume. In a statement today, she alluded to the ongoing delays that have afflicted the series.
"Terra Nova is an ambitious big-budget television series that Queensland and international audiences are impatient to see. We are thrilled to welcome back the production to complete filming of season one," Barron said.
The protracted production process mirrors the experience of Spielberg's last television project, The Pacific, which also went to air more than a year later than originally planned.


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