'Terra Nova,' 'Glee,' 'Human Target': Notes from FOX's press tour

terra-nova-logo-320.jpgFOX's sci-fi adventure "Terra Nova" will get the "Glee" treatment next spring.

The Steven Spielberg-produced show, about a group of people from the year 2149 who travel back in time to prehistoric Earth to look for keys to saving the damaged planet, will get a preview in May 2011 before premiering the following fall. FOX used a similar strategy to launch "Glee" last year.

Jason O'Mara ("Life on Mars") has been cast in the lead role of Jim Shannon, who travels with his family back to the past. "Terra Nova" will film in Australia and feature a multitude of visual effects shots, so the extra time (it was initially slated for earlier in 2011) will only help.

Brannon Braga ("24," "Star Trek: Enterprise") and David Fury ("24," "Angel") created the show and are executive producing with Spielberg and Peter Chernin.

- The network handed out the first "Glee" novel to reporters Monday (Aug. 2), and as we reported earlier this summer, it's a prequel to the show.

The copies we got also teased a second novel based on the series: "Glee: Foreign Exchange" is due for release in February from Poppy (an imprint of Little, Brown), and it deals with a French show choir coming to town.

The jacket copy for the first novel, written by Sophia Lowell, promises to answer when "Rachel first decide[d] Finn was more than just a jock" and when Puck and Quinn first hooked up, among other secrets.

- "Human Target" has added another female face to its cast.

Janet Montgomery ("Entourage") will have a recurring part on the series as a thief with a remarkable ability to blend into any situation. Winston ( Chi McBride) offers her a job in an effort to keep her on the straight and narrow.

Montgomery joins new regular Indira Varma ("Rome"), who will play Chance's ( Mark Valley) new benefactor. The series returns Friday, Sept. 24.

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