Jason O’Mara on ‘Terra Nova’ axing: Fox took ‘awful long time’ to

Jason O’Mara may have already lined up a new gig on CBS’s period drama Vegas, but the star still has some choice words about the cancellation of Fox’s Terra Nova.

“I felt like Fox took an awful long time to make what was ultimately a premature decision,” he told reporters today at TCA while joined on stage by Vegas stars Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis. “A decision could have been made earlier. However, I’d been keeping an eye on this project for a long time.”

All eyes were also on newly announced cast member Sarah Jones, whose show Alcatraz was also a Fox casualty from last season. Jones, whose deal just closed last week, joins the cast as the daughter of a top Chicago mobster who will go “head-to-head” with Chiklis’ character, a Chicago gangster named Vincent.

Executive producer Greg Walker said Jones’s character would be a nice compliment to Carrie Ann Moss, who plays Deputy District Attorney Katherine O’Connell. “For the series, we wanted to bring in another dynamic female presence. We had one in the law enforcement world, we wanted one in the casino world as well,” he said.

Vegas premieres on CBS Sept. 25.

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