There's nothing more disappointing in life than getting addicted to a favorite TV series only to find it cancelled too soon. In today's day and age the TV industry is doing better than ever and millions of people tune in to see the newest popular shows each season. There is lot's of money to be made in the TV programing industry and there's also lots of money spent. It's not uncommon for an hour long show to cost an excess of a million dollars per episode. The costs incurred are from the actor's salary, building a set, wardrobe and expensive equipment. It can be particularly expensive to produce time period series and science fiction sets. Money spent filming and editing a TV series comes at a risk, if enough viewers don't tune in to watch each week the show will fade away, leaving frustrated fans wanting more.
There are many reasons why a show can be cancelled from a network and the most common one is simply the expense. It is true that the expensive shows tend to have the most fans, they are also the hardest to maintain and the first on the chopping block if things go south. Due to this, many seemingly popular shows have disappeared for no apparent reason, leaving viewers petitioning for its return and the TV networks attempting to sell a show to another channel, although expensive shows rarely find a second home.
PVR's and online streaming services make it increasingly difficult for new shows to succeed. Ratings are based on viewers who tune in during the shows time slot each week, but since people record shows to watch them later, the rating go down. PVR's have made it difficult for television networks to function the way they once had. They make money from ad revenues but people aren't watching commercials anymore. Here are some expensive shows that were cancelled too soon.
9 Friday Night Lights: $2 Million Per Episode
8 Eureka: $2.5 Million Per Episode
7 The Borgias: $3 million Per Episode
6 Heroes: $4 Million Per Episode
5 The Fugitive: $6 Million Per Episode
4 Smash: $7.5 Million For The Pilot
3 Rome: $10 Million Per Episode
2 Band of Brothers: $12.5 Million Per Episode
1 Terra Nova: $20 Million For The Pilot
Terra Nova was set to be a 2011 hit new show in the fall line up. It was the story of a family from the dried up, over populated world of the future. It follows them as they attempt to begin a new life in the past, in a world where dinosaurs still roam the earth. It was heavily advertised and many people tuned in to watch, but mid-season, bad reviews started circulating, as the show hit a rough patch. People turned against Terra Nova before it regained its viewers back in the final episodes but it was too late and it never saw another season. The network attempted to sell the show but it failed. Terra Nova simply was too little to late. At least viewers can still watch the episodes on Netflix, which contemplated picking up the show before changing their decision. Terra Nova will remain a million dollar regret.
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