When it comes to the entertainment industry, mistakes have been made. However, the mistakes made within Tinseltown can cost studios millions of dollars and years to recover. These mistakes aren’t little mishaps, like an uncensored word or a coffee cup in the medieval times. The unfortunate incidents are more on the production side.
When it comes to funding shows and movies, studios look for the money spent to create them to return. As many shows have been a huge success, there have been many that failed. Some fans are familiar with their shows being terminated early due to low ratings, but there are other shows that may have swept right under everyone’s noses.
Here are the top 10 expensive mistakes the television industry made.
10 Viva Laughlin' - $6.8 Million
In 2007, Hugh Jackman teamed up with CBS to produce Viva Laughlin, a musical-comedy drama starring Lloyd Owen and Madchen Amick. The show was an adaptation of the original, that followed the life of businessman Ripley Holden (Owen) who yearned to own a casino is Las Vegas. Jackman also starred in the show that was canceled after two episodes and was also called "the worst new show of the season". The show's one hour pilot cost $6.8 million.
9 Cop Rock - Between $13.2-22 Million
What happens when you mix cops and music together? You get the 1990 police drama, Cop Rock, that had great ambitions, but failed horribly. Starring Anne Bobby, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Ronny Cox; the show was co-created by Steve Bochco, who was responsible for the classics: Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, and L.A. Law. So, what happened with Cop Rock? The show centered around cops from Los Angeles that would solve crimes while also performing musical numbers. After 11 episodes, ABC pulled the plug on this show, however; VH1 and A&E Network began to rebroadcast the series in the late '90s.
8 Battlestar Galactica - $27 Million
In 1978, Glen A. Larson began the Battlestar Galactica series, with the first of the franchise being a short-lived television show that didn't have much success. The show followed the twelve colonies of mankind at war with the Cylons, that lasted for 1,00o years. The surviving human race begins a quest to find the long-lost thirteenth human colony that made a home on the long-forgotten earth. At the time, the show's budget was the highest one in television. Despite a strong start, Battlestar ultimately failed to retain it's viewership, leading it to be canceled.
7 Father of the Pride - $30-35 Million
Father of the Pride was an animated sitcom created by Jeffrey Katzenberg for DreamWorks Animation. In this animated adventure, a family of white lions reside in Las Vegas, while the patriarch performs alongside Siegfried and Roy. With the voice talents of several prominent members from Hollywood, including John Goodman, Wendie Malick, Orlando Jones, and Cheryl Hines, the show should have been a success. Unfortunately, after one season this pack of lions was canceled. The show was one of the most expensive first-year animated created at the time and whether the timing of its premiere or ratings played into its downfall is still unclear.
6 Utopia - $50 Million
Utopia was a reality show that premiered on Fox in September 2014. Given that reality shows are one of the most popular genres of entertainment, it's a bit of a shock that this one didn't take off like its colleagues. The show was based on the Dutch show of the same name and featured a group of strangers that attempt to live in a remote area. The 15 men and women who are part of this project ranged from chemists to farmers. The show couldn't a good following and after 12 episodes, Fox made this paradise disappear from the world. Fox paid $50 million to have this show created.
5 Bionic Woman - $58.4 Million
Michelle Ryan and Lucy Hale starred in this 2007 remake, Bionic Woman. Ryan played the titular character, Jamie Sommers, who is given a second chance at life after being given medical implants. The original show premiered in 1976 and starred Lindsay Wagner. The show could have also been a major success, however, the 2007 strike by the Writer's Guild of America caused production to be put on hold, and only eight episodes were aired. Following this and low-ratings, NBC had no other choice to cancel Bionic Woman, which ended up costing them $58.4 million.
4 FlashForward - $70 Million
Based on the novel of the same name, FlashForward starred Joseph Fiennes, Dominic Monaghan, John Cho, and Peyton List. In this series, a mysterious event causes everyone on Earth to lose consciousness for two minutes and seventeen seconds, during which people can see six months into their future. The premiered on ABC in September 2009, but the show was canceled in May 2010, after the season finale had already been shot. Early into the season, the show had a decent viewership, however; the ratings dropped drastically, leading to the show's demise.
3 Megyn Kelly Today - $100 Million
After leaving Fox News, journalist and former corporate defense attorney Megyn Kelly was offered a three-year contract with NBC to host her own daytime talk show. Megyn Kelly Today replaced NBC's Today's Take as the third hour of the Today Show. The show received harsh reviews and negative criticism, particularly for Kelly's seemingly racist remarks and her daytime personality. After on year and a month of its premiere, NBC canceled the show and in 2019, Kelly officially terminated her contract with NBC.
2 Tick - $110 Million
The Tick didn't premiere on any networks on television, however, that doesn't make its cancellation any less of a loss. The web show premiered on Amazon Prime Video and was well-received, so what made this show get squashed? The show followed the journey of an invulnerable superhero that donned a blue tick costume, who would fight crime with the help of his sidekick, Arthur. While the show developed a huge following, it cost too much to keep, and despite the director's efforts to find another network to pick the superhero show up, it was canceled indefinitely in 2019.
1 The Get Down - $120 Million
Netflix has had a string of luck lately with the shows and films that have been produced by the online network, unfortunately, the musical drama, The Get Down wasn't one of them. The Get Down was also well-received by critics. Set in the late 1970s, the show depicted the rise of hip-hop and disco music through the eyes of teenagers. The first season was split into two parts, however, after the second part, the show was canceled. Due to its high budget and low viewership, Netflix had to shut the party down,