A side note on this is that Sanctuary shows how a show can be heavy on special effects and still be cost effective.
It costs less than half (per minute) to produce an episode of Sanctuary than the average TV sitcom. According to SyFy, it costs about half as much to produce an episode of Sanctuary as it does Eureka.
Something to consider with respect to the other thread about doing TNG era programming for DVD and whether or not it could be profitable.
Yes but it looks like ass - who wants to watch a Star Trek show that looks like it was made for next to nothing, we already have fan fiction shows for people who like that sort of thing.