Most expensive show currently on air?

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by JoeZhang, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. TheMasterOfOrion

    TheMasterOfOrion Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Dec 28, 2006
    The thing about Rome is I think it was worth its price, I caught a few epsiodes and it looked like a fantastic tv series
  2. AviTrek

    AviTrek Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 31, 2006
    Yes and no. Rome was great, but if they had cut the cost it might have gotten another season or two. Once the sets were built how much did it cost per episode to film Rome?
  3. idreamedmusic

    idreamedmusic Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Sep 21, 2007
    Berlin, Germany
    I loved Rome as well and the high production quality certainly was a part of that, but also killed it too soon.

    I believe one season cost HBO and BBC something like $100 million (which includes the cost of set construction and no clue how much that itself was). I'll search if I can find some source for that, but that's the number I remember hearing. So two seasons would be about $200 million and that divided by 22 means one episode cost roughly $9 million. Which is a LOT for a cable show even taking into account the average ep's running time is longer.

    ETA: Article from zap2it that mentions the cost.

    Stephen Fry is god! ;)
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2008
  4. Cicero

    Cicero Admiral Admiral

    Jan 14, 2002
    ^ I've only seem him (memorably, though he was in a few other movies I've seen) in V for Vendetta, but he was outstanding in that. I'm looking forward to Valkyrie a little more now that I see he's in it. (Of course, with Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Terrence Stamp, Eddie Izzard, Tom Wilkinson, and Bryan Singer, Valkyrie was already high on my list.)