This is the Most Exorbitant Pilot Episode on TV
Television is big business as evident in the never-ending cycle of pilots and cancellations.
For example, the 10-episode first season of the HBO hit mini-series cost a whooping USD 60 million. The cost is expected to climb as the series continue on for six more seasons.
But not all big-buck productions rake it all back. The 2-hour pilot of Terra Nova cost USD 14 million. Season 1 failed and the show was cancelled.
Martin Scorsese’s period drama Boardwalk Empire holds the record of the most expensive television pilot ever. USD 18 million. That's the price of having the Scorsese tag on TV.
Boardwalk Empire is set during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 30s. It tells of the story of Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi), a prominent political figure in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The television has received positive reviews from critics and awards, including Best Actor (Golden Globe), Best Dramatic Series (Golden Globe) and Best Writing in a New Series (Writers Guild of America Award).