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'Terra Nova': Things That Cost the Same As the $20 Million Pilot

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 26th 2011 12:30PM
Terra NovaBetter late than never: Tonight marks the long-awaited premiere of Fox's dino-riffic new drama, 'Terra Nova.' While the special effects are indeed impressive for a primetime drama, the prehistoric creatures on the show didn't come at a small price.

The 'Terra Nova' pilot, which was originally scheduled to air in May but was pushed back to the fall, reportedly cost a staggering $20 million to produce.

The production was plagued with problems, with sources calling it a "debacle" (per The Wrap), amassing a $10 million price tag even before a single frame was shot. Creative disagreements, rewrites and big names dropping out didn't help.

Still, AOL TV's Maureen Ryan was pleased with the pilot, saying it shows plenty of promise in her review of the new series. But let's be clear: This thing cost twice the amount of the 'Lost' pilot ($10 million), and more than the Martin Scorsese-directed 'Boardwalk Empire' pilot ($18 million).

That gigantic number got us thinking. What else could you get for $20 million? Well, aside from 20 million four-piece chicken nuggets from the McDonald's dollar menu, here is AOL TV's list of things you could buy for $20 million, a.k.a. the cost of Fox's 'Terra Nova' pilot:

* Kim Kardashian's (second, most recent) wedding

* The 2010 film 'Takers'

* Two thirds of the GDP of the Polynesian Island nation of Tuvalu

* Almost every single one of Oprah's favorite things

* Oscar De La Hoya's settlement with the model who sold photos of the boxing star in lingere

* The fireworks display at the 2008 opening of the Atlantis hotel in Dubai

* Sandra Bullock's salary for 'The Blind Side'

* 0.137 percent of Boston's Big Dig

* The 2010-2011 salary for Orlando Magic basketball player Rashard Lewis

* New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's vacation home in the Hamptons

* Two thirds of the salary for the New York Yankees' highest-paid player, Alex Rodriguez

* Around seven 30-second commercials during the 2011 Super Bowl

* 300 median-priced homes in Detroit, Mich.

Tell us: What would you buy with $20 million?

'Terra Nova' star Jason O'Mara recently talked to 'Good Day NY' about the new show. Check out a clip of his interview below:

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200 millions 10 cents gums

October 18 2011 at 9:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not true, Rashard Lewis doesn't play for Orlando.

October 11 2011 at 3:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If we ever did get to having a law that restricted us to only 2 offspring then why would anyone have a third and say it seemed like a good idea at the time. I could only imagine what the child would have to go through if and when they were caught. Just being taken away from their family would be bad enough. Who writes this garbage? Steven S. the next time you have an idea give me a call, I will help you write it much better and for a lot less money. Please stop with the rebelious teens in TV shows, we have seen this in real life so why would we want to watch it on TV? How about when they go through the tunnel their molecules gets mixed up and they come out the other end all different. The Mom gets the Dads nose, he gets one of her boobs, on the top of his head, shyt like that would have been a lot more interesting than what was shown. The little girl somehow gets sent back and becomes a stripper to earn her way back to Terra Nova ( why God only knows ). The strip clubs owners name is Jackson Rubenstein and is a softie at heart and give her all the work she can handle. See Steven it ain't that hard. You need to send Kate on a 6 month vacation before you write or produce anything else.

October 07 2011 at 4:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

WHY do writers think we want to see time traveler people standing around talking in rooms that look just like our neighbors' houses? Here's what I want to see: things like - they try the time jump and lots of people ALMOST make it alive all the way through a few episodes until they get it right. Volcanoes, jumping into the middle of a moon, materializing in orbit in free fall - THAT'S what you blow your CGI budget on.
(Wouldn' t they have to gather data from each time jump to keep calibrating the machines?) Then things like the first group gets there, and they immediately start to build the shelter site, and immediately the predators come after them and eat the mechanical engineer, so they have to scramble to survive. Say what you will about Lost, but at least people cared what the villains were going to do every week.
These writers were clearly too lazy to think about any of that, since they just start with everybody marching through the big tunnel after pointless hamfisted nazi analogies. And if they could build compounds with running electricity in the past, why couldn't they just beam their current house pods through time? What if an armored car got through by accident and there was an IMMEDIATE t-rex attack? Wouldn't they fight over it? No consequences for smuggling the little kid in after all the heavy handed population control Anne Frank ripoff? No brigs on Terra Nova? What dreck.

October 03 2011 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Craig Church

Anything that loses money for Rupert Murdock is fine by me.

October 01 2011 at 8:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What happens when their clothes and shoes wear out in 1 year from wearing them everyday in the jungle?
How does she shave her legs and underarms? what happens when the children grow up and want to have sex, but everyone there is related to each other?

September 29 2011 at 11:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


September 28 2011 at 8:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

what a waste of money....boring..boring...boring

September 28 2011 at 8:44 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to JOEY VEE's comment

Don't be shy man, tell us how you REALLY feel. LOL

October 03 2011 at 11:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It was incredible how BAD a science fiction show could be.
Plot was dumb. Acting was horrendous. And the "special effects" looked like they were designed by Parker and Stone (of "SouthPark" for you illiterates).
I found myself rooting for the dinosaurs to eat the cast members, except that this was obviously going to be a PG program (or is that PC?).
This show will NOT be missed.

September 28 2011 at 12:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Actually that should have read: Things That suck the Same As the $20 Million Pilot. Bring back Human Target!

September 27 2011 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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