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CHANCES OF SURVIVAL: SO FAR, SO GOOD

... The CW's new sci-fi drama The 100 (which I reviewed here!) premiered to big numbers for the network on Wednesday, bringing in 2.7 million viewers and a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic, according to Live+Same Day Nielsen ratings. That makes it The CW's most-watched midseason premiere since Life Unexpected (aww, remember that show?) in 2010. Perhaps more interesting, however, is that The 100's debut actually did better than this week's highly anticipated "Suicide Squad" episode of Arrow (which Noel reviewed here!) and became the first CW show to ever build on an Arrow lead-in in total viewers. That doesn't mean Arrow performed poorly, however—it still pulled in 2.4 million viewers and earned a 0.8 rating to achieve a 7 percent increase in total viewers over its last original episode. [The CW via press release]


BUSINESS TIME

... CBS has released season finale dates for its current lineup! We've long known that How I Met Your Mother is bowing out forever on Monday, March 31, but the rest of the dates are new, so grab your Teen Wolf calendar and jot down the following:

Note: The series with asterisks have already been renewed for next season.

Monday March 31 – How I Met Your Mother (one-hour series finale), Intelligence 

Monday, April 14Mom* 

Thursday, April 17 – The Crazy Ones (one hour)

Monday, May 5 – 2 Broke Girls*

Wednesday, May 7 CSI*

Thursday, May 8 - Two and a Half Men*

Friday, May 9Hawaii Five-0*, Blue Bloods*

Tuesday, May 13NCIS*, NCIS: Los Angeles*, Person of Interest*

Wednesday, May 14 – Criminal Minds*

Thursday, May 15 The Big Bang Theory*, The Millers*, Elementary*

Sunday, May 18The Amazing Race*The Good Wife*The Mentalist

Monday, May 19Mike & Molly*

Wednesday, May 21Survivor* (two-hour finale followed by Survivor Reunion Special)

[CBS via press release]

... Apparently having one of the biggest, most expensive, and most popular series currently on television isn't enough for George R.R. Martin, because now he wants to take Game of Thrones to the big screen. In an interview after Tuesday night's Season 4 premiere in New York, Martin told The Hollywood Reporter, "The books get bigger and bigger (in scope). It might need a feature to tie things up, something with a feature budget, like $100 million for two hours. Those dragons get real big, you know." Chill out and stop being so greedy, George! Finish the books. Finish the series on HBO. And don't give me any of this "it's too big for the small screen" nonsense because that's a slap in the face to television, which we all know is better than film these days, anyway. [THR]

... Lisa Kudrow's The Comeback, which enjoyed a one-and-done run on HBO in 2005 before being yanked from the schedule, could actually live up to its title. The pay cabler is reportedly in talks to bring the series back to life nearly a decade after canceling it. You hear that, Deadwood fans? Don't give up hope! Your Change.org petitions might eventually get somewhere! [TV Guide]

... A&E has pulled Mark Wahlberg's Breaking Boston from its lineup and charged it with being terrible. The reality series followed four blue-collar women from Boston trying to make a life for themselvezzzzzzz sorry I fell asleep. Anyway, the show is toast after pulling in only 311,000 viewers for its premiere on March 13. [Variety]

... IFC has announced its programming slate for the 2014-2015 season, and it's a doozy. In terms of existing series, Comedy Bang! Bang! will return for Season 4 in 2015 with 40 half-hour episodes, which is a "big deal," according to TV.com's own Tim Surette. The series originally premiered with 10 episodes, but had its order bumped up to 20 episodes each for Seasons 2 and 3. In addition to Comedy Bang! Bang!The Birthday Boys—which features standalone and multi-act sketches—will be back for Season 2 in late 2014. 

As for new series, American Documentary (working title) is a docu-parody series created by Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, and Seth Meyers; its half-hour documentaries and biopics will all be about completely fictitious subjects. And American Storage (also a working title) is about an employee (John Karna) at a storage facility who befriends a man (Rob Huebel) who's currently living in one of the units. Look for both series in 2015. 

Finally, the network is development Westside, a half-hour comedy produced by Joel McHale about "a group of suburban schnooks who are forced into a life of crime," and The Bank, about a dysfunctional family who runs a sperm bank. [Deadline



CASTING NEWS

... Guest-star extraordinaire Patton Oswalt, whose talents have been put to good use on shows as varied as Parks and Recreation and Justified, will soon be making his way to Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. He'll play the role of Agent Eric Koenig, a character from the comics who was part of Fury’s original team of World War II soldiers. As a fan of the series, Oswalt didn't even have to audition; the producers just asked him if he wanted to be on the show and he jumped at the chance. [Marvel]

... Sam Shepard has joined Netflix's STILL untitled family drama from the creators of Damages. The 13-episode series explores the lives of four adult siblings (Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, and Norbert Leo Butz) whose secrets are revealed when the black sheep (Mendelsohn) returns home. Shepard will play the family patriarch, and Sissy Spacek will play his wife. [Deadline]

... Sharon Gless (Burn Notice) will play Michael Imperioli's mother in ABC's new multi-camera comedy pilot Saint Francis. The potential series stars Imperioli as a Long Island cop with old-fashioned values (hmm) whose 29-year-old sister gets pregnant out of wedlock; Gless will play their Irish-Catholic mother Janice, who lives in his basement and is a pain in the ass. Two things: 1.) Both Imperioli and Gless are too good for this, and 2.) Did you know Sharon Gless is 70? Because I did not. And frankly, I'm a little blown away by that fact. [THR]

... Jeff Ross, who regularly appears on Comedy Central roasts, has joined Kevin Hart's untitled ABC comedy pilot. He'll play Stu, the best friend of Romany Malco's character. Stu is described as "dorky and annoying but genuinely insightful." Sounds a bit soft for Ross. [LaughSpin

... Amanda Righetti (The Mentalist) is headed to Chicago. She'll appear as a pediatrician in an upcoming crossover episode of Chicago Fire and Chicogo P.D., which were both just renewed for next season. [E! Online]

... Never let it be said that Disney doesn't know its audience. The network is marketing its upcoming stunt featuring various Disney actors guest-starring on other Disney shows as a "What the What?!?" weekend, complete with that explosion of punctuation diarrhea. On Jessie, Sierra McCormick (A.N.T. Farm) will return as Creepy Connie, while G Hannelius (Dog With A Blog) will appear as Mackenzie. Speaking of Dog with a Blog, Leigh-Allyn Baker (Good Luck Charlie) will guest-star on the series as Cherri Pickford, a strict animal instructor. On I Didn't Do It, which given the title could possibly be the story of my life, Peyton List (Jessie's Peyton List, not The Tomorrow People's Peyton List) will appear as Sherri, Lindy's arch-nemesis. Lastly, on Austin & Ally, Grace Phipps (Teen Beach Movie) will play Brandy Braxton, a high-maintenance actress. [Disney via press release]


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AIRED ON 5/19/2016

Season 3 : Episode 16

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Dear heaven. That is one of the most depressing things I've ever read on here. THE 100 is the most unimaginitive, illogical, derivative pieces of tripe to haul itself onto the beach since THE BITTEN.
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As to taking ASoIaF to the big screen. Money and investors and all that aside. Our characters (especially the younger ones) are gonna be oh so much adults unrecognizable as the story goes. What we are at the top of the fourth season with three (maybe) four more as HBO has stated. Two more books yet (get on it George, please.) And then what? We are going to do a trilogy? Yikes, Bran may actually NOT be able to walk by the time it is all said and done. If it is not broken I see no reason to fix it (Other than greed.) I will leave ya with this quote from GRRM that I found hysterical and on point,

"No one will be alive by the last book. In fact, they all die in the fifth. The sixth book will be just a thousand-page description of snow blowing across the graves . . ."
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Patton Oswalt as strapping, blond, beefy, former-Nazi Eric Koenig... interesting. I love that he kept thinking they were tricking him into playing MODOK.
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How can Lisa Kudrow do an HBO show when her Showtime offering 'Web Therapy' is still going strong - it got a fourth season renewal? Screw the ones that canceled you and keep Fiona Wallice alive!!!!!
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We need a TV.com What the What weekday where staff members take a turn reviewing others' shows!
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I've been thinking the same for a while, alternate viewpoints!
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I want Intelligence to be renewed! :( (sobbing out loud)
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Me too. HOWEVER...Meghan Ory apparently returned to Once Upon a Time, so that's not a good sign. :(
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Am I the only one who didn't enjoy it?
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I'll be honest: While the TRUE sci-fi scenes were very impressive and the CGI was mind-blowing, it's reminding me A LOT of another SUPPOSEDLY sci-fi series, that had some amazing scenes in its first two episodes, that then fell flat on its face, and disappeared into the nether...

Can anyone name it? Nope. You're wrong...It was Defiance.

I will give this series a chance, but my hopes for it are VERY VERY low, as it has followed the exact same formula thus far: Poor writing, stereotypical characters, over-the-top drama, and brilliant CGI.

Makes me think all the money went into the effects and space scenes....Like Defiance.

I'm seeing The 100 = Defiance, Version 1.5
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Maybe the new season of Defiance will change your mind.
(No, I don't think so either, but who knows?)

Defiance is a sci-fi Western. It'll have elements from both genres.
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I can't disagree, dispute or argue with that, except to point out that Defiance lost a lot - Nay, the majority of its sci-fi element, after the first two episodes, and never truly regained them, since then, and yes, I have been keeping up with the series, and it has only served to remind me just how dead the science-fiction genre has become!
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But, at the same time, you can't deny, that, even after just one episode, you can see that this series will be based on the interpersonal relationships between the characters, more so than the fact that the planet is a nuclear wasteland, and that they will, inevitably, need technology to help them survive, otherwise, This series will turn out to be a Revolution copy, and at THAT point, I'm not even going to bother with it anymore.
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Damn GRR, just shut your trap and get back to writing.
Well, who knew I would like The 100 premiere! Hope it succeeds.
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George RR just wants any excuse to not finish the books before the end of his time. (I could of said before he dies, but this sound more dramatic LOL)

Patton Oswald could be good on SHIELD, things are getting real good.

Let's see how the 100 does on the 2nd week out, 1st week numbers are always (ALWAYS!!!) inflated. Give me consistent week 4, 5 and beyond numbers. --PS even if as good as Breaking Bad, Walking Dead or American Horror Story, I would still not watch The 100. --PSS Breaking Bad was good, even had some great moments but it was not all that people make it out to be. (I probably pissed enough people off now)


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Patton Oswalt makes every show better. I can't wait to see him on SHIELD.

Martin is never going to write new books. I don't care if they do a movie even though like LOTR it isn't going to be a good enough adaptation because if they are leaving as much as they are leaving out of the show, there is no way they are going to squeeze even half of the content into a movie. HBO should extend the season. There is plenty of content to give another 10 episodes per season.

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i liked The 100, im gonna give it a go!!
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George Martin should focus on finishing the books cause he's not getting younger.
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I am currently reading The Wheel of Time series, be a shame if they have that in common.
(The author died before he completed the book series and another writer wrote the last novels.)

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He'll probably end it with "... and then a meteor hit and killed everyone in the kingdom. The End."
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How about some 20 page epilogue describing some random dish? ;)
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He is working on and talking about anything BUT the next books. It's really frustrating.
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The 100: three words, Under the Dome.
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heh! I can see that...How about three other words: Under The Ark
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Yes, I thought I would never say this, it is worse. Oh my goodness this show stinks. Under the dome meets Lord of the flies..in the most worse way ever.
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Its worse
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The 100 definitely deserved those numbers, loved the premiere.
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The 100 Is The CW's Most Watched Midseason Premiere Since 2010...not by me it wasnt
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"And don't give me any of this "it's too big for the small screen" nonsense because that's a slap in the face to television, which we all know is better than film these days, anyway"

Hell yeah! A lot of TV Shows are way better than movies atm.
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"Ass to mouth"?
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at the moment
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I was making a joke.
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Terra Nova -- 10.1 million/canceled (less than Judy Judy)
Firefly -- 4.7 million/canceled (unfortunately, since WAY superior show)
Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles
-- 2.96 million/canceled
Alphas -- 1.7 million/canceled
Homeboys In Outer Space -- 3.0 million/canceled (yes, I looked it up)

Okay, with that in mind (and with so, so, so many more examples), now please explain how The 100 with 2.7 million premiere (even for mid-season) are "big numbers" thus making it's chances of survival "so far, so good"?

My point is: if you just want to copy the press release saying the numbers were big, then just say "According to The CW press release." Cool. But if you want to publish this information with editorial commentary that the show was a success
(and be taken seriously), please put the numbers in real entertainment industry perspective. Thank you.
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Raw numbers aren't what matters... what matters is what the numbers are compared to the numbers you'd get from anything else you have available. And not just that, either. The cost to produce the show compared to how much money the network earns by selling ads on it is also huge. The CW has stations with poor reach in most market areas, and isn't even in some, so its numbers won't ever reach CBS'. So, they prefer shows which will draw a steady audience and lack expensive actors.

By the way, your list left out the X-Factor, which also had respectable total viewership, but got cut because the network expected more.
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The key to CW 's success is how how frugal can the production be. I think this series has some problems in that respect: the space sets are complex and possibly more expensive than this show can really maintain. The forest sets are cheap. I would expect to see most of the action to be centered in the forest actually. They can use cheap practical sets on location that will not break the bank.

Couple this with the ability to always put in product placement items like Songs from up and coming artists and you have a decent chance of seeing this show make a second season.

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You realize there's a difference here? You're not comparing appels and oranges you're comparing SyFy\Fox to CW

There's a difference between how much money a single mom and pop store has to make to be considered a "huge success" then what a chain like Wallmart has to.

CW was never really all that big in the numbers. For them it's big.

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Well on CW 2.7 is pretty good. It probably got .9 to 1.1 share of the coveted 18-49 male/female demographic.
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Stop typing in angry bold letters, those are great numbers for a cw show, all the shows you have are fox, syfy and upn from the 90s. Get a grip, thank you!
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I didn't plan on bold letters. It just happened when I published. Sorry. As for some shows being in the '90s, early-to-late 2000, the formula remains the same. And if anything, the formula is way worse now -- That is if you have any real grip on how the entertainment industry works.
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Sometimes the numbers don't tell the whole story. I would have suspected that even with a 2 million drop by episode 13 the series would have been green lighted for least another 7-9 episodes. However, I think the real issue with Terra Nova is that it failed to be profitable.
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I would totally be down for the game of thrones finale to be on the big screen. What is the problem with that?
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No problem at all. But if they're gonna do it, do it right. Make the second half of the final novel a movie trilogy (I assume GRRM's last novel is going to be a BIG one, comparable to ASoS). The budget for The Hobbit trilogy is roughly $600,000,000. I don't expect GoT's budget to be quite that much, but if they can get $150,000,000 for each movie, for a total of $450,000,000, there's no doubt in my mind that would be a sound investment.

And it just might result in a spectacularly epic trilogy. The only issue would the expositional nature of GoT. The final half of the last novel would have to be both fast paced and action heavy to make a movie trilogy work.

All I know, is I wouldn't mind seeing Dany's dragons on the glorious IMAX screen.
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Why not? O yes because of the trilogy thing. Hollywood would totally fuck it up, so no thanks. Your only issue is my biggest nightmare. Until the very finale we lived and loved through a decade of GoT and there comes Hollywood smashing everything to pieces. The big epic finale on big screen - that's something I would love to see but a trilogy right after the show ended - I'm cautious to say the least. If we get a last book at all, and if it's easily adaptable to trilogy or a two-parter then by all means go ahead people and make a lot of cash.
I have to admit grudgingly that I had the same threads as Mr Martin. When multiple Dragons and thousands of human warriors under the command of Samwell Tarly(lol) are clashing against a sea of white walkers riding on huge ice-spiders under the spell of an enormous ice-dragon even the mighty HBO might tremble... But I doubt it will be that kind of a finale. Or will it totally be a finale like that? IDK - I need the new books, where are they? More, more more...
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Yeah, you have a point. Let's get all the books first (c'mon, Martin!) and go from there.
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Not just the dragons... Dany too!
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Oh, yeah! Mother of Dragons!
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I'd love it also... but I don't reckon at a $100m it would make its money back. That's a big investment....
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$100 million? That's reasonable in today's big screen blockbuster budgets! It would easily make the money back and more, if the budget was only $100 million.
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A great TV show, but a TV show none the less. With the exception of The Simpsons and Star Trek (different stories), what TV shows have been successful? The X-Files and Serenity had rabid fan bases, both didn't get near $100m. The movie would be a continuation of the TV series - which would put new people off.
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Star Wars had a couple of TV shows before the $100m+ prequel trilogy came along.
Nice trick excluding Star Trek, which (from my vantage point) is actually the closest parallel. Special-effects-laden show finally given big-budget effects.
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Ugh, George DOUBLE R is such an arrogant pretentious prick! I mean it's one thing to say that you'd prefer to finish the story on the big screen but the whole 100 million thing? Please! Just don't.
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100 million doesn't go as far as it used to. CGI effects are very costly, and you can blow through 100 mil just like that. Compare the dragon on Once Upon a Time to the dragon in The Hobbit.
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I know that. But does he need to specify the amount? It just makes him sound arrogant like: "Oh yeah. My endgame can NOT be told on a TV budget. Nor can it be a film. It has to be a 100 million dollar BLOCKBUSTER!" Lol
Yeah, I got my issues with him. He's said some real doozies in the past.
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100 million isn't a big budget anymore. today's bar is closer to $200 mil.
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I'm fine with it. Saying it that way is just kind of forcing the issue that he wants a big-budget film.

So people, and studios, don't just assume they can get away with a direct-to-DVD movie or mini-series or SyFy Saturday films. You just know that as soon as he hints he wants to do a movie, either HBO would try to make it one of their cable-films (which are usually decent) or others would try to see if they can get in on that contract

He wants it to be a full-feature film.
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@MirelaPilipo
Don't get me wrong, I don't hold the guy in any high regards or anything and have not liked some things he's done or treated.
I was just saying I don't mind him throwing a large number out there. And I saw it as less ego than it was a "I want to do it BIG instead of a mini series"
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Oh it's not like I'm losing sleep over it. I just never liked the size of his ego. This latest statement just highlighted the issue to me.
But hey, you see it however you like. We're all allowed to have our opinions. I'm not saying that mine is the be all and end all. I just think "Game of Thrones" is doing a fine job at being a television show. A highly acclaimed, successful big-budget TV show.
I just don't like most of the things that come out R.R.'s mouth in interviews.
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Out of interest, why are CGI effects so costly?
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Because they're worth it.

Seriously, the problem is that the effects have to be detailed enough to be photorealistic, and extend over a substantial number of frames... each different.

It takes an enormous investment in computing power, and talented artists, plus tools mechanics to build the tools the artists can use to bring it all to life.
Watch an effects-laden film and marvel at the pretty pictures. Then, instead of fast-forwarding through the credits, look at just how many names appear under the "special effects" category. All those people worked for several months to bring your orc army, space battle, or flying dragon to life for you.
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Time and money. If you want quality stuff, you have to pay for it. Think how much a super expansive painting would cost. Now assume that you need to pay not just a painter, but an animator, a rigger, a lighter, a texturere etc etc etc.
It's not done by a single person, there's a whole team doing it and I'm not even getting into costs of just rendering it.



On the other hand, that's not even the really big costs. I think up until Game of Thrones, the highest budgeted show HBO had was Carnivale, which got cancelled soley because it was so expansive and had very little CGI in it.

Extrenal shots are really expansive and they even had loads of extras in them. The cheapest stuff to make is an indoor fixed set (Sitcoms & Soap operas) while doing constant outdoors shot, where there is limited time to shoot (sunlight) and having to reset your stages everyday (not to mention paying for all the extra hours) is the really expansive stuff.
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It would be interesting (to me, if nobody else) if someone could take, say, a GoT cgi scene and say "That cost $x to produce. And that was broken down by $x for x painters, and this is what they do. And $x for ... and breakdown the whole amount.
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Time consuming, it costs a lot to pay for the man-hours.
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" I wonder how many hours $100 million would buy, though."

Do you mean man-hours, or time on the rendering compute-cluster server farm?
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Thanks, that's all that I could think of. I wonder how many hours $100 million would buy, though.
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