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Budget

Postby Jonah » Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:56 pm

Does anyone know how much the budget was for the original series and the new one?

From looking online, it seems the Pilot was shot for $3-4 million. Is this accurate?

And ABC bought Season 1 with a budget of $1.1 million per episode.

What about Season 2? Would that have been the same or less? For some reason, I can't see ABC buying Season 2 for $22-24 million in total.

According to Wiki, FWWM had a $10 million budget. That's not bad considering a movie like "Scream" had a similar one only four years later. I know it's still low, but for some reason, I thought it had a much lower budget.

And do you think we'll ever get an idea what the budget was for The Return?
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Re: Budget

Postby dkenny78 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 1:59 pm

Jonah wrote:
What about Season 2? Would that have been the same or less? For some reason, I can't see ABC buying Season 2 for $22-24 million in total.



I'd say Season 2 would have to be more than Season 1. The show was renewed at the height of its popularity (as I recall, they announced it the day before the S1 finale aired), I'm sure MacLachlan, Ontkean, Fenn, Laurie and several others got pay bumps. Plus the cast was so much larger in S2 that overhead would have to be higher.
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Re: Budget

Postby mtwentz » Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:23 am

As for Season 3, here's a good starting point for discussion:

https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/tv-ser ... 202570158/

The estimates on the cost of content that emerged from these interviews peg the typical range of the production budget for high-end cable and streaming dramas at $5 million-$7 million an hour, while single-camera half hours on broadcast and cable run from $1.5 million to more than $3 million. With the exception of HBO, which made its mark with lavish productions, that’s a significant increase, during just the past five years, over what had been $3 million-$4 million for cable dramas and around $1 million-$1.5 million for single-camera half hours.


Just taking a wild guess: perhaps Lynch was asking for the high end of an HBO style budget, whereas Showtime wanted something closer to the $3-$4 million dollar range.
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Re: Budget

Postby dkenny78 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 1:48 pm

mtwentz wrote:
Just taking a wild guess: perhaps Lynch was asking for the high end of an HBO style budget, whereas Showtime wanted something closer to the $3-$4 million dollar range.


Perhaps - but Twin Peaks S3 is a unique animal among TV productions against which industry standards can't really be applied. It was shot over one continuous schedule as opposed to episodically so there had to have been efficiencies. Most of the cast worked for scale.

My personal assumption is that Lynch presented a lump-sum budget for the initial 9-hour production, Showtime balked at it and demanded that he either reduce the budget or increase the # of episodes so that they could amortize the costs over a longer period of subscription cycles. So perhaps his first estimate was $50M for 9 episodes but they settled for $75M for 18 episodes or something like that. A higher overall budget to be sure, but nearly five billing cycles to recoup as opposed to just over two.
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Re: Budget

Postby eyeboogers » Thu Oct 10, 2019 3:17 pm

dkenny78 wrote: A higher overall budget to be sure, but nearly five billing cycles to recoup as opposed to just over two.


So, perhaps a more fitting title than "Twin Peaks: The Return" would have simply been "Re-Coop".
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Re: Budget

Postby dkenny78 » Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:53 am

eyeboogers wrote:
So, perhaps a more fitting title than "Twin Peaks: The Return" would have simply been "Re-Coop".


Haha, perfect!

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