Word From Inside NBC on the Fate of Ill-Fated Trauma Series

What’s the word from inside NBC regarding the fate of ill-fated Trauma? Hollywood insider Nikke Finke reports yesterday that one NBC serial just got cancelled and that:

“…Trauma is next because of its ridiculously excessive $3 million pricetag an episode.”

Shooting Trauma in the SoMA earlier this month, right where San Francisco actor Christopher Borgzinner got jumped by a gang on a moving MUNI 9 San Bruno bus during rush hour this past Monday:

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via Davidity Dave

Will that be the legacy of Trauma?  Certainty that it’s just too darn expensive to “film” here?

It was nice when it lasted but now it’s gone
It was nice when it lasted but now it’s gone

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5 Responses to “Word From Inside NBC on the Fate of Ill-Fated Trauma Series”

  1. salsa says:

    Wow, tag list is longer than the post?!

  2. I don’t think it’s the “here” part that makes is expensive to film.

  3. Jason says:

    Only NBC is stupid enough to schedule this show opposite 3 very popular shows: Monday Night Football, Dancing with the Stars and Two and Half Men.

  4. sfcitizen says:

    Yes, them tags tend to accumulate post after post. Perhaps a trim is in order.

    The “here” part is certainly a major factor in the expense of shooting Trauma, I would think. If it had ratings anything like E.R., then this wouldn’t matter, but there’s no way in hell that Trauma could get E.R. ratings.

    Yes, NBC= Nothing But Clowns, these days.

  5. @neilsf says:

    Having worked in Hollywood, $3M an episode is over four times the cost of typical episodic TV production. While this is great when ratings are stellar and advertisers pony up to fill ad inventory at rates that exceed production costs, this is way too high for any good network to stomach.

    In comparison, the excellent BBC series Top Gear has been reported to be about $1M per episode.

    I doubt NBC would’ve greenlit a TV series at $3M per ep, so the real cost is likely less. Still, in a world of declining ad rates and the very real competition from cable channels (which have no terrestrial broadcast infrastructure to maintain), it’s hard to make even a $2M/ep cost series pencil out.