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

Date September 26, 2011
Terra Nova Better 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...

Terra Nova Better 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?

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