NBC Grounds Its Pilots
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The writers' strike will put a serious dent in this year's pilot season.
NBC, though, is considering making the cuts permanent. Zucker says the cost of pilots has increased dramatically in recent years, making the process a high-risk, low-reward endeavor for the network. NBC typically only orders five or six new shows each year from a crop of 15 to 20 pilots.
"You're spending money on programs you're not going to get," Zucker said in a video "town hall" with NBC Universal employees. The network may still order a couple of pilots each year, but not much more than that.
Just how NBC will pick new shows is unclear. The network has experimented with a couple of different ideas in the past year, including splitting the cost for a 13-episode adaptation of "Robinson Crusoe" with a European producer.