Kevin Spacey discusses the economics of television pilots:
Last year 113 pilots were made. 35 of those were chosen to go to air. 13 of those were renewed, but most of those are gone now. And this year 146 pilots were shot. 56 have gone to series, but we don’t know the outcome of those yet. But the cost of these pilots was somewhere between 300 and 400 million dollars a year. That makes our House of Cards deal for two seasons look really cost effective.