The cast of Mad Men: Roger Sterling (John Slattery), Joan (Christina Hendricks), Ken (Aaron Staton), Don Draper (Jon Hamm), Harry (Rich Sommer), Peggy (Elisabeth Moss), Paul (Michael Gladis) and Pete (Vincent Kartheiser). (Photo: New York Times)
America is famous for producing high-quality TV shows, games, and dramas. Television is a vital component of American culture, and is becoming increasingly sophisticated.
Popularity and generous budgets are often important factors in a successful television show, but there are also a few unexpected things that can make or break hit TV shows.
As you would expect, adequate spending is a big reason why some TV shows last and others do not, even if the smaller-budget show has more popular support from viewers.
Television shows are becoming more and more elaborate. As a result of eased restrictions on creative power by network shows, many shows are taking viewers from medium-budget movies that suffer from a lack of originality.
That creative freedom has begun to attract higher-quality actors who would have been busy working on films if it weren’t for the higher pay in making television.
Jon Hamm, the star of AMC’s “Mad Men,” made $275,000 per episode. Michael C. Hall made $350,000 per episode starring for “Dexter,” providing plenty of motivation to put off making medium-budget movies for similar pay.
Special effects, lifelike makeup, animatronics, costumes, and sets must all be considered when determining budget. This list does not even include paying the cast, the writers, and all other employees. However, many hit TV shows start out with small budgets and expand as they gain popularity.
Of course, without quality writers, producers, actors, and an appealing concept a television show rarely survives.
The longest lasting shows have room to grow in both their budgets and their storylines, explore multiple storylines, and address contemporary issues. Shows like “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” and “The Walking Dead” have lasted, or are projected to last for up to five seasons.
The best concepts put a twist on a well-known genre or scenario because audiences are familiar with it, but they like to see something different. All of these elements combine to foster the public’s love of the TV show, which is perhaps the most important factor of all.