Back in the early 2000s Lloyd Braun, the then-network president of ABC, had an idea about a new TV series which later developed into the drama series Lost.
Braun was so headstrong when it came to this project that he didn’t stop at any obstacles. Unfortunately, there were some seriously expensive obstacles. Braun wanted to use a particular Lockheed L-1011 aircraft that was once used by the Delta Air Lines from the early 1970s. The plane was broken, so it had to be shipped to Hawaii. The purchasing of the plane, its shipping and the later decorations and corrections that were made cost a total of $14 million. At that time ABC’s ratings weren’t particularly high and that sum surpassed any pilot episode ever shot. Nevertheless, Braun gave the project a green light. After the company realized they were spending $14 million just on the pilot episode of a brand-new and unstable series, ABC’s parenting company – Walt Disney – immediately fired Braun.
J.J. Abrams took his place and led the series to a total of 6 seasons.