When ABC canceled Batman, most of Hollywood was in shock. Why would they cancel such a successful show? As it turned out, Batman was the most expensive show on ABC's lineup, and the network was looking to cut its programming budget. All was not lost, however, because NBC was eager and willing to pick the show up. Unfortunately, an overzealous Fox staffer had already had the sets dismantled. (Fox had produced the show for ABC.) When NBC found out that it would have to rebuild the expensive sets, they decided not to bring the show back. ABC and a random staffer had succeeded to do what no villain was ever able to do; they took out Batman.