Bryan Fuller Hopeful that Mockingbird Lane can Still Be Saved
The main question is, “Why??” Just a few weeks ago I reported that THE MUNSTERS reboot series, MOCKINGBORD LANE, was pretty much dead in the water and that NBC wasn’t gonna move forward with it (article here). I was okay with this news. In fact I thought it was the most intelligent thing I heard in a long time. The project, simply put, sounded like shit. All the elements that made THE MUNSTERS so awesome were being completely abandoned in the reboot. Don’t believe me? Just wait until you get a gander at some of the stills from MOCKINGBIRD LANE!!
According to TV Guide online, word has it that series writer/creator Bryan Fuller is still hopeful that his pet project can still be salvaged:
Bryan Fuller isn’t giving up on Mockingbird Lane. Now that NBC plans to air the pilot as a special later this month, it appeared that the network had thrown in the towel on its Munsters redux. But Fuller … tells TV Guide Magazine that he remains bullish on Mockingbird, and thinks Halloween is a perfect time to get viewers on board.
“Such a different show merits a different way of getting it out to the audience,” he says. “There’s been tremendous support to get it out there and get people to see it, and have them make up their own minds,” he says.
Fuller’s modern take on The Munsters—starring Jerry O’Connelland Portia de Rossi as Herman and Lily Munster, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa—wasn’t ordered to series but instead will air as a one-hour special on Oct. 26 at 8/7c. That could be the end of the long-percolating project, which had been in the works for years.
Geez dude … I understand you may have some kind of attachment to this project, but let it go!! It sounds horrible and now we can all verify that it looks horrible (we’ll get to this in a minute):
But not so fast: Deals with the actors don’t expire until July, and if enough viewers tune in to Mockingbird, the possibility of it turning into a fall 2013 series still exists … the Mockingbird pilot reportedly cost $10 million, which may explain why NBC hasn’t completely let go of it yet. Fuller has already written outlines for three more episodes, and also crafted a six-episode arc should Mockingbird Lane rise again. “I’m very proud of the show,” he says.
Yikes. So it’s now gonna air as a Halloween special and the hopes are that so many people are gonna watch it and love it that the masses will demand more of MOCKINGBIRD LANE. Hhmmm. Be sure to click the TV Guide online link above for the complete interview with Fuller and what his vision and expectations are for the show. Right now it’s time to share some stills with you from MOCKINGBIRD LANE. The stills are … interesting. By ‘interesting’ I mean, “completely disappointing!!” There’s absolutely nothing here that will take you back to the original MUNSTERS and there’s nothing here that looks exciting as well. Blech!! Check ‘em out and let me know what you think of the “re-envisioned” MUNSTERS!!
MOCKINGBIRD LANE stars Portia DeRossi and Jerry O’Connell as Lily and Herman Munster, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, Mason Cook as Eddie, and Charity Wakefield as Marilyn. The pilot is directed by Bryan Singer.