‘Mockingbird Lane’ Update: NBC Officially Passes on ‘Munsters’ Reboot
Considering that NBC long ago decided to air Bryan Fuller’s ‘Munsters’ reboot ‘Mockingbird Lane‘ as a Halloween special, glossing over the fate of any further hours, no one quite expected the peacock to suddenly order additional episodes. The prospects for the moderately-received ‘Mockingbird Lane’ became even more dire when Fuller began to focus on his other NBC project ‘Hannibal,’ but now word has officially come down on ‘Mockingbird Lane’s final fate. Like Herman Munster himself, has NBC had a change of heart?
Sad, if expected news for NBC’s Bryan Fuller-helmed, Bryan Singer-produced ‘Munsters’ reboot ‘Mockingbird Lane.’ Thursday Fuller announced via Twitter that NBC officially passed on the project, a somewhat predictable move after relegating the pilot to a Halloween special event two months prior.
“I tweet with a heavy heart. NBC not moving forward with #MockingbirdLane,” said Fuller. “From producers and cast, thank you all for enthusiasm and support.” Fuller’s losses aren’t too great however, considering he still has the buzzy NBC series ‘Hannibal’ to fall back on, given a straight-to-series order of ten episodes.
Written by Fuller and directed by Bryan Singer, ‘Mockingbird Lane’ updated the ’60s sitcom, showcasing a family of vampires, werewolves and other supernatural creatures, as well as their “plain” cousin Marilyn (Charity Wakefield). Rather than a traditional sitcom as in the original iteration, the series featured striking visuals in the vein of Fuller’s past work on ‘Pushing Daisies.’ In addition to Portia de Rossi as Lily and Jerry O’Connell as Herman, Mason Cook played the role of young werewolf boy Eddie, while UK comedian Eddie Izzard brought to life Grandpa Munster.
Well, what say you? Are you sad NBC officially passed on ‘Mockingbird Lane?’