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?
As anyone who ever watched 'Pushing Daisies' well knows, Bryan Fuller is the man to go to when you want distinctive visuals on a TV budget. For that, and other reasons, we regret that Fuller's 'Munsters' reboot 'Mockingbird Lane' never managed to make it off the ground apart from its pilot airing as a Halloween special, however successful it may have been. So while NBC obviously didn't share Fuller's vision of 'Mockingbird Lane,' would you believe it could have been far darker and more disturbing? Check out the original concept photos for the re-booted series inside!
It really pays to know Bryan Fuller. Not only has the one-time 'Pushing Daisies' producer cast a number of his past stars in NBC's upcoming Hannibal Lecter adaptation 'Hannibal,' but he even provided a role for comedian Eddie Izzard! The UK star has previously been attached to Fuller's other NBC effort 'Mockingbird Lane' as Grampa Munster, though NBC passed on the series and burned off its pilot as a "Halloween Special." Find out Izzard's ripping new 'Hannibal' role inside!
While we'll at least get to see what NBC and Bryan Fuller came up with in re-imagining 'The Munsters' as 'Mockingbird Lane' when the network airs the pilot as a Halloween special this Friday, there's a tinge of disappointment that the show mostly likely won't go to series. Even though the concept sounded a bit lame at first, the first images and footage of show provided an intriguing, more stylized take on the classic characters, so what about the latest clip updates 'The Munsters' in a clever way?
Though it seems more and more likely that our time spent at 'Mockingbird Lane' will be cut supernaturally short, NBC airing the pilot episode as a Halloween special this Friday, October 26, every little bit we see seems more and more intriguing. Case in point the first all-new clip from the now-defunct Bryan Fuller series, which amid some questionable effects certainly strikes the right tone of scary and sexy...
We have to admit, we're fairly disappointed that NBC and Bryan Fuller's 'Munsters' reboot 'Mockingbird Lane' isn't likely to continue beyond its special Halloween airing of the show's pilot. Campy and re-hashing a premise though it might have seemed to begin with, once NBC released the first full photos and even a trailer we started to see how the tone actually seemed to work for the series. So while October 26 will see the pilot airing and likely closing out the show's run, what twist do new photos introduce for the series going forward?
It's one of those things that doesn't feel real until you've actually seen footage. After all, there's no way to know for sure that NBC spent $10 million on a pilot/Halloween special remake of 'The Munsters' until you've seen actual evidence with your own two eyes. Alas, the first teaser for 'Mockingbird Lane' has arrived proving that yes, someone thought remaking the 'The Munsters' was a good idea and worth a lot of money.
You know, we're almost sad we'll never get to see NBC and Bryan Fuller's 'Munsters' re-boot 'Mockingbird Lane' in its entirety, following the pilot episode that the network will re-purpose as a Halloween special on the 26th. Sure, things might have looked kind of hokey, and another attempt to cash in on a previous franchise, but the concept had enough potential to possibly work under Fuller's unique direction. So what from the first-look pictures has us convinced?
Well, we may not be able to see how 'The Munsters' get reborn as 'Mockingbird Lane' on a weekly basis, but at least we'll get to see what Bryan Fuller came up with for the pilot. Having already sunk over $10 million into the project, NBC seems to have made the official decision not to move forward with Fuller's 'Mockingbird Lane,' instead airing the pilot as a spooky Halloween special. When will the episode air, and will that be curtains for the project?
While the initial prospect seemed somewhat daunting, and perhaps even too fantastic to be taken seriously, we have to admit that we were curious to see what Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer would make of 'The Munsters' by adapting it for NBC as 'Mockingbird Lane.' A little while ago we heard that the project was most likely dead in the water, but given the money NBC has already sunk in, is there any chance we'll see 'Mockingbird Lane' on the small screen after all?