While the news may not come as a surprise to most people, NBC has officially decided to pass on Bryan Fuller’s reboot rendition of ‘The Munsters’ titled ‘Mockingbird Lane.’
The announcement came from creator/executive producer Fuller himself on Twitter:
This marks the end of a 2 year long journey for the project. ‘Mockingbird Lane’ was originally planned to air in the 2010-2011 television season and things then got held up due to a changeover in management when NBC placed Bob Greenblatt to take over the network. Greenblatt took a liking to the project and ordered it to pilot in November of last year, but difficulties in casting schedules (apparently Eddie Izzard wouldn’t be available until the spring of 2012) delayed filming of the pilot. With casting complete with Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, Mason Cook as their son Eddie, Charity Wakefield as their niece Marilyn and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, it looked promising for the pilot.
Bryan Singer landed the job as director and after a rumored budget of $10 million for the pilot and a disagreement between the two Bryans as to the direction of the show, NBC finally decided to air the episode as a Halloween special. While the numbers of the special were mediocre (5.4 million viewers), it was decent enough for that Friday night time slot that some a glimmer of hope that the show would be picked up to series.
Even though multiple scripts for ‘Mockingbird Lane’ had already been written, the network executives thought that the premise of the show really didn’t work and there was even speculation that ‘Mockingbird Lane’ would be redesigned to focus more on Grandpa and Marilyn.
But that is all in the past as the ax has now come down and NBC has now foreclosed on the project. If you’d like to get a preview of what might have been, you can watch the entire pilot below courtesy of NBC.
What do you think? Are you sorry that ‘Mockingbird Lane’ won’t be a regular series?