NBC‘s planned reboot of The Munsters is, as of now, not getting picked up for a series but rather having its pilot episode aired as a one-off, Halloween special on October 26th at 8pm ET. It’s surely a disappointment to anyone excited for Byran Fuller‘s updating of the monstrous 60s family, but Fuller promises it doesn’t have to end.
Mockingbird Lane is in an interesting position. The pilot cost about $1o million to produce, which is partly why NBC is airing it at all, hoping to get back some of their investment. And this opportunity is a perfect testing ground for interest in a series. If viewers turn up in droves NBC could decide to order a series into production for airing next year because they smartly have the cast under contract until July 2013.
If we get a huge number, all the cast are in line to be picked up and to go to series. And that was one of the things that NBC wanted to make sure, that they had all of the cast deals in line — so that if we did get a big number and audiences proved their appetite for this type of show, that they could move very quickly.
He continues with how confidant he we’ll love the show and be demanding more,
My fantasy of the show getting out there is people say, ‘Wow, this is one of the best NBC pilots of the fall, and it’s great that it’s airing and everyone should take a peek at it.
It’s gorgeous, every frame is sumptuous. You get to have these really interesting actors coming in and taking their spins on these classic characters. I love the original Munsters and didn’t want to step on it in any way of putting people in Frankenstein makeup and Dracula makeup. So we went our own direction.
I’m definitely intrigued, and even though I’ve always been a bigger Addams Family fan than Munsters, I intend to give the pilot a shot, will you?