Herman Munster’s heart has beat it’s last with the announcement that NBC is not moving forward with Bryan Fuller‘s Munstersreboot, Mockingbird Lane. The official word came out earlier toady when Fuller tweeted:
That tweet marks the last shovel of dirt on the reboot’s grave. It was a rocky two year road for the show that faced multiple rewrites, casting issues, and lackluster NBC Brass support. Once NBC passed on the pilot, but decided to air it as a Halloween Special the series death was pretty much cast. Fans hoped a strong showing might bring the show back from the dead, but even 5.4 million total viewers couldn’t keep Herman’s heart beating.
What did you think of the pilot? I actually came around toward the end, but considering the ten million dollar price tag on the pilot I can see why NBC might be a little leery.
The fate of Bryan Fuller‘s Munsters update, Mockingbird Lane is still up in the air. In fact, its future relies completely on whether or not the pilot, now being aired as a Halloween special Friday October 26th at 8pm, pulls in high enough numbers that NBC decides to pursue the series. Obviously, Fuller would like to see that happen but I’m sure NBC would like some of their $10 million investment back as well.
To build the anticipation for the show a new clip’s been released. Check it out below and let us know if you’ll be catching Mockingbird Lane this Friday on NBC.
I kind of like what I’m seeing here. There’s not a lot of substance to this scene, but I like the visual effects they’re showing off. And if there’s a lot this, I can see where that $10 million went.
UPDATE: There’s been a second clip released featuring Herman and Eddie,
Coming Soon also a pretty comprehensive synopsis of the pilot. I wouldn’t consider it too much of a spoiler, unless you wanted to know absolutely nothing about the show.
In Mockingbird Lane, sweet little Eddie Munster (Mason Cook) is a normal kid about to enter the horrors of puberty. Truth is, he’s about to discover that for him becoming a teenager means growing hair in truly unexpected places — as in all over his body — every time the moon is full! Eddie’s got it pretty good though. His loving, supportive, run-of-the-mill family includes his mom Lily (Portia de Rossi), the daughter of Dracula; his dad Herman (Jerry O’Connell), who brings new meaning to “Frankenstein”; and Grandpa (Eddie Izzard), who would give Dracula a run for his money if he weren’t actually Dracula! Of course then there’s creepy cousin Marilyn (Charity Wakefield), who’s really the odd one because she’s so completely normal.
Buying a house these days is a nightmare, so Herman and Lily are shocked that no one scooped up the rambling Victorian mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Lane that was the site of a series of grisly hobo murders. Settling into their new place, they’re quickly onto the mission at hand: to gently ease Eddie into the reality of his werewolf adolescence. But it’s not always so easy to accept that your child is a little “different” from the rest of the kids. Meanwhile, Herman, who works as a funeral director, is suffering from a heart condition. Since he’s made up mostly of spare parts, he knew his makeshift heart would eventually give out. No worries though, because Grandpa, who is pretty good at procuring body parts, is on the case. All Herman cares about is finding a new heart with the same capacity to love Lily as much as he has for so many decades.
I think this sounds like a really imaginative updating of the classic 60s sitcom, so I hope its pilot performs well and we can see a series next year. Don’t forget, if you want more you better tune in Friday at 8pm on NBC!
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?
It’s with a degree of disappoint that the news came this week that NBC was abandoning Mockingbird Lane, a modern re-imagining of The Munsters from writer Bryan Fuller and director Bryan Singer, in favor of burning off the pilot as a Halloween special. Of course, that’s better treatment than Wonder Woman got a couple of years ago, but still, what could be so horrible about the finished Mockingbird Lane project that NBC wants to air it out and bury it fast?
The answer may shock you, and can be determined for yourself after the jump: (more…)
NBC has finally made a decision about Bryan Fuller‘s new Munsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane. The network powers that be have passed on the show and decided to air the pilot episode as a Halloween Special.I’m still pissed off at NBC Execs for changing the air day and then delaying the fourth season of Community.
Two years of development, TEN MILLION dollars spent, a cast of noteworthy actors, and all they can do is squeeze a Halloween special out of it. ABC can give a horrible train wreck of a show like The Neighborsa chance on the air, but NBC won’t give this a try?
Granted they should try to get something back for all the money and time put into this project, but this just seems sad. They’ve not announced the actual air date and time yet, (Week of Halloween maybe?) but we’ll let you know when we know.
NBC has released its first character image from the Munsters remake Mockingbird Lane, one of the series in development for midseason being supervised by Bryan Fuller. The below image is of the Munsters so-called “normal” relative, Marilyn, who is now being played by English actress Charity Wakefield.
Check out the image below:
Shooting began today on the project, which comes quick on the heels of the announcement that Portia de Rossi had been cast as Lily Munster. Wakefield and de Rossi joins Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Mason Cook as Eddie, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa. Fuller is writing and directing the pilot, which will premiere sometime on NBC in 2013.
Jerry O’Connell has a new address: 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
CBS’ legal drama The Defenders was canceled after one season leaving Jerry free to don the big boots and stick bolts into his neck for the role of Herman Munster in NBC’s Munsters reboot titled Mockingbird Lane.
The actor will play the father of the family of monsters, who was originally played by Fred Gwynne. In the reboot, Herman — much like in the original — has his father in-law, Grandpa Munster, living in the basement of the family home. Who better to reprise the role of Grandpa Munster, that Al Lewis played so well, than Eddie Izzard. Eddie should easily play the powerful and quick-witted elderly vampire.
Mason Cook will play Herman and Lily’s werewolf son, Eddie. Bryan Singer will executive produce and direct the pilot.
This newer version is said to be an edgier and slightly darker take exploring origins of Herman and Lily Munster (originally played by Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo) and how they arrived at the famed 1313 Mockingbird Lane address.
Any thoughts? Let’s hear them in the comments section below.
To be honest, when I heard The Munsters were being rebooted for modern audiences, I cringed. Seriously, is no classic property safe?!? But the more I read and especially after this first look at the design for the new 1313 Mockingbird Lane I’m getting a little excited to see what the Bryans pull off. That would be Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer and their re-imagining is called Mockingbird Lane. This version will be a little darker, a little edgier but still a family show. As you can guess from the name change their trying to avoid too many comparisons with the 1960s television show, but I mean, how can we not compare the two? What they need to focus on is making a good, updated version that still pays tribute to the campy roots, and from what you’ll read here, I think they’re going to succeed.
Cake or Death? Well it seems that the Munsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane, chose Death. After what’s seemed silence on the airwaves on the show, Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and X-Men director Bryan Singer have finally cast their first role, in the four months after the shows ordered pilot, for the revamped (sexy) Grandpa Munster.
Deadline reports that “final negotiations” are in order for iconic actor/comedian Eddie Izzard to join the show as both producer and Grandpa Munster. Of course this Grandpa Munster, will be extremely different from the one of your childhood (or Netflix account). Lewis’ Grandpa, while being a cherry old cook whose cheerful demeanor and sarcastic quips made this lab-homebody a lively old chap it seems that the reboot will expand on his abilities. Izzard’s Grandpa will be much more the Man About Town type who can turn into bats, rats and wolves at the drop of a dime, while also managing to don fedoras and other fashionable attire as he tries his luck with the ladies.
Izzard’s acting and comedic capabilities are top notch, and he has proven that he has a strong TV series persona i.e. his acclaimed two seasons on The Riches, a guest stint on United States of Tara, and his previous work with Singer on Valkyrie. Plus, who can forget, that Izzard was responsible for one of the most well-renowned and funniest Star Wars jokes to date. Izzard gets a thumbs up from this southern lady on his future endeavor in NBC’s Mockingbird Lane.
NBC has been planning to bring back from the dead, the beloved classic sitcom, “The Munsters”. Of course, rumor around the NBC water cooler is that instead of being titled “The Munsters” it will instead be changed to “Mockingbird Lane”. Re-boots of classic shows tend to keep the title of what they’re re-making, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with this show. Yet this change in title, along with the revamping of the story line from the inside out, may make this a show you won’t particularly recognize.
The title switch isn’t completely made up from some tangent, but is an homage to the street in which the Munster family resides. It still seems odd to me that they would make such a drastic title change for a re-boot, but hopefully the characters and plot of the story don’t change so drastically that it becomes a sci-fi version of “The Desperate Housewives”. If so I think I will have to take an old tv outside and “put it down” Old Yeller style. At this point, I can’t handle another disappointment in the world of Television. I mean they already took Eureka, and Pushing Daisies away from me. What could be next!?!
Outside of the tangent for my television joys of yester-moment, the people set to helm the newly titled Munster reboot is non-other than Bryan Fuller of Pushing Daises fame and Bryan Singer, producer and director of X-Men. Currently, the pilot is in the casting stage, and no actors have been announced to be part of the project.