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 pilot for Bryan Fuller’s Mockingbird Laneis one that I’ve been looking forward to for some time now. Although there are a lot of naysayers who think that aMunstersreboot is completely unnecessary, I personally feel that this is one property that is actually ready to be redone. What makes the prospect even more enticing is the crew that is ready to handle the show, with Bryan Fuller at the helm and Bryan Singer adding his skills to directing this pilot episode. Add to that a group of actors that have proven themselves to be worthy of at least giving a watch and you have the recipe to something that could be greatly successful.
This pilot episode begins by jumping right into the crux of the story’s theme – being a monster in a world of humans. It takes the viewpoint of a child, however, instead of one of the many other monsters who happen to be okay with what they are. Singer doesn’t just spell it out plainly for the audience, instead choosing to tease them a bit and lure them into the story with a bit of frenetic werewolf action. As it turns out, all the chaos that happens during the first few minutes is because Eddie Munster is undergoing a unique sort of puberty – that of manifesting his werewolf self.
It’s almost here, the $10 million pilot of the not-approved-to-continue-into-a-series Mockingbird Lane. Brian Fuller’s brainchild may have been denied by the powers-that-be, but at least we get a chance to see what he put together this weekend. In order to promote (and hopefully make some of that giant pile of cash back), NBC has put out yet another video showing what to expect this Friday:
Check it out this Friday, October 26th at 8PM on NBC.
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.
Last week, NBC was rumored to be giving the boot to Bryan Fuller’sMunsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane. Apparently, the darker twist on the old show wasn’t enough to impress them, even with Bryan Singer directing the pilot. Now, however, it looks like the gun-shy company may be attempting to recoup some of its losses by airing it regardless of series potential. Though still up in the air, the pilot may make its way to television as a stand-alone project or, if they can get some extra footage put together, as a full-length TV movie.
The reason given by NBC for giving up their $10 million and 2-year investment is said to be because of the location that Fuller chose to use. They wanted a solid, discernable location for the show’s setting as opposed to the semi-real world that Fuller preferred. And as we all know, television executives are much better than producers and directors when it comes to judging the creative content of a project.
All I have to say about this is – LAME. This is one show that I actually had some hopes for, given the decent cast and Singer directing. The only good thing to come out of this is that I may get to watch the pilot a bit earlier than it was originally intended to air.
What do the Nerdreaders think? Is NBC just too vanilla to take a risk with Mockingbird Lane’s dark and potentially cultish appeal? Or was this just a bad idea from the start?
So Deadline is reporting that Bryan Fuller‘s Munsters remake Mockingbird Lane is being met with resounding indifference by NBC and is not looking good for going to series sometime later this season.
So that’s the end of that, right?
Not so fast, says Fuller himself. He had this to say on his Twitter feed soon after the “news” broke:
NBC just informed me the Deadline article regarding #MockingbirdLane was Dead Wrong. Stay tuned for updates!
“Dead Wrong.” That sounds promising.
As you’ll recall, Mockingbird Lane is one of two high profile projects that Fuller is working for NBC, the other is Hannibal, a prequel series of sorts about the pre-jail days of Hannibal Lector.
Mockingbird Lane stars Jerry O’Connell as Frankenstein Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his vampire wife Lily, and Eddie Izzard as father-in-law Grandpa. Based on the classic 60s sitcom The Munsters,the updated Mockingbird Lane promises to be a cross between True Blood and Modern Family in terms of style.
Still, one wonders what might be going on behind the scenes at the show. What is the source of Deadline’s intel, and is there really any cause for concern on the set of the show? Interesting times. We’ll keep you posted with developments.
He is more than a comedian. Eddie Izzard is a thinker who ties his observations on history and society together with a razor sharp wit. Presently touring Europe and delivering his act in French, Izzard took a break from his busy schedule to talk with a small group of reporters and I was lucky enough to be a part of that group. Below is my portion of that conversation with Izzard where we discussed the very violent and very funny IFC show Bullet in the Face, the state of our society, reality TV, and how he wound up playing Grandpa in the Munsters remake Mockingbird Lane.
Bullet in the Face struck me as being a tad less obvious than other spoofs — you got to sneak some things in without an illuminated arrow pointing at the punch lines. It felt like stupid humor for smart people; is that what drew you to the role?
Eddie Izzard: I do like the smart-stupid angle, which is what I play — I actually play it smart-stupid-stupid-smart. This was just a chance for me to go off on a strange and unusual angle as someone who is a complete megalomaniac. I normally don’t do comedies, and this was a drama, but this is all very heightened, so I sort of went for it and didn’t take many prisoners and tried out some different things. I haven’t seen it all, so I don’t know quite how it all lands.
Obviously it’s a farcical but super-violent show at a time when nobody really thinks violence is very funny — is there a concern about a backlash or regret with regard to the timing?
Well, that is always something one has to bear in mind. In America or maybe around the world, it does happen that very violent incidences happen, and one wonders about timing — you couldn’t pre-think that. Um, so yes, I don’t know. I don’t kill that many people in the show; I am in the show, so there you go. It’s just something one has to bear in mind, and these things happen in reality — I haven’t got the answer.
I think that the debate about gun fascination needs to happen in a much larger way. You know, in America a lot of people fight for gun control, the NRA fights for gun expansion. In Europe — maybe because we had the Second World War, and so many people died that we got rid of them — but still, you do those American films… obviously you’re talking in reference to the Batman situation — those films will just draw in a humongous amount of people, and its always war films that are made into films.
No one does democracy. There is no film about Athenian democracy; it’s just not happening. It is a weird thing. I don’t know what the answer to it is, but we don’t talk about it enough — the gun fascination. Myself as a social democrat, I still have a gun fascination, but I like to shoot milk bottles and things like that. We just don’t talk about it enough. Maybe it’s just a primeval thing, which I think it probably is. It’s a very basic primal thing, this hunting thing that we got rid of, and so its still in our brain.
So how you deal with it, how you deal with this in drama… I’m also doing Mockingbird Lane — that’s a very potentially violent thing, but its comedic; it has a comedic edge to it. And there’s tons of vampire films going out. But still, if something like that happened in reality everyone would just flip, and when it does happen people flip. I don’t know the answer to that question, it is just something that… God, will we ever get to the bottom of it? Will we ever get to a happy medium on it?
You still pack your act with loads of historical references, but we seem to be getting dumber as a society. Would it be easier to just talk about reality TV and then have a cry over the downfall of society?
I don’t think society is down-falling…
Well not necessarily “down-falling”, but i think our capacity for information — our storage capacity is lessening. We’re just inundated with so much stuff…
Well, we do like gossip, and we do know that reality TV also costs the TV companies zero cents to make, so obviously they’ve fallen in love with that in a financial way. The bean counters have gone crazy, but it’s also America’s greatest time of drama television and great roles for older actors, more mature actors in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and in the UK as well and probably around the world as well.
I think any time you can take a snapshot and think things are rough, but, you know, I’m surprised that I keep getting audiences. I just played the Hollywood-bloody-Bowl, which is about 15,000, and I’m talking about Greeks, Romans, “Is there a God?”, all that kind of stuff. So while we might think we’re getting dumber, I don’t think anything’s moving. I think there’s always enough smart people and there’s enough dumb people.
Maybe television is shoving out more and more — The Wives of Orange County and The Wives of This Place and The Wives of New Jersey, there’s a lot of wives stuff out there. It’s Car-Crash-TV, and people like to watch it; people like to do it because they get famous and people like to watch it because they think, “Well, my life is not that life.” So gossiping goes back to the early cave people… maybe it’s one’s attitude; I’m a glass is half full [person]. Actually, I’m a glass is three-quarters full person. I am a transvestite who’s got this far, so I should be quite happy.
You mentioned before that there are great roles out there on TV for actors in their 40s, 50s, and 60s — did any vanity creep in before you took the role of Grandpa on Mockingbird Lane? Because I don’t see you as a grandfather. I’m watching the show [Bullet in the Face] last night, and then I watched Dressed to Kill, and I just don’t… you don’t… I can’t believe… you’re not really old enough to be a grandfather is what I’m saying…
(Laughs) Well, I could be, couldn’t I?
Well, biologically… yes, I suppose mathematically, but you just don’t seem like…
I could have worked it out… but yes, indeed. What happened was, I was told of the idea, and, “Hey do you want to be inThe Munsters, in the pilot?”, and I went, “No, this is just not gonna happen.” And then they said, “Well, you know you should have a look at it, because it’s Bryan Fuller who did Pushing Daisies,and he’s looking at you to play this role.” I said, “Grandpa. I really haven’t seen the show, but I’m not Grandpa. That’s not my next move.” I’m very into military moves in terms of how I get up the ladder, and I said the next thing is not “Munsters“, and it’s not “Grandpa”. But then he put it to me, and he told me what he was trying to do with it, and I thought, “Well, this could be intriguing; this could be an interesting role to play.” So I was persuaded by Bryan Fuller to do it, and that’s why I’m there, and we’ll see where we go with it. You know, they may not give it to us, but if they give it to us I think we’ll take it to a place where it will be not quite what people are expecting. If you remember the distance that the original Batman went to Tim Burton’s Batman, that is the distance that we should be taking it. It won’t be the same as that; it won’t be that action. But it will have moved probably something like that distance.
Bullet in the Face will air Thursday and Friday night on IFC at 10/9 C