Last week, NBC was rumored to be giving the boot to Bryan Fuller’s Munsters 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?
Thanks to screenrant for the heads-up.
I said it before and I’ll say it again – I am super-pleased with the upcoming Munsters remake, Mockingbird Lane. I try to keep up with all the news to see how it’s going, but it looks like this time Screenrant was a little savvier than I was. They managed to secure some new pictures of the sets and cast that give a little more insight into what the new series will look like.
The new cast.
More of the new cast.
Building 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
Charity Wakefield, AKA Marilyn Munster.
Eddie Izzard, AKA Grandpa.
Being headed by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me), the new series will follow the Munsters characters down a darker path and explore a little more of the realities of how being a member of an outcast monster family might play out. Cast currently consists of Jerry O’Connell as Herman, Portia de Rossi as Lily, Mason Cook as Eddie, Charity Wakefield as Marilyn and Eddie Izzard as GrandpaMunster.
When asked about it, Fuller had this to say about his new creation:
The Munsters actually do what monsters do. They eat people and they have to live with the ramifications of being monstrous. It’s like grounding it in a reality because the half-hour was a sitcom, we saw the monsters: they were monsters on the outside and weren’t monsters on the inside. For us, they’re monsters outside and inside, and we get to double our story.
Everything is a metaphor for something that you can identify with in a relationship. The fact that Herman is in a constant state of decay and he’s married to someone who doesn’t age. We get to play with all those insecurities. The fact that he was made by his father-in-law and then has to live up to those standards; he’s always trying to find his own identity.
Mockingbird Lane will be visiting television sets on NBC starting “sometime” next year.
Thanks to screenrant for the heads-up.
It’s news that hits everyone differently – that of the potentially dreaded reboot. This time around it happens to be an old television series by the name of The Munsters. If you haven’t ever seen The Munsters (shame on you!), the story revolves around a rather ‘unconventional’ family of movie-monster stereotypes trying to live out their lives as normal folks. The new series, titled Mockingbird Lane, is being put together by the dream-team of Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer and will bring a darker and more serious edge to the old campy classic.
Fuller had a panel this year at San Diego Comic-Con and took the opportunity to tease his audience with four minutes of footage from Mockingbird Lane. The first bit ran through young Eddie Munster having a werewolf attack in the middle of his cub scout group. It then proceeded into a collage of bits-and-pieces, mostly concerning black sheep of the family, Marilyn Munster and the lovable mad genius, Grandpa Munster.
After making sure everyone’s undies were properly watered, Fuller went on to talk a bit about his own love of the original series and how he wanted to bring it back, but in a way that takes the unique family dynamics of the show in a whole new direction. The new show will offer up a more adult-oriented experience as opposed to the family-friendly style of the original, as well as presenting more character development. Fuller also promises to keep much of the classic goofy Munster fun that fans of the original have come to expect.
Personally, I am super-jazzed about this new show. I used to spam The Munsters every Saturday afternoon when I was a kid and am eager to see what Bryan and Bryan have to offer. I am confident that I and other loyal Munsters fans will not be disappointed.
Anyone else looking forward to Mockingbird Lane, or am I the only one out there old enough to remember the Munsters with happy feelings?
Thanks to bleedingcool for the info.