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.
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.
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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.