Despite being in development for two years, costing NBC $10 million and being under the guidance of executive producer-extraordinaire Bryan Fuller (the man behind TV shows such as ‘Pushing Daisies’, ‘Wonderfalls’ and ‘Dead Like Me’) and being directed by Bryan Singer (‘X-Men’ franchise and TV’s ‘House’), the reboot series Mockingbird Lane, based on the classic black and white sitcom ‘The Munsters’, will only air as a Halloween special rather than as a weekly series.
The rather sad news broke earlier today, but there could potentially be a silver lining: if the special airing of ‘Mockingbird Lane’ does well enough in the ratings, NBC could possibly move forward with the show after all, ordering it to series. But, as of right now, that is a big “if”.
‘Mockingbird Lane’ will star Jerry O’Connell (‘Crossing Jordan’) in the iconic role of Herman Munster while Portia de Rossi (‘Arrested Development’) plays his wife Lily, Eddie Izzard (‘The Riches’) as Grandpa, Mason Cook (‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D’) as Herman and Lily’s son Eddie and Charity Wakefield (‘Raven’) as niece Marilyn. Unlike the original series, though, this version was going to be a “more serious family drama” that would have featured creator Fuller’s “signature visual style”.
The special Halloween airing of the ‘Mockingbird Lane’ pilot will air on NBC on Friday, October 26 at 8/7c right before an all-new episode of ‘Grimm’.