We've been looking forward to checking out Bryan Fuller's adaptation of The Munsters, Mockingbird Lane, for a while now. It was then rumored that NBC was not going to pick up the series and the pilot would be shelved. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fuller and pilot director Bryan Singer had differing opinions on the style of the show. This, allegedly, is what led to NBC being disappointed with the pilot and passing on it.
When this news broke, Fuller took to Twitter to tell fans that Mockingbird Lane still had a chance. (Sorry Nikki Finke.)
Now comes word that Mockingbird Lane is being given that chance by NBC. The pilot is said to be airing on NBC as a Halloween special on Friday, October 26th. We'll be able to see it that night at 8:00 PM, before Grimm.
While some may find it a tease that we're only getting the pilot as a TV special, there is still potential for a series pick-up. Should the ratings, and reviews, be glowing enough for the show, potentially NBC could still order episodes. Perhaps as a mid-season replacement?
Mockingbird Lane stars Jerry O'Connell as Herman Munster, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa and Portia de Rossi as Lilian. It changes the concept of the original version of The Munsters, where they physically were monsters. (Just look at them! What kind of monsters would create a band like that???) Mockingbird Lane wonders what happens when they are monsters on the inside.
Mockingbird Lane is a pretty ambitious TV pilot with a hefty price tag, at a reported $10 million. For that kind of coin, NBC definitely wants to see this pay off for them, if possible. This decision to air it as a TV special will leave the fate of the series in viewers hands on October 26th on NBC.
What say you?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter