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It appears that the remake of The Munsters – now known as Mockingbird Lane – is indeed dead, but in an effort to recoup the $10 million sunk into the pilot, NBC will burn it off as a one-off special before Halloween.
After conflicting reports that the Mockingbird Lane project was dead, NBC has apparently decided to put the project out of its misery. Normally this would be the end of the story, and the pilot would end up being sold as a bootleg at comic convention, but the network is going to go a different route this time.
According to Deadline, NBC will burn off the pilot off on Oct. 26 at 8pm Eastern. The network sunk $10 million into this pilot by bringing in people such as Jerry O’Connell, Portia de Rossi and Eddie Izzard to star, and then brought in Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns) to direct. There is no way that the Peacock network will be able to get its entire investment back with this special showing, but if it helps knock down the red on the balance sheet at least a little bit, the accounting department will be happy.
This show actually looked like it had some promise, but apparently Bryan Fuller – the creative force behind the series – and Singer couldn’t come to a full agreement on the tone of the pilot, and after a somewhat confused product was turned in, NBC just killed it off.
Well, considering some of the drek that does make it to our television screens, it couldn’t have been that bad. We’ll all be able to judge for ourselves in a couple of weeks.