28
Dec
2012

Despite having finally decided to air the pilot for Halloween, NBC will not be moving forward with a full order on Mockingbird Lane.

For reasons known only to NBC, the network has opted to not pick up Mockingbird Lane, the modern day reboot of The Munsters from Bryan Fuller. The lone airing of the pilot drew 5.4 million viewers on the Friday before Halloween, and actually gave the Peacock network its best numbers for the Friday night slot in two years. Despite all of that, there will be no more episodes ordered.

Fueller tweeted of the news:

I tweet with a heavy heart. NBC not moving forward with #MockingbirdLane. From producers and cast, thank you all for enthusiasm and support.

Well, at least we got to see the polot for ourselves instead of it being locked away in a vault like so many other pilots.

24
Oct
2012

Mockingbird Lane will make its debut on NBC this Friday night and try to drum up some viewers for this odd television event, the network is releasing some promotional videos.

I have to say, you can really see where the money went for this project, and seeing as apparently $10 million was dropped on this pilot, that’s a good thing. I have to say, the web spun dress is just awesome.

Be sure to tune in Friday if you want any hope of this show making it to a series. (And recording to DVR counts if you watch within three days.)

12
Oct
2012

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.

[via Deadline]

3
Oct
2012

Mockingbird Lane cast

It’s been a crazy few days for Mockingbird Lane – the potential update to The Munsters – and it hasn’t even aired on television yet.

Bryan Fuller, the man behind such great shows as Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies, has been working on Mockingbird Lane for some time now. His script survived a regime change at NBC, which is a fairly rare occurrence as every new studio head wants to make their own mark. And after several delays, at last a pilot has been shot with Eddie Izzard (Grandpa), Jerry O’Connell (Herman) and Portia de Rossi (Lily) in the key roles. Not exactly a bunch of no-name slouches.

On Tuesday Deadline reported that the show was dead at the pilot stage from all indications, but no final word had come down as of yet. Not everything was looking down for Fuller yet as he had a script-to-series order (that means it was skipping the pilot stage) for Hannibal at NBC, so everything must be ok.

Well, over on Twitter Fuller decided to dispel the rumors for himself with the following tweet:

NBC just informed me the Deadline article regarding #MockingbirdLane was Dead Wrong. Stay tuned for updates!

So, where does this series stand? Your guess is probably as good as anyone else’s at this point. Will the series happen? Won’t it? Who knows. Fuller has some clout at NBC at the moment, so he might be able to pull it off.

Normally I would be against this project, but I have to say that the talent in front of and behind the camera has my attention. Lets see where this goes. And if nothing else, at least let us see the pilot.

12
Apr
2012

Munsters First Look

The first design images for Mockingbird Lane, the remake of The Munsters, have been released, and it is definitely a whole new direction.

Bryan Fuller, the creator behind Pushing Daisies, is moving ahead with his modern day re-do of the camp classic, The Munsters.  The new series will film its pilot in June, and should it go to series it will be a darker series than the original with a modern take on what it would be like if monsters truly lived amongst us.

As you can see in the image above from Entertainment Weekly (click for a larger view), the characters are taking on a much different look than their 1960’s counterparts.

The original Munsters

I’m intrigued by what I’m seeing, but I think this is another instance of, “why not just go with an original idea?” Why did they have use The Munsters? Why not just tale the idea of monsters in the real world, slap some original names on them, change their relationships a bit (Instead of having Eddie Izzard play grandpa, have him be “The father from the old country,” and give him a name that somehow relates to “Vlad?” See? Was that so hard to make it new?) and not worry about the old license?  If this series was maintaining The Munsters name as opposed to using their address, I could see it was you could write it off as capturing old fans, but instead most people won’t ever even realize what they are seeing.

I will say this artwork gives me a bit more interest in the new show, but I just can’t grasp why it had to be a remake.

[via Coming Soon]

4
Jan
2012

FlintstonesThe list of potential remakes … excuse me, “reimaginings” … coming to our TV screens in the fall is truly frightening.

It seems that the television networks have decided to abandon anything close to resembling an original idea as they prepare for the next TV season. Entertainment Weekly has compiled a list of the shows under consideration for next season and it reads like someone picked up a TV Guide from the 1960’s and thought, “Hey, all of these look awesome! Lets make them!”

The list is truly bewildering, but do keep in mind the projects vary from “in development” to “pilot order”, neither of which means they will ever make it to our television screens.  The only one that is guaranteed at this point is Seth McFarlane’s take on the classic The Flintstones, but that isn’t due to hit until fall 2013.  Because, yes, Seth McFarlane really needs a fourth animated series on Fox.

What gets me is what else is on there.  The Rifleman really needed a remake?  Yes, it was hugely popular in its day, but that was a time when westerns were very en vogue, and this is no longer the 1950’s, but yet CBS has a remake in development.  I guess that’s okay, though, since this is the same network looking to relaunch Bewitched, the 1960’s series about a witch that marries a mortal and all of the problems that come with that.

Of course, CBS looks smart in comparison to NBC that is obviously grabbing at straws.  Besides the heavily discussed The Munsters, it appears the peacock network is also looking at a new adaptation of Valley of the Dolls, the classic 60’s novel about pill popping suburban wives.  Because, as you know, NBC did so well with The Playboy Club, another period drama is the perfect fit for them.  They are also looking at potential series such as Hannibal – based on the character of Hannibal Lecter – and Romancing the Stone – based on the popular 1980’s movie.  Yep, that’s right, these all sound like winning ideas that someone found by watching their DVD collection one weekend.

After this season, which has failed to generate one huge hit show, this is where the networks thing they should be heading?  Please alow me to bang my head on my keyboard yet again.

Thanks to Jo for the tip.

16
Nov
2011

The MunstersJoining the growing ranks of rehashed TV shows being brought back is growing today with the announcement that NBC has ordered a pilot for The Munsters.

Originally airing from 1964 to 1966, which was at the same time as  The Addams Family, The Munsters has had a cult following ever since it went off the air.  Seeing as the television networks are trying to resurrect just about everything these days, Bryan Fuller – the creator of Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies – has sold a pilot for a new version of the series to NBC.  There’s no word yet if it will go to series, but it looks somewhat likely from the talent being put together.

Reportedly Fuller is looking to go darker with the series than the original sitcom and remove the camp aspects from it.  I’m not quite sure why it would still go by the same name at that point, but oh well.

Considering how other rehashes of old series has gone as of late, I imagine this will go just well, which is sad since I like Fuller.