NBC to Air Bryan Fuller's Mockingbird Lane Pilot as Standalone Halloween Special

Get More: News, Pilots

Mockingbird Lane, the pilot which was to be the premiere of NBC’s rebooted Munsters series, instead will air as a Halloween special on Friday, Oct. 26 at 8/7 before Grimm, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

RELATED | Mockingbird Lane‘s Bryan Fuller on His Munsters Mash-up and New Growth for Pushing Daisies

Rumors about the potential series’ demise have been around for weeks; as recently as Wednesday, writer/producer Bryan Fuller took to Twitter to say the project still had a pulse.

But THR reports that Fuller and director Bryan Singer had different visions for the $10 million pilot, and in the end, the network didn’t love the finished product. Complicating matters, Fuller is now committed to stewarding NBC’s midseason drama Hannibal, as well.

RELATED | Exclusive: Hannibal Gobbles Up Molly Shannon

However, according to an insider, if the special does well in the ratings NBC may go ahead and order it to series.

NBC has billed Mockingbird Lane as “a visually spectacular one-hour drama” based on the 1960s sitcom. It stars Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa.



Comments (31)

  • I want it.

    Comment by Frankie – October 10, 2012 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Jerry O’Connell was a great choice, no makeup required for the part.

      Comment by skillman – October 11, 2012 04:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m thankful we’ll get to see at least one bit of it. Better than nothing.

    Comment by Dayanara Ryelle – October 10, 2012 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Me too. Anything that Fuller does I will certinly watch and then obviously fall in love with only for it to be cancelled to soon.

      Comment by Russ – October 10, 2012 09:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is exciting! Even if it’s only a pilot, at least we’ll get to see it…

    Comment by Alex – October 10, 2012 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I must have this.

    Comment by Jem – October 10, 2012 07:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Meh. Reluctant on any reboots of shows.

    Comment by Esaul – October 10, 2012 07:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Especially when, by their very description of the project, it seems clear that the people making the “reboot” don’t understand the appeal of the original show. The Munsters was by definition silly, cheesy, campy…..call it what you will, but it wasn’t a drama of any kind. When you make it a drama, you throw away its essence. And it was fully aware of its cheesiness–which was the main source of laughs.

      Comment by CJ – October 10, 2012 09:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Um… The reboot of BSG was exactly this, and arguably the updated series was one of the best dramas on TV when it aired (and still now, tbh). Just because one version of the story is campy and OTT doesn’t mean there can’t be another version with more dramatic qualities.

        Comment by Dizzle – October 11, 2012 02:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Original BSG was not an intended comedy, however.

          Comment by jaydotkaydot – October 11, 2012 07:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Um…but the whole point of The Munsters was to be campy and cheesy. It wasn’t a fresh, original story which was also made arch and silly. It was a blob of arch, campy silliness.

          Comment by CJ – October 11, 2012 03:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hope people tune do we get more

    Comment by A – October 10, 2012 08:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m very curious to see it.

    Comment by WayneInNYC – October 10, 2012 08:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • When will it air? My guess is Halloween in place of Animal Practice/Guys with Kids or Chicago Fire if it’s ratings burn out fast enough.

    Comment by John – October 10, 2012 08:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You should write for this site with puns like that…

      Comment by Alex – October 10, 2012 09:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “The spooky special does not yet have an airdate.”
    Probably Halloween.

    Comment by dude – October 10, 2012 08:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t wait to see this. Ive been looking forward to atleast a glimpse of Mockingbird Lane since the early stages of development. My gut says this will go to series shortly after this special.

    Comment by Jared – October 10, 2012 08:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ONLY if NBC advertises it so people know it’s on. If NBC is trying to simply burn the show with no ads, then it’s going to fail. We have less than 3 weeks until Halloween and they haven’t even scheduled the date yet, so it’s not looking too good for this to go as a series. Hopefully I’m wrong.

      Comment by Ann – October 11, 2012 06:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bryan Fuller is a genius. Sad that his projects don’t seem to succeed.

    Comment by Babybop – October 10, 2012 08:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m reluctant to check out anything that’s in the DOA-bin, but I might just watch this. Been interested since it was announced. Plus, it has a fantastic cast

    Comment by mia – October 10, 2012 08:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “The spooky special does not yet have an airdate” I’m assuming sometime around October 31st but before November 1st… but, then again, this is NBC, so who knows? Donaghy is tanking the network!

    Comment by Michael Sacal – October 10, 2012 09:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Everyone should watch! I really wanted to see this a series.

    Comment by Amanda – October 10, 2012 09:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow this is depressing. Only the pilot :(

    Comment by Mark – October 10, 2012 10:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was really only excited for this because of Fullers involvement, and I would rather he work on Hannibal.

    Comment by ZtR – October 10, 2012 10:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was looking forward to this tv series! If Bryan Singer and Bryan Fuller are in disagreement with the direction of this show, then get rid of Bryan Singer! He stinks! Look at what he did to the X-Men! Fuller is great and creative, NBC needs to ditch Singer and his lack of vision and creativity.

    Comment by Ann – October 11, 2012 06:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want to see Izzard as grampa!

    Comment by haukmoor – October 11, 2012 07:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I guess there are very few of us who get bryan fuller. so sad! :(

    Comment by leahbh – October 11, 2012 08:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NBC has a creative genius in Bryan Fuller. They should be thanking him for creating two series that are not reality shows on their sad little network.

    Comment by tvdiva – October 12, 2012 11:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really like the munsters original show, but im curious to see if this adaptation could work. I would definately watch it, even if its nothing like the origanal show. Besides I just dont think you could do another sitcom style munsters. No one can live up to Gwynne, DeCarlo, and Lewis.

    Comment by Mike – November 2, 2012 01:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

Leave a Reply

Comments on TVLine.com are monitored. So don't go off topic, don't frakkin' curse, and be gone with your offers of discount leather goods. Talk smart about TV!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s