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The Trailer for Bryan Fuller's Colorfully Macabre, Now Abandoned "Munsters" Remake, "Mockingbird Lane"

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 15, 2012 | Comments ()


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If you haven't heard, NBC has officially scrapped plans to resurrect "The Munsters," via Bryan Fuller's new iteration of the classic monster sitcom, "Mockingbird Lane." The show was set to star Jerry O'Connell, Portia de Rossi, and Eddie Izzard, and all three are basically show-killing poison, so it's not too big a surprise that the show didn't get picked up to series. However, NBC has decided to air the series pilot as a special Halloween event on October 26th, which is cruel if the pilot ends up only teasing what we could've had.

However, based on the 30-second promo, as well as a few images from the series (via THR), I'm not sure that scrapping it wasn't such a bad idea. I do love Bryan Fuller, and I was excited about the prospect of this series, but there's a certain cheesiness to the promo that doesn't sit well. It's difficult to combine the tone of the kooky original series with the darker storylines envisioned by Fuller, and I'm not sure that he pulled it off.

It's also possible that NBC just created a bad spot for the special. After all, Fuller did manage spectacularly to fashion a thoughtful hour-long comedy about grim reapers in Dead Like Me.

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  • Blake

    Why not I don't know actually air it on Halloween? Is NBC's Wednesday night line up that good?

    Side note: Hopefully Fuller's Hannibal sticks (whenever they decide to run it).

    It god damn better with Caroline Dhavernas attached NBC!

  • Truly

    I also love the way Portia de Rossi says the word 'Anything.' Its ridiculously suave... I'm so glad this has been corroborated.

  • Aaron Schulz

    Damnitt people give portia derossi work, shes amazing and says the word "anything" in an amazing and charming way i cant comprehend

  • I don't know why this couldn't be a thing. Looks good to me!

  • DominaNefret

    When teasers for Pushing Daisies started airing, I thought they looked utterly ridiculous and expected the show to be horrible. Same with Wonderfalls.

    What are my two all time favorite shows? Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls.

    I have learned not to judge Bryan Fuller based on what the teasers or promotional material for his shows look like.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Yeah, the networks don't seem to have the first clue how to go about marketing the guy. Maybe NBC thought somehow they were getting a different product, then they realized he was Bryan Fuller and had just created a Bryan Fuller show and they dumped it knowing they couldn't possibly sell it successfully.

  • I always love Jerry O'Connell as a guest on Stern. But honestly, he's ratings/box office poison. It's a tough gig to have peaked as "the fat kid" in Stand by Me but so it is.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    HEY. He peaked as "that skinny kid on that Canadian teen superhero show who used to be the fat kid in Stand By Me." Get your facts straight.

  • Blake

    My Secret Identity... Aerosol Cans.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    I think Sliders was his peak... Or marrying RRS in 2007.

  • Brown

    I was very underwhelmed by the sneak peak.

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    Stealth mountain strikes again!

  • Bert_McGurt

    When did Jerry O'Connell start looking so much like Jason Bateman?

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