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.