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NBC Officially Passes on Mockingbird Lane

December 28, 2012 1 comment

Mockingbird Lane proved to be a dead end.

NBC has decided not to order to series the reboot of The Munsters, which had been shepherded by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies).

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

The Mockingbird Lane pilot — which NBC aired as a pre-Halloween special — drew 5.4 million total viewers and a 1.5 rating, giving the network its best demo in the Fridays-at-8 time slot in two years. After its debut, TVLine readers gave the sneak peek an average grade of “B+” in our poll.

The modernized Munster family featured The Defenders‘ Jerry O’Connell as Frankenstein-ish Herman, Arrested Development‘s Portia de Rossi as his vampire wife Lily, Spy Kids: All The Time in the World 4D‘s Mason Cook as their budding werewolf son Eddie, British actress Charity Wakefield as cousin Marilyn (aka the normal one) and The Riches‘ Eddie Izzard as the ravenous Grandpa.

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Surprise Discovery – Mockingbird Lane

October 26, 2012 1 comment

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Herman Gets a Reboot – Mockingbird Lane

October 26, 2012 Leave a comment

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Behind the Scenes – Mockingbird Lane

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

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Mockingbird Lane: New Munsters Family Portrait

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment

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Mockingbird Lane Promo (HD)

October 15, 2012 Leave a comment

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Mockingbird Preview

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NBC to Air Mockingbird Lane Pilot as Standalone Halloween Special

October 11, 2012 Leave a comment
Mockingbird Lane, the pilot which was to be the premiere of NBC’s rebooted Munsters series, instead will air as a Halloween special, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  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.  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. The spooky special does not yet have an airdate

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Mockingbird Lane – First Promotional Poster

July 27, 2012 Leave a comment

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Bryan Fuller Previews “Mockingbird Lane” and “Hannibal” at Comic-Con 2012: ENTV

July 17, 2012 Leave a comment

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

July 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Bryan Fuller‘s re-imagining of The Munsters may not have a series pick up yet, but the Mockingbird Lane producer is feeling optimistic – even after his last three shows – Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies– all were canceled after very short runs.

“[NBC is] clearly invested in this show, and they’re invested in doing it in a spectacular fashion,” he said at a Comic-Con panel for Mockingbird and the upcoming NBC drama Hannibal. Fuller (far right in the photo above) pointed to the high production level on the Munsters reboot, four minutes of which screened for the lucky audience members, and additional script orders as proof of the network’s support.

Fuller also credited his Pushing Daisies production and costume designers, who have come on board the project, with the show’s look; he described it as if “Hitchcock was directing a Harry Potter film.”

Speaking of the late ABC series, it may rise from the dead! “There is another Pushing Daisies project that is not a comic and that is not a miniseries that we’re working on,” said Fuller cryptically.

Read on for more highlights from the discussion, including some surprising culinary tips from Hannibal.

AT HOME ON THE LANE | A sizzle reel of footage from the Mockingbird Lane pilot, which finished shooting three days before the panel, revealed that the series has the auteur’s stamp all over it. Darkly humorous and visually distinctive, the sneak peek featured a scene of a wolfed-out Eddie terrorizing his Boy Scout friends on a camping trip, clever nods to the original series and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa chomping into a lion. Special effects to be added will also allow Lily’s outfit to form out of spiders and for Grandpa to manifest out of rats. “It is a darker version of Pushing Daisies,” said Fuller.

ORIGIN STORY | The idea for Mockingbird Lane was born after monster drawings at a Tim Burton exhibit in New York City made Fuller think, “Why don’t we have a monster family on TV?” He added: “This is about embracing the freak of your family and being proud,” he said.

FEARLESS MAN | “I’m not afraid of reboots or reimaginations. I’m afraid of bad ones,” replied Fuller when asked about tackling two projects based on previously created source material. “It’s a tricky game for sure,” he said, adding that it can work “if you go on in and try to do something different and not just recreate.”

HONORING THE PAST | There will be plenty of special treats in Mockingbird Lane, including homages to classic Universal monsters, made easier by the fact that the show shoots on the Universal lot where many of the old sets still stand. For instance, Grandpa’s dungeon is on the same stage as the original Phantom of the Opera set. Fuller also plans to explore the mythology of how the family came to the infamous address and introduce family pet Spot (a live-action, dragon-like version – “It’s going to be quite fantastic”) and the DRAG-U-LA automobile (“We want to see them build [it]”).

HANNIBAL | Fuller described the Hannibal pilot – directed by David Slade (Awake pilot, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) – as an “elegant horror movie” that will explore the brief pages of backstory about a case that damaged Will Graham in the novels. (Timeline-wise, Red Dragon would be Season 4, said the EP.) “Season 1 is the bromance [between Graham and Hannibal], and Season 2 is the horrible breakup,” he explained.

BON APPÉTIT | Fuller revealed that famed chef José Andrés is the show’s cannibal culinary consultant, offering up “suggestions for how to cook people” and what body parts can be consumed (lungs: not so yummy). Stranger still: The tips will be released online after the episodes! So just got how gross and meaty will NBC let the show get? “They have been very supportive,” said Fuller, adding that “there’s no way to sugarcoat it” when your show is called Hannibal.

Bryan Fuller Fave Beth Grant Cast as Munster Neighbor in NBC’s Mockingbird Lane

June 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Every neighborhood needs a busybody, and now Mockingbird Lane has one.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Beth Grant will play the part of Maryanne, a fortysomething woman who uses a wheelchair and is very suspicious of her creepy new neighbors, in NBC’s upcoming reboot of The Munsters.

You’ll recognize the veteran character actress from previous stints on Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls, which were also helmed by Mockingbird’s Bryan Fuller — and both in which Grant played a quirky character named Marianne Marie Beattle.

The original Munsters, which ran from 1964-66, had no character called Maryanne — maybe Fuller created the role with Grant in mind? (If she starts baking muffins, we’ll know something’s up.)

The actress joins a cast that includes Portia DeRossi and Jerry O’Connell as Lily and Herman Munster, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, Mason Cook as Eddie and Charity Wakefield as Marilyn.

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‘Mockingbird Lane’ Gets Guest Star

June 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock) is set for a guest starring role in NBC’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane. Written by Bryan Fuller and to be directed by Bryan Singer, the pilot is described as a reinvention of the 1960s sitcom about The Munsters, a family of “monsters” — vampires, werewolves and Frankenstein, and their “plain” cousin (Charity Wakefield). Jerry O’Connell plays family patriarch Herman Munster, who is married to Lily (Portia de Rossi), a vampire, with whom he has fathered a 10-year-old boy, Eddie (Mason Cook). Eddie Izzard plays Grandpa. Jackson will play Scout Master Steve, Eddie’s charming, cheerful new Scout Master, a widower with no children of his own who becomes smitten with Lily. Jackson, repped by ICM and the Schiff Co., also just booked a role in Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic for HBO Behind the Candelabra as Jerry O’Rourke, Liberace’s former lover and right-hand man on stage. He currently appears in the feature Lola Versus.

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Portia de Rossi Cast as Lily Munster in NBC’s Mockingbird Lane

June 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Portia de Rossi is joining another dysfunctional family.

The Arrested Development actress has landed the role of Munster family matriarch Lily in NBC’s Mockingbird Lane, TVLine has learned.

The role was originated by Yvonne De Carlo in classic ’60s version, The Munsters.

The project, which was originally slated to go into production in the spring but got pushed back until early summer due to casting issues, is being stewarded by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and X-Men auteur Bryan Singer. Whereas the original was a comedy, the remake is being billed by NBC as a “visually spectacular one hour drama.”

De Rossi — whose ABC pilot The Smart One was not picked up to series, freeing her to do Mockingbird Lane — joins previously cast Jerry O’Connell (as her hubby Herman Munster), Eddie Izzard (as Grandpa), Mason Cook (as Eddie) and Charity Wakefield (as Marilyn).

The actress is also poised to reprise her role as Arrested Development‘s materialistic Lindsay Fünke in Netflix’s revival of the beloved Fox comedy.

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Jerry O’Connell Cast as Herman Munster in NBC’s Mockingbird Lane

June 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Mockingbird Lane has found its new Herman Munster.

Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan) has landed the role of the the Munster family patriarch in the NBC reboot, TVLine has learned.

The role was originated by Fred Gwynne in classic ’60s version.

The project, which was originally slated to go into production in the spring but got pushed back until early summer due to casting issues, is being stewarded by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and X-Men auteur Bryan Singer. Whereas the original was a comedy, the remake is being billed by NBC as a “visually spectacular one hour drama.”

O’Connell, who most recently starred opposite James Belushi in the CBS procedural The Defenders, joins previously cast Eddie Izzard (as Grandpa) and Mason Cook (as Eddie).

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Casting News: NBC Pilot Finds Its Eddie Munster, Jersey Exit for Stephanie March and More

May 24, 2012 Leave a comment

NBC’s Mockingbird Lane pilot has found its Eddie Munster.

Mason Cook (Spy Kids in 4D, The Middle) has landed the coveted role in writer/executive producer Bryan Fuller’s reboot of The Munsters, our sister site Deadline reports.

Cook will play Lily and Herman’s only child, an earnest Boy Scout and budding werewolf, in what is being described by NBC as a “visually spectacular one-hour drama” about a family of “monsters.” He joins the previously cast Eddie Izzard (The Riches) as Grandpa and newcomer Charity Wakefield as Lily’s beautiful niece and the only “normal” Munster, Marilyn.

In other casting news:

* NBC’s J.J. Abrams-produced drama Revolution has released Andrea Roth (Rescue Me), per Deadline, as her character, the mother of the two leads, is being reconceived.

* Similarly, CBS’ new Friday legal drama Made In Jersey has chosen not to keep Stephanie March (Law & Order: SVU) as a series regular, though she may return in a recurring capacity.

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