Although NBC has decided to pass on reviving the Munsters into a full series (for now), the network has set the reboot, dubbed Mockingbird Lane up for an upcoming Halloween special, which airs October 26 as a lead-in to a Halloween-themed episode of hit series Grimm. While the project may have received mixed reactions before it’s even aired, NBC has released some new visually vibrant shots featuring the modernized Munster family of 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
Despite their new habit of eating people, judging by these photos Bryan Fuller’s rebooted version of the Munster’s remain just as close-knitted as the much-loved 60s comedic family. In token Fuller fashion, the new Mockingbird Lane images display a similar macabre quirkiness fused with animated color that made his 2007 series Pushing Daisies such a cult hit.
Check out the new images from NBC’s Mockingbird Lane Halloween special that features brilliant color, but heavily toned down make-up, compared to the original.
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Mockingbird Lane stars Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan) as Frankenstein-styled father Herman Munster and Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development) as his vampire wife Lily who try to raise their budding werewolf son Eddie (Mason Cook) and their unfortunately human niece Marilyn (Charity Wakefield) with the help of Lily’s father Sam Dracula (Eddie Izzard).
The hour-long spooktacular special will explore the origins of the Munster Family and kicks off when a scout trip turns ugly after the troop is attacked by a baby bear - only it turns out that this “bear” is actually young Eddie’s first transformation into a werewolf. Unaware of his metamorphosis, Eddie’s wild night forces the family to move in order to protect the family secret. Things for little Eddie go from bad to monstrous when he learns the shocking secret of his family: they’re flesh-eaters!
Director Bryan Fuller is known for his whimsically dark comedies, such as Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, and Wonderfalls, that all end up getting the axe long before they should - which may be the case with Mockingbird Lane. Although some may have initially reacted poorly to the idea, and some of its casting choices, Fuller has proven on more than one occasion he knows what he’s doing. Perhaps his other NBC psychological thriller pilot Hannibal will fare much better.
Check back with us for more on Mockingbird Lane and catch the Halloween special Friday October 26 @ 8/7c on NBC.
Source: TV Line