Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller's Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane has been sitting on the chopping block, even before NBC aired the pilot as a special this past Halloween. But, as the saying goes, hope springs eternal and a number of die-hard fans (searching for more Daisies-esque dark whimsy) have kept their fingers crossed that Fuller's re-imagining will get additional episodes.
The pilot earning generally decent, though not always ecstatic, reviews (read our critique) - and attracting 5.4 million viewers during its initial airing - was enough to keep the fire burning... until now.
NBC has formally passed on bringing The Munsters clan back to the small screen, after taking several weeks (officially, that is) to weigh such pros against the cons. The latter includes the $10 million price tag of director Bryan Singer's pilot; not to mention, the network's announced plans to stop developing
smart niche comedy, which is a category that Mockingbird Lane immediately falls into.
Fuller dropped the truth-bomb via Twitter, saying:
I tweet with a heavy heart. NBC not moving forward with
#MockingbirdLane. From producers and cast, thank you all for enthusiasm and support.
Mockingbird Lane was up against it from the get-go, between Fuller's track record of having TV shows prematurely cancelled (see: Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies) and resentment towards remaking the original 1960s sitcom (which, in certain circles, is beloved). The pilot's story didn't help, seeing how the use of werewolves as a literal metaphor for adolescence is somewhat played out in the current generation of supernatural fantasy entertainment - even for drama-comical effect, going back to the early 2000s with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
On the opposing hand, the Mockingbird Lane pilot has enough in the way of zany humor and arresting visuals/set pieces to keep your attention, with Eddie Izzard as the Munsters Grandpa/patriarch either enhancing the proceedings or calling excess attention to himself (depending on who you ask). Similarly, players Jerry O'Connell and Charity Wakefield were settling comfortably into their roles as 'the normal ones' on the show.
The pilot also set the stage for more interesting stories and developments down the line, which would explore and satirize the modern American society through the ongoing trials of a family with serious day-to-day problems and issues to deal with; unfortunately, we won't ever get to see those realized. C'est la vie.
Were you hoping to see more of Mockingbird Lane? Or are you glad to hear The Munsters aren't being resurrected? Let us know in the comments section.
Source: Bryan Fuller