Even though NBC’s The Munsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane, never made it to air, the network decided to air a teaser for the pilot episode during Friday night’s Grimm. Mockingbird Lane will air as an hourlong Halloween special leading into Grimm on Friday, October 26.
The pilot was written by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and directed by X-Men filmmaker Bryan Singer, who also signed on as executive producer. At Comic-Con in July, Fuller said, “[I hope] ‘Mockingbird Lane’ looks like Hitchcock directing a Harry Potter film.”
The pilot, starring Portia de Rossi, Eddie Izzard, and Jerry O’Connell reportedly cost NBC $10 million and took almost two years to produce. It will focus on the origins of the Munster family, but will darker and edgier than its source material, while still retaining humor. NBC has given the series an option for a special order if it performs well in the ratings.
Fuller isn’t ready to give up on the series just yet. He told TV Guide Magazine:
“Such a different show merits a different way of getting it out to the audience. There’s been tremendous support to get it out there and get people to see it, and have them make up their own minds.”
If enough people watch the pilot, it is still possible for the series to get picked up for fall 2013. Fuller also said that NBC president Jennifer Salke told him that she believed in the show, and that it wasn’t entirely unheard of for a show to get picked up after airing as a backdoor pilot.
What do you think of the Mockingbird Lane teaser?