NBC’s costly reboot of the campy 1960s sitcom The Munsters if finally seeing the light of day. The project was originally planned as a new series, but after the pilot was filmed, the network brass wasn’t pleased with the outcome. Instead of shelving the reported $10 million project, NBC is airing the Mockingbird Bird pilot as a stand-alone Halloween special as part of their Fright Night event on Friday, October 26.
Mockingbird Lane stars Jerry O’Connell (Herman Munster), Portia de Rossi (Lily Munster), Eddie Izzard (Grandpa/Sam Dracula) and Cheyenne Jackson (Scout Master Steve). The re-imagining of the classic show is from the brainchild of Bryan Fuller whose previous credits include Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls and Star Trek: DS9. Funny enough, Mockingbird Lane isn’t the only project Fuller is working on for NBC. He’s also in charge of bringing Hannibal Lector to television in Hannibal. Hopefully, he has better luck with that reboot than with Mockingbird Lane.
NBC Official Synopsis
Buying a house these days is a nightmare, so Herman and Lily are shocked that no one scooped up the rambling Victorian mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Lane that was the site of a series of grisly hobo murders. Settling into their new place, they’re quickly onto the mission at hand: to gently ease Eddie into the reality of his werewolf adolescence. But it’s not always so easy to accept that your child is a little “different” from the rest of the kids. Meanwhile, Herman, who works as a funeral director, is suffering from a heart condition. Since he’s made up mostly of spare parts, he knew his makeshift heart would eventually give out. No worries though, because Grandpa, who is pretty good at procuring body parts, is on the case. All Herman cares about is finding a new heart with the same capacity to love Lily as much as he has for so many decades.
What do you think? Personally, I think it looks interesting. With such a huge price tag attached to the show, I can see why NBC is antsy. Rumor has it though, if the Halloween special does well in the ratings, the network might consider moving forward with the series. Would you watch a weekly show revolving around the Munsters? Sound off below.