NBC’s ‘Munsters’ reboot ‘Mockingbird Lane’ to air as Halloween special after network passes on pilot

By Daniel S Levine,

NBC’s long-gestating The Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane might actually air on TV after all...at least the pilot episode. The network is reportedly considering airing the episode as a Halloween special later this month.

The project, developed by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller, has been in development at NBC for at least two seasons. The ball finally got rolling recently when Jerry O’Connell, Portia De Rossi and Eddie Izzard were cast. But last week, Deadline reported that NBC decided to pass on the series after the pilot was completed. Those who saw it liked Fuller’s visual style, but thought the idea was too risky.

Fuller later tweeted that NBC told him that the report wasn’t true and told fans to “stay tuned for updates.”

Now, The Hollywood Reporter reported Wednesday that NBC, which invested $10 million in the pilot, has decided that it will at least air the pilot as a Halloween special this month. THR’s sources say that NBC has scheduled it for Friday, Oct. 26 at 8pm.

While NBC hasn’t confirmed that, Fuller did tweet last night “#MOCKINGBIRDLANE LIVES!”

The Munsters aired on CBS from 1964-66. Fuller penned the Mockingbird Lane script, while X-Men director Bryan Singer directed.

Fuller is currently working at NBC on Hannibal, which will likely keep Fuller busy. So, even if the Mockingbird Lane pilot gets outstanding ratings, don’t hold out out hope that it could be picked up.



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