Munsters remake officially dead

News Louisa Mellor 2 Jan 2013 - 06:51

Mockingbird Lane, Bryan Fuller's remake of sixties sitcom The Munsters, has been officially dropped by NBC...

“I tweet with a heavy heart. NBC not moving forward with #MockingbirdLane. From producers and cast, thank you all for enthusiasm and support.” And with those 140 characters from producer Bryan Fuller, NBC's two-years-in-gestation, $10 million reboot of The Munsters was laid to rest.

Our US chums may have caught the feature-length pilot of Mockingbird Lane screened at Halloween, but that's the last we can expect to see from the remake, which starred Jerry O'Connell, Portia de Rossi, and Eddie Izzard as Herman, Lily and Grandpa Munster.

After a change in NBC chairperson, reported creative disagreements between producer Fuller and pilot director Bryan Singer, and extensive reshoots, Mockingbird Lane didn't have a smooth journey from page to screen, and the plug being pulled at this point comes as little surprise.

Next up for Star Trek: Voyager, Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies' Fuller is NBC's The Silence of the Lambs project, Hannibal, which recently added Gillian Anderson to its already-impressive cast. Mads Mikkelsen plays the titular antihero, joined by Laurence Fishburne and Hugh Dancy. Expected to debut in 2013, we'll bring you more on NBC's thirteen-part series Hannibal as it arrives.


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As much as I wanted to hate the reboot, after watching it, I thought it had potential. Definitely more Addams Family than Munsters, but still interesting.

wow eddie izzard playing lily munster.... that would have been interesting

I watched it when I was in the USA but I thought it was truly awful. The Americans I was with apologised claiming "I hope you dont think all our shows are this bad?" No they are not and youd have to get up early in the day to intentionally make anything as dire as the pilot.

I managed to see it and thought that it was ok but with potential... Eddie Izzard as Grandpa was a stupendous casting choice and would have grown into the character with aplomb. Lily was beautiful and mysterious enough and Marilyn and Eddie were pretty bang on. However, they needed to do something with Herman. What was he supposed to be? A car crash victim? WTF?
Herman HAS to be like the the old Universal Frankenstein's monster.

Exactly what I kept thinking, I had to tell myself it was the Munsters and not the Addams Family a few times watching this pilot. Jerry O'Donnell was a terrible choice for Herman, he's too smarmy a person and too normal. Herman needs to be different from normal people. Not green skinned with a bolt through his neck like Fred Gywnn's original but still very tall and stockily built and unique in appearance. So that he stands out and makes people do a double-take when they see him which was a big part of the joke in the first place. Take that away by making them all look as normal as Marilyn just dilutes the whole thing and you're left with another sitcom about a dysfunctional family that the Simpson and Family Guy do so much better.

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