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After a troubled, drawn-out production process that saw the series pulled from the fall 2012 TV schedule, NBC has decided to air the one-hour pilot episode for Mockingbird Lane on Friday, October 26 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. The show was to be an edgy reboot of the '60s comedy The Munsters, created using the artistic vision of Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), whose final product (described as True Blood meets Modern Family meets Pushing Daisies) reportedly conflicted with the vision of the network. Now, it's unclear if Mockingbird Lane will be a show at all or if NBC will just leave it as a one-off mini-movie.
The pessimistic viewpoint is that the network is cutting its losses and trying to make a little money off of the pilot -- which cost a whopping $10 million -- with no intention of moving further with the project. The optimistic viewpoint is that NBC is just taking advantage of the Halloween season to tease the show, which will air sometime in 2013 (knock on wood). The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, with the network willing to drop the show altogether...unless the pilot gets good ratings and/or buzz. Unfortunately, sticking it on the traditionally viewer-unfriendly Friday night schedule won't do the show any favors as far as ratings go.
NBC is at least nominally supporting it with a trailer that displays Fuller's fanciful visual style, directed by executive producer Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects). Also on display are stars Jerry O'Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as Lily, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, Mason Cook as Eddie and Charity Wakefield as Marilyn. I for one will check it out, and I hope a lot of other people do too; it at least deserves a shot as a series before the suits bury it in a shallow grave.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter