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Mark H. Harris

NBC Gives Up on Mockingbird Lane

By December 28, 2012

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The troubled history of Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane finally ended this week when NBC officially declined to pick it up as a series. After giving the pilot episode a test run around Halloween, the network passed on the high-profile show, despite the fact it earned the highest key demographic ratings for NBC in that time slot in two years. The ratings, however, were apparently not enough to offset the cost of the pricey, effects-heavy series -- or maybe NBC just didn't like the show. Whatever the reasoning, it's a shame Mockingbird Lane didn't get more of a shot; it would've made a perfect companion for Grimm on Friday nights. The pilot wasn't great, but it had its moments, and it was certainly intriguing enough to stir interest in the continuing storyline.

Source: TV Line


January 2, 2013 at 11:58 am
(1) Kurt Kyre says:

Although I didn’t watch the show when it was initially broadcast, I did watch it on hulu. It wasn’t terrible, once I got past the ridiculous looking werewolf at the beginning.

Eddie Izzard’s performance as “Grandpa” was highly entertaining. The rest of the cast was sort of a “ride along” in my opinion.

I kind of suspect that this show would have rapidly become a one trick pony, with oblique references to the strange goings on that would surround the characters. “Oh, is that a necklace?” “No, it’s a… it’s a…thing.”

The effects were pretty impressive, overall, (Lily’s dress… wow!) but again I think we would have ended up tiring of seeing the same kinds of visuals that would probably be used to buoy up the less interesting characters.

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