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Mockingbird Lane's pilot is well below NBC's expectations

Oct. 11, 2012by: Ike Oden
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Last week we reported that the future of NBC's MOCKINGBIRD LANE was in question. Despite assurances from show runner Bryan Fuller that quite the opposite was true, it seems the network will indeed be passing on the show in its current state.

That doesn't necessarily mean the pilot itself is dead in the water. No, NBC has sank two years of development and $10 million into the sucker. It's going to be a thing of some sort, according to insiders:

Sources say the network could choose to air the completed pilot as a Halloween special (either this year or next), or it might decide to shoot extra footage and package it as a made- for-TV movie for international buyers. Or [NBC chairman Bob] Greenblatt and NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke could decide to go all-in and redevelop the project again.

Reports also suggest there was a clashing of creative differences between Fuller, pilot director Bryan Singer, and NBC studio brass over the pilot's visual style. Though reshoots ensued to try to downplay Fuller's stylistic quirkiness, it seems the pilot still wasn't quite up to snuff for NBC.

I think anyone who has ever watched THE MUNSTERS would agree developing it into a high concept dramedy was a weird, if entirely ridiculous idea. Though it sports a great cast (Jerry O'Connell as Herman, Portia De Rossi as Lily, Eddie Izzard and Grandpa), most of us saw this disaster coming. The question is-- would you watch MOCKINGBIRD LANE as a TV movie or Halloween special? Talk back with your thoughts below...

Extra Tidbit: I think NBC should hand off THE MUNSTERS as a comedy to Rob Zombie and made him play it straight and clean. I would keep Portia De Rossi (above) though.
Source: THR

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5:05PM on 10/11/2012
Thank you, NBC. Perhaps, execs saw the reaction to the Dark Shadows reinterpretation, and they practiced some common sense and common courtesy therefore.
I shall watch neither the TV movie nor the Halloween special. And, and, and advertisers should refuse to run their ads during this Munsterous abomination. Bryan Fuller must be punished, FTW! :)
Thank you, NBC. Perhaps, execs saw the reaction to the Dark Shadows reinterpretation, and they practiced some common sense and common courtesy therefore.
I shall watch neither the TV movie nor the Halloween special. And, and, and advertisers should refuse to run their ads during this Munsterous abomination. Bryan Fuller must be punished, FTW! :)
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12:07PM on 10/11/2012
I'd say a Halloween special is a good opportunity to test the waters. If it works, that's great. If it doesn't, well, tough luck.
I'd say a Halloween special is a good opportunity to test the waters. If it works, that's great. If it doesn't, well, tough luck.
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