Bryan Fuller's MOCKINGBIRD LANE Is Now Pushing Up Daisies

NBC has put a stake through the heart of their Munsters reboot. At the end of the day Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer (Superman Returns), the director of the pilot, could not save it from the scrap heap. Hit the jump to voice your opinion.

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By nailbiter111 - 12/28/2012


Deadline is reporting that NBC has officially pulled the plug on Mockingbird Lane. The show about monsters was in trouble in September when NBC passed on the pilot, but decided to air it later on as a Halloween special. The ratings for the show were a mixed bag, 5.4 million viewers in total, and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49.

Deadline - "...there was speculation that the project may be reworked to focus on Grandpa and cousin Marilyn (Charity Wakefield). But I hear among top NBC brass the decision not to go forward with Mockingbird Lane had already been made, and it has now become official."

Showrunner, Bryan Fuller commented yesterday via his Twitter account: “I tweet with a heavy heart NBC not moving forward with #MockingbirdLane. From producers and cast, thank you all for enthusiasm and support.”

You can watch Mockingbird Lane online now!


SYNOPSIS - Sweet little Eddie Munster (Mason Cook) is a normal kid about to enter the horrors of puberty. Truth is, he's about to discover that for him becoming a teenager means growing hair in truly unexpected places -- as in all over his body -- every time the moon is full! Eddie's got it pretty good though. His loving, supportive, run-of-the-mill family includes his mom Lily (Portia de Rossi), the daughter of Dracula; his dad Herman (Jerry O'Connell), who brings new meaning to "Frankenstein"; and Grandpa (Eddie Izzard), who would give Dracula a run for his money if he weren't actually Dracula! Of course then there's creepy cousin Marilyn (Charity Wakefield), who's really the odd one because she's so completely normal.

Buying a house these days is a nightmare, so Herman and Lily are shocked that no one scooped up the rambling Victorian mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Lane that was the site of a series of grisly hobo murders. Settling into their new place, they're quickly on to the mission at hand: to gently ease Eddie into the reality of his werewolf adolescence. But it's not always so easy to accept that your child is a little "different" from the rest of the kids. Meanwhile, Herman, who works as a funeral director, is suffering from a heart condition. Since he's made up mostly of spare parts, he knew his makeshift heart would eventually give out. No worries, though, because Grandpa, who is pretty good at procuring body parts, is on the case. All Herman cares about is finding a new heart with the same capacity to love Lily as much as he has for so many decades..



Source: deadline
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LEEE777 - 12/28/2012, 7:27 AM
What's the point of a reboot to this... been done over and over again :P

Well done Hollywood, making something new!

Talking Mockingbird, hows about getting that MOCKINGBIRD TV show done! ;)
HellsHammer - 12/28/2012, 7:36 AM
Hahahhahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahahaha! Singer blew it again!
KaneVonDoom - 12/28/2012, 7:37 AM
It wasn't The Munsters... but for what it was, it was very well done and pretty entertaining. Kinda bummed they aren't moving forward.
LEEE777 - 12/28/2012, 7:40 AM
Its NBC, so is anyone actually surprised???

They could've made a great WW TV series and blew it too!
TonyChu - 12/28/2012, 7:41 AM
A shame! I actually enjoyed the pilot especially Grandpa and cousin Merilyn. I can see why they were reworking the show to show more of the dynamic between the two. Eddie Izzard was awesome.
Nivekian - 12/28/2012, 7:42 AM
Bryan Singer has had a pretty rough track record since Superman Returns, damn...
TonyChu - 12/28/2012, 7:46 AM
@Lee777 Good to see you back and yeah it is NBC. They are not really good at handling their shows. Look at Community, the show is amazing and yet got pushed back to February and only got an order of 13 episodes. Not to mention any show that have potential they cancel, for example AWAKE.
xBlaze96x - 12/28/2012, 7:46 AM
It was pretty decent actually...just yesterday I was wondering about what would happen to this show...and now I know.
LEEE777 - 12/28/2012, 7:59 AM
Tony @ Good 2 see you too man! ; D

Yeah ikr, now that is a great show, shame decent shows get cancelled not even getting to season 2 and others go on to like 8, 9, 10 seasons and suck!

Just saw The Sorcerer's Apprentice for the first time at Christmas, damn what a waste, should've used all that money etc for a DR STRANGE movie!
TheSchemer - 12/28/2012, 8:01 AM
No, they could have made an AWFUL Wonder Woman show and they did the right thing. Same thing here.
Gigacrusher45 - 12/28/2012, 8:12 AM
Good I'm glad
StormLoganSummers - 12/28/2012, 8:13 AM
I didn't see this coming at all.
Newbus - 12/28/2012, 8:21 AM
Three strikes and you're out.
Tevii - 12/28/2012, 8:48 AM
How they didnt see this was going to happen WAAAAAAAYYYY in the beginning, AT THE PITCH even, Ill never understand
Philvis - 12/28/2012, 8:53 AM
I thought it w as announced before it aired that they were not picking it up...that the airing was just a one off. Halloween special. My wife thought it was utter garbage and I agree.
rogmel - 12/28/2012, 9:13 AM
That's a shame...I really enjoyed the show when it aired around Halloween.
GUNSMITH - 12/28/2012, 9:17 AM
I LOVED IT...THAT BRYAN FULLER ALWAYS GETS HIS STUFF PULLED, HE DOES GOOD BUT HE ALWAYS GETS EFFED OVER.
HeadPool420 - 12/28/2012, 9:26 AM
The show would have been better of they used a different person for Herman! That's what ruined it for me! A soft,emo,wimpy Herman with a sad heart! Yawn!!!!
95 - 12/28/2012, 9:30 AM
It was GOOD as a Halloween Special.
That's it.
lntrn8 - 12/28/2012, 9:38 AM
nice cast . . . but my bias is against Singer. Throw DOFP in that scrap heap so Marvel Studios can get the X-Men movie rights
GUNSMITH - 12/28/2012, 9:41 AM
HOPE- I THINK THEY DID THAT SO HE COULD BLEND IN..IF I SAW A FRANKENSTIEN LIVING NEXT DOOR I'D SAY, "KILL THE EFFER!"
Parker2017 - 12/28/2012, 9:50 AM
it was pretty good for what it was, and the refences to the original where nice to. well that sucks I really liked Grandpa and merilyn and Eddie. Jerry O' Cornoll was asurprsie as herman.
Shadowelfz - 12/28/2012, 10:11 AM
What a shame.
comicb00kguy - 12/28/2012, 10:16 AM
@Leee: Good to see you back here buddy!

This show could have worked had NBC not made the huge mistake of linking it to a classic sitcom from a far different era. Too many people hold fond memories of that show (or the '80s remake) in their hearts, and didn't like this all-too-typical "modern" version that turns everything all dark and ugly. Why must everything be dark and ugly now? Now a modern-day version of the Munsters, played like the original but just updated to deal with the world in 2012, could be a lot of fun.
masterhater - 12/28/2012, 10:45 AM
THAT SHOW WAS AWESOME!!!!!
I recorded and have watched it multiple times. Super creative and creepy. NBC made a huge mistake.

LEEE777 - 12/28/2012, 10:56 AM
IM53 @ Boobiesssssssssss :P

Thx ^5 man!

Very sweet pic ;)
Lionheart1 - 12/28/2012, 11:37 AM
How in the hell was this NOT picked up? Honestly, I don't understand. I went into this thinking it would be monkey trash horrible. I never gave it so much as a chance in my mind that it would be even remotely written well. I was so wrong. That was an excellent pilot episode. I want more.
JredTheRed - 12/28/2012, 12:11 PM
lame...I liked the pilot.
Albie - 12/28/2012, 12:25 PM
This was a big 50/50 of a show that made its biggest mistake by casting Jerry O'Connel as anything, much less a whiney Herman. Everyone else worked great, though, very surprisingly, and I loved the subtler-while-updated costumes and art direction; put the body zippers and shit on Ron Perlman as Herman, and I think we could've had a winner on our hands.

It still wouldn't have made it past the first season, though, get real, it's a damn Munsters reboot.
ironpool007 - 12/28/2012, 12:56 PM
Good decision on NBC's part. It neither ressembled The Munsters enough and was not edgy enough.
razor - 12/28/2012, 1:32 PM
@ ironpool - It didn't resemble The Munsters because it was too busy resembling The Addams Family.
FlixMentallo21 - 12/28/2012, 1:34 PM
Thank goodness. Jay Sherman must be smiling (were he a real person).
SpideyQuad - 12/28/2012, 2:13 PM
KaneVonDoom: my sentiments exactly. I won't lose any sleep over it, but I did enjoy the pilot and hoped to maybe see more. Poor Singer, he's really has taken his lumps since walking away from the third X-Men movie, perhaps will right a few wrongs with his return. Actually when you think about it, this is an excellent opportunity to redeem himself.

I despised the chest emblem from Superman returns a
ralfinader - 12/28/2012, 7:08 PM
Good riddance to a shitty attempt at reinventing a classic.
Logan5 - 12/28/2012, 8:19 PM
No one knew what the hell this show was truly about.., plain and simple. They took the Trick 'R Treat numbers, crossreferenced them with the probably ridiculous marketing for the pilot and that's really all that needs to be said. They sunk this before the first still hit the tubes, We should hire a P.I.
Logan5 - 12/28/2012, 8:22 PM
So this was a Munster's remake? My shitty relatives would watch that. They watch Supernatural and Smallville. They did not even know what it was when it premiered and surprisingly they own all of Eddie's(as I) standups.
SotNatt - 12/28/2012, 9:33 PM
NBC doesn't know what the [frick] to do with itself anymore. I assure you, all its newest pilots will fail by the end of January.
AUSSYACE - 12/28/2012, 10:13 PM
The similarities to the Musters were never going to be there but this could of worked...

It was a lot more like the ADDAMS Family though...

Maybe they should just rebrand the show and try again...
ALmazing - 12/29/2012, 8:57 AM
I took a chance and watched, and it wasn't bad at all. Very ala Pushing Daisies. I wouldn't have mind seeing at least a season of this.
Alvahnomicron - 12/29/2012, 11:35 AM
Had a snarky dis' on deck, but, since they've provided a link I'm gonna watch it and be open-minded, first.
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