Having spent $10 million on their pilot for Mockingbird Lane, a reboot of The Munsters by writer Bryan Fuller and director Bryan Singer, NBC have decided to screen it as a Halloween special rather than just toss it on the fire. They certainly haven’t decided to commission a full series, however.
But Fuller still holds out hope. Speaking to TV Guide, he says:
If we get a huge number, all the cast are in line to be picked up and to go to series. And that was one of the things that NBC wanted to make sure, that they had all of the cast deals in line — so that if we did get a big number and audiences proved their appetite for this type of show, that they could move very quickly…. But the thing that gives me a lot of hope is that first, I think show is wonderful, I think the cast is great. But also that NBC is putting it on the air. They don’t have to do that.
He also notes that NBC were also considering a run of 5 or 6 episodes for the Spring – so perhaps the Network haven’t been trying to drown these Munsters outright and just can’t find themselves able to commit to an expensive run.
Fuller does have several more episodes planned out already, and he’s been teasing what they would-stroke-might contain:
There’s a great neighborhood watch episode. There’s what happens when the Creature from the Black Lagoon shows up and puts challenges on Herman’s and Lily’s relationship. That’s a tremendous amount of fun… Lily is going through this huge arc of, “I was living my life a certain way because I thought my child was a certain way. Now that my child has changed, do I change?” So she’s having an identity crisis. It’s all about your identity and family. So each of those individual episodes are all family stories about characters trying to find their place within the larger group.
Being cuckolded by the Creature from the Black Lagoon would be one mother of a burn.
Should the magic happen and the figures go through the roof, Fuller thinks that production could get underway again come the Summer:
The idea would be, in success, to start at the beginning of July to go to series. I would complete my work on Hannibal in mid-February and then segue immediately to Mockingbird Laneto get things ready to start shooting by July, should we be so fortunate to go to series.
I’m rooting for them – well, at least until I see the show. But I hear that it actually is very good, so there we go. Roll on October 26th. And if you didn’t see the trailer yet, be sure to check it out.