NBC to Air ‘Mockingbird Lane’ as Halloween Special?

I’m not sure how interested people really were in a revamped modern version of The Munsters, but the story around the debut (or not) of the show has become interesting.

The short form is that Bryan Fuller and NBC worked together for a couple years to develop a new take on The Munsters, which eventually became Mockingbird Lane, starring Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as Lily Munster, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, directed by Bryan Singer. Then last week, Deadline reported that NBC didn’t like the pilot and wouldn’t be picking up the show. Fuller quickly denied the report on Twitter, and many people thought “oh, stupid Deadline fell for some biased insider report and messed up the story.”

But now, another trade is reporting that NBC is looking for a way to salvage the investment in the pilot, and will air it as a Halloween special this year before washing their hands of the whole thing. Read More »

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Briefly: Over the past couple years Bryan Fuller and NBC have been working to come up with a new take on The Munsters, the ’60s TV show that vaguely melded the Universal monsters with then-popular TV sitcom family concepts. Bryan Singer ended up coming on board to direct the pilot for what became Mockingbird Lane, with Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa.

Described, perhaps appropriately given what the show was trying to update, as a cross between True Blood and Modern Family, the pilot is one that NBC has dithered over for a while. Now Deadline reports that the network is unlikely to pick it up for series. Read More »

Today’s TV Bits is jam-packed with geeky goodness. After the jump:

  • Arrested Development starts filming new episodes
  • New character and plot details emerge for NBC’s Hannibal
  • Syfy and Bryan Fuller are adapting The Lotus Caves
  • Guillermo del Toro talks about Marvel’s Hulk TV series
  • The Wire‘s McNulty was almost on Game of Thrones
  • Showtime has new promos for Season 2 of Homeland
  • Take a peek at the second season of NBC’s Grimm
  • Watch a new trailer for Season 3 of HBO’s Treme
  • NBC unwraps an extended preview for Revolution
  • Get a first look at Ashley Tisdale on Sons of Anarchy

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As the Bluths and the Munsters prepare to come back to TV, it looks like SAMCRO and the MacLaren’s gang may be on their way out. After the jump:

  • Here’s Michael Cera on the Arrested Development set
  • More details on the Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane
  • Modern Family‘s adults get their raises, kids want the same
  • FX renews Louie and probably Wilfred and Justified
  • Anger Management gets Martin Sheen, many more episodes
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  • … which means releasing a new original soundtrack, apparently
  • CBS unveils posters for Elementary, Vegas, and more

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There’s a little bit of everything in today’s batch, including a new trailer, new pics, some casting info, and some industry drama. After the jump:

  • Laurence Fishburne is in talks for Bryan Fuller‘s Hannibal
  • Check out the not-so-monstrous Mockingbird Lane cast
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This past Sunday marked the start of Breaking Bad‘s fifth season, so it probably won’t come as a surprise that two of today’s Bits have to do with trivia surrounding the AMC drug drama. But there’s plenty of other goodies in here for non-BB watchers as well. After the jump:

  • BSG‘s Ronald D. Moore will adapt the fantasy series Outlander for television
  • Roberto Orci offers a minor update on a possible Star Trek series… or two
  • Street Fighter heads to the small screen with Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist
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  • AMC’s Hell on Wheels and HBO’s Treme drop trailers for their upcoming seasons

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This TV Bits isn’t quite as jam-packed as some of the others we’ve had lately, but there are some juicy tidbits in here. Such as:

  • New roles for Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and Arrested Development star Portia de Rossi
  • A glimpse of Marilyn (Charity Wakefield) in Bryan Fuller‘s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane
  • A still from The Walking Dead Season 3 showing the return of a presumed dead character

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