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NBC Buries ‘Mockingbird Lane’

Bryan Fuller says that NBC is not greenlighting his reboot of “The Munsters.”

Back in October, NBC aired the pilot episode of “Mockingbird Lane,” a revival of “The Munsters” from “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller. But despite bringing in 5.4 million viewers (which is on par with most episodes of “Grimm”), NBC was apparently not convinced that there was life on “Mockingbird Lane.”

On twitter (via TVLine), Fuller wrote “I tweet with a heavy heart. NBC not moving forward with #MockingbirdLane. From producers and cast, thank you all for enthusiasm and support.”

It’s not clear if “Mockingbird Lane” has a chance of getting picked up by another network, but Fuller’s message seemed to have a sense of finality about it.

For “Mockingbird Lane,” Fuller cast Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, with Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, Mason Cook as their son, Eddie, Charity Wakefield as “cousin” Marilyn and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa Munster.

Fuller did not elaborate on the reasons behind NBC’s decision, but the network can’t convincingly argue that “Mockingbird Lane” underperformed during its initial broadcast. There were rumors that Fuller and NBC didn’t see eye-to-eye creatively; which may have played a factor as well.

Regardless, Fuller is still executive producing “Hannibal” at NBC, a TV adaptation of Thomas Harris’ iconic serial killer which is expected to debut during mid-season.


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