Mockingbird Lane

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Mockingbird Lane
Title card, showing a house sign reading 1313 Mockingbird Lane
Genre
Created by
Developed byBryan Fuller
Written byBryan Fuller
Directed byBryan Singer
Starring
Composer(s)Jim Dooley
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)
  • English
  • Spanish
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jack Clements
  • Sara Colleton
  • Bryan Singer
  • Bryan Fuller
  • Livia Hanich
  • Loretta Ramos
Producer(s)Jason Taylor
Editor(s)Stuart Bass
CinematographyGuillermo Navarro
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time39 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNBC
Broadcast
Original channelNBC
Picture formatHDTV
Audio formatSurround
Original airingOctober 26, 2012 (2012-10-26)
Chronology
Related shows
External links
www.nbc.com/mockingbird-lane
 
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Mockingbird Lane
Title card, showing a house sign reading 1313 Mockingbird Lane
Genre
Created by
Developed byBryan Fuller
Written byBryan Fuller
Directed byBryan Singer
Starring
Composer(s)Jim Dooley
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)
  • English
  • Spanish
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Jack Clements
  • Sara Colleton
  • Bryan Singer
  • Bryan Fuller
  • Livia Hanich
  • Loretta Ramos
Producer(s)Jason Taylor
Editor(s)Stuart Bass
CinematographyGuillermo Navarro
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time39 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNBC
Broadcast
Original channelNBC
Picture formatHDTV
Audio formatSurround
Original airingOctober 26, 2012 (2012-10-26)
Chronology
Related shows
External links
www.nbc.com/mockingbird-lane

Mockingbird Lane is a re-imagining of the 1960s CBS sitcom The Munsters. It was developed for NBC by Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller. The pilot episode aired on October 26, 2012, as a Halloween special, with the option for a series order.[1] The special was viewed by 5.47 million American viewers and gained a 1.5/5 ratings share for adults aged 18-49.[2]

On December 27, 2012, NBC announced that it would not be taking Mockingbird Lane to series.[3]

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A reboot of The Munsters, it was written and executive produced by Fuller as a one-hour drama with "spectacular visuals." It explored the origins of the Munster family and was darker and edgier, while retaining plenty of humor.[4][5][6] The costumes and make-up for the characters were heavily toned down to have them more closely resemble humans.[7]

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NBC confirmed ordering the pilot episode in November 2011[8] and announced in January 2012 that it would be called Mockingbird Lane, a reference to the Munster family address at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.[9] It was also reported the costumes and make-up for the characters would be heavily toned down to resemble humans.

On March 20, 2012, former The Riches star Eddie Izzard was announced by NBC as "Grandpa", the first of the prospective series' main roles to be cast.[10][11] More recently, British actress Charity Wakefield has joined the cast, playing Marilyn Munster, Lily's niece, and Spy Kids: All the Time in the World actor Mason Cook as Eddie Munster.[12] On June 4, 2012, it was announced that Jerry O'Connell has been cast as family patriarch Herman Munster who series writer-producer Bryan Fuller describes as "essentially a zombie in a constant state of decay."[13] On June 5, it was announced that Mariana Klaveno had been cast to play his wife Lily, contingent on her being released from her contract on Devious Maids.[14] However, on June 12, 2012, it was announced that Portia de Rossi would play the role.[15]

On October 11, 2012, it was announced that the Mockingbird Lane pilot would air on October 26 as a special lead-in to a Halloween-themed episode of Grimm, with the option of a series order should it do well in the ratings.[1][16] Two months after the premiere, NBC officially passed on the series.[3]

NBC chief Robert Greenblatt said of their decision to pass on the series: "We just decided that it didn't hold together well enough to yield a series. It looked beautiful and original and creative, but it just all ultimately didn't come together... it just didn't ultimately creatively all work. We felt great about that cast, but we tried to make it not just a sitcom. We tried to make it an hour, which ultimately has more dramatic weight than a half-hour. It's hard to calibrate how much weirdness vs. supernatural vs. family story. I just think we didn’t get the mix right".[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (October 11, 2012). "NBC’s ‘Mockingbird Lane’ Pilot To Air On October 26 As Halloween Special". Deadline. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 29, 2012). "Friday Final TV Ratings: 'Grimm, 'CSI: NY' & 'Blue Bloods' Adjusted Up, 'Dateline' & 'All Access Nashville' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Fienberg, Daniel (December 27, 2012). "Bryan Fuller's 'Mockingbird Lane' goes from presumptively dead to officially dead". HitFix. Retrieved December 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ NBC, Bryan Fuller Remaking The Munsters
  5. ^ Exclusive: The Munsters Back in Development at NBC
  6. ^ NBC Picks Up Munsters Reboot Pilot From Pushing Daisies Creator
  7. ^ NBC Pushes Back Munsters Reboot Pilot - TVGuide.com
  8. ^ NBC Orders ‘The Munsters’ Reboot to Pilot | The Set - Yahoo! TV
  9. ^ Jeffery, Morgan. "NBC's The Munsters becomes Mockingbird Lane". digitalspy.co.uk. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Ausielo, Michael (March 20, 2012). "Scoop: NBC's Munsters Reboot Casts Eddie Izzard as Grandpa!". TV Line. Retrieved March 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Eddie Izaard signed for NBC’s The Munsters / Mockingbird Lane?". Unreality TV. 20 March 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  12. ^ ‘Mockingbird Lane’: NBC’s ‘Munsters’ update casts Mason Cook as Eddie - Zap2it
  13. ^ Jerry O'Connell cast as Herman Munster in NBC's 'Mockingbird Lane' | Inside TV | EW.com
  14. ^ "Mariana Klaveno To Play Lily Munster For NBC If 'Devious Maids' Releases Her". deadline.com. Retrieved June 5, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Portia de Rossi To Play Lily Munster on NBC's Mockingbird Lane". seattlepi.com. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  16. ^ Schneider, Michael (October 12, 2012). "Mockingbird Lane's Bryan Fuller: Don't Count Out a Series Order Just Yet". TV Guide. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  17. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/nbc-may-take-another-stab-at-the-munsters-reboot-series-tca/

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