After months of flip-flopping, NBC will not turn Bryan Fuller’s new version of The Munsters, Mockingbird Lane, into a series, according to TV Line. Fuller also confirmed the news via his Twitter account.
The saga behind this reboot, which starred Portia de Rossi and Jerry O’Connell as Lily and Herman Munster, has been profiled extensively. The brainchild of Fuller, the creator of the cult hit “Pushing Daisies,” the show had originally been developed for the 2010-11 television season.
That didn’t happen. The pilot, which was darker than the original sitcom, was written by Fuller and directed by Bryan Singer (“X-Men”). In early October, Deadline’s TV editor Nellie Andreeva reported that it didn’t pass muster with NBC brass and that the network was leaning toward dropping it. Fuller denied this on Twitter.
Finally, the Mockingbird Lane pilot ran on Oct. 26 as a Halloween special and actually earned decent ratings even though it was placed at TV’s graveyard: Friday, 8 p.m. But that wasn’t enough.
Or is it? At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if Fuller turned this into a Broadway musical or it became the basis for a slyly funny movie. It just seems weird not to talk about it.