It looks like at least one of the high profile projects that cultishly adored TV writer Bryan Fuller is working on for NBC probably won’t make it to series after all. According to an exclusive report from Deadline.com TV Editor Nellie Andreeva it looks like the pilot for Fuller’s “reboot” of “The Munsters” probably isn’t going to series.
The “Munsters”-based project, called “Mockingbird Lane,” was to be a darker reboot of the 60s comedy. The project has actually been in the works at NBC for awhile, having initially been developed for the 2010-11 television season. Current NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt ordered a pilot last fall right around the time he gave Bryan Fuller’s “Hannibal” a “script to series” deal, meaning it won’t have to go through the pilot process.
The pilot was written by Fuller and directed by high profile film director Bryan Singer. The cast included Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa Munster, and Portia De Rossi as Lily Munster. The idea was to bring the kind of creative visual style and darker humor that Fuller employed on “Pushing Daises” to “The Munsters,” According to Andreeva’s reporting, “The pilot was lauded for its visual style but pulling off the high-concept premise — a show about a family of ‘monsters’ — was always considered a risky proposition. In the end, I hear it didn’t quite work.”
Again, this won’t affect “Hannibal,” which has a 13 episode order to come on as a midseason series.
UPDATE: Fuller wrote on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that the Deadline report about the pilot’s death was “dead wrong.”