NBC Takes Pity on Failing Reboot, Will Air Munsters Pilot as Special

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After a tortured, expensive struggle to find a home, NBC’s rebooted Munsters pilot Mockingbird Lane is finally being turned into a Halloween special, according to a story in The Hollywood Reporter.

Mockingbird Lane is a darker reboot of the 60’s goofy TV series The Munsters about a family of ‘monsters’ trying to fit into suburban America. Looks like the new show has had its own trouble fitting in. According to an earlier article on EntertainmentTell, it appeared that this $10 million investment was never going to air. The project was actually supposed to premiere in the 2010-2011 television season, but NBC haulted the process and even considered scrapping the project altogether.

It’s been said that the show’s writer-producer Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) and director Bryan Singer ( the “X-Men” movies, House) have had differing opinions about the pilot’s style. Fuller has been busy shooting NBC’s 13-episode “Hannibal” series and hasn’t had time to focus on “Mockingbird Lane.”

Now NBC wants to air the pricey pilot as a Halloween special. “Mockingbird Lane” will premiere on Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m; NBC has declined to comment on this change.

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