Mockingbird Lane will not rise from the grave
I can remember growing up watching re-runs of The Munsters and I have nothing but fond memories of that show. So when I heard that NBC was rebooting the classic series I was ecstatic and upon seeing previews I thought it looked great! However the powers that be over at NBC have killed any hopes of a series before it began and it seems that the best we could have hoped for was Mockingbird Lane, which starred Jerry O’Connell, Portia de Rossi, Eddie Izzard, and Charity Wakefield, as a Halloween Special.
All is not lost however as an NBC executive Bob Greenblatt has indicated that the network has not entirely given up the idea of yet another reboot of the iconic 60’s show. The NBC executive had this to say, “I won’t say we won’t do another version of The Munsters again,”
While I will admit to having high hopes for the new take on a favorite classic, the $10 million pilot, Mockingbird Lane was ultimately cancelled as a series due to the general network feeling being that the show just didn’t work as well as they had hoped. Greenblatt went on to say, “We just decided that it didn’t hold together well enough to yield a series,” he said. “It looked beautiful and original and creative, but it just all ultimately didn’t come together…it just didn’t ultimately creatively all work.”
Greenblatt indicated that the show was supposed to be more than just a funny supernaturally based sitcom, with the network having higher hopes apparently than what they got, “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.”
While I am disappointed that show wasn’t given the chance to find its legs with at least a season, we will move on and wait to see what the future holds for America’s favorite family of ghouls.
Written By: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator and science fiction reporter. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the staff Divorce Mediator and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit tye on facebook and www.thelightersideofscifi.com.