NBC’s The Munsters reboot TV series, Mockingbird Lane, has been going through some troubled times of late. Two years in development, recent rumours have said that the show might be cancelled altogether. Director Bryan Singer and writer Bryan Fuller have had their differences on the visual style of the show, with Fuller wanting a more the show to take place in a more heightened whimsical world like his Pushing Daisies. However NBC have demanded the show exists in a more present day, real one. Fuller has now left the series to work on Silence of the Lambs prequel series, Hannibal.
It has been decided that the $10 million pilot episode will be aired as a Halloween special on NBC on Friday 26th October at 8pm, before Grimm, and I expect the response from that performance will either allow the show to continue, or kill it. Either way, it is guaranteed that fans will at least see one episode of the show.
Portia DeRossi and Jerry O’Connell star as Lily and Herman Munster, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, Mason Cook as Eddie, and Charity Wakefield as Marilyn.
Here is the plot synopsis revealed by NBC:
In “Mockingbird Lane,” sweet little Eddie Munster (Mason Cook) is a normal kid about to enter the horrors of puberty. Truth is, he’s about to discover that for him becoming a teenager means growing hair in truly unexpected places — as in all over his body — every time the moon is full! Eddie’s got it pretty good though. His loving, supportive, run-of-the-mill family includes his mom Lily (de Rossi), the daughter of Dracula; his dad Herman (O’Connell), who brings new meaning to “Frankenstein”; and Grandpa (Izzard), who would give Dracula a run for his money if he weren’t actually Dracula! Of course then there’s creepy cousin Marilyn (Charity Wakefield), who’s really the odd one because she’s so completely normal.
Buying a house these days is a nightmare, so Herman and Lily are shocked that no one scooped up the rambling Victorian mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Lane that was the site of a series of grisly hobo murders. Settling into their new place, they’re quickly onto the mission at hand: to gently ease Eddie into the reality of his werewolf adolescence. But it’s not always so easy to accept that your child is a little “different” from the rest of the kids. Meanwhile, Herman, who works as a funeral director, is suffering from a heart condition. Since he’s made up mostly of spare parts, he knew his makeshift heart would eventually give out. No worries though, because Grandpa, who is pretty good at procuring body parts, is on the case. All Herman cares about is finding a new heart with the same capacity to love Lily as much as he has for so many decades.