The Mockingbird Lane You Didn’t See

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Thanks to the Film Sketchr Blog and artist John Gallagher, we now know that originally the Munster family from the “Mockingbird Lane” redux was a lot more monstrous. Get ready for some pretty neat concept art, kids!

The “Mockingbird Lane” pilot/Halloween special was written by Bryan Fuller and directed by Bryan Singer. It is a reinvention of the 1960s sitcom about “The Munsters,” a family of “monsters” — vampires, werewolves, and Frankenstein — and their “plain” cousin that will feature striking visuals in the vein of Fuller’s ABC dramedy “Pushing Daisies.”

The Mockingbird Lane You Didn't See

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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.

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 (Portia de Rossi), the daughter of Dracula; his dad Herman (Jerry O’Connell), who brings new meaning to “Frankenstein”; and Grandpa (Eddie 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 on to 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.

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  • Terminal

    I thought Mockingbird Lane was great. I wish it’d become a series.

    • The Woman In Black

      Izzard was the best thing about it for sure. His scenes with Marilyn were great – I would have watched it again. Maybe a miniseries would be a good option.

      • Terminal

        I adored the change in family roles. Marilyn being the Renfield of the family aiding in snaring of the victims, Grandpa running the household, Herman relying on Grandpa for life, Lily showing regret she didn’t eat her son when he was born. It was all so clever and entertaining.

        • Rob

          I agree with everything you’ve said. The pilot was a very well handled piece of television with great character dynamics, fun creature effects, and delightful performances. Even Jerry (who I was dreading) was great as Herman. I’m so pissed at NBC for not giving this show the chance it deserves. I’m losing patience with them, especially with this and the unbearably bad storyline going on this season on Grimm.