Oh, NBC, you’re so fickle. Not happy with Bryan Fuller’s way better than expected take on the classic television series “The Munsters” known as “Mockingbird Lane,” the peacock may not be done with horror’s first family yet.
“I won’t say we won’t do another version of The Munsters again,” NBC chief Bob Greenblatt said after the network’s executive session at TCA. “We just decided that it didn’t hold together well enough to yield a series,” Greenblatt continued. “It looked beautiful and original and creative, but it just all ultimately didn’t come together; it just didn’t ultimately creatively all work.” The pilot featured a cast led by Jerry O’Connell as family patriarch Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife, Lily, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, and Charity Wakefield as cousin Marilyn. “We felt great about that cast,” Greenblatt said. “But 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.”
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