Executive Producer Bryan Fuller tweeted yesterday evening:
I tweet with a heavy heart. NBC not moving forward with #MockingbirdLane. From producers and cast, thank you all for enthusiasm and support.
So this seems to be the end of Mockingbird Lane‘s long journey. It didn’t look good when NBC decided to turn the pilot into a Halloween special, but it still had a chance like a backdoor pilot, depending on audience reaction. Apparently the reaction wasn’t good enough for the network, with moderate ratings and some attempts to rework the concept.
The NBC Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane may not be made into a series (or at least has very very small odds of it), but we’ll still get to see the pilot as a one-off special for Halloween, airing on NBC on Friday, October 26th at 8/7c. Catch the preview below, and also check out the official Tumblr page!
Well, as previously thought, the NBC Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane is dead. At least mostly dead.
NBC has decided to air the already-produced pilot, however, as one-hour TV special ob Friday, October 26th, at 8/7c, as a lead-in to a Halloween-themed episode of Grimm.
The pilot, produced by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), stars Jerry O’Connell (Herman Munster), Portia de Rossi (Lily Munster) and Eddie Izzard (Grandpa), and reportedly cost $10 million to make. A series is still possible but is considered a huge longshot, and would depend on massive ratings – and if the network wants that, they’d better start pushing the publicity bandwagon.
J.J. Abrams is teaming up with Oscar-nominated director Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) to develop a fantasy drama series for NBC about “a girl in possession of a great gift/powers — which will come into their own in seven years — and the man who is sprung from prison to protect her from those trying to hunt her down.” Cuarón will direct and co-write the script with Mark Friedman (Home of the Brave, The Forgotten), with it being produced by WBTV and Abrams’ Bad Robot.
NBC has given a pilot production commitment.
WithThe Voice taking over Mondays at NBC for the next several weeks, there are no new episodes of Grimm – until it moves back to Friday nights starting September 28th!
Here is a little preview…and also if you liked the “Monroe-mance” from the last episode, check out the recap scene afterwards:
Thanks to NBC, you can watch the entire first episode of new show Revolution right here, two weeks before the premiere airs on September 17th! Then check out the show on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pintrest!
In case you were wondering what happened to the planned extended teaser preview of NBC’s Revolution that was supposed to air Saturday night, NBC silently canceled it when they shuffled around their tape-delayed airing of the sporting events that day. Instead, they are going to air a shorter preview (about 2:40 in length) tonight during a commercial pod taking place prior to the airing of the Women’s Gymnastics Uneven Bars competition, sometime between 10:45pm and 11:15pm EDT.
The drama comes from producers J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke and director Jon Favreau – read on for the official description.
NBC decided to drop what’s left of it’s bubble shows and pilots that it hadn’t already picked up, and that included freshman drama Awake, which failed in the ratings but did come on strong at the end.
Also, the previously mentioned ABC Beauty & The Beast pilot appears unlikely to get a pickup. This is different that the CW version starring Smallville‘s Kristin Kreuk, which is more of a remake of the 1980s series, which is still in contention.
NBC has already given an early renewal order for 22 more episodes of hit series Grimm – now it seems that it wants to bring it back earlier than the customary September debut, instead bringing it back in August to fill the gap after the network’s Olympics coverage, taking advantage of the huge opportunity for promotion of its shows and they wouldn’t want to lose the momentum by having several weeks pass, while NBC should be coming off of a ratings high and has been looking to get out of the ratings basement overall. New comedy series Go On starring Friends alum Matthew Perry also is being eyed for an early start.
Expect Grimm to get right back into production soon…word is the writers are already at work.
NBC still sees money in the eyes (or fangs) of vampires. The network has made a script-to-series commitment (meaning they’ll skip a pilot and go straight to a 13-episode series order if they like the script) for a Dracula series from producers Tony Krantz (24) and Colin Callender (Tsunnami: The Aftermath) and writer Cole Haddon (who appears to be a newcomer, but had a script for Hyde on the 2010 “Black List”, the annual Hollywood list of most-liked but unproduced scripts).
Dracula will be a period “soap opera” style set in the 1890s, and described as “Dangerous Liaisons meets The Tudors“, and will be aimed at both the U.S. and International markets via NBCUniversal’s international channels.