Everyone relax, we finally know what NBC is going to do with Mockingbird Lane. As you may recall, as of a few weeks ago the Munsters reboot produced by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller was either dead or very much not dead, depending on who you believed. Well, it turns out everybody was right. Kind of. According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has decided to air the pilot as a one-off Halloween special.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the network has decided to air the pricey $10 million pilot, which has been in development for two years, as a Halloween special. Mockingbird Lane will air Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. before Grimm (Oct. 31 is a Wednesday). [...]
Fuller and [director Bryan] Singer are said to have had differing opinions about the style of the pilot, and the final version is said to have come in below the network’s expectations. With Fuller now busy shooting NBC’s 13-episode Hannibal series, he’s not able to work on Mockingbird. So NBC has been considering all options to salvage the property. [THR]
First of all, much respect to THR for breaking the news that Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year. You just don’t see that kind of old school reporting in the trades anymore. But more importantly… this show has to terrible, right? Like, really terrible? They dumped $10 million into it, put a well-known showrunner in charge, and got a bunch of recognizable names involved (Jerry O’Connell, Portia De Rossi, Eddie Izzard), and now they’re just going to burn the only episode off on the Friday night before Halloween — when a huge chunk of the prized 18-34 demo will be out at parties dressed up as funny/sexy such and suches — in the hopes of making back any money on it? It must be AWFUL.
Well, crap. Now I almost have to watch it.