NBC May Take Another Stab At ‘The Munsters’ Reboot Series: TCA

By | Sunday January 6, 2013 @ 12:33pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Just 10 days ago NBC passed on its Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane, which had been in the works at NBC for two years under two regimes. But the network is not closing the door to bringing the … Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Mockingbird Lane’ Officially Dead

By | Thursday December 27, 2012 @ 9:54pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

It’s officially over for NBC’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane. The project’s creator/executive producer Bryan Fuller made the announcement earlier today on Twitter. “I tweet with a heavy heart,” he wrote. “NBC not moving forward with #MockingbirdLane. From … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ Returns Low, ‘Mockingbird Lane’ Decent

By | Saturday October 27, 2012 @ 9:55am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

There wasn’t a Friday miracle last night with the premiere of NBC‘s pilot/special Mockingbird Lane, but it didn’t tank either. The hourlong program drew a 1.5/5 in adults 18-49 and 5.4 million viewers at 8 PM. In 18-49, that was only marginally better than the last scripted series premiere in the slot, the now-defunct CBS drama A Gifted Man (1.4 last fall). Mockingbird Lane did manage to finish No.3 for the night in the demo behind NBC’s Grimm and ABC’s Shark Tank, posting NBC’s best 18-49 rating in the hour with non-sports programming in two years. But probably its biggest accomplishment was the boost it gave Grimm (1.9/6), which shot up 27% from last week when it followed a Grimm rerun to log its second highest Friday result ever, only behind its series premiere last fall, to rank as the top program of the night in the demo. It shows that with a suitable lead-in that is not a hodge-podge of repeats, Grimm could be a pretty formidable player on Friday.

Related: NBC’s ‘Mockingbird Lane’ To Air As Halloween Special’

As for Mockingbird Lane, there are some extra scripts written, so there conceivably could be more episodes, which would amortize the big price tag on the pilot, said to be approaching $10 million. The ratings performance for the pilot does not automatically warrant that, and NBC brass are said to be lukewarm at best on the show’s creative direction, but the special did not crash and burn, and a big DVR boost could help its chances. With NBC’s ratings gains extending to 10 PM where Dateline (1.5/5) was up 15% from last week to top the hour, the network won the night in 18-49, its first outright demo win on Friday with non-sports programming since Dec. 16 last year. Read More »

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TV Teaser: ‘Mockingbird Lane’

By | Saturday October 13, 2012 @ 9:08am PDT

NBC’s reboot of The Munsters didn’t make it to air, but the network decided not to let the Bryan Singer-directed pilot go to waste. Here’s a peek at the hourlong episode from producer writer-producer Bryan Fuller that will air as a Halloween special leading into Grimm for Friday, October … Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Mockingbird Lane’ Pilot To Air On October 26 As Halloween Special

By | Thursday October 11, 2012 @ 2:56pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Mockingbird Lane Halloween Special NBC PilotNBC‘s Mockingbird Lane pilot is coming to primetime earlier and in a different form than originally planned. The hourlong pilot, written by Bryan Fuller and directed by Bryan Singer, will air as a Halloween special on Friday, October 26, at 8 PM, leading into a Halloween-themed episode of supernatural drama Grimm. NBC’s Friday 8 PM slot became vacant when the network this week decided to hold back comedies Community and Whitney. “This exciting new take on a memorable series will definitely blow out conventional wisdom and create its own legacy,” said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. “Teaming this new show with a terrifying episode of Grimm makes the perfect pre-Halloween fright-fest.”

Related: NBC’s ‘Munsters’ Reboot ‘Mockingbird Lane’ Unlikely To Go Forward

NBC brass decided to air the pilot as a special in lieu of giving the Munsters reboot a series pickup. Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Munsters’ Reboot ‘Mockingbird Lane’ Unlikely To Go Forward

By | Monday October 1, 2012 @ 6:31pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: It looks like NBC‘s Mockingbird Lane pilot won’t be going to series. There is no final decision, but I hear that the network brass are leaning toward passing on the project, a reboot of the classic 1960s sitcom The Munsters. The project from Bryan Fuller had been in the works at NBC for a couple of seasons, originally developed by the previous regime during the 2010-11 development cycle. Fuller’s script was one of very few Bob Greenblatt kept in play when he took over the network in January 2011. It was redeveloped and, in November 2011, it was ordered to pilot around the same time another Fuller-written drama, Hannibal, landed a script-to-series deal at NBC. Read More »

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Portia De Rossi To Play Lily Munster In NBC’s ‘Munsters’ Reboot ‘Mockingbird Lane’

By | Tuesday June 12, 2012 @ 7:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Portia de Rossi, known for her platinum blonde locks, is taking on one of TV’s best known brunettes — Lily Munster. The Arrested Development and Better Off Ted alumna is set to play the female lead in NBC’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane.

Mariana Klaveno had previously been cast as Lily Munster but the deal was contingent on her being released from ABC’s pilot Devious Maids, where she was a regular. However, Devious Maids producer ABC Studios did not release Klaveno or agree to make her a recurring on the project, which is in consideration for a series pickup at Lifetime, sending NBC back to the drawing board. Read More »

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Mariana Klaveno To Play Lily Munster For NBC If ‘Devious Maids’ Releases Her

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 11:04am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Mariana Klaveno has been cast as Lily Munster in NBC’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane. However, Klaveno’s deal is contingent on her being released from a pilot she had a regular role on: ABC’s Devious Maids. Klaveno is not one of the leads on Devious Maids and has just a few lines in the pilot. But, in light of the project’s possible move to Lifetime, in an act of gamesmanship or a mix of both, Devious Maids producer ABC Studios has so far refused to release the actress. I hear that, in a major departure from precedent, NBC is even willing to let Klaveno recur on Devious Maids in exchange for securing her in first position to Mockingbird Lane, where she would play the female lead.

Related: Lifetime Eyes Marc Cherry’s ABC Dramedy Pilot ‘Devious Maids’

ABC Studios has been looking to cut costs for Devious Maids‘ potential move to cable (I hear the main actresses have been asked to take a pay cut), but the studio has not agreed to convert Klaveno’s role to a recurring so she can join Mockingbird Lane. After one extension, I hear there is now a ticking clock that expires at the end of business today to get Klaveno released from Devious Maids so she can play Lilly Munster. At this point, with ABC Studios digging in (it has Klaveno in first position until at least June 30, when they can extend her option), it is probably going to take a miracle — or a call from NBC topper Bob Greenblatt to Devious Maids creator Marc Cherry — to get her released. If that doesn’t happen, NBC will likely go back to the drawing board and start casting the Lily Munster role again. Read More »

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Jerry O’Connell To Play Herman Munster In NBC’s ‘Munsters’ Reboot

By | Monday June 4, 2012 @ 7:55pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jerry O’Connell is set to star opposite Eddie Izzard and Charity Wakefield in NBC’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane. The pilot, written by Bryan Fuller and to be directed by Bryan … Read More »

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Mason Cook To Play Eddie Munster In NBC’s ‘Mockingbird Lane’ Pilot

By | Wednesday May 23, 2012 @ 3:10pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Young actor Mason Cook (Spy Kids In 4D) is set to co-star opposite Eddie Izzard and Charity Wakefield in NBC’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane. The pilot, written by Bryan … Read More »

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Charity Wakefield To Play Marilyn In NBC’s ‘Munsters’ Reboot ‘Mockingbird Lane’

By | Friday March 30, 2012 @ 12:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Charity Wakefield MunstersPat Priest MunstersEXCLUSIVE: British actress Charity Wakefield is set to co-star opposite Eddie Izzard in NBC’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane. The pilot, written by Bryan Fuller and to … Read More »

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