“Mockingbird Lane,” the hour-long, updated version of 1960s sitcom “The Munsters,” will see the light of day on NBC after all.
Don’t get too excited, though: The network is planning to air the pilot episode as a Halloween special later this month, largely as a way to make back some of the reported $10 million it cost to make the pilot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s slated for 8 p.m. ET Friday, Oct. 26.
The project from “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller and director Bryan Singer has been in development for a couple of years, but NBC opted not to pick up the pilot to series last spring. The show remained in play into the summer, when Portia de Rossi was cast as Lily Munster (replacing Mariana Klaveno, who was committed to “Devious Maids” at Lifetime).
Reports earlier this month, however, said NBC wasn’t thrilled with the finished pilot and was unlikely to pick it up.
Fuller is also working on another NBC series, “Hannibal,” for midseason, so even if “Mockingbird Lane” somehow pulls fabulous ratings and NBC changes its mind on a pickup, he may not be available to serve as showrunner.