If you've been following the saga of NBC's attempt to reboot campy '60s sitcom The Munsters, you probably already know that the Peacock elected not to pick it up to series after blowing $10 million on filming the pilot.
Still hoping for a return on its investment, NBC announced earlier this week that they would be airing the pilot episode as a one-hour Halloween special on Friday, October 26, leading into the supernatural drama Grimm. Depending on the ratings it attracts, this special broadcast could give the high-concept update a new lease on life.
Entitled Mockingbird Lane—a reference to the address of the Munster home located at 1313 Mockingbird Lane in the original show—the project is produced by Bryan Singer (X-Men, X2, Superman Returns) and written by Bryan Fuller, creator of television series such as Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, and Wonderfalls. With a creative team like that and a cast including Jerry O'Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, and Eddie Izzard as the vampiric Grandpa, it's difficult to understand why NBC passed on Mockingbird Lane.
We will all find out the results of this project on October 26 at 8:00pm Eastern, but until then, TVLine has the exclusive first look at images from the debut episode. Looking over the photos, de Rossi is virtually unrecognizable without her blonde locks, and the shots of Herman revealing his sutured body should satisfy the criticism that O'Connell was wrong for the role because he doesn't resemble Boris Karloff's Frankenstein Monster.
Combining Fuller's quirky and offbeat writing with the visually impressive set and costume design should transform a potentially dull or cheesy remake into a rather intriguing reimagining. Will you be joining these new Munsters for Halloween?