NBC Officially Passes on 'Mockingbird Lane'

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December 27th, 2012

Mockingbird Lane was long presumed dead, but NBC has officially passed on Bryan Fuller's reboot of The Munsters. The pilot aired as a special the Friday before Halloween, earning a 1.5 adults 18-49 rating, which was NBC's best demo performance in the time period in two years. Today Fuller tweeted, "I tweet with a heavy heart. NBC not moving forward with #MockingbirdLane. From producers and cast, thank you all for enthusiasm and support."

  • Tom


  • Young

    Thank God, one less crappy series on NBC.

  • Oliver

    A mistake. NBC saw it as not “broad” enough, but it ticked enough boxes that it would have been a hit given a chance.

  • JC

    I could see from miles away that this wasnt going to series but I DO think it is a perfect opportunity to create holiday specials. Might have been a fun “Mockingbird Lane Christmas”, “Mockingbird Lane Halloween” etc etc.

  • DryedMangoez

    Well that sucks. It would’ve been nice to pair with Grimm, but ultimately I think it came down to how expensive it would be do every week. A Friday timeslot wouldn’t justify such a high cost, and even if it did get a better timeslot, the possible audience probably wouldn’t have been enough either.

    Oh well. It was promising, but definitely very ambitious. High risk (which I think networks shouldn’t shy away from), but definitely no guarantee for high reward.

  • CharlieSheen

    This was a good decision as NBC needs to stick to more broad dramas like Chicago Fire.

  • Mike K

    great, now we get new iterations of the same old things…. nothing changes.

  • iggy agrimotor

    Happy that Eddie Izzard isn’t tied down to this thing.

  • Oliver


    Right, because dramas like Chase, Law & Order: LA, Trauma, Mercy, Outlaw and Harry’s Law worked out so well for NBC in the past.

  • freaker

    @ Oliver

    Well Chicago Fire is obviously working for them so the guy is right.

  • were123

    A shame, I found the pilot very entertaining and I have missed Bryan Fuller on TV… well, maybe next time

  • Ricky

    Grrr…and they had such a flimsy excuse, too. “Not broad enough,” huh! Are they trying to shed their niche image or something? And to say it was too dark and violent – makes me wonder how they can justify their blind 13-episode commitment to Hannibal.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m really rooting for Hannibal because Bryan Fuller needs some success and he needs it yesterday. But I feel that Mockingbird Lane was more his style, and it really seemed that he put a lot of effort into the pilot. I somehow get the feeling he wouldn’t have nearly as much creative control with Hannibal, because trying to turn it into his Tim Burton-y style just wouldn’t work as well. How I miss Pushing Daisies – and now I’m going to miss Mockingbird Lane even more sorely (if that’s even possible), because it had sooooooo much potential.

  • Kangarookeeper

    Bad decision, NBC.

  • s0303

    i can’t blame them…1.5 is a decent rating for friday, but that was the premiere…it would have been unlikely to hold that number…

  • psychic

    Too bad. It looked decent. And I mean that.

  • Doug in SF

    That’s good. The show was terrible.

  • Chris

    It just sucked

  • Mary 1

    The show would have had to be a tremendous hit to justify that 10 million dollar cost for the pilot alone. I’m not surprised. But Jc’s idea of making it a holiday special, especially for Halloween fright nights, does have some merit. I could also see it playing better on cable.

  • Ekras

    Here’s an idea…. don’t make a 10 million dollar pilot until the series has been greenlit to begin with…. Don’t let the networks call the shots- this is entirely the fault of the production team (and all production teams) for not putting pressure on them.


    NBC is growing up on us they’re not putting garbage shows on the schedule anymore with no potential.

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