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

    Whew!

  • 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

    @CharlieSheen

    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.

  • DOME BOY

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

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