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."

  • toadytoady

    Im not sure about Hannibal now, given recent gun shooting events in the real America at the moment.Im not sure about the glorification of serial killers.They might need to think that through carefully.

  • Young

    @CharlieSheen @Oliver

    You ask me, Chicago Fire is just Dick Wolf’s version of the canceled Trauma. Only reason it’s got fair numbers is because of minimal competition on Wednesday and it’s had special The Voice airing lead it in when SVU took off.

    Let NBC put Chicago Fire on Tuesday or Thursday away from SVU and The Voice and then talk to me.

    NBC good quality dramas = SVU, Grimm, Revolution, and maybe Do No Harm.

  • Dude

    Psh, this sucks. TV is becoming boring again.. I want to see something new you know, not only cop dramas and doctor shows.

  • Networkman


    That is why it is important to support shows such as Once Upon A Time and Fringe because both are offering something different amongst the tv landscape of cop dramas and doctor shows. I do believe the 1960’s were such a creative period for TV. There was alot of fantasy and originality with Addams Family, I Dream of Jeanie, Bewitched, Star Trek, etc. And that is why I’m really supporting The Neighbors. Our children deserves to see those type of “escapism” shows, imaginative shows that can just be plain silly.

  • SJ

    Big mistake, NBC. I can’t wait till Voice starts to fade away and you reclaim your rightful fourth place again.

  • Melanie

    I thought we knew this already? Fuller has to figure out a less expensive way to bring his vision to TV. They had to know that Munsters wasn’t going to be an NCIS type ratings show – it had to be budgeted accordingly. You’d almost think they’d make a few episodes just to justify the cost of the sets and then cancel it. LOL — How about a series of ‘specials’? A Munsters Christmas Carol? Valentines Day?

  • Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?

    Feel free to begin MOCKING the people involved with this awful idea of a show.

  • mike

    more like a fox show anyway

  • SilverFox

    Well… I for one was going to be a fan of Mockingbird Lane, and I am upset that NBC has decided not to air it. Maybe it was going to be costly, but you can’t decide how well a show will do when a lot of people probably didn’t even know it aired. I caught it on Demand, and wondered when I would see more episodes. Then I say today let me check and see what happened… is it going to be a series or was it just a one-time show. I grew up watching, “Bewitched”, “The Monsters”, and “The Adams Family”. I think NBC should ask the viewers what they think of the pilot. I really enjoyed it, and it would have been the ONE program I watched on NBC.

  • Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln How Was The Play?

    Actually its more of a CW kind of show. Maybe they will pick it up. They keep shows around with 0.3 ratings.

  • TVDude

    I’m not surprised, the expense of the series just wasn’t worth it for them. NBC still has plenty of series left this season so it’s not like they’re hurting for one that probably wouldn’t work out anyway.

  • Chuck_T

    Good, didn’t hold a candle to the original.

  • Jared

    I really enjoyed ML but was always curious..if picked up to series..how the storyline would progress and where they would take the series creatively. Looking forward to Hannibal though. Bryan Fuller is a creative genius.

  • George

    too bad..it was nice and quirky. different from almost everything else on network tv. they should have tried cable first.

  • Lisa

    I didn’t like the pilot anyway. I’m all for new and different types of shows, but not when they suck.

  • Dan

    @Freaker – Chicago Fire is working well like how Guys With Kids is working. ITs doing as god or slightly better than its Oldest Drama on TV lead in SVU.

    I still think Chicago Fire could be cancelled by May, if NBC’s other series do better.

  • smgpugfaw

    My family totally enjoyed the pilot that aired back in October.

    Too many people got hung up on the Munsters thing. It was a reimagining of the characters. It wasn’t comparable to the old show, it was totally different.

    So…like 4 more half-baked sitcoms then, NBC? That should work out for you.

  • a p garcia

    It is probaly a wise decision b/c it was way of the original. It did not
    have the charm and the laughs nor the chemistry of the original even though the special effects were above average.

  • Steve

    I’m all for creating original and unique series, but this one was just weird. Not funny, not particularly dramatic, just strange. I wasn’t sure exactly what Fuller was going for.

  • glen

    Too Bad, I sort of liked mockingbird lane, though was disappointed in it, it may have grown on us. Anyway, NBC needs to air things like this and take some chances – airing the same old sitcoms isn’t going to get them out of the ratings basement. I know, maybe they are doing slightly better this year but I think Football and The Voice and any show that follows the voice is pulling up their averages. The Thursday sitcoms are worse (ratings wise) than ever and they need some strategy. I was thinking the other day about how the Thurs 10 p.m. slot used to have some great dramas through the years and it’s now being used to air a newsmagazine show.

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