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."

 
  • cra

    Terrible show. I’m surprised NBC didn’t snap it up.

  • Ram510

    This news sucks! They should made Mockingbird Lane a series. It would’ve been great to pair it with Grimm or could’ve been nice post Voice spot. Stupid NBC

  • Joseph

    “Mockingbird Lane” producer Bryan Fuller should pitch the show to another network.

    He could say “The pilot did well on a low-viewership Friday night; give us a good timeslot and it will do even better for you!”.

    Imagine the irony if ABC, CBS or Fox decides to pick-up “Mockingbird Lane” for their 2013 Fall schedule and it becomes a hit for them. NBC will have second thoughts.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    ““Mockingbird Lane” producer Bryan Fuller should pitch the show to another network.”

    Of course he will/has, assuming no contractual limitations.

    And while I’d welcome the NCIS/Mockingbird Lane comparison pageviews from after the fact know it alls, I’d be very surprised if somebody else went for it.

  • Ram510

    @charliesheen

    Chicago Fire isn’t working at all! In its last 3 rating point it got a 1.4, 1.9,1.4 and it hasn’t gotten over a 2.0 since it had (underservibgly so) The voice as a lead in back in November and before that I can’t remember when it cracked a 2.0. The show is failing.

    The only thing it had going for itself right now is the fact that NBCs other dramas dot get that great of numbers and the fact that its a Dick Wolf project. But if some of these Mid season drama do better than CF and it continues to pull 1.4 and worse in te spring, it won’t be back for a second season. That’s how well CF is working for them. Try again

  • rob60990

    the pilot is still sitting on my DVR.

  • AnnoyingToYou

    It was never going to work anyway. The pilot was OK but it was drenched in network TV blandness and mostly felt like it was aimed at 10 year-olds. Send it to cable where they actually know how to make a show work.

  • DuMont

    Good for NBC to give it a primetime broadcast, and pause to reflect upon all of the quantitative data they gathered (the full gamut of demos, minute-by-minute tune-in) and all the post-broadcast reaction (critical response, web/blog reaction, etc.). Based on all the datapoints they had, they made a much more informed decision on not going forward than they would have if they had relied solely on focus group qualitatives.

  • Gus

    Mockingbird got as far as it was going to go. One episode. They should be grateful for that. Like the Wonder Woman project (Which’s pilot never aired) they weren’t really going forth with this.

  • Tom

    “And while I’d welcome the NCIS/Mockingbird Lane comparison pageviews from after the fact know it alls….”

    Ouch! Remind me to buy you a saucer of milk. And, by the way, I thought this forum was all about building a sense of community. So, grinch, thanks for the revelation about the page views. What’s next? Changing the site name to TVBTP – “TV By the Philistines”?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “Ouch! Remind me to buy you a saucer of milk. And, by the way, I thought this forum was all about building a sense of community. So, grinch, thanks for the revelation about the page views. What’s next? Changing the site name to TVBTP – “TV By the Philistines”?”

    Open your eyes and all shall be revealed!

    As I have noted many times, I do things on the site for two reasons (1) fun or (2) money (and the rare daily double when they both come together).

    The snark falls under “fun”, all the routine stuff “money”. Baiting crazy fans with a post that spins the pageviews hits the “daily double”!

  • sad

    But Mason Cook is so cute…

  • tommie

    I enjoyed the pilot, but it’s fully understandable that it didn’t go to a series considering the cost.

    It would’ve been fun if they made some specials though.

  • ILoveSitcoms

    It sounded good on paper: Bryan Fuller making a colorful, darker version of the Munsters. That seemed right up his alley.

    What happened to make this boring, unfunny mess? My guess is interference with the casting. Jerry O’Donnell was wooden as usual, probably the worst on the cast. Portia De Rossi was unsuited to a role requiring a broader acting style. Eddie Izzard was better almost pulling out some humor from this dreary thing although his character was dark, very dark. Charity Wakefield was the best thing about this playing the blandest character from the original series. Go figure.

    Surely casting can’t be blamed entirely for sucking every last remnant of humor out of this concept. Perhaps it never meant to be funny?

  • David Howell

    It was the only decision they could’ve made, really.

  • Chris

    They already made this decision months and months ago, didn’t they? Right at the start of the season, NBC announced that they weren’t picking up Mockingbird Lane to series. Then they threw the pilot on a Friday as a Halloween special to try and make a little money back (which was a great idea, they should do things like that more often). And now they’re…passing on the series again? Did anyone actually need to be told that?

    Must be a slooooooow news day.

    I’m not terribly surprised that NBC didn’t spring for it. I guess NBC didn’t get the memo: if you don’t want a Bryan Fuller show on your network, *don’t ask Bryan Fuller to make a show for your network*. Because Mockingbird Lane was about as Bryan-Fuller-y as you can get without being full-on Pushing Daisies, and while I *like* that kind of thing, I am well aware that Nielsen families suspect that it will poison them and steal their car.

  • Ryan

    I could see this doing well on AMC esp when they start that quirky Thursday lineup.

    9 PM – ML
    10 PM – Comic Book Men
    10:30 PM – Freak Show (not sure if it’s going to be 30 min or an hour but i’m probably not goign to watch it anyway)

    OR HBO or Showtime can pick it up for Sundays (would pair well with True Blood. Not sure about which Showtime show it would pair well with)

  • Kerri

    Aw, I liked it. Oh well.

  • Chantal

    Booo ! Nbc

  • Patrick G.

    I was plesantly surprised by the pilot and think NBC is making a mistake here. It would have been a good companion to “Grimm” on Friday nights. Oh well. Nothing But Crap lives up to its name again :(

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