We finally learned last week, after months of waiting, that the pilot for NBC's Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane would get the one-off Halloween-special treatment rather than a full series pickup. But according to creator Bryan Fuller, it's not over yet, and you'll think so too after you see the special.
Though it might seem like the Halloween special idea is just a way for NBC to get something out of the $10 million they invested in the pilot before they bury it away for good, there's still a chance to reanimate Mockingbird Lane. The contracts for its stars don't expire until July 2013, giving NBC plenty of time to resume production on the show if the pilot airing goes well.
"If we get a huge number, all the cast are in line to be picked up and to go to series," Fuller said. "And that was one of the things that NBC wanted to make sure, that they had all of the cast deals in line -- so that if we did get a big number and audiences proved their appetite for this type of show, that they could move very quickly."
Fuller, who's busy now developing NBC's new Hannibal series, is of course hoping the special will go well enough to revive his long-gestating take on America's spookiest family. But it ultimately will come down to the viewers, and when it comes to that, Fuller's confident the pilot will do the trick.
"My fantasy of the show getting out there is people say, 'Wow, this is one of the best NBC pilots of the fall, and it's great that it's airing and everyone should take a peek at it,'" Fuller said.
"It's gorgeous, every frame is sumptuous. You get to have these really interesting actors coming in and taking their spins on these classic characters. I love the original Munsters and didn't want to step on it in any way of putting people in Frankenstein makeup and Dracula makeup. So we went our own direction."
If (and at this point, it seems like a pretty big if) the Mockingbird Lane pilot reveals enough public interest in a series, Fuller said he hopes to finish work on Hannibal by February and then turn right back around and work on new Mockingbird scripts in time for a July 2013 shoot followed by a fall 2013 premiere. Fuller said he's already got several outlines for future episodes, and over the summer he teased things like a new version of the Munster family's pet Spot and a revamped version of Grandpa's "Drag-u-la" hot rod.
"Every episode focuses on a different member of the family in a great way," Fuller said. "Lily is going through this huge arc of, 'I was living my life a certain way because I thought my child was a certain way. Now that my child has changed, do I change?' So she's having an identity crisis. It's all about your identity and family. So each of those individual episodes are all family stories about characters trying to find their place within the larger group. In different ways because they're monsters."
The Mockingbird Lane pilot, starring Jerry O'Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as Lily Munster and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, will air Oct. 26 at 8/7 central on NBC. Will you be watching?
(Via TV Guide)