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'Mockingbird Lane' finally axed

In limbo no more, 'Munsters' reboot hits end of the road

By Kenny Herzog Dec 28, 2012 9:06AM

The original "Munsters" only ran for two seasons back in the mid-'60s, so "Mockingbird Lane" wasn't that far behind its longevity. The much-beleaguered NBC reboot (read: anticipated sitcom that drained tremendous network resources) aired as a one-off Halloween special back in October, with its future beyond that debut uncertain.
However, as of Thursday evening, it's been made abundantly clear that this "Mockingbird" has flown the coop. Show head Bryan Fuller waved the white flag of surrender himself, tweeting "with a heavy heart" that NBC is "not moving forward" with the series. He added, "From producers and cast, thank you all for enthusiasm and support."

Speaking of said ensemble, it was a noteworthy group that included Jerry O'Connell, Portia de Rossi, Eddie Izzard and up-and-comer Cheyenne Jackson. Presumably, all will land on their feet in another comedy, though de Rossi has a head start thanks to the resurgent "Arrested Development." And hey, who knows? Maybe Netflix or some other streaming provider will resurrect "Munsters" 2.0 from its cancellation grave. 
Dec 28, 2012 4:40PM
Good.  Seems like anytime Hollywood tries to remake anything, it ends up being a Frankenstein (pun intended) of their own making.  Pieced together, and downright horrible, and very little life, and resembles nothing of the original.
Dec 28, 2012 3:06PM

I loved the original Munsters and The Addams family which both aired when we were kids.  I recorded this show and my husband and I anticipated that we would really like it.  We did not.  At all.  My husband even asked me to turn it off and erase it after just a few minutes in as it was so repugnant, but I insisted that we give it a chance and so we watched the whole thing through, hoping it would redeem itself by the end.  It did not.


How disappointing.  I really like Portia, Jerry and Izzy, but in this, I could feel nothing but distaste for each of their characters.  Only the little boy had potential in being a character you could identify with, but by the end that was gone, too.  


This show did not have any of the original good natured humor, warmth and sweet family dynamic that the original had in spades.  Instead, it was macabre, depraved, gory and frankly, disturbing.  What were they thinking here?  There was not one character that you could get behind or feel anything for.  We're glad the network executives had the good sense to see that this was not redeemable.

Dec 28, 2012 3:04PM
Only through the sheerest of circumstances, I happened to catch the "Mockingbird Lane" show when it aired back as a Halloween special on NBC.  Yes, it was a bit creepy, but it was also imminently watchable, which is more than I can say for most of the night-time fare on what was once "Must-See TV," but is now "Must-Avoid TV."  NBC programming execs wouldn't know a hit if it came up and bit them on the a**, and to only give a show one viewing to prove itself proves they know even less of what makes TV tick.  Off with their heads at NBC, along with Matt Lauer's for his behind-the-scenes machinations in getting Ann Curry kicked to the curb from the "Today Show."  NBC can die a slow and painful death, as far as most viewers are concerned, and is lucky the Olympics surface every couple of years to help buoy the network's anemic ratings.
Dec 28, 2012 2:58PM
there will be only ONE  "the munsters".. these retreads are insulting. 
Dec 28, 2012 2:41PM
I only saw the first show advertised and then never saw it listed again; makes it pretty hard to watch a show if you don't know when it's on.
Dec 28, 2012 2:34PM

Good!  we have way too many remakes as it is, and they are generally bad compared to the originals.   The occasional cameo tribute, like when the George Lopez show did a one-shot portraying the Munsters very well, is more than enough

Dec 28, 2012 2:19PM

Well, it really just wasn't very good.

Dec 28, 2012 1:32PM
I think I might have liked it but never got the chance!
Dec 28, 2012 12:26PM
No one should make remakes from the original shows.  It just doesn't work.  Usually, the originals are just much better than remakes.  Like the phrase says,"If it ain't broken, why fix it?"

Dec 28, 2012 11:16AM
Having grown up with the original. i was prepared to hate this. But the one show wasn't too bad. I likened more to an Adams Family than Munsters though, with it's darker theme. still would have liked to seen a couple more shows to see if it got better 
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