Tuesday, October 20, 2015

2012 Mockingbird Lane

Mockingbird Lane is a 2012 TV special developed as a re-imagining of the 1960s CBS sitcom The Munsters. It was written and executive produced for NBC by Bryan Fuller as a one-hour drama with "spectacular visuals." It explored the origins of the Munster family and was darker and edgier, while retaining plenty of humor. The costumes and make-up for the characters were heavily toned down to have them more closely resemble humans. The cast included Jerry O'Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as Lily Munster, Charity Wakefield as Marilyn Munster, Mason Cook as Eddie Munster and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa (Sam Dracula).

This pilot episode aired on October 26, 2012, as a Halloween special, with the option for a series order. Two months after the premiere, NBC officially passed on the series. I love this special so much it's great, and if it was picked up, I'm sure it would have been my favorite show. Here's the show summary from TV.com:

Herman Munster, the head of the family, is a patchwork creature who tries to keep his family safe and happy. His only problem is when he cares too much, causing his heart to break down. His wife Lily is a vampire, who tries to make sure that her son Eddie is happy. Eddie is a normal boy just discovering that he is growing hair on his body... during the full moon, when he becomes a werewolf. Marilyn, the nice of Herman and Lily, is the oddball out: a normal girl, although she shares her family's... "unique" sensibilities. Grandpa, a vampire of the old school, is still trying to come to terms with modern life where feeding on the locals isn't allowed. He keeps his son-in-law Herman's heart going, and tries to make sure that the other Munsters embrace their lives as creatures of the night.

Part 1:

Mockingbird Lane Pilot Part 1 of 3 by thecrackedactor

Part 2:

Mockingbird Lane Pilot Part 2 of 3 by thecrackedactor

Part 3:

Mockingbird Lane Pilot Part 3 of 3 by thecrackedactor

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