The Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane was unleashed on Friday, with NBC airing the pilot (not brought to series) as a one-shot Halloween special. While the characters aren't quite how you remember them from the 60s series, what's definitely familiar is the tone and style of writer/executive producer Bryan Fuller.
After months of anticipation and cautious optimism, I can now say that I've seen Mockingbird Lane...probably all there will ever be, sadly. As re-imagined by Wonderfalls/Pushing Daisies mastermind Bryan Fuller, the 2012 Munster family is a strange, clever brood whose desire to be a normal family is tempered with the self-awareness that they never will be. One of my favorite parts was Marilyn - more interesting and given more to do than in the whole of the original series - who has a bit of a dark side beneath her lovely appearance. Her adversarial relationship with Grandpa (consummate scene-stealer Eddie Izzard) is one loaded with untapped comedic potential. Ah, what could have been!
For now though, enjoy a bonus Halloween photocap:
Yes, there's still hope that we could get more Mockingbird Lane. Ratings were pretty decent, and there are a few more finished scripts. But if this is truly all there is, I choose to remember it fondly as an ambitious project that simply couldn't find its way in 2012. Though certainly not for a lack of trying.
As promised, the pilot was visually stunning - so I'll leave you with a few of my favorite shots. Click to make 'em bigger!
2 more days 'til Halloween!