Fans of lavishly designed, quirky, pseudo-fantastical Bryan Fuller productions have been expecting this for a long time. According to the showrunner's twitter, NBC has officially and finally passed on the ambitous remake of The Munsters.
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NBC's spent quite a lot of money filming the pilot to Bryan Fuller's Munsters remake Mockingbird Lane, but is disinclined to pick up the show. The good news, however, is that they are going to show us the pilot! As, naturally, a Halloween special. This clip doubles as a promo for the airing, and our first look at any footage from the adaptation.
Pilot for Bryan Fuller’s The Munsters Remake to Air as a Halloween Special, And That’s Probably All She Wrote
Looks like the Munsters aren't long for this world. Bryan Fuller's remake of the series, called Mockingbird Lane, has been demoted to TV movie status by NBC, which will be airing the pilot as a Halloween special in an effort to recoup at least some of the $10 million it cost to make.
Curiouser and curiouser!Television reboots of beloved old series aren't the most popular thing these days (market saturation, what can you do?), but the idea of Bryan Fuller at the helm of Mockingbird Lane, a reboot of The Munsters, was pleasing to a lot of people. Fuller's claim to fame are such charming quirky concept and design-heavy shows as Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me. The other thing those shows have in common is being cancelled, with their hosting networks citing low ratings. Perhaps it was this that was unfortunately most prominent in the mind of somebody at NBC?
Things We Saw Today: The Dark Knight Rises Composer Dedicates New Song to Help Raise Money for Aurora Shooting Victims
Things We Saw Today
Another day, another heart-warming response from the Dark Knight Rises team in the wake of the Aurora shooting. This time it's legendary film composer Hans Zimmer, who scored the trilogy, who has composed a song for those affected by the tragedy:
"'Aurora' is dedicated to those who lost their lives and were affected by the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado. I recorded this song in London in the days following the tragedy as a heartfelt tribute to the victims and their families. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Aurora Victim Relief organization."You can listen to the song and donate to the cause here. (via MTV)
All this has happened before...Previously, NBC passed on Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller's idea to reboot the classic TV series, The Munsters. It was described as “Modern Family meets True Blood.” Well, decided to give it another go a few months ago and now that they've read his script they've given the official go-ahead to make it.
I still sting from the cancellation of Pushing Daisies. I burn, I pine, I perish, etc. I miss it terribly. So as a gigantic fan of Bryan Fuller and practically everything he's ever done--which, for the uninitiated, also includes Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, the good seasons of Heroes, and several episodes of Star Trek: Voyager--the fact that he's taking another stab at getting his reboot of The Munsters picked up by NBC fills me with fannish joy. Because say what you will about the endless remakes of classic shows and movies that quite possibly don't need remaking, Bryan Fuller long ago proved himself an expert in the crafting of vibrant shows about supposedly heavy topics like death, monsters, and schizophrenia.