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The Munsters Not Entirely Dead at NBC
When it comes to The Munsters, NBC execs know this: What Bryan Fuller did to recreate TV’s beloved gang of misfits did not work for them.   The network hired Fuller do an update of the monstrous family.  He turned in a pilot called Mockingbird Lane, however, NBC opted not to run with a series based on that pilot.  Instead, they aired it as a Halloween special.   That doesn’t mean The Munsters is entirely dead at NBC, however.
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NBC Will Not Return to Mockingbird Lane
Consider October’s “Halloween special” Mockingbird Lane a one-off.  It has been decided by NBC execs that Bryan Fuller’s reboot of The Munsters will not return to the small screen.  Fuller broke the news today via Twitter.
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Review: Mockingbird Lane
As a long time fan of The Munsters, I was skeptical about a reboot.  I mean, who wouldn’t be?   All I could do was conjur up memories of those truly awful made-for-TV movies that came along in the ’80s and cobbled together remaining cast members trying to recapture the magic of the old series.   On the flipside of that, however, as a fan, I always thought about how one could effectively pull off a contemporary representation of the Munster family.  There would have to be a balance of old and new sensibilities, after all, and that could get tricky. Mockingbird Lane, NBC’s reboot of The Munsters, I believe, effectively finds that balance, tapping into the goofy charm of the original series while bringing to the slab a healthy dose of modern genre elements and black humor.  For what it is, it works really well and it’s a shame to see NBC merely pass the pilot episode off as a “Halloween special” with no future episodes waiting in the wings because what showrunner Bryan (Pushing Daisies) Fuller created in his labratory is promising, appropriately weird, funny and beautifully produced.
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Mockingbird Lane Reveals a Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
NBC is airing Bryan Fuller’s Mockingbird Lane as a Halloween special this Friday, October 26 at 8 p.m. ET and The Hollywood Reporter has revealed a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette that you can check out in the player below. You can also check out a previously-released clip by clicking here. In the series, sweet little Eddie Munster (Mason Cook) is a normal kid about to enter the horrors of puberty. Truth is, he’s about to discover that for him becoming a teenager means growing hair in truly unexpected places — as in all over his body — every time the moon is full! Eddie’s got it pretty good though. His loving, supportive, run-of-the-mill family includes his mom Lily (Portia de Rossi), the daughter of Dracula; his dad Herman (Jerry O’Connell), who brings new meaning to “Frankenstein”; and Grandpa (Eddie Izzard), who would give Dracula a run for his money if he weren’t actually Dracula! 
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Watch the First Clip from Mockingbird Lane
NBC is airing Bryan Fuller’s Mockingbird Lane as a Halloween special this Friday, October 26 at 8 p.m. ET and The Huffington Post has revealed a brand new clip that you can check out in the player below. In Mockingbird Lane, sweet little Eddie Munster (Mason Cook) is a normal kid about to enter the horrors of puberty. Truth is, he’s about to discover that for him becoming a teenager means growing hair in truly unexpected places — as in all over his body — every time the moon is full! Eddie’s got it pretty good though. His loving, supportive, run-of-the-mill family includes his mom Lily (Portia de Rossi), the daughter of Dracula; his dad Herman (Jerry O’Connell), who brings new meaning to “Frankenstein”; and Grandpa (Eddie Izzard), who would give Dracula a run for his money if he weren’t actually Dracula! Of course then there’s creepy cousin Marilyn (Charity Wakefield), who’s really the odd one because she’s so completely normal. 
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Grandpa Munster Gets Gory in One of Two New Mockingbird Lane Photos
Demonstrating that the forthcoming NBC Halloween special Mockingbird Lane is not going to be your typical look at The Munsters, showrunner Bryan Fuller has revealed two new images, including a bloody look at Grandpa Munster (Eddie Izzard). Mockingbird Lane, directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects), airs this Friday, October 26th. Buying a house these days is a nightmare, so Herman and Lily are shocked that no one scooped up the rambling Victorian mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Lane that was the site of a series of grisly hobo murders. Settling into their new place, they’re quickly onto the mission at hand: to gently ease Eddie into the reality of his werewolf adolescence. But it’s not always so easy to accept that your child is a little “different” from the rest of the kids. Meanwhile, Herman, who works as a funeral director, is suffering from a heart condition. Since he’s made up mostly of spare parts, he knew his makeshift heart would eventually give out. No worries though, because Grandpa, who is pretty good at procuring body parts, is on the case. All Herman cares about is finding a new heart with the same capacity to love Lily as much as he has for so many decades.
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Exclusive: Concept Art of Spot from The Munsters Reboot, Mockingbird Lane
Who remembers the ol’ family pet dragon, Spot on The Munsters?  Furthermore, who out there can remember what the entire beast looked like?  If you’re having a hard time conjuring up an exact image, well, we understand…because you never actually saw the full creature who resided under the staircase and tunnels of the Munsters’ home on Mockingbird Lane.  You would always get a glimpse of his tail or, if you’re lucky, a shadow-enshrouded look at his face – mouth full of teeth and flames shooting out of his nostrils – but never an entire view of the creature.   All you knew was he was big. Mockingbird Lane – NBC and showrunner Bryan Fuller’s reboot of The Munsters - is going to get you up close and personal with Spot (in fact, you can get a sneak peek at him via this preview).  And, today, ShockTillYouDrop.com scored an exclusive piece of Spot concept art by Jonathan Wayshak (visit his official site) who has done work on properties including The Walking Dead, Gears of War and Halo. “I do remember thinking about what Spot looked like [while watching The Munsters], kind of a Triceratops style head with irregular scales and a short, squat body.  A hobbit of a dragon I guess.  Nothing like the final design,” Wayshak tells us.
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