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Well, it’s official. As we reported last week, rumors that NBC would air the pilot for the Bryan Fuller/Bryan Singer Mockingbird Lane pilot as a Halloween special are true. Although the $10 million Munsters reboot, which stars Jerry O’Connell, Portia de Rossi and Eddie Izzard, apparently didn’t live up to network expectations, the pilot will finally get seen Oct. 26. To get viewers, NBC has released a trailer and a series of images.
As you can see in the video, Herman Munster is now computer-operated while Grandpa and Lily transform into creepy-crawlies at will. Heck, there’s even a full-on dragon, a reference to Eddie’s pet Spot who lived under the stairs in the original CBS comedy.
This whole process raises some interesting questions. If NBC wasn’t happy enough with the pricey pilot to turn it into a series, why show it at all? (Is it simply an attempt to recoup part of the costs through commercials, or is it a trial balloon?) If the special turns out to be wildly popular, will that breathe new life into Fuller’s vision for the series? Even if it does, will the increasingly busy creator have time to return? He’s not only working on Hannibal for NBC but also The Lotus Caves on Syfy.