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The Munsters are moving in, and just in time for Halloween.
Following the trailer and photos revealed last week from Mockingbird Lane, NBC has released a new clip from the Halloween special that shows the Munster family settling in at their new home. There’s Eddie Izzard, who plays Grandpa Munster (aka Dracula); Portia de Rossi, who’s his daughter Lily; and Jerry O’Connell as Lily’s husband Herman, who just so happens to be Frankenstein.
The one person missing from this scene is Eddie Munster, played by Mason Cook, who seems like he is at the center of the show. Mockingbird Lane has been reduced to a special following NBC’s decision not to pick up the $10 million pilot as a series, making it yet another Bryan Fuller project to be killed off before its time.
Speaking of Fuller, Mockingbird Lane seems to be filled with the whimsical style that has become the Pushing Daisies creator’s trademark. At least we have his upcoming series Hannibal to look forward to.
Written by Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Hannibal) and directed by Bryan Singer (The Usual Suspects, X-Men), the pilot centers on a family of middle-class monsters made famous by the 1960s sitcom. Here’s a full synopsis:
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.
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.
Mockingbird Lane airs Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.