The pilot episode of Mockingbird Lane, which is a reboot of The Munsters, airs tonight. If there will be any more episodes of Mockingbird Lane, depends on how many viewers tune it tonight. Considering that Friday night is usually where TV shows go to die doesn’t make the prognosis look optimistic.
However, even if you aren’t a fan of the original Munsters, there’s another reason for comic book fans to tune it. The Mockingbird Lane pilot was scripted by Bryan Fuller of the Heroes TV show and directed by Bryan Singer of the X-Men film series.
According to NBC, “Mockingbird Lane is a new reimagined version of the classic 1960s comedy The Munsters, now as a visually spectacular one-hour drama with a darker edge and tone. The cast includes Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, Mason Cook as Eddie and Charity Wakefield as Marilyn.”
Here’s a description of the pilot: “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 on Friday, October 26 starting at 8 PM ET on NBC. Check out some preview clips of the show below.