Bryan Fuller seemed to have hinted at this on his official Twitter, but now a recent report seems to confirm it: should the Halloween special – and pilot episode – of “Mockingbird Lane” do well in the ratings, NBC may consider picking it up as a full series (as intended). When talking to TV Guide, Bryan elaborated on the decisions made from NBC, balancing two television shows, and the creative process behind “Mockingbird” (including working with director, Bryan Singer). Check out an excerpt below, then head to the source for the full interview.
TV Guide Magazine: What do you hope will come out of NBC’s “Mockingbird Lane” screening?
Bryan Fuller: Airing a pilot as a standalone seems unheard of, but when you actually see the “Mockingbird Lane” pilot it has a beginning, middle and an end. It’s an emotional story of a family told in such an unconventional way, and with so many different tools that we have at our disposal because it’s “The Munsters” and not a regular family unit. It’s such a different show that it merits a different way of getting it out to the audience.
If we get a huge number, all the cast are in line to be picked up and to go to series. And that was one of the things that NBC wanted to make sure, that they had all of the cast deals in line — so that if we did get a big number and audiences proved their appetite for this type of show, that they could move very quickly.
There was talk initially of putting it on in the spring and doing 5 or 6 episodes. But I think because it’s Halloween and because “Grimm” is doing very well for them, their impetus was, “Let’s get it out there to the audience now and have audiences really react to it.” I stand by the show, so I’m like, great, let’s get it out there, let’s get people to watch it. At its core it’s a story about a family trying to carve a path in the world for a son who has challenges. It’s intimately relatable, but we get to tell that story with monsters.
TV Guide Magazine: Do you worry that it’s so last minute that word might not get out?
Fuller: My fantasy of the show getting out there is people say, “Wow, this is one of the best NBC pilots of the fall, and it’s great that it’s airing and everyone should take a peek at it.”
It’s gorgeous, every frame is sumptuous. You get to have these really interesting actors coming in and taking their spins on these classic characters. I love the original “Munsters” and didn’t want to step on it in any way of putting people in Frankenstein makeup and Dracula makeup. So we went our own direction.
TV Guide Magazine: We were expecting to hear of a pickup way back in August. What’s the holdup at NBC?
Fuller: Because the show is a different type of show, it’s hard to categorize. We are a family show, yet we’re a monster show. We are a heightened world but we have accessible emotions. There’s not another show out there like this, except for “Pushing Daisies.” And honestly, that may be a concern for some folks because “Pushing Daisies” was such a very specific vision. I think everyone is wondering, is it too niche for a network show? That may be part of the concern. But the fact that they’re putting it on the air is a huge vote of confidence. If they didn’t believe in this show it would not air.
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