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It's alive! Sorry, had to say it. We may not be getting a full series of Bryan Fuller's Munsters reboot but as a consolation prize, and probably a way to recoup some of their money, nobody's favorite network NBC is airing the pilot for Mockingbird Lane this Friday as a Halloween special. It's not ideal but it's better than nothing.
Fuller, the lovably off-kilter mind behind Pushing Daisies, wrote the first and only episode, updating the 60s sitcom about a middle-class family of monsters into an hour-long supernatural dramedy directed by X-Men's Bryan Singer. The special stars Jerry O'Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as Lily, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, Charity Wakefield as Marilyn Munster and Mason Cook as Eddie Munster with Cheyenne Jackson guest starring as an unfortunate houseguest.
Just as Yvonne de Carlo's Lily used to open the original show, introducing the Munster family one after another in the title sequence, it's only fitting that de Rossi presents the first clip from Mockingbird Lane. Take a look as Grandpa and Lily Arrive.
All I needed to see was the spiders spin Lily's dress to recognize Fuller's fingerprints and have me checking my DVR to make sure the special is set to record. Not only do we get a good look at de Rossi's Lily and Izzard's Grandpa in the clip as they arrive at 1313 Mockingbird Lane but also O'Connell's Herman and Wakefield's Marilyn. The ladies look a lot more like their Munster counterparts than the men but I trust in Izzard's ability to pull anything off. And O'Connell is okay too. Conspicuously absent from the clip is Eddie, who is actually the focus of the episode as he struggles with puberty and, well, being a werewolf in world of humans.
Mockingbird Lane airs Friday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC.