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Re: Mockingbird Lane
« on: October 28, 2012, 03:06:01 pm »
This was atrocious. No... horrible. No... so incredibly stupid I can't even imagine kids like this.

It came on early and we were making dinner. But I did pay attention. Not only was it stupid, it was odd. Just a very weird vibe. Hard to explain, but nothing that interested me.

I now know why the studio didn't go beyond this 'pilot' episode. If they did their homework, I'm sure they would have found audience reviews less than pleasant.

Afterward, I read some news the studio may consider it for a series.
TV Guide:
NBC's Mockingbird Lane enjoyed a respectable premiere Friday night. The expensive pilot-turned-Halloween special was watched by 5.44 million viewers and earned a 1.5 in the key adults 18-to-49 demographic. Unfortunately, Kitchen Nightmares' premiere only earned a 0.9, down from last season's premiere (1.6).


While Tim Burton was busy remaking Dark Shadows on the big screen this year and what a disappointment that turned out to be another '60s cult item, the horror parody The Munsters, was getting a lavish reboot from Burton's TV counterpart Bryan Fuller, whose Pushing Daisies remains a fantastical benchmark of blending the whimsical and the macabre into a dazzling visual smorgasbord.

The result, reported to have cost NBC in the neighborhood of $10 million, is one of the weirdest hybrids of the comical and eerie in quite some time. The hour-long pilot of Mockingbird Lane (Friday, 8/7c), a monster mash of a hot mess, is being burned off as a Halloween special, with the very faint chance of being resurrected Frankenstein-style if the ratings show any juice. If this were to somehow miraculously go to series, I'd probably watch every episode, from morbid curiosity alone. But this is not going to be everyone's, or possibly anyone's, cup of hemlock.

Visually, it's a treat, with director Bryan Singer (House) bringing colorful panache to Fuller's fertile imagination with moments of bizarre bliss: the opening full-moon attack on a pack of scouts that turns into sadistic slapstick, or a sequence in which the dead-glamorous Lily Munster (Portia De Rossi) is clothed in a shower of bugs and creepy crawlers the way Cinderella used to be tended to by chirping birds. You're not likely to confuse Mockingbird Lane with Once Upon a Time, let's make that much clear. "The circle of life is a violent place," we're told, in case you were expecting The Lion King. (The news is even worse for the Bambis of the world.)

It's the tone, though, that could really give you nightmares, as it veers awkwardly from the cheerfully silly to the sappily sentimental and ultimately sinister without blinking an artificial eye. The casting is mostly on point, with Eddie Izzard an unnervingly desiccated Grandpa, whose "drinking" problem involves sprouting giant wings and a feral bat face, and Jerry O'Connell a stitch (with visible neck and chest scars) as Herman, whose literal "bleeding heart" as a well-meaning dad is as thuddingly obvious a metaphor as little Eddie's unusually hairy and toothsome form of puberty.

But let's not mock Mockingbird Lane or kill a Mockingbird. Instead, celebrate its audacious oddness while we can, even for just one night.
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