Instead, the recently filmed pilot starring Jerry O’Connell, Eddie Izzard, and Portia de Rossi, will air as a Halloween special in the last week of October. Mockingbird Lane was created/written by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies ) and directed by Bryan Singer.
During a panel at Comic Con, Fuller described the series as a ‘darker’ version of Pushing Daisies, a whimsical series about a man who can resurrect the dead for a minute at a time, and uses that power to solve their murders. Daisies, like Fuller’s other works (Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me) was famous for its fairytale-like visuals and lyrical narrative.
Earlier this week, The Hollywood Report published a story saying that the series was dead in the water. Fuller denied the story on twitter, promising an announcement shortly. Last night he followed up by tweeting a simple ‘#Mockingbirdlane LIVES!’ Of course, while a nice consolation, this probably isn’t the announcement Fuller’s fans were hoping for when he reject the THR story.
Despite losing this series, Bryan Fuller is still working with NBC; he’s the show runner for their Silence of the Lambs TV series, Hannibal. He also has a pilot in development at SyFy called High Moon, based on the young adult novel The Lotus Eaters.