Re-Mocking "The Munsters": Why Did "Mockingbird Lane" Fail? It's Real Simple: Because They Killed That Guy At the End- Herbie J Pilato

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Loved the new cast.

Loved the new sets.Mockingbird+Lane

Loved the direction.

Loved the writing.

A genius remake.

Except when they killed that guy at the end.

You don't do that.

Not on a remake of a beloved show that means so much to millions.

And not after some of the characters right before hand promised that such a thing wouldn't happen.

But it did happen.

When they killed that guy at the end.

Was totally loving it until they did that.

Why on Earth would anyone allow that to happen?

"Anyone" being the characters, the producers, the writer or the director.

Why would they allow for such a tragic and dreadful thing to happen at the end of a remake of a beloved classic TV show that has been enchantingly embedded in the psyche of TV viewers since the dawn of time?


Because "they" think "edgy" is funny and hip and intriguing.

To some extent, of course, it is.

The every extent, it's not.

To every extent, it's a drag.

As it was with Mockingbird Lane.

Viewers don't want downers anymore. Leaven that to Hectoror Dexter or whatever those mean-spirited shows are called.

The original Munsters TV show was a happy show.The+Munsters

We liked those people.

We loved having them in our living rooms.

Not so with how they were presented on Mockingbird Lane.

Everyone there looked constipated.

In fact, a lot of characters on a lot of the new shows look constipated.

What is THAT all about?

Viewers don't want constipated characters.

And viewers don't want anyone attacking beloved memories of past classics.

Viewers want respect, innovation and genius.

And we got that on Mockingbird Lane.

Until they killed that guy at the end.

Herbie J Pilato is an actor/writer/producer/executive who has worked for Syfy, A&E, TLC, Bravo, The Discovery Channel, Universal, Warner Bros. and Sony. The author of a number of acclaimed classic TV tie-in books (The BionicBook, LifeStory - The Book of Life Goes On, The Bewitched Book,BewitchedForever, TheKung Fu Book of Caine,The Kung Fu Book of Wisdom, and NBC & ME: My Life As A Page In A Book), Herbie J is also the Founder and Executive Director for The Classic TV Preservation Society (a nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the gap between positive TV shows and education;; the Creative Director for Erie Street Entertainment (a TV production company that is geared toward sci-fi/fantasy, and family-oriented material;; and the President of Pop-Culture Consultants (an entertainment consulting firm, He appears frequently on TV in shows, like the TV Guide Channel's new series, 100 Moments That Changed TV and Entertainment Tonight. He has performed on daytime soaps like General Hospital and The Bold and The Beautiful, as well as classic TV shows like The Golden Girls and Highway to Heaven. Herbie J’s new book, TWITCH UPON A STAR: THE BEWITCHED LIFE AND CAREER OF ELIZABETEH MONTGOMERY, will be published in November by Taylor Trade Publishing. To pre-order the book, click on this link and/or for more information, please email

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