TV's biggest misfires in 2012
The top five TV flops of 2012 didn't all fail for the same reasons, and a couple of them "shouldn't" have gone awry, but the pre-emptive cancellation earlier today of NBC's controversial "Munsters" reboot, "Mockingbird Lane," prompted us to take a look back at the five biggest televised debacles of the year.
A few critics enjoyed the weird comical/creepy hybrid from "Pushing Daisies" creator Bryan Fuller. Starring Jerry O'Connell as Herman, "Arrested Development" vet Portia de Rossi as Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, "Mockingbird Lane" aimed to reboot beloved vintage sitcom "The Munsters" for a modern audience…forgetting that the original isn't very good, and that not everyone enjoys Fuller's brand of whimsy. The $10 million pilot was gorgeous to look at (Bryan Singer of "The Usual Suspects" directed, and made the homage to Tim Burton explicit) – but tonally confusing, sometimes sweet, sometimes gory. It was hard to see where a series order would have taken this particular sitcom reimagined as a dramedy, and it seemed like the creators hadn't given that much thought themselves. It got burned off as a Halloween special on a Friday night, generally a ratings graveyard, and rumors of the show's demise had been swirling for a month by that time. Fuller confirmed in a tweet today that NBC has passed on the show.
Watch the failed "Mockingbird Lane" pilot in full right here:
[Related: Read Yahoo! TV's (positive!) review of "Mockingbird Lane"]
"Brand X With Russell Brand"
Everything about comedian/Katy Perry's estranged husband Russell Brand's FX talk show was awkward: the format, which Brand seemed to chafe at; the studio audience, which was often silent; wingman Matt Stoller, who proved there's an exception to the "opposites attract" rule; and Brand himself, who couldn't recover when jokes bombed (which was often) and evidently wasn't enjoying himself. A recent retooling hasn't improved matters, possible because it sprang from the very desperation that made the show so uncomfortable.