NBC delays ‘Munsters’ pilot

Shooting pushed to fine-tune key project

NBC is taking a hourlong pilot order based on “The Munsters” franchise out of the running for the fall 2012-13 schedule in order to give it extra attention, according to sources.

A Peacock spokesman declined comment.

Now called “Mockingbird Lane,” the pilot was ordered last November from Universal Television and creator/exec producer Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies”). Shooting has been pushed to the summer, which means “Lane” will be considered for next midseason.

The pilot had been set to lense at the end of this month in Vancouver, with Bryan Singer on board to exec produce and direct.

Sources say the network felt “Mockingbird” needed more time to fine-tune key elements on what NBC sees as a major priority. Rather than rush against the deadline of the start of lensing, the decision to push the project back to midseason consideration was reached Thursday afternoon.

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