The first preview for Bryan Fuller’s Mockingbird Lane TV series — now smushed into a TV movie by NBC, after paying $10 million for it and then somehow deciding it’s not what they wanted — is finally here, and guess what? It looks pretty damned good. Given Fuller’s track record of Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, the first season of Heroes, and all that, I don’t know why I’m so surprised, but I’m also kind of surprised to discover Mockingbird Lane is actually funny — with all those somber preview shots, I guess I forgot this was going to be a comedy (I’m kind of dumb, admittedly). Anyways, the show looks pretty great, Eddie Izzard is perfect for Grandpa Munster (that is a sentence I never thought I’d type) and now I’m genuinely sad we’re not getting an actual show out of this.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.