First 'Munsters' Reboot Photos Surface
And the show doesn't look horrifically bad
TVLine has published the first photos from the NBC reboot of "The Munsters." And, at least visually, "Mockingbird Lane" doesn't look horrifically bad.
The sitcom was in the works for two years before NBC drove a wooden stake through its heart. However, in a move unusual for a failed pilot, "Mockingbird Lane" will air (as a one-hour Halloween special on Oct. 26).
Although NBC executives didn't consider it good enough for a series, "Mockingbird Lane" has things going for it that are already apparent. Unlike the original 1960's series -- and the horrific 1988 syndicated reboot starring John Schuck as Herman Munster -- this "Munsters" at least has enough originality not to pattern Herman Munster (Jerry O'Connell) after Frankenstein, Lily (Portia de Rossi) after the Bride of Frankenstein, Grandpa (Eddie Izzard) after Dracula, or Eddie (Mason Cook) after the Wolfman. (Charity Wakefield's Marilyn, however, does fit the Marilyn Monroe stereotype. But hey, who minds looking at that?)
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the pilot -- produced by Bryan ("Pushing Daisies") Fuller -- cost $10 million. That alone could explain why NBC considered several options for it other than simply the circular filing cabinet. (It considered shooting extra footage to package it as a made-for-TV movie for international buyers, and redeveloping it again before ultimately deciding to pair it with a scary "Grimm" episode for Halloween.)
Rather than explaining why it took a pass on making it a series, the network released this very network-like statement announcing the pilot's airing as a special: "This exciting new take on a memorable series will definitely blow out conventional wisdom and create its own legacy."
Really? Because, if it's that exciting ...
"Mockingbird Lane" will air Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. on NBC.
I also thought it was "The Addams Family" even after reading.
Granted, I couldn't sleep but even after reading the story a while, still didn't realize I was thinking of the wrong show. Looked for Cousin It for a second!
Whoever thought of this got less sleep than me.
Since when did this show have nething to do with our modern politics...
As far as the show goes I am a little leary I used to watch "The Munsters" reruns on sundays right after the 3 Stooges. AHHH those were the days... and let's not forget Popeye cartoons too hehehe. I am only 38 but I appreciate those shows alot. Maybe they should remake other clean comedies like the Jack Benny Show as well. There is really too much violence and cursing on TV I seriously dislike some of the stuff that they say is OK for our children to see with the eleged "TV rating system". I enjoy alot of the CSI type shows but I wouldnt let my 11 year old watch it.
My Two cents.
what the hell are they thinking that is not munsters that i grow up with they look like the family next door