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NBC and Bryan Fuller to Reboot 'The Munsters'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 30th 2010 8:45AM
The MunstersTime to fire up the DRAG-U-LA and let grandpa out of the cellar: The residents of 1313 Mockingbird Lane are coming back!

According to The Ausiello Files, NBC has teamed up with 'Pushing Daisies' creator Bryan Fuller to reboot the classic '60s creepshow, and the new version has been described as 'Modern Family' meets 'True Blood.' So, funny and blood-spattered, then?

NBC is said to have ordered a pilot already, but there's been no word yet on casting. However, rumors are circulating that none other than Guillermo 'Hellboy' Del Toro has expressed an interest in taking part behind the scenes. (Ron Perlman as Herman Munster, anyone?)

'The Munsters' was a sitcom about an average blue-collar American family. Average that is, apart from the fact that all the family members were legendary movie monsters. All apart from "plain" cousin Marilyn, that is. ... Filmed in black-and-white it ran for 70 episodes between 1964 and 1966, and was canceled when ratings plummeted after 'Batman' debuted in full color.

The Munster family was headed up by World War II veteran Herman (Fred Gwynne), a Frankenstein's monster parody who worked at a funeral home. He lived with wife Lily Dracula and her dad (both vampires), his werewolf son Eddie and "normal" niece Marilyn.

The show spawned several made-for-TV movies and also a TV series, 'Munsters Today' in the late '80s. A few years ago the Wayans brothers talked about making a 'Munsters' movie with Rose McGowan, but nothing came of it.

Sci-fi fan Bryan Fuller is best-known for his work on 'Heroes' and for creating shows like 'Wonderfalls' and 'Dead Like Me.' His award-winning series 'Pushing Daisies,' starring Anna Friel, was about a pie-maker who can bring things back to life, and it aired on ABC from 2007 to 2009.

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I think Ed Helms of The Office would make an awesome Herman Monster. This could work if they put a spin on the original story. Maybe the family was cryogenically frozen back in the sixties and revived today, making them normal and the real monsters are out in the government, Wall Street, the media, etc. :)

November 12 2010 at 4:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pigsaidoink

they tried this,,,,it didnt work.
this just doesnt translate to color film.

October 01 2010 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chopprdq

this is a travesty the spin doctors of tv today have no clue on what people want to see so what do they do? they steal the great original ideas who had the job 45 years ago. watch they will try to stay mainstream and make Eddie gay or something stupid like that. run the original people will love it

October 01 2010 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TinselTownInsider

I cannot wait to see Kloie Kardashian as Herman Munster- she fits the part with that huge brow and manly jaw line!

October 01 2010 at 2:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Arbee. S.

How about bringing back "Spencer for Hire," based on the superlative writings of the recently deceased Robert Parker. Fast, witty, well written who-dunnits,
with great characterizations and snappy dialogue. Many
newer plots from this prodigious writer are available.

October 01 2010 at 2:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Ott

A new Munsters TV show would've been a great idea
in 1989, but not today.

October 01 2010 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rebecca Payne

Goodie, goodie gumdrops!

October 01 2010 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thetruth

I 2nd the motion for BRAD GARRET.. he was made for this role and has the timing needed to pull it off successfully.

October 01 2010 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JEB BUCKINGHAM

Why do these brainiacs always think that they can resurrect an old classic and expect it to do well? The original classic can't be reproduced. This will BOMB!

October 01 2010 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason

You have got to be kidding me! This just drives me nuts. Another remake!? And from Bryan Fuller? I actually liked him, but now, I don't know. They tried bringing the Munsters back once before and it was a disaster! I know it's the same, tired lament, but when is Hollywood/TV going to start making ORIGINAL programming and spare us these remakes and reboots? The Munsters was a classic and you can't recapture that. Shame on Del Toro for encouraging it. I'm not a real big fan of his anyway. I don't care what kind of spin they put on it, it's going to suck, because it order to put a new 'spin' on it would require a change to the characters, and the characters as we saw them originally were endearing and classic. To change them, even a little, will destroy them. You're telling me they couldn't find an original concept for a creepy family?

October 01 2010 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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