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    The Munsters Back in Development at NBC
    Aug 11, 2011 10:34 AM ET
    by Michael Schneider - TV Guide

    Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is taking another stab at developing a remake of The Munsters at NBC.

    Fuller has met with NBC executives in recent weeks about revisiting his adaptation of the 1960s black-and-white classic. Fuller first developed a The Munsters revival last year, but NBC ultimately passed on the script. Nonetheless, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt liked the general idea and asked Fuller to head back to the keyboard.

    This isn't your mummy's The Munsters. While the original was a half-hour sitcom about blue collar Monster-Americans, Fuller's take on The Munsters will be an edgier, slightly darker hour-long show. Fuller is expected to more deeply explore the origins of how the residents of 1313 Mockingbird Lane came to be.

    There will still be plenty of humor, and all the original characters are still there: Family patriarch Herman Munster; his vampy wife Lily Munster; eccentric Grandpa; eager son Eddie Munster; and strangely normal niece Marilyn Munster. Even Spot — Eddie's pet dragon — is expected to have a role.

    NBC's sister Universal Media Studios is behind the show. Universal Studios produced the original The Munsters, which ran for 70 episodes on CBS from 1964 to 1966. The show was produced in black and white; Fuller's version, of course, would be in color — although likely muted.

    Herman Munster was designed with Frankenstein's monster in mind — made famous by Universal's 1931 movie Frankenstein. (Since Universal owned the copyright, it was able to produce The Munsters without problem.) NBC clearly has monsters on the mind: It's also developing a new Frankenstein series from House executive producers Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend.

    Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo and Al Lewis famously starred in the original. The Munsters has retained its popularity over the years, spawning the 1966 feature film Munster, Go Home! and a 1981 NBC TV movie, The Munsters' Revenge, which reunited the original cast.

    A new cast then took over with the late 1980s syndication revival The Munsters Today, and yet two more casts were brought in to star in the 1995 Fox TV movie Here Come the Munsters, and 1996 TV movie sequel, Munsters' Scary Little Christmas.

    The Munsters is one of several revivals that the networks are looking at as development season gets underway. CBS is considering a new take on Bewitched, while several book and movie titles are also making the rounds.

    Fuller's credits also include Heroes, Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me.

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    I would rather see Rob Zombie put his spin on The Munsters in a movie.
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    You would think that the sucktastic versions in the 80's and 90's would be enough to keep anybody away from bringing the character's back again. Some things are really good because they are a product of the times... you can't go back. Remember when they tried to turn The Brady's into an hour long drama and crippled Bobby, turned Marcia into an alcoholic and so on?

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    Wow...another original thought for Hollywood......
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    Quote Originally Posted by sickman View Post
    I would rather see Rob Zombie put his spin on The Munsters in a movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoBandit View Post
    Wow...another original thought for Hollywood......
    Nothing left for them to do. How many storylines are there? Just like music, how many riffs are there? A finite amount, then u just recycle.

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    No, no, no, no, no, no, no!

    There is only one Herman Munster. Fred Gwynne!







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    I can't see a modern version of this show working in any way. One of the things that made the Munsters funny when I was a kid (even then I was watching it in re-runs) was the use of fast-motion sequences that were heavily used by other 60's and 70's shows like Benny Hill, Gilligan's Island and The Monkees. Sometimes the Munsters was damn funny (as a kid) even with the volume turned down.

    Other non fast-forward funny Munsters episodes: Grandpa builds a dragster. Herman tries out for the Dodgers.

    Also, the Munsters theme is pretty fun to play on guitar. Love that tune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardv View Post
    Herman Fred Gywn is buried not too far from me .
    And you're just sitting there? Dude! Grab a shovel!

    (Checks IMDB).

    Oh. He's dead. Never mind.

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    By the way, in his younger days, Fred Gwynne bore a striking resemblance to Gary Cherone. Thus the Van Halen connection is complete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardv View Post
    Herman Fred Gywn is buried not too far from me .
    I just saw this for the first time and laughed. You have been posting from a grave all this time?

    Anyway...

    Return of ‘The Munsters’? Maybe.
    Bill Carter ~ New York Times - Arts Beat

    Though no clamor for a comeback had been heard, “The Munsters” may be returning to television.

    NBC has ordered a pilot of a new version of the 1960s sitcom in a re-conceived format: an hourlong drama. Specifically, NBC said Wednesday night that the new version would be a “visually spectacular one-hour drama.”

    That promise is likely to be kept if Bryan Fuller, who is creating the new “Munsters,” brings the same imagination to it that marked the Emmy-winning pilot he wrote for the ABC drama “Pushing Daisies” four years ago.

    That series did not catch on, but the pilot was widely praised by critics as among the most entertaining, and visually arresting, in recent memory. It is expected that “The Munsters” will carry the same serio-comic tone of “Pushing Daisies.”

    That series won the Emmy for best directing for Barry Sonnenfeld.

    NBC did not announce further plans for “The Munsters” but the early order of a pilot means it could be ready to play as a summer series or be put on the schedule next fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    I just saw this for the first time and laughed. You have been posting from a grave all this time?

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    NBC has ordered a pilot of a new version of the 1960s sitcom in a re-conceived format: an hourlong drama. Specifically, NBC said Wednesday night that the new version would be a “visually spectacular one-hour drama.”
    To borrow a Fred Gwynne line......Sometimes, dead is better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edwardv View Post
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