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NBC looking again at The Munsters

by on Aug.10, 2017, under Television

NBC has been trying to bring back the classic sitcom The Munsters, and it looks like they are taking a swing at it again. Deadline reports that the network is on board for the development of the series led by Jill Kargman and Seth Meyers, from a concept from Odd Mom Out‘s Kargman. Kargman will write the script and executive produce with Meyers Mike Shoemaker for Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions and Universal TV.

NBC wanted to reboot the show, which follows the life of a monster family trying to fit into normal society, back in 2012, but opted to try a one-hour format to allow for more of a drama setting. That appeared to be a mistake, with only the pilot being produced and ultimately being shown as a Halloween special with moderate ratings. It did however feature Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, which I thought was an intriguing choice. After it aired, NBC head Bob Greenblat said, “I won’t say we won’t do another version of The Munsters again,” and apparently he meant it…but this time, it’s a sitcom.

An interesting twist is the family will be relocated from a fictional suburb of Los Angeles to “hipster Brooklyn”. No word if the address of 1313 Mockingbird Lane will remain…


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NBC gives Revolution full season order, but won’t pick up Munsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane

by on Oct.02, 2012, under Television

NBC is starting it’s back-end pick ups of freshman series, and Revolution made the cut, getting a full-season order. Although not doing spectacular in the live ratings, it is apparently NBC’s most time-shifted (people watching later on DVRs) show.

However, those looking forward NBC’s reboot of the classic comedy The Munsters (which was going by the title Mockingbird Lane, referring to the street the Munsters lived on) will get no joy, as it appears that NBC has chosen to pass on the series after the pilot. I was originally very skeptical of the show, but after landing Eddie Izzard as Grampa I thought it could have been interesting. No idea if they plan to air or release the pilot.

Update: Maybe Mockingbird Lane isn’t dead. At least according to producer Bryan Fuller on Twitter: NBC just informed me the Deadline article regarding #MockingbirdLane was Dead Wrong. Stay tuned for updates!


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Portia de Rossi cast as Lily Munster in Mockingbird Lane

by on Jun.13, 2012, under Television

The NBC reboot of The Munsters, Mockingbird Lane, finally has its Lily. Apparently NBC couldn’t get ABC to release Mariana Klaveno from her commitment to Devious Minds (which still hasn’t been picked up), so they’ve moved on, signing Portia de Rossi (Better Off Ted) to the role of Lily Munster, the vampire matriarch of the family.


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Munsters reboot gets Herman, and maybe Lily

by on Jun.05, 2012, under Television

NBC’s pilot reboot of The Munsters, Mockingbird Lane, finally has a Herman and Lily Munster…or, at least, a Herman. Jerry O’Connell (Sliders) has been tapped for the role of Herman Munster, the clumsy patriarch and Frankenstein of the movie-monster-merged family.

The twist is that Mariana Klaveno (True Blood), who has been chosen to play matriarch Lily Munster, is currently committed to an ABC pilot, Devious Minds, which is now being considered for pickup by Lifetime. Klaveno had only a minor role in the pilot but is still under contract, and ABC Studios, which is the show’s producer, isn’t budging – even with NBC offering to allow her a recurring role on Devious Minds so long as they have priority.

Previously announced castings are comedian Eddie Izzard (United States of Tara) as Grandpa Munster; Mason Cook (Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D ) as 10-year-old werewolf son Eddie; and Charity Wakefield (The Raven) as the “normal” cousin.


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