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(Deadline)   NBC's Munsters reboot is not going forward   (deadline.com) divider line 48
    More: Spiffy, Herman Munster, NBC, Pushing Daisies, Robert Greenblatt, Bryan Fuller, Eddie Izzard, Jerry O'Connell, De Rossi  
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2012-10-02 12:24:31 AM  
I'd watch it for Eddie Izzard alone. Portia de Rossi would just be icing on the cake.

Oh well, maybe this will give Eddie the chance at a role where he doesn't have to talk American.
 
2012-10-02 12:26:27 AM  
That's too bad, I was looking forward to seeing Sarah Jessica Parker on television again.
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"That Portia de Rossi will find work lickety split, but what about me?" Eddie shrugged.
 
2012-10-02 12:27:02 AM  
Ah, so Bryan Fuller doesn't get one hack shiat reboot picked up so he can work on another.

Man, I miss the days when he was doing good, original shows instead of creatively bankrupt reboots and reimaginings. Of course, nobody watched the good, original shows, so I suppose you take what work you can get.
 
2012-10-02 12:52:55 AM  
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2012-10-02 01:03:10 AM  
At first I was thinking how this was a good thing, then I realized, knowing the track record of recent tv, it might have been really decent. How good it is, is no bearing on it being canceled.
 
2012-10-02 01:22:54 AM  
I still wanna watch the pilot. It should be worth it just for the surrealism. And I just found out there's an American "Young Ones" pilot somewhere filmed decades ago, starring Neil and Jackie Earle Haley that I must see.
 
2012-10-02 01:45:10 AM  
The Munsters, IMHO, is a TV show that doesn't need to be rebooted. The original 1960s B&W episodes are timeless. They're still entertaining to this day.

The cast was perfect. The show was well-produced. It should be allowed to stand on its own, for all time.

/I'm ignoring the subsequent movies and TV specials, of course
//the show works better in its 30-minute B&W format with the original cast
 
2012-10-02 02:13:03 AM  
Please Hollywood, whatever else you may do, don't ever try and replace The New Monkees
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That would be a fool's quest.
 
2012-10-02 02:43:46 AM  
Thank goodness. I used to tell people to listen to the original Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, or read the books....and it works better in the BBC radio plays and even the bad SPX BBC mini-series.

But no more after that abortion of the movie came out, because it's tainted now and people only think of the really bad movie.
 
2012-10-02 03:37:36 AM  
I would have liked to see Eddie Izzard on TV again. Maybe next time! :D
 
2012-10-02 03:45:10 AM  

optikeye: But no more after that abortion of the movie came out, because it's tainted now and people only think of the really bad movie.


*raises hand*

I liked the movie.
 
2012-10-02 03:46:33 AM  
Munster Reboots.

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2012-10-02 03:55:16 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: I liked the movie.


Have you ever seen the BBC videos of the mini series. (yup, early 80's shoestring budget SPX in old Doctor Who Style)...but the bits with the BOOK on video from that where done very damn well with lots of sidebar info..hyperlinks (nonfunctional of course) and good graphics...far superior to the movie..or what the movie should have been..with real hypertext for DVD release.

Okay..a 1980's example of the "book" for the babel fish..from the 80's BBC video: Link
 
2012-10-02 03:59:51 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: optikeye: But no more after that abortion of the movie came out, because it's tainted now and people only think of the really bad movie.

*raises hand*

I liked the movie.


I also thought the movie was fine. Sure there were some jokes from the books that weren't included (or were pared down) that I would have liked to have seen fully included, and there was some strange new stuff in it too (like Malkovich's character), but I thought some of the other new jokes were pretty good. Fans of the books and radio series seem to complain about the HHGTTG movie with the same sort nit-picks that Tolkien fans had about the LOTR films. Just accept that it can't be exactly identical, and at least in the case of HHGTTG, it was Douglas Adams, the original creator, who made the changes.
 
2012-10-02 04:20:20 AM  

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: Just accept that it can't be exactly identical, and at least in the case of HHGTTG, it was Douglas Adams, the original creator, who made the changes.


I thought the plot was fine..I thought the execution was week. Especially the bits with the book which looked like a insurance commercial in animation...and didn't have flowing hyper text as shown in the above link....which could have been done for big sells on DVDS with actual active links.

As it stood on the screen the bits of the BOOK where interruptions and very badly done. Did you look at the link I posted? I can take change for plot and Adam's script..etc..but the reality of major character "THE BOOK" was phoned in and looked like a cell frame blue dudes insurance commercial without hypertext.
 
2012-10-02 04:48:02 AM  
Bah. Munsters.

All I have to say about the likelihood that a remake/modernization is going to not suck is this:

dunununun *snap* *snap*
 
2012-10-02 05:20:35 AM  

Dahnkster: That's too bad, I was looking forward to seeing Sarah Jessica Parker on television again.
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"That Portia de Rossi will find work lickety split, but what about me?" Eddie shrugged.


Craig Ferguson as Eddie?
 
2012-10-02 05:30:47 AM  
Not so fast?

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2012-10-02 05:31:04 AM  

optikeye: Dwight_Yeast: I liked the movie.

Have you ever seen the BBC videos of the mini series. (yup, early 80's shoestring budget SPX in old Doctor Who Style)...but the bits with the BOOK on video from that where done very damn well with lots of sidebar info..hyperlinks (nonfunctional of course) and good graphics...far superior to the movie..or what the movie should have been..with real hypertext for DVD release.

Okay..a 1980's example of the "book" for the babel fish..from the 80's BBC video: Link


H2G2 was the first "grown-up" book I read. I was in 4th grade. I taped the BBC series off PBS when they ran it and was eventually given proper copies of it. I honestly don't know how many times I've read the series, and my friends and I were pretty obsessed by it in high school. I even have a signed copy of "Mostly Harmless" around here, inscribed to me by DNA.

I think it's fair to say that I'm a pretty big fan, and I didn't have any really serious problems with the movie. I think you may have been asking too much from it.
 
2012-10-02 05:47:11 AM  
Please, God: let this be true.
 
2012-10-02 05:53:50 AM  
I figure this is about the same quality as the Wonder Woman reboot and ended up just the same.
 
2012-10-02 08:03:55 AM  
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2012-10-02 08:16:40 AM  
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/I'm okay with this!
 
2012-10-02 08:33:00 AM  

fusillade762: I'd watch it for Eddie Izzard alone. Portia de Rossi would just be icing on the cake.

Oh well, maybe this will give Eddie the chance at a role where he doesn't have to talk American.


This, with added Bryan Fuller influence. I hearted Pushing Daisies to bits. And Dead Like Me. And Wonderfalls.
 
2012-10-02 08:37:11 AM  
Just remember, when one scripted show gets the axe, eight reality shows will take its place.
 
2012-10-02 09:39:15 AM  
I was looking forward to it, and actually thought this kind of remake wasn't such a bad idea if they played it right. A "dramatic" Munsters would be very funny, but only if they played it absolutely straight with no overt attempts at humor. Just let the absurdness of the concept carry the show. Hopefully the report is wrong and we'll at least get to see the pilot someday.

On the HGH movie, I too would call myself a big fan of the earlier incarnations since reading them when I was a kid back in the '80's. No Hitchhiker's movie would have pleased everyone, and I think the movie as it is was pretty good. The POV gun alone is a clever new thing right from Douglas Adams himself. It's useful, funny, and carries real emotional weight for the characters. I think the movie got a bad rap, and I would have liked to have seen the same team make at least one sequel.
 
2012-10-02 09:51:27 AM  
So a thing I never heard about before is now not going to be a thing? If not for this headline, I would have been forever ignorant of it. Thanks for ruining that, subby.
 
2012-10-02 10:10:16 AM  
I'd prefer a creepy, kooky, mysterious and ooky Addams Family reboot

/Directed by Tim Burton!
//Starring Johnny Depp as Gomez and Helena Bonham Carter as Morticia!

Actually, I would watch that
 
2012-10-02 10:13:11 AM  
saw a preview of this at his panel at SDCC (was waiting for JMS panel, didn't plan on going). It was okaaaaaay at best. Most of the people there didn't seem too jazzed about it, they were all busy gushing over Pushing Daisies.
 
2012-10-02 10:24:35 AM  
From that pic in the article, I can see why it might not be going through...it looks far more like the Addams Family than the Munsters.
 
2012-10-02 10:28:14 AM  
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2012-10-02 10:30:46 AM  
I'll just leave this here..

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2012-10-02 10:50:55 AM  
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2012-10-02 10:53:35 AM  
Jerry O'Connell as family patriarch Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily and Eddie Izzard

KILL IT WITH FIRE
 
2012-10-02 10:55:19 AM  

zappaisfrank: I'll just leave this here..

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Ah yes, Pat Priest.

A very under-rated aide for the awkward transition to adulthood for many a boy of my generation:

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Thanks for the new lock screen for my iPod.
 
2012-10-02 11:12:21 AM  
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Was he busy? Did he want too much money? Was the casting director having a stroke?
 
2012-10-02 11:25:42 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: zappaisfrank: I'll just leave this here..

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Ah yes, Pat Priest.

A very under-rated aide for the awkward transition to adulthood for many a boy of my generation:

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Thanks for the new lock screen for my iPod.


Looking back at both of my picture posts, I realize I should have done it this way..

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2012-10-02 11:49:00 AM  
I would like to slam her in the back of my Dragula.

Or on the front of hers.
 
2012-10-02 11:50:41 AM  

Snapper Carr: [imageshack.us image 293x473]

Was he busy? Did he want too much money? Was the casting director having a stroke?


But this is a Brian Fuller remake. If it's anything like Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, or Wonderfalls, the comedy is not based on a line-delivery followed by laugh track style like the original show used. Fuller pretty much treats everyone as a straight man to the humor/tragic/light/dark surroundings of what's happening around the actors. Everyone in Dead Like Me (including Dolores Herbig) was invested and serious about what they were talking about. The fast banter, double entendres, and even Emerson Cod knitting a handgun cozy in Pushing Daisies was set-up with funny but quirky logical reasoning. Brad Garret would be a horrible choice for Fuller, but Portia de Rossi's background of Arrested Development and Better off Ted makes her perfect.

Considering Fuller shows have such a crappy lifespan, I really wouldn't be surprised if Fuller pitched this as a non-Munsters show about monsters in his style, and compromised to a remake of sorts using the Munsters so the name might give it more staying power.

All that said, I really wish a network would realize his potential and find a good fit for him. His shows don't draw top level ratings, yet they give him a budget and timeslot that clearly isn't sustainable by his audience. I love this guys storytelling and style, and would rather see a solid 5 year show with a crap budget and no-name actors on at 2am if the ratings support it vs. the rollercoaster ride of watching one episode and holdiing your breath until the show is moved around and cancelled.
 
2012-10-02 12:18:38 PM  

Snapper Carr: [imageshack.us image 293x473]

Was he busy? Did he want too much money? Was the casting director having a stroke?


That is a puzzling query.
 
2012-10-02 12:49:52 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: optikeye: Dwight_Yeast: I liked the movie.

Have you ever seen the BBC videos of the mini series. (yup, early 80's shoestring budget SPX in old Doctor Who Style)...but the bits with the BOOK on video from that where done very damn well with lots of sidebar info..hyperlinks (nonfunctional of course) and good graphics...far superior to the movie..or what the movie should have been..with real hypertext for DVD release.

Okay..a 1980's example of the "book" for the babel fish..from the 80's BBC video: Link

H2G2 was the first "grown-up" book I read. I was in 4th grade. I taped the BBC series off PBS when they ran it and was eventually given proper copies of it. I honestly don't know how many times I've read the series, and my friends and I were pretty obsessed by it in high school. I even have a signed copy of "Mostly Harmless" around here, inscribed to me by DNA.

I think it's fair to say that I'm a pretty big fan, and I didn't have any really serious problems with the movie. I think you may have been asking too much from it.


The only things that really bugged me were Zaphod's extra head placement and the last gag of the movie about the restaurant being at the other end of the universe and the ship turning around.
 
2012-10-02 12:55:28 PM  

Mr. Cat Poop: Dwight_Yeast: optikeye: Dwight_Yeast: I liked the movie.

Have you ever seen the BBC videos of the mini series. (yup, early 80's shoestring budget SPX in old Doctor Who Style)...but the bits with the BOOK on video from that where done very damn well with lots of sidebar info..hyperlinks (nonfunctional of course) and good graphics...far superior to the movie..or what the movie should have been..with real hypertext for DVD release.

Okay..a 1980's example of the "book" for the babel fish..from the 80's BBC video: Link

H2G2 was the first "grown-up" book I read. I was in 4th grade. I taped the BBC series off PBS when they ran it and was eventually given proper copies of it. I honestly don't know how many times I've read the series, and my friends and I were pretty obsessed by it in high school. I even have a signed copy of "Mostly Harmless" around here, inscribed to me by DNA.

I think it's fair to say that I'm a pretty big fan, and I didn't have any really serious problems with the movie. I think you may have been asking too much from it.

The only things that really bugged me were Zaphod's extra head placement and the last gag of the movie about the restaurant being at the other end of the universe and the ship turning around.


IIRC, some Disney exec somewhere said the movie was rather close to the script that DNA wrote, with extra stuff he added. IF DNA added the gun as a commentary that American movies must have weapons in them in order to be made, I'll allow it. IF an executive said, "You know what this movie needs? Guns!!1", then I hate that person with the fury of a thousand suns.

/might go home and start re-reading them tonight.
 
2012-10-02 01:24:39 PM  

Witty_Retort: Mr. Cat Poop: Dwight_Yeast: optikeye: Dwight_Yeast: I liked the movie.

Have you ever seen the BBC videos of the mini series. (yup, early 80's shoestring budget SPX in old Doctor Who Style)...but the bits with the BOOK on video from that where done very damn well with lots of sidebar info..hyperlinks (nonfunctional of course) and good graphics...far superior to the movie..or what the movie should have been..with real hypertext for DVD release.

Okay..a 1980's example of the "book" for the babel fish..from the 80's BBC video: Link

H2G2 was the first "grown-up" book I read. I was in 4th grade. I taped the BBC series off PBS when they ran it and was eventually given proper copies of it. I honestly don't know how many times I've read the series, and my friends and I were pretty obsessed by it in high school. I even have a signed copy of "Mostly Harmless" around here, inscribed to me by DNA.

I think it's fair to say that I'm a pretty big fan, and I didn't have any really serious problems with the movie. I think you may have been asking too much from it.

The only things that really bugged me were Zaphod's extra head placement and the last gag of the movie about the restaurant being at the other end of the universe and the ship turning around.

IIRC, some Disney exec somewhere said the movie was rather close to the script that DNA wrote, with extra stuff he added. IF DNA added the gun as a commentary that American movies must have weapons in them in order to be made, I'll allow it. IF an executive said, "You know what this movie needs? Guns!!1", then I hate that person with the fury of a thousand suns.

/might go home and start re-reading them tonight.


This tracks with what I'd heard about the H2G2 movie: that almost all the additions to the script were
ones that Adams has put in himself in, at minimum, outline form, and that the producers tried to stick
to his outline as best they could.

This makes perfect sense, since every time he took the story to a new medium (from the original
radio show, through the novels, TV show and computer game) he tinkered with it and added to it.

Heck: he even tinkered with the script when they re-recorded the original radio show for commercial
sale. He viewed H2G2 as a living, breathing thing, a stance I find a great antidote for the tendancy of
genre fans to become mired in what is 'canon' in a given creative product.
 
2012-10-02 01:32:31 PM  
Thank god. Fred Gwynne is no longer spinning in his pet cemetery grave.
 
2012-10-02 01:39:59 PM  
As a make-good for passing on this admittedly terrible idea that would have probably been okay in the end because hey, Bryan Fuller was working on it, NBC should pick up Fuller's The Amazing Screw-On Head contingent on him getting most of the crew that worked on it back together.

Because fark you Comedy Central, I really loved that pilot so much!
 
2012-10-02 01:47:22 PM  
So Paul Ryan doesn't have a career in acting as Eddie Munster after he fails his VP bid?
 
2012-10-02 10:04:14 PM  
Doo doo, doo-doo-doo doo doo-doo doo-doo-doooo
 
2012-10-02 11:40:23 PM  

Asmenoth: From that pic in the article, I can see why it might not be going through...it looks far more like the Addams Family than the Munsters.


Yeah, why is Herman shorter the Lilly?
 
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