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(NBC)   Subby missed The Munsters reboot Friday night, and just watched it on NBC.com. Either NBC suits are idiots for not picking up the series, or subby is one for liking it so much. Portia de Rossi is the hotness. And who knew Eddie Izzard could be scary?   (nbc.com) divider line 117
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2012-10-28 04:08:09 AM  
Watching it now. I can totally see why the network bailed on it.

Whoever made this didn't "get" what made the Munsters work.

The point was, they looked horrible on the outside, but were just your average family on the inside. It was pretty much an allegory about xenophobia and racism, with "hollywood movie monster" in place of "foreigner." You can't judge a book by it's cover, and all that.

If you actually make them horrible people, then it just isn't funny anymore.

This is such a miss.
 
2012-10-28 05:17:09 AM  
Yeah that sounds much closer to the Addam's Family. I'm watching it some of it now with the sound muted. When did Eddie Izzard turn into Tim Curry? Did it happen all at once or was it a slow, gradual process?
 
2012-10-28 08:42:25 AM  

Smashed Hat: When did Eddie Izzard turn into Tim Curry? Did it happen all at once or was it a slow, gradual process?


Well he was already a cross dresser so it's not that big a stretch.
 
2012-10-28 08:55:15 AM  

Smashed Hat: Yeah that sounds much closer to the Addam's Family. I'm watching it some of it now with the sound muted. When did Eddie Izzard turn into Tim Curry? Did it happen all at once or was it a slow, gradual process?


He's actually been Tim Curry this whole time.
 
2012-10-28 09:33:51 AM  

Smashed Hat: When did Eddie Izzard turn into Tim Curry? Did it happen all at once or was it a slow, gradual process?


Eddie was one of the early byproducts of Dr. Frank N. Furter's experiments.
 
2012-10-28 09:39:18 AM  
Who knew someone associated with this thing could virally market. Keep humpin that chicken, intern.
 
2012-10-28 10:16:22 AM  
Yes. Tv shows should only succeed because you want to stick your dick into one of the actresses. That's all that matters.

It sucked. You'll get over it.
 
2012-10-28 10:24:55 AM  

bloobeary: Watching it now. I can totally see why the network bailed on it.

Whoever made this didn't "get" what made the Munsters work.

The point was, they looked horrible on the outside, but were just your average family on the inside. It was pretty much an allegory about xenophobia and racism, with "hollywood movie monster" in place of "foreigner." You can't judge a book by it's cover, and all that.

If you actually make them horrible people, then it just isn't funny anymore.

This is such a miss.


Wow - I guess I missed the anti-xenophobic/anti-racist message of the original Munsters. It was aimed at kids, wasn't it? And you know Grandpa was a foreigner anyway, right? And people didn't hate the Munsters. They were often afraid of them but they didn't hate them.

I just finished watching it and I'm glad it's different. I was kind of dreading seeing characters playing actors playing characters (i.e. Eddie Izzard playing Al Lewis playing Grandpa, Jerry O'Connel playing Fred Gwynne playing Herman, Portia de Rossi playing Yvonne De Carlo playing Lily), but that's not what we got. It is different but the original Grandpa always did have somewhat of an evil streak and the new Herman and Lily are still good people at heart. Eddie is still just a kid and Marilyn is still a sweet girl who loves her family.

They still are a normal family on the inside. It's just that Grandpa really is a vampire and Eddie really is a werewolf. Herman doesn't seem quite as much of a simpleton - I doubt he'll be excitedly jumping up and down, shaking the whole house and yelling "goody,goody, goody!"

If they had tried to recreate the original I probably would have hated it.
 
2012-10-28 10:56:15 AM  
I could see it as a limited series (like six episodes max) but not for a long haul.
 
2012-10-28 11:07:43 AM  
I hated it. It just didn't feel like the munsters.
 
2012-10-28 11:12:00 AM  
It was a Bryan Fuller series. It was doomed before the ink was dry on the Pilot order.
 
2012-10-28 11:13:27 AM  
Don't worry guys. The reboot of the reboot is supposed to be GREAT!
 
2012-10-28 11:21:42 AM  

NeoCortex42: It was a Bryan Fuller series. It was doomed before the ink was dry on the Pilot order.


I've said it before: I want to see Fuller and Joss Whedon produce a series starring Mandy Potemkin for Fox.

It would actually a negative number of episodes.
 
2012-10-28 11:22:32 AM  

NeoCortex42: It was a Bryan Fuller series. It was doomed before the ink was dry on the Pilot order.


So sadly this. I'm still overcome with joy, and then rage every time I think about Wonderfalls. The amount of brilliance/wit per moment of that show is still unmatched. The idiots at Fox didn't deserve something that amazing, and they certainly didn't appreciate it.

Also, Mockingbird lane was pretty great. Not Wonderfalls , but solidly funny/entertaining. Obviously NBC has not interest in good things.
 
2012-10-28 11:24:43 AM  

sadbad: NeoCortex42: It was a Bryan Fuller series. It was doomed before the ink was dry on the Pilot order.

So sadly this. I'm still overcome with joy, and then rage every time I think about Wonderfalls. The amount of brilliance/wit per moment of that show is still unmatched. The idiots at Fox didn't deserve something that amazing, and they certainly didn't appreciate it.

Also, Mockingbird lane was pretty great. Not Wonderfalls , but solidly funny/entertaining. Obviously NBC has not interest in good things.


Wonderfalls was great, but it still managed to have a good arc over the course of the season. More would have been great, but it still ended pretty well.

Dead Like Me and Pushing Daises both needed at least another season or two. Those two getting canceled was tragic.
 
2012-10-28 11:25:35 AM  
I enjoyed Eddie and his walk-on viral marketing on Craig Ferguson the other night.

Eddie impersonated Craig, Craig impersonated Eddie and they both impersonated Billy Connolly.
 
2012-10-28 11:26:03 AM  

bloobeary: Watching it now. I can totally see why the network bailed on it.

Whoever made this didn't "get" what made the Munsters work.

The point was, they looked horrible on the outside, but were just your average family on the inside. It was pretty much an allegory about xenophobia and racism, with "hollywood movie monster" in place of "foreigner." You can't judge a book by it's cover, and all that.

If you actually make them horrible people, then it just isn't funny anymore.

This is such a miss.


Allegory?
Uhhh no
 
2012-10-28 11:28:39 AM  
I liked it, particularly Eddie Izzard's turn. I didn't try to make comparisons to the old Munsters show. I think it stood well on its own. FX and sets were well done and well used in general.

I give it 4 artificial hearts.
 
2012-10-28 11:29:32 AM  
I just watched it on Hulu. I'd agree that it feels more like an Addams Family remake than a Munsters one. I can see potential here, but I'm not certain that I'd let my kids (7 and 9) watch it. It just tipped the gore scale a couple times too hard.

Now if they could spin off Grandpa into his own show, I think that has more potential...
 
2012-10-28 11:30:47 AM  
I don't like the guys that play grandpa or Herman but I dug the show and hope it sticks around for few seasons.


It reminded me so much of


i.imgur.com

which was OUTSTANDING and cut short because of that scam Neilson ratings bullshiat & their American Idol watching homo families they send boxes to.
 
2012-10-28 11:31:45 AM  
I liked this version, especially Eddie Izzard. It would have been a natural fit in front of Grimm. Oh well not like NBC needs a good show.
 
2012-10-28 11:32:37 AM  

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: I enjoyed Eddie and his walk-on viral marketing on Craig Ferguson the other night.

Eddie impersonated Craig, Craig impersonated Eddie and they both impersonated Billy Connolly.


I'll have to track that down; English comedians of a certain age all seem to do Billy Connolly impressions.
 
2012-10-28 11:32:44 AM  
Are they not adding "Sponsored Link" after these headlines anymore?
 
2012-10-28 11:36:31 AM  
I think it was given the heave-ho because it was so expensive. The pilot reportedly cost around ten million dollars. Of course you had sets to build and costumes to make, but it still would have been much more expensive to make rather than say, The Voice, because you can pay Cee-Lo and Christina in cheeseburgers.

So let's turn it into a Halloween special and get some money back!

/I enjoyed it though...
//Marilyn was freaking hot...
 
2012-10-28 11:38:03 AM  
I gave it about 5 minutes. As some have mentioned above, I don't want a carbon copy of the original. But what the hell? There was a decided lack of explanation of anything. I don't need to be beat over the head, but I didn't care about a single thing happening.
 
2012-10-28 11:38:47 AM  
Edward Wolfgang "Eddie" Munster is a fictional character on the CBS sitcom The Munsters, originally played by Butch Patrick. The only child of Herman and Lily Munster, Eddie is a werewolf.

da hell? I always thought he was a vampire
 
2012-10-28 11:39:31 AM  

Richard_The_Clown: it still would have been much more expensive to make rather than say, The Voice, because you can pay Cee-Lo and Christina in cheeseburgers.


BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
 
2012-10-28 11:40:51 AM  
I'm doubting your commitment to Sparkle Motion, subby.
 
2012-10-28 11:44:21 AM  

twiztedjustin: Edward Wolfgang "Eddie" Munster is a fictional character on the CBS sitcom The Munsters, originally played by Butch Patrick. The only child of Herman and Lily Munster, Eddie is a werewolf.

da hell? I always thought he was a vampire


No, that's how i remember it, too. He was a werewolf, but I don't think it came up that often.
 
2012-10-28 11:48:23 AM  
I watched this last night, expecting to hate it. It was way more Addams Family than Munsters, which is probably why I ended up really enjoying it.

So I guess that's it? No more episodes coming? Lame.
 
2012-10-28 11:48:57 AM  

bloobeary: You can't judge a book by it's cover,


But I can judge a superfluous apostrophe.
 
2012-10-28 11:50:22 AM  

NeoCortex42: Dead Like Me and Pushing Daises both needed at least another season or two. Those two getting canceled was tragic.


The writer's strike killed Pushing Daisies and I agree that was a tragedy.
 
2012-10-28 11:55:22 AM  

Dwight_Yeast: Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: I enjoyed Eddie and his walk-on viral marketing on Craig Ferguson the other night.

Eddie impersonated Craig, Craig impersonated Eddie and they both impersonated Billy Connolly.

I'll have to track that down; English comedians of a certain age all seem to do Billy Connolly impressions.


There was very little Billy Connolly. Just quick in passing.
 
2012-10-28 12:00:17 PM  

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: There was very little Billy Connolly. Just quick in passing.


Doesn't matter. I've been watching The Secret Policemen's Ball and EVERYONE does Billy Connolly in the interviews. It suggests that he's the comedian's comedian for the people who came of age in the 60s and 70s.
 
2012-10-28 12:01:50 PM  
Great cast, terrible script. I can see why it wasn't picked up. The tone was way inconsistent, and the characters were not sympathetic at all, even Marilyn, who's supposed to be the "normal" one. NBC made a rare correct call on this one.
 
2012-10-28 12:04:43 PM  
I liked it. It was a black comedy and Izzard was brilliant. He was channeling Lecter at one point.
 
2012-10-28 12:09:24 PM  
I must say I loved it. I love the original munsters, watched the original series, all the movies, etc.

Eddie Izzard makes a great grandpa, I was laughing the whole time.

I'm not 100% sure of Portia as Lily though, but she didn't get as much screen time as the others. Lily was always so warm and friendly in the original.

I think they had to step away from the "Leave it to Beaver but with monsters", I just don't think that sort of show would not have any staying power these days.

I also love this exchange:
Grandpa: "Stop playing with your food!"
Eddie: "Stop playing with yours!"
 
2012-10-28 12:12:55 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: I enjoyed Eddie and his walk-on viral marketing on Craig Ferguson the other night.

Eddie impersonated Craig, Craig impersonated Eddie and they both impersonated Billy Connolly.

I'll have to track that down; English comedians of a certain age all seem to do Billy Connolly impressions.


i2.listal.com

English?
 
2012-10-28 12:26:23 PM  

Mugato: Smashed Hat: When did Eddie Izzard turn into Tim Curry? Did it happen all at once or was it a slow, gradual process?

Well he was already a cross dresser so it's not that big a stretch.


Actually, it was a jump to the left... and then a step to the ri-i-i-i-ght

/so sorry
 
2012-10-28 12:27:50 PM  

shortymac: I must say I loved it. I love the original munsters, watched the original series, all the movies, etc.

Eddie Izzard makes a great grandpa, I was laughing the whole time.

I'm not 100% sure of Portia as Lily though, but she didn't get as much screen time as the others. Lily was always so warm and friendly in the original.

I think they had to step away from the "Leave it to Beaver but with monsters", I just don't think that sort of show would not have any staying power these days.

I also love this exchange:
Grandpa: "Stop playing with your food!"
Eddie: "Stop playing with yours!"


bears repeating: I just don't think that sort of show would not have any staying power these days.
 
2012-10-28 12:30:47 PM  

Tax Boy: Dwight_Yeast: Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: I enjoyed Eddie and his walk-on viral marketing on Craig Ferguson the other night.

Eddie impersonated Craig, Craig impersonated Eddie and they both impersonated Billy Connolly.

I'll have to track that down; English comedians of a certain age all seem to do Billy Connolly impressions.

[i2.listal.com image 250x365]

English?


Ferguson's first half hour is the best out of all the late night talk shows to watch. He's just so wacky, though I know some viewers gets tired of his constant sexual innuendos. Plus he hardly talks politics and I think Geoff as his sidekick is funny.

And I saw the Izzard/Ferguson bit. They should do more bits together, it was good.
 
2012-10-28 12:32:36 PM  
We have a new Firefly.
 
2012-10-28 12:35:41 PM  
I love Portia de Rossi in Arrested Development as much as the next guy...but she's Veronica in Better Off Ted to me. It's a damn shame she was never nominated for it.

www.tvchannelsfree.com


Veronica: Legal's position is, we don't know if hard work killed Jenkins. Legal thinks he may have had high cholesterol. They're also floating the idea that his being dead may have been a pre-existing condition, and that he may not have been alive when we hired him. Apparently he was pretty quiet in his job interview.
 
2012-10-28 12:37:30 PM  

Coelacanth: We have a new Firefly.


It tickled me. It wasn't Firefly.
 
2012-10-28 12:40:17 PM  

Dwight_Yeast: Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: I enjoyed Eddie and his walk-on viral marketing on Craig Ferguson the other night.

Eddie impersonated Craig, Craig impersonated Eddie and they both impersonated Billy Connolly.

I'll have to track that down; English comedians of a certain age all seem to do Billy Connolly impressions.


Billy Connolly is Scottish.
 
2012-10-28 12:41:20 PM  
I'll go with subby's an idiot.

/As most submitters on Fark are.
 
2012-10-28 12:41:37 PM  

twiztedjustin: Edward Wolfgang "Eddie" Munster is a fictional character on the CBS sitcom The Munsters, originally played by Butch Patrick. The only child of Herman and Lily Munster, Eddie is a werewolf.

da hell? I always thought he was a vampire


No, werewolf, but it was also implied that he was part vampire. In fact he had a stuffed werewolf doll called Woof-Woof.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-28 12:44:25 PM  
I thought they were going to show it on Halloween night for some reason. I'll have to watch online then.
 
2012-10-28 12:47:11 PM  
I enjoyed it. It reminded me more of the Adams Family, than The Munsters, but that was fine. Then again, I really enjoyed Silverberg's take on a loving monster family too.
 
2012-10-28 12:50:06 PM  
As someone who watches next to no TV outside sports:

Eddie Izzard is THE MAN

I loved that Marilyn's personality fit in with the rest of the family (in the original show it didn't)

I laughed out loud several times while watching this

It was a hell of a lot better than Animal Practice
 
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