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(Deadline)   NBC officially cancels the Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane   (deadline.com) divider line 72
    More: Followup, Herman Munster, NBC, Bryan Fuller, Robert Greenblatt, Jerry O'Connell, Eddie Izzard, De Rossi, reboot  
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2012-12-28 09:44:26 AM  
Is the Obvious tag on hiatus?
 
2012-12-28 09:58:17 AM  

Mugato: Is the Obvious tag on hiatus?


Apparently, the announcement that the pilot wouldn't go forward was only finalized officially today.

Good.  This was a misguided project from the start, as the only thing more unnecessary than a remake of
THE MUNSTERS would be a gritty drama ramake of THE MUNSTERS
 
2012-12-28 10:01:18 AM  
There was a Munsters reboot called Mockingbird Lane?
 
2012-12-28 10:31:03 AM  

Mugato: Is the Obvious tag on hiatus?


Obvious tag is still hungover from the holidays. Though, in this instance, the Hero tag may have also sufficed.
 
2012-12-28 10:34:19 AM  

JerseyTim: There was a Munsters reboot called Mockingbird Lane?


You can see the pilot on Hulu (you might have to have Hulu Plus. Not sure.). I think it's a shame. I thought it showed a lot of promise. Definitely darker than the original.
 
2012-12-28 10:34:37 AM  

JerseyTim: There was a Munsters reboot called Mockingbird Lane?


Yeah, it was so shiatty, I thought that it was a one-off Halloween Special, and wasn't ever meant to be a series pilot or anything like that.
 
2012-12-28 10:35:25 AM  

movieman_1979: Mugato: Is the Obvious tag on hiatus?

Obvious tag is still hungover from the holidays. Though, in this instance, the Hero tag may have also sufficed.


Well, that was obvious
 
2012-12-28 10:35:50 AM  

DjangoStonereaver: This was a misguided project from the start, as the only thing more unnecessary than a remake of
THE MUNSTERS would be a gritty drama ramake of THE MUNSTERS



I wouldn't call it a gritty drama at all. More like a black comedy. Eddie Izzard as Grandpa was pretty evil.
 
2012-12-28 10:36:26 AM  
...that rare moment where common sense and good taste manage to get a stranglehold on Hollywood Reality and hold its head underwater for the better part of 22 minutes.
 
2012-12-28 10:39:45 AM  
It was really expensive and dark for network television. I like Bryan Fuller shows and enjoyed it but am not surprised.
 
2012-12-28 10:39:52 AM  
I thought it was allright. But I never gave a shiat about the original Munsters to begin with.
 
2012-12-28 10:43:04 AM  

gunga galunga: JerseyTim: There was a Munsters reboot called Mockingbird Lane?

You can see the pilot on Hulu (you might have to have Hulu Plus. Not sure.). I think it's a shame. I thought it showed a lot of promise. Definitely darker than the original.


Actually the original had much of the same dark side, imho, but the '60s laugh-track kind of took the edge off.
 
2012-12-28 10:45:03 AM  
I like Eddie Izzard and I liked him in this. I'm a bit disappointed. Not as disappointed as when the writers' strike indirectly resulted in The Riches getting pulled, but disappointed.
 
2012-12-28 11:08:57 AM  

Mikey1969: JerseyTim: There was a Munsters reboot called Mockingbird Lane?

Yeah, it was so shiatty, I thought that it was a one-off Halloween Special, and wasn't ever meant to be a series pilot or anything like that.


I kind of liked it, esp. Eddie Izzard's Grandpa (blood-bonding the neighbor to do odd chores around the house until he could harvest his heart was fun).  Jerry O'Connell as Herman was an odd choice, though.
 
2012-12-28 11:09:07 AM  
Not exactly shocking. If they tried to re-work "Happy Days", I am sure the same thing would happen.
 
2012-12-28 11:11:01 AM  

brigid_fitch: Jerry O'Connell as Herman was an odd choice, though.


That was my main problem with it. I liked that they didn't do the flathead makeup and platform shoes like Fred Gwynne's Herman, but Jerry O 'Connell has this boyish face that just didn't work for the character.
 
2012-12-28 11:12:56 AM  
NBC officially cancels the Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane. This is not a repeat from November
 
2012-12-28 11:17:31 AM  

gunga galunga: brigid_fitch: Jerry O'Connell as Herman was an odd choice, though.

That was my main problem with it. I liked that they didn't do the flathead makeup and platform shoes like Fred Gwynne's Herman, but Jerry O 'Connell has this boyish face that just didn't work for the character.


I really got a kick out of the framing of the shot where he makes his initial appearance, though:
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It was a pretty good homage to the old makeup style.


I liked the show. Keeping in mind that pilots are generally pretty rough compared to the resulting series, I thought it showed a lot of promise. I just wish Bryan Fuller could get a show to stay on air. I thought he had finally managed it with Pushing Daisies, until the writers' strike screwed things up.
 
2012-12-28 11:18:45 AM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Not exactly shocking. If they tried to re-work "Happy Days", I am sure the same thing would happen.


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Also, I think it's worth pointing out that The Munsters was a horrid little show catering to baby boomers in their early teenage years. It's basically the 60's version of Beavis & Butthead. The reboot was already done, and it's called Family Guy.
 
2012-12-28 11:20:30 AM  
I rather enjoyed it, but that's usually a sign that a show won't make it.
 
2012-12-28 11:21:11 AM  
They are probably gearing up for a TV remake of the Adams Family instead.
 
2012-12-28 11:21:14 AM  

wildcardjack: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Not exactly shocking. If they tried to re-work "Happy Days", I am sure the same thing would happen.

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Also, I think it's worth pointing out that The Munsters was a horrid little show catering to baby boomers in their early teenage years. It's basically the 60's version of Beavis & Butthead. The reboot was already done, and it's called Family Guy.


Hmm. I see your point.

But there already is a tv show about monsters living together on right now...

exodusinternational.org

It will be on Syfy again soon!
 
2012-12-28 11:25:05 AM  
Put me in the camp that watched the pilot and liked it. I thought it was charming but dark and I loved Eddie Izzard and Portia DeRossi as Grandpa and Lily.
 
2012-12-28 11:26:38 AM  

movieman_1979: Mugato: Is the Obvious tag on hiatus?

Obvious tag is still hungover from the holidays. Though, in this instance, the Hero tag may have also sufficed.


"Spiffy" was also acceptable.
 
2012-12-28 11:27:24 AM  

brigid_fitch: Mikey1969: JerseyTim: There was a Munsters reboot called Mockingbird Lane?

Yeah, it was so shiatty, I thought that it was a one-off Halloween Special, and wasn't ever meant to be a series pilot or anything like that.

I kind of liked it, esp. Eddie Izzard's Grandpa (blood-bonding the neighbor to do odd chores around the house until he could harvest his heart was fun).  Jerry O'Connell as Herman was an odd choice, though.


I was hoping for So Much More from Eddie Izzard...
 
2012-12-28 11:27:44 AM  

gunga galunga: JerseyTim: There was a Munsters reboot called Mockingbird Lane?

You can see the pilot on Hulu (you might have to have Hulu Plus. Not sure.). I think it's a shame. I thought it showed a lot of promise. Definitely darker than the original.


It more closely resembled some of Silverberg's monster family stories. He did several Adam's Family-esque stories with a normal boy born into a family of vampires, werewolves and other critters, and how they loved their normal wee lad, despite his frailty and mortality. They were some of my favorites of his short stories. They had a dark tinge to them, and at the same time, they had a warmth to them as well that humanized said creatures of the night, and The Munsters was pretty much a knock off of the original Addam's Family which got rolling in the late '30s--though with more working class roots than the original.

I like that they tried, but The Munsters were a sitcom, albeit with monsters, and the crew tried to make it more into a mildly funny supernatural drama, and lo, the thread was lost.
 
2012-12-28 11:27:57 AM  
The pilot was a piece of crap
 
2012-12-28 11:29:29 AM  

wildcardjack: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Not exactly shocking. If they tried to re-work "Happy Days", I am sure the same thing would happen.

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Also, I think it's worth pointing out that The Munsters was a horrid little show catering to baby boomers in their early teenage years. It's basically the 60's version of Beavis & Butthead. The reboot was already done, and it's called Family Guy.


Actually, The Munsters was nothing more than Leave it to Beaver with the Universal Monsters.

Look at who Produced the Munsters and approved scripts.. Joe Connoly and Bob Mosher, who created Leave it to Beaver. Hell, all they had to do was take old Beaver scripts and add in some sight gags.
 
2012-12-28 11:32:04 AM  
The Addams Family was better. And in the movie version, Christina Ricci was hot.

Call off that Hanson prick, she's older than me.

/"I'll play the victim!"
"All your life."
 
2012-12-28 11:33:19 AM  

Mugato: The Addams Family was better. And in the movie version, Christina Ricci was hot.

Call off that Hanson prick, she's older than me.

/"I'll play the victim!"
"All your life."


They also managed to cast Gomez perfectly. John Astin was great, but I actually enjoyed Raul Julia's performance even more than the original.
 
2012-12-28 11:33:55 AM  
I thought it actually had a lot of potential. Never count on corporate execs to see potential, however.
 
2012-12-28 11:35:34 AM  
I saw the first episode of that. I'm pretty sure I turned the channel after the grandpa ate something,it was farked up looking.
 
2012-12-28 11:37:41 AM  

Mugato: The Addams Family was better. And in the movie version, Christina Ricci was hot.

Call off that Hanson prick, she's older than me.


shechive.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-12-28 11:48:29 AM  
I think showing Spot in his entirety exceeded the budget for most primetime series in their seasonal runs.
 
2012-12-28 11:50:07 AM  
This is one dead franchise that was thankfully allowed to return to its eternal slumber.
 
2012-12-28 12:06:20 PM  
I really enjoyed Eddie Izzard as Grandpa. He wasn't amoral, he was entirely moral... just inhuman.

The rest, I could take it or leave it.
 
2012-12-28 12:09:22 PM  
And nothing was lost that day.
 
2012-12-28 12:16:34 PM  
href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7507413/81541397#c81541397" target="_blank">SithLord: I think showing Spot in his entirety exceeded the budget for most primetime series in their seasonal runs.

The last season of Friends cost $1 million/episode for each "friend".

/the key is that 20 something's will watch anything as long as its about 20 something's.
 
2012-12-28 12:26:48 PM  
"A perfectly good heart (that could have replaced your old worn out heart) and you call an ambulance"
Grandpa Munster to Herman - Mockingbird Lane
 
2012-12-28 12:29:24 PM  

Mugato: Is the Obvious tag on hiatus?


I was thinking we need a "Proof of God" tag.
 
2012-12-28 12:31:22 PM  
My kids and I liked it. Oh, well. Still waiting for the next episode of V.
 
2012-12-28 12:36:55 PM  
I am totally not surprised that NBC won't continue the show. It was clearly entertaining and not liberal enough.
 
2012-12-28 12:38:40 PM  
If you can track down the "Cyberthug Radio" Earwolf comedy podcast episode with Jerry O'Connell on it, it's well worth a listen (especially to find out if Jerry O'Connell is a snitch or not).
 
2012-12-28 12:39:39 PM  
I liked it, too.

I still love the blonde woman's line at the start when she first saw the house and the gentleman she was with was trying to convince her not to buy it because it was the site of several murders.

"There are probably homeless people in the walls!"

"Well, then, it looks like they have a home after all." She said it so gently and matter-of-factly.
 
2012-12-28 12:47:13 PM  

roughridersfan: I still love the blonde woman's line at the start when she first saw the house and the gentleman she was with was trying to convince her not to buy it because it was the site of several murders.


Marilyn. Her name is Marylin. The family shame.
 
2012-12-28 12:50:34 PM  
How bad was it?

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Eet was so bad. Eet was so bad, eet was teddible.
 
2012-12-28 12:52:23 PM  
www.the-reelgillman.com
 
2012-12-28 12:55:53 PM  
I'm watching it now (missed it at Halloween). I'm thinking they really ought to have done this as a movie. It's almost as twisted as Addams Family.
 
2012-12-28 01:02:52 PM  
Watch it get played every year as a yearly tradition on Halloween and people will biatch why such a great thing was canceled.
 
2012-12-28 01:04:37 PM  
I dunno, I really liked it. Then again, I like seeing alternative takes on established works. Gonna have to side with Guuberre though, a movie would've been better.
 
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