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(Deadline)   NBC officially cancels the Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane   (deadline.com ) divider line
    More: Followup, Herman Munster, NBC, Bryan Fuller, Robert Greenblatt, Jerry O'Connell, Eddie Izzard, De Rossi, reboot  
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2012-12-28 10:34:19 AM  
4 votes:

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 10:35:50 AM  
3 votes:

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 11:25:05 AM  
2 votes:
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 09:58:17 AM  
2 votes:

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 02:16:28 PM  
1 vote:

dwade: 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."

What the fark is wrong with you? Christina Ricci was like 10 in those movies.


I believe what he's saying is that he is younger than her and found her attractive then(and, consequently, still does now). You don't ever think of your middle school girlfriend and say to yourself, "Wow, she was hot"?
2012-12-28 01:41:58 PM  
1 vote:
The pilot landed Bryan Singer as director and eventually assembled a cast led by Jerry O'Connell as family patriarch Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa.

You could do much worse. The cast showed a lot of promise.

NeoCortex42: 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.


Julia and Huston were born for those roles. Their chemistry was perfect, and, while the gags were great, the chemistry makes the movies work(as well as the stellar supporting cast).
2012-12-28 01:25:56 PM  
1 vote:
I'm torn, based on many of the shows I think if they canceled it, there had to be genius in the design.
2012-12-28 01:17:15 PM  
1 vote:

twiztedjustin: I am totally not surprised that NBC won't continue the show. It was clearly entertaining and not liberal enough.


NBC is also home to Revolution, a show with a villainous black guy in power (Cpt. Neville) who is against gun ownership and ruthlessly collects taxes, and a hero 1%'er (Aaron) that Neville hates for his high position in society before the blackout. I thought it was a pro-conservative show.
2012-12-28 01:09:08 PM  
1 vote:

yadumey: 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.


When Raul Julia died, we got robbed of whatever could have happened with the Addams Family franchise. This could have taken its place quite nicely.
2012-12-28 01:04:37 PM  
1 vote:
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.
2012-12-28 01:02:52 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:55:53 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:39:39 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:36:55 PM  
1 vote:
I am totally not surprised that NBC won't continue the show. It was clearly entertaining and not liberal enough.
2012-12-28 12:31:22 PM  
1 vote:
My kids and I liked it. Oh, well. Still waiting for the next episode of V.
2012-12-28 11:33:19 AM  
1 vote:

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 11:29:29 AM  
1 vote:

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

[i.dailymail.co.uk image 634x652]

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 11:27:57 AM  
1 vote:
The pilot was a piece of crap
2012-12-28 11:20:30 AM  
1 vote:
I rather enjoyed it, but that's usually a sign that a show won't make it.
2012-12-28 11:17:31 AM  
1 vote:

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:
www.chud.com
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 10:45:03 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:39:45 AM  
1 vote:
It was really expensive and dark for network television. I like Bryan Fuller shows and enjoyed it but am not surprised.
2012-12-28 10:36:26 AM  
1 vote:
...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 10:01:18 AM  
1 vote:
There was a Munsters reboot called Mockingbird Lane?
 
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