‘My Grandpa’s Going To Eat You!!’ The First Promo For MUNSTERS Reboot MOCKINGBIRD LANE!!
Back in 2009 Fox aired its excellent 2-hour pilot for Ronald D. Moore's “Virtuality” despite the fact that it hadn’t been greenlit to series.
But I can’t remember the last time a network aired an hour-long pilot that hadn’t generated a series order. (In the pre-Internet days, it was common practice for networks to dump their failed pilots into the summer schedule. Now we just get reality shows and “NCIS LA” repeats.)
“Mockingbird Lane,” the “Munsters” reboot from writer-producer Bryan Fuller (“Dead Like Me,” “Wonderfalls,” “Pushing Daisies,” the fast-approaching “Hannibal”) and director-producer Bryan Singer (“Apt Pupil,” “X Men,” “Superman Returns,” “Valkyrie”), hits NBC in 13 13 days.
Readers Talkbackcomments powered by Disqus
+ Expand All
Oct. 13, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST
Still looks ridiculous. It's like a cross between the Addams Family and Dark Shadows more than bearing any resemblance to The Munsters. And is it true that NBC already scrapped this and they're just airing the pilot as a one-shot tv movie for Halloween now? So really... what's the point in caring?
Oct. 13, 2012, 2:09 p.m. CST
booting herman with the old apple tune...been done before i love fuller...but he has been muzzled by the powers that be this is the result
Oct. 13, 2012, 2:21 p.m. CST
they all look normal did fuller come up with the concept or did nbc sell him on doing it
Oct. 13, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST
I assumed the effects on this would be on par with the original show - just makeup and the occasional puppet. Was it the cost of the effects that killed the show?
Oct. 13, 2012, 3:25 p.m. CST
When the word on the street was that Fuller was taking a "more serious approach" I was intrigued, but this just looks... bad...
Oct. 13, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST
Looked kind of zany to me.
Oct. 13, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST
This could be easily be a dark drama or a dramedy, but clearly NBC wants to promote this as a comedy. I don't judge a show by a network promotion. Often the ads have a very different tone than the actual show. I remember how badly NBC used to misrepresent ER in their ads. I'll still be watching this.
Oct. 13, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST
The swirling rumours about the studio wanting his part recast are perhaps true after all. Mind you, that was back when there was still talk about remounting and tweaking the pilot, looks like they are burning it off as a seasonal schedule filler instead.
Oct. 13, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
I vote "maybe".
Oct. 13, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST
You can't determine the tone of something from a 30 second promo. Fuller's name is on it so I'm gonna watch it. Considering Fuller's track record, I highly doubt this is gonna be complete garbage.
Oct. 13, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST
but it's dark and more dramatic. Can't wait. Love Fuller, love this. -Namaste-
Oct. 13, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST
Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, hell, Young Frankenstein were all "more serious" than the original Munsters. I never got the impression that this was to be a "dark drama" - dark dramedy maybe, but no way is NBC going to be able to see people on a dramatic recreation of 60s absurdity.
Oct. 13, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST
They're airing it because they stupidly spent money to make it, and don't want to waste it. Even if it is terrible.
Oct. 13, 2012, 5:17 p.m. CST
Oct. 13, 2012, 5:30 p.m. CST
by Ninja Nerd
...but was pretty good. Same with Wonderfalls. The premises were 'WTF?' Granted, this isn't original material, but Fuller can probably do some weird shit anyway. I thought the effect with Lily was pretty good....some scarab beetle business. That's a little more creepy than the original series. Stuff like that signals this might be worth a look.
Oct. 13, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST
...or, as others have noted, faux "Addams Family"? It just isn't "the Munsters."
Oct. 13, 2012, 5:37 p.m. CST
A la Gomez Adams. That's probably a bad sign.
Oct. 13, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST
...or at the very least released it on iTunes.
Oct. 13, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST
Was gonna watch to see and SMH the whole time but that 30 second clip wasted enough of my time. Don't vampires just suck blood not actually eat people or was Eddie being facetious?
by Cedric Ford
Oct. 13, 2012, 7:18 p.m. CST
Every green lit project that turns out to be a waste of time and money a producer should green light a unknown writer's project for karma.
by Cedric Ford
Oct. 13, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST
Marilyn has one of those teethy vages. That's the gag. She looks normal on the OUTSIDE, but her cooze is the MONSTER!
Oct. 13, 2012, 8:07 p.m. CST
Clark Gregg andCoulson confirmed to headline the SHIELD TV show. You're welcome.
Oct. 13, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST
This looks like it's trying to hard to be hip and in my face It's like a superman movie where he has no red under.... fuck
Oct. 13, 2012, 8:50 p.m. CST
The 'cancelled due to creative differences' means exactly what you think. The studio said, "why dont they look like monsters?" and Fuller/Singer tried to weave some kind of bullshit explanation that failed.
Oct. 13, 2012, 9:10 p.m. CST
Hahaha! Did you like that? I write for the show.
Oct. 13, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST
Admit it, even you fuckers that are bitching about how it's gonna suck and it's not the original, and it had creative differences, and...and...and... Well, you know you're going to watch anyway. I know I will. Why? Because I loved Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies, X-Men and Apt Pupil. And all of these were created by the very men who created this new version of The Munsters. And I am glad of it, because I remember that horrible remake they tried to do in the 90s that didn't work in any way, shape or form. So quit your bitching and go enjoy something for once.
Oct. 13, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST
by la te ral us
it looked TERRIBLE. Locke & Key needs to be BIG and EPIC, like the comic. It needs to be on the big screen somehow. it basically looked like a low low budget version of fringe. it needs someone with a real visual eye.
Oct. 14, 2012, 12:34 a.m. CST
I loved the Munsters growing up when they played it on Nickelodeon. I remember the rebooted series they did in the 90's, Munsters Today, and that totally sucked. Ug. The original has so much charm and charisma. And it was actually funny. This seems to be taking all of that and trying to make it 'cooler'. Trying to stay in the pop-culture loop with things like Grimm, Once Upon a Time and the like. Shows I haven't watched either, by the way. The one thing I noticed that I absolutely don't agree with is the showing of Spot, the pet dragon. Half of the fun of that gag was just seeing the flame coming out of the stairs and imagining what he looked like. I hope for all involved it does well. Lord knows people can use the money nowadays.
Oct. 14, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST
Yeah, I remember when pilots were shown in summer and actually liked it, even though it was frustrating because you'd once and a while see one that would make you wonder why it wasn't picked up. Now with the internet we hear about failed pilots like Wonder Woman or that one from last year with Roseanne and John Goodman that make one really curious to see. If this new Munsters thing isn't going to go anywhere, why couldn't they have finished the fx on Wonder Woman and shown it? You know it would have pulled in ratings.
Oct. 14, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST
If they actually turned out to be good, got good critical notices and audience feedback, and rated really well on top of that, the suits that cancelled them would look like complete, no-nothing dicks, they would be publicly embarrassed, and their industry power base might take a hit as well. Plus it would cost a fortune to remount a potential series with the same people, after the original contracts weren't picked up, making them look even stupider, if that were to happen. Never discount the ego factor in hollywood. The only reason this is airing is because they can use it as a seasonal timeslot filler, and because, from all indications by Fuller and co, they haven't officially passed and cancelled everyone's contracts just yet (even though it'd take a ratings miracle for that not to happen), so they can spin things in their favor if any last day series reprieve was to happen.
Oct. 14, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST
The fuck??? Did the idiot that made this thing even know that there were TWO monster sitcom shows back in the '60's, or does he think Munsters and Addams were the same thing? Plus, why doesn't the daddy character look like Frankenstein, a la the classic Universal character? If he doesn't look like that, then where's the fun?
Oct. 14, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST
...than the bunch on The New Normal. Bleagh.
Oct. 15, 2012, 7:11 a.m. CST
by prof moriarty
Oct. 15, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST
Not Jer Bear O'Connell.
Oct. 15, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST
They're not real monsters because Bryan Singer didn't want to look at a green bare-chested Jerry O'Connel.
He's got Polaroids of little Eddie in his underwear too. Awoooooo!
Oct. 15, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST
- Who wants to see one of GODZILLA's opponents from the new film!?! (In toy form) -- 209 total posts 49 posts
- Robin Williams May Return As Mrs. Doubtfire! -- 90 total posts 41 posts
- Denzel Washington Walks In The Middle Of The Street In THE EQUALIZER Teaser Poster! -- 50 total posts 20 posts
- There's some cross-promotion going on in the credits of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, and it's not hinting at what you think! -- 65 total posts 20 posts
- Set photos from the set of STAR WARS EPISODE VII in Abu Dhabi?! What's that big round disc they're rolling around?? -- 175 total posts 16 posts
- 3rd Official X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST trailer hits - and it is a big one!!! -- 507 total posts 11 posts
- Re-Revised X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Casting Re-Adds A Mutant!! -- 127 total posts 8 posts
- This nifty teaser for Eli Roth's THE GREEN INFERNO hints at some freaky stuff going on in the Amazon! -- 74 total posts 6 posts
- Trailer for IF I STAY, Starring Chloe Grace Moretz! -- 61 total posts 6 posts
- "Alright boys, it's Howdy-Doody time!" Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, and Don Johnson do the southern noir thing in this COLD IN JULY trailer! -- 26 total posts 4 posts