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‘My Grandpa’s Going To Eat You!!’ The First Promo For MUNSTERS Reboot MOCKINGBIRD LANE!!

I am – Hercules!!

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.

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  • Oct. 13, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Umm.... no.

    by ShabbyBlue

    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?

  • 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

    what is the point to marilyn?

    by walt

    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

    Strange... I still want to see the pilot out of curiosity.

    by daggor

    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

    Holy crap this looks like shit.

    by vanchimera

    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

    Wasn't this described as a dark drama?

    by Crooooooow

    Looked kind of zany to me.

  • Oct. 13, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    network tone

    by oisin5199

    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

    They don't even let O'Connell have a line in the promo...

    by Stegman84

    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

    Ok, that looked a lot better than the still photos.

    by Royston Lodge

    I vote "maybe".

  • Oct. 13, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Come on, Guys

    by gangrel76547

    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

    I think NBC is headlining it as a comedy

    by Dharma4

    but it's dark and more dramatic. Can't wait. Love Fuller, love this. -Namaste-

  • Oct. 13, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST

    more serious" is not "serious

    by MrD

    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, 5:17 p.m. CST

    And wow.. What a terrible terrible terrible trailer

    by happybunni

  • Oct. 13, 2012, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Pushing Daisies sounded like shit...

    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

    Anyone else get a "second rate Burton Dark Shadows" vibe?

    by OutsideChance

    ...or, as others have noted, faux "Addams Family"? It just isn't "the Munsters."

  • A la Gomez Adams. That's probably a bad sign.

  • Oct. 13, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST

    I wish Fox had aired Mark Romanek's Locke & Key pilot...


    ...or at the very least released it on iTunes.

  • Oct. 13, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    I GOT IT!

    by Loosejerk

    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

    in real news

    by Richard

    Clark Gregg andCoulson confirmed to headline the SHIELD TV show. You're welcome.

  • Oct. 13, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    why isn't O'connell green?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    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, 9:10 p.m. CST

    The None-sters

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    Hahaha! Did you like that? I write for the show.

  • Oct. 13, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST


    by SaintDharma32

    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

    @ you don't. didn't you see the pilot trailer??

    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

    This gets a big 'MEH' from me...

    by brattyben

    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

    I miss pilot summers

    by John

    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

    The reason why most cancelled pilots don't air is simple...

    by Stegman84

    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

    It looks like freaking Addams Family!!!

    by FeralAngel

    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

    But at least the Munsters are a more appealing family...

    by FeralAngel

    ...than the bunch on The New Normal. Bleagh.

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:11 a.m. CST

    well the apple starting sound did make me smile...

    by prof moriarty

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:47 a.m. CST


    by 2for2true

    Not Jer Bear O'Connell.

  • He's got Polaroids of little Eddie in his underwear too. Awoooooo!

  • Oct. 15, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    They should have kept "The Riches" going Izzard was great in that.

    by MST3KPIMP