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Two Clips From This Friday’s MOCKINGBIRD LANE, From The Creator Of DEAD LIKE ME And PUSHIING DAISIES And The Director Of APT PUPIL & X-MEN!!

I am – Hercules!!

“Mockingbird Lane” is from my favorite pilot of the year; it airs Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC (just before Phillip Broyles’ return to “Fringe” on Fox).

This introduces Jerry O’Connell as the new Herman Munster:

And this introduces Eddie Izzard as the new Grandpa and Portia de Rossi as the new Lily:

It is very different from the original "Munsters."  Some might say better.

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  • Oct. 24, 2012, 2:13 a.m. CST

    So is thos going to series or what?

    by Nuck81

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Kinda like it

    by melchior42

    Cheesy as hell, but what about The Munsters isn't?

  • since the series was on tv 50 years ago I guess I can keep an open mind. And I did really enjoy the Addams Family movies.

  • I'm willing to give this a chance.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 3:30 a.m. CST

    We don't yet know if it's going to series.

    by Hercules

    I think Bryan Fuller said the cast holding deals run out in January, so we'll know by then.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 3:31 a.m. CST

    So Grandpa Munster is a d'ivers?

    by deadhouse gates

    Who knew?

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 4:33 a.m. CST

    Like the Spider web dress

    by cairo

    very nice idea

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Nobody likes Eddie Izzard. Stop giving that guy work.

    by Fries Against


  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Is no one else willing to question Herc's sarcasm level?

    by jimbojones123

    Then again, the new show pool isn't extraordinary.

  • Seriously, can ANYONE REALLY do better than the original? I mean, its the ORIGINAL!!! Of all of the statements made on AIC, this possibly is the DUMBEST ever!!! Don't get me wrong, I'm gonna watch, and I feel I might even enjoy it, BUT it will NEVER be as good as the original. The original was a classic. The best this show could hope for is to be its own and be a good show. I wish them luch, but think this is gonna get overlooked. I just hope its not stupid like the other Musters shows that had come and gone over the years...and those were terrible. Again, the original was the best.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Al Lewis's Itaian Restaurant in NYC was the worst Ever.

    by Smerdyakov

    He may have known from blood. But never ask a Jew to brew a Ragu.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    doesn't look nearly as awful as that promo ad made it look

    by TheBaxter

    but i can't stand jerry o'connell as a general rule. he doesn't seem too obnoxious in that clip, but i still want to punch him in the face.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 9:21 a.m. CST

    oh.... there's no make up for Herman.... I didn't know that.

    by Russman

    I don't know..... so far it feels really dry and quiet.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Nobody likes Eddie Izzard?

    by Gislef_crow

    He was the funniest part of Bullet in the Face! Best Shatner impersonation since Kevin Pollak.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST


    by eric haislar

    There is make up. Look at his neck line. He is all stitched together.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I love Eddie a comedian.

    by Smerdyakov

    As an actor...not so much.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST


    by cyberuck

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:07 p.m. CST


    by Citizen Sane

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Saw this at Comic-Con & loved it

    by S L

    We saw a clip of the first five or so minutes of the pilot episode, and it looked awesome. It looks to be a great tribute to the original, but it also has all of the Brian Fuller stylistic tweaks that have made his other series appealing--building cutaways, elaborate sets, pretty girls in vintage dresses. It felt like a really natural fit. Given the track record for his shows, I'm sadly resigned to the idea that this one probably won't make it, no matter how good it is--but I'll watch it until it goes. What a bummer to see all the hating going on in the comments. He makes great stuff, give it a chance!

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Better than the original?

    by kongoman

    Who said that? I would like to know one person (other than someone involved with the project) that has said that this is better. The Munsters was one of the greatest comedies of all time. And yes, I know what I just said. What's next, a serious take on the Three Stooges?

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    I agree with Kongo & red43jes

    by Kobolos

    No one is saying it's better than the original except Herc Trollson

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 12:51 p.m. CST

    so why isn't this going to series?

    by oisin5199

    It already looks better than half of the crap that the networks have introduced this year. Creative, whimsical, fun, a new twist on an old classic complete with nostalgia and cultural grounding. NBC, don't be idiots, give this a series order!!!!

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    I like fuller but this has no chance.

    by rakesh patel

    i'm calling it. D.O.A i was wrong about longmire and 666 park avenue which i'm oth watching. but this.i gotta be right about this.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Comedy? Drama? Camp? WTF?

    by jamesonian

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Yes, this looks better than the original...

    by captr53

    I liken the munsters to 60's Batman. It's funny, campy, and a reflection of it's time. But just like Batman '89 and the new Dark Knight it is possible to improve upon an earlier version of something. This looks like it could be fun but it would come down to the format of the show. As in what are we going to do every week. The original munsters was a lot of zany hi-jinks what would be the take on this?

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Clearly this is a reimagination over a remake

    by Rob0729

    The original premise was that they were all monsters that scared everyone on sight, but they were obvious to the fact that they were visually very different than the rest of the world and that people would be afraid of them. This cast are very human looking and you wouldn't think they were monsters if you passed them on the street. Personally, I was never much of a fan of Pushing Daisies (I felt it was all style over substance) and this show has a Pushing Daisies feel to it. I don't know if I will like it. I will give it a shot, but I am not expecting to like it.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Looks like...

    by Bab5fan

    Shit...yep it looks like shit.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    It looks very precious and annoying.

    by MovieManStill

    GOD, I hate the word "re-imagination". I don't mind the concept, just the douche-y word.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Don't you mean Bryan Fuller, writer of the horrid CARRIE tv movie?

    by Messiahman

    Sorry, but I really don't get the Fuller love. The guy's mostly missed the mark throughout his career. His early credits were on STAR TREK: VOYAGER, which is far and away the worst of that franchise, and nothing he did there stood out whatsoever. After that, he went on to do the Angela Bettis-starring made for TV CARRIE remake, which was bottom of the barrel on every level. While it's true that he created DEAD LIKE ME, he was booted from that show after the first few episodes, and it did nothing but improve in his absence. PUSHING DAISIES was so cloyingly twee and precious that it was impossible to watch without gagging and died a well-deserved death. Same goes for WONDERFALLS. The characters on each series were so cutesy, annoying and completely unlike actual human beings that it makes me wonder what anyone saw in them. But hey, he did write the best episodes of HEROES. However, in spite of popular opinion, that show was poor from the beginning (seriously, you'd think a story about super-powered folks would actually have a sense of fun, rather than morose moping throughout) and his episodes were only less awful than the others. Next up, he's doing the HANNIBAL tv series, which by all accounts sounds utterly misguided and will in all likelihood be quickly canceled after it premieres mid-season. I'm amazed that anyone considers what I've seen of MOCKINGBIRD LANE to be better than the source material - THE MUNSTERS may have been guilty or recycling its gags over its run, but the core concept (that of a nuclear family of Universal monsters being unaware of their frightening nature and living a sitcom existence) was incredibly strong. Strong enough that the show has been a hit in syndication for five decades. It's a rock-solid premise that's far more fun than ANYTHING on Fuller's resume. And this upcoming remake (which is quickly getting burned off as an NBC one-shot) looks to completely bungle that premise. No wonder the network didn't pick it up. Much like Fuller's other work, it has no idea what it is. Herc, I know you work in the industry and want to support your friends (and as someone who does the same, I get that) but saying that this tepid remake is even remotely as good as a show which has become an iconic piece of pip culture is abut as off the mark as one can get. For the most part, I love you columns, but I can't disagree more with your kneejerk assessment here.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Sorry for the typos in my last paragraph...

    by Messiahman

    That should have read "an iconic piece of pop culture is about..." Stupid iPad.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST


    by rakesh patel

    I guess you never watched the abortion that was enterprise. Wonder falls deserves love and heroes was great from the first episode. The season finale completely fucked it. Not a huge fan of the idea of a hannibal tv series. I think herc has overstep this pilot, But give fuller his due he's done some excellent work.

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST


    by Messiahman

    I did indeed watch ENTERPRISE, and while I found the first two seasons dull, the last two were, imho, rather well-done. The final season, in particular, when Manny Coto took over and actually brought a real Trek fan's love to the series while tying it into the original show, was pretty great (save the series finale, which was belched out by Berman and Braga as a TNG follow-up ep). Aside from the lovely Caroline Dhavernas, the show was so precious that I wanted to punch it. Never liked HEROES which, in its first season, blatantly ripped off Moore''s WATCHMEN for its over-arcing storyline and managed to make superheroes dour and dull. I found it to be ridiculously self-serious to the point of parody and, even in the beginning, Tim Kring didn't have a single original idea in his head nor an inkling of how to set-up and tell a long-form story. So yeah, I respectfully disagree. I haven't cared for anything Fuller's done. I love plenty of distinctive authorial voices (I'll defend Joss Whedon to my dying day) but Fuller's has always put me off. But it's all good. Different strokes. To quote THE BIG LEBOWSKI, "that's just, like, your opinion, man." ;-)

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST


    by Messiahman

    That's what I get for typing too fast. Second paragraph should've begun "As for Wonderfalls..." :-D

  • Oct. 24, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST

    *I think Bryan Fuller said the cast holding deals run out in January*

    by Bass Ackwards

    Well let's hope they figure it out, because I'm sure if they wait too long they'll never be able to get all these high-demand actors in the same room again.

  • Eddie apparently doesn't know he's a werewolf and that he probably killed someone several people which is the reason they keep having to move. That's a pretty interesting spin if the whole arc of the 1st season is(or was) supposed to be them trying to play like they're a normal family for the sake of their son who doesn't know he turns into a wild animal once a full moon. The Shyamalan Twist I suspect that will seperate this from the original is that Marilyn is a ghost since she's dressed like she's from the 60s but the delivery guys look like they're from our time. Still like the old show the one thing that's hard to get around is why Frankenstein's Monster and Dracula's daughter would have a werewolf son. I do like the old school shape shifting vampire bit though.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Eddie Izzard was brilliant in The Riches

    by angry kitty

    brief stint on F/X with Minnie Driver. That show was great- and he was quite good in it. Shame it didn't last- but from the network that canned Terriers- sadly, its not to be unexpected.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Don't be so fast to judge FX, angry kitty

    by 2for2true

    True, FX canned Terriers after one season and the Riches after two.... but it also gave (or is currently giving us) many, many excellent shows like The Shield, Damages, Nip Tuck, Rescue Me, Archer, Sunny in Philly, The League, Sons of Anarchy, Louis, Wilfred, Justified and American Horror Story. I defy anyone to name a network that has put out better original programming than FX over the last 10 years. Consistently.

  • Oct. 25, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    You are right of course

    by angry kitty

    I am exceptionally bitter about Terriers. I loved that show. I will work on moving past that though and enjoy shows like Justified. Thanks for the therapy, your check is in the maill.