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Is the future of The Munsters reboot in jeopardy?

10.02.2012by: Ike Oden

Deadline is reporting Bryan Fuller's dramatic reboot of THE MUNSTERS, MOCKINGBIRD LANE, may not be going from pilot to series. Rumors in the report had it NBC "network brass are leaning toward passing on the project," citing its high-concept as a "risky proposition."

But hang on just a second. Fuller himself took to Twitter yesterday, reporting: "NBC just informed me that the Deadline article regarding #MockingbirdLane was Dead Wrong. Stay tuned for updates!" Keep in mind, Fuller is also hard at work on HANNIBAL, the television series adapted from Thomas Harris' iconic literary character which has already gotten a mid-season, 13 episode order. How that effects the outcome of MOCKINGBIRD LANE remains to be seen.

Clearly the show isn't dead just yet, but conflicting reports seem to denote some uncertainty about the future of MOCKINGBIRD LANE. And for good reason to-- it's a really weird concept for a show. THE MUNSTERS as a drama starring Jerry O'Connel, Portia De Rossi (pictured sexily below), and Eddie Izzard as Herman, Lily, and Grandpa? I just don't see it. Take a peak at some behind-the-scenes images from the show included below and tell us whether or not you're ready to take a trip back down MOCKINGBIRD LANE...

Extra Tidbit: The reboot is actually Fuller's third take on the material, and has garnered the approval of Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) himself (see above).
Source: DeadlineTHR

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7:57AM on 10/02/2012
My prediction: it will only last one season. Many series starring Jerry O'Connell only last 1 season. I like the guy. He gives it all regardless of the materials he has to work with. It's puzzling that every series he's in, it only lasts about 1 season.
My prediction: it will only last one season. Many series starring Jerry O'Connell only last 1 season. I like the guy. He gives it all regardless of the materials he has to work with. It's puzzling that every series he's in, it only lasts about 1 season.
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2:56PM on 10/02/2012
What about Sliders or My Secret Identity? Hahah
What about Sliders or My Secret Identity? Hahah
11:54AM on 10/02/2012
Potentially, Fuller looks at shows such as Once Upon a Time and Grimm, and he believes that they are examples of lighter fare made darker successfully. Therefore, he believes that The Munsters could be a similar success. Take a comedy and make it a drama. However, the conversion is not the same. People want to recognize the dark undertones in fairy tales. They do not especially want their sitcoms "corrupted" that way. Furthermore, Americans could use more comedy on TV considering the national
Potentially, Fuller looks at shows such as Once Upon a Time and Grimm, and he believes that they are examples of lighter fare made darker successfully. Therefore, he believes that The Munsters could be a similar success. Take a comedy and make it a drama. However, the conversion is not the same. People want to recognize the dark undertones in fairy tales. They do not especially want their sitcoms "corrupted" that way. Furthermore, Americans could use more comedy on TV considering the national malaise of the last thirteen years. The Munsters should be fun, not serious.
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9:42PM on 10/02/2012
I still just don't understand this... or why it's even a good idea. It IS a weird concept being that The Munsters is one of the most cherished and goofy sitcoms of all time! Rebooting it is a bad idea, but making it all dramatic and serious? Come on..... It'd be just as bad as if someone decided to take The Addams Family down a serious horror route... it just shouldn't be done!
I still just don't understand this... or why it's even a good idea. It IS a weird concept being that The Munsters is one of the most cherished and goofy sitcoms of all time! Rebooting it is a bad idea, but making it all dramatic and serious? Come on..... It'd be just as bad as if someone decided to take The Addams Family down a serious horror route... it just shouldn't be done!
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