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"Mockingbird Lane" showrunner Bryan Fuller says Universal's Monsters will appear in series!

07.18.2012by: Jared Pacheco

It was only 24 hours ago I was sitting right here giving you all a look at the first cast shots from NBC's upcoming "Munsters" reboot "Mockingbird Lane" and we've already got more news on the genre series making the rounds.

The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed blog recently had a chance to chat with "Mockingbird Lane" showrunner Bryan Fuller about the upcoming series and boy did Fuller spill a lot! Not only did he spill on character details and the long process to get "Mockingbird Lane" on the right track, but he touches on little gems like the family's pet monster 'Spot' and the addition of classic Universal Monsters into the series as well! Here's a couple snippets from the interview:

"The Munsters actually do what monsters do: they eat people and they have to live with the ramifications of being monstrous. It's like grounding it in a reality because the half-hour was a sitcom, we saw the monsters: they were monsters on the outside and weren't monsters on the inside. For us, they're monsters outside and inside, and we get to double our story. So any story you can tell on Parenthood and True Blood, we can tell. To have Eddie Munster be the starting point for the family -- because in the past, when Eddie was born human, they stopped living like monsters because they didn't want to damage Eddie. You get to this interesting thing with Lily, who's been hiding who she is for the last 11 years and now has to accept who she is after she's denied it for so long. It's those types of emotional stories -- yet they're going out and eating people at the same time."

"Once Upon a Time has fairy tales. We have universal monsters, which for me are the fairy tales of my youth. That's where I grew up, loving The Munsters, The Wolfman, Frankenstein, Dracula, the Metaluna monster from Silent Earth and the Mole People. I would love to rope in all of those characters from those stories, as well as get the Cat People and get those types of things. But we can't just do Monster of the Week; they have to have a reason for being in the story -- an emotional capacity -- for us to interact with their characters."

I guess Fuller and company weren't kidding when they said the tone for this one would be dark! Color me intrigued... For the whole she-bang head right over HERE. If you're intrigued by "Mockingbird Lane" at all you'll want to give this interview the once-over for sure.

The madness begins when a baby bear attacks a scouting trip, only it turns out that this "bear" is actually Eddie transformed into a werewolf. Eddie is unaware of his metamorphosis and it forces the family to move in order to protect the family secret. The coming of age story gets weirder as he fights against his family when he learns of a shocker: they're a family of flesh-eaters!

Starring Portia de Rossi (below), Jerry O'Connell, Eddie Izzard, Mason Cook, Charity Wakefield, Cheyenne Jackson and Beth Grant, there's no telling when exactly "Mockingbird Lane" will be hitting the small screen but I'm sure that announcement will be on it's way soon.

Extra Tidbit: So which of the Universal classics are you looking forward to seeing on "Mockingbird Lane?"
Source: THR

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11:36AM on 07/18/2012
Mockingbird Lane could work as described. Ultraviolence is a comedic tradition from The Three Stooges to Tom & Jerry to the Muppet Show to Treehouse of Horror to 2001 Maniacs to ver Hoeven's films. However, splatstick is sometimes really, really not funny. It is horrible instead (e.g. Home Alone movies). And, potentially, a murderous, flesh-eating Munster clan becomes not the Munsters but rather the Hamiltons, Sawyers, or Fireflys. Potentially, NBC remakes (and exploits) the Munsters in name
Mockingbird Lane could work as described. Ultraviolence is a comedic tradition from The Three Stooges to Tom & Jerry to the Muppet Show to Treehouse of Horror to 2001 Maniacs to ver Hoeven's films. However, splatstick is sometimes really, really not funny. It is horrible instead (e.g. Home Alone movies). And, potentially, a murderous, flesh-eating Munster clan becomes not the Munsters but rather the Hamiltons, Sawyers, or Fireflys. Potentially, NBC remakes (and exploits) the Munsters in name but not in spirit. Or perhaps, they adapt to the times. Afterall, Teen Wolf and Battlestar Galactica are no longer campy shows; they grew-up and became something darker.

My thoughts go back and forth on this Mockingbird Lane show. However, I know that I will not be tuning in. I have already American Horror Story on FX to give a good horror fix, and I need to laugh occasionally which Mockingbird Lane might not help me to do.
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