Briefly: Over the past couple years Bryan Fuller and NBC have been working to come up with a new take on The Munsters, the ’60s TV show that vaguely melded the Universal monsters with then-popular TV sitcom family concepts. Bryan Singer ended up coming on board to direct the pilot for what became Mockingbird Lane, with Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa.
Described, perhaps appropriately given what the show was trying to update, as a cross between True Blood and Modern Family, the pilot is one that NBC has dithered over for a while. Now Deadline reports that the network is unlikely to pick it up for series. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, June 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
With construction already underway on its sets, NBC’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane is moving a few last pieces into place for its main cast. Jerry O’Connell and Mariana Klaveno have just been cast as Herman and Lily Munster in the Bryan Fuller-created show, joining previously cast stars Eddie Izzard (Grandpa), Charity Wakefield (Marilyn), and Mason Cook (Eddie).
There is one big question mark hanging over the news, however — Klaveno’s involvement is contingent on her ability to work out a deal with ABC Studios, who has her contracted for its upcoming Marc Cherry soap Devious Maids. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
In today’s TV Bits, Uma Thurman puts on her dancing shoes and Charlie Sheen comes back from the dead. After the jump:
- AMC picks up another Robert Kirkman comic, Thief of Thieves
- Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management gets a new teaser
- Uma Thurman does her best Marilyn impression for Smash
- Fox revisits the first episode of its first show, Married… With Children
- NBC unveils some concept art for its Munsters reboot
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Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
Yes, that Munsters reboot is still happening, and now it even has a star. After the jump:
- Eddie Izzard heads to Mockingbird Lane
- Mad Men messes up a tiny period detail
- Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is an actor now
- Terra Nova star Jason O’Mara finds a new job
- Starz has already renewed Magic City
- HBO has new posters for Veep and Girls
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While most people would agree Scott Stewart‘s 2010 film Legion isn’t exactly a masterful piece of cinema, the film’s idea is rock solid. God has decided to smite humanity and sends his legions of angels down upon us. It’s then up to a rogue angel to help a group of strangers make their last stand. The film doesn’t quite live up to that cool log line but maybe, when it’s adapted to TV, it will. Stewart is now developing the film into a TV series on SyFy.
In other TV news the Bryan Singer/Bryan Fuller produced Munsters pilot, Mockingbird Lane, has been delayed so improvements could be made. Read more about both stories after the jump. Read More »
When last we left Bryan Fuller‘s reboot/re-imagining/overhaul of the classic Sixties TV show The Munsters, it was being described as a mix of True Blood and Modern Family. While difficult to imagine exactly what that means, at least it sounded encouraging. The latest update sounds less encouraging. TV Line is reporting the show has been renamed from The Munsters to Mockingbird Lane, after the street the family lives on. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2011 by Angie Han
We’ve been following Bryan Fuller‘s reimagining of The Munsters for NBC with a mixture of curiosity and trepidation ever since it was first announced over a year ago. On the one hand, another reboot of the beloved ’60s series seems totally unnecessary, and there’s always the fear that the new version won’t do the old one justice. On the other, if someone has to do it, the guy who brought us Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me seems like a pretty good pick. Our hopes crept up just a little bit higher when Bryan Singer boarded the project last week to produce and direct the pilot. Now we have more details on the project, and while it doesn’t sound bad, it doesn’t sound exactly like the Munsters we remember, either. Read on after the jump.
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In 2010 when talk first started to surface about a new version of The Munsters, it was to be a collaboration between Guillermo del Toro and Bryan Fuller (Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies). The show stalled out and when NBC eventually asked Fuller to rework the pilot script into something edgier, Guillermo del Toro was already moving forward with Pacific Rim.
A new name from the roster of geek-friendly film directors has joined the production, however. Bryan Singer will now act as executive producer of the new Munsters, and he’ll direct the pilot, too. Read More »