Friday, October 26, 2012

Munsters Reunite Tonight



Just in time for the weekend before Halloween, NBC will air a new holiday special with hopes of making it a permanent new series. “Mockingbird Lane” will air tonight at 8:00 p.m. on NBC. If the title sounds at all familiar to you, it could be because that is the address of the family featured in the 1960’s TV show, “The Munsters.”

Yes, NBC is trying out yet another reboot of an old TV show, but unlike its try at “The Bionic Woman” and “Night Rider,” this looks like it just might make it. Forget TV’s others tries at remaking the Munsters over the years – this version takes the initial concept and gives it a whole new look. Herman Munster for instance is a lot better looking this time around.

If you were not a fan of the original series, you probably won’t be impressed with the new version either, however, if you WERE a fan, this might not be your cup of tea either. “Mockingbird Lane” has a fresh new approach based on Bryan Fuller’s (“Pushing Daisies” and “Heroes”) script and the pilot was directed by executive producer, Bryan Singer (“X-Men” and TV’s “House”). The plot is said to be a remained version of the cult comedy that is less slap-sticky and has a darker edge. While the original show was family-friendly, this new one maybe too intense for young ones. It is also hard to tell how macabre it will be. Innocent fun or a darker message? We shall see.

“Mockingbird Lane” features an excellent cast including Jerry O’Connell as Herman, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, Mason Cook as Eddie and Charity Wakefield as the “creepy” Marilyn.

With all the updates, one can only hope that they kept the same theme song.
(Originally posted on Examiner.com)

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