The Hollywood Reporter
Will Hollywood execs ever realize that while some properties can be given a dark and edgy makeover, other concepts born in gleeful goofiness should forever remain that way? Not at NBC and not anytime soon so here come the dark and edgy “Munsters”.
“The Munsters” already were a little edgy back in the day; the show was viewed by many as offering subtle commentary on the state of racism in America. As for darker, the original child actor hired for the “Eddie Munster” role was replaced after the pilot because the network thought his take on the character was too dark and disturbing.
Just a week after CBS announced plans to bring back “Bewitched” (no word if the words “darker” or “edgier” will be the plan of action), NBC has followed suit with its intent to bring back another beloved 1960’s supernatural sitcom. Just don’t expect Herman, Lily, Eddie, Marilyn, or Grandpa Munster to be quite the same as you remember them.
Per The Hollywood Reporter:
Fuller’s new look is said to be an edgier and slightly darker hour-long take exploring origins of Herman and Lily Munster (Fred Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo) and how they arrived at the famed 1313 Mockingbird Lane address.
The Fuller being referenced there is Bryan Fuller, creator of “Pushing Daisies”, and his involvement is about the only thing preventing me from fully dismissing this entire concept outright as doomed to failure.
On the other hand, this is also the same NBC that in recent years trotted out darker, edgier versions of “The Bionic Woman” and “Knight Rider”, and we know how well those worked out.
What’s next? A darker, edgier “ALF”?
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