New ‘Mockingbird Lane’ Images: Meet The Munsters!

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Last month we received  a sneak peak at the sweet and “lovely” Marilyn Munster (played by English actress Charity Wakefield); now, after much anticipation, NBC is finally introducing us to the rest of The Munsters of 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

Since it was first announced that NBC would be remaking CBS’ iconic black and white sitcom, The Munsters, one of the biggest questions was what would the quirky family – based on classic Universal Studios movie monsters – end up looking like in this updated version. Showrunner Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) indicated that although the new series will be “darker and edgier” the overdone makeup and costumes of the characters will be heavily toned down to be more human.

For those unfamiliar with the classic 1960s Munster series, that’s okay: Mockingbird Lane may follow a similar story, but is not a years-later continuation like the recently-revived Dallas.  Mockingbird Lane follows the lives (and afterlives) of the seemingly ordinary all-American Munster family, who reside in the big house on 1313 Mockingbird Lane, and all appears normal expect for the fact that the family are actually “monsters.” Herman (Jerry O’Connell ) the family patriarch (who is also Frankenstein) runs the household with his vampire wife, Lily (Portia de Rossi).

The couple’s only child is the precocious young Eddie(Mason Cook) a gentle boy scout and budding werewolf. Horrified to learn about his true nature, Eddie refuses to eat meat, which puts him into conflict with his vampire Grandpa (Eddie Izzard) at dinner time. Living with the cadaverous family is thier sweet and normal cousin Marilyn (Wakefield), who – while accepted by her extended family – is viewed as “plain” and “ugly” – a fact the rest of the family doesn’thide.

Check out the new stylized photos from NBC’s upcoming Mockingbird Lane (click to enlarge):

Bryan Fuller – creator of adored but short-lived dark TV comedies like Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls – says he’ll be taking the new series in a much different way from the lighter sitcom style of the previous Munsters show. When asked just how dark Fuller would be taking Mockingbird Lane, the writer had this to say:

“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.”

“Everything is a metaphor for something that you can identify with in a relationship. The fact that Herman is in a constant state of decay and he’s married to someone who doesn’t age. We get to play with all those insecurities. The fact that he was made by his father-in-law and then has to live up to those standards; he’s always trying to find his own identity.”

Some might say taking the Munsters to a level where they are actually consuming human flesh is far too ghoulish for the much-loved freakish family, but for those who are acquainted with Fuller’s previous cult-hits know how easy it is for him to fuse the most macabre situations with effortless humor and charming characters that are easy to fall for.

Catch The Munsters redux Mockingbird Lane on NBC when it debuts next year.

Source:  JoBlo

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  1. Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies were not bad shows, but they were a bit too quirky to find an audience. Tacking on the name of an old show may not help sell this idea too much better, Even if this show turns out to be good I honestly don’t see it lasting too long.

    • Dead like me was an amazing show, great writing, wonderful character development. It wasn’t the quirkiness it was just that in this country unless a show can be understood by the un and undereducated it has a hard time making it. I.E. Arrested Development.

      • Arrested Development is one of my favorite comedies and re-watching it you always pick up on new things but I never understood why people say uneducated people don’t understand it.

  2. The original Munsters did not “eat people” and having these
    new Munsters eat people is not “grounding it in a reality”.

    The original show was a light-hearted family spoof
    and appropriating its name seems inappropriate.

    • Yeah well that kind of shows why dated ideas should be left alone. The original worked because like you said, it was spoof of the Universal movies from earlier years. They can’t use the same set up now because, well it would look silly and a lot of people would not even get the joke. This sounds like it wants to be True Blood/Twilight/Whatever else is hip right now, but they had to put a familiar name on it to get it into production.

  3. Herman would be “Frankenstein’s monster” in that scenario, not Frankenstein, unless he created a monster of his own…

  4. Lame. I give it no more than one season.

    The other Jeff (hey, I thought you changed your screen name?)

  5. This monster mash sounds like a FAIL

  6. Hmmm I’m a bit skeptical, but I love Fuller, specially for Pushing Daisies and Dead like Me so I’ll give it a shot.

    • After the great writing of Wonder Falls, Pushing Daisies and especially Dead Like Me, I will definitely give anything Fuller puts on a chance.

  7. I Agree Slayer.. You can’t remake a classic. There have been Tons of shows from the past that were made into a movie or a tv show. Some were good, some were duds.

    • In cases like this it’s more like trying to place a gimmick on something that is already gimmicky. Vegetarian werewolf, cannibals….

  8. Lame.

    • I do love it when one word says all you need to say.

      • Indeed! :)

  9. This is going to be terrible. I’m not even going to bother watching it. What the heck is NBC thinking?

    • How do you know, you haven’t seen it yet.

  10. I’m conflicted…”The Munsters” really should not be reimagined, BUT I absolutely loved “Wonder Falls” and “Dead Like Me” (brilliant shows, both) and the episodes of “Pushing Daisies” I managed to catch.



  11. I’ll give this a chance, but I’m not too fond of the idea of making the family monsters “outside and inside”. The thing that always set The Munsters apart from The Addams Family (and the reason I always preferred The Munsters) was that they were, for the most part, a totally likable, wonderful, relatable, normal family. I never could get into The Addams Family, because I found them to be overly crazy, creepy, and unrelatable.

  12. From these pictures these characters just look too normal. Despite the “eating flesh” thing.

    • Yeah I’m incline to agree, maybe there will be some sort of CG transformation type thing. Kinda takes away from the Marilyn is ugly because she looks human gag.

  13. Fail.

  14. I’m a big fan of the Munsters and I hope NBC does a good job with this series. There is word that the Wayans Brothers are making a Munsters movie. Some old sitcom remakes came out good and some butchered. Please keep the Munsters reputation alive!!!!

  15. Let me put my input on this simply: Couldn’t they just leave it alone?

  16. think we should wait to see the pilot before casting judgement