The Munsters are making a television comeback!
When talking about families of classic television, The Munsters are always in the conversation. The beloved clan of Herman, Lily, Eddie, Marilyn and Grandpa have continued to amuse generations in the 50 years since Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Butch Patrick, Pat Priest and Al Lewis brought their characters to life. Thanks to Saturday Night Live‘s Seth Meyers, The Munsters are set to return to the small screen.
Meyers will be working with Mike Shoemaker through their production company Sethmaker Shoemeyer. They will executive produce the show next to Jill Kargman who came up with the idea to reboot the series. In this newest incarnation, the family is now living in Brooklyn among the hipster culture that has been the staple of the borough. Kargman will also be the head writer of the series. The show has been revisited on numerous occasions since it went off the air in 1966 including a color movie Munster, Go Home! In the 1980s and 1990s there were movies such as The Munsters’ Revenge, Here Come The Munsters and a short-lived television series called The Munsters Today. In 2012, NBC tried to reboot the series into an hour-long series titled Mockingbird Lane starring Jerry O’Connell as Herman, Portia de Rossi as Lilly, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa and Charity Wakefield as Marilyn. The show was never fully developed and would wind up as a Halloween special.
This new version will be a half-hour comedy like the original. As of right now, it is only in development so there is no cast and crew other than Meyers, Shoemaker and Kargman. It will be interesting to see how this pans out as reboots seem to be the going trend for a few years now in movies and television. The original series has a strong following so all eyes and ears will be on the progress of the series. For more information and updates, stay tuned to Universal Monsters Universe.
(Joe Grodensky – @JoeGrodensky)