The Munsters are returning to television! Reported by Deadline, NBC is currently developing a (second) reboot for the classic television series, The Munsters.
The new series will be moving the setting of the show to “hipster Brooklyn” taking the Munsters away from their suburban California neighborhood of Mockingbird Heights. It will return to being a 30-minute comedy series and continue focusing on the family as they attempt to fit in with their neighbors (and world) while still trying to remain true to who they are.
The new series is being produced by Jill Kargman (Odd Mom Out) and Seth Meyers (Saturday Night Live) with Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions and Universal TV. Karman will write the script.
The original The Munsters ran for seventy episodes and only two seasons from 1964-1966. The series spawned 5 movies, including one theatrical release with Munster, Go Home! in 1966. Other made-for-TV movies include The Munsters’ Revenge (1981), the animated The Mini-Munsters (1973), Here Come The Munsters (1995), and The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas (1996).
As mentioned, this will be the second reboot of the show. Creator Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) developed a reboot back in 2012, which turned the show into an hour-long episode dramedy series. The new version was titled Mockingbird Lane, named after their famous 1313 Mockingbird Lane address, and it starred Jerry O’Connel as Herman, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, and Charity Wakefield as cousin Marilyn. The pilot was directed by Bryan Singer (X-Men, Valkyrie, The Usual Suspects) and aired in October 2012 as a Halloween special. It was never picked up by NBC for a full series.
The Munsters will be the second reboot for NBC in the upcoming TV season, after having already announced a Miami Vice reboot is in the works and being produced by Vin Diesel.
I’d personally love to see The Munsters return to television. However, I am skeptical of the new ‘hipster Brooklyn’ setting. Hopefully they have the right stuff for this go around, even though I loved Mockingbird Lane.