I can just see ol’ Fred Gwynne in his Herman Munster getup, laughing his goofy laugh and stomping his giant feet for joy. We told you back in August that the remake of The Munsters as proposed by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me) was getting a shot at life, and now NBC has made it official by ordering the pilot.
TVLine reports that an NBC spokesperson confirmed the pilot and described it as an “imaginative reinvention of The Munsters as a visually spectacular one hour drama.” Now that is pretty interesting. We had been told previously that it would be edgier and darker than the original, but were we told it would be a drama? Edgier and darker would be pretty easy, as the original was a 60’s comedy, and as such was broad and campy.
I am really excited about the “visually spectacular” part though, as Pushing Daisies was one of my favorite shows when it was on, due in no small part to the absolutely capitivating fantastical look of it.
Not surprisingly, Bryan Fuller is pretty excited about the news as well, and tweeted this, including the picture, after the stories started to appear:
He also reportedly told TVLine, “I am over the moon Eddie Munster will soon be howling at.”
According to EW, back in the day when the original series premiered, another strikingly similar series debuted at the same time, The Addams Family. Now if you had said such a thing could ever happen again, I’d say you’ve been reading too many fairy tales. See what I did there?
This show sounds like it may in fact have more in common with Grimm than with other horror-genre series like American Horror Story and True Blood but its biggest competition may be found in its own backyard. Not only is NBC developing a Frankenstein series, they just last week gave a script order to another series being developed by The Munsters’ Bryan Fuller; it’s Hannibal. No, not the conqueror, but the horrible mass murderer.
I am certain that we can make room in our hearts of all of them, so bring it, NBC.