NBC’s ‘Munsters’ Remake Will Be Called ‘Mockingbird Lane,’ Among Other Changes

by | February 3, 2012 at 12:05 PM | TV News

Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis in "The Munsters" (Hulton Archive)

Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis in "The Munsters" (Hulton Archive)

If you were excited by the news that NBC is ordering a pilot that’s a remake of “The Munsters,” helmed by “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller, then this bit of news might temper that enthusiasm — or not, depending on your perspective. According to EW, the show will not be called “The Munsters.” It’ll be called “Mockingbird Lane,” after the scary family’s 1313 Mockingbird Lane address.

But, that’s not all. While “The Munsters” and most of its sequels were straightforward goofy — all those people who got freaked out at the sight of Herman living his life were a staple of the original series — this version will be more of a dramadey, in an hour-long format. Oh, and the makeup will be scaled back too to make them look more like people from 2012 and not something out of a Boris Karloff movie.

Um, OK, Bryan. So is Herman going to still look like Frankenstein’s monster? Will Grandpa still look like a vampire? We can see toning down Lily and Eddie, but it’s tough to dial back the other two without losing what they’re supposed to be. Lord knows what they’re going to do with the “freak” of the family, the blond and normal Marilyn.

This will either be fantastic or we’ll end up with a “funny” version of “Twilight.” And we’re pretty sure if the latter choice happens, “Munsters” fans will be coming after Fuller with torches and pitchforks.

We’re not saying Fuller should follow the example of ’80s sequel “The Munsters Today”, but at least they came reasonably close to what the original characters looked like (though we hope Fuller’s version of the show is a lot better content-wise than this):