I had to check it was October 1st not April 1st.
A report this week says NBC has ordered a Pilot remake of The Munsters.
This little horror comedy show ran for just two years, from 1964 – 1966, as one of two classic comedies that showcased the wonderful talents of Fred Gwynne (Car 54, Where Are You? being the other). It also had the luscious Yvonne De Carlo and loads of character comedy from Al Lewis.
At the time many American viewers fell into Munsters v Addams Family camps, with both shows taking completely opposite, and completely valid, philosphies on family life. On the one hand you had Gomez Addams’ parenting, teaching Puggsly to defend himself with the fine art of fencing, and on the other Herman Munster telling Eddie to love not to fight his enemies. Both brilliant.
Now we hear that Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) is behind a remake described as “Modern Family meets True Blood.”
Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) is even rumoured to be considering a behind-the-scenes role in the project.
Doesn’t anybody remember the awful The Munsters Today? It ran from 1988 to 1991 and lasted for 72 episodes. Three years of ugh. Then there was Here Come the Munsters (1995) when the original cast only had cameos. There was also The Munsters’ Revenge (1981). In 2004 the brothers Wayans also threatened a big screen adaptation.
Face it. They’re just never going to improve on Fred Gwynne.