NBC rethinks Munsters reboot

NBC is taking another look at a remake of 1960s sitcom The Munsters.

Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller first developed a The Munsters revival last year, but NBC ultimately passed on the script. But NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt liked the general idea and has asked Fuller to rework the script.

While the original was a half-hour sitcom led by Fred Gwynne and Yvonne de Carlo, the new version will be an edgier, slightly darker hour-long show (or just a longer Addams Family?).

Fuller (Heroes, Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me) is expected to explore the origins of how the residents of 1313 Mockingbird Lane came to be.

Universal Studios produced the original Munsters on CBS from 1964 to 1966.

This week CBS indicated it is considering a new take on Bewitched.

Source: TV Guide


  1. Remember in the 80s there was a raft of 60s show being remade or having sequels made – Beaver, Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island movies, Get Smart, The Munsters – and now they’re doing them all again. But still the 60s shows.

  2. I wonder what the original script was? I bet it was good but the Tv execs just want some glossy modern day show offs brandishing our screens. If Heroes is anything to go by and this is by the same creator, this will be the ultimate flop.

  3. Brian Fuller does make some really good and unappreciated programs. Unfortunately most of the shows he makes only last one or two seasons.

    Now that Desperate Housewives is ending, they can remodel the original Munsters house to restore it back to the former look.

  4. Are today’s writers so devoid of new ideas that everything has to be a reboot/remake? How about some original ideas? It’s getting to the point where they are now remaking remakes.

    The Munsters? Even with Brian Fuller, I can’t see this working with a modern audience.

  5. Mike Silvester

    They already rebooted this one before in 1987 as Munsters Today. Interestingly though it was supposed to be a continuation of the 60’s series with the family having been in suspended animation for a couple of decades.

  6. Remake, remake, remake. Gah. Okay; it is understandable. Everyone’s doing it – both on the big and small screens. It’s cheaper, as there already is a universe and story idea to draw upon, and no extra time/thought/money needs to be spent fleshing it out to underscore the reality that they’re about to build. Which is good – saving money is needed, especially considering TV and Movie Studios aren’t doing as well as they used to do (went to see a (good) movie that was just released – three people in the entire theatre! Watched a (good) TV show the other day – was cancelled after a few episodes!).

    So yes, it is understandable. Fairly fast turn around, not so much spent in development as an original, existing audience, and still able to pull in money. It is what is getting the industry through lately. But it’s alienating their consumer base. There are better ways for them to pull the money in. Other avenues they can branch out into to compliment what they’re doing. A rethink in how they go about their business and interaction with their audience.

    Remakes; okay, yes. Do some – they are a wanted commodity. But to saturate the market with one after the other, in the dozens? Yeah… short term gain, for a long term fail, sorry. Even then, remakes that succeed need just as much development as an original, and the whole universe/reality needs to be recreated and fleshed out as an original, only using the past as a guideline. But that’s hardly ever done. So, most fail. Then when another one comes along, it’s “Gahhhh. Not another one!”. Which is not the response any new creation needs. Unfortunately, that’s what they get. So: Gahhhh! Not another one!

  7. Why don’t they just air the original shows? Whenever they do one of these remakes/reboots the newer version always comes out looking second best.

    I guess one of the reason why they do this is they know that they have a ready made audience.

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