A remake of The Munsters sounds stupid, right? But Bryan Fuller, the plaid-jacket-wearing and super-creative creator of Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, and Dead Like Me, is the man who's remaking it with the NBC pilot Mockingbird Lane, so we can take any preexisting notion that this will suck and bury it in a coffin.
The first cast photo for the show has been released (and edited in Instagram, from the looks of it), and it features stars Jerry O'Connell, Eddie Izzard, and Portia de Rossi looking far more normal than their counterparts from the 1960s comedy the show is based on. Heck, they look more like your run-of-the-mill serial-killer goth family than what would happen if Frankenstein married the bride of Dracula.
My interest! It's been piqued! But if they don't look like monsters, what's the show about? Let's ask Fuller himself to explain, via an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:
"The Munsters actually do what monsters do: They eat people and they have to live with the ramifications of being monstrous. It's like grounding it in a reality because the half-hour was a sitcom, we saw the monsters—they were monsters on the outside and weren't monsters on the inside. For us, they're monsters outside and inside, and we get to double our story. So any story you can tell on Parenthood and True Blood, we can tell. To have Eddie Munster be the starting point for the family—because in the past, when Eddie was born human, they stopped living like monsters because they didn't want to damage Eddie. You get to this interesting thing with Lily, who's been hiding who she is for the last 11 years and now has to accept who she is after she's denied it for so long. It's those types of emotional stories—yet they're going out and eating people at the same time."
Eating people! Now we're talking! Fuller's one of those guys who makes TV a better place, and Mockingbird Lane sounds more like what we're used to seeing from him than his other project, Hannibal. I'm on board, let's see what he can do with it.
NBC has yet to place a series order for The Munsters, but it did ask for more scripts, a sign that the network likes what it's seen so far. The network will probably make a decision on the series' future in the next couple of months.
Does the first cast photo change your outlook on Mockingbird Lane?