It was back in August when word first broke that NBC had tapped “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller to revamp “The Munsters” for the 21st century with more of an edgy, slightly darker hour-long makeover. Not sure if the plan is still to go that route, but whatever Fuller has come up with has NBC executives so happy they may greenlight the series by the end of the week.
When your network is in the kind of ratings toilet NBC is, you have to think outside the box with your programming. Or you can start stocking up on name brands like Hannibal Lecter and “The Munsters”.
Deadline Hollywood has also given us a little more insight into what to expect from Fuller’s revamping of the classic 1960’s sitcom:
Like Fuller’s previous series, Pushing Daisies, the project features striking visuals mixed with all the classic Munsters archetypes. Grandpa Sam Dracula is essentially Dracula who assembled Herman because no man was good enough for his daughter, Lily, a sexy vamp. Lily’s niece, Marilyn the freak, is actually normal, and Lily and Herman’s only child, Eddie, has his werewolf tendencies surface in puberty, forcing the family to relocate to their famous 1313 Mockingbird Lane address.
The talk is of this new version of “The Munsters” becoming a summer replacement series or some sort of network event for later in the year.
Bryan Fuller is clearly a very busy man as we also just told you about him being hired by NBC to write their just-announced Hannibal Lecter TV series. Fuller is also penning a Pinnochio movie for Warner Brothers so if he can help turn a puppet into a real boy, maybe he can also help make NBC into a real network again.