Add another one to the reboot pile!
On the heels of its Will & Grace revival (airing this fall), NBC is leaning in even more to the reboot wave. An update of the hilariously spooky ’60s sitcom about a family of monsters, The Munsters, has been given the green light by the network. Current NBC late-night host and Saturday Night Live vet Seth Meyers will be serving as an executive producer (EP) of the new show, along with Jill Kargman, star and creator of Bravo’s Odd Mom Out. Kargman will also be writing at least one of the scripts.
The Munsters: Reboot Redux
If this reboot of The Munsters is giving you some déjà vu, it’s because a reworking of the show was attempted once before by NBC, in 2012. That iteration, though, never got picked up as a series. Instead, the pilot episode was broadcast as a one-time Halloween special called Mockingbird Lane (named after the street the ghoulishly lovable family lived on). The 2012 version starred Jerry O’Connell as dad Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife, Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa.
For the 2012 edition, the episode was an hour long, but for this new Kargman-Meyers reboot, the show will stay in the sitcom lane and be 30 minutes long. The Munsters family will also be moving to the east coast and living in Brooklyn, where “they struggle to fit in with their neighbors.”
Though The Munsters (starring Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, and Yvonne De Carlo) graced TV screens briefly in its original run (1964-1966), its silly but sweet irreverence has kept it alive among fans over the decades. And in 2017, the TV scene is all about meeting viewers where they are, as Lorne Michaels, Saturday Night Live creator/producer and EP of Late Night with Seth Meyers, noted to Variety last year about Meyers’ late-night work: “The competition in network television now is not other network television. You’re competing for an audience with so many choices. You really have to know who you are and what kind of show you are doing, or else they won’t show up.”
Meyers and Kargman will certainly be hoping that this time around, Munsters fans show up.