Looking at television today, nearly every show is either an original creation, or a pickup from another country. Well, except two -- and "Hawaii Five-0" on CBS and "90210" on The CW seem to be, by far, the lone exception.
NBC in recent years has tried a number of times to bring back old television shows. Yet, "Knight Rider" nor "Bionic Woman" didn't work. And "Wonder Woman" never got past the pilot stage.
Yet, NBC wants to try again. And this time, it's going after "The Munsters," according to Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd.
Bryan Fuller, the man behind "Dead Like Me" and "Pushing Daisies," is working to resurrect the show, which will be based on the 1960s series created by Allan Burns and Chris Hayward for CBS. It was an answer to ABC's "The Addams Family," and lasted just about as long.
Both series were filmed in black and white, and were essentially victims of the conversion to color television becoming more mainstream in the mid-1960s.
Some might say that "The Munsters" has a real shot with a name like Fuller behind it. However, "Wonder Woman" had television wunderkind David E. Kelley attached, and its pilot was panned by both NBC and critics who saw it. "Bionic Woman" had the power of "Battlestar Galactica" executive producer David Eick behind it, while the latest attempt at a remake, "Charlie's Angels," had Drew Barrymore involved. Yet, ABC cancelled that series after just several episodes.
Just in case you wanted some more eyebrows raised on this project, The Wrap reports that Fuller is not developing this as a sitcom, but instead as a one-hour drama. Some might say that's like turning "The Golden Girls" into "Man Men."
If network television's track record with remakes wasn't enough, NBC could opt to not move too far with "The Munsters" since it already has a series concept in development by Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend of "House" called "Frankenstein," Hibberd said. However, just because there are two series with Mary Shelley's creation in it, doesn't mean that NBC will necessarily have to choose.
This isn't the first time someone tried to bring back Herman Munster. The syndicated series "The Munsters Today" ran from 1988 to 1991. It starred John Schuck in the title role, a popular character actor who had a recurring role in "Babylon 5" and appeared in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and later in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," as well as a few of the Star Trek spinoff series.
The original series starred Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, Butch Patrick and Pat Priest. Gwynne died in 1993, Lewis in 2006 and De Carlo in 2007. Priest last appeared on television in "Here Comes the Munsters" in a 1995 cameo, while Patrick has appeared in a number of B-style productions, including most recently "Underground Entertainment: The Movie."
A pilot order, of course, does not guarantee "The Munsters" will be on NBC's 2011-12 schedule, but it is the first major step in becoming a series.
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