The first image from the upcoming Munsters-reboot “Mockingbird Lane” is up at Entertainment Weekly, as well as an in-depth interview with showrunner Bryan Fuller. While the project — which Fuller refers to in such high-concept descriptions as “an American Harry Potter” and “The Real Housewives Of Transylvania” — takes its initial inspiration from the cult 1960s TV sitcom, it’s clear from the interview that the show will be going in a somewhat different direction.
For example, there will be more monsters on the show other than the standard Frankenstein, Dracula, and Wolf-boy. Fuller, a big fan of the Universal Monsters, teases that we might go through a whole gamut of fantastical creatures, including possibly a Mummy, Creature From The Black Lagoon, and Invisible Man. There will ironically also be a strong element of realism; Fuller tells EW: “Any story you can tell on Parenthood we can run through a Universal monster prism and tell it in a very twisted off-kilter way.” This goes so far as to reimagine Eddie Munster’s lycanthropy as a “disability” that his parents have to reconcile.
Will viewers warm up to this blend of the fantastic and the mundane? Will shows like “Mockingbird Lane” — whose pilot is currently in production and has recently made the high-profile casting choice of Eddie Izzard as Grandpa — and movies like “Dark Shadows” snatch horror themes from the pallid grip of Twilight and usher in a funny/gothic new era of monsters in the mold of “The Munsters” and “The Addams Family”?
Well, it can’t be any worse than the painful 1988 syndicated series “The Munsters Today”: