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Re-boot of classic TV 'Munsters' to air as Halloween special

Fri, Oct 26 2012 12:12 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents

I’ve never been a fan of re-booting classic TV series. Very few seem to capture the essence of the original. And there’s a reason for that: America was different 45 years ago.

Much different.

When I was 8 years old, kids on the grade school playground talked about mundane things like comic books and scary movies. Nowadays, technology is ever-present in our society. When I was visiting relatives in Fort Worth a couple of years ago, my nephew’s step-daughter, all of 4 years old, beat me decisively playing on a Wii.

It was quite humbling.

So, “The Munsters,” one of my all-time childhood faves, gets a make-over for a new generation Friday night, Oct. 26. Dubbed “Mockingbird Lane” in homage to the Munsters’ home address of 1313 Mockingbird Lane in the 1964-66 black-and-white TV series, the new hour-long color HD showpiece will serve as a lead-in to an episode of NBC-TV’s popular “Grimm” series. Tune in at 8 p.m.

The original “Munsters” was designed as a spoof of the classic horror films of the 1930s and 1940s. The cast chemistry of the original was perfect, and I can’t see it improved in any way. There’s only one Grandpa (Al Lewis), one Herman (Fred Gwynne) and one Lily (Yvonne DeCarlo). But supposedly we’re getting “improvements:” the new Munsters aren’t very monster-looking at all but more human-like. Hmmmm, bummer.

I hope there’s no potty humor.

Munsters Timeline
Television Series
•The Munsters: original series, 70 episodes (1964-66, CBS-TV)
•The Munsters Today: direct sequel to the original series but with a different cast, 72 episodes (1988-91, syndicated)
•Munster, Go Home: filmed in Technicolor with original cast, released theatrically in 1966
The Mini-Munsters: one-hour animated TV movie (1973, ABC-TV)
•The Munsters’ Revenge: Original cast reunion telefilm (1981, NBC-TV)
•Here Come the Munsters: 1995 FOX-TV movie, new cast
•The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas: 1996 FOX-TV movie, new cast

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