Someone, somewhere, said aloud "I wish they had taken The Munsters more seriously." It must have happened at least once, because Bryan Fuller's pilot script for a one hour, dramatic and 'visually spectacular' reboot of The Munsters is actually getting shot by NBC.
Now, Fuller has shows such as Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies on his CV, which leads me to believe that The Munsters won't be totally, hair-pullingly dramatic. One can always hope, though; frankly I don't want to watch a semi-funny The Munsters where they deal with real dramatic situations, I want to watch a full-on straight faced melodrama.
The new version keeps the basics of the show, although I think Fuller may be the first guy to give Grampa a name. And what a name! From Deadline:
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.
Sam Dracula! I kind of love that.
Anyway, the show is going to pilot; even if it doesn't get picked up I hope somebody puts it online.