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“The Munsters” Get Revived as Bryan Fuller’s “Mockingbird Lane”

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By CBS Television (eBay item photo front publicity release) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

I love the macabre, monsters, and other things like that. So it will come as no surprise upon hearing that Bryan Fuller of Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me fame will be rebooting The Munsters (1964) on NBC as Mockingbird Lane. While Fuller himself admits that the show will be a reboot of sorts, he additionally allows that it will not be your parents’ (or grandparents’… I guess some people are old enough…) television show. Instead, the show will act as a revision to the previous source material (no neck bolts, Bela Lugosi costumes, etc.) and will build a new continuity.

If you’re familiar with Fuller’s work, you will know that he has a knack for dark comedy and quirkiness that will be an added addition to the world of our favorite monsters. Moreover, his aesthetic will be wonderful when it comes to painting and creating the world that these favorites of ours will inhabit.  Honestly, I’m excited to see what Fuller does with this series simply because I love his body of work and I loved the original version of the show from the 60s.

Starring:

Herman Munster– Jerry O’Connell

Lily– Portia de Rossi

Grandpa– Eddie Izzard

Marilyn– Charity Wakefield

Eddie– Mason Cook

While some of the casting choices seem a bit odd to me (*cough* Jerry O’Connell *cough*), I think that overall it’s a relatively strong cast. My overall favorite casting choice would be Eddie Izzard as Grandpa. To me, he is the right fit for the snarky and fun character that is Grandpa. . .Moreover, he’s a fabulous actor overall too.

Anyway, here’s hoping that the final product is good. I know that I’ll be tuning in to see what happens. Still, I have faith in Fuller and the cast that has assembled (that feels like an Avengers joke… not intentional… but whatever). Here’s hoping that writing, filming, and editing goes well so that we’ll get to see this new gem in the fall. I await it with neck bared.

For more information, check out this interview with Bryan Fuller by James Hibberd.

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Real Life Musicals: They Do Exist

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Today, as I was riding on a chartered bus between point A and B. I found myself listening to music which is nothing new to me. If you ask people who have been around me for awhile, they will tell you of the likelihood of me bursting out in song. It’s just how I am…I like music, so whenever I’m in a good or bad mood and everything in between I am likely to be singing something that either compliments my mood or that is seeking to lift my mood. I am also a music whore…I listen to most things fairly equally (except rap and country) with my favorites being classic rock, musicals, and some pop music.

The other day a friend of mine said that someone in one of her classes said that they didn’t like musicals because there is no way that anyone gets up and just starts singing…it’s unrealistic…that’s what they said…and while I can understand the points they make that musicals seem to be “staged” (but isn’t everything now a days), I also know that my friends and I are very likely to randomly burst out into song…there are usually some harmonies and the choreography is us moving around with our daily lives…all of us know the words because let’s face it, you’re not going to sing something if you don’t know the words. We have our own little musical world…I don’t think that anything beats it. It’s better than living in the nihilistic world with some of the idiots that are out there.

“Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.” -Anais Nin. It’s so true…music is the ultimate in connecting us together. Think of the last time you heard of some tragedy in your community. If you went to a service about it, wasn’t there singing….wasn’t everyone singing. When we’re wee things, our parents sang lullabies to lull us to sleep. When we marry, there is usually song to help the two begin their life together. And when we die, there is music to celebrate our lives.

Music is unique. Nothing else out there in the world does exactly what it does. So, I will continue to have my musical life. I will think of people having theme songs. I will burst out randomly into showtunes when I’m teaching. And I will do so with my head held high, my high note unwavering, and Jazz hands wobbling at my sides.

Written by uncannynerdyguy

February 21, 2010 at 9:59 pm