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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.


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.

Christmas Shopping 101

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So, I know that there are a lot of people out there who loathe Christmas shopping on the whole. Honestly, I like doing it; however, I’m not a huge fan of waiting in lines and fighting with people over things…I’m just not good at such stuff…partially because I’m a little bit of an impatient person but also because who really wants to wait in line and do all those “fun” things. So, with that being said, I have a few tips and tricks that I try to go by that others hopefully won’t…I offer these to you now.

1) Never underestimate the power of internet shopping. I am a huge proponent of this simply because it does not require going out and fighting with the crowds. Also, you can get better deals online than you can get in the store a lot of times. If you don’t like to wrap presents (I do but this is for those people who don’t), most online stores will wrap your presents for free or a small fee, which is nice for most people. Good stores for such things include,,, and many, many more.

2. Be aware of sales at all the stores. Some of them will price match for you which is nice. Also, why pay 20-50% more for a similar product that you is just as good as some more random brands. This way you can also have ideas of presents for people in mind in order to expedite your shopping experience, which is always better.

3. Try to have a chipper attitude when going holiday shopping. I know that it sounds rather…what’s the word I’m looking for….positive….maybe, I’m not quite sure that’s what I”m going for…however, if everyone has a good attitude, the fights breaking out in Wal-Mart will not occur (hopefully).

4. Have fun when you’re shopping. Don’t get so caught up in the gift hunting process that you fail to have fun. When you’re out, treat yourself to a meal out at your favorite restaurant or do something else for yourself…because then, we will all be less tense.

5. Finally ( and this is going to sound clichéd), don’t forget that the whole point of the season is to spend time with your family. Don’t let the presents and things get in the way of that.

So, there you have it…just a few tips from me…so, yeah….

Written by uncannynerdyguy

December 6, 2010 at 8:53 pm