Outbreak of ’60s Mania as NBC Eyes ‘Munsters’ Remake

Butch Patrick as Eddie Munster in 1964 (Photo: Getty Images)

Butch Patrick as Eddie Munster in 1964 (Photo: Getty Images)

“The Munsters” was one of the silliest shows in the history of television, and yet, producers and networks continue to eye the series for contemporary remakes.

Such is the case, reportedly, with a producer, Bryan Fuller, who is talking to NBC about bringing his new version of this venerable (but oh-so ridiculous) franchise back to the small screen. According to this story on TVGuide.com, the formerly half-hour comedy would be “reimagined” (now there’s an over-used word in the TV and movie vocabulary if there ever was one) in an hour-long version that would be “edgier, slightly darker [and would] more deeply explore the origins of how the residents of 1313 Mockingbird Lane came to be.”

Who, pray tell, was clamoring for this? The story doesn’t say, but it does say all the characters from the 1964-1966 series would be back (played by living actors, of course) – the Frankenstein’s monster-like dad, Herman (originally played by Fred Gwynne), the Dracula-like Grandpa (the late Al Lewis), the l’il vampire Eddie (Butch Patrick), “normal” daughter Marilyn (played by Pat Priest and then Beverley Owen) and mom Lily (Yvonne deCarlo), inspired by the Bride of Frankenstein as played by Elsa Lanchester in the 1935 film.

There was no word on whether this retelling of “The Munsters” would ever really see the light of day, but like the vampire Grandpa, this series does seem to be immortal – rising from the dead every couple of years for a new series or TV movie.

The question is: Are we now in for an onslaught of “reimagined” TV shows from the 1960s? In the last 20 years, most of the biggies were made into movies – “The Flintstones,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Star Trek” (of course) and many more – but now we might start seeing the old shows getting remade for television. Just the other day came word that “Bewitched” was making its way back to TV. If that’s the case, can “Mr. Ed” and “The Flying Nun” be far behind?

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