Exclusive: NBC's Munsters Reboot Gets New Title

As if to further drive home the point that its “imaginative reinvention” of The Munsters will bear little resemblance to the classic ’60s version, NBC is giving the reboot a new moniker.

Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that the title of the pilot — which is being stewarded by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and X-Men auteur Bryan Singer — has been changed from The Munsters to Mockingbird Lane.

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The new handle is, of course, a nod to the family’s iconic Victorian abode, which is situated at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

The project is currently in the casting stage, so there’s still time for Fuller/Singer/NBC to consult our dream picks for Herman, Lily and the rest of the creepy brood.

What do you think of the new title? Smart idea? Bad idea? Sound off in the comments!

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65 Comments
  1. Matt says:

    This whole concept is a bad idea. Is there any wonder why NBC is the 4th place network?

  2. Amy says:

    YAY! I am so excited. Oh and one more thing, WHEN THE HELL IS COMMUNITY COMING BACK, NBC?!

  3. Rock Golf says:

    Not a bad idea. It’s still reminiscent of the original, but reveals that it’s a fresh take.
    On the other hand, it reminds me of 1989 when “The Tattingers” flopped as an hour long drama, but they kept the cast, premise and characters and remolded it into a half-hour comedy called “Nick & Hillary”.

  4. DumbMove says:

    enough with the remakes
    are there ANY creative people left in HOLLYWOOD?
    ridic

    • Captain says:

      No and there aren’t any creative comments apparently either. Ridic.

      • Yen Watanabe says:

        Captain,
        You must either be a development exec who has no talent or an agent who doesn’t know talent. Truth is, WE don’t take chances anymore, willing to play it safe with the familiar. It sucks for us creative types.

        • JDintheOC says:

          What do you men “Us creative types”.. Are you saying you’re in the television business as a writer?
          Or are you just one of those armchair wannabe’s?

  5. Tina says:

    What I can’t understand is that the networks DO come out with new shows and I think they are doing well and then all of a sudden they cancel the show. Some people have started not to get hooked on new shows for this reason. I’ve been watching tv shows that I know are still around for a 2nd season on NetFlixs.

    • Hannah says:

      So what are the networks supposed to do, keep around shows with crappy ratings just because you mistakenly think they’re hits? LOL!

    • JDintheOC says:

      That’s exactly why I refuse to watch anything Fox puts on. A program just starts to get good and then…they give it the axe!

  6. Dash says:

    While I hate remakes, I actually think this can be done well. As long as the costuming is a little less cheezy and the writing is decent, I think it could do well in the 18-49 demo especially if they air it as a mate to Grimm.

  7. CJ says:

    The original (and all of the remakes) are such silly, corny shows, and I don’t think something in that vein will work today. And if they change it to something that will fit with today’s audience, why bother remaking the old show? Just make something new.

  8. Paul says:

    Aus, dude… It’s BEAR resemblance, not BARE. Unless they’re naked.

  9. TV Gord says:

    I’m anxious to see what Bryan Fuller does with this. I trust him, and I hope this version sees the light of day. Is it going to be a half-hour sitcom with a laugh track? I can’t imagine him doing one of those, but my mind isn’t closed to anything.

  10. Frank says:

    Wasn’t there a remake of the Munsters in the late 80’s or 90’s?

    • DE says:

      It was “The Munsters Today”, which aired in syndication from 1988 to 1991, and starred John Schuck, Lee Meriwether, and Howard Morton, and was produced by “Brady Bunch” producer Lloyd Schwartz. I see no reason ‘digging this show from the grave’ a third time – remember “Bionic Woman”, and “Charlie’s Angels” NBC?

  11. WKD2 says:

    There was a remake called The Munsters Today and it was awful.

  12. sarah says:

    Bad idea, first this remake then a Dwight Shrute spin off..JUST BAD

  13. John says:

    Good decision…sounds like the show has strong creative merits and might work beyond just the “brand”.

  14. Michael says:

    as long as they don’t change DALLAS to SOUTHFORK…

  15. Little Scarf Girl says:

    I actually like the name change! It’s a callback, but it sounds edgier, which is what this reboot seems to be going for.

  16. Snapy says:

    They should keep the “1313” in the name. Otherwise it sounds kinda flowery—unless you’re familiar with the original series, who would expect a show called Mockingbird Lane to be about a monster family??

  17. Cara says:

    Stop remaking classic tv shows!

    • wailujm says:

      Remaking? More like (expletive deleted)ing classic tv shows. What’s next? A new Mister Ed, but instead of a talking horse, Ed is a ferret, or an iguana? Criminy.

  18. Sam says:

    I’m really excited about this. Love Bryan Fuller and am gutted that his shows always end up canceled early, this no doubt will too, but given that it most likely will be good during its run. While I understand that the new show is supposed to be quite different from the original and probably to avoid 1000s of angry “This isn’t the real Munsters!” claims, I think the new title is horrible and a bad decision and probably won’t connect with an audience. I really hope they change it.

  19. GregR says:

    I think it’s a good idea. To have called the show “The Munsters” really would have put a burden on the creators to recreate an acceptable knock off. It would not have succeeded. The original actors ARE the characters. Plus, The Munsters looked best in black and white. They looked awful and fake in color. The networks need to realize that some shows cannot be remade or rebooted and the original actors were the characters. There’s no substitute. If they want to be creative about it, like it seems Bryan Fuller is going to be, then it might work.

  20. mmartian says:

    yes please stop with the remakes. I mean we have so few channels on TV (what barely 500) and so few movies are released every year (what barely 1000) Why do they force feed us a 1 or 2 remakes every year that I do not have the mental capacity to ingnore! Even if i do not watch the show I will still know its out there and it will RUIN my childhood memories.

    • mmartian says:

      In addition this show could prevent good quality shows like
      Real househusbands of PG county
      Raising Nanuke Alaskan Malamutes or
      A real problem: Tracking down Salmon abuse

  21. dj_haras says:

    yo quiero taco bell!

  22. Shad says:

    Just as Lame as the Bionic Woman redo a few years back. Dark and edgy was the words used and it blew donkey chunks!

  23. DonDonP1 says:

    ‘The Monsters’ reboot titled ‘Mockingbird Lane’? With respect to all the nay-sayers, I say that idea is the best. Hope someone would do a new recording of the original shows theme tune the way Brian Tyler recorded the original ‘Hawaii Five-0′ theme tune for the 2010 reboot.

  24. Kevin says:

    I wonder if CBS will change the name of the Bewitched remake to Morning Glory Circle? Not a good decision to change the name from The Munsters. If they had to do it I would have preferred the entire title be 1313 Mockinbird Lane.

  25. Notorious FBV says:

    Brad Garrett? NO WAY! Rumor has it that Big Ang from Mob Wives will be playing Herman. I totally see it! She looks AND sounds just like Herman! C’mon haven’t u heard that laught?!?!?!?! LMFAO

  26. Roggie11 says:

    The show has been postponed until June. Everyone has packed up and left the set.

  27. Fred says:

    I am a big fan of the orginal Munsters and not one for remakes which usually “stink on ice.” But an interested to see what kind of new twist they put on it. I was not an avid fan of Pushing Daisies but did applaud its quirkiness. I am withholing my final praise or condemnation to see the end product… just like I am about the new Dark Shadows movie.

  28. Donald Hames says:

    Don”t change the name. Liked the old show very much it was so great.

  29. Matthew S. says:

    Oh, you know they will “modernize” it with fart jokes, nude butt shots, adult language an possibly give Marilyn a side job as a web porn star to make it fit in current network family hour fashion. Maybe NBC can mix in a little Fear Factor where potential dates for Marilyn have to drink donkey fluids first. I can see some 19 year old TV exec pitching this one. Can’t wait…..

  30. Jimmy Taylor says:

    What the f#ck?! F@ck this sh#t, I LOVE The Munsters but everyone now is remaking all the cool old movies and TV shows and have no ideas of their own and it makes me SICK! F@CK IT! Go to HELL MOTHER F#CKER! KISS MY F@CKING ASS! EAT SH#T AND DIE!

    • Xander says:

      No one is forcing you to watch remakes or reboots. If something comes on that you don’t like, simply change the channel. There is no need to be rude, vulgar, or violent about it. Don’t be, please excuse the vulgarity, such a liberal Democrat.

  31. Mark Banjak says:

    I hear it is a dark drama. That’s one hell of a reboot. More similar to “Being Human” than the original Munster’s show I suppose. Though, I just hope it is more episodic and less serial than some of the dramas these days. “Person of Interest” has done a good job balancing the two.

    With some good writers and actors it could work for many. Initially, fans of the old series and cast will be disappointed. Like all reboots it will have to stand on its own. Some good advertising up front will lesson the disappointment when a clumsy “Fred Gwynne” doesn’t show up.

  32. ohCaptinmybanana. says:

    As long as eddie munster comes out as grandpa ill watch :)

  33. Xander says:

    Personally, I like the reboot idea for the Munsters, as well as for Batman. I believe that if you don’t like it, don’t watch it. I would definitely watch Mockingbird Lane.

  34. Tiquan Goode says:

    I think the name should stay the same so fans know that it is not a totally different show. But, I will still watch it.

  35. Merman Hunster says:

    I think NBC would do just as well in the ratings, if not better, if they just re-played the actual old Munsters episodes. Pick your best prime-time spot… play a Munsters and a Batman back-to-back and I will BET that the ratings are as good or better than any new production. THe people who are still watching network television love their old shows- so why not just give them the old shows and be done with it?

  36. Unhappy with NBC says:

    NBC isn’t creative enough to come up with something new they have to pull from the past? They should have just kept Harry’s Law!! I think this is a bad idea, it will only get the interest of the “older” demographic who remembers the series from long ago… you know the old people, the ones that NBC cancelled Harry’s Law on…. If your getting viewers why cancel the show???

  37. when are they gonna remake holmes and yo-yo?

  38. dan says:

    There are no new ideas. Give it a try.. Vince Vaughn as Herman!

  39. Chris Nubel says:

    The show rocked. It’s obviously a pilot. Make the damn show NBC. Don’t blow this one.

  40. keith says:

    where did they go ?

  41. Maggie says:

    Way awesome!! When will the next show be made? Love love loved the pilot!

  42. ELIZABETH CRANNAGE says:

    i LOVE THIS PRODUCTION-IT WAS CAST BY GENIUSES-PLEASE,PLEASE LET STEVE LIVE EVERYONE IS A CONSUMATE ACTOR EVENB THE BOYSCOUTS IN THE BEGINNING-TOO GOOD-PLEASE MAKE MORE OF THESE-THEY ARE THE BEST ON TV

  43. William Albright says:

    Great show, kids and I are anxiously awaiting more episodes. Quirky, but not finding that else where from other networks, perhaps could be a new niche

  44. Leigh says:

    If NBC will not pick it up, then it needs to go to TNT< USA< or some other cable channel. I loved it and so did my children. If TNT can remake Dallas and make that just as good, then somebody needs to sell it to them. This is why I don't watch network television any longer.

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