Exclusive: NBC's Munsters Reboot Gets New Title

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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!

Comments (65)

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

    Comment by Matt – February 2, 2012 08:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If they don’t cast Brad Garrett as Herman they can leave me out. And possibly Bebe Neuwirth as Lily.

      Comment by Toto – February 2, 2012 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You are so right on….you should do the casting!!!

        Comment by Stacey – May 24, 2012 06:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • dead on dude perfect!

        Comment by Wendy Weddington – May 24, 2012 06:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree the cast is perfect just the way it is.

          Comment by DVogel – October 28, 2012 06:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • I liked it, hope it continues, great update to a show I enjoyed in the past, nice to see it set with such an awesome case and bringing in a bit more of what it would be to be the vampire, wear wolf, etc. Big thumbs up for me!

            Comment by Chuck – January 12, 2013 06:42 PM PDT  
  • YAY! I am so excited. Oh and one more thing, WHEN THE HELL IS COMMUNITY COMING BACK, NBC?!

    Comment by Amy – February 2, 2012 08:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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”.

    Comment by Rock Golf – February 2, 2012 08:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nick & Hillary crapped out after two episodes, lol.

      Comment by Hannah – February 10, 2012 02:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • enough with the remakes
    are there ANY creative people left in HOLLYWOOD?

    Comment by DumbMove – February 2, 2012 08:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No and there aren’t any creative comments apparently either. Ridic.

      Comment by Captain – February 2, 2012 12:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Yen Watanabe – February 3, 2012 09:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • 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?

          Comment by JDintheOC – October 27, 2012 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Tina – February 2, 2012 08:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So what are the networks supposed to do, keep around shows with crappy ratings just because you mistakenly think they’re hits? LOL!

      Comment by Hannah – February 10, 2012 02:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by JDintheOC – October 27, 2012 11:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Dash – February 2, 2012 08:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Plus, Bryan Fuller, if this is anything like his past work it should be pretty good!

      Comment by Dash – February 2, 2012 08:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This will certainly need to have higher ratings than Grimm if it expects to stay on the schedule.

      Comment by BRETT – February 2, 2012 09:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • the costumes a little less cheezy than what???? That was half the goodness that was the original, the cheese factor.

      Comment by lil jo – February 2, 2012 09:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Do people these days want to watch a TV show for the cheese factor though? I just don’t see how this kind of show would work in the current TV seasons.

        Comment by Sally – February 2, 2012 10:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by CJ – February 2, 2012 08:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aus, dude… It’s BEAR resemblance, not BARE. Unless they’re naked.

    Comment by Paul – February 2, 2012 08:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by TV Gord – February 2, 2012 08:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wasn’t there a remake of the Munsters in the late 80′s or 90′s?

    Comment by Frank – February 2, 2012 08:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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?

      Comment by DE – February 15, 2012 04:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There was a remake called The Munsters Today and it was awful.

    Comment by WKD2 – February 2, 2012 09:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bad idea, first this remake then a Dwight Shrute spin off..JUST BAD

    Comment by sarah – February 2, 2012 09:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good decision…sounds like the show has strong creative merits and might work beyond just the “brand”.

    Comment by John – February 2, 2012 09:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • as long as they don’t change DALLAS to SOUTHFORK…

    Comment by Michael – February 2, 2012 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I actually like the name change! It’s a callback, but it sounds edgier, which is what this reboot seems to be going for.

    Comment by Little Scarf Girl – February 2, 2012 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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??

    Comment by Snapy – February 2, 2012 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Stop remaking classic tv shows!

    Comment by Cara – February 2, 2012 12:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by wailujm – June 16, 2012 05:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Sam – February 2, 2012 12:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by GregR – February 2, 2012 01:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by mmartian – February 2, 2012 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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

      Comment by mmartian – February 2, 2012 02:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • yo quiero taco bell!

    Comment by dj_haras – February 3, 2012 01:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just as Lame as the Bionic Woman redo a few years back. Dark and edgy was the words used and it blew donkey chunks!

    Comment by Shad – February 3, 2012 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ‘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.

    Comment by DonDonP1 – February 3, 2012 08:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I meant ‘The Munsters’ reboot titled ‘Mockingbird Lane’.

      Comment by DonDonP1 – February 3, 2012 08:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Kevin – February 3, 2012 09:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by Notorious FBV – February 4, 2012 05:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The show has been postponed until June. Everyone has packed up and left the set.

    Comment by Roggie11 – February 9, 2012 07:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Fred – February 10, 2012 06:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Don”t change the name. Liked the old show very much it was so great.

    Comment by Donald Hames – February 15, 2012 03:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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…..

    Comment by Matthew S. – February 27, 2012 09:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Jimmy Taylor – March 4, 2012 04:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Xander – April 26, 2012 02:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Mark Banjak – March 29, 2012 04:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As long as eddie munster comes out as grandpa ill watch :)

    Comment by ohCaptinmybanana. – April 20, 2012 08:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Xander – April 26, 2012 02:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Tiquan Goode – May 23, 2012 07:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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?

    Comment by Merman Hunster – June 4, 2012 08:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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???

    Comment by Unhappy with NBC – June 13, 2012 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • when are they gonna remake holmes and yo-yo?

    Comment by Roy Hayes Knowlton – June 13, 2012 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That was a dud from the get-go!

      Comment by JDintheOC – October 27, 2012 06:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There are no new ideas. Give it a try.. Vince Vaughn as Herman!

    Comment by dan – June 20, 2012 11:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The show rocked. It’s obviously a pilot. Make the damn show NBC. Don’t blow this one.

    Comment by Chris Nubel – October 27, 2012 12:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • where did they go ?

    Comment by keith – November 16, 2012 01:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Way awesome!! When will the next show be made? Love love loved the pilot!

    Comment by Maggie – December 8, 2012 02:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by ELIZABETH CRANNAGE – December 20, 2012 05:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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

    Comment by William Albright – January 28, 2013 03:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Leigh – March 8, 2013 07:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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