MOCKINGBIRD LANE Concept Art Reveals Different Looks For Herman & Eddie Munster

NBC's remake of The Munsters was the best treat I had this past Halloween! For those of us that enjoyed the pilot I have some wonderful concept art and behind-the-scenes photos, featuring different versions of Herman Munster and Eddie's werewolf form.

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By nailbiter111 - 11/15/2012
When Bryan Fuller's Mockingbird Lane aired just before Halloween, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I really liked it. It was a fresh take on The Munsters, dark humor aplenty, with just the right touch of horror to keep viewers on their toes. When you have an opening scene where boy scouts and troop leaders are massacred by a werewolf you know you're in for something better than the average television series.

Fuller has hinted that the show could become more than just a Halloween special if the ratings were strong enough, but the premiere wasn't a clear success nor was it a failure. I would define it as decent, the show averaged a 1.6 rating and pulled in 5.33 million viewers overall. Keep in mind that the show did air on a Friday night, which is the hardest night to draw in viewers. A major positive is that it outperformed Blue Bloods and CSI: NY in the coveted 18-49 demographic and it made for a great lead-in for Grimm, which had it's second-highest rated episode.


Concept Artist By John Gallagher




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SYNOPSIS - Sweet little Eddie Munster (Mason Cook) is a normal kid about to enter the horrors of puberty. Truth is, he's about to discover that for him becoming a teenager means growing hair in truly unexpected places -- as in all over his body -- every time the moon is full! Eddie's got it pretty good though. His loving, supportive, run-of-the-mill family includes his mom Lily (Portia de Rossi), the daughter of Dracula; his dad Herman (Jerry O'Connell), who brings new meaning to "Frankenstein"; and Grandpa (Eddie Izzard), who would give Dracula a run for his money if he weren't actually Dracula! Of course then there's creepy cousin Marilyn (Charity Wakefield), who's really the odd one because she's so completely normal.

Buying a house these days is a nightmare, so Herman and Lily are shocked that no one scooped up the rambling Victorian mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Lane that was the site of a series of grisly hobo murders. Settling into their new place, they're quickly on to the mission at hand: to gently ease Eddie into the reality of his werewolf adolescence. But it's not always so easy to accept that your child is a little "different" from the rest of the kids. Meanwhile, Herman, who works as a funeral director, is suffering from a heart condition. Since he's made up mostly of spare parts, he knew his makeshift heart would eventually give out. No worries, though, because Grandpa, who is pretty good at procuring body parts, is on the case. All Herman cares about is finding a new heart with the same capacity to love Lily as much as he has for so many decades..



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jessepostal - 11/15/2012, 5:10 PM
The pilot was preeeeety dumb. a few low laughs, an and awesome cameo from John Kassier was about it.
nailbiter111 - 11/15/2012, 5:23 PM
You both are wrong. The show was never meant to be a direct remake of the sitcom. They gave it a modern update, with dark humor and a touch of horror. It had a lot to appreciate.
Parker2017 - 11/15/2012, 5:29 PM
I love how it gave small nods to the orginal and I for one have loved it. Bryan singer & fuller did an amazing job. it was never suppsoe to be funny, It was a nice dark humor as a nod to the corny cheese we got. Jerry O'Connell stole my heart as Herman.

I Wish NBC just order 12 more epsidoes of a season, and it was eprfect with Grimm.
nailbiter111 - 11/15/2012, 5:37 PM
I grew up on the original too, it was one of my favorite shows growing up, but to make a new version, which stays true to the tone of the original just wouldn't work/pointless. If you remember they tried that before and it didn't work. The Munsters Today (TV Series 1987–1991) was just a colorized version that just didn't have the same spark as the original. If you're going to use the name Munsters, you're better off changing the tone and giving it a modern spin so it has a shot of being fresh, and not a copy. I'm not saying I wanted a Munsters show again, but if you're going to do you're better off making it like Fuller's mockingbird lane than Munsters Today.
nailbiter111 - 11/15/2012, 5:43 PM
btw i'm not saying the show was perfect, far from it, but it was much better than my low expectations had envisioned.
GreenHalJordan - 11/15/2012, 5:44 PM
I agree with nailbiter, also these designs are pretty cool!
nailbiter111 - 11/15/2012, 5:47 PM
KamenRiderJ22 - oh sure i understand that. I've only started to except reboots/remakes over the past year or two. Before that I was very much against it, but now I realize you can't stop it so you had better just hope they can make it better. I still think shows/movies that are remakes/reboots should be of shows/movies that didn't work originally but can be fixed like Manimal (which is now a movie in pre-production). Doesn't mean i except all reboot/remakes, but not I can tolerate some.
nailbiter111 - 11/15/2012, 5:49 PM
Like I love Greatest American Hero, but I wouldn't be upset if they remade that for television, or developed it as a feature film. We all know that could be MUCH better with today's special effects, which it sorely needed.
nailbiter111 - 11/15/2012, 5:52 PM
It's funny when I was younger my older sister, who happens to be ten years older than me, freaked out that Tim Burton was making a Batman film and it wasn't starring her favorite actor, Adam West. I liked that show (at the time) but Burton breathed new life into comic book movies with his Batman film. As much as I knock Burton of late, there is no denying that he advanced comic book movies ten fold with his contribution. Luckily we never had to see his Superman film. lol
nailbiter111 - 11/15/2012, 5:54 PM
sorry for the rant, but I love debating (discussion) pros and cons of reboots/remakes, there is no clear right answer.
nailbiter111 - 11/15/2012, 5:57 PM
KamenRiderJ22 - such a great theme song, just ask George Costanza, lol. I love the premise, alien leaves a suit that gives the wearer superhero powers, but forgets to give him the instructions. wait, did the alien forget, or did he lose the instructions? i forget. i should just google it, but i'm lazy right now.
nailbiter111 - 11/15/2012, 5:59 PM
yossarian - no word yet
SanFranLand - 11/15/2012, 6:17 PM
I liked it. I had low expectations and never like O'Connel. High production value and all the innuendos and double entendres made it for me and my girl.
nailbiter111 - 11/15/2012, 6:21 PM
Condorman, I heard of it, but I never saw it. I'll assume since you brought it up that it's worth watching?
nailbiter111 - 11/15/2012, 6:22 PM
MARVELPSYCHO79 - thanks for the info
Parker2017 - 11/15/2012, 6:26 PM
whats the greatest American Hero? oh, it was a show? it hough that was a abdass new premise movie or show you guys where talking about.
HeadPool420 - 11/15/2012, 6:36 PM
If they would have kept Herman looking like he did in the first design I would have enjoyed this more. I just couldn't get in to Herman he was dull, depressed and boring. The rest of the show actually surprised me and was better then I thought it would have been. Except the whole Tim Burton feel got old to.
Ghaleonausa - 11/15/2012, 8:59 PM
no more mention of Greatest American Hero, Michael Bay is gonna see the talk about it and decide it needs a reboot, but now he has the power to make anything explode
Parker2017 - 11/15/2012, 9:37 PM
@MARVELPSYCHO79 oh cool, could be updated or contined on today. that sounds cool.


@Ghaleonausa you knwo what? I Can hoenstly see Micheal Bay doing Attack of the 50ft woman. it's perfect for him! a giant hot woman who blows shit up :D it has micheal bay written all over it. lol
Parker2017 - 11/15/2012, 9:39 PM
@nailbiter111 I bet i can describe Cloud Atlas to you. if i can understand and explain Incepsion to peopel then i tihnk ic an explain cloud atlas to you :3
MiracleMe - 11/15/2012, 9:46 PM
Mockingbird Lane was great. I'd love to see more. Though I have to say it wasn't quite as good as Pushing Daisies which as absolutely brilliant and I wish never had been cancelled.
nailbiter111 - 11/15/2012, 10:04 PM
Parker2017 - explain away, because i'm not getting much info from my friends.
KaneVonDoom - 11/15/2012, 11:18 PM
I watched this on Hulu a few weeks back and was very skeptical going in... I found it to be very enjoyable and if they produced it for a season, I'd keep watching.

It wasn't quite "The Munsters" but it was pretty enjoyable.
Ninlhil - 11/15/2012, 11:21 PM
Am I the only one who noticed that the 2nd picture down is a screen capture from "Gangs of New York" with a werewolf face slapped on?
razor - 11/16/2012, 12:11 AM
If it was just a pilot for a show it would have been fine, but, to attach the Munsters name to it was not a good idea. All the charm of the original was gone. In fact, it more resembled The Addams Family.
capaware - 11/16/2012, 12:39 AM
"I grew up on the original too, it was one of my favorite shows growing up, but to make a new version, which stays true to the tone of the original just wouldn't work/pointless."

Then why DO it at all? Why not just create an ORIGINAL show that is aimed at today's audience, instead of taking a classic show that is beloved by fans and turning it into something that it's not and was never meant to be in a pathetic attempt to cash in on the old show's reputation? Whether "Mockingbird Lane" was "good" or not is debatable, but it is NOT "The Munsters"!
Mego - 11/16/2012, 2:43 AM
You cant attach the word DARK to something and get instant improvement. DARK is easy to do and 99% of the time its added to a film, TV show or comic to supplement its lacking entertainment. Its commonly used as a distraction to cover a lack of talent and quality.
In comics we saw it explode in the early 90's as people like Rob Liefeld and most of the Image guys created bloodier comics to wow pitiful, weak minded fanboys who thought they were getting something more than the other comics that seemed tame by comparison and that entertained.
Now comics are overloaded with that crap and while they don't entertain they create a diversion from their obvious lacking with a steady stream of "DARK". Most readers never even realize theyre getting nothing in return for their money.

This Mockingbird Lane is a great example of this process. No witty humor, no creativity, no entertainment but if they throw in good ol' "DARK" somewhere, some person who thinks anything with DARK attached equates greatness.
People who fall for the ruse of "DARK" in so called entertainment deserve to be had and used by the talentless hacks that infest most of the so-called entertainment industry.
sameoldthing - 11/16/2012, 4:21 AM
Thanks for the comments,DARKmetal.
riseofloganX36 - 11/16/2012, 6:25 AM
Rob Zombie needs to make the movie. This was garbage and takes a pile of shit on a classic tv show.

@darkmetal What thr hell you talking about?!?!

UNTIL next time TRUE BELIEVERS!
ThatOneDude - 11/16/2012, 7:31 AM
I was just happy to see Spot, who was just plain monstrous!
ScabbyJ - 11/16/2012, 12:27 PM
Looks DOPE!
Ichaos - 11/17/2012, 2:55 AM
Seriously [frick]ing kill the pop up video ads on those pictures!!!! I close one and another pops up.

Annoying BS video spam asside. @nailbiter If you consider giving the Munsters a "modern update" by making it more like the Adams Family from the 60s just with better special effects then sure. But its obvious they didnt want to remake the Munsters. They REALLY wanted to do the Addams Family which always was darker and twisted. The Munsters was more campy and goofy humor. Still it would been interesting to have seen where they would have taken The Addam's Munster Family. They really should have just done the addams family instead.
Ichaos - 11/17/2012, 2:58 AM
Darkmetal is right. Adding the word Dark to a name doesn't make it better :)
Ichaos - 11/17/2012, 3:00 AM
@Scabsallover. I hate that "Looks Dope" expression. Calling someone a dope was to be calling them stupid. So really you are saying the show looks stupid.
YogiDonnie - 11/18/2012, 3:00 PM
The show was ok, not great, but not horrible. The main thing I would change is Herman, the makers of MokingBird Ln seem to have lost the point. He is shocking to everyone that sees him, that was the laugh. The producers failed to capture that experience.

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