Maybe third time's the charm? NBC is giving The Munsters another try, with Late Night host Seth Meyers and Jill Kargman, star and creator of Odd Mom Out, heading up the project. The new version of The Munsters will be developed this year for next pilot season.
This is the third possible version of The Munsters, after NBC tried to bring it back as Mockingbird Lane, a pilot executive-produced by Bryan Fuller (American Gods, Hannibal) and directed by Bryan Singer -- yes, the X-Men director and producer. The pilot aired on Halloween 2012, but the darker, dramatic take did not get picked up to series.
The newest edition of The Munsters will head back to its comedy roots, bringing the quirky family, loosely based on the old Universal Monsters, to the outer boroughs of NYC, where, THR reports, they'll be "struggling to fit in in hipster Brooklyn." Kargman is writing the pilot script, and Meyers will bring in Mike Shoemaker as his production partner.
Universal TV produced the original cult hit, which picked up more fans in syndication thanks to decades of reruns than it did during its three-year run. Munsters is the latest in the reboot or revival category as the phrase "everything old is new again" is being taken seriously at TV studios. In the last few years, reboots or revivals of Heroes, X-Files, Prison Break, 24, Will & Grace, and Roseanne have all gone into production, with various levels of success.