Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyer’s production company, Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions, have begun development on a reboot of the 60’s classic comedy TV series The Munsters.
The show, which is being developed for Universal TV and NBC, is said to be following the same format as the original show with thirty-minute episodes and will focus on the Munster family trying to stay true to themselves while living in the hipster haven of Brooklyn.
Originally airing in 1964, the series only last two years with only seventy episodes under its belt before being dropped due to low ratings after the premiere of Batman. It followed a family of friendly, quirky monsters and was a satire of both traditional monster movies and the wholesome family fare of the era.
All the costumes and the characters, except one, were based on the classic films from Universal Studios between the 30’s and 40’s. The cast included Fred Gwynne as Frankenstein’s monster-type head-of-the-household Herman Munster, Yvonne De Carlo as his wife, Lily Munster, Al Lewis as Grandpa and Beverly Owen (later replaced by Pat Priest) as their teenage niece, and Butch Patrick as son Eddie Munster.
This isn’t the first time the series has seen a reboot, back in 2012 Bryan Fuller produced a pilot called Mockingbird Lane with a view to it being picked up as a series, this attempt wasn’t successful at the time but it did make it as a Halloween special on NBC. The cast on Mockingbird Lane consisted of Jerry O’Connell as Herman, Portia de Rossi as Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa.
The Intern and Odd Mom Out writer, Jill Kargman will pen the script and take up executive producer duties on the series. Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker will also executive produce.