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'Munsters' remake pilot ordered by NBC

Lily Munster (Yvonne De Carlo) holds a giant ladle for Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne) in an episode of "The Munsters."

Story highlights

  • NBC has ordered a pilot of Bryan Fuller's remake of the classic TV show "The Munsters"
  • The new version of the sitcom is bring re-imagined by the "Pushing Daises" creator
  • The new show will have a darker and less campy feel than the black-and-white original
TV's original American horror story is taking another step toward returning to primetime: NBC has ordered a pilot of Bryan Fuller's remake of the classic TV show "The Munsters."
The new version of the half-hour sitcom is bring re-imagined by the "Pushing Daises" creator as an hour-long series exploring how the monster house came about, and will have a darker and less campy feel than the black-and-white original.
"The Munsters" was launched the same year as the rather similar "Addams Family," which goes to show in this season of dueling fairy tale dramas ("Grimm," "Once Upon a Time") that networks haven't changed all that much. While Addams was based off Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons, the "Munsters" patriarch Herman was basically a play on Frankenstein.
There's a couple other projects that could impact "The Munsters'" fate. NBC is also developing a remake of "Frankenstein" from "House" producers Garrett Lerner and Russel Friend, while Fuller is working on another monstrous project for NBC -- a series version of Thomas Harris' "Hannibal Lecter" novels.
There's no reason why NBC couldn't opt to make more than one of these titles, but of these three I'd most like to see the "Hannibal" series (and bet, as a crime procedural, it would have the best odds for success). What do you think -- can a cleverly done monster family show work in 2012?