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'Munsters' remake pilot ordered by NBC

By James Hibberd, EW.com
updated 10:26 AM EST, Thu November 17, 2011
Lily Munster (Yvonne De Carlo) holds a giant ladle for Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne) in an episode of
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

(EW.com) -- 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.

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"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.

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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?

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