You can’t make shit like this up. NBC, the giant brains behind firing Conan O’Brien, (basically) cancelling “Community” and launching the show “Whitney” have another brilliant idea:
They are going to launch a new “Munsters” pilot, only this time it will be a DRAMA!
I can see the line of thinking here from a business perspective. The plot for “Being Human” was the stuff of jokes and kid shows for years, but the creators successfully brought the elements together and generated a great dramatic series (I can only speak for the U.K. version, haven’t seen the U.S. take on it). I don’t know what the ratings for the “Teen Wolf” re-imagining are, but it’s hard to compare the viewership that makes “Jersey Shore” and “16 and Pregnant” float to the rest of the world. Besides, when the topic of a “Munsters” remake came up over a warm appetizer of fried, desperate souls, I’m sure the high-powered executives were approached by an eavesdropping waiter saying “Oh! Like ‘The Munsters Today’?”
Regardless, I get it. Networks want to make money, this sort of thing is hot (well, lukewarm) right now, and people will tune in even if they hate the idea. Especially if they hate the idea.
But let’s pretend that film and tv shows are art, for a moment (I realize that my argument is flawed at its base, but this is my article and I will be as idealistic as I want to be). Why even call it “The Munsters”? It’s not like the show is a hot property among most people still breathing. No one has EVER said “You know, ‘The Munsters’ could really benefit from a reboot.” Not even the executives that came up with the idea. They were just trying to figure out a new way to rape people’s nostalgia for a few more advertising dollars.
A 21st century drama is so far away from everything good about “The Munsters”, why even borrow (steal) the name? Just rip off the concepts that you like, but have the decency to put a different name on it. I’m sure Herman won’t have a flat top. Shit, I’m sure his name won’t be Herman! So why not call the show “The Horrowitz’s” or “The Smiths”?
I’m just venting. I know that calling it “The Munsters” gets attention because of the absurdity of it all. Hell, I only even write articles about “Hollywood” fare when it is amazingly ridiculous. But it still hurts.
You hear that, Hollywood and NBC!? You’re hurting me!
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