NBC Pursues Munsters, Frankenstein While CBS Preps Bewitched
NBC is feeling the nostalgia lately with not one but two classic reboots planned.
We reported earlier this week that the network has ordered a new TV pilot based on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but set in modern times. The pilot is being written by House executive producers and writing partners Russel Friend and Garrett Lerner whose previous credits include Smallville, Roswell, Boston Public and Martial Law.
Now it looks like NBC is additionally pursuing a reboot of the classic 1960’s TV show The Munsters. If this news seems familiar it may be because you heard about it last year, which was when Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller first approached NBC with the idea. They passed on the script, but Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt liked the general idea and asked Fuller to try again. Fuller’s credits include Heroes, Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls.
According to TVLine, Fuller’s re-imagining of the source material will give rise to an edgier, darker hour-long show which will set out to explore how the residents of 1313 Mockingbird Lane came to be.
CBS meanwhile is in negotiations to reboot Bewitched, another 1960’s genre classic in which a suburban housewife tries to conceal her true identity as a witch. The network has hired Marc Lawrence (Miss Congeniality, Did You Hear About the Morgans?) to draft the pilot script.