When I think of the televisions we owned back then, our black and white TV comes to mind. A bulky number with 'Rabbit Ears' crumpled with pieces of aluminum foil to grab the signal better, and a pair of needle-nose pliers close by for changing the channels (the knob had broken off at some point). Since both "The Addams Family", and "The Munsters" were b&w shows, it worked out. They originally aired the year I was born (1964), so I would first enjoy them in reruns. Both shows had the perfect mix of awkward fun, and macabre humor. As with a lot of kids my age, I had a vivid imagination. In terms of fantasy worlds generated by the mind, I had many. In one of my favorites, I lived in a neighborhood where the Addams' lived on one side of me, and the Munsters' lived on the other. How cool would that be? To me they were the perfect family units. They were interested in some of the things I always have been (heh-heh), and they genuinely cared for each other. Both families enjoyed meeting new people, never judging them even though they were always judged for their eccentricities (which made them charming).
|(Left: 001 Cemetery Lane, Woodlawn ~ the Addams' home;|
Right: 1313 Mockingbird Lane ~ the Munsters' home)
|(Gomez & Morticia Addams ~|
John Astin & Carolyn Jones)
|(Lily & Herman Munster ~ Yvonne De Carlo & Fred Gwynne)|
|(Some examples of Alexander McQueen's animal textured designs...the new|
Lily could be very interesting. Photos: Style.com)
|(The new Munsters abode...looks like they are definitely going darker, and more Gothic.)|
|(Left: Eddie Izzard; Right: Al Lewis as "Grandpa Munster")|
|(Left: Pat Priest as "Marilyn Munster"; |
Right: Charity Wakefield)
|(Left: Mason Cook; |
Right: Butch Patrick as "Eddie Munster")
The casting choice for young Eddie seems to be a fit. Cook seems to have a hook to his eye that adds some mischievousness to the role. That's my read anyway. I haven't seen any of his work. Now for what I see to be the most interesting casting choice so far. The most interesting, and the most recent.
|(Left: Fred Gwynne as "Herman Munster"; Right: Jerry O'Connell)|
'Lily" and 'Herman' are the two roles I have been most curious about. Now we know who has been signed to play 'Herman'. Jerry O'Connell is a fine actor, who definitely has the "whimsy" deal down. He's come a long way from the chubby kid in "Stand By Me". As I'm sitting here thinking about him in the role, I think I can definitely see it. I think he can bring the necessary sense of humor to Herman. But there is the "re-imagining" deal. I did read some background on Lily and Herman in an interview with Fuller. He was talking about their relationship, and how it has a 'tragic love story' aspect. Herman, as a man made from a collection of body parts, is in a "constant state of decay, while his wife never ages". Guess this is one of the darker qualities of the new story line.
Now we just have to see who the new Lily will be. If I could pick anyone, who would it be? I do have one thought, but I doubt she would do it. Historically, she has been a film actress. My choice for Lily would be Angelina Jolie. Yvonne De Carlo was a beauty, and she was also rather exotic looking. Jolie fits the bill on both counts. She is also a wonderful actress, and I think she has the chops to do something completely different. Something no one would expect her to do. That being said, I could see the producers going for someone like Brook Shields. Yes, she is pretty and can act, but she would be kind of obvious. Hmmm...I wonder...
|(Left: Munster Koach; Right: Drag-U-La)|
A feature I loved about the old series were the cars. The Munster Koach, and the casket shaped Drag-U-La, both designed by car customizer, George Barris. I'm very curious to see what new fangled ride the new designers come up with. They better be cool...that's all I'm saying.
NBC ordered the pilot of "The Munsters: Mockingbird Lane" in November of last year. Since they still have a key member of the cast to announce, I think it's safe to say that we won't be seeing it in 2012. That bit about the 'Real Housewives of Transylvania' has made me a bit nervous to see it, but I am more curious than nervous.
Crossing my fingers...please don't let it be terrible...