Seth Meyers is rebooting 'The Munsters' as a bunch of Brooklyn hipsters
The family of monsters is coming back in a new sitcom.
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Mary Shelley gave her Frankenstein novel a subtitle — "The Modern Prometheus." Like the Greek myth, the Gothic classic warned mankind of the dangers inherit in the thirst for knowledge. In other words, humans have their limits. According to the book, there are some things we are not meant to know.
Like, say, what the Munsters would be like if they lived in modern day Williamsburg, Brooklyn, surrounded by artisanal mayonnaise shops, overpriced condos and cold-press juiceries. Nevertheless, this vision will come to life, as NBC is developing a single-camera sitcom reboot of The Munsters, as reported by Deadline. The family of friendly monsters is coming back thanks to Odd Mom Out creator Jill Kargman and Late Night host Seth Meyers. The half-hour comedy is slated to join NBC next season, where it will join a recently announced reboot of Miami Vice on the network.
This is not the first attempt to reboot The Munsters. The Munsters Today brought the characters into the neon era of the late 1980s. That's an image from the syndicated show up top. In 2013, NBC rebooted the concept with a sort of Desperate Housewives twist in the pilot Mockingbird Lane, a reference to the Munster family address at 1313 Mockingbird Lane. That never made it to series.
Of course, in a sense, this latest iteration is no different from the 1966–68 original. The Munsters itself could be considered a reboot of the classic Universal movie monsters, taking horror icons and plopping them into a modern world of beatniks, hippies and Boomers. Replace that with hipsters and Millennials, and you have fresh spin.
What do you think about the idea?