January 06, 2013 1:01pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
NBC's Bob Greenblatt: 'Munsters' a Good Idea, May Try Again
NBC may not be done with the Munsters.
After the network ultimately passed on Bryan Fuller's high-concept Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane -- airing the Eddie Izzard, Portia de Rossi and Jerry O'Connell take as a Halloween special -- NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told The Hollywood Reporter that he isn't opposed to revisiting the iconic series.
"This show run again? Maybe, I hadn't thought about it," he told THR about the potential to see Fuller's version air next Halloween as a one-off special. "I'm not saying we won't maybe try another version of The Munsters again, it's a good idea, we just have to figure out how to get it right."
Greenblatt said Fuller's version, which was produced as an hourlong dramatic interpretation of the 1960s CBS sitcom, didn't creatively work, despite what he called a great cast.
"It's a very tricky tone to strike because we tried to make it not just a sitcom and a silly old-fashioned one at that; we turned it into an hour, which automatically has more dramatic weight than a half-hour," he said. "It's hard to calibrate how much weirdness vs. supernatural vs. family story and I think we just didn't get the mix right."
The pilot, which THR sources said NBC spent a whopping $10 million on, endured a long, tortured history at NBC. The reboot was originally launched before Greenblattboarded the network in early 2011, but he redeveloped it extensively.
Fuller officially announced NBC was passing on Mockingbird on Dec. 27. "I tweet with a heavy heart. NBC not moving forward with
#MockingbirdLane. From producers and cast, thank you all for enthusiasm and support."
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