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Bad Ass First Look: Bryan Fuller's Creepy, Ghouly Not that Monster-ish "Munsters"

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 25, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 25, 2012 |

I was sold based only on the fact that Bryan Fuller’s new “Munsters” came from Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daises,” “Dead Like Me,” “Wonderfalls”). That Portia De Rossi and Eddie Izzard were in the cast was all gravy. The first look also suggests that Fuller will take a more reality-based look at the “Munsters,” eschewing the big heads and widow’s peaks for PRETTY.

I’m OK with that. Better still: These Munsters eat people!

“The Munsters actually do what monsters do. They eat people and they have to live with the ramifications of being monstrous. It’s like grounding it in a reality because the half-hour was a sitcom, we saw the monsters: they were monsters on the outside and weren’t monsters on the inside. For us, they’re monsters outside and inside, and we get to double our story…”

“It’s an ensemble, but the emotional point of view is from Herman because it really is about a father who is realizing his child is taking after the other side of the family. He has so few things in his life that are his, and his son Eddie was one of them - and now Eddie’s more like Grandpa than he is Herman. Everything is a metaphor for something that you can identify with in a relationship; the fact that Herman is in a constant state of decay, and he’s married to someone who doesn’t age. We get to play with all those insecurities. The fact that he was made by his father-in-law and then has to live up to those standards; he’s always trying to find his own identity.

No kidding. That is a fantastic take on the series. More than a quirky comedy, Fuller’s “Munsters” will deal with the emotional and psychological ramifications of being a monster in a mixed-Monster family.


(Image: JoBlo. Quote: THR via I09)

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