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I Miss the Munsters :(

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by D'Snowth, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Y'know, used to, every Halloween, WGN would have an all-day long marathon of The Munsters, hosted by Alice Cooper... and that had become the only time of year you could actually see The Munsters, because now that TV Land no longer likes classic television, they don't play it anymore like they used to, and throughout the year no less.

    Now, as of last year, WGN doesn't even do those Munster Marathons anymore, which really sucks; they just play Halloween episodes of their regular programming now.

    I RULLY should have gotten The Munsters when the complete series came out on DVD a few years ago, but I couldn't afford it at the time. :smirk:

    Speaking of which, has anyone seen the promos for this new Munsters remake/rip-off Mockingbird Lane? Looks like something Mel Brooks would come up with once his career hits rock bottom.
  2. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    NBC was going to make Mockingbird Lane into a TV series, but the pilot was declined for season pick-up so they burned it last Friday. You don't have to worry about it tarnishing the original series unless NBC has a very last minute change of heart.
  3. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Ah. Well yeah, I had seen the previews of it, and it honestly looked nothing like the original Munsters in any way, the characters didn't resemble the originals, it didn't even look like the Munster family, but rather, another freaky-deaky and kooky family that just happens to live on a street that's also called Mockingbird Ln.

    Still though, the promos made it seem like a very poor Mel Brooks send up.
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    The worst part is, it actually was good! The problem is the barely in name only-ness of the concept. They could have called it anything else in the world, and it still would have worked. Other than the name only connection to the Munsters, if you thought about it as something else, it was a pretty good concept for a show, and very much the product of its creator. It would have been perfect paired up with Grimm.

    And yet, they greenlighted Revolution... J.J. Abrahms or not, Cracked pretty much handed its own butt to it.
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  5. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    I wonder if they thought the cast might have been too expensive to keep together, with Eddie Izzard and Portia DeRossi and Jerry O'Connell all having TV shows under their belt and enough name recognition to demand some money. Most of their new shows don't really rely on big name actors or have one "big" name, like Matthew Perry.
  6. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Eddie Izzard is a big star? I've always thought of him as more obscure than anything.

    But... *sigh*, remember the good ol' days when movie stars were considered "too big", "too important", and "too expensive" to even consider doing television? Matter of fact, I remember that was the concerns of both Fred Gwyne and Al Lewis, that Yvonne De Carlo was too big a movie star to even think about doing a weekly sitcom.

    And, of course, thanks to Street Gang, we all know the truth behind the Marilyn Munster Conspiracy *cough*JonStone*cough*
  7. Hayley B

    Hayley B Well-Known Member

    Do you get Boomerang? They've been playing atleast an episode of The Munsters after The Addams Family cartoons.
  8. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, no. Comcast/xfinity refuses to offer Boomerang since it's (supposedly) a commercial-free channel.

    Ironically, Comfinicast FINALLY offers Me-TV, though I'm a little disappointed with their schedule... seems like the shows I enjoy either don't come on until the middle of the night, or on Saturdays only.
  9. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I dunno... giant mansion set, movie quality CGI effects... This is the same mind behind Pushing Daisies. A show that, while it got good ratings, they weren't good enough to warrant that huge budget. Even if this managed to be picked up, I'm sure they'd blame the budget and cancel the thing right away.

    But they DID do a good job of shoving Animal Hospital down everyone's throats. Quite viciously, I might add.

    I really like Me-TV, but I HATE the fact that the Weekday and Saturday daytime line up is infested with Cowboy shows. They had Lavern and Shirley on Sundays, and then stopped. Also Bosom Buddies. There's all these great old sitcoms they could be airing, some at a reasonable hour. But then again, I'm glad Me-TV made a channel jump. The former channel that had it ran infomercials all morning and then at 10 PM. At least now I can watch Get Smart if I can stay awake until 1 AM on a Saturday (or rather, Sunday). Not to mention their embarrassment of a Saturday Morning line up. I was told they had He-Man and Gumby and stuff, only to find boring travel shows, career shows, and Green Screen Adventures.
  10. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    And that worked out so well for them. At least it made it to air unlike their failed pilot with Dane Cook. I shudder to think how bad a show could be that it doesn't meet NBC's standards.
  11. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    They only aired this pilot because it was way too expensive to just toss aside. They considered filming extra footage and making it a telefilm. It really seems that the expense is the real reason this show was passed over. It wasn't by any means bad. They've picked up and aired worse (the Event. The show where "Da Alienz did it!" :rolleyes: very creative).

    This really would have worked on a cable channel. I kinda wish that someone would pick it up. But I'm sure they'd have to seriously cut the budget if that happened.
  12. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    TV Land was, and still is, NOTORIOUS for that: however, unlike having a little more variety to the line up like Me-TV, TV Land just keeps filling their lineup with just Gunsmoke and Bonanza (speaking of which, I do get a kick out of that episode where Hoss Cartwright is dressed up like the Easter Bunny, and "Uncle Leo" is one of the bad guys, lol).

    I don't know, it's almost kind of like how you're always talking about daytime TV being infested with courtroom shows and such.
  13. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That's why it stinks. Cable companies bought up rights to sitcom reruns so they naught rerun them, daytime television IF it has a sitcom rerun will rerun it in the evening and ONLY current and semi-current shows. The oldest being Seinfeld, which is around 20 years old at this point. And when you finally get a channel that shows older stuff, there's such a lack of variety in the middle of the day. I love how Me_TV has the completely unlicensable Batman TV show on Saturdays, and a lot of their shows are great, just at hours I don't want to watch them. But the middle of the day? Completely identical cowboy shows. They added Hawaii 5-0 and Emergency, but even on Saturday Afternoons, it's all the same Cowboy shows.

    There's a great library of classic shows out there. Why can't we see half of it unless we buy DVD's? And that's even if DVD's are available.

    Bonus fail points for a retro network NOT trying to get a Retro Sat Am line up.
  14. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    That's why I do invest in the DVDs, especially considering the episodes are not only in superior quality, but also, in most cases, uncut as well. Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Green Acres (though MGM has left us hanging for seven years), M*A*S*H, Sanford and Son, I gots all of these. My mom has a bunch of uncut Andy Griffith tapes, and somehow, CBS doesn't seem to care that people are always posting full episodes of Hogan's Heroes on YouTube.
  15. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    When it comes to DVD's, I mostly spend my money on animation. Live action movies too, but mostly animation. The only sitcoms I have on DVD are Third Rock from the Sun and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Not that I wouldn't buy the whole of Get Smart if I had the cash. And I usually borrow the Mork and Mindy DVD's. But some sitcoms I like just enough to watch on television, and not to buy the sets of.

    Plus, I hate how the ALF ones are syndicated cuts. Otherwise, I would have got them by now.

    And I really should get the Munsters and Addams Family on DVD. I like Monster shows.
  16. CaseytheMuppet

    CaseytheMuppet Well-Known Member

    Boomerang has like maybe 1 or 2 commercials between each show.
  17. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well, I mean, that's the excuse they're giving for refusing to carry Boomerang... which really doesn't make a whole lot of sense, considering they've carried Noggin (now Nick Jr., like we all predicted it would) all this time, and they never had any actual commercials, just breaks consisting of little segments and promos among other things.
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  18. Twisted Tails

    Twisted Tails Well-Known Member

    Don't forget the theme song. It always gets in my head sometimes.

  19. newsmanfan

    newsmanfan Well-Known Member

    Was never an original "Munsters" fan...which was, after all, just a schlocky ripoff of "The Addams Family," which in turn was NEVER as much fun as Charles Addams' original cartoons.

    I was prepared to hate "Mockingbird Lane". Caught the first five minutes. Sat down. Giggled madly throughout. Now I want a parts-n-pieces guy I can reboot with Mac OS 10.5...

  20. Hubert

    Hubert Well-Known Member

    Yeah...Boomerang is commercial free...except when it isn't... :smirk:

    I mean, Boomerang is so random...half the time they don't have any commercials in shows, and then the other half it seems they go commercial crazy to make up for lost commercials...
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