Updated 'Munsters'

Posted on October 26, 2012 

I'm always a little worried when classic TV shows or movies are remade. For every "Battlestar Galactica," you get a lot more "Charlie's Angels."

But I'm a bit excited tonight for "Mockingbird Lane," (NBC, 8 p.m.), a re-imagining of "The Munsters." Mainly because it's Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies") doing the re-imagining, and he's perfect when it comes to mixing whimsey and wonder. In addition, Bryan Singer ("X-Men") directs the pilot.

Whether or not it makes it to series is a big question. NBC commissioned the pilot, then shelved it, then was going to make a series, then shelved it again, and then decided to air the pilot.

In the updated version, Jerry O'Connell and Portia di Rossi star as Herman and Lily. Here, they don't really look like monsters, but do have strange abilities. The always-reliable Eddie Izzard takes over the role of Grandpa, a vampire.

The pilot has gotten a lot of positive buzz, so I'm eager to give it a shot. Maybe enough people watching the weekend before Halloween might convince NBC to go to series with it.

WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: After a week off, "Fringe" (Fox, 9 p.m.) is back, which is always a good thing, especially since tonight marks the return of Broyles (Lance Reddick). But can he be trusted?

You had to love Michael's marriage proposal last week on "Nikita" (CW, 9 p.m.) Anyone who takes out three Chinese cops while in handcuffs to get his engagement ring back is a keeper.

CBS is new with "CSI: NY" and "Blue Bloods" from 9-11 p.m., while a new "Grimm" follows "Mockingbird Lane."

On cable, Cinemax airs the second episode of "Hunted" at 10 p.m.

On Saturday, hopefully Georgia will lose to Florida by no more than three touchdowns (CBS, 3:30 p.m.)

On Sunday, man, what was Lori thinking on "Walking Dead" (AMC, 9 p.m.) giving Herschel mouth-to-mouth when it appeared he died from the zombie bite/leg amputation? And she's giving Carl lip about taking unnecessary risks? (Besides, the recommended procedure these days is more chest compressions than mouth-to-mouth while giving CPR. It's a good tip that could save someone's life).

Also on cable, Showtime has new episodes of "Dexter," which has been having a strong season, and "Homeland," which has been a bit inconsistent. I found it a stretch that Carrie would blow the op the way she did when Brody could have led them to the other terrorists. HBO has new episodes of "Boardwalk Empire" and "Treme."

On the networks, ABC has new episodes of "Once Upon A Time," "Revenge" and "666 Park Ave." from 8-11 p.m., while CBS counters with "The Amazing Race," "The Good Wife" and "The Mentalist."

PBS continues with a new "Upstairs, Downstairs" on "Masterpiece Classic" at 9 p.m., following "Call The Midwife."

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