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'The Munsters' Re-Boot Officially Kaput!

December 28th, 2012 12:13pm EST
Mockingbird Lane
Jerry O'Connell and Portia De Rossi's reboot of classic TV show The Munsters has officially been axed despite drawing millions of viewers over Halloween.

The cult 1960s series was revived as Mockingbird Lane starring O'Connell as Herman Munster, De Rossi as his vampire bride Lily, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa Munster.

However, bosses at NBC had a mixed reaction to the finished product and put the sitcom on the back burner.

They aired the pilot episode as a Halloween special in October, drawing more than 5.4 million viewers, but TV executives have now decided to axe the project for good...
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Portia De Rossi Lands Lily Munster Role

June 13th, 2012 8:39am EDT
Portia de Rossi
Portia De Rossi's TV comeback has taken a spooky turn - she's landed the role of Lily Munster in the remake of classic comedy series The Munsters.

The former Ally McBeal and Arrested Development star is heading back to the small screen with a lead role in The Smart One, and now she's also been hired for Mockingbird Lane, a reboot of the original 1960s sitcom.

She will portray the vampire bride of Herman Munster, to be played by Jerry O'Connell, while Eddie Izzard will take on the role of Grandpa Munster.

The upcoming series will tell the story of how the monstrous family ended up at t...
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'Munster's' Remake Gets a New Name

February 3rd, 2012 2:34pm EST
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NBC's latest Bryan Fuller project, a remake of 60s sitcom The Munsters, is getting a new name, among other facelifts.

The show will be called Mockingbird Lane, a reference to the street the spooky family lives on. Casting is currently underway.

Fans of Fuller, known for his gone-too-soon series Pushing Daisies, know he isn't the type to think inside the box. Reps from NBC call this new project "an imaginative reinvention" of the classic series, which means we can probably expec the lavish sets and popping colors that made him famous.

No word yet on a potential airdate. Fuller also has h...
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'The Muppets' Returning To TV?

November 23rd, 2011 3:00pm EST
The Muppets
The Muppets are hitting the big screen for Thanksgiving, but they could also be headed back into televisions everywhere.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has ordered scripts for a series entitled The New Nabors. The show will follow a family that learns their new neighbors in Palm Springs are puppets.

Jim Henson Studios and Universal Television will work on the project. Executive producer of 30 Rock, John Riggi, will write the scripts. Jim Henson's daughter Lisa will produce alongside John Hoffman.

It appears NBC is on a nostalgia trip, as it has also announced plans to bring b...
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Seinfeld's "Uncle Leo" Len Lesser Dies at 88

February 16th, 2011 9:34pm EST
Len Lesser, best known for playing Jerry Seinfeld's beloved Uncle Leo on Seinfeld, has died. He was 88.

The veteran character actor died on Wednesday from pneumonia related to cancer. He was surrounded by friends and family in his Burbank, Calif., home at the time of his passing.

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'Munsters' Star Butch Patrick Enters Rehab

November 11th, 2010 8:18am EST
Butch Patrick
The Munsters' Butch Patrick has entered a rehabilitation center in a bid to beat his 40-year addiction to booze and drugs.

The former child star, who played Eddie Munster in the 1960s TV show, has battled problems with cocaine, marijuana and alcohol for decades. Patrick, 57, checked himself in to a facility in New Jersey on Wednesday in an attempt to "get a grip on his addiction and educate himself," reports TMZ.com.

A representative for the star tells the website, "We have thought he could possibly be a product of the child star problem... and are thankful he will take control of his ...
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Kristen Bell To Play Marilyn In 'Munsters' Remake?

October 8th, 2010 9:57am EDT
Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell is at the top of TV bosses' list to lead the cast of the revamped "The Munsters."

The "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" star is slated to play Marilyn in the planned NBC remake.

Brian Fuller, the mastermind behind Bell's TV hit "Veronica Mars," wants to reteam with his star when he brings "The Munsters" back to the small screen.

He says, "Are you kidding me? Kristen would be perfect."

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Butch Patrick Slams 'Munsters' Plans

October 4th, 2010 11:20am EDT
Butch Patrick
The Munsters star Butch Patrick has criticized plans to bring the creepy comedy family back to TV - insisting a new version of the classic show is "not going to do well."

The former child star, who played Eddie Munster in the 1960s TV show, is outraged by reports suggesting bosses at Universal studios are working on a new series based on the original program, which starred Fred Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo.

And Patrick is adamant a new format will not be popular with viewers.

He tells TMZ.com, "Honestly, it should be left alone. I think it shows they are desperate for content. Unless the...
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'The Munsters' To Be Reincarnated On TV

October 2nd, 2010 9:49am EDT
The Munsters
Creepy comedy family The Munsters are heading back to the small screen in a new TV show with help from director Guillermo del Toro, according to reports.

The original series, starring Fred Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo, ran for two years between 1964 and 1966 and it spawned several films before it was revived in the 1980s for a spin-off called "The Munsters Today," which ended in 1991.

Now executives at Universal are reportedly planning to bring the ghoulish group back once again, with "Pan's Labyrinth" director Del Toro taking a behind-the-scenes role in the project.

Bosses at TV network N...
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'Happy Days' Back As X-Rated Film

January 16th, 2009 9:08am EST
Happy Days
Beloved TV sitcom Happy Days is set for the porn treatment, thanks to Hustler video bosses.

After giving The Munsters, Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch the X-rated treatment, Hustler film bosses are now ready to sex up The Fonz, Richie Cunningham and the gang.

This Ain't Happy Days XXX will be directed by Axel Braun and the project stars Alan Stafford as Richie and Tommy Gunn as leather-clad biker The Fonz.

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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Chip Davis, aka Mannheim Steamroller, Releases 'Halloween Music 2'

October 26th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Mannheim Steamroller
Mannheim Steamroller composer and founder Chip Davis has done it again. After hitting the #1 spot on the Billboard charts with 2003's Halloween, his first foray into the nation's second biggest retail holiday, Chip is continuing his holiday takeover with a new 3-disc set that includes a 13-track music disc, a brand new sound effects CD, and in true over-the-top Steamroller style, a DVD complete with a new "Creatures of the Night" dance (a.k.a. "Thriller" meets "The Macarena") created specially for Mannheim Steamroller.

Halloween 2 features new digital takes of traditional Halloween fa...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 1

September 1st, 2007 3:00am EDT
Gloria Estefan
Happy Birthday to Fall Out Boy guitarist Joseph Trohman (1984), The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez (1975), new INXS singer J.D. Fortune (1973), Cuban singer Gloria Estefan (1957), TV talk show host Dr. Phil (1950), Bee Gee Barry Gibb (1946), comedienne Lily Tomlin (1939), singer Conway Twitty (1933; d. 1993), "Throw Momma From The Train" actress Anne Ramsey (1929; d. 1988), boxer Rocky Marciano (1923; d. 1969), "The Munsters" actress Yvonne De Carlo (1922), and 'western' actor Richard Farnsworth (1920; d. 2000),
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 2

August 2nd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Kevin Smith
Happy Birthday to "Terminator 2" actor Edward Furlong (1977), "Clerks 2" director/actor Kevin Smith (1970), Canadian guitarist Jeff Healy (1966), "Weeds" star Mary-Louise Parker (1964), singer/actress Apollonia Kotero (1959), "SNL" alum Victoria Jackson (1959), musician Mojo Nixon (1957), "The Munsters" actor Butch Patrick (1953), actor Max Wright (1943), actress Joanna Cassidy (1943), horror director Wes Craven (1939), The Band keyboardist Garth Hudson (1937), "Lawrence of Arabia" star Peter O'Toole (1932), "All in the Family" star Carroll O'Connor (1924; d. 2001), and silver screen star M...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 10

July 10th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Jessica Simpson
Happy Birthday to singer/actres/tuna lover Jessica Simpson (1980), "American Wedding" actor Thomas Ian Nicholas (1980), Brand New singer Jesse Lacey (1978), Colombian actress Sofia Vergara (1972), actor Gale Harold (1969), actress Janet Julian (1959), Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant (1954), singer/songwriter Cheryl Wheeler (1951), folk singer Arlo Guthrie (1947), actress Sue Lyon (1946), tennis star Arthur Ashe (1943; d. 1993), prolific heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (1942), actor Nick Adams (1931; d. 1968), "The Munsters" actor Fred Gwynne (1926, d. 1993), and French Impressionist C...
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John Travolta Leads A Nocturnal Life

June 14th, 2007 9:35am EDT
John Travolta
John Travolta believes the best way to avoid the paparazzi is to stay up all night and sleep half of the day. The star reveals his entire family have adopted the routine in an attempt to maintain their privacy.

He says, "We're like The Addams Family or the Munsters, living sort of an odd, nocturnal life. My kids probably stay up too late. My wife goes to bed around three, and I follow around seven."

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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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'Munsters' Star Yvonne De Carlo Dies

January 11th, 2007 9:09am EST
The Munsters
Yvonne De Carlo, who played Lily Munster in the hit 1960s sitcom The Munsters, has died. She was 84. The actress died of natural causes on Monday in Los Angeles. De Carlo was also known for playing the wife of Moses (Charlton Heston) in epic 1956 film The Ten Commandments.

She also had a key role in Stephen Sondheim's landmark Broadway musical "Follies" and first made her mark on the big screen in B-movies and westerns for Universal Studios. From 1955 to 1968 she was married to Hollywood stuntman Bob Morgan, who was severely injured during the making of 1962's How The West Was Won. De...
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Starpulse Top 10 of 2006: #9 Gone But Not Forgotten

December 25th, 2006 9:00am EST
Peter Boyle
2006 was a great year in the entertainment world; however, let us not forget those who entertained us for generations but have moved on. We look back on those entertainers and cultural icons who left us in 2006 to pay our respects...

Jazz, R&B and pop singer Lou Rawls, lost a two year fight with brain and lung cancer (1/6). He was 72. Prolific film star of the 50s, 60s and 70s and star of such hits as Alfie and The Poseidon Adventure, Shelley Winters at age 85 (1/14). 60s soul star Wilson Pickett, who brought us such hits as Mustang Sally and In The Midnight Hour age 64; of a heart a...
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'Rocky And Bullwinkle' Writer Dies at 81

December 19th, 2006 10:01am EST
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Rocky And Bullwinkle writer Chris Hayward died last month after a battle with cancer. He was 81. The Emmy Award winner passed away on November 20 at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Linda by his side.

Hayward developed the "Rocky And Bullwinkle" character Dudley Do-Right before moving on to create The Munsters and "He & She" with creative partner Allan Burns. Hayward is survived by his wife and three children from a previous marriage.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Watch 'The Munsters' Marathon on TV Land

October 28th, 2006 6:00am EDT
The Munsters
It's a twenty-five hour dose of fearsome fun when TV Land celebrates Halloween with America's favorite family of fright -- The Munsters -- during the Munster Mash Marathon. The marathon airs Saturday, October 28, from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. (all times ET/PT).

The day begins with the hilarious episode, "Rock-a-Bye Munster"; in which Herman's imagination runs wild after he eavesdrops on one of Lilly's conversations. Viewers will then be treated to memorable Munster episodes such as "Eddie's Nickname," "Hot Rod Herman," "Happy 100th Anniversary" and many more.

Later, in recognition of day...
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'Seinfeld' Gets Top Honors at TV DVD Awards

October 5th, 2006 10:52am EDT
Seinfeld
Seasons five and six of Seinfeld won top honors at the third annual “TV DVD Awards,” presented Wednesday night in Century City, Calif. The collections won the coveted “Best of Show” award, with judges praising bonus materials such as cast commentaries, deleted scenes and "Sein-Imation" takes on various scenes from the show.

Jack Klugman, star of The Odd Couple, and Robert Conrad, of "Wild Wild West" fame, were honored with the third annual TV DVD Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other TV DVD Award winners, in 15 categories selected by consumers through a month-long online vote:

Be...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 1

September 1st, 2006 3:00am EDT
Gloria Estefan
Happy Birthday to Fall Out Boy guitarist Joseph Trohman (1984), The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez (1975), new INXS singer J.D. Fortune (1973), Cuban singer Gloria Estefan (1957), TV talk show host Dr. Phil (1950), Bee Gee Barry Gibb (1946), comedienne Lily Tomlin (1939), singer Conway Twitty (1933; d. 1993), "Throw Momma From The Train" actress Anne Ramsey (1929; d. 1988), boxer Rocky Marciano (1923; d. 1969), "The Munsters" actress Yvonne De Carlo (1922), and 'western' actor Richard Farnsworth (1920; d. 2000),
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 2

August 2nd, 2006 3:00am EDT
Kevin Smith
Happy Birthday to "Terminator 2" actor Edward Furlong (1977), "Clerks 2" director/actor Kevin Smith (1970), Canadian guitarist Jeff Healy (1966), "Weeds" star Mary-Louise Parker (1964), singer/actress Apollonia Kotero (1959), "SNL" alum Victoria Jackson (1959), musician Mojo Nixon (1957), "The Munsters" actor Butch Patrick (1953), actor Max Wright (1943), actress Joanna Cassidy (1943), horror director Wes Craven (1939), The Band keyboardist Garth Hudson (1937), "Lawrence of Arabia" star Peter O'Toole (1932), "All in the Family" star Carroll O'Connor (1924; d. 2001), and silver screen star M...
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Celebrity Birthdays, July 10

July 10th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Jessica Simpson
Happy Birthday to singer/actres/tuna lover Jessica Simpson (1980), "American Wedding" actor Thomas Ian Nicholas (1980), Brand New singer Jesse Lacey (1978), Colombian actress Sofia Vergara (1972), actor Gale Harold (1969), actress Janet Julian (1959), Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant (1954), singer/songwriter Cheryl Wheeler (1951), folk singer Arlo Guthrie (1947), actress Sue Lyon (1946), tennis star Arthur Ashe (1943; d. 1993), prolific heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (1942), actor Nick Adams (1931; d. 1968), "The Munsters" actor Fred Gwynne (1926, d. 1993), and French Impressionist C...
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Celebrity Snippets: Reese Witherspoon, Grandpa From 'The Munsters,' & More

February 6th, 2006 12:17pm EST
Reese Witherspoon
* Reese Witherspoon insists awards are less than impressive in her household - her five-year-old daughter simply uses the coveted awards as dolls. Witherspoon, who is nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Walk the Line, admits Ava’s nonchalant attitude keeps her feet on the ground. She says, "My daughter sneaks them off to her room and dresses them up. She's becoming quite jaded about the whole thing."

* Al Lewis, who played Grandpa in hit 1950s comedy The Munsters, has died. He was 95. Lewis, who had suffered years of failing health, passed away with his wife Karen at his bed...
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New TV on DVD, Oct. 25

October 24th, 2005 10:00am EDT
The Munsters
Relive the hilarious second season of The Munsters and their lives on Mockingbird Lane. Herman is a devoted dad who happens to be a monster. His wife Lily and Grandpa are vampires, while his son Eddie is a werewolf. Meanwhile, poor Marilyn is like other humans and is regarded as the "black sheep" of the family.

Fun Fact: The show's title was allegedly derived from the words "fun" and "monster."

More DVD releases this week...

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