Remakes of old shows rarely work. For every "Hawaii Five-0" or "Upstairs Downstairs" that sticks around, there are far more "Charlie's Angels" and "Love Boat" reboots that vanish because they fail to fire the nostalgia of the show's old fans or grab the attention of those too young to
A year ago, NBC looked at "Mockingbird Lane" (8 p.m., NBC) as a reinvention of "The Munsters." After commissioning a pilot episode, the network decided not to give it a green light.
But tonight the network will air the one-hour test drive as a Halloween special. According to published reports, the pilot, starring Jerry O'Connell and Portia de Rossi in the Herman and Lily roles and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, cost as much as $10 million. So you can understand why NBC wants to get its money's worth.
Look for a walk-on from Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster in the original. Mason Cook ("Spy Kids") reprises the role of the adolescent werewolf in this version.
"Mockingbird Lane" is produced by Bryan Fuller, a force behind the ABC fantasy series "Pushing Daisies," and Bryan Singer ("X-Men").
If enough people tune in to see the recycled horror comedy spoof, perhaps NBC will reconsider and "Mockingbird Lane" will appear weekly. Or we'll see why the network passed on it in the first place.
The original "Munsters" was CBS' answer to ABC's "Addams Family." That 1964 series was updated for the big screen two decades ago.
"Mockingbird Lane" will lead into a Halloween-themed episode of "Grimm" (9 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
---The persistent diggers hope that the third time (and season) is the charm on "Gold Rush" (9 p.m., Discovery). Not to give too much away, but Discovery is all but promising a payoff and is calling this the "Million Dollar Season" of the network's most popular series.
A 90-minute prequel, "Gold Rush: Do or Die" (7:30 p.m.), catches up on what the gang did last winter to prepare for another crack at the precious ore.
---Some series seem inevitable. Why haven't we seen "Health Inspectors" (10:30 p.m., Food) before? This program combines the bureaucrat-as-hero approach of "Parking Wars" with the surprise kitchen inspection drama of a Gordon Ramsay series. First up: A Mexican restaurant in Chicago comes under scrutiny. Should I mention that the title of the episode is "Rats in the Cellar"?
Speaking of Gordon Ramsay shows, "Kitchen Night mares" (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14)
returns for a fifth season. Tonight: trips to Brooklyn and Boston.
---Chatty, confident undergrad-
uates hatch a novel way to stay in touch and profit from the process in the 2010 drama "The Social Net work" (7:30 p.m., FX), written by Aaron Sorkin.
---Licensed products show up for a holiday special on "Hoops & Yoyo's Haunted Halloween" (7 p.m., Hallmark).
---Rapid weight loss and changes in mental state may be due to an internal parasite on "Mon sters Inside Me" (8 p.m., Animal Planet).
---A suspect in a child murder case is slain on the 20th anniversary of the crime on "CSI: NY" (9 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
---The team infiltrates a heavily fortified location on "Fringe" (9 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
---"All Access Nashville With Katie Couric" (9 p.m., ABC) includes interviews with Taylor Swift and other stars.
---Sisters (Emily Blunt and Amy Adams) join forces and make extra money cleaning up gruesome crime scenes in the 2008 offbeat comedy "Sunshine Cleaning" (8 p.m., Style). Alan Arkin and Steve Zahn also star.
---A murder appears to be linked to voodoo rituals on "Blue Bloods" (10 p.m., CBS, TV-14).
"Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story" (3:15 a.m., TCM) recalls the bedlam and ballyhoo associated with Castle's low-budget Saturday afternoon movies, from "The Tingler" to "Macabre" (4:45 a.m.). Critics and filmmakers, including John Waters, Leonard Maltin, Joe Dante, Roger Corman and John Badham, look back with great appreciation and affection.
---Attempted murder on the menu on "NCIS" (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14).
---A stylist hopes to reinvent the slip on "Shark Tank" (8 p.m., ABC, TV-PG).
---Nikita aids a victim of brainwashing on "Nikita" (9 p.m., CW, TV-14).
---Miley Cyrus, John Caparulo, Fortune Feimster and Josh Wolf appear on "Chelsea Lately" (11 p.m., E!, r).
---Dennis Quaid, Krysten Ritter and Diamond Rings appear on "Late Show With David Letter man" (11:35 p.m., CBS).
---Jay Leno welcomes Sarah Silverman, Paula Deen and Lyle Lovett on "The Tonight Show" (11:35 p.m., NBC).
---Colin Farrell, James Van Der Beek, Deron Williams and the XX visit "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (12:35 a.m., NBC).
---Craig Ferguson hosts Amanda Peet and John Cho on "The Late Late Show" (12:35 a.m., CBS).
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