NBC has ordered up a pilot for a remake of the 1960s TV classic, “The Munsters.”
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It’s reportedly going to have a darker, less campy feel than the original. And I am a darker, far less campy soul than the Al Lewis who played Grandpa on the original Munsters.
Here’s why I deserve at least an audition for the part of Grandpa:
1) I am the most famous Al Lewis after the actor has, unfortunately, passed. No stake in the heart. No blazing sunshine. No Holy Water. Turns out he was a mere mortal, and I am keeping his memory alive with my name.
2) People started associating me with Al Lewis decades before he died. The truth is, when I was in about third grade, I noticed the guy who played Grandpa on the Munsters was Al Lewis. The name struck me as cool. So I shortened my first name, Alan, by two letters, and I have been known as Al Lewis ever since. My parents, who named me for actor Alan Ladd after seeing the 1953 western movie “Shane,” weren’t happy that I preferred vampires to gunfighters.
3) See photo comparison above. That should cinch it right there.
4) In 2007, I interviewed Michele’ Lilley, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., who is the little sister of Butch Patrick, who played Eddie on The Munsters. She had her brother send me this autographed picture of himself and Woof-Woof. Click here to see what Lilley does. She makes really cool keys. She also mentioned that I seemed as nice a guy as the Al Lewis on the Munsters. Although, I’m really not that nice. I am dark and not very campy.
5) I’m finally old enough to be Grandpa. When I turn 50 next month, I’m going to join AARP.
6) As a business columnist, I have gotten to know more blood-sucking parasites than all the people in the “Twilight” series put together.
7) I have also witnessed more horrors than Stephen King, from the Enron trial to Bernie Madoff’s sentencing.
8 I have always stuck up for the vanishing working-class that this family of fine, upstanding monsters represents.
9) Whoever they get to play Herman Munster will look much taller standing next to me.
10) I hate the Addams Family. It wasn’t spooky, or funny. Just weird. Can’t wait to see the return of The Munsters.