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Post  non_amos on Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:59 am

http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=22131

Big Changes Are Coming to The Munsters
Source:Bloody-Disgusting
December 5, 2011


While it has been reported that NBC's new take on The Munsters is going to be very different from what we know and love, the extent of the upcoming series' changes has never been revealed. But a recent report has pulled back the coffin lid, giving us an early peek at what's to come in the Bryan Fuller-created show.

Bloody-Disgusting reports the pilot episode, directed by Bryan Singer, "will focus on 10-year-old Eddie Munster who is unaware that he's a werewolf, and that his family is composed of terrifying creatures. The madness begins when a baby bear attacks a scouting trip, only it turns out that this "bear" is actually Eddie transformed into a werewolf. Eddie is unaware of his metamorphosis and it forces the family to move in order to protect the family secret. The coming of age story gets weirder as he fights against his family when he learns of a shocker: they're a family of flesh-eaters! A few other random character notes: Lily Munster has an eating disorder and eats suicide victims. Grandpa Munster is a 600-year-old shapeshifter, and Marilyn Munster was adopted when her mother tried to eat her as a baby."

Well, alrighty then! Clearly Fuller and Singer, who serves as an executive producer, are definitely modernizing the famous family that lives at 1313 Mockingbird Lane. And, as suspected, it's catering towards a generation raised on The X-Files, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood and American Horror Story.

And a comment from a fan:

Posted by: Darren B. on December 5, 2011 at 11:17:57

Wow... way to destroy something, Singer...

I don't know about you guys but I grew up watching reruns of the old Munsters TV show & it was a pretty decent sitcom. Sure, maybe campy & cheesy & all but fun & probably in line with other shows at the time such as the following: ADAMS FAMILY, BEWITCHED, I DREAM OF GENIE, GREEN ACRES, BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, GILLIGAN'S ISLAND, etc., etc., & even BATMAN for crying out loud! These shows had an obvious 60's influence because, well, they're from the 60's (Duh!) but these shows worked! And they were good clean fun. It's also obvious that the Munsters was a 'spoof' anyway, meant to poke fun at Frankenstein, Dracula, etc. It was the proverbial sitcom.

Enter Bryan Singer! 10-year old Eddie hulks out into the Wolfman. Grandpa is not a vampire. Instead he's a 'shape-shifter'. I wonder what Herman Munster will turn out to be, Franky literally? And his wife eats suicide victims?!

Look. I like SUPERNATURAL. Not directed by Bryan Singer! But Bryan Singerman ripping off Supernatural to do his version of this cherished sitcom? And we know what happens when he does that, unfortunately. Like the Mastercard commercial states:

PRICELESS! No

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Post  Apologist Puncher on Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:03 am

I watched 'Munsters' re-runs growing up too. When I read that description, I laughed.

Singer's flop streak is in no danger of stopping any time soon.

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Post  non_amos on Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:11 am

To quote Jed Clampett:

PITIFUL!

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Post  webhead2006 on Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:22 am

I was so into hearing of this series remake. then the news came a few days ago about the total change in characters and singer doing pilot and there goes excitement for it now.

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Post  webhead2006 on Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:16 am

Some new details of the munsters:
http://www.moviehole.net/201151033-exclusive-the-411-on-the-new-munsters-series
Exclusive : The 411 on the new Munsters’ series

Author : "Caffeinated" Clint (Monday, December 26th, 2011 at 11:55 am) Tags: Anne Rice, Bryan Fuller, Bryan Singer, Parenthood, The Munsters, TV

The classic ‘sitcom’ “The Munsters” has been transformed into a contemporary weekly dramedy series for NBC. Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies”) cooked up the story, and big-time filmmaker Bryan Singer (“X-Men”, “Superman Returns”) directs the pilot and executive produces.

“The Munsters” is Eddie Munster’s story.

He’s the kind and sympathetic young pre-teen who, as we discover in the pre-credits sequence, has a “condition”. With the help of his caring parents, Herman and Lily, he soon begins to accept his hairy alter-ego.

It’s no surprise, what with Bryan Fuller of “Pushing Daisies” captaining the ship, that the show is equal parts sweet, silly and suspenseful. It’s almost like “Parenthood” as told by Anne Rice, with the issues and topics raised not unlike those of us non-vampires and werewolves. It’s actually quite a remarkable offering, more so because it gets the balance right.

Cast with the right actors (I don’t know, but I kept seeing Jack Davenport as Herman, and Muse Watson as Grandpa), and retaining the same energy and warmth throughout its episodes, and the show could be one of the highlights of 2012. Either way, I think they’ve got a hit on their hands. A real winner.

Those that want to know more, can continue reading…

***** BEWARE OF SPOILERS BELOW ******

**** NO TURNING BACK NOW *****

But to the pilot…

It’s a scout camp, and the scout master has just rounded up the scouts in an effort to find out who has eaten all the boxes of food. While the token fat kid is being eyeballed, a ravaging wolf is about to crash the party…

…. next morning, a young boy wakes up naked in the woods.

After the credits…

Marilyn (the human among the Munster family) is introduced. The adopted stunner of the Munster family is negotiating to buy up a decrepit old mansion in Mockingbird Heights from an estate agent. As the blonde beauty and the all-too-honest agent (she attempts to talk Marilyn out of burning the house; the previous owner was a serial killer was poisoned hobos and it’s rumoured dead bodies may still be in the walls) talk, a construction crew, seemingly there to knock the place down, impatiently look on. But the deal is done and the wrecking ball backs off.

We discover that the Munster’s have had to move to Mockingbird Heights because of what young Eddie did in the teaser. That “baby bear” attacking the scout camp was a sign that the Munster’s needed a new address before anyone realized who was really behind all those scratches and bruises that the scouts received.

Anyway…

Appropriately, the Munsters arrive via crate to their new address. And they spend the first hour getting to know the locals (Grandpa licking his lips as he’s taken from house to house), hunting down a replacement ‘heart’ for the ailing Herman and largely, helping Eddie realize that he’s not a monster.

Here’s a look at the characters :

Herman Munster

Think Dawson Leery’s compassionate, all-supportive dad (from ”Dawson’s Creek”) crossed with Frankenstein’s monster.

Was created by Grandpa; no other man, besides one he puts together, would of course be good enough for his daughter Lily.

Doesn’t much look like Fred Gwynne’s Frankenstein-looking fellow from the original. This Herman is more of a stud – albeit one with scars. He’s a skinny, but rather attractive man in his ’30s – though he’s stitched together from the body parts of other men and has a mechanical steampunk heart – one that is breaking down.

Though Herman doesget a heart replacement – thankfully a few of those ‘dead hobo’s’ turn up under the swimming pool – he’s not doing well (he loves too much and it’s killing him). Believing he has no choice if he wants Herman to live, Grandpa finds a nice man with a “good heart” for Herman (if you get my drift).

A big old softie that adores his family, Herman is his son’s best friend and has a passionate relationship with the Mrs.

Eddie Munster

Think Ricky Schroder in “The Champ” – with sharper teeth.

The first – and he’s seemingly the most central character – of the Munsters we’re introduced to. Much like Michael J.Fox’s character in ”Teen Wolf” he’s about to discover he’s got quite the howl- – only he’s terrified beyond belief at what that means (he’s frightened enough of puberty!). Though the Munsters have moved to Mockingbird Heights because Eddie attacked his fellow boy scouts at a camp, he doesn’t have any recollection of the event and has been told a baby bear attacked his friends. Eventually Herman is forced to tell Eddie what he does, as the request of Grandpa but dad’s determined to remind him – just as his mother will – that he’s not a monster. Young Eddie ultimately decides to be a vegetarian monster when he can help it, and when he can’t… his dad says they’ll figure it out together. Awww.

Grandpa Munster

Think ‘Grandpa’ from “The Lost Boys” mixed with Lestat.

Scary son of a gun. A I said, he, and the rest of the clan, arrive by delivery truck. His crate topples over, a mass of rats spill out and join to form. An old-codger vampire that, for the past ten years, has been feeding on animals so young that Eddie doesn’t think anything’s ‘different’ about his family. This scary old fellow feeds on animals like Lions but, not surprisingly, is starting to hunger human blood. And with Eddie now “in the family way”, he feels okay about that. Grandpa knows he’s going to start eating humans again, suggesting he’s gobbled his way through a few in the past, and has enough love for Marilyn (who he saved from her mother, he says) to recommend she go to college on the other side of America. She’s safer there.

Has quite a few special powers – like the ability to send new neighbour Tim into a deep sleep by simply waving his hand in front of him

Lily Munster

Think the mysterious Selina Kyle meets “Friday Night Lights” momma Julie Taylor.

Perpetually beautiful. Pale. Sweet. Her crate begins as a pool of spiders before transforming into the tall, slender matriarch of the family. Like his father, Eddie’s mum ultimately teaches him the “difference between being a Munster and being a Monster”.

She works at a pet store where she uses her magic to, for instance, trick the dogs into cleaning their own cages.

Loves her family dearly, and doesn’t want Herman to find a new heart because his current one belonged to Eddie’s biological father.

Marilyn Munster

Think hotness. Is Adrianne Palicki busy!?

The human component of the family. Sweet, attractive young girl who – for obvious reasons – is pretty much the face of the family. Seems completely OK with Grandpa eating animals and people, recognizing his vampirism as a curse not something he chose, and is keen to help werewolf Eddie realize he’s not a bad person for having to feed off animals.

**** END SPOILERS ****

So they’re the Munsters.

Secondary characters include Eddie’s new scout-master Steve, who’ll play a pivotal part in the series (though the actor playing him mightn’t be required for any more than a couple of episodes); neighbours Tim and Doti, who seemingly don’t have a very strong relationship; and some of Eddie’s little friends… but not surprisingly, the camera stays on one or all of the Munsters at most times.

There’s a nice little homage to both Fred Gwynne and the original series in the pilot that fans of the late great actor and the original box offering will enjoy.

“Bloody” love this. Looking forward to it!

Just one thing… where’s Spot!!!??

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Post  webhead2006 on Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:29 pm

Looks likke the munster remake is being retitled:
http://www.tvline.com/2012/02/nbc-mockingbird-lane-pilot/
FEBRUARY 2, 2012 08:05 AM PST Exclusive: NBC's Munsters Reboot Gets New Title

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As if to further drive home the point that its “imaginative reinvention” of The Munsters will bear little resemblance to the classic ’60s version, NBC is giving the reboot a new moniker.

Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that the title of the pilot — which is being stewarded by Pushing Daisiescreator Bryan Fuller and X-Men auteur Bryan Singer — has been changed from The Munstersto Mockingbird Lane.

The new handle is, of course, a nod to the family’s iconic Victorian abode, which is situated at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

The project is currently in the casting stage, so there’s still time for Fuller/Singer/NBC to consult our dream picks for Herman, Lily and the rest of the creepy brood.

What do you think of the new title? Smart idea? Bad idea? Sound off in the comments!

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Post  non_amos on Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:11 am

I saw basically the same thing over at Shock Till You Drop but you beat me to the punch. So now Singer is changing the title too huh? What's next, casting BJ the Bartender in the lead role? Thank you so much Mr. Bryan Singerman! Mad

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Post  Apologist Puncher on Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:49 am


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Post  thecolorsblend on Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:02 am

non_amos wrote:I saw basically the same thing over at Shock Till You Drop but you beat me to the punch. So now Singer is changing the title too huh? What's next, casting BJ the Bartender in the lead role? Thank you so much Mr. Bryan Singerman! Mad
I was about to joke that he could play Herman because he's already stiff and awkward... but then I remembered that the actor who played Herman performed that way in service to the character; that wasn't his default mode of performance as it would be with Blandon BJ. And even Herman would often show signs of life and genuine humor, which is another thing beyond Routh's abilities.

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Post  Apologist Puncher on Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:17 am

thecolorsblend wrote:I was about to joke that he could play Herman because he's already stiff and awkward... but then I remembered that the actor who played Herman performed that way in service to the character; that wasn't his default mode of performance as it would be with Blandon BJ. And even Herman would often show signs of life and genuine humor, which is another thing beyond Routh's abilities.

BJ Routh is done in HollyWeird.

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Post  thecolorsblend on Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:21 am

Apologist Puncher wrote:
thecolorsblend wrote:I was about to joke that he could play Herman because he's already stiff and awkward... but then I remembered that the actor who played Herman performed that way in service to the character; that wasn't his default mode of performance as it would be with Blandon BJ. And even Herman would often show signs of life and genuine humor, which is another thing beyond Routh's abilities.

BJ Routh is done in HollyWeird.
You know what? As obvious as that was back in 2008, I don't think it really hit me until Dylan Dog tanked it during the theatrical "run". I guess I figured he'd be just another Hollywood bottom feeder who somehow caught a few lucky breaks that somehow overshadowed his lack of talent. But when even some of the Eunuch page Apologists start questioning the guy's "talents", you have to think he's truly done in the business.

To this day, I do sorta wonder dubya tee eff Smith was thinking when he cast him in Zack & Miri. It's not like he contributed much of anything to what was supposed to have been a humorous scene.

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Post  non_amos on Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:25 am


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Post  Apologist Puncher on Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:25 am

thecolorsblend wrote:You know what? As obvious as that was back in 2008, I don't think it really hit me until Dylan Dog tanked it during the theatrical "run". I guess I figured he'd be just another Hollywood bottom feeder who somehow caught a few lucky breaks that somehow overshadowed his lack of talent. But when even some of the Eunuch page Apologists start questioning the guy's "talents", you have to think he's truly done in the business.

At best, he will be in Direct-To-DVD movies for a while.

But that ain't HollyWeird.

To this day, I do sorta wonder dubya tee eff Smith was thinking when he cast him in Zack & Miri. It's not like he contributed much of anything to what was supposed to have been a humorous scene.

He came cheap.

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Post  non_amos on Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:27 am

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Post  webhead2006 on Fri Feb 03, 2012 2:26 pm

Ya silly to change name of show. If you really want to make things so different come up with some original stuff/characters and make it its own different thing. As for routh at most we probably will see out of him is bit guest spots on tv shows, and crap like that. Or he slowly not seen at all and just ends up going to cons to try and make a little money off that.

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Post  webhead2006 on Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:46 pm

God NO just saw this article:
http://www.aintitcool.com/node/53245
The MUNSTERS Reboot From The Creators Of DEAD LIKE ME And X-MEN Will Not Be Called THE MUNSTERS!! Plus A Bit About A Possible STAR TREK TV Series!! Published at: Feb 02, 2012 6:24:34 PM CST

I am – Hercules!!

“Mockingbird Lane” will be the title of Bryan Fuller’s hourlong remake of the 1960s sitcom “The Munsters,” according to TV Line.

The title refers to 1313 Mockingbird Lane, the address at which Herman Munster and his clan reside.

NBC has greenlit the pilot, which is being helmed by “X-Men”/”Valkyrie”/”House” director Bryan Singer.

Fuller, who wrote for “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager” before he created “Dead Like Me,” “Wonderfalls” and “Pushing Daisies,” scripted the best episodes of “Heroes’” first season, including the killer Noah Bennet episode “Company Man.”

By the way, Fuller tells AICN exclusively that the two Bryans, who have long (but separately) contemplated new “Star Trek” TV series, have discussed the possibility of pooling their resources to take a new corner of Gene Roddenberry’s multiverse to the small screen. Hopefully J.J. Abrams and Les Moonves will give them the keys to Starfleet HQ.

Find all of TVLine’s Munster exclusive here.
If anyone should bring back trek to tv I rather it be jj and his crew. Over singer, fueller to a degree.

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Post  thecolorsblend on Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:25 am

We're only just now getting some traction with the sequel and AICN means to tell me that Paramount will risk a new show when, as much as anything, they need to build upon (if not completely re-establish) the franchise as a feature film series? Yeah. Right. IF that ever happens, my first thought is that they'll have completely lost their minds.

But even if I could grant you that premise, I for damn sure couldn't picture anybody handing control over this baby to Bryan Singer. No. Freaking. Way.

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Post  webhead2006 on Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:15 am

Ya as much as I would love to have another series. Probably will bbe a few more yrs to we get one. At leasst do another two films. then maybe think about doing a tv series. But with how good jj film was and jj tv track record I would think paramount would look at him first I would think. I know singer been trying to do trek stuff for yrs and getting no where. Now I may have liked him doing trek around xmen time frame. But since sr. Singer just has dropped the ball on everything.

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Post  non_amos on Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:32 pm

JJ Abrams is also responsible for FRINGE which I've expressed my like for before. He was also responsible for LOST but I've never watched enough of that to evaluate it properly. If they did another TV series he'd be the guy to go with but like Colors said, why risk the new established film franchise, especially considering it's a hit? I guess sometimes we'll never figure out Hollyweird. Just look at how in recent days they get you hooked on new TV series only to cancel them in mid-season. I know that happened in the past but now it's so extreme it's like if the new show ain't the top flavor of the week then it gets the axe. Go figure.

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Post  webhead2006 on Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:45 pm

Ya I know its like networks expect ten + mill viewers for every show out there. Which is hard to do even on the top networks. There is just so many different channels and networks out there. One reason I like cw/syfy they don't expect shows to be high smashing numbers. But they at least give shows a shot,. And then if they don't improve they can them. Would be nice to seebig networks try that more. But I understand why they don't.

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Post  non_amos on Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:28 pm

webhead2006 wrote:Ya I know its like networks expect ten + mill viewers for every show out there. Which is hard to do even on the top networks. There is just so many different channels and networks out there. One reason I like cw/syfy they don't expect shows to be high smashing numbers. But they at least give shows a shot,. And then if they don't improve they can them. Would be nice to seebig networks try that more. But I understand why they don't.

The thing is though is that I believe FRINGE is in danger of being canceled after 4 seasons which is regrettable if they do because imho it's one of the better sci-fi shows out there. But it's also on FOX so what do you think is gonna happen? But kudos to networks that allow shows like SMALLVILLE & SUPERNATURAL to continue even when the chips are down. Certainly if they had been on 'the big 4' they'd have been canceled after the 1st season. Or before.

EDIT TO ADD: One thing I think that hurts show nowadays is the Internet & the whole digital age in general. Gone are the days where you felt like you had to be home at a certain time to watch your favorite program or at least tape it on the VCR. But now you can watch it online whenever you feel like it and even cable such as Time-Warner have it where you can go back & watch programs you've missed, some of them anyway. So this obviously hurts number figures that the networks are wanting. Could it be that the networks are still living too much in the 'stone age' when it comes to how their media is presented? It appears that way. I think they need to learn to adapt if they want to survive. However, this is getting off-topic from duh Singerman crapola so we might want to return to Bryan Singerman?

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Post  webhead2006 on Sat Feb 04, 2012 3:55 pm

Ya its so hard these days. As for fringe I haven't seen the show since end of first season. But heck I say if u can last 4 to 5bseasons nowadays. Is good. By that rate u can hit 100 episodes and then score good syndication stuff. If fringe ends would be sad to go. I still need to watch season 2 and on.

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Post  webhead2006 on Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:27 pm

Looks like the munsters is getting delayed a bit(YAY!!):
http://www.movieweb.com/news/the-munsters-pilot-mockingbird-lane-delayed
The Munsters Pilot Mockingbird Lane Delayed

The Munsters pilot Mockingbird Lane delayed by NBCNBC has pushed production on The Munsters pilot Mockingbird Lane, taking it out of contention for the fall 2012 season.

Insiders say that NBC wanted more time to enhance certain elements of the show that they see as a priority, rather than rush the current script into production. Shooting was originally slated to start later this month in Vancouver. It is now slated to begin this summer, and, if the show is picked up, it may debut in midseason next year.

Bryan Fuller will direct the pilot from his own script. We reported back in December that the show will center on Eddie Munster, whose nasty werewolf incident at a summer camp forces the family to relocate to the decrepit mansion on 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

No casting has been announced for Mockingbird Lane as of yet.

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Post  webhead2006 on Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:41 pm

Looks like they landed first role:
http://m.deadline.com/2012/03/new-munsters-series-nbc-mocking-bird-lane-eddie-izzard/
Eddie Izzard To Star In And Produce NBC’s ‘Munsters’ Reboot BY NELLIE ANDREEVA | Tuesday March 20, 2012 @ 11:30am PDT Email This Eddie Izzard is in final negotiations to star in and produce NBC’s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane. Izzard is the first actor cast in the pilot, written by Bryan Fuller and to be directed by Bryan Singer. Mockingbird Lane is described as a reinvention of the 1960s sitcom about a family of “monsters” that has striking visuals in the vein of Fuller’s ABC dramedy Pushing Daisies. Izzard will play Grandpa, the Munster family patriarch, a powerful, ancient vampire with an irrepressible twinkle in his eye. He can shapeshift into rats, wolves, and other creatures at will, but he’s also dapper and charming in a fedora; he is a Don Juan-type womanizer with penchant for flashy, sexy outfits. Izzard was originally offered the role, played by Al Lewis on the original series, in January when he was tied to a drama project he had in development at FX. Facing casting difficulties, NBC rolled the pilot to June and spent the time developing the show’s visual style and settings. Meanwhile, Izzard, repped by UTA and The Collective, became available and, after fielding an offer for another pilot, he was approached again for Mockingbird Lane. Impressed by the Fuller and Singer’s vision for the Munsters world, he came on board the Universal TV-produced project as a star and a producer.

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Post  webhead2006 on Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:12 am

concept art for grandpa/lily munster:
http://www.dreadcentral.com/news/54567/first-concept-art-munsters-redux-mockingbird-lane

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