Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Jerry O'Connell cast as Herman Munster in 'Mockingbird Lane'

Concept art of the Mockingbird house, courtesy EW
Entertainment Weekly has reported that the Piranha (and My Secret Identity!) actor has been cast in Mockingbird Lane, NBC's family-friendly dramedy reboot of 1960s sitcom Munsters.

Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is behind the reboot (which is exec-produced by Bryan Singer, who will also direct the pilot) and says he wants the show to be like an "American Harry Potter" with elements from American Horror Story, but for the entire family. He has said the show - which will feature a wardrobe influenced by Alexander McQueen - will almost be like a  Real Housewives of Transylvania and show "what monsters would be doing if they lived in our society today ... How they would look, how they would interact."

As for Herman, Fuller has said the Frankenstein-monster character (originally played by Fred Gwynne in the 1960s) will be assembled from many people parts, and in a zombie-like state of constant decay.

EW notes the show’s pilot had a subplot where Herman needed a heart transplant, "which involves finding a living 'donor' for a replacement." Presumably that operation would be conducted by vampire/mad scientist Grandpa, who will be played by British comedian Eddie Izzard.

One other note about Mockingbird: Since the show will be airing on NBC (a network owned by NBCUniversal Media), that means Fuller will have access to the closely guarded Universal Monsters library. So - in addition to Dr. Frankenstein's creation, Dracula and the Wolfman - we might expect to see the Invisible Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and a few other familiar faces on the show.

UPDATE: Portia de Rossi has been announced as playing Lily in the reboot

- Aaron Sagers

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