Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Portia de Rossi is Lily Munster in 'Mockingbird Lane'

Platinum-tressed actress Portia de Rossi has been signed as Lily Munster in the NBC Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane, according to Deadline. Mariana Klaveno (Bill's maker Lorena on True Blood) had been cast as Lily, but could not get released from her Devious Maids contract at ABC.

De Rossi, known for her comedic chops on Arrested Development and Better Off Ted, will join the project written by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) with the pilot directed by Bryan Singer.

Says Deadline, "Mockingbird Lane is described as a reinvention of the 1960s sitcom about The Munsters, a family of 'monsters' — vampires, werewolves and Frankenstein, and their 'plain' cousin (Charity Wakefield) — that will feature striking visuals in the vein of Fuller’s ABC dramedy Pushing Daisies. Jerry O’Connell plays family patriarch Herman Munster, who is married to Lily (de Rossi), a vampire, with whom he has fathered a 10-year-old boy, Eddie (Mason Cook). Eddie Izzard plays Grandpa. The role of Lily was played by Yvonne De Carlo in the original Munsters sitcom. This marks de Rossi’s return to NBC, where she was attached to a comedy project, The Smart One, last development season. NBC ultimately passed on the script, which landed a pilot order at ABC but didn’t go to series."