PORTIA DE ROSSI CAST AS LILY MUNSTER IN NBC’S MOCKINGBIRD LANE

In an abrupt casting change, Portia De Rossi has been brought in to replace Mariana Klaveno to play Lily Munster (originally played to vampish effect by Yvonne De Carlo) for NBC’s THE MUNSTERS reboot MOCKINGBIRD LANE. Apparently, Mariana Klaveno couldn’t get a release from her contract for the project DEVIOUS MAIDS. Being a fan of De Rossi’s work in her various roles, I think this can only work out for the best and can’t wait to see what she’ll look like decked out as Lily Munster. Better than Mariana Klaveno, I think Portia De Rossi even has a better look for the role and her work in Arrested Development leads me to believe she can pull off the humorous, yet mysterious character.

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Wakefield joins Jerry O’Connell, as Herman Munster, Mason Cook as Eddie, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa. Bryan Singer (producer of one of my favorite horror films TRICK ‘R TREAT) is slated to helm the pilot episode. The pilot is described as a “re-imagining” of the 1960s sitcom about The Munsters, a family of “monsters” — vampires, werewolves and a Frankenstein-esque monster, and their “plain” cousin (played in the reboot by Charity Wakefield) — that will feature interesting themes and visuals in the vein (pun intended) of Fuller’s PUSHING DAISIES. Mason Cook, playing Eddie Munster, is Lily (played by Portia De Rossi) and Herman’s (played by Jerry O’Connell) only child, an earnest boy scout and budding werewolf. Horrified to learn the truth about himself, he refuses to eat meat, arguing with Grandpa (Eddie Izzard) around the dinner table.

FIRST LOOK AT CHARITY WAKEFIELD AS MARILYN MUNSTER ON SET OF NBC’S MOCKINGBIRD LANE

Show “creator” Bryan Fuller has released the first image of Charity Wakefield as Marilyn Munster (originally portrayed by Beverley Owen with actress Pat Priest later assuming the role) on the set of NBC’s MOCKINGBIRD LANE. Seems like a damn good match to the original, which is the first time I can say that about the casting for the show.

Pat Priest As Marilyn Munster

Wakefield joins Jerry O’Connell, as Herman Munster, Mason Cook as Eddie, and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa. Bryan Singer (producer of one of my favorite horror films TRICK ‘R TREAT) is slated to helm the pilot episode. The pilot is described as a “re-imagining” of the 1960s sitcom about The Munsters, a family of “monsters” — vampires, werewolves and a Frankenstein-esque monster, and their “plain” cousin (played in the reboot by Charity Wakefield) — that will feature interesting themes and visuals in the vein (pun intended) of Fuller’s PUSHING DAISIES. Mason Cook, playing Eddie Munster, is Lily (no longer being played by ?) and Herman’s (played by Jerry O’Connell) only child, an earnest boy scout and budding werewolf. Horrified to learn the truth about himself, he refuses to eat meat, arguing with Grandpa (Eddie Izzard) around the dinner table.

EDDIE IZZARD SUITS UP AS GRANDPA MUNSTER FOR NBC’S ‘MOCKINGBIRD LANE’

Show “creator” Bryan Fuller released the first image today of Eddie Izzard suiting up as Grandpa Munster during a wardrobe fitting for NBC’s MOCKINGBIRD LANE. It seems, just from costuming, that they’re definitely straying from original wardrobe design.

Bryan Singer (producer of one of my favorite horror films TRICK ‘R TREAT) is slated to helm the pilot episode. The pilot is described as a “re-imagining” of the 1960s sitcom about The Munsters, a family of “monsters” — vampires, werewolves and a Frankenstein-esque monster, and their “plain” cousin (played in the reboot by Charity Wakefield) — that will feature interesting themes and visuals in the vein (pun intended) of Fuller’s PUSHING DAISIES. Mason Cook, playing Eddie Munster, is Lily (played by Mariana Klaveno) and Herman’s (played by Jerry O’Connell) only child, an earnest boy scout and budding werewolf. Horrified to learn the truth about himself, he refuses to eat meat, arguing with Grandpa (Eddie Izzard) around the dinner table.

EDDIE MUNSTER CAST FOR NBC’S ‘THE MUNSTERS’ REBOOT

In yet another example of a severe lack of ideas, THE MUNSTERS reboot is still a go for NBC. The new version will be titled MOCKINGBIRD LANE, written by Bryan Fuller (PUSHING DAISIES, DEAD LIKE ME) and starring Eddie Izzard and Charity Wakefield. Additionally, it has been reported that Mason Cook (SPY KIDS 4D) will be joining the cast as the young werewolf Eddie Munster.

Bryan Singer (producer of one of my new favorite horror films TRICK ‘R TREAT) is slated to helm the pilot episode. The pilot is described as a “re-imagining” of the 1960s sitcom about The Munsters, a family of “monsters” — vampires, werewolves and a Frankenstein-esque monster, and their “plain” cousin (played in the reboot by Charity Wakefield) — that will feature interesting themes and visuals in the vein (pun intended) of Fuller’s PUSHING DAISIES. Cook, playing Eddie Munster, is Lily and Herman’s only child, an earnest boy scout and budding werewolf. Horrified to learn the truth about himself, he refuses to eat meat, arguing with Grandpa (portrayed by Eddie Izzard) around the dinner table.

Hmmmm, I have a lot of fond memories of the original series, and still watch the show when in need of a good chuckle. Still, with the talent of Fuller and Singer behind the project, I may find myself actually enjoying it. Below is an example of concept art for the house at 1313 Mockingbird Lane and character design from Entertainment Weekly.