A few days ago, I reported to you fine people that none other than Jerry O'Connell had been cast in the role of Herman in NBC's upcoming reboot of The Munsters. Now, it seems that Herman officially has a wife lined up, and this casting choice is just as odd as the last one.
Former Arrested Development and Better Off Ted star Portia De Rossi has now been cast as the Munster matriarch Lily. The reboot, entitled Mockingbird Lane, has been described by creator Bryan Fuller as more of a modern drama than the original's sometimes slapstick style of comedy. The visual style will reportedly be similar to the lush, striking images found in Fuller's previous dark comedy Pushing Daisies. The casting has certainly been quite eclectic so far, with the aforementioned O'Connell and de Rossi as the Munster parents, the always odd Eddie Izzard playing Grandpa, newcomer Mason Cook in his first series regular role as young Eddie, and British actress Charity Wakefield making her USA TV debut playing Marilyn.
However, Portia was actually not producers' first choice for the role of Lily. Former True Blood actress Mariana Klaveno was originally offered the role, but only on the condition that she was released from her obligations to Marc Cherry's ABC pilot Devious Maids. Unfortunately for Klaveno, ABC has declined to release her to work elsewhere, even though the network declined to pick up the series. Instead, it looks like Devious Maids may get picked up by Lifetime, although nothing is for certain yet. Oh well, thems the breaks in Hollywood I suppose.
I'll leave you with Bryan Fuller's stated reasoning for not just calling this new project The Munsters - "The script is such a dramatic departure from the tone and style of the original show. If we continued to call the show The Munsters, people are just going to to think we’re doing The Munsters. We’re doing a reinvention and re-imagination of this property. I love the Universal monsters. There’s so many great characters we can run through this metaphor of family storytelling that it just felt it was ripe to do as a one-hour dramedy. Having all those elements to play with, the toy box is really, really full."
Do you think Portia De Rossi was a good pick to play Lily Munster?