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Jerry O’Connell to Fill Big Boots as NBC’s New Herman Munster

NBC’s remake of The Munsters, now known as Mockingbird Lane, isn’t even on the network’s schedule yet, but it’s still making news. TVLine reports that Jerry O’Connell (Sliders, The Defenders) would be starring as family patriarch (and Frankenstein’s monster) Herman Munster. O’Connell joins Eddie Izzard and Mason Cook, who signed on to play Grandpa Munster and Eddie (Herman and his wife Lily’s werewolf son), respectively.

The series, shepherded by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and producer Bryan Singer, has gone through lots of changes since it was originally pitched a few seasons back. Mockingbird Lane was intended to make its debut this upcoming season, but NBC shied away. In recent interviews, Fuller has described the show as “an American Harry Potter” as well as “Real Housewives of Transylvania,” as opposed to the goofy sitcom presented in the 1960s.


  • JozefAL

    Well, if Izzard is to be playing Grandpa “Munster,” I’m guessing there IS another major (though wildly ignored) change.  In the original series, Grandpa was LILY’s father (and it’s not like the show was ever hiding the fact–Grandpa would frequently refer to his “stupid son-in-law” when talking about Herman).  Grandpa was supposed to be THE Count Dracula, according to the series’ own internal backstory but never really used any type of regular surname on the show; he was usually just called “Grandpa” by everyone (including Lily–unless she was really peeved at him when she’d use “Father”).  I can’t recall if there was ever a moment when an outside character referred to him as being a “Munster” (at least, not in the same manner that led to Granny from the “Beverly Hillbillies” getting a “real” last name–in one episode, someone calls her “Granny Clampett” when she firmly corrects the person, stating her real last name is Moses).

    OTOH, it’s a bit of a shame with O’Connell donning the Herman makeup.  Unless his looks have really gone downhill in the last couple of years, it just seems a pity to cover him up that way.  (Not saying that Fred Gwynne was an ugly man, but he wasn’t conventionally handsome in the same way as O’Connell.)

  • RunnerX13

    The linked article from TVLine doesn’t report Grandpa as “Grandpa Munster”, so I think that’s just an error here.

  • RunnerX13

    If this show doesn’t answer the age old question of how a frankenstein and a vampire produce a werewolf child, it will all be for nothing.