You have heard that NBC is reimagining the classic sitcom THE MUNSTERS as MOCKINGBIRD LANE, a drama with comedic elements, right ? It is not on NBC’s fall schedule, because the pilot just started shooting.
The project is being produced by Bryan Fuller. He was the creator of ABC’s late, lamented PUSHING DAISIES (which I loved so much) and WONDERFALLS, so there is hope that this project will reflect something of Fuller’s fractured, candy-colored worldview. Fuller told Entertainment Weekly:
“We want this show to be an American ‘Harry Potter. To have that sense of a magical world that you get to go to with your family and find stories told in a fantastical way that are instantly relatable.”
The original MUNSTERS ran on CBS from 1964-’66, and starred starred Fred Gwynne as Herman, Yvonne De Carlo as Lily, Al Lewis as Grandpa, Butch Patrick as Eddie, and Pat Priest as cousin Marylin. The new show’s name, MOCKINGBIRD LANE, is taken from the address where the family lived in the first series, 1313 Mockingbird Lane, in Mockingbird Heights.
The new casting so far announced includes Eddie Izzard as Grandpa and Jerry O’Connell as Herman. Just announced this week: Portia De Rossi — best-known as Lindsay on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and Nelle on ALY MCBEAL (and as the wife of Ellen DeGeneres) — will play Lily.