Back in October of 2010 we first learned of the plan to reboot and bring back the classic 1960’s TV series The Munsters to network TV. Earlier this year, back in March, we learned not only that this new version of The Munsters — now titled Mockingbird Lane — is going into production but also that comic actor Eddie Izzard nabbed the role of Grandpa Munster. Today we learn officially that Jerry O’Connell has been cast in the leading male role of Herman Munster. I’m guessing his sizable forehead had something to do with his casting ;)
Mockingbird Lane has found its new Herman Munster. Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan) has landed the role of the the Munster family patriarch in the NBC reboot, TVLine has learned. The role was originated by Fred Gwynne in classic ’60s version. The project, which was originally slated to go into production in the spring but got pushed back until early summer due to casting issues, is being stewarded by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and X-Men auteur Bryan Singer. Whereas the original was a comedy, the remake is being billed by NBC as a “visually spectacular one hour drama.” O’Connell, who most recently starred opposite James Belushi in the CBS procedural The Defenders, joins previously cast Eddie Izzard (as Grandpa) and Mason Cook (as Eddie).
Honestly, I have my doubts about this Munsters reboot. While I LOVED the original series in reruns as a child, I have my concerns that an updated version might flop hard (especially on NBC). That being said, my doubts and concerns have been proven wrong many times before and an intelligent reboot of this series might turn out well after all. Eddie Izzard is a brilliantly funny man, he would make a great Grandpa Munster. I quite like Jerry O’Connell, so I’m intrigued by his casting. This series could really go either way … brilliantly clever or horribly terrible. We’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out. I’m really curious to see who they cast in the lead female role of Lily Munster. For some reason, I really loved that character in the original series. I thought she was so pretty and so loving — I loved her much more than Morticia Addams in The Addams Family. HMMM. Stay tuned, I suspect we’ll find out who will play the new Lily Munster soon enough. As for Jerry’s casting as Herman, what do y’all think? Any Munsters fans out there?