It's A Munster Mash

NBC's Mockingbird Lane has cast its perfect papa. Bryan Fuller's Munsters revamp has found an actor good enough to play the famous Herman Munster. He's a character best known for his jittery laugh and resemblance to Frankenstein.

Jerry O'Connell

NBC's reboot of The Munsters is gaining momentum. The network has finally cast the coveted role of Herman Munster in the pilot for Mockingbird Lane. The bumbling patriarch will be played by none other than Jerry O'Connell.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, "The Frankenstein-inspired Herman is a mishmash of parts from other people and in a constant state of decay. The show’s pilot script has a subplot about Herman desperately needing a new heart — which involves finding a living 'donor' for a replacement."

O'Connell will join Eddie Izzard, who'll play the family's grandpa — who happens to be a vampire.

Mason Cook will fill the shoes of Eddie Munster, while Charity Wakefield will play Marilyn Munster. The producers are still on the lookout for the lady of the house, Lily, who's Herman's wife and matriarch of the clan.

The original Munsters series ran from 1964-1966 and starred Fred Gwynne as Herman and Yvonne De Carlo as Lily. With Mockingbird Lane, creator Bryan Fuller wants there to be less camp, and more fantasy.

Fuller told EW, “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. It’s an American Horror Story that the whole family can watch.”

"[Herman's] essentially a zombie in a constant state of decay — and he’s married to a woman who doesn’t age [Lily], there’s something very poignant there.”

Munsters cartoon

What do you think of the new Munsters?

Photo credit: Joseph Marzullo/Wenn
Cartoon courtesy Larry Lambert

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Comments on "Mockingbird Lane : NBC reveals new Herman Munster"

Lindia November 09, 2012 | 11:19 AM

I watched the pilot of Mockingbird Lane and I am sadden each week when it's not on a regular schedule. The whole house was watching IT WAS GREAT, we just loved it! The special effects was the best and it gave insight to so many questions that I had of the original show! I have told other family and friends to be on the look out and I have a list of family members to call when it finally do come back on. This will be the families best new show of the season and one that I highly recommend (especially if you watched the original)! I predict this new Herman Munster and family to be a huge hit! You can count my family as being BIG fans of this show! The ages group that was watching was 59 to 4 yrs of age! THANK YOU FOR A FUN SHOW THAT THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN WATCH!!!

DJ Tanner June 06, 2012 | 8:41 AM

A remake of once a great show will never be the same and as good as the original.

Emma June 05, 2012 | 3:12 PM

Not sure that I'll tune in, I wasn't much of a fan the first time. But it will be interesting to see Jerry O'Connell play Herman Munster. I will be anxious to see who is cast as his wife. He definitely looks the part with the shape of his face! Best of luck to the cast and new show.

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