NBC has finally found a suitor to take on the role of monster mom Lily Munster in their upcoming reboot of the 1960s sitcom The Munsters.
According to TVGuide.com, Portia de Rossi, the wife of Ellen DeGeneres, will play the iconic vampiress when “Mockingbird Lane” hits TVs sometime in 2013.
The Munsters remake, which is being written by Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), will reportedly be less of a comedy and more of a drama. Entertainment Weekly adds that the forthcoming show will delve into the backstory on how the Herman Family came to live at their famous address of 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
“The script is such a dramatic departure from the tone and style of the original show,” Fuller told EW on Tuesday. “If we continued to call the show The Munsters, people are just going to think we’re doing The Munsters. We’re doing a reinvention and re-imagination of this property.”
OK! Magazine reports that de Rossi joins a cast that includes Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa Munster, and Charity Wakefield as Marilyn Munster, the niece of Herman and Lily, who is the only ‘normal’ person in the family.
The original sitcom starred Fred Gwynne as Herman, Yvonne De Carlo as Lily, Beverly Owen as Marilyn, and Pat Priest (1964) and Butch Patrick (1964-1966) as Eddie Munster.
Readers: Do you think Portia de Rossi was a good choice for the role of Lily Munster? Are you planning on catching “Mockingbird Lane” when it hits TV screens next summer?