Ellen DeGeneres lovely partner, Portia de Rossi was casted for quite an unexpected part. According to TVGuide.com, Portia de Rossi will play Lily Munster in NBC’s new project.
NBC has big plans for the “Mockingbird Lane” remake. In fact, according to TVGuide.com the network will launch the sitcom in a new format, lengthier than the original. So, basically instead of the half-hour show, you’re going to get a full hour of drama featuring a modern-day version of the Munsters.
Truth be told, with Portia de Rossi on board as Lily Munster, NBC’s upcoming show just got a bit more exciting. If actress Yvonne De Carlo seemed quite fit for the part of the undead housewife, Portia de Rossi looks more like an angel. But as challenging as it might look for the layperson, the 39-year-old actress is familiar with acting within a dysfunctional family. In the end she played Lindsay Bluth for three years on “Arrested Development”.
Portia de Rossi joins a Munsters reboot cast that seems thrilling enough. She will star with Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa. Mason Cook is also on board, as NBC casted him for the part of the werewolf son, Eddie. Charity Wakefield was casted too, she’s going to plain Marilyn the cousin.
NBC has been working on revamping the 60’s sitcom for months now. Last year, NBC had a version for the Munsters’ remake that didn’t exactly agree with the network. The version Portia de Rossi is going to play in is said to be much improved.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Bryan Fuller’s newer version is “an edgier and slightly darker take, exploring origins of Herman and Lily and how they arrived at the famed 1313 Mockingbird Lane address”.
Bryan Fuller, better known for creating “Pushing Daisies”, has been seriously involved in the rewrite of the Munsters. However with him rewriting another version, the project was pushed for a midseason slot on NBC, write CBS News. The remake was initially said to air sometime this fall. In a tweet posted earlier this week, Bryan Fuller seemed quite happy with the project’s status and announced the “cameras are rolling on #MockingBirdLane”.