June 5th, 2012
11:58 AM ET
Classic 1960s sitcom “The Munsters” will be revived with “Sliders” actor Jerry O’Connell as its leading man.
Deadline reports that O’Connell will play patriarch Herman Munster in “Mockingbird Lane,” a reboot of the vintage series about a lovable family of monsters.
The revamped show - which will also reportedly co-star Eddie Izzard (Grandpa), Mason Cook (Eddie) and Charity Wakefield (the “plain” cousin) - will air on NBC. The pilot was written by Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies”) and directed by Bryan Singer (“Superman Returns").
As of now, it looks like the storyline is centered around O’Connell’s character, who works in a funeral home and is in desperate need of a new heart. When he’s not fretting over son Eddie’s transformation into a werewolf, he spends his time looking for a living “donor.”
“We want this show to be an American 'Harry Potter,'” writer/producer Fuller recently told Entertainment Weekly. “To have that sense of a magical world that you get to [visit] with your family, and [to have] stories told in a fantastical way that are instantly relatable. It’s an ‘American Horror Story’ that the whole family can watch.”
Production on “Mockingbird Lane” is expected to start later this summer.
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