The new-look Munsters have been assembled for NBC's Mockingbird Lane, a dramatic rebooting of the beloved gothic sitcom, devised by Bryan Fuller, whose Pushing Daisies was critically acclaimed but ratings-challenged in its lone season on ABC a couple of years back.
Eddie Izzard (ex-The Riches) will don the cloak of Grandpa, made famous, of course, by Al Lewis. Portia de Rossi (ex-Arrested Development, Ally McBeal) has landed the role of Lily (formerly played by Yvonne DeCarlo). The biggest stunner of them all, however, was who was chosen to play Herman Munster.
Jerry O'Connell (ex-Sliders, Crossing Jordan, My Secret Identity, The Defenders) was cast as Herman a week ago, and that has raised some eyebrows. Now, John Schuck, the last man to play Herman (Munsters Today) wasn't exactly a tall guy, either, so the rationale against casting a tall actor on the order of Fred Gwynne does make some sense, though at least one unenlightened fellow on Yahoo! felt it made more sense to pay tribute to the original series by casting the tallest actor currently available, and that would be Brad Garrett (ex-Everybody Loves Raymond), whose last series, 'Til Death, lasted a couple of seasons on Fox. With Garrett being known more as a comic actor, not a dramatic one, however, that might've been a strike against him, despite his talent as an impressionist. Hey, you can't have everything.
However, given Universal's recent track record of poor revivals (Night Stalker, Knight Rider, & Bionic Woman all failed to get past the first season of their reboots), revamping Munsters into a dramatic series to appeal to the "Twilight"/Vampire Diaries audience doesn't guarantee it'll work. Given that it's still a year away from premiering, and at that a year ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Munsters franchise, there's plenty of time for Fuller to fully realize his vision and sell it hard and strong to the legions of Munsters fans.
As far as I'm concerned, thanks, but I'll stick with the original.