Jerry O’Connell has landed the coveted role of Frankenstein-esque family patriarch Herman Munster in NBC’s remake of the ’60s sitcom The Munsters. The Peacock Network has hit the greenlight on a modern-day reboot of the classic ghoulish show, produced by Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and described as “Modern Family meets True Blood.”
The Stand by Me star will lead the cast of Mockingbird Lane, TV Line said this week. Izzard, Charity Wakefield and Mason Cook round out the cast.
The Munsters will be the first vintage show getting the remake treatment in 2012. Whispers about a Munsters reboot first surfaced last year, just as NBC was touting its eventually-shelved remake of the ’70s small screen smash Wonder Woman.
The Munster Family was headed up by World War II veteran Herman (Fred Gwynne), a Frankenstein-esque blue-collar funeral home employee. He lived with wife Lily Dracula (Yvonne De Carlo), her dad (played by Al Lewis), his werewolf son Eddie (child star Butch Patrick) and “normal” niece Marilyn. All the members of the supernatural family were derived from legendary movie monsters — except of course for “Plain Jane” Marilyn.
Debuting in black-and-white in 1964, The Munsters ran for 70 episodes before being cancelled in 1966. Apparently, ratings plummeted after Batman debuted in full color.
Despite its short shelf life on the small screen, The Munsters has remained a pop culture staple in the years since it left the airwaves, spawning several made-for-TV specials and the shortlived spinoff series The Munsters Today in 1988. The series was even the subject of an adult film parody — This Ain’t The Munsters XXX — in 2008.