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‘Mockingbird Lane’ Makes a Munster Out of Portia De Rossi

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We sure hope that ‘The Munsters’ reboot ‘Mockingbird Lane‘ matriarch Lily Munster knows how to cook a bit more than hot ham water, based on its latest casting.  Development continues to swirl on the Bryan Fuller-fronted remake of the classic horror comedy series, but now it seems like Lily Munster has got her star, no ‘Arrested Development‘ about it.

TVLine reports that former (technically current) ‘Arrested Development’ star Portia de Rossi has nabbed the coveted role of Munster family matriarch Lily Munster in NBC’s forthcoming ‘Munsters’ adaptation ‘Mockingbird Lane.’

Rossi picked up the role from ‘True Blood‘ star Mariana Klaveno, who was in talks for the part, but ultimately lost out to scheduling conflicts with ABC-turned-Lifetime drama ‘Devious Maids.’  Portia was also up for a role in ABC pilot ‘The Smart One,’ though the network declined to pick it up to series.  As widely known, the actress will also reprise her role as the materialistic Lindsay Fünke in Netflix‘s eventual revival of ‘Arrested Development,’ which shouldn’t interfere with ‘Mockingbird Lane.’

Rossi joins the recently cast Jerry O’Connell, set to play Munster patriarch and Frankenstein monster Herman Munster.  Written by ‘Pushing Daisies’ creator Bryan Fuller and directed by Bryan Singer, ‘Mockingbird Lane’ updates and re-invents the ’60s sitcom, a family of vampires, werewolves and other supernatural creatures, as well as their “plain” cousin (Charity Wakefield).

Rather than a traditional sitcom as in the original iteration, the series will feature striking visuals in the vein of Fuller’s past work on ‘Daisies.’  In addition to Wakefield and O’Connell,  Mason Cook will play the role of young werewolf boy Eddie, while UK comedian Eddie Izzard will play Grandpa Munster.

What say you?  Is Portia de Rossi right for the role of Lily Munster, or is ‘Mockingbird Lane’ best left in a state of ‘Arrested Development?’  Sound off, or give us your best chicken impression in the comments below!

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