These aren’t your daddy’s “Munsters.” We told you a few months back that NBC was reviving the classic 1960s sitcom about a family of horror-movie monsters and turning it into a dark drama called “Mockingbird Lane.” But in the wake of creative differences between the network and creator Bryan Fuller, NBC has decided to scrap the series and turn the $10 million pilot into a stand-alone Halloween special, airing October 26 at 8 PM.
Here’s your first look at the “Mockingbird Lane” cast in character: Jerry O’Connell (“Sliders”) as dad Herman; Portia de Rossi (“Arrested Development”) as mom Lily; Eddie Izzard (“The Riches”) as vampire Grandpa; Mason Cook (“Spy Kids in 4D”) as werewolf son Eddie; and British newcomer Charity Wakefield as “plain” cousin Marilyn. And as you can see, they look a lot different than the original “Munsters” (inset): much more naturalistic, without a hint of the old-school movie-monster makeup. Honestly, we wouldn’t even know O’Connell was playing Herman if you hadn’t told us. (Though he does have a pretty nasty neck scar, as you'll see in the following photos.) And an Eddie Munster without a widow’s peak? Blasphemy!
Anyway, click through this gallery to see more photos of the new-look Munsters from “Mockingbird Lane.”