News Briefs: NBC Finds Its Herman Munster for Mockingbird Lane

CASTING NEWS

... If Jerry O'Connell's recent track record with television is any indication, Mockingbird Lane should last about four-and-a-half episodes. The former star of Do Not Disturb, Carpoolers, and The Defenders has been cast as Herman Munster in the upcoming NBC show Mockingbird Lane, a re-imagining of the classic Munsters series from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller. Really? Jerry O'Connell? The fat kid from Stand By Me? As Herman Munster? How many questions can I ask in a row? [TV Line]

... More Mockingbird Lane news! True Blood's Mariana Klaveno was almost penciled in as matriarch Lily Munster after the pilot she was committed to, ABC's Devious Maids, was passed on by the network. But with Lifetime in discussions to pick up Devious Maids, she's been forced to bow out of the Lily role. That is, unless the Devious Maids creator releases her from her contract. OH THE POWER OF SHOWRUNNERS! [TV Guide]

... ABC's dating show White Guy Bangs a Bunch of White Women in Exotic Locations might have its first minority centerpiece. Roberto Martinez, who won the sixth season of White Woman Bangs a Bunch of White Men in Exotic Locations and has since broken up with Ali Fedotowsky, has reportedly signed on to be the first Non-White Guy Bangs a Bunch of White Women in Exotic Locations. Way to trailblaze, Roberto! [Life & Style Magazine]


BUSINESS TIME

... Spike TV has a new show called Last Family On Earth, a reality competition in which participants fight for a spot in a luxury underground bunker. Contestants will be tested on their survival skills, leadership ability, and integrity (or as much integrity as can be had by a reality-show contestant). The finale of the six-episode series, which will see the family moving into a bunker designed to withstand nuclear war, asteroids, and the Snooki Apocalypse, will coincide with the day before the Mayan calendar says the world is supposed to end. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fuse Network has announced three new shows but they're all too stupid to be listed here. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Half of the shows being made today are pitched by powerful people who think their lives are interesting enough to be the focus of a TV series. Hollywood PR vet Howard Bragman is producing a scripted E! show about a young hotshot PR guy in Hollywood! HIS NAME IS BRAG-MAN FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! This is too easy. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Billy Corgan (of Smashing Pumpkins) is producing a pro-wrestling reality show. Hmm. [Rolling Stone]

... Those of you with Dish Network who want to watch the Mad Men finale this Sunday, have fun finding it! The satellite company and the cable network are at odds over carriage fees; Dish says the low ratings don't justify how much AMC charges, and AMC says, "Screw you we have Mad Men!" So Dish has ousted AMC to cable-guide Siberia. Look for AMC on channel 9,609. AMC's sister networks, WEtv and IFC has also been given the nine-thousand treatment. [NY Daily News]


BE JOFFREY NEWS

... Do you want to behead your enemies, torture prostitutes, and have cow poop thrown in your face!? OF COURSE YOU DO! Well you can almost be King Joffrey Baratheon, the despised despot of Game of Thrones, for just $30,000. HBO has announced that it's selling replicas of the Iron Throne, the symbol of power that everyone in Westeros wants, for 30 large. However, it won't actually be made out of swords. Instead it will be 350 pounds and seven feet of fiberglass. If you were really cool you would buy it and then convert it into a toilet. [NY Times]


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To be honest I think Eddie Izzard and Jerry O'Connell should switch roles. Their personality types are a little odd for their roles.
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Wow, Jerry O'Connell as Herman Munster, that is quite possibly the worst casting I've ever heard. Yes, he's goofy, but he's the wrong kind of goofy, he's fratboy-goofy with a light touch of wannabe-toughguy. Granted, Sliders worked out pretty well, but the ratings went UP after he left. I don't even know what that was supposed to mean, but it's not great casting.



I swear to god, every single piece of news in this article is too strange to be real.
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Anything Bryan Fuller is worthy so let's give it a try. Thanks Tim about the Dish number for AMC and found IFC too. With what many of us pay for DISH, I guess we should thank them for fighting to keep costs down but they sure make it difficult.



And speaking of DISH, they haven't had FUSE for some time now and I can see FUSE has sold out with reality shows. FUSE was the last bastion of music videos so it's a sad day to hear that. And I remember those 80's when there was nothing but music videos on MTV so that's saying something. :P



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Jerry is one of my favorite actors. I am only 3 years older than him, and grew up with My Secret Identity back when I was 20. I also loved Sliders and Crossing Jordan. I also watched Defenders, and was sad it was cancelled so fast, but it's not his fault.



As long as it is set in modern day, and not the '60s, I certainly shall watch it. I am not a fan of retro tv shows. Speaking of which, is this Mad Men finale a series finale or just a season one? I remember hearing last year it would be over soon. I never watched it or Pan Am, since I am not into retro era shows.
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You get my thumbs-up for calling out My Secret Identity, Sliders, and Crossing Jordan.



I thought I read somewhere they're going modern-day with the newest Munsters (they already did a New Munsters in the late '80s), but they're also talking about exploring the characters' origins, so who knows.
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I just want to point out that the mayan calendar does not include leap years, so the end of the world should have happened over six months ago. So there is a greater chance of the Snooki apocalypse occurring than on Dec 21.
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I'd give Mockingbird Lane about 13 episodes, although it could easily last two seasons because of interest and both Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me lasted a couple seasons.
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After the dismal failure of last year's revival of "Charlie's Angels" (Which was actually the second planned revival. The first, titled "Angels 88", never produced a single episode.) I don't understand why NBC thinks this idea would work. I don't necessarily want the show to fail, I just don't see why NBC is going ahead with it.
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What if there's no makeup? It's a drama. It's a "re-imagining". Maybe they're just monsters who look and act like regular people. In other words, it's just like every other drama on TV, except once in a while one of them eats a neighbour....
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They're all different monsters, I think they would have to have makeup or it'd be just too hard to get the idea across. Then again, the state of modern TV has everything being deconstructed and ruined by doing so.
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Maybe they could show their monster faces a few seconds when excited... No, wait! That's Grimm...
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To make "Mockingbird Lane" an even worse idea is that it's a drama. And you know it will be in color so the makeup will look as awful as it did on that videotaped remake with John Schuck in the Herman role. All the characters looked (unintentionally) foolish in color. O'Connell will regret this after about 3 days of the grueling makeup routine.
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wait what this is a drama? What? Why? urg

wouldnt that kind of destroy the whole Herman character? he was supposed to be goofy
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not liking these picks for the cast of the Munsters. it might just be b/c I usually hate remakes (they're nvr as good) but Fred Gwynne and Yvonne de Carlo will always be Herman and Lily munster to me. i prob wont watch it.

idk Jerry O'Connell i can't see playing Herman.

oh anyone know if this remake is in b&w or color?
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I love Jerry O'Connell from Crossing Jordan!!! Still not sure I will watch the show, but not down with the Jerry hate.
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Tim, if you knew or even cared who I was, then you'd know that you and I rarely see eye to eye.



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yes, that's a pretty weird choice for Herman Munster ...



Question: Does this mean this is going to be a radical re-imagining?



(p.s. I thought The Defenders was a cute, clever show...but I can see how people could get tired of Jim Belushi's act)
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Brad Garrett would have been a much more logical choice for Herman Munster. He wouldn't even need the big shoes!
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Why? He has small feet?
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And if you were really creative you would design in a bidet and toilet roll holder for your $30K Throne, 'cause you are so the man.



At least that would be one toilet the dog almost certainly would learn not to drink from.
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And they couldn't get O'Connell's wife, Rebecca Romijn, to play Marilyn???



The show's dead right there.



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Rebecca Romijn? I'd have one more reason to watch!
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Ugh, Munsters.
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People are complaining about Jerry O' Connell being cast, when they should be complaining about yet another re-boot. Some things should just stay in the past. Right now, I think of the Munsters as that show my dad used to like. Now, The Munsters will be brought into this era where it will be dragged through the mud only to be canceled by mid-season. Hollywood is ruining every good tv show/movie that was once thought of as good.
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"...that my dad used to like..."



ouch.
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At least she didn't say "grandad"...
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He cannot act.

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I'm like most people, upon hearing of Jerry O'Connell as Herman Munster, i was confused. I guess only time will tell.
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Jerry O'Connell? Ugh.
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With the right makeup I think Jerry O'Connell will be perfect. And I think he's goofy enough to pull it out.



O'Connell did a lot of garbage in his career, but to me he'll always be Quinn Mallory from Sliders. And that show lasted more than four and a half episodes.
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Loved Sliders, too.



Is it possible to "used to like" the Munsters AND "Sliders"?



I don't know why people are hating on O'Connell, but he's too young and hipstery to be a good Herman Munster in my opinion.



I'd much rather see a no-name actor in the role. Or go completely over the top and get one of those SNL guys.
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I loved him in Sliders. I agree - with right make-up - he would be good.
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