The announcements over the casting of the reboot of the family of monsters known as The Munsters for the show entitled Mockingbird Lane. The show is set to appear on NBC this fall. Some of the casting decisions have left fans of the original sitcom scratching their heads, but at least one new announcement has them excited.
According to Hollywood sources, the latest casting announcement is that actress Beth Grant will sign on to play a nosy neighbor named Maryanne. Maryanne was not a character in the original series, but is new for the reboot. She is a paraplegic neighbor who may be an adaptation of the busybody character of Gladys Kravitz in another popular 1960s show, Bewitched.
Grant is known from a number of her character roles in movies such as Speed, No Country for Old Men and more. She is also known for her appearances in TV shows such as Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls. Her fans have already taken to the Internet in support of the casting. This has not always been the case with other casting decisions
For example, it was announced that actor Jerry O’Connell will play the role of Herman Munster. In the original series Herman is similar to Frankenstein’s monster and the patriarch of the family. He was portrayed by actor Fred Gwynne. This is a call that has left some wondering what the producers of the new show were thinking. Actor Brad Garrett was considered a frontrunner based on his long and lanky looks and commanding voice that is reminiscent of Gwynne.
Other casting decisions include: Portia De Rossi as Lily Munster, British comedian Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, Charity Wakefield as Marilyn Munster, and Mason Cook has been cast as Eddie Munster.
The original sitcom ran in the 1960s from 1964 to 1966 and has been revisited in feature films. The show was campy and fun. Based on the premise of a ghoulish family (except for Marilyn who is unassumingly beautiful) who didn’t consider themselves that different from the rest of society and are trying to fit in. The new series, however, is apparently geared towards a darker vision of the monster family living in a large Victorian mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Lane in the fictional town of Mockingbird Heights. The show is being written by Bryan Fuller and the pilot will be directed by veteran filmmaker Bryan Singer.
The producers also announced that they had booked guest star Cheyenne Jackson. Jackson will play a character called Scout Master Steve, the Boy Scout Master for the Munsters’ son Eddie who then develops a crush on Lily. Jackson is known for a recurring role on the comedy 30 Rock.
Photo of Beth Grant courtesy of Wikipedia archives.