June 12, 2012 7:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Portia de Rossi to Play Lily Munster in NBC's 'Munsters' Reboot
NBC has found its Lily Munster in Portia de Rossi.
The former Better Off Ted and Arrested Development star has joined the network's drama pilot Mockingbird Lane as the matriarch of the Munster family, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
De Rossi, whose ABC comedy pilot The Smart One was passed over at the network in May, will play the vampire bride to Herman Munster (Jerry O'Connell) and the daughter of Eddie Izzard's Grandpa Munster.
Yvonne De Carlo played the role in the original 1960s CBS sitcom, opposite Fred Gwynne. The original Universal Studios-produced series aired for 70 episodes.
Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is writing NBC's hyper-stylized reboot, with Bryan Singer on board to direct. De Rossi joins the previously cast O'Connell, Izzard and Mason Cook, who will play Lily and Herman's werewolf son, Eddie, in the pilot. Newcomer Charity Wakefield will play Marilyn, their "plain" cousin.
NBC initially eyed the reboot, from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller, for this development season but pushed the project to summer.
Fuller and NBC first made an attempt to revive the sitcom last year, with the network ultimately passing. His newer version is said to be an edgier and slightly darker take, exploring origins of Herman and Lily and how they arrived at the famed 1313 Mockingbird Lane address.
De Rossi is repped by WME.