In the original incarnation of "The Munsters," makeup and prosthetics were used to play up Fred Gwynn's resemblance to Boris Karloff's version of Frankinstein's monster for his portrayal of the family patriarch, Herman Munster. And within the show itself, Herman was so "ugly" that mirrors constantly cracked when he looked upon his own reflection.
The new Herman Munster probably won't have that problem.
According to TVLine, Jerry O’Connell will be stepping into the role of Herman Munster in NBC's upcoming "Munsters" reboot, "Mockingbird Lane." Most of the Munster family has already been cast, with Eddie Izzard signed to play Grandpa Munster, Charity Wakefield as the family's "normal" niece, Marilyn and Mason Cook as Herman's son, Eddie. Currently uncast is the female lead, Lily; who is also Herman's wife.
O'Connell has a long history in television including starring roles in "My Secret Identity," "Silders," "The Defenders" and "Crossing Jordan." In features, O'Connell is best known for several films, including Stand by Me, Scream 2, Piranha 3D, Jerry Maguire, Joe's Apartment and Mission to Mars.
"Mockingbird Lane" is expected to debut in midseason on NBC. The pilot episode is being adapted by "Pushing Daisies" creator Bryan Fuller and helmed by Bryan Singer; the director of the first two "X-Men" films.
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