THE NEWS BUNDLE: Portia de Rossi Returning To Television in Bryan Fuller's 'Mockingbird Lane'


As production gears up for the upcoming The Munsters remake pilot Mockingbird Lane, casting has certainly been fast in development for filming to begin this summer. Whether or not the series will be picked up by NBC has yet to be determined, but the high-profile project has certainly gained plenty of publicity with many fans eagerly awaiting what may just be the network's next hit show. Now, it seems the dysfunctional family will be gaining an all-new member in the form of an actress that certainly knows her fair share of odd family units.

TV Line reports that Portia de Rossi has been cast as Lily Munster in Mockingbird Lane, joining previous cast members Eddie Izzard, Jerry O'Connell, Charity Wakefield, and Mason Cook. O'Connell will be playing her on-screen husband Herman Munster, while the others will be playing Grandpa, Marilyn, and Eddie Munster, respectively.

Previously, actress Mariana Klaveno was rumored to be in contention for the role of Lily, but only if she was allowed to take high-priority in the series after ABC pilot Devious Maids. NBC was even willing to let Klaveno retain recurring status on the ABC show, but it seems ABC Studios has turned down the role forcing the casting search to continue. Although really I don't think fans are really complaining...

This will mark the actress' first series regular role since the cancelled ABC comedy Better Off Ted. De Rossi will also be reprising her famous comedic role of Lindsay Funke in the Netflix revival of Arrested Development, which she is set to film later this summer. It's unclear whether or not De Rossi's involvement with Mockingbird Lane would hinder the possible continuation of Arrested Development should the revival prove to be successful, but that's a bridge to cross if Fuller's reimagined drama is indeed picked up for Early 2013.