After a couple years out of the limelight since the cancellation of Pushing Daisies in 2009 cultishly adored television producer/writer Bryan Fuller (Daisies, Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Heroes) is having an incredibly busy pilot development season.
He has two high profile projects in the works to premiere on NBC in the fall, though they perhaps won’t display the same creativity and originality as his previous work since they’re both based on existing popular franchises. Hannibal will be yet another property based on the popular Hannibal Lecter character, while Mockingbird Lane is to be a darker “reboot” of 60s television favorite The Munsters. The pilot of Mockingbird Lane is to be written by Fuller and directed by Bryan Singer, making it one of the more anticipated pilots of the year.
Previously announced casting news for Mockingbird Lane includes professional big lug Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster and Eddie Izzard as Grandpa. On Wednesday deadline.com reported that Portia de Rossi has been cast as family matriarch/vampire Lily Munster. Some might point out that de Rossi’s work on Arrested Development has given her experience playing someone essentially trapped in a family of monsters. In addition, her work on Arrested Development and Better off Ted has given her experience working on cult, short-lived shows helmed by showrunners with distinctive visions.
There was some behind-the-scenes drama with the casting of this role. De Rossi was actually the second choice behind Mariana Klaveno, who already has some experience playing a vampire on True Blood. Ultimately Klaveno couldn’t get out of her commitment to Dangerous Maids, a pilot for Lifetime that may get a series pickup.