MOCKINGBIRD LANE - PILOT (NBC 10/26/12) Jerry O'Connell, Eddie Izzard, Portia de Rossi, Charity Wakefield
Mockingbird Lane is a 2012 television special developed as a re-imagining of the 1960s CBS sitcom The Munsters. It was developed for NBC by Bryan Fuller. The pilot episode aired on October 26, 2012, as a Halloween special, with the option for a series order. The special was viewed by 5.47 million American viewers and gained a 1.5/5 ratings share for adults aged 18–49.
Grandpa Sam Dracula (Eddie Izzard) assembled Herman (Jerry O'Connell) because no man was good enough for his daughter Lily (Portia de Rossi), a sexy vampiress. Lily's niece Marilyn (Charity Wakefield), the freak of the family, is actually normal and Lily and Herman's only child, Eddie (Mason Cook), has his werewolf tendencies surface in puberty, forcing the family to relocate to their famous 1313 Mockingbird Lane address.
On December 27, 2012, NBC announced that it would not be taking Mockingbird Lane to series.
Jerry O'Connell as Herman Munster, a man made from parts of other people. Unlike Herman in the original series, Herman looks human except for some very obvious scars (in keeping with many modern-day interpretations of the Frankenstein Monster, upon which Herman was based). He is very intelligent but has a sensitive heart. He loves his family, and to a lesser extent his father-in-law. His heart, the last remaining part from his original body, is dying because he "loves too hard".
Portia de Rossi as Lily Munster (née Dracula) the elegant matriarch of the Munster family and a vampire. Unlike her father, Lily tries not to attack or manipulate humans. She loves her family very much and only wants them safe.
Charity Wakefield as Marilyn Munster, Lily's niece, is a normal human with a dark secret. She is considered the oddball of the family because she looks and acts normal. Her mother tried to eat her, but Grandpa talked her out of it.
Mason Cook as Eddie Munster, an apparently normal adolescent boy who does not initially know that he is a werewolf. When Herman and Lily are forced to break this news to him, they obtain for him a pet dragon to watch over him during his transformations.
Eddie Izzard as Grandpa (Sam Dracula), Lily's father, also a vampire. He likes to act like he is the head of the family. He enjoys making wisecracks at Herman's expense. This version of Grandpa is much darker than the character in the original series, exhibiting predatory behavior and a fondness for murder and mind control.