First Look at Charity Wakefield in ‘Munsters’ Reboot, ‘Mockingbird Lane’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated December 29th, 2012 at 8:39 am,

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Bryan Fuller’s reboot/re-invention of the Munsters TV show, Mockingbird Lane, has left many fans of the original series feeling cold, to put it mildly. Even in the face of such a daunting uphill battle, spirits seem to high on the Mockingbird set – where cameras have officially begun rolling – with X-Men director Bryan Singer calling the shots on the series pilot.

As proof of that high morale, Fuller has released the first photo of Charity Wakefield as Marilyn Munster – a.k.a. “the ugly one” in a family composed of monsters – which (in Fuller’s version of The Munsters) includes an ancient shape-shifter and a cannibal with a taste for suicide victims.

The Mockingbird Lane cast includes Eddie Izzard (United States of Tara) as Grandpa Munster; Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan) as patriarch Herman Munster; Portia de Rossi (Arrested Development, Better Off Ted) as his flesh-hungry wife, Lily; Mason Cook as the duo’s young son – for whom puberty means turning into a werewolf, every full moon; and English actress Charity Wakefield, who appears to be channeling another famous Marilyn with her outfit as the Munsters’ ordinary niece:


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Fuller has already admitted that his latest TV series was renamed Mockingbird Lane because the series marks “such a dramatic departure from the tone and style of the original show.” You can gain additional insight about the showrunner’s approach to the Munsters property (and his feelings on remakes in general) by reading the complete interview with Fuller.

Speaking personally, this writer is a fan of Fuller’s previous shows and approves of the idea that Mockingbird Lane will mix the relatable family dysfunction found in his short-lived Wonderfalls TV series with the charmingly eccentric storytelling style and dark comedy that earned Pushing Daisies a loyal cult following. Given the shape things are taking, Mockingbird Lane looks to ultimately share only surface qualities with The Munsters; hence, the final product could feel like something genuinely new and entertaining.

Look for Mockingbird Lane to premiere on NBC during the upcoming regular TV season.


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  1. It’s changed so much, why not just come up with original character names and make this an entirely new series? How much of the original has to be thrown out before it stops being a remake/revamp? He’s effectively borrowed on the legacy of The Munsters to attract attention to his own idea about monsters. It feels more like a lack of confidence in his concept being masked behind a series millions of people loved and remember.

    • I agree completely. Roddenberry succeeded with Next Gen because he took this approach. People are going to spend so much time comparing these actors to the original cast that it’ll be a big distraction. They ought to use the original as a springboard, as Next Gen did. It was established that Lily had a sister. I’d center the show around her and her family. (Call her Iris, maybe.) She could be married to The Invisible Man. My version of Grampa would be The Mummy, whom I’d write as a goofy desert rat, in the mold of Walter Houston in ‘Treasure of Sierra Madre’. I’d have him constantly cackling and slapping his knee, raising big clouds of dust and unwinding his wrappings. The house would be built over a grotto, in which Uncle Gilbert lived. I’d make the kids a pair of twins, boy and girl, (Boris and Elsa or maybe Henry and Lizzi) geniuses who dream up all kinds of bizarre, dangerous inventions in their playhouse, out back. (An abandoned windmill, of course).

  2. Please understand that I’m not being a Debbie Downer and bashing the show because I actually find it interesting and I think they have put together a solid cast and the show has talented people making it but…
    I can’t see this working out on NBC or any of the other major networks like ABC, CBS or FOX. Now if it was a cable network like TNT, AMC, USA, TBS or Sy/Fy sure. Because with those networks you can get bye and last with 2-5 million viewers a week but on the major networks you need at least 10-12 million a week to justify the cost of a high concept show like this. And I just can’t see it happening.
    I know I say this a lot but I hope I’m wrong. I’d love to see something different on a major network but if recent history has taught us anything it’s that shows like this don’t work on those channels.

    • I agree that this show would probably do much better on SyFy. Actually, I think all of Fuller’s shows would have done better on a cable network…

  3. It’s weird, when I was a kid I quite liked watching “The Munsters”, but I’d never heard of “The Addams Family” until the movie came out. After that they started showing all the old black and white AF episodes and “The Munsters” kinda faded away……. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    • The way they did it in Dallas, The Munsters would run during the school year, and then that time slot would be taken by The Addams Family during the summer, I think it was on KTVT Channel 11.

  4. seems interesting but i agree with adam. when you change something so much it becomes something entirely different. and when continuity does not match from film to film that too makes me not want to watch a sequel.but i have to say i might check this out.

  5. Oddly enough, The Addams Family came before The Munsters, and I think The Munsters became a bigger hit. I think this new show is a travesty. The actors, as talented as they are, have some very large shoes to fill. Jerry O’Connell will constantly be compared to the late great Fred Gwynne.

  6. Poor dear, she was born so ugly and all. ;)

  7. Even though The Addams Family was technically aired first, it was only by less than a week. So essentially, the shows aired identically. Addams Family – Sept 18 1964, The Munsters – Sept 24 1964 and both only ran for 2 years.