In the reboot, family patriarch Herman — as in the 1964-66 CBS series — has a permanent home under Grandpa Munster’s thumb. Mr. O’Connell joins the previously cast Eddie Izzard, who will play the powerful and quick-witted vampire in a role that was originated by Al Lewis.
Mason Cook will play Herman and Lily’s werewolf son, Eddie. Bryan Singer will executive produce and direct the pilot.
NBC initially eyed the reboot, from “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller, for this development season, but pushed the project to summer.
Mr. Fuller and NBC first made an attempt to revive the sitcom last year, with the network ultimately passing. His newer version is said to be an edgier and slightly darker take, exploring origins of Herman and Lily Munster (originally played by Fred Gwynne and Yvonne De Carlo) and how they arrived at the famed 1313 Mockingbird Lane address.
Mr. O’Connell most recently starred on CBS‘ legal drama “The Defenders,” which was canceled after one season.
Bravo host Andy Cohen signs on for radio show
Andy Cohen loves pop culture about as much as he loves to talk. Now he’ll be talking pop culture even more for a five-week run on SiriusXM.
Mr. Cohen, who currently hosts the Bravo talk show, “Watch What Happens Live,” said the new satellite radio show will cover more than “The Real Housewives” franchise.
“There will be some ‘Housewives’ talk, I hope,” Mr. Cohen said in an Associated Press interview Monday. “I want to talk to Caroline [Manzo of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”] about a story that I tell in my book about when they were cast and how that casting went down.”
Then he added: “But it’s not the ‘Housewives’ radio show.”
He said he wants the show to pick up where his book, “Most Talkative: Stories From the Front Lines of Pop Culture,” left off. Among the topics he brings up is his love for television, which he said began with it “2 inches from my face.”
Being passionate about television as a kid, Mr. Cohen said one of his favorite shows was the “Battle of the Network Stars,” a reality series that pitted stars from the three major networks against one another.
“To me it was like the gay Olympics. It was the biggest stars all wearing bikini-little speedos and tank tops,” Mr. Cohen said.
His first scheduled guest on his radio show appeared on “Battle of the Network Stars” as a contestant.
“Valerie Bertinelli. I really want to talk to her about that,” Mr. Cohen said.