Casting: Portia de Rossi joins NBC’s ‘Munsters’ remake

"The Munsters" should premiere next year.

NBC is now getting deep into its casting process for the upcoming hour-long remake of “The Munsters,” and has now found one of its most-valuable characters — its version of Lily.

The network has confirmed that Portia de Rossi (“Better Off Ted,” “Arrested Development”) has agreed to come on the show in the role of Lily — Herman Munster’s vampire wife who never ages. It actually turns out that NBC and executive producer Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies”) was smart in waiting to cast the series until after pilot season — de Rossi was originally supposed to be a part of the Ellen DeGeneres-produced pilot “The Smart One,” but was made available after ABC and other networks decided to pass on the show.

This new version of “The Munsters” is set to be more of a drama than the original, but will still keep together some of the show’s classic humor. Production is currently slated to begin later this summer, with a premiere at some point in midseason 2013 possible. (The worst-case scenario is that it is pushed back to the fall of 2013, or it simply does not turn out to be worthwhile at all.)

What do you think of this casting — especially when you remember that Jerry O’Connell is Herman?

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