Hicks: Jerry O’Connell plays Herman Munster in TV reboot
Jerry O’Connell will play Herman Munster in NBC’s reboot of the 1960s sitcom “The Munsters.”
Right, Jerry O’Connell. no, I don’t think he’s 8 feet tall. They’ll probably just get him some really big shoes.
According to the Hollywood reporter, the show will be called “Mockingbird Lane.”
In the reboot, family patriarch Herman — as in the 1964-66 CBS series — has a permanent home under Grandpa Munster’s thumb. O’Connell joins the previously cast Eddie Izzard, as Grandpa, the role 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 new series, from “Pushing Daisies” creator Bryan Fuller, for this season but pushed the project to summer.
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.
The original series, produced by Universal Studios, aired 70 episodes.
SCOUT WILLIS ARRESTED: The 20-year-old daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore was arrested Monday night in new York City on suspicion of underage drinking and criminal impersonation, according to E! News.
class=”bodytextragright”>Scout Willis was spotted with an open container of alcohol in Union Square, according to a police spokesman.
With a name like Scout, one would think she’d see them coming.
When asked for identification, Willis showed the police officer a fake ID, only to eventually reveal her true identity.
She could never be a superhero if reveals her true identity that fast.
Willis was taken into custody, and a desk appearance ticket was issued. she currently attends Brown University.
WOODY ALLEN TO SHOOT IN SAN FRANCISCO: Woody Allen is bringing an all-star cast to film his next film in San Francisco.
Allen said the movie will be filmed this summer in new York and San Francisco — the first time the Oscar-winning director will use San Francisco as his backdrop since his directorial debut in 1969 with “Take the Money and Run.”
The new project also sees Allen, 76, return to American soil after filming his last three projects in London, Paris and Rome, picking up a screenplay Oscar for “Midnight In Paris.”
The upcoming film’s cast also features British actress Sally Hawkins, “Lost” actor Michael Emerson and “Green Lantern” star Peter Sarsgaard.
Allen appears alongside Penélope Cruz and Jesse Eisenberg in his latest film, “To Rome With love,” in theaters on June 22.
RICHARD DAWSON ONLY FOUND OUT HE HAD CANCER THREE WEEKS BEFORE DEATH: three weeks ago, Richard Dawson thought he was suffering from heartburn.
The late “Hogan’s Hero” actor-turned-game show host on “Family Feud,” then found out he had esophageal cancer, according to his children. Dawson, 79, died Saturday night due to complications related to his cancer.
“It all just kind of happened really quickly,” his son Gary told Access Hollywood. “Luckily, he didn’t have to go through all the bad treatments and stuff.”
Dawson had a heart attack when he underwent his first radiation treatment, said Gary, a son from Richard’s first marriage, to ’50s British screen bombshell Diana Dors. (Married to Dawson from 1959-66, Dors was frequently compared to Marilyn Monroe. she died of ovarian cancer in 1984, at 52.) “There were no signs before,” added Shannon, his daughter from his marriage with Gretchen Johnson, who met Dawson when she competed on Feud. (They wed in 1991.)
According to People.com, Dawson’s children, including mark, his other son with Dors, stayed with their father in his final moments.
“We all got to say goodbye,” Gary says. “When we were saying goodbye, his eyes popped open. he hugged us. it was a beautiful moment.”
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Wednesday is June 6, the 158th day of 2012. There are 208 days left in the year.
1799: American politician and orator Patrick Henry died at Red Hill Plantation in Virginia.
1844: The Young Men’s Christian Association was founded in London.
1862: The (first) Battle of Memphis took place during the Civil War as Union naval forces annihilated a Confederate fleet and captured the Tennessee city.
1912: The greatest volcanic eruption of the 20th century took place as Novarupta in Alaska began a series of explosive episodes over a 60-hour period.
1925: Walter Percy Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corp.
1932: The Senate approved, and President Herbert Hoover signed, a Revenue Act containing the first federal gasoline tax, which was one cent per gallon.
1933: The first drive-in movie theater was opened by Richard Hollingshead in Camden County, N.J. (The movie shown was “Wives Beware,” starring Adolphe Menjou.)
1934: The Securities and Exchange Commission was established.
1944: During World War II, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, on “D-Day,” beginning the liberation of German-occupied western Europe.
1966: Black activist James Meredith was shot and wounded as he walked along a Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration. 1978: California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a primary ballot initiative calling for major cuts in property taxes.
1982: Israeli forces invaded Lebanon to drive Palestine Liberation Organization fighters out of the country. (The Israelis withdrew in June 1985.)
1985: Authorities in Brazil exhumed a body later identified as the remains of Dr. Josef Mengele, the notorious “Angel of Death” of the Nazi Holocaust.
2002: Stung by intelligence failures, President George W. Bush called on Congress in a nationally broadcast address to remake the government with a terrorist-fighting Department of Homeland Security. Israeli troops stormed Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat’s headquarters in response to a Palestinian suicide attack on a bus that killed 17 Israelis.
2007: The Group of eight summit opened in Heiligendamm, Germany. Bob Barker taped his last episode of CBS’ “The Price Is right.”
2011: after days of denials, new York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner confessed that he had tweeted a photo of his bulging underpants to a woman and admitted to “inappropriate” exchanges with six women before and after getting married; Weiner apologized for lying but said he would not resign (which he ended up doing). Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, popular among social conservatives, plunged into the 2012 Republican presidential sweepstakes. (Santorum suspended his campaign in April 2012.) The Bowl Championship Series stripped Southern California of its 2004 title after the Trojans were hit with heavy NCAA sanctions for rules violations committed during the 2004 and ‘05 seasons.
Singer-songwriter Gary “U.S.” Bonds (73), actor Robert Englund (65), actor Harvey Fierstein (60), comedian Sandra Bernhard (57), International Tennis Hall of Famer Bjorn Borg (56), comedian Colin Quinn (53), record producer Jimmy Jam (53), guitarist Steve Vai (52), rock singer-musician Tom Araya (Slayer) (51), actor Jason Isaacs (49), rock musician Sean Yseult (White Zombie) (46), actor Paul Giamatti (45), rock musician James “Munky” Shaffer (Korn) (42), actress Sonya Walger (38), actress Staci Keanan (37), actress Amber Borycki (29).
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