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Jerry O'Connell and Portia de Rossi star in NBC's re-imagining of 'The Munsters'

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"The Munsters" are back in an all-new special just in time for Halloween.

NBC is airing a re-imagined version of the '60s TV comedy as a one-hour drama known as "Mockingbird Lane" on Friday, Oct. 26 from 8-9 p.m.

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The show is said to have a darker edge and tone from the black-and-white classic comedy, which was filmed on the backlot in Universal Studios Hollywood.

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"This exciting new take on a memorable series will definitely blow out conventional wisdom and create its own legacy," said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment.

The cast includes Jerry O'Connell ("The Defenders") as Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi ("Arrested Development") as his wife Lily, Eddie Izzard ("United States of Tara," "The Riches") as Grandpa, Mason Cook ('Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D") as Eddie and Charity Wakefield ("The Raven") as Marilyn.

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In the original 1964-66 series "The Munsters," the odd but lovable family lived on 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

NBC explains the show as follows:

In "Mockingbird Lane," sweet little Eddie Munster (Cook) is a normal kid about to enter the horrors of puberty. Truth is, he's about to discover that for him becoming a teenager means growing hair in truly unexpected places -- as in all over his body -- every time the moon is full! Eddie's got it pretty good though. His loving, supportive, run-of-the-mill family includes his mom Lily (de Rossi), the daughter of Dracula; his dad Herman (O'Connell), who brings new meaning to "Frankenstein"; and Grandpa (Izzard), who would give Dracula a run for his money if he weren't actually Dracula! Of course then there's creepy cousin Marilyn (Wakefield), who's really the odd one because she's so completely normal.

Buying a house these days is a nightmare, so Herman and Lily are shocked that no one scooped up the rambling Victorian mansion at 1313 Mockingbird Lane that was the site of a series of grisly hobo murders. Settling into their new place, they're quickly onto the mission at hand: to gently ease Eddie into the reality of his werewolf adolescence. But it's not always so easy to accept that your child is a little "different" from the rest of the kids. Meanwhile, Herman, who works as a funeral director, is suffering from a heart condition. Since he's made up mostly of spare parts, he knew his makeshift heart would eventually give out. No worries though, because Grandpa, who is pretty good at procuring body parts, is on the case. All Herman cares about is finding a new heart with the same capacity to love Lily as much as he has for so many decades.

WKYC-TV, NBC

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