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Portia de Rossi to play Lily Munster on NBC

Actress Portia de Rossi poses backstage at the

Actress Portia de Rossi poses backstage at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards. (April 21, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty Images

Portia de Rossi of "Arrested Development" has been cast as vampire housewife Lily Munster in "Mockingbird Lane," NBC's one-hour drama revival of the 1960s sitcom "The Munsters."

TV Guide Wednesday said de Rossi, 39, would step into the role originally played by Yvonne De Carlo. She joins the previously cast Jerry O'Connell, who plays her Frankenstein's Monster-like husband, Herman Munster; Mason Cook as their werewolf son, Eddie; Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, also a vampire; and Charity Wakefield as Eddie's cousin Marilyn.

Mariana Klaveno, who played the vampire Lorena on HBO's "True Blood," had originally been set to play Lily, TV Guide reported, but she could not be released from her contract with the Marc Cherry pilot "Devious Maids." That show was not picked up by ABC but is reportedly being offered to Lifetime.

The re-imagined series was created by Bryan Fuller ("Pushing Daisies"), with the pilot directed by executive producer Bryan Singer.

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