TVLine Items: Jerry O'Connell Talks Munsters Reboot, Andy Samberg's Post-SNL Gig and More

Jerry O’Connell only just joined NBC’s upcoming reboot of The Munsters, Mockingbird Lane, and he’s already gushing about it.

“It’s gonna be completely different,” O’Connell tells AccessHollywood.com of the project that finds him playing beloved patriarch Herman Munster. “It’s a little darker than the original,” he adds, and employs “a lot of cool special effects.”

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NBC is describing Mockingbird Lane, from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller and X-Men‘s Bryan Singer,  as a “visually spectacular one-hour drama.”

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Andy Samberg‘s first post-Saturday Night Live gig has been revealed. The funnyman will star in BBC Three’s Cuckoo, a six-part comedy series in which he’ll play a New Age slacker. Comedian Greg Davies co-stars.

Dexter fans worried that the Season 7 premiere will simply gloss over that major finale twist, take heart. Showrunner Scott Buck tells TV Guide Magazine, “Viewers might think we shy away from that moment of Debra walking in and seeing Dexter stabbing into Travis’ chest, but it’s just the opposite. She now has to deal with what she’s seen and what she knows. And it forces him to defend and define himself.” What’s more, the mag has a first look pic of the “siblings” facing off in the murderous aftermath. Take a peek here.

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• Fox has finally set a premiere date for Gordon Ramsay’s latest series, Hotel Hell. The new reality show launches with a two-night premiere on Monday, Aug. 13 and Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 8/7c. Hell will then continue airing in its regular 8 p.m. timeslot the following Monday, Aug. 20.

• A&E will launch Coma — a four-hour, two-night miniseries starring Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Steven Pasquale (Up All Night), Geena Davis, James Woods, Ellen Burstyn and Richard Dreyfuss — on Sept. 3 at 9 pm. From big-screen helmers Ridley and Tony Scott (Prometheus and Top Gun, respectively), the project centers on a doctor (Ambrose) who discovers that something sinister is going on in her hospital when seemingly healthy patients end up comatose. The project is an update of the 1978 Michael Crichton film based on the medical thriller novel by Robin Cook.

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• The Broadcast Television Journalists Association recently announced five upcoming shows that will be named the Most Exciting New Series at next week’s second annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The honorees are: The Following (Fox), The Mindy Project (Fox), Nashville (ABC), The Newsroom (HBO) and Political Animals (USA).

• SOAPnet is celebrating Independence Day with a nine-episode Brothers & Sisters marathon, kicking off at 10 am.

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