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Fall TV 2010: My Review of ABC’s No Ordinary Family

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, ABC did not have the strongest week, but can their most talked about drama pull in the viewers….

What ABC Says

The Powells are about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim feels disconnected from his workaholic wife, Stephanie, and two teenage children, Daphne and JJ. To encourage family bonding time, Jim decides the family will join Stephanie on her business trip to South America. When their plane crashes into the Amazon River, they barely enjoy a moment to celebrate their survival before returning to the grind of everyday life. But they will soon realize that their lives have been forever changed. Each member of the family starts to show signs of new, unique and distinct super powers. Will their newfound abilities finally bring them together or push them further apart? “No Ordinary Family” premieres TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

“No Ordinary Family” stars Michael Chiklis as Jim Powell, Julie Benz as Stephanie Powell, Romany Malco as George St. Cloud, Autumn Reeser as Katie Andrews, Kay Panabaker as Daphne Powell, Jimmy Bennett as JJ Powell and Stephen Collins as Dr. Dayton King.

I am a sucker for superpowers and critics are very correct in making comparisons to maybe my favorite Pixar movie The Incredibles, because ABC’s No Ordinary Family, well is the Incredibles. It is a family, with superpowers, that even in the pilot go to a tropical island, but NOF (as I like to call it) is more than that. It focuses more on family then it does powers, which creates a sweet atmosphere for the show to live.
The cast of No Ordinary Family is pretty stellar, Michael Chiklis is playing a much lighter character than Vic Mackey but he is believable as sketch-artist Jim, and the sweet Julie Benz is adorable along with her equally adorable lab tech Autumn Reeser. Where NOF, could lose me, is in the mystery which I have seen three versions of, in three different pilots, but the one that will air this week, intrigues me but I can only hope it can live up to what it presents because if it doesn’t the show might just fall flat.
Watch, Record, Skip: Watch, No Ordinary Family reminds me why Greg Berlanti (Eli Stone, Jack & Bobby, Brothers and Sisters), always needs a show on television, well made, well acted, well written dramas, that have a feel-good nature to them. This is no exception, check it out Tuesday at 8/7c on ABC.


ABC Sets Premiere Date for No Ordinary Family

If you one of the millions of people who watched the devastating end to the USA’s hope for World Cup success, you may have gotten your first looks at some of ABC new fall slate. While the networks do not usual unveil the start dates to the September onslaught of premieres, ABC gave us a date for their buzzworthy superhero drama No Ordinary Family, September 28th. That is a Tuesday and it will presumably air like previously announced in front of Dancing with the Stars, however it is outside the traditional premiere week, which this year starts on September 20th. Expect most networks including FOX, who rarely premieres shows there, to do the biggest starts in that plum fall week.

I have seen the pilot and as I cannot give you a full review till the fall as like most pilots it will be recut, reshot, and be completely different, the current version is one you should tune in to see. Check below for the full three-minute preview….

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UPDATED Wednesday’s Massive Pilot Frenzy: FOX, ABC, and NBC See a Busy Day

Michael Chiklis in ABC's No Ordinary Family

Today was a busy day for me, and every time I checked my phone it seemed another pilot had been picked up to series and reported by Deadline.com and the awesome Nellie Andreeva.

With both NBC and FOX announcing first on Monday (NBC will do a online release of schedule Sunday night), they were busy ordering up series orders today in addition to ABC.

UPDATED: ABC has made the first pickup for the alphabet’s fall schedule with the highly touted No Ordinary Family, which stars Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Autumn Resser, and others, and centers around a family that aquires superpowers. The pilot script was fun and I think that is its goal. Good characters, the mom and dad both have interesting lives outside of the family which provides a good dynamic.

It comes from Greg Berlanti (Jack and Bobby) and Jon Feldman (Dirty Sexy Money). It is widely speculated among insiders that the family drama will get a 8/7c time-slot most likely on Sunday nights. ABC announces in New York on Tuesday.

The Cast of NBC's Perfect Couples

NBC to start ordered Perfect Couples, a single-camera comedy about three couples in different stages of relationships. The cast includes the best thing about FlashForward, Christine Woods, My Boys‘ Kyle Howard, 100 Questions‘ David Walton, nerd idol Oliva Munn, and more.

I have read the pilot script written by and it is a fun romp on the couples romantic comedy, and each couple interacts well as a group and by themselves. Expect Friends with Benefits written by the guys from (500) Days of Summer, Next, starring and written by Paul Reiser, and maybe even family comedy This Little Piggy to follow suit on the comedy side on NBC. On the dead side, comedy Beach Lane, which starred Matthew Broadrick, will not see the light of day.

Keri Russell and writer/star Will Arnett in FOX's Running Wilde

Over at FOX, they first handed renewals to both their bubble shows, freshman action drama Human Target, and sophomore Lie to Me, with 13 episode seasons. It was expect one or the other would be picked up for a new year.

On FOX’s new drama side, Ride-Along written by Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and starring Jason Clarke, Jennifer Beals, and Delroy Lindo, will get a spot on the schedule as well as the ambiguous Lone Star, about an oil guy in Texas with a double life. The pilot stars Jon Voight, Jimmy Wolk, and Adrienne Palicki, and both new drama scripts were excellent. The former was sharp, compelling, and used Chicago marvelously, while the latter was intelligent, and intriguing.

Over at the comedies, My Name is Earl creator Greg Garcia, got a new show with Keep Hope Alive, starring Martha Plimpton and Cloris Leachman, Traffic Light, a comedy from Israel featuring David Denman, among others, and finally Running Wilde from the Arrested Development creators and starring the amazing pair of Will Arnett and Keri Russell.

The last two comedies had fresh scripts, especially Wilde, which was full of humor and heart, while Hope did not get me the best of hope about its future (pun intended). FOX was expected to announce one more comedy in Most Likely to Succeed (now dead) as well as a blind series order to the dino-drama Terra Nova, by Monday, but do not expect Christian Slater or Martin Short as their pilots Breaking In and Tax Men will not be picked up.

Stay tuned for more…..