With Lost sailing off to TV Valhalla, ABC is left the task of filling the hole on their schedule, and their choice is a live action remake of THE INCREDIBLES called No Ordinary Family, about a family that has their superpowers thrust upon them. The cast:
Thing Michael Chiklis as the average dad who is a cop so he can fight crime with his new powers.
Julie Benz as the hot wife
Kay Panabaker as the whiny teen daughter
Jimmy Bennett as the whiny son
Romany Malco as the helpful black friend (a role he previously performed in 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN)
And here’s the trailer where it all comes together Unbreakable-style.
And the PR — since this is on at 8 pm, expect a lot of family-type problem solving.
The Powells are about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim and Stephanie’s relationship lacks the spark it once had, and their family life now consists of balancing work and their two children, leaving little time for family bonding. During a family vacation set up by Jim in an attempt to reconnect, their plane crashes into the Amazon River. But this is where the fun starts for the Powells, as they soon discover that something’s not quite right. Each of them now possesses unique and distinct superpowers. But saving and savoring their family life will be equally important, as they try to find purpose for their new powers and embark on a journey to find out what defines and unifies them. The Powells are a totally relatable family who happen to be a little bit amazing.
Michael Chiklis (“The Shield”) stars as Jim Powell, Julie Benz (“Dexter”) as Stephanie Powell, Romany Malco (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”) as George St. Cloud, Tate Donovan (“Damages”) as Mitch McCutcheon, Autumn Reeser as Katie Andrews, Christina Chang as Yvonne Cho, Kay Panabaker as Daphne Powell and Jimmy Bennett as JJ Powell.
The pilot was written and executive-produced by Jon Feldman. The series is executive-produced by Feldman, Greg Berlanti, Morgan Wandell and David Semel, who also directed the pilot. Joe Hartwick, Jr. serves as producer. “No Ordinary Family” is from ABC Studios.
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