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.


  1. Considering the acquisition of Marvel by Disney, it’s a shame that Disney couldn’t develop a Marvel property for a television show.

    After watching the trailer, I couldn’t help thinking “This easily could have been a Power Pack TV series.”

    However, it looks interesting enough to DVR in the fall.

    And the dumpy guy-hot wife trend continues.

  2. Chiklis isn’t just a dumpy guy though, he is a tough guy and a cop on the show. It’s not like King of Queens or something.

    Something about the trailer shows promise to me. I am expecting to be let down, but I would like it to be good.

    Oh, and at this point in time would a teenage girl REALLY be upset about being able to read people’s minds? She would be thrown off at first but then she’d be thrilled right?

  3. The trailer looks wayyy better then The Cape. Although since Disney owns ABC I wonder why they felt the need to create a new superhero family, they already got the Incredibles and the Fantastic Four.

  4. If they’re looking for television programs, why not some of the third-tier (but still entertaining) characters in the Marvel Roster?

    Heroes For Hire — Luke Cage and Iron Fist — would be a promising series.

  5. The lack of Keith David in this pilot is disturbing. Keith David should be in every show. :)

    But this looks pretty interesting, I’ll check it out.

  6. “He’s a streetwise youth with steel-hard skin and enhanced muscle. He’s the son of an American industrialist and a master of the martial arts. They’re detectives!”

    Co-starring Della Reese as Luke Cage’s no-nonsense grandmother. Sweet Christmas!

    Ooops… Luke Cage is already in development as a movie.

  7. Michael Chiklis is NOT a dumpy guy. And he definitely does not have dumpy-guy eyes.

    It looks pretty interesting. Plus: Romany Malco? I’m in.

    Yeah, definitely better than The Cape.

  8. “Ooops… Luke Cage is already in development as a movie.”

    I know that, but didn’t really care. That was just an example. Heroes For Hire would make a great tv series — I don’t think it really needs a $40 million budget, unless it’s going to be another Die Hard movie, and right now we don’t really need another Die Hard movie.

    Moon Knight? Doctor Strange?

  9. Moon Knight was in TV development hell a few years ago. Never happened.

    I’ll definitely give it a shot. Love Benz, love the Chiklis. And that last shot in the trailer did put a smile on my face.

    CHIKLIS: “I have a LAIR?”

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  10. Yeah, Chiklis hasn’t been dumpy since at least The Commish. Trailer’s not working for me, but it sounds like it at least has a chance at not being entirely terrible.

  11. For those asking about using C-list Marvel characters in a project like this – why? How does it make something like this better?

  12. “Oh, and at this point in time would a teenage girl REALLY be upset about being able to read people’s minds? She would be thrown off at first but then she’d be thrilled right?”

    You’d think that, but I’m guessing they’re going for the “be careful what you wish for” angle, showing out it wouldn’t be that great. At least not until you learn to Use It For Good Instead Of Evil.

    I’ve just programmed a TiVo watchlist for “ordinary”+”family”.

  13. I heard today that Guggenheim is working on the show, so there’s someone with comics background as part of the staff.

    Added benefit – Guggenheim dropping Action Comics and DC getting Paul Cornell to write it.

  14. And I was wondering what ComiCon would do without HEROES or LOST…
    That said, the trailer look a lot better than THE CAPE even if it seems stolen from The Incredibles.
    Hope they can make it work.

  15. “…even if it seems stolen from The Incredibles.”

    1) The Incredibles borrowed the archetype from the Fantastic Four, and then did something original with it.

    2) ABC is owned by Disney, which also owns Pixar and Marvel. I think the word they use now is “transmedia”, or maybe it’s “synergy”. Whatever they call it, Marvel’s been doing it for decades. I think it’s called a “reboot”. “Retcon” if it only concerns one character.

    3) The idea of a family ALL getting superpowers and trying to deal with the “new normal” is somewhat original. That it seems to be a straightforward drama and not a sitcom should be appreciated. Otherwise, you get the “Pass the Vegetables, Please” episode of Gilligan’s Island.