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'Dexter's Julie Benz Boards ABC's Superhero Pilot

by Mike Moody, posted Mar 2nd 2010 4:05PM
julie benz abc pilot'Dexter' and 'Buffy' alum Julie Benz is heading back to genre TV with a role in the ABC drama pilot 'No Ordinary Family', says The Hollywood Reporter.

The show stars 'Shield' and 'Fantastic Four' vet Michael Chiklis as the head of a super-powered family. Benz will co-star as Chiklis' wife, a sexy scientist who develops super speed (the power, not the drug).

Despite the drab title, 'No Ordinary Family' is shaping up to be a must-see. Chiklis and Benz are two of TV's top actors, and the pilot is the brainchild of producer Greg Berlanti, a guy who knows a thing or two about creating compelling family drama (see 'Everwood', 'Dirty Sexy Money', 'Brothers & Sisters').

Berlanti is also a producer and writer on DC/Warner Bros.' upcoming 'Green Lantern' flick, which gives him (and this project) a nice big dose of geek cred.

It's great to see Benz landing a lead gig on a promising new show. I guess we'll see her 'Desperate Housewives' storyline wrap up soon if the pilot goes to series.

Let's hope 'Family' will give her another meaty and unforgettable character to play, like Darla on 'Buffy'/'Angel' and, of course, (Spoiler here!) the doomed Rita from 'Dexter'.

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So... They're turning "The Incredibles" into a TV show?

This actually sounds like a good show, and I'm not just saying that because Julie Benz is super hot. Although that's 40% of the reason.

March 02 2010 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott K.

I was already going to watch this show, so this is just a bonus. Happy to see her get what sounds like a great opportunity. (Though I am hesitant to trust ABC or any other of the big 4 networks with a superhero series.)

March 02 2010 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Damir Secki

that means we will not see her on desperate housewives anymore??? what a pity... I loved her on dexter but didn't know she could act that well..couse here on DHW she is a completely different person!

March 02 2010 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Have to say, I despised that woman on Buffy and Angel. But I've really warmed up to her over the last couple years as I've caught her in various programs. So Go her!

March 02 2010 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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