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Eric Balfour Is an Animal Out to Destroy the Powells on 'No Ordinary Family' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 23rd 2011 6:19AM
'No Ordinary Family' - 'No Ordinary Animal'O Eric Balfour! How we miss you on 'Haven' even more when you turn in cheesy performances like this one on 'No Ordinary Family' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC). Balfour was a beastly villain complete with bizarre claws, fangs and super-scary eyes.

He also apparently has super-strength to match Jim Powell's, which is bad for Jim. At least for awhile.

We understand that 'Family' is trying to be a somewhat light-hearted take on the superhero genre, and we even applauded the idea when the season began. But we didn't mean for it to start looking like a Syfy Saturday original movie.

C'mon, you know that's exactly what this fight scene made you think of.

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Is 'No Ordinary Family' Canceled? Michael Chiklis Joins New Pilot

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 10th 2011 10:35AM
Michael ChiklisThings aren't looking too super for ABC's 'No Ordinary Family.'

The series, which stars Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz, has been struggling in the Nielsen ratings. Now, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that former 'The Shield' star Chiklis has joined a new CBS comedy pilot.

The pilot, 'Vince Uncensored,' is executive produced by Conan O'Brien and follows a man who changes how he lives after a transformative experience. Chiklis's involvement in 'Vince' is in second position to 'No Ordinary Family.'

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Adam Goldberg Cast in 'Rookies,' Fox Renews 'American Dad' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 23rd 2011 7:00PM
Adam GoldbergThe latest from the pilot casting bonanza that's occurring in Hollywood right now: Adam Goldberg has been cast in the CBS pilot 'Rookies.'

The "gritty cop drama" follows the personal and professional lives of six first-year cops in the NYPD, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Goldberg will play Lazarus on the Robert De Niro-produced show. He joins Leelee Sobieski, who was cast on the series last week. Goldberg played a detective in the short-lived ABC show 'The Unusuals.'

In other TV news ...

'Nikita' isn't a sure bet to return for a second season, but star Melinda Clarke is optimistic. "From what I hear, the buzz is that we'll be fortunate enough to have another season," she said. [EW]

Fox has renewed 'American Dad' for a seventh season. The series will now stay on the air until 2013. [Hollywood Reporter]

Hallmark is hopping on the royal wedding bandwagon with a new movie. Hallmark's 'William & Kate: A Royal Love Story' will premiere Aug. 13. Lifetime is already well underway with its TV movie take on the story of Prince William and Kate Middleton; it will debut on April 18. [Deadline Hollywood]

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Michael Chiklis Does a Marlon Brando Impression for Rachael Ray (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 22nd 2011 1:45PM
Michael Chiklis Does a Marlon Brando Impression for Rachael Ray'No Ordinary Family' star Michael Chiklis tells Rachael Ray he got bitten by the acting bug after teaching himself impressions and discovering how much he enjoyed entertaining people. To illustrate, he regales Ray with an impression of legendary actor Marlon Brando on 'The Rachael Ray Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

Chiklis says he's perfected three different impressions of the actor, "young Brando, middle Brando" and "the last Brando," when he was "older" and "sort of effeminate."

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Michael Chiklis vs. Carrie Ann Inaba: The Unsexy "Booty Dance" of Doom (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 12th 2010 5:05AM
Michael Chiklis vs. Carrie Ann Inaba: The Unsexy 'Booty Dance' of DoomSlightly chubby middle-aged actor Michael Chiklis and hot 'Dancing With the Stars' judge Carrie Ann Inaba are together at last, and they're dancing! We've been waiting such a long time for this moment. "When, oh when, will Michael and Carrie do a sexy 'bump and grind' on national TV?" we've always said. Well, it's all finally happening.

The historic event began with Mr. Chiklis. On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC), Michael showed off some dance moves that he learned from his 11-year-old daughter Odessa. His daughter's routine was called "The Butt Dance," and it involved, well, pretty much what you would expect.

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'No Ordinary Family': The Family's Secret Is Revealed (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 5th 2010 11:51PM
'No Ordinary Family': The Family's Secret Is RevealedThe new superhero drama 'No Ordinary Family' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC) is kind of a rip-off of the film 'The Incredibles.' Which itself was a rip-off of the comic book 'The Fantastic Four.' But hey, that's fine with us! We all love superheroes, and there's still ton of superhero-y stories left to tell. So it's all good.

The set-up for the show is simple. A family of four is granted amazing powers -- then must learn to use their gifts while carrying on with their lives in the "normal' world. And on the latest episode, real life and heroism most definitely come into conflict.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

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Michael Chiklis & Julie Benz Talk 'No Ordinary Family,' Lycra & Their Kryptonite (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 28th 2010 9:00AM
Michael Chiklis & Julie Benz, No Odinary FamilySuperheroes without the lycra costumes? That's 'No Ordinary Family' -- for now at least -- ABC's latest about a family that discovers they've picked up some pretty sweet powers (premieres Tues., Sept. 28, 8PM ET).

I caught up with stars Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz to hear about why they're not too keen on donning lycra bodysuits, what their characters' kryptonite might be and what they'd do with their awesome powers -- his super strength and her super speed -- if they had them in real life.

Obvious choice: Benz would love to sleep in and whiz right through traffic. Fun admission: Chiklis -- also known for playing tough cop Vic Mackey on 'The Shield' -- said he too had childhood bullies. Those guys should be happy this is only TV ...

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Wishing For A Show Less 'Ordinary'

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 28th 2010 3:00AM

'No Ordinary Family' debuts on ABC and CTV tonight, and I will be watching it. I'm not sure I would have bothered, but of all the new fall shows it is the only one to have captured the attention of he-who-shares-my-couch. I'm not bitterly opposed to it -- after all, it features two of my favorite TV actors in the leads: Julie Benz, fresh from her dramatic exit from 'Dexter,' and Michael Chiklis of 'The Shield' (and of giant head). In case you've missed the previews, here's the log line: An average -- nay, "ordinary" -- family go on a trip to South America, where a plane crash gives them a dip in a strange river. They survive the crash and return home to find they all have new super powers -- super speed, super strength, super smarts and the ability to read minds among them.

Sound familiar? Boy, does it ever. Call it a live-action version of 'The Incredibles' or a family-oriented 'Heroes,' but whatever you call it, 'original' probably isn't on the list of adjectives. But this description is just the beginning. From the moment this family discovers its powers, there are really a million ways it could go. But of course, they do exactly what we would expect them to -- they keep it a secret, and use their powers for good -- from fighting crime to spending more time together as a family.

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Outside the Box Interview: 'No Ordinary Family' Discusses Extraordinary New Show

by Neil Busch, posted Sep 27th 2010 6:00PM
In our Outside the Box interview, Ouside the Box Interview w/ No Ordinary Family co-stars Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Romany Malco, Autumn Reeser, Kay Panabaker, Jimmy Bennett and Stephen Collins'No Ordinary Family' stars Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Romany Malco, Autumn Reeser, Kay Panabaker, Jimmy Bennett and Stephen Collins answered fan questions and posed some of their own.

They talked about what it's like to have super powers, their first celebrity crushes and what they splurged on after achieving success.

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'No Ordinary Family' Has Something For Everyone, Says Producers - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 1st 2010 9:02PM
Jimmy Bennett and Michael Chiklis at the 'No Ordinary Family' panel at the Summer 2010 TCAsI was going to entitle this post "'No Ordinary Family' Is the Prius of TV," but I figured people wouldn't quite get it. But if executive producer Greg Berlanti and star Michael Chiklis are to be believed via their repeated use of the word 'hybrid,' 'No Ordinary Family' is something that hasn't been seen on TV an ages, something that feels familiar but is fresh and new.

It's a show about a family who are involved in a plane crash and find out the waters they swam in after ditching gave them super powers. So it's a family show, a sci fi show, and a show with some comic book elements to it.

Why are they emphasizing the show's crossover nature so much? Because, according to both the producers and the stars, to make a mark on broadcast television, a show needs to be big. Hybrid big.

"It's kind of a fun throwback to some of the action adventure series I watched so much as a kid," said Berlanti. "As audiences get more sophisticated you try to blend genres. We wanted to make something the whole family could watch together."

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Tate Donovan to Join ABC's 'Family'

by Audrey Fine, posted Mar 22nd 2010 12:05PM
His 'Damages' character, Tommy Shayes, may have gotten whacked earlier this year, but Tate Donovan's career is alive and kicking.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the veteran actor, who's had a hand in several seminal TV series, including 'The O.C.' (as problem-plagued pop, Jimmy Copper) and 'Friends' (as real-life ex Jennifer Aniston's crush, Josh-u-a), has been tapped to star in an ABC pilot called 'No Ordinary Family.'

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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').

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Michael Chiklis Joins ABC 'Family'

by Laura Prudom, posted Feb 8th 2010 11:15AM
Michael ChiklisMichael Chiklis is no stranger to superpowers, but thanks to a new pilot from ABC, he'll be able to flex his heroic muscle without layers of orange make-up.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Chiklis has been tapped to star in 'No Ordinary Family,' a drama pilot from Greg Berlanti that centers around an American family whose members all have special abilities. (Think a live-action version of 'The Incredibles.') Chiklis will play the family patriarch.

Aside from acquiring his superhero chops as The Thing in the 'Fantastic Four' franchise, Chiklis also gained recognition for his role as badass Detective Vic Mackey on the FX drama 'The Shield,' a role that won him an Emmy in 2002. He'll next co-star in the indie feature 'High School,' which premiered at this year's Sundance and stars Colin Hanks..

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Michael Chiklis to Star in Pilot About Superhero Family

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 8th 2010 9:26AM
Michael ChiklisThe season finale of 'Heroes' is on NBC tonight (yup, in February), and no knows yet if the show is coming back for another season or not (though Greg Grunberg is hopeful). If the show is canceled, there are a couple of shows that are rushing to fill that hole in the superhero genre. One is an NBC show titled 'Cape,' and another is 'No Ordinary Family.' a pilot that ABC has picked up.

This one is a drama from Greg Berlanti ('Brothers & Sisters,' 'Eli Stone,' 'Dawson's Creek,' 'Everwood,' and 'Dirty Sexy Money') and focuses on a family (headed by dad Chiklis) who finds that they have super powers. And by "super powers" I'm sure they mean things like strength, speed, and invisibility and not other powers a family could have, like being a great cook, being able to fix leaky faucets, and organizing closets like no ordinary human.

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Best TV of the '00s: Dramatic Actor

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 30th 2009 11:06AM
Bryan Cranston, Breaking BadMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the best dramatic actors of the decade. And, boy, was it a tough choice.

From a meth-making chemistry teacher to a damaged 1960s ad exec, the guys populating the dramatic actor category in our best of the decade are nothing short of brilliant.

It's hard to choose favorites when you're dealing with the likes of Jon Hamm, Bryan Cranston, Mark Harmon, James Gandolfini, and many others, but the TV Squad team has spoken.

Did your favorites make our list? If not, feel free to add them in the comments below.

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