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ABC Cancels 'The Whole Truth,' Orders More 'No Ordinary Family,' 'Better With You,' 'Detroit 1-8-7'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 26th 2010 10:30AM
The Whole Truth
Well, it was fun while it lasted. ABC has not ordered the back-nine episodes of 'The Whole Truth.' However, the network handed out full season orders to 'No Ordinary Family' and 'Better With You,' and ordered more scripts for 'Brothers & Sisters' and 'Detroit 1-8-7.'

While people involved with 'The Whole Truth' have taken to Twitter with different statements, it's clear that ABC will not be ordering more than the 13 episodes already in production.

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Spoilers Anonymous: '90210,' 'How I Met Your Mother' and More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Oct 22nd 2010 1:40PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by e-mailing us at tvsquad@gmail.com. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: '30 Rock,' '90210,' 'Bones,' 'Cougar Town,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Fringe,' 'Glee,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'No Ordinary Family,' 'One Tree Hill,' 'Smallville,' 'Supernatural,' and 'The Good Guys.'

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'No Ordinary Family': J.J. Uses Math Superpowers to Play Football (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 20th 2010 10:30AM
J.J. Aces Football Using Math on 'No Ordinary Family'J.J. wants to fit in. What better way to do that than join the football team? On 'No Ordinary Family' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC), the scrawny and nerdy lad was able to pass up a few of the (much) brawnier guys for a spot on the team -- thanks to ... math and physics?

With the football in hand and teammates fanning out in front of him, J.J. uses his super-genius superpower to quickly calculate angles, distances, trajectories, speed (and other brainiac stuff, we assume) to throw it down field and complete a perfect pass.

"It's all math!" he tells his sister Daphne. She replies: "Tell that to the guy whose neck I can't see past in health class." Yeah, and J.J. will need to stay away from tackling.

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Why 'No Ordinary Family' Is My Favorite New Fall Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 19th 2010 4:30PM
No Ordinary FamilyEarlier, AOL TV (along with Life & Style magazine) asked you fine readers vote on the best new show of the fall. I've been thinking about it, and for me it's really an easy pick: ABC's 'No Ordinary Family.'

This has been an odd fall season. None of the shows are must-see, OMG good, and there seems to be sort of a shrug from the public about most of them. Maybe this is because people watch things when they want to now or perhaps they're weary about new shows in general.

So why has 'No Ordinary Family' broken through the pack?

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News Roundup: 'No Ordinary Family,' 'Brothers & Sisters' Get Script Orders, Wentworth Miller Eyes 'Spartacus' Role and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 14th 2010 6:20PM
'No Ordinary Family'Though 'No Ordinary Family' hasn't been pulling in extraordinary ratings, ABC ordered four more scripts of the new series.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the network also called for an additional four scripts of 'Brothers & Sisters,' which was only picked up for 18 episodes this season, and one more script of the midseason medical drama 'Off the Map.'

Additionally, The Ausiello Files reports that The CW has ordered two more scripts for its struggling sophomore series 'Life Unexpected.'

While extra scripts aren't a guarantee for more episodes, it's a very telling -- and good -- sign that the network is pleased with the way the shows are performing.

In other TV news ...

Wentworth Miller is reportedly interested in taking over Andy Whitfield's role in 'Spartacus: Blood and Sand.' The show is re-casting Whitfield's role while the star undergoes treatment for cancer. [The Ausiello Files]

Gwyneth Paltrow is currently filming her guest spot on 'Glee.' Ryan Murphy said in a Paley Center panel last night that she will sing a song from 'Chicago' and scream at a teapot while dressed as Mary Todd Lincoln. [Wall Street Journal]

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'No Ordinary Family': Speedy Superpower Helps in Lab Heist (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Oct 13th 2010 10:13AM
Stephanie Uses Speed in Heist on 'No Ordinary Family'Stephanie Powell is a scientist at Global Tech with a special ability: She can run at super speeds that make her invisible to the naked eye. On 'No Ordinary Family' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC), she uses her power to sneak into the company's medical lab and switch a blood sample.

She easily flies unseen through the lobby. And, as long as she doesn't stop moving, she avoids the surveillance cameras. The hard part is not slowing down when swiping a key card through a reader behind a security guard.

Job done, sample switched, in and out. (No one hears a door slam or feels the rush of wind as she zooms past?) Well, her boss sees someone's key card was used overnight to access the lab. At first he assumes it's a security glitch. But upon closer inspection of the surveillance feed, there is something rather curious...

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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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'No Ordinary Family' Premiere Moment - Jim Fights an Elusive Foe (VIDEO)

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 29th 2010 9:30AM
Michael Chiklis in 'No Ordinary Family' on ABCThe premiere of 'No Ordinary Family' wasn't exactly ground-breaking TV, as much as Michael Chiklis may think it was. As our Mo Ryan mentioned in her review, the Powells were introduced in a fairly predictable way: dysfunctional family gets super powers, they discover super powers, start to deal with super powers, end up still dysfunctional. But the premiere was pleasant enough that it may get past that predictability and make for a good family drama.

One scene that makes me think that the show can move past it's pilot is when Jim follows a perp that shot him the previous day into a parking garage, and finds out that he and his family weren't the only ones who might have gotten some benefit out of that phosphorescent South American lake. And that not everyone is going to use those powers for the good of man.

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'No Ordinary Family' Premiere Review: Family With Special Powers Not So Super

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 28th 2010 11:00AM
Wouldn't it be cool to have superpowers?

Television appears determined to tell us that it wouldn't be. On the clunky 'No Ordinary Family' (8PM ET Tuesday, ABC), an unhappy family becomes somewhat less unhappy.

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... marital counseling?

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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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News Roundup: Cybill Shepherd to Guest on 'No Ordinary Family,' TNT Renews 'Memphis Beat' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 1st 2010 6:00PM
Cybill ShepherdJulie Benz, meet your new TV mom: Cybill Shepherd!

That's right, the veteran TV actress is heading to ABC's new superhero show 'No Ordinary Family.' According to TV Guide, Shepherd will play Barbara Crane, mom to super speedster scientist Stephanie. Look for Stephanie's parents to not have warm feelings towards Michael Chiklis' Jim.

"They don't know yet about what's happened to the family," Benz told TV Guide. "So we have to decide if it's best to clue them in or keep them in the dark."

In other TV news ...

TNT has renewed freshman drama 'Memphis Beat.' The series starring Jason Lee and Alfre Woodard has averaged 4.5 million viewers over its 10-episode season. [Live Feed]

HBO is bringing 'Hung' back for a third season. The show about Thomas Jane as a downtrodden high school teacher/male prostitute drew 2.5 million viewers last week. [Deadline Hollywood]

'Heroes' star Jack Coleman is headed to 'The Mentalist' on Oct. 14. Coleman will play Max Armstrong, a wealthy and arrogant man who just so happens to catch Patrick Jane's eye and becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. [TV Guide]

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AOL Television Editors Preview Fall TV: What to Watch, Skip & Try (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 1st 2010 10:00AM
If TV critics were children, Fall TV would be the equivalent of back to school time -- a lot of work to do, but so much excitement. And there's always a little disappointment as you say goodbye to summer freedom, or in our case, to our happy vacation moods.

Of course the school of TV-watching is year-round, but fall is truly the time when the networks pull out all the stops (hopefully) and show us what they've got.



So sharpen your pencils, TV fans, because class is now in session: AOL TV Editor Kelly Woo and our newest addition, Lead Critic Mo Ryan, joined me to break down all the new fall network shows. Good ("it's sexy, it's fun") or bad ("I've fallen asleep three times trying to watch this pilot"), we were brutally honest because we want this to be your go-to guide for what to watch, what to skip and those shows that fall somewhere in between.

What new fall shows are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments.

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Pilot Watch: 'No Ordinary Family'

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 12th 2010 11:31AM
The cast of 'No Ordinary Family'
In our continuing effort to get you ready for the upcoming fall season, we're previewing pilots that were sent to critics earlier this summer.

Keep in mind that in each case, our opinions are based on a pilot that could be completely recast and reworked between now and the fall. Some of those changes have already been announced.

Show: 'No Ordinary Family'
Network: ABC
Timeslot: Tuesdays, 8PM E
T (Premieres September 28)

The lowdown: The Powells are a family that are flying apart. Jim (Michael Chiklis) is a police sketch artist that feels like a failure and also feels like he can't communicate with his super-busy scientist wife Stephanie (Julie Benz). Their kids, Daphne (Kay Panabaker) and JJ (Jimmy Bennett), are embroiled in their own teenage problems and dramas. Then, on a bonding trip to Brazil, the family is involved in a plane crash that dunks them in a phosphorescent lake. When they get back, they slowly start realizing they have super abilities: Jim can jump great distances and stop bullets, Stephanie has super speed, Daphne can read other people's thoughts, and JJ has super-intelligence. How will they deal with these powers -- while still keeping their family together?

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