No Ordinary Family: Superheroes Sans Spandex


ABC's forthcoming fall drama No Ordinary Family is one part Heroes, one part The Incredibles - but don't expect star Michael Chiklis to don any capes or costumes.


"You don't want to see me in Lycra, believe me. I'm just glad I don't have 60 pounds of orange latex on," Chiklis said, alluding to his last superhero job as The Thing in the Fantastic Four films.


The first episode of No Ordinary Family, which was screened for audiences at Comic-Con on Saturday, revolves around a family at its breaking point. After their vacation ends prematurely when the plane they're on goes down in mysteriously infected waters, the Powells emerge with some extraordinary abilities. (It's an origin story that owes a debt to that of the Fantastic Four, but Chiklis' presence should buy the show a pass from fans of Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johhny Storm, and Ben Grimm.)


When Jim (Chiklis), a police artist, returns to work, he discovers he has more or less become Superman - minus the flying. Stephanie (Julie Benz), his over-achieving but stretched-thin wife, gains super speed.


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