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Pilot view: ABC's new drama 'No Ordinary Family'

July 2, 2010 |  6:00 am

Editor’s note: We offer you our first impressions of the original pilots for fall shows. Keep in mind that these are not reviews, and that the networks may make significant changes to these shows before they air. We reserve the right to love them or hate them more later.

"No Ordinary Family" is the story of the Powell family. The dad is Jim, a police sketch artist; mom is Stephanie, a high-powered research scientist; Daphne is their daughter, who is navigating her first love; and JJ is their learning-disabled son. During a rare family trip to Brazil, their plane crashes and they survive and rebound with superpowers.

Who's in it: Michael Chiklis ("The Shield") as Jim; Julie Benz ("Dexter") as Stephanie; Kay Panabaker ("Summerland") as Daphne; and Jimmy Bennett ("Hostage"). Also: Autumn Reeser ("Entourage"),  Romany Malco ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin"), Christina Chang and Tate Donovan ("The O.C.").

Who made it:
Greg Berlanti and Jon Feldman ("Brothers & Sisters") wrote it and are producing it.

Thumbs up: In a nutshell, this is "The Incredibles" mythology set to contemporary work-family struggles, and it works. There's a lot of places the Powell family can go with their new abilities, and it's fun to go for the ride with them. It's great to see Chiklis on TV again. Panabaker is a talent to watch.

Thumbs down:
Some corny moments take away from the tenderness of some of the other scenes.

Verdict: We're excited to see where this goes.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez

Video credit: ABC


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