ABC Picks Up “No Ordinary Family”
As often as Tim Kring said that he never picked up a comic book before writing the series Heroes…anyone with a brain can see that his show was directly influenced by the Marvel X-Men series.
Thankfully Heroes may finally be on the outs, but who’s to stop the next Stan Lee rip-off show from hitting the air? Apparently nobody because ABC has announced that they’ve picked up the pilot for a new show called “No Ordinary Family”, which has a plot eerily like another Marvel book.
I’m not going to come right out and say it, but the show is about a family who suddenly finds themselves with superpowers and must learn to cope with the ‘great responsibility’. Did I mention that Michael Chiklis is playing one of the lead roles.
Do you give up? I’m talking about The Fantastic Four of course!
However, the tagline for the show says things a bit differently:
The Powells are about to go from ordinary to extraordinary. After 16 years of marriage, Jim and Stephanie’s relationship lacked the spark it once had, and their family life now consists of balancing work and their two children; leaving little time for family bonding. During a family vacation set up by Jim in an attempt to reconnect, their plane crashes into the Amazon River. But this is where the fun starts for the Powells as they soon discover that something’s not quite right. Each of them now possesses unique and distinct super powers. But saving and savoring their family life will be equally important as they try to find purpose for their new power and embark on a journey to find out what defines and unifies them. The Powells are a totally relatable family that happens to be a little bit amazing.
I doubt that it will be EXACTLY like the FF comics, but I’m going to be pissed if the show’s creators don’t at least admit that they were influenced by the comics industry, either as kids or as adults.
It’s past time that being a fan of comics lose it’s social stigma, and let’s face it…the industry needs all the help it can get, and the TV show might get a few more (rabid) fans if they admitted that they were influenced by comics.