Michael Chiklis' superhero series targets families

Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:28am EDT
 
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By Allison Hope Weiner

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - It's been three years since Michael Chiklis left behind foul-mouthed Vic Mackey, the antihero at the center of FX's cop drama "The Shield."

After a stint in such features as a sequel to his 2005 hit "The Fantastic Four" and "Eagle Eye," he returns to the small screen next Tuesday with ABC's family-oriented superhero series "No Ordinary Family."

WERE YOU LOOKING TO DO SOMETHING THAT WAS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN "SHIELD"? BECAUSE THIS REALLY IS AT THE OTHER END OF THE SPECTRUM.

Chiklis: I wasn't particularly looking for something that was family-friendly, just the best script I could find. I usually look first for the best material you can find. Then you ask who is involved here, and is this going to be handled in the best possible way.

WERE YOU EVEN INTERESTED IN DOING A COP SHOW OR ANYTHING LIKE "SHIELD"?

Chiklis: There were some people making an attempt at something in that "Shield" area. It's just that to me, "The Shield" is not the kind of stuff you come across every day. It was extremely special. Sure, if I found something in the world as complex and well-written as "The Shield," I'd jump at it. But I haven't seen anything like it, not in my estimation.

THE SHOW SOUNDS A LOT LIKE "THE INCREDIBLES," WHERE IT'S FOR KIDS AND IT DOESN'T BORE ADULTS SO MUCH THAT THEY FEEL LIKE KILLING THEMSELVES WHEN THEY'RE FORCED TO SEE A MOVIE WITH THEIR CHILDREN.

Chiklis: It's funny that you bring up "The Incredibles"; I get what you're saying. I'm a father and have two children, 16 and 11. A show like "The Incredibles" has wit, pace and excitement and fun, and it's one that as a parent, I go and enjoy as much as my children. I wanted to make a show like that parents and kids could enjoy together. And this is that kind of show that will appeal to both.   Continued...

 
<p>Cast member Michael Chiklis participates in the panel for "No Ordinary Family" during the Disney, ABC Television Group Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, California August 1, 2010. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>