If you’re a TV critic or one of the lucky 50,000 fans who got a sneak peek of ABC’s upcoming superhero-family drama “No Ordinary Family” online, series regular Stephen Collins encourages you to tune in again when the show makes its official TV debut on Tuesday, Sept. 28.
“I’m trying to tell people to
watch the show when it airs,” Collins says, “because seldom has a pilot
been so pre-screened, but there are added scenes that no one has seen
yet and won’t see until in the pilot until it airs.
“Please watch it again, and watch it through to the very end.”
Collins — who’s also doing an episode
of ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters,” scheduled for Oct. 17 — plays Dr.
Dayton King, the boss and mentor of Stephanie Powell (Julie Benz), the
mother of a family that experienced a plane crash into water deep in the
Amazon and returned with super-abilities.
Scientist Stephanie is
now freakishly fast; her husband, police sketch-artist Jim (Michael
Chiklis) has incredible strength; daughter Daphne (Kay Panabaker) can
hear thoughts; and son JJ (Jimmy Bennett) has overcome his learning
disabilities and then some.
According to an email from the office
of executive producer Greg Berlanti, “We did recast Daphne’s boyfriend
and reshoot that, and there is the addition of the character of the
Watcher, with a scene that will link him into the series. There are some
other minor insert fixes.”
“I was talking to Greg Berlanti the
other day,” Collins says, “and saying, ‘I hope you’re getting the word
out that people should watch it again, because critics have seen it.’
God, there are so many shows that critics have to watch, if they feel
they’ve seen a pilot, they’re not going to watch it again.
“That’s why I’m trying to urge them to do so, because it’s a very different experience.”
course, Collins does not know everything about what’s coming up,
including when Dr. King might get clued in to the mysterious change in
“How he gets led to it,” Collins says, “it’s really interesting. Truly, I can’t wait to find out myself where it’s going.”