ABC goes superhero and picks up No Ordinary Family

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

Regardless of what happens with NBC's Heroes, a new group of superheroes will grace our TV screens this fall now that ABC has picked up No Ordinary Family.

The superhero family action series stars Michael Chiklis (The Shield, Fantastic Four) and Dexter's Julie Benz as a dad and mom, who, along with their kids, develop superpowers after a plane crash in the Amazon River. No Ordinary Family comes from Greg Berlanti (Eli Stone) and Jon Feldman (Tru Calling) and also stars Kay Panabaker, Jimmy Bennett, Tate Donovan and Autumn Reeser, according to The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed blog.

Here's the official extended description:

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.

In other new series news, while NBC may not have given any love to Heroes or Chuck yet, the network did pick up the conspiracy thriller The Event, which may or may not have sci-fi elements to it.

Here's the logline for the new series:

The Event is an emotional high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter, The Class), an Everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée, Leila (Sarah Roemer, Disturbia), and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history. Sean's quest will send ripples through the lives of an eclectic band of strangers, including: newly elected U.S. President Martinez (Blair Underwood, Dirty Sexy Money); Sophia (Emmy Award nominee Laura Innes, ER), who is the leader of a mysterious group of detainees; and Sean's shadowy father-in-law (Scott Patterson, Gilmore Girls). Their futures are on a collision course in a global conspiracy that could ultimately change the fate of mankind. Ian Anthony Dale (Daybreak) and Emmy winner Željko Ivanek (Damages) also star in the ensemble drama. The Event is a production of Universal Media Studios and Steve Stark Productions. Stark (Medium) serves as executive producer, Nick Wauters (The 4400, Eureka) is creator/co-executive producer and Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights) is the director/executive producer.

And there's more to come. Next week all the networks will announce their final pickups and renewals at their 2010 broadcast network upfront presentations to the press and advertisers. We'll bring you full coverage, so stay tuned.

What do you think? Are you psyched about these shows, or do they sound like a snooze?

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