ABC announced yesterday that Michael Chiklis' super-powered No Ordinary Family had received a pickup for the back nine episodes, and co-creator and executive producer Jon Harmon Feldman acknowledges they're already working on ideas for the full season.
"I mean, obviously we have thoughts and ideas and hopes in places we like to build to," said Feldman in an exclusive interview. "We do have a lot of ideas that we'd love to explore on the back nine."
While Feldman wasn't willing to go into details, he was happy to talk about what's ahead in the near future for No Ordinary Family, including the continuation of supervillains who Jim Powell (Chiklis) will run into on an ongoing basis. We'll see one of those villains in tonight's episode, "No Ordinary Earthquake," as she shakes it up big time for Jim, his wife Stephanie (Julie Benz) and their teen children Daphne (Kay Panabaker) and J.J. (Jimmy Bennett).
"Every few episodes Jim is going to come up against the supervillain. We're trying to mix it up. We don't want the audience to know if his next adversary is a regular bad guy or a superpower bad guy, and those are the things that hopefully will keep surprising the audience in terms of who his adversary is week to week," said Feldman.
Beyond that, we'll learn something else about the supervillains as the show's mythology continues to build. "There's a difference between some of the supervillains and our family's powers in terms of, I don't want to give it away, but we're going to learn that there's a difference in how their powers work, and that's something we're going to explore," he said.
As for our superhero family, don't get too comfy with what you think you know about them. In next week's episode, "No Ordinary Visitors," "you'll see one of our characters' powers expand in an interesting way, and while it's fun to see how the powers expand, it's also interesting to watch the complications that might cause," he said.
In that episode we'll also meet Stephanie's parents, who will be played by Cybill Shepherd and Bruce McGill. According to Feldman, McGill's character "never liked Jim Powell, and so Jim would love nothing better than to show him the man he's become. But, of course, he can't, because every superhero or budding superhero knows that your powers must remain a secret. So the fun comes with Jim not only wanting to show her parents who he is, but trying to balance his burgeoning crime-fighting with keeping the secret and the fun that grows out of that."
For Feldman, he feels developing No Ordinary Family is a little like watching the Powell family explore their powers. "There's a sense of discovery and a sense of fun, and there's a sense of challenges that await us. I think that the show, in the best way, is attempting to be a lot of different things. It's part superhero show, it's part family drama, part fun fantasy. And so every episode melds these parts in one cohesive whole, and I think we have a great team here. The cast is really wonderful, and I'm really excited about not only what we're doing, but where we're going to go. And hopefully the goal is to continue to have episodes that combine these visual effects with the fun and with also the genuine emotion that a family drama needs."
Here's a preview of tonight's episode:
Does a full season of No Ordinary Family make you happy, or not?