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The Gifted, and other top super-powered families

James Hunt Oct 7, 2017

As The Gifted lands in the UK, we go looking for other families with superpowers to be reckoned with...

As The Gifted brings the super-powered Strucker siblings to the screen alongside their (currently) unpowered parents, we got thinking: what other super-powered families are out there? Here’s what we came up with…

Power Pack

Created in the early 80s by Louise Simonson and June Brigman, the Power Pack were four super-powered siblings (with the surname Power, natch) who used to sneak out to operate as a team while keeping their identities secret from their parents. It was sort of like the Famous Five, but in the Marvel Universe. Throughout their run the swapped powers and codenames, but the siblings were Alex, Julie, Jack and Katie, and the powers were energy manipulation, mass manipulation, gravity manipulation and light manipulation.

The Powells of No Ordinary Family

This short-lived TV
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'The Gifted': TV Review

I'm not going to tell you that Fox and Marvel's new drama The Gifted is mandatory or necessary viewing. It's just the latest TV show to attempt to tell a story of nascent mutant/superhero powers against the backdrop of family drama.

This is a genre that's sometimes very good (the first season of Heroes), sometimes very bad (all subsequent seasons of Heroes) and often quite mediocre (remember ABC's No Ordinary Family?), but never in short supply on the small screen or large.

So perhaps the smartest thing Fox has done is scheduling The Gifted to premiere Monday, just days after ABC's...
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Random Roles: Julie Benz on her numerous TV deaths, from Dexter to Buffy The Vampire Slayer to Angel

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Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.

The actor: Julie Benz got her start as an actress when she was still in her teens, shifting back and forth between movies and TV and racking up a wide variety of credits in a relatively short amount of time. But it was her work with Joss Whedon—first on Buffy The Vampire Slayer, then on Angel—that put her on the map. Since then, Benz has remained a stalwart in genre projects, appearing in sci-fi series (Defiance) and superhero shows (No Ordinary Family). She’s also earned considerable acclaim for her stint on Dexter and has also turned up in more than a few horror films, the most recent of which, Havenhurst, is out now.

Havenhurst (2016 ...
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Little Shop of Horrors Remake Coming from Arrow Creator Greg Berlanti

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Little Shop of Horrors Remake Coming from Arrow Creator Greg Berlanti
After spending the past six years developing and producing hit shows such as Arrow and Blindspot, filmmaker Greg Berlanti is returning to the big screen. The filmmaker is set to direct a new reboot of Little Shop of Horrors, which will be a musical, like the 1986 classic directed by Frank Oz. The story first originated on the big screen with Roger Corman's 1960 cult classic, before it was re-imagined as an off-Broadway musical by Howard Ashman, who wrote the screenplay adaptation for the 1986 film.

Deadline reports that this will be a "fresh version" of the 1986 musical, which will be written by Matthew Robinson (The History of Lying). The original story followed a young man named Seymour, who works at a flower store. He takes a plant home to raise as his own, only to discover that it feeds on human flesh, forcing Seymour to kill others in order to keep his plant alive.
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TVLine Items: NBC Nabs Italian Job, Lifetime Casts Timberlake and More

TVLine Items: NBC Nabs Italian Job, Lifetime Casts Timberlake and More
Another day, another reboot: NBC has given a script commitment plus penalty to The Italian Job, a potential series inspired by the 1969 film of the same name and the 2003 remake, which starred Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron, our sister site Deadline reports.

RelatedS.W.A.T. Reboot Headed to CBS From EPs Shawn Ryan and Justin Lin

The drama project — written/executive produced by Rob Weiss (Entourage, Ballers) and Benjamin Brand (Bollywood Hero) — is described as “a noisy, sexy thrill ride” about a makeshift family of expert criminals who are forced out of retirement when an opportunity arises to get
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Claws: No Ordinary Family Vet joins TNT Dramedy Pilot

Jason Antoon has been cast in a series regular role in the Claws TV show pilot for TNT. The hour-long dramedy is set in a Florida manicure shop -- a front for a female-led organized crime ring. Antoon recurred as nefarious math teacher Mr. Litchfield on No Ordinary Family, which was canceled after one season on ABC. His recent TV series work includes guest spots on Showtime's Dice, and Children's Hospital, which ended this year, after eight seasons on Adult Swim.Antoon will play Dr. Ken Brickman on Claws, a nail-salon-as-mob-front show. Deadline reports his character is, "...a bona fide doctor with a decidedly un-bona fide job, working at an illegal drug clinic." He joins Niecy Nash, Harold Perrineau, Jenn Lyon, and Carrie Preston,
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Amy Acker Spies MacGyver Role

Amy Acker Spies MacGyver Role
Amy Acker will play a person of interest when CBS’ MacGyver reboot premieres this fall.

RelatedCBS’ MacGyver Adds Sandrine Holt as Series Regular

TVLine has learned exclusively that the Person of Interest alum will guest-star in the freshman drama’s second episode as a CIA operative who was working undercover in Caracas, gathering intel on an international arms dealer, when his organization kidnapped her.

MacGyver (played by Lucas Till) and former CIA agent Jack Dalton (CSI‘s George Eads) are tasked with bringing Acker’s agent home, all as Jack grapples with long-unresolved feelings for his onetime colleague.

VideosMacGyver
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TV Producer of the Year Greg Berlanti: "I Still Fight About Everything"

TV Producer of the Year Greg Berlanti:
Greg Berlanti settles into a bank of couches in his office on the Warner Bros. lot, tucked in between brightly colored pillows with hand-stitched logos for two of his shorter-lived television series, No Ordinary Family and Dirty Sexy Money. There are eight more pillows throughout the spacious office, one commemorating each of his film or television projects. His mother has them made for her now-43-year-old son, who welcomed a son of his own via surrogacy in February. "A lot of times, the pillow turns out better than the show," says Berlanti as he surveys

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Julie Benz Joins CBS' Training Day Pilot

Julie Benz Joins CBS' Training Day Pilot
Be forewarned, fans of Hawaii Five-0‘s Chin/Abby romance — Julie Benz has got a brand-new bag, on CBS’ Training Day pilot.

RelatedPilot Season ’16: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows and Stars

Penned by Castle vet Will Beall and picking up 15 years after the Denzel Washington/Ethan Hawke movie, the drama pilot centers on an idealistic young African-American police officer who is appointed to the Lapd’s elite Special Investigation Section (S.I.S.), where he is partnered with Frank Rourke, a seasoned, morally ambiguous detective (to be played by Big Love‘s Bill Paxton).

Per our sister site Deadline,
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Tom Amandes Joins Arrow Season 4 As The Calculator

With Arrow set to go on its midseason break soon, a surprising casting addition has been made which we’ll see pay off when The CW series returns next year. That is Tom Amandes as The Calculator (yes, that’s actually the name of a DC Comics character), a villain who is described by the network as a criminal mastermind and technical genius.

The Calculator, whose real name is Noah Kuttler, uses his advanced skills in computer science and internet manipulation to blackmail Roy (Colton Haynes) out of retirement to do his bidding, which leads to an epic battle with Team Arrow.

This casting explains why the former Arsenal is going to return to Arrow then, something fans have been wondering and speculating about ever since it was revealed earlier this week.

As for Amandes, he has some history with Arrow producer Greg Berlanti, as he starred in some of his previous shows like Everwood,
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Arrow Casts Everwood's Tom Amandes as DC Comics Villain The Calculator

Arrow Casts Everwood's Tom Amandes as DC Comics Villain The Calculator
Berlantiverse favorite Tom Amandes is heading to Arrow — to do a real “number” on someone.

VideosArrow/Flash Crossover Promo: Vandal Savage Invades Star City, Hawkgirl Takes Flight & More Superhero Sights

TVLine has learned exclusively that the alum of such past Greg Berlanti projects as Everwood, Eli Stone and No Ordinary Family has booked an arc on (one of!) the prolific producer’s CW series as DC Comics villain The Calculator.

A criminal mastermind and technical genius, The Calculator — aka Noah Kuttler — uses his advanced skills in computer science and internet manipulation to blackmail Roy (Colton Haynes) out of retirement to do his bidding,
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Links: Oscar, Kubrick, Jones, Knightley, and Ado Annie

Playbill Reviews are in for Keira Knightley's Broadway turn in Therese Raquin

Variety Nicole Kidman lines up a new thriller Silent Wife. The good news is the director is Adrian Lyne who is great with actresses: see Fatal Attraction & Unfaithful

Just Jared Jonathan Groff dies of happiness when Beyoncé pays him a compliment 

Brooklyn Mag pornish art films before Gaspar Noé's Love

Pajiba Patton Oswalt ranks the Gop candidates with D&D statistics 

Pajiba Quentin Tarantino vs. Cops. Ugly business.

My New Plaid Pants Rachel McAdams, Serious Journalist (via Spotlight

The Superverse

Variety talks to superhero loving TV megaproducer Greg Berlanti (The Flash and Supergirl are big hits ... but they aren't even his first superhero shows - remember that Incredibles/Fantastic4 ripoff called No Ordinary Family?)

Empire lots of new Suicide Squad photos 

Coming Soon Matthew McConaughey turns Marvel villain role down - I mean wouldn't you? Their
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Review: Melissa Benoist soars as 'Supergirl' in fun new CBS series

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Review: Melissa Benoist soars as 'Supergirl' in fun new CBS series
"I feel like I'm not living up to my potential," Kara admits to her sister Alex. "I have the same powers he does! I can lift a bus, stop a bullet. Alex, I can fly!" The "he" is Superman, Kara's celebrated cousin. Like Kara — (slightly) better known as "Supergirl," and now the star of her own TV series (it debuts Monday at 8:30 on CBS) — points out, they come from the same planet, and have the same powers, but he's an icon and she never seems to find her place. That line about squandered potential could just as easily be applied to many of the writers responsible for crafting Kara's adventures over the years, going back to her comic book debut in 1959. Despite being Superman's equal, strength-wise, the "girl" in her name was treated as doubly diminutive. Superman was there to save the world, Supergirl was there to have boy trouble,
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'Supergirl' producers: 'Superman’s not in the show is because it’s not about him

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'Supergirl' producers: 'Superman’s not in the show is because it’s not about him
When CBS unveiled the first extended trailer for "Supergirl" — its entree into the ubiquitous new world of TV superhero action, as well as the network's biggest priority for this TV season — in May, many fan's immediate reaction was to note the unfortunate similarities to the recent "Saturday Night Live" parody trailer for a "Black Widow" movie that suggested any female superhero story would be presented as a romantic comedy. But while the "Supergirl" trailer definitely played up the most "Devil Wears Prada"-ish aspects — where the title character (Melissa Benoist) in her civilian identity is the mousy assistant to a snarling media mogul played by Calista Flockhart, and has bad luck in the dating department — that's only one component of the full pilot, which has a lot of action, and a lot of discussion about how Supergirl should be taken every bit as seriously as her more celebrated male cousin.
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Showrunner Shuffle: Last Minute Departures Explained by Booming TV Biz

Showrunner Shuffle: Last Minute Departures Explained by Booming TV Biz
The 2015-16 television season has yet to begin, but high drama is already taking place behind the scenes. With less than one month until new shows premiere, four network series have seen their showrunners exit.

In the run-up to the fall season, NBC’s “Chicago Med,” Fox’s “The Grinder” and ABC’s “Blood & Oil” and “The Catch” have all parted ways with the original showrunners.

Why the sudden shuffle? In this era of “too much TV” — as FX Networks chief John Landgraf pointed out at this summer’s Television Critics’ Assn. press tour — insiders report the fallout is serious, with most veteran showrunners already booked on one of the 400-plus shows on air.

“Everyone is trying to jockey for position,” said Landgraf, giving a sobering assessment of the state of the TV biz. “We’re playing a game of musical chairs, and they’re starting to take away chairs.
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Julie Benz Joins Hawaii Five-0 as Sfpd Cop/Romantic Interest for [Spoiler]

Julie Benz Joins Hawaii Five-0 as Sfpd Cop/Romantic Interest for [Spoiler]
I was just talking to Julie Benz about how especially arctic the Defiance set in Toronto was this past winter. And apparently as reward for toughing it out, she can now make camp in the Aloha State.

RelatedCBS Fall Premiere Dates: Supergirl Gets Big October Launch

TVLine has learned that Benz is joining CBS’ Hawaii Five-0 in the recurring role of Jennifer, a detective from San Francisco who is heading up a task force modeled after Five-0. As the visiting detective does her research, she will form a strong connection with Chin (played by Daniel Dae Kim).

“She’s on
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Michael Chiklis Joins Gotham As Series Regular

Gotham is adding yet another tough-as-nails member to the Gcpd, and this time they’ve called in the big guns. According to TVLine, the Batman prequel show has recruited The Shield alum Michael Chiklis, who will take on the role of the new captain of the Gotham City Police Department as a series regular.

Chiklis will not be taking on the role of a DC Comics character, but will instead play Nathaniel Barnes, who has been created solely for the series. Judging by the character description, it won’t take long for the infamous city to corrupt him, either:

Barnes lands on the Gcpd like a tornado, ripping out the dead wood of Gotham’s police force. He is a law and order zealot; unafraid of making enemies – on either side of the law. For Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Barnes is a hero and a mentor, someone with whom he can share the burden of heroism.
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Gotham season 2: Michael Chiklis joins cast as Gcpd captain

Michael Chiklis – two-time Ben Grimm, and star of The Shield – has joined Gotham as a mentor to Jim Gordon…

Just a little Gotham update here, but one that gives us a few clues about the new season. Michael Chiklis (perhaps best known to our readers as Ben Grimm from the 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four movies) has signed up for a role in the show.

Chiklis – who’s also appeared in American Horror Story, The Shield, Sons Of Anarchy, Vegas and No Ordinary Family – will play the Gcpd’s Captain Barnes, described as ‘a hero and a mentor for Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon’.

We’re told that Barnes "lands on the Gcpd like a tornado, ripping out the dead wood of Gotham's police force. He is a law and order zealot; unafraid of making enemies -- on either side of the law. For Gordon, Barnes is a hero and a mentor,
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Television that Home Video Forgot: Jack & Bobby (2004)

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Jack & Bobby

Showcase Inventory

Created by Greg Berlanti, Steven A. Cohen, Vanessa Taylor, Brad Meltzer

Produced by Shoe Money Productions, Berlanti-Lippell Productions, Warner Bros. Television

Aired on WB for 1 season (22 episodes) from September 12, 2004 – May 11, 2005

Cast

Christine Lahti as Professor Grace McCallister

Matt Long as Jack McCallister

Logan Lerman as Robert “Bobby” McCallister

Jessica Paré as Courtney Benedict

Edwin Hodge as Marcus Ride

John Slattery as Peter Benedict

Keri Lynn Pratt as Missy Belknap

Show Premise

When we look back on all of the great American Presidents of the past, one can’t help but wonder about their lives and what they are really like behind their exterior. What lessons did they learn that would make them capable of leading a nation? What if we could see those moments that would inform the kind of President they would become? What if we could watch their life happen with the hindsight of
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Six Minute Trailer for Supergirl TV Series

CBS just released a 6-minute trailer for its upcoming "Supergirl" TV series, starring Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El, and Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant. "Supergirl" is based on the characters from DC Comics and centers on Kara Zor-El, who comes to Earth after escaping the destruction of Krypton. After many years hiding her abilities, she joins the ranks of her cousin Superman to become the hero she was meant to be. The pilot episode was written by Ali Adler ("No Ordinary Family") and Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "The Flash"). Trailer:
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