Michael Chiklis is first in the life raft.
The star of “No Ordinary Family” has signed on for a new pilot produced by Conan O’Brien, as it looks more and more like his ABC dramedy is headed for the graveyard.
“Only a miracle ‘Hail Mary’ that would make Doug Flutie stop and say ‘wow!’ can save ‘No Ordinary Family’,” says Robert Seidman of TVByTheNumbers.com. “The (ratings) are bad enough that its prospects can’t be lost on any of the cast members.”
The freshman series about a family that develops superpowers started strong with more than ten million viewers, but has since lost almost 60 percent of its audience.
In February, Chiklis complained that the show, while trying to appease to many viewers, had become “too soft.”
“What often happens is in trying to please all the parties you end up becoming mayonnaise or like a scoop of vanilla ice cream with no hot fudge and nuts,” he said.
Perhaps he’ll have better luck with “Vince Uncensored,” a new CBS comedy from “Cheers” writer Phoef Sutton. The premise, EW reports: “After a life-changing experience, a man decides to take a more honest approach to his life, work and family.”
The new gig will take “second position” to “NOF” – which means he will be contractually obligated to withdraw if the Powell family is given a stay of execution.
“There seem to be a lot of “second position” castings these days even from shows that have middling ratings,” Seidman notes. (NBC’s “The Crossing” is waiting in the wings to scoop up “Off The Map’s” Martin Henderson and Rachelle Lefevre, while Zach Gilford has signed on for Fox’s “Iceland.”)
“Relatively speaking NOF is worse than middling. Aside from ‘Detroit 1-8-7,’ its ABC’s lowest-rated scripted show (other than shows already canceled like ‘The Whole Truth’ and ‘My Generation’).”
An ABC rep tells us: “The show is still in contention to return next season. We’ll find out during Upfronts in May.”