Rupert Grint Starring in Superhero Comedy Pilot ‘Super Clyde’ for CBS

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Currently Greg Garcia has his My Name is Earl follow-up Raising Hope sitting comfortably at Fox (while Ben & Kate is pretty much doomed). But the series creator is getting ready to take a new project to CBS in the form of Super Clyde, and a Harry Potter alum will join him.

Rupert Grint, better known to the world as Ron Weasley, will star in the comedy pilot for the hopeful new series about a meek, unassuming fast-food worker who decides to become a superhero. It sounds like we should expect Kick-Ass, but without the high amounts of blood and profanity.

THR reports Grint is playing the titular neurotic social outcast who goes from essentially being an agoraphobic with intrusive anxiety to a real-life superhero. The comic book reading Clyde gets surprising news when inheritance from a long-dead strange uncle shows up and inspires his heroics. With $100,000 a month, he can easily turn himself into a teenage Batman.

Garcia is writing and executive producing the series and Mike Fresco, who directed episodes of Garcia’s aforementioned comedy series, will direct the pilot. Considering the most recent hit series Garcia and Fresco have worked on together (coupled with current superhero mania), this seems like a no-brainer for success at CBS.

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Before you start thinking this is a step down for Grint from his fame in the Harry Potter franchise, plenty of actors are flocking to TV with the plethora of shows that keep coming every season. When it comes to sitcoms, the time commitment for actors is small compared to other series, and the pay is great. And not every actor gets to lead their own series. But will he keep his native British accent?

Grint also has plenty of film roles coming up in movies like The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, Into the White, CBGB and Cross Country, so it’s not as if he’s having trouble finding work. My only reservation is that this series has set up camp at CBS, and with the exception of How I Met Your Mother, their comedy doesn’t really appeal to me personally (though some will certainly disagree). But if they ditch the live audience, multi-cam aesthetic, and don’t cheaply pander to nerds and geeks as The Big Bang Theory continues to do, then this could be something good.

After all, comic book culture isn’t going anywhere, and plenty of fans would love to see Ron Weasley become a superhero. Super Clyde will also have comic book company on TV – given that it’s set to debut around the same time as Marvel’s  S.H.I.E.L.D. series on ABC (which is also looking to premiere this fall). We’ll find out later this summer if both of those shows end up heading to TV when the upfronts take place.

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Source: THR

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  1. I liked Ron Weasley… Not sure about this new guy though. I suppose it could be good because I like Super hero stuff but I guess it all depends on how the show is approached.

  2. Sounds like a solid premise for a show. Kick Ass was an excellent movie, so hopefully this will be an equally excellent show. Cheers!

    • I didn’t like all the language though. It made the film look cheep and like they ran out of things to say so they just filled in the blank with the “F” word.

      • Watch Super then, it was released before Kick-Ass and sure, it has violence but still has language issues as far as the excitable sidekick but definitely not as lame or cheap as the Kick-Ass dialog was.

        It stars Rainn Wilson, Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler and Ellen Page and is essentially a normal guy becoming inspired to fight back against the drug dealer that stole his wife away and is pumping her full of drugs.

  3. Big fan of Greg Garcia’s sitcoms, so I will be checking this one out (if it gets picked up)

  4. Cheaply pander to nerds? You do realize the premise of the Big Bang is a group of nerds interacting with each other and the world in general. If your waiting for them to discuss which team has a better chance at next years Super Bowl, you are probably watching the wrong show.

    • I guess I could subscribe to the “nerd” label and having seen a few episodes of The Big Bang Theory, I’d have to agree with the cheap pandering comment.

      The show seems to try way too hard, none of the characters are likable at all and it just isn’t funny. It’s just a horrible show.

    • Yes, I’m a nerd, and I feel like they’re trying to pander to my demographic. That’s what I don’t like. It’s weak writing for people who like to pretend they’re nerdy because they like Star Wars or The Avengers. Being a nerd and a geek about things takes effort and passion. Both of those things aren’t present in The Big Bang Theory.

      • I don’t know they do get into a discussion about Wolverine’s claws and whether they are bone or metal. They also play D&D and some card games. They collect action figures and dress up for Comicon.

        • Yeah but those are geek things to do.

          Nerds are passionate and knowledgable about things without getting into semantics over minor stuff that would otherwise look or sound ridiculous to others (such as dressing up to go to conventions and such that geeks do).

  5. This sounds ok but honestly, I remember the best superhero comedy on TV (at least here in the UK) was My Hero.

    It aired from 2000 until 2006 and was about a real life superhero with powers who was trying to live a normal life with a wife and kids. Lost its way towards the end and ended up having the main star replaced in the final season but ahead of its time I guess.

  6. I like him so yeah I would watch it.

  7. The Big Bang Theory is a terrible show. This sounds interesting. Ill give it a go. I wouldn’t doubt it to be a 1 season wonder like a lot of shows similar to this end up being.

    • The Big Bang Theory a terrible show? its only killing in ratings, and every show that is in the same timeslot gets killed everyweek.. so i would rethink that quote

      • Because if there’s one thing that proves a show’s quality, it’s ratings. That’s why reality TV shows are so good, right?

        • Ethan Anderton – Come on, we all know that Honey Boo Boo deserves an Emmy for her ratings. She keeps getting snubbed.

        • Actually ratings do prove quality. If a show is targeted at a certain demographic and succeeds in its goal, then to that demographic it is exactly the quality they want. This is similar to the success of Arrow, which to me is a very boring show bordering on soap opera level of writing, but obviously some like it.

          • Success is not indicative of quality. Again, I call your attention to reality television, and also find that shows like Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory have good ratings, but are not quality comedy series.

  8. Ditch the multi-camera, live audience? Curious… is the single camera style preferable nowadays to audiences? I’m crafting a new sitcom right now(screenplay done, pitching now) and I’ve been wondering about this. Opinions????

    • I’m a fan of both the single camera and multi-camera shows – even a hybrid like “How I Met Your Mother” (multi-camera, but with no live audience, cutaways, etc) – but this sounds like it would fare much better as a multi-camera show.

    • I prefer single camera. But if it is multi-camera and done right, I’m in. I can’t stand laugh tracks or laughter from when it is “filmed in front of a live studio audience.” It takes me out of the show and the jokes lose their impact.

      unless it is actually airing “live”…like the 30Rock live episodes and you’re seeing mistakes and improv performances.

  9. …you had me at “Greg Garcia”

  10. This sounds just like American Hero…

    • I wish Hollywood would reboot that… It could be great…

    • Greatest American Hero.

  11. Sounds really great! I mean, It is a new facet of his career and I think everything gonna be fun and cool! :D

  12. I heard that Super Clyde was suppose to be on cbs.com as an online pilot on Wed. Oct. 9, but I have not found it on their site. I am hoping it is true, will be checking for it. Rupert Grint has a lot more in him than only H. Potter, and am looking forward to continue seeing what he can do.

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