Bad news, everyone – I’m not a Harry Potter fan. Though I’ve watched (and on the whole enjoyed) the first four Harry Potter films, I’ve never really wanted to get into the books. Probably my loss, right?
Anyway, co-star of the film series, Rupert Grint (who played Ron Weasley as I’m sure you know) has been cast as the lead role in a new US sitcom from the creator of My Name is Earl, Greg Garcia.
According to a story from the Hollywood Reporter, confirmed this week by Rupert’s rep, Grint will play the title role in a CBS pilot called Super Clyde.
Clyde is a meek, unassuming fast-food worker who decides to become a super hero. The well-meaning and sweet yet slightly neurotic guy who never feels like he really fits in. The avid comic book reader considers himself a borderline agoraphobic with mild to severe anxiety issues who wishes he were a super hero himself. When Clyde inherits a $100,000 a month inheritance from his long-dead eccentric Uncle Bill, he decides that the cash will be his secret super power and will use it only for good and reward the good-hearted.
I’m not exactly sure what to make of this, really. Although Grint would probably make for a decent sitcom actor, the premise sounds a bit inconsistent doesn’t it? How would a “borderline agoraphobic with mild to severe anxiety issues” make the leap to being a superhero? Unless his special power is the uncanny ability to go outside, of course.
And again with the $100k, Mr Garcia? His earlier sitcom My Name is Earl dealt with that exact same amount of money – in that case, a single scratchcard jackpot picked up by Jason Lee’s eponymous character with which he decided to do only good deeds. I liked Earl to begin with; it was very funny and had some great moments between Lee and co-star Ethan Suplee as brothers Earl and Randy, but after two seasons it kinda fell apart for me – how many “our Cops episode is on” episodes did there end up being exactly? It’s all sounding a bit too familiar to me – especially if Super Clyde makes it past a pilot episode – and not all that much of a stand-out premise for a new programme in the crowded TV schedules.
I’ll probably give it a go either way – how about you?