Are you ready to see the man behind Ron Wealey take on a very different sort of role? Well, let’s just say that actor Rupert Grint is not just going from drama to comedy, but he’s making the leap over to American television.
This pilot is promising for so many reasons. For one, it is a rare single-camera project at a network in CBS that specializes almost completely in putting on multi-camera fare. In addition to that, it comes to us from Greg Garcia, the mastermind of such underrated blue-collar gems as “My Name is Earl” and “Raising Hope,” which are not afraid to show us the un-glamorous side of America.
Finally, we turn to the actual premise of this show itself: basically, Grint plays a fast-food worker who suddenly decides one day that he wants to be a superhero. That’s really it … and it’s awesome. This is our favorite comedy pilot across any network so far this year, as it is a completely absurd premise that is at least somewhat new, and it could actually well as a companion to “The Big Bang Theory,” even if “Two and a Half Men” is doing reasonably well there at the moment. Plus, Grint is seriously a big star thanks to his work in the “Harry Potter” movies alone, and it is still fresh enough that he will be able to lure in young viewers just based on who he is. While we actually think that a multi-camera format may be less of a risk, making it single-camera will give Garcia and Grint more opportunities to let their imaginations run wild. (Plus, it’d be rather hard to shoot “superhero scenes” on a small set.
What do you think of this pilot right now, and of Grint’s casting? If you want to read about some other CBS pilots lined up right now, you can do so here.