1:30 p.m. No Ordinary Family
Out co-creator/exec producer Greg Berlanti said his intention for No Ordinary Family was to blend the two genres and create a big action show with intimate family moments. Following the panel, Berlanti said he’d really like to add a gay character into the mix.
“Definitely. I can’t imagine doing a series and not wanting to tell those stories, too,” he said. “Nothing has come up in the first three or four (episodes) but it would be my hope in the first year to deal with those issues, especially because it’s still a family show.”
The show’s star Julie Benz talked with us about her new part and playing lesbian on Desperate Housewives opposite Dana Delany.
AE: Lesbian fans adored you on Desperate Housewives. What was it like departing the show?
Julie Benz: That was a show I would have loved to have stayed on forever. I just had an amazing time working on it with those amazing women whose work has inspired me over the years. But unfortunately the character didn’t facilitate a longer story line than five episodes. For me, it was a once in a lifetime experience. If they ever wanted me to come back, I would in a heartbeat.
AE: What will lesbians like about No Ordinary Family?
JB: I don’t know! [Laughs] I think the one thing we all can relate to is that fantasy element, that what-if element — what if you did have a super power, what would it be, how would you handle it in your own life, how would it make your life easier? I think the show’s mass appeal is because of that element. We all want a bit of fantasy in our lives.
AE: What’s it like going from kissing Dana Delany to kissing your “No Ordinary Family” co-star Michael Chiklis?
JB: Easy! Kissing Dana is just lovely, she’s a beautiful woman — she smells great, has soft lips. Chiki has great breath — he chews gum all the time — but he does have a little scruff on his face. Everybody always asks me if it was awkward kissing Dana. Kissing anybody you’re not in love with is awkward anyway. So you just kiss and get it out of the way. When you’re in the moment of the characters, it’s not awkward, it’s just real and lovely. They’re both lovely people to makeout with.
No Ordinary Family premieres Tuesday, Sept. 28.