As unexpected as it may have been for CBS to give Greg Garcia’s Super Clyde another shot, the surprises don’t end there.
Deadline reports The Middle co-star Charlie McDermott has signed on for the title role in the comedy pilot, delivering a bit of a jolt to Warner Bros. Television and ABC. It seems the contracts of The Middle actors expire at the end of this season, and ABC — always late to announce series renewals — has yet to reveal whether the family comedy will return.
Instead of waiting around like the rest of his co-stars, the 24-year-old McDermott boarded the pilot from Garcia (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope) about a shy fast-food worker who, after inheriting a fortune, decides to become a superhero to secretly help those in need.
Rupert Grint and Stephen Fry starred in the original pilot, which CBS rejected in 2013. According to Deadline, there’s talk of bringing Fry back in the retooled pilot to reprise his role as Clyde’s butler.
The website theorizes that if Super Clyde is ordered to series this time around, it’s still possible for McDermott to juggle both shows: On The Middle, his character Axl Heck is attending college, which would make it easy enough to move him from series regular to a recurring role.
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