CBS have revealed a new comedy pilot that they hope will make it onto air in the next television season, and while the concept of a ‘superhero comedy’ might not have universal appeal, the intrest from one key demographic will be heightened no end with the fact that Rupert Grint (Harry Potter) has been signed as the lead on the project.
The 24-year-old English actor, easily best-known for his portrayal of ‘Ron Weasley’ in the eight-movie franchise, is set to make his television debut should the new show idea prove successful.
The concept is called Super Clyde, and revolves around lead character ‘Clyde’ (played by Grint) who is a ‘sweet-natured but shy man’ that suffers from ‘agoraphobia and anxiety issues’. Feeling as though he dosn’t fit in at the fast food restaurant he works at, Clyde harbours dreams of becoming a superhero, and his life changes when his eccentric uncle dies and leaves his nephew a substantial amout of money in the will.
Deciding not to tell anyone about the $100,000 per month he now inherits, Clyde decides to use his cash in secret as a way of rewarding ‘good-natured and deserving people’. A key positive note for the show aside from the acting talent involved will be the people behind it, with the writer and executive producer of the pilot confirmed as Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope).
Grint’s presence in the project will follow on from only two prior small-screen roles, playing himself in an episode of BBC mockumentary Come Fly With Me, and this season guest starring in voice acting as a character in the American Dad! episode ‘Killer Vacation’.
Film-wise, he has appeared in titles including Thunderpants, Cherrybomb, Wild Target, and Into the White, and will also be featuring in 2013 movies The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman and CBGB, but while it is not nessicarily a bad thing, it would take plenty more to even slightly remove him from just being known as ‘Ron Weasley’. Will Super Clyde manage to bring Rupert Grint’s acting range mainstream? A sample of his best comedy performances so far in his career can be seen below, even if it is all in-charater as Ron: