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'Super Clyde': 5 things to look for in Rupert Grint's unaired pilot

October 11, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 11--Attention Harry Potter fans: CBS is giving you a rare chance to check out Rupert Grint's American TV debut in the unaired pilot of the comedy "Super Clyde."

It's not often that a TV show pilot not picked up by the network gets a chance to be seen by the public at large. Especially a half-hour comedy that has no chance of being repurposed as a TV movie. But series creator Greg Garcia, whose "The Millers" also airs on CBS, pushed to get people to see his other comedy show, which will never have a chance to compete for ratings. So the network released it through its website.

Grint, known to most Americans as Ron Weasley from the "Harry Potter" movies, stars as an American underachiever whose sudden inheritance prompts him to become a do-gooder by wielding his money like a superpower.

For those looking for reasons to spend 20 minutes with a comedy pilot that has no hopes of going to Episode 2, here are five fun things to look out for. And here's where you can watch it.

Rupert Grint's American accent: It may be strange for the die-hard Potter-ites to accept, but Grint does American slacker surprisingly well.

Stephen Fry's Alfred: No, his character name isn't Alfred, it's Randolph, but the British comedy great gets a chance to play this show's version of the wise butler character that has been a part of Batman lore for decades. His old partner, Hugh Laurie, came to American network TV with much success for quite a long time, so it's a shame Fry didn't a chance with this one.

Grint's Clyde is strictly a DC guy: Maybe it has something to do with Marvel being owned by Disney these days, but Clyde's comic book fandom begins with Aquaman and ends with Wonder Woman.

The comic book love went deep: Just how committed was Garcia to his comic book style premise? Check out these original comic book pages commissioned for the show. You catch glimpses of them, but not this close.

The number 100,000: Clyde's monthly stipend from his inheritance is $100,000. Does that number sound familiar? It's the amount Earl won in the lottery in creator Greg Garcia's other comedy series, "My Name Is Earl." Is it because $100,000 is a nice even number or because Garcia was attempting some kind of quasi-mystical "Lost"-like connection between shows? We'll never get to find out.

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