Super Clyde, a pilot starring Harry Potter's Rupert Grint and Brit legend Stephen Fry, is a weird, quirky, but ultimately funny show with a big heart. But here's the bad news: You likely won't see more than the pilot, which was released online on CBS.com.
When TV premiere season seems particularly grim with shows that don't inspire praise or even much toleration among critics, it's easy to imagine that the shows that didn't get picked up are perhaps even worse than what made it to air. But watching Super Clyde, from creator Greg Garcia of My Name is Earl and Raising Hope fame, is an indication of just how random this business can be. Super Clyde isn't perfect, but if you ignore some of its flaws it's an enjoyable comedy, one that we would have been happy to follow.
But that won't happen. CBS instead picked up Garcia's The Millers, a more straightforward, multicamera comedy about awkward parents with a plethora of fart jokes. Garcia, while probably plenty happy that his The Millers got on the air, clearly still has affection for Super Clyde. He told Vulture in a statement: "The worst part about it not ending up on the fall schedule was that no one was going to see something that I was really proud of. Thankfully the folks at CBS are giving people a chance to see the pilot online, and I'm very grateful for that. Now I just hope people like it as much as I do." The Millers, which stars Margo Martindale and Will Arnett, has been panned by critics, while folks that are taking a look at Super Clyde are bemoaning the fact that it didn't get picked up.
Super Clyde shares a lot of its creative DNA with Garcia's Earl and Hope. It centers on three orphans—one of whom is Grint's superhero-obsessed Clyde—who live with their strange, rich uncle. Their uncle dies and makes them wait for their inheritance. While his siblings squander their new fortune, Clyde is conflicted, until he learns from their butler (Fry) that his uncle actually spent his time doing good deeds in secret. Clyde makes it his mission to replicate those heroics. It's a strange show, with quirk to the extreme and a couple of uncomfortable laughs, but Grint is sweet enough to carry the action. (And his American accent isn't half bad!)
Ultimately, it's understandable why CBS didn't pick it up. It's doesn't really belong on a network which has been wildly successful with broad, mainstream comedies like The Big Bang Theory. But watching the pilot gives a rare glimpse into what might have been.