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"Lost" opportunities or How to have an extra- "Ordinary" time at this year's Comic-Con

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"Lost" opportunities or How to have an extra- "Ordinary" time at this year's Comic-Con

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With Preview Night at this year's Comic-Con just getting underway, let me offer up a quick cautionary tale to all attendees.

Before Nancy and I headed out to San Diego back in 2004, we carefully went over that year's schedule. Cherry-picking all of the panels & programming events that we wished to attend.


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But then came Preview Night. Which was so crowded & so crazy that the two of us were completely exhausted by the time we got back to our hotel.

Which is why - when the alarm went off at 6 the following morning - I hit the snooze button. Figuring that - what with how busy the next four days were going to be - that we could use the extra sleep. Which is how we wound up missing out the very first panel  that we wanted to see on Thursday. Which was where ABC was going to screen the pilot of this brand-new hour-long drama.

Maybe you've heard of this show since ? "Lost" ?


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Yep, because I wanted to grab a few more Zzzs, Nancy and I missed out on being among the first to sample the wonder & the weirdness of this Emmy Award-winning  series.

I bring this up now because ... Well, as it turns out, ABC is showcasing another brand-new hour-long drama - "No Ordinary Family" -- at this year's Comic-Con. And where this gets interesting is that the pilot episodes of "Lost" & "No Ordinary Family" both feature a plane crash which then has this profound impact on all of the characters who appear on this program.


(L to R) Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz, Jimmy Bennett, Kay Panabaker and Tate
Donovan from ABC Studios' new series, "No Ordinary Family." Photo by Eric
McCandless. Copyright 2010 American Broadcasting Company, Inc.
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Anyway ... With the hope that they'll then be able to get some good buzz about this new action drama, ABC is setting up this really crazy "No Ordinary Family" booth at the San Diego Convention Center. Where Comic-Con attendees can come through and - thanks to their new-found super strength -- lift up a full-sized car. What's more, they can then have their picture taken and walk away with a free souvenir photo of this amazing feat.

Mind you, there are other swag-eriffic reasons that you should make a point of dropping by Booth 3921. For - over the course of the four days of Comic-Con -- ABC will be giving away "No Ordinary Family" backpacks & t-shirts. And then - at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 24th -- Michael Chiklis and Julie Benz will be in the booth autographing full sized posters from this new ABC show.


Julie Benz and Michaael Chiklis from ABC Studios' new series, "No Ordinary Family."
Photo by Eric McCandless. Copyright 2010 American Broadcasting Company, Inc.
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Speaking of those"No Ordinary Family" t-shirts ... Keep a sharp eye out as you're walking the exhibit hall floor. For ABC reps will - without notice - be handing out tees for this show to Comic-Con attendees.

And if you really, really, REALLY want a "No Ordinary Family" t-shirt, then you should probably head on over to the Cine Café at 412 K Street and order a "No Ordinary Hero" sandwich.  For the first 100 people who come back to Booth 3921 with the wrapper from their "No Ordinary Hero" sandwich will then get a free t-shirt.


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Okay. Enough with all the free t-shirt talk ... If you're more interested in learning more about "No Ordinary Family" (the series) than you are in scoring swag, ABC will be airing the pilot episode in Room 6A on Saturday, July 24th starting at 3:15 p.m. Immediately after this screening, there'll then be a brief Q & A with Chiklis & Benz as well as this series' executive producers Greg Berlanti, Jon Harmon Feldman and David Semel. What's more, everyone who attends this "No Ordinary Family" panel will then receive an exclusive t-shirt that will not be available anywhere else at Comic-Con!

(Alright. I promise. No more talk about Comic-Con swag. Anywho ...)


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So don't make the same mistake that Nancy and I made back in 2004 and then miss out on the chance to see something cool  like the world premiere of "Lost." When you make out a schedule for Comic-Con, stick to that schedule. That way, the time that you spend inside of the San Diego Convention Center now through Sunday afternoon will be anything but "Ordinary."

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