‘The Middle’s Charlie McDermott Set As Lead In CBS Pilot ‘Super Clyde’

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It’s Official: Rupert Grint will not be returning as the lead in CBS’ comedy pilot Super Clyde.

Charlie McDermott, best known for his breakout role as Axl on the ABC comedy The Middle, has been set as the lead in the comedy project, which hails from The Millers creator Greg Garcia, his banner Amigos de Garcia and CBS Television Studios.

Penned by Greg Garcia, Super Clyde is a single camera comedy which follows Clyde, a meek, unassuming fast-food worker who finds his calling as a superhero after inheriting a vast fortune. This is the second time that CBS has taken a stab at the project, after having previous piloted (and passed on) Super Clyde in 2013.

McDermott will play lead character Clyde – the same role that was played by Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint in the original pilot two years ago. According to Deadline, who broke the news of the casting, there is also some interest in having Grint’s co-star Stephen Fry reprise his role as Randolph in the second pilot.

It is presently unclear what effect McDermott’s casting will have on ABC’s The Middle. The network has yet to renew the Warner Bros produced series and there are no deals in place with the cast for a potential seventh season. That being the case, Super Clyde is not in second position to The Middle – meaning that if it goes to series, ABC will have to decide between either ending The Middle or proceeding to a seventh season without McDermott as Axl Heck.