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"Dexter" alumna Julie Benz has been tapped to star opposite Michael Chiklis in ABC's drama pilot "No Ordinary Family."

In other pilot castings, Christina Chang also has come aboard "No Ordinary Family," Jaime King and Mehcad Brooks have joined ABC's hourlong "Generation Y," Fran Kranz has landed a role on NBC comedy "Friends With Benefits," Alexandra Breckenridge has come aboard Fox's comedy "Traffic Light," "Friday Night Lights" alumna Adrianne Palicki and Bryce Johnson are set for Fox's drama "Midland," and veteran Peggy Lipton and Escher Holloway have been added to ABC's dramedy "Cutthroat."

"Family" revolves around a typical American family led by Jim (Michael Chiklis), a once aspiring artist-turned-police artist, who suddenly finds themselves with new "abilities."

Benz, who recurs on ABC's dramedy "Desperate Housewives" this spring as a lap dancer taking up residence on Wisteria Lane, will play Jim's wife, a gifted scientist who develops a power for superspeed. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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