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ABC Orders Pilot for ‘Greatest American Hero’ Reboot

The Focus This Time Will Be on a 30-Year Old Woman Named Meera

Potentially next in the endless stream of TV show revivals is a new version of “The Greatest American Hero” on ABC, which originally aired on the network from 1981-83. ABC has given a pilot commitment to the proposed single camera half-hour, which this time will center on Meera, a 30-year-old Indian-American woman from Cleveland who dons a superhero suit to protect the planet after being entrusted by some aliens.

The reboot is being written and produced by Rachna Fruchbom, who co-produced “Fresh off the Boat” and some wrote some episodes of “Parks and Recreation.” Tawnia McKiernan is set to direct.

The original show followed a substitute school teacher, Ralph Hinkley (William Katt) who is given an alien space suit that gives him superpowers like invisibility and super strength. However, because he loses the instruction guide, he ends up having to figure out how the suit works by making mistakes, and teams up with an FBI agent played by Robert Culp to solve crimes. Most memorable from the show, perhaps, was the hit theme song, “Believe it Or Not,” sung by Joey Scarbury.

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  • Phun

    No to the reboot but yes to the lead being an a 30-year-old Indian-American. Couldn’t they come up with another name for the show. Will give it a try.

  • I never liked the original.

    • DPJ626

      The theme song, that was it.

  • Peter Dayspring

    It would be a halfway decent idea if the lead was a Native American from Roswell, New Mexico. As it is, rebooting an old show that was never a real hit with this weak re-imagining doesn’t exactly scream ratings bonanza.

  • terrencemoss

    I don’t like reboots, revivals or remakes at all — but if the original cast and crew is involved, I’m more on board. So this is an immediate pass for me.

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