Greatest American Hero will soon return to TV, with a pilot order from ABC. The half-hour, single-camera comedy sees Meera, a 30-year-old Indian-American woman, who comes into the possession of an alien super-suit, which turns her from a regular woman to a reluctant, clueless superhero.
The original series ran for only three seasons from 1981 to 1983, starring William Katt as Ralph Hinkley, a substitute teacher who encountered a group of aliens on a field trip, who gifted him a super-suit. Hinkley then became a crime fighter, aided by Robert Culp, an FBI agent, and Connie Sellecca, an attorney.
This reboot will keep the original show’s premise of a hapless hero growing into their powers, as a character description for the lead character notes: “Meera may have finally found purpose, but the world has never been in more unreliable hands.”
The gender swapped reboot was announced at ABC last September, and it has reported that the network has now ordered Greatest American Hero to pilot, with Fresh Off the Boat’s Rachna Fruchbom writing and producing, while Nahnatchka Khan will serve as executive producer.
This isn’t the first time a Greatest American Hero reboot has received a pilot order, as 2015 saw Phil Lord and Christopher Miller plan to reboot the series at Fox. The network got to the point of ordering a pilot directed by Dope’s Rick Famuyiwa, however, the reboot stalled and was eventually scrapped.
We’ll bring you more on ABC’s Greatest American Hero as we have it.