Believe it or not, The Greatest American Hero ran for 44 episodes over three seasons, before being cancelled by ABC, on February 3, 1983. Teacher, Ralph Hinkley (William Katt), receives a super-powered suit from aliens, who tell him that he and FBI agent Bill Maxwell (the late Robert Culp) must save the world. The two form an unlikely alliance, as Ralph learns to master the suit (the instructions to which he lost). They are helped along by Ralph’s divorce lawyer/girlfriend, Pam Davidson (Connie Selleca).
In August 2014, we reported FOX was walking on air at the thought of rebooting the Stephen J. Cannell series — to the point of investing in a put pilot. Fifteen months later, FOX has made a pilot production commitment to a series reboot, with a creative team including Rick Famuyiwa, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Tawnia McKiernan (who, per Deadline, is Cannell’s daughter). Continue on for details.
Written and to be directed by Famuyiwa, Greatest American Hero is the story of what happens when great power is not met with great responsibility. An ordinary man, completely content with being average, wakes up with a superpower suit he never asked for and has to deal with the complications it brings his life.
Miller, Lord and McKiernan executive produce with Lord Miller’s President of Television, Seth Cohen. Fox and 20th TV are bullish on the title with a second stab at rebooting it, hiring a casting director to start working on finding the lead.
Lord and Miller also were behind last year’s Fox/20th TV Greatest American Hero remake with a different writer, Rodney Rothman, which had a put pilot commitment.
Before you fly away on a wing and a prayer, check out our coverage of the original ABC series, The Greatest American Hero.
What do you think? Are you, too, walking on air at the thought of FOX rebooting The Greatest American Hero TV series? Do you plan to check it out?