The Greatest American Hero is back. According to The Hollywood Reporter, ABC has ordered a female-led reboot of the ’80s TV show.
The original comedy-drama starred William Katt as Ralph Hinkley, a substitute teacher who acquires a super-powered suit that allows him to fight crime and injustice. The series ran on ABC from 1981 to 1983.
From Fresh Off the Boat producers Rachna Fruchbom and Nahnatchka Khan, ABC‘s Greatest American Hero reboot will center on “Meera, a 30-year-old Indian-American woman from Cleveland, whose talents include tequila drinking and karaoke and not much else. Then some aliens entrust her with a super suit to protect the planet, and the world has never been in more unreliable hands.”
This isn’t the first time a network has tried to resurrect The Greatest American Hero. In 2014, FOX ordered a remake from Phil Lord and Chris Miller, but the project didn’t make it past the pilot stage. And, in 1986, NBC produced a pilot with the show’s original cast called The Greatest American Heroine. The project was re-edited as an episode of the original series but never materialized as anything more than a one-off special.
What do you think? Have you seen The Greatest American Hero? Would you watch the reboot?
I would give the new version a try to see if it would work out. However the original is all most always better.
I love the original, but don’t think too much of this new version. If you were sticking closer to the old version maybe, but a drinking female version who is going nowhere doesn’t sound very appealing.
I am a big 80’s fan, I loved the 80’s version of “The Greatest American Hero”, and I can’t get enough of the theme song, “Believe It Or Not.” BUT when I read what the reboot was going to be about, I thought “that won’t last.” Those special powers of just drinking tequila and karaoke: that’s just dumb, those aren’t even super special powers. You’re not going to get much of a captive audience with that. If you’re going to reboot any old tv show: keep it to the original plot as much as possible, with very slight (almost unnoticeable)… Read more »
drinking tequila and karaoke would be her human skills. the suit abilities would likely be like the original – flight strength speed xray visions and invisibility. Ralph’s teaching job was always the weaker aspect of the show. She should have a government type partner with resources like the original show. We shall see…
Come on are you kidding me this is ridiculous it will never work. There’s gotta be a better idea than that for a reboot.If you’re going to reboot it make it better not worse.
With all the crap networks are redoing, this is not shocking. Soon all this will be causing a mess down turn in ratings. Until then let then brainless network nitwits do this until then.Brainless in talentless people creating more crap that is way past it’s prime.
I always wanted the Greatest American Hero to come back as a motion picture reboot. I can’t wait to see the TV reboot. Let’s hope it does the late producer well.