ABC has picked up to pilot a reboot of THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO.
The new half-hour sitcom project revolvs around Meera, a 30-year-old woman who loves tequila and karaoke and has spent her life searching and failing to find meaning, much to the chagrin of her traditional Indian-American family. An inexplicable event occurs that will change the course of Meera’s life forever: she is entrusted with a super suit to protect the planet. Meera may have finally found purpose, but the world has never been in more unreliable hands.
The original series, starring William Katt, ran for three seasons on ABC starting in 1981.
This is now the third time 20th Century TV, which owns the rights to the original series, has attempted to bring a new version of the comical superhero to the small screen. Chris Miller and Phil Lord executive-produced two previous versions in 2015 and 2016 at Fox, but neither ultimately made it to series.
The new iteration comes from Fresh Off the Boat writer-producer Rachna Fruchbom and showrunner Nahnatchka Khan’s Fierce Baby production banner.
The Greatest American Hero joins two untitled sitcoms – one from Tim Doyle and one from Kenya Barris – as ABC comedy pilot pickups thus far.
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Linda Ge | TV Editor