Yes, you read that correctly. The ABC superhero show ‘The Greatest American Hero’, which ran from 1981 to 1983 (and one episode in 1986) and starred William Katt, Connie Seleca and Robert Culp, is getting a reboot on ABC. But as a twist, this time, the hero is a woman. And ABC has made a pilot commitment.
The original show was created by Steven J. Cannell and became somewhat of a cult classic in the early 80’s. In the series, Katt, who played the role of school teach Ralph Hinkley, found an alien suit and had to figure out how to use its powers — including flying. One of the most memorable parts of the series was how Ralph could never quite get a hang of flying without crash-landing to earth.
For the reboot, an Indian-American woman named Meera will play the role of the superhero. Rachna Fruchbom (writer and producer of Fresh Off The Boat) and Nahnatchka Khan (Fierce Baby) will co-produce the reboot conjoined with ABC Studios.
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According to the background story, Meera is a 30-year-old from Cleveland who has two passions in life: karaoke and drinking tequila. Other than that, Meera’s life doesn’t offer much more. And then miraculously (and unbelievably), she is presented with a superhero suite by aliens that will help her protect the planet. And needless to say, the world’s new protector couldn’t be any less reliable.
The original series was nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. The show’s theme song, “Believe It Or Not”, hit No. 2 on the Billboard Top 100 in 1981.
In 2015 and 2016, reboot attempts were attempted at Fox but plans fell through.
All told, the original series produced 44 episodes. Episodes can be viewed on Hulu and conTV.
At this time there is no timeline set on when the show will debut on ABC.