ABC is rebooting a female-led The Greatest American Hero with an initial pilot order.
The Disney-owned network has handed out a formal pilot order to the single-camera, half-hour comedy that follows Meera, a 30-year-old Indian-American woman from Cleveland, whose talents include drinking tequila, singing karaoke and not much else.
ABC’s Greatest American Hero follows Meera after aliens entrust her with a super suit to protect the planet. It is one of several properties to get a modern twist in a remake treatment. Melissa McCarthy headlined a female-led Ghostbusters remake for Sony, while a female-focused Ocean’s Eight is due for release this year. The Greatest American Hero reboot arrives as Hollywood has made inclusive storytelling a greater priority, with ABC at the forefront of the push with programming like Scandal — with Kerry Washington the first African-American woman to topline a drama since the ’70s; and shows like Fresh Off the Boat, Speechless and Black-ish, among others.
The original Greatest American Hero survived three seasons on ABC from 1981-83.
Where do you stand? Are you happy about the Greatest American Hero potentially taking flight again, or should the show be left well alone?