This can be seen as another step taken by Hollywood to promote diversity on television.
The comedy-drama superhero television series, “The Greatest American Hero,” which aired on ABC in the ‘80s, is making a comeback, but with an Indian American twist.
A female-led reboot of the beloved series has landed at ABC with a hefty pilot commitment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The single-camera, half-hour comedy remake follows 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.
Indian American writer Rachna Fruchbom, who currently writes for ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” and who previously wrote for NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” will pen the pilot and executive produce with “Fresh Off the Boat” creator Nahnatchka Khan, her producing partner Mandy Summers and original series Stephen J. Cannell’s daughter, TV director Tawnia McKiernan (“Criminal Minds,” “Blue Bloods”), adds The Hollywood Reporter.
No actress is attached yet.
The original series, which was an hour-long and starred William Katt in the lead role, debuted on ABC in 1981 and ran for three seasons.