‘Greatest American Hero’ poised for a return to television

The original series, which was produced and written by the late Stephen J. Cannell starred William Katt in the title role

Believe it or not ‘The Greatest American Hero’ is poised to make a return to television.

According to Deadline the much loved 80s drama about a hapless superhero has been given a pilot order by FOX – and is almost certainly guaranteed to air.

The original series, which was produced and written by the late Stephen J. Cannell starred William Katt in the title role and co – starred the late Robert Culp and Connie Sellecca. Prior to his death in 2010 Cannell was trying to put together a movie project based on his original treatment for the show.

The original series ran for three seasons and a backdoor pilot for ‘The Greatest American Heroine’ was teased in the final episode of the series.

The show centred on a High School teacher called Ralph who is asked to be a superhero using a special alien suit with powers he can barely understand or control. Trouble is Ralph seems to have misplaced the suits instructions.

In Fox’s remake, Ralph is now inner-city school teacher Isaac. ‘The Lego Movie’ writers-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will shepherd the project, which is being written by Rodney Rothman (22 Jump Street, Late Show With David Letterman).

Here in the UK ‘The Greatest American Hero’ would air at roughly 11AM on a Saturday morning and was a show that my older brother and I would always tune into, but much like many US made series of that time. Not all of it was shown on these shores. In fact I think ITV who originally broadcast the series here in England only ever aired the first season.

It will be interesting to see if this rebooted version of the show will be able to gain the same sort of traction as the original show did and run for three seasons of more.


Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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