Fox Might Reboot The Greatest American Hero

Believe it or not... Fox has given a put pilot commitment to The Greatest American Hero, a remake of the cult classic '80s series created by legendary producer Stephen J. Cannell, Deadline reports.

21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will serve as executive producers alongside Cannell's daughter, Tawnia McKiernan, and the pilot's writer, Rodney Rothman.

The Greatest American Hero ran for three seasons on ABC, from 1981 to 1983, and followed the adventures of a public school teacher named Ralph after aliens gifted him a red suit that endowed him with superpowers—including X-ray vision, the ability to fly, and more. Naturally, Ralph immediately lost the suit's instruction manual, so figuring out how to use it was always an experiment in trial and error. 

Fox's updated take on the series would be an hour-long dramedy with an almost identical premise: An inner-city teacher named Isaac discovers a superhero suit that gives him superhuman powers, and after losing the instructions, he's forced to master its abilities through trial and error. But he also has to deal with a government handler whom he rarely agrees with, and he struggles to deal with the moral obligations of possessing the magical getup.


Would you watch a new Greatest American Hero?


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Yes please! I watched the entire run of this show on Sci-Fi Channel back in the day and have always wished there was more.
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Will they bring back the theme song?

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I only know this is a thing from Robot Chicken parodying it
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Absolutely I'd watch this. GREATEST AMEICAN HERO was a strong premise and clever show in the 80's, but in the hands of Phil Lord and Chris Miller it has great potential!
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I bet William Katt still looks pretty young today. His family seems to have really good genes. Both he and his mother -- Barbara Hale, Perry Mason's beloved Della Street -- always looked far younger than their actual ages. Yeah, I know he's not up for the part, I was just always amazed at their youthful appearance and finally had an opportunity to mention it.

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If it is true, and FOX has ordered a put pilot, it is almost guaranteed to air. [From Wikipedia] "A put pilot is a pilot that the network has agreed to air. If the network does not air the pilot episode, the network will owe substantial monetary penalties to the studio. Generally, this guarantees that the pilot will be picked up by the network."
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Well it could go either way, it could suck or not. It also depends on the chemistry between the actors who will play the teacher and the government handler, and of course the writing and where they want to take the show. This could be a fun series, as long as they don't make it overly dramatic.
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Agreed. It could be fun if they find someone both "inner city" cool enough to attract a big audience, but meek enough to be a believable still wet behind the ears superhero.

P.S. True story: DC actually sued against the original series because they thought it was too close to Superman. (DC lost.)
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I like the original, I'm very critical of older movies and tv shows, if they haven't aged well then I'll call them on it but I think Greatest American Hero has aged relatively well, I still enjoy it to this day. A reboot could be great, modernizing something like this, especially with the current super hero heavy atmosphere we're in seems like a potentially great idea. They have to keep that original theme song though, don't change a thing about it, and I expect at least one cameo from William Kat in the first season.
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I loved the show when I was a kid, but that was then & this is now.

I think it would be better to just leave it in the past, but hey, it's just yet another reboot that will either suck or not suck
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If they keep it close and dont try and go dark with it. I liked the campy, feel good nature of the show. It was fun. Big fan of the show.

Making it more contemporary it might look like this...

"Newly divorced, middle manager father trying to hold on to seeing his kids and keeping his job sees a meteor fall from the sky and crash nearby. He find a small craft and takes it home. It opens and reveals the suit that can give him super powers. The weekend he finds it his kids come over and bring their new dog. Bought by the mother's new boyfriend. The dog, who hates the father chews up the alien manual on how to work the suit. The struggle is not about finding out the suits abilities and being a hero, but how does the father do all that, keep his job and his kids from thinking he is crazy." Just get in touch with me, I'll write the whole thing out..... LOL!
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Everybody here seems to be on board with this reboot, and since i've never heard of this show, i don't know what to think.
But the description isn't very attractive and it made me remeber other failed reboots like Bionic Woman and Knight Rider.
And also sounds a little bit like Chuck (with a suit instead if the Intersect)
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keep the theme and I'll watch it. With the right cast this could be a great reboot.
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I remember the buzz when the actor was casted as a journalist on Heroes, his character was kille off by Ali Larter's character at the time if I'm not mistaken.
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I remember watching these when I was very young and singing the theme songs. I will probably watch this for nostagia sake but I doubt it will do well in ratings and probably gets cancel very soon.
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Believe it or not, Ralph isn't at home
So leave a message at the be-he-heeeep
I must be outside, or I'd pick up the phone
Wheeeere could I beeeeee
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I dunno, this show's premise seemed dated to me in reruns in the '80s, I can't imagine it holding up today. Seems like it's riding the wave of superhero mania, but not every superhero is epic, we don't need another situation like the '90s wave of greenlighting superhero movies after 1989 Batman was a hit leading to Meteor Man, The Phantom, Blankman, Judge Dredd, Steel, and Barb Wire.
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I would check it out but really, enough with the remakes and rebooting, make something original and stop ruining classics
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There are times I am truly glad that my parents raised me abroad and didn't really allow me to watch TV. This is one of those times because that premise sounds awful. Seriously, what kind of shows existed in the 80's is this sounded good and had a following?
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Superheroes and spies and sci-fi were enjoying prime time tv interest in the late '70s and early '80s, this show mixed them. Actually I remember it tanking pretty fast, it wasn't terribly popular for long.
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i'd check it out if they did
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BTW, all of us alive back then very well know both Ralph's last name and why that postponed the premiere of the show; no need to exclude it.

Seems like a good replacement for the reboot "Gotham" when that one tanks; maybe they can alternatively put it where "Hiergolyphs" was scheduled?

I can hardly wait for the "Idol" episode that has contestants singing '80s theme songs and have William Katt and Hasselhoff as guest judges.


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Why can't they just leave good old TV shows alone?
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You didn't hear they scrapped the Murder, She Wrote reboot? What more do you want????
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Look at what's happening to TV.
I can't believe this news, myself.
This reboot won't put you on top of the world.
You really should look somewhere else.
Believe or not, nobody will care.
I never thought we'd see this TV show again.
Some producer is really living on a prayer.
Who knows, maybe it's just me.
It's not something I'd care to see...
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Kind of like Smallville right? Can't hurt to have another Superhero show.
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Would give it a chance as long as they kept the more fun aspect of the original...
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wow, another remake from that well of creativity that is hollywoord. go figure.
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Hollywood doesn't hold a monopoly on unoriginality, they just have a better advertising budget for it.
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Those "Happiness is a warm pistola" shirts will be coming back in style. ;-)
I think Lord Miller will have to update a lot of things *and* get them mostly right for this to work anywhere near as well as the original. I hope they can, but a lot has changed. Back then, superheroes were special and maybe revered. Now they're ubiquitous action-fluff. Maybe the mega-corp mass production itself is ripe for parodying.
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If they can aim it at adults this time, come up with some decent stories and include subtle humour, then it could be really good, at least for twenty or so episodes. But, Fox shows never seem to appeal to me, so who knows what they'll do with it.
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Yeah, but then you'll have all the outraged idiots looking back on the original with blind nostalgia who can't grasp how horribly cheesy the original was and how that just doesn't translate well to modern audiences.
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Was a fan of the original,so a reboot could be interesting but not on FOX,it'll be cancelled after a few episodes.
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robert culp was good in the original, I hope they find someone just as good for the reboot.
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never heard of it since, as my name suggests, I was born in 1987 lol could be good though?
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Sweet! I was wondering when they were going to remake this show. I just hope in this one the high schoolers aren't played by 30 year olds like in the original.
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A remake would be good if they could do a few things differently. Maybe if the new GMH could discover powers that Ralph didn't, even NOT lose the instruction book. Of course, the modern day special FX might make the new series a bit cooler. But most importantly, it needs good writing and storylines.
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It will probably be a gritty reboot, everything is a gritty reboot.
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Loved that show as well. Even if they don't remake it, hopefully it will gain some interest - enough that you can look at it somewhere. Only thing that would be better in terms of forgotten and underrated TV shows would be if Sledge Hammer! got some notice.
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Loved and miss that show. If they could remake it well, it would be awesome
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