Fox TV Orders Pilot for Re-Boot of 80’s TV Show “The Greatest American Hero”

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – November 2, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) — Nostalgia is making a comeback. Now that the “Six Million Dollar Man” movie (“The Six Billion Dollar Man”) has been green-lit for a December 2017 release, it was just a matter of time that more old shows will be revived.

“Believe It Or Not” Fox just confirmed to Deadline, “The Greatest American Hero” is headed back to television.

Fox has given a pilot production commitment to a revival of the 1980s comedy-drama, written by “Dope” filmmaker Rick Famuyiwa and produced by the “LEGO Movie” team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

The series debuted in 1981 on ABC. It was created by Stephen J. Cannell and starred William Katt as Ralph Hinkley, a school teacher who’s given a red suit by aliens that grants him superhuman abilities.

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When he loses the suit’s instruction book, he must find out the suits capabilities through trial and error. He is partnered with Robert Culp as Bill Maxwell, a no-nonsense FBI agent, who is quick to anger. Connie Sellecca played Ralph’s girlfriend, lawyer Pam Davidson.

The show’s theme song, “Believe It Or Not,” became a big hit, debuting in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 on June 13, 1981, eventually peaking at number 2 during the weeks ending August 15–22, 1981. The song was written by Mike Post and Stephen Geyer. It was performed by Joey Scarbury.

The revival’s premise doesn’t seem as if it’ll stray too far from the source material, as Deadline describes it as “the story of what happens when great power is not met with great responsibility”: “An ordinary man, completely content with being average, wakes up with a superpower suit he never asked for and has to deal with the complications it brings his life.”

Here’s the link to our story about “The Six Billion Dollar Man” starring Mark Wahlberg.


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