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Congrats to NEW GIRL’s Hannah Simone who has been cast as the lead in ABC’s reboot of the 1980s superhero comedy THE GREATEST AMERICAN HEROFrom The Hollywood Reporter:

The actress, who’s starred in Fox’s New Girl for the past seven seasons, was a hot commodity this pilot season — fielding multiple offers before ultimately selecting the lead in the update of the short-lived 1980s comedy.

The project, being shepherded by Fresh Off the Boat showrunner Nahnatchka Kahn, received a pilot order just two weeks ago. The half-hour comedy follows Meera (Simone), a 30-year-old Cleveland woman whose talents include drinking tequila, singing karaoke and not much else. All that changes when some aliens entrust her with a super suit to protect the planet.

Fresh Off the Boat writer-producer Rachna Fruchbom wrote the script and will serve as executive producer alongside Khan; Mandy Summers; and original series creator Stephen J. Cannell’s daughter, TV director Tawnia McKiernan. The project hails from 20th Century Fox Television, where Khan’s Fierce Baby banner is based. (ABC Studios will serve as co-producer.)

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