On of the most high-profile pilots this broadcast TV season was ABC’s reboot of the ’80s superhero series THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO featuring an Indian American woman in the titular role this time.
Executive produced by FRESH OFF THE BOAT’s Nahnatchka Khan and starring NEW GIRL’s Hannah Simone, the pilot was expected to be ordered to series…that is until ABC announced it was not picking up the show.
Here’s The Hollywood Reporter’s take on the “surprising” decision:
Inspired by the 1980s drama of the same name, the reboot had an inclusive spin in that the half-hour comedy revolved around an Indian-American woman. ABC scored a casting coup, landing New Girl’s Hannah Simone for the role. The part was among the most pursued roles of the season, with Simone among the most in-demand actresses. (She signed on to Greatest American Hero after getting multiple offers for other roles elsewhere.) Sources say ABC felt that the single-camera comedy from Fresh Off the Boat’s Nahnatchka Khan felt “off-brand” for the Disney-owned network. Instead, ABC ordered Tim Doyle’s comedy about an Irish-Catholic family of 10 in the 1970s; a single-camera family comedy from New Girl creator Liz Meriwether starring Taran Killam and Leighton Meester and the 1990s-set Goldbergs spinoff. All traditional family comedies.”
And Simone herself tweeted out her disappointed and reminded everyone what we missed out on: We just found out that network tv isn’t ready for the first brown female superhero on tv…This would have been history making and so empowering for young girls around the world.”
We just found out that network tv isn’t ready for the first brown female superhero on tv. The Greatest American Hero won’t be on @ABCNetwork this fall.. and our hearts are broken. This would have been history making and so empowering for young girls around the world. Get loud RT pic.twitter.com/cbGuWu24pO— Hannah Simone (@HannahSimone) May 11, 2018