ABC has cast The New Girl's Hannah Simone in the lead role of their upcoming reboot of the classic 80s series Greatest American Hero.
It was previously revealed that the new version of the series would center on a 30-year-old Indian-American woman from Cleveland named Meera. It's explained that her talents include tequila drinking, karaoke and... not much else. "Then some aliens entrust her with a super suit to protect the planet, and the world has never been in more unreliable hands."
I liked Simone in The New Girl and I hope that this new series turns out to be a good project for her. Rebooting a fan-favorite classic of anything is a rough and dangerous business these days. Most of the time these types of projects end up not working out.
The original series star William Katt was amazing in the show and it's going to be really hard to keep up with what he did. I understand that this is a completely different character and it's not supposed to be the same character, but the memory of watching Katt in the 80s show is burned into my memory, and nothing can live up to that. That's why developing reboots like this is a rough and dangerous business. You can't make everyone happy.
That being said, I do hope that this new series ends up being good! I'll definitely give it a shot and watch it with an open mind. The project is being shepherded by Fresh Off the Boat showrunner Nahnatchka Kahn.
What do you think about Hannah Simone being cast as the main character in the series?