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ABC gives pilot commitment to female-led Greatest American Hero reboot

After two failed attempts from The Lego Movie’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller, 20th Century Fox TV is taking another stab at rebooting Steven J. Cannell’s cult classic The Greatest American Hero, with ABC giving a put pilot commitment to a female-led half-hour single-camera comedy project.

The latest take on the series hails from Fresh Off the Boat writer-producer Rachna Fruchbom, and will centre on Meera, “a 30-year-old Indian-American woman from Cleveland whose 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.”

The Greatest American Hero originally aired on ABC between 1981 and 1983, and starred William Katt as teacher-turned-unlikely superhero Ralph Hinkley.
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The Greatest American Hero is getting a female-led reboot

  • The AV Club
Believe it or not, Hollywood is once again trying to tap into Greatest American Hero nostalgia, with Deadline reporting that ABC has given a pilot commitment to a half-hour reboot of the Stephen J. Cannell superhero comedy. This new project is apparently separate from the reboot Phil Miller and Christopher Lord were…

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‘The Greatest American Hero’ Reboot With Female Lead Gets Big ABC Commitment

Exclusive: A re-imagining of Steven J. Cannell's 1981 cult classic The Greatest American Hero is flying back to development with a new creative team, a big new commitment and a big twist. ABC has given a put pilot commitment to the half-hour single-camera project. In it, the unlikely (super)hero at the center — Ralph Hinkley (played by William Katt) in the original series — is Meera, an Indian-American woman. The Greatest American Hero comes from Fresh Off the Boat
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Aaron Sorkin to Receive Wgaw Paddy Chayefsky Award

Aaron Sorkin to Receive Wgaw Paddy Chayefsky Award
Aaron Sorkin, the creator of “The West Wing” and “The Social Network,” will receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2017 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement in recognition of his career and work in writing for television.

“Starting with ‘Sports Night,’ through ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,’ ‘The Newsroom’ and beyond, Aaron Sorkin has changed the language of television,” said Wgaw President Howard A. Rodman. “His knowing, incisive, witty, brave, deeply intelligent writing has raised the bar for the rest of us, defined the notion of behind-the-scenes, and has in the process reminded us, again and again, of the special responsibilities that accrue to our profession. For as long as people walk and talk – at the same time, of course – Sorkin’s dialogue will be remembered. But more crucially, we want to remember the ways he has always encouraged us, as humans and as citizens, to
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Grant Tinker, Revered Former NBC and Mtm Chief, Dies at 90

Grant Tinker, Revered Former NBC and Mtm Chief, Dies at 90
Former NBC chairman-ceo Grant Tinker, a revered producer and executive who founded Mtm Enterprises with Mary Tyler Moore and later rose to the challenge of taking NBC from last place to first, has died. He was 90.

Tinker died Monday at his home in California, according to a report Wednesday on NBC’s “Today.”

Grant Tinker was a great man who made an indelible mark on NBC and the history of television that continues to this day,” NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said. “He loved creative people and protected them, while still expertly managing the business. Very few people have been able to achieve such a balance. We try to live up to the standards he set each and every day. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”

The poised, avuncular Tinker’s television career spanned almost half a century, from its inception through the 1990s. He usually took the high road on most of his projects
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From Must-See TV to Peak TV: 20 Years of covering television

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From Must-See TV to Peak TV: 20 Years of covering television
If you were a TV critic from 1956 to 1976, you would have witnessed some big changes in the business: the rise and fall of the Western as the dominant primetime genre, or the color TV boom, or CBS' shift from silly rural comedies to socially conscious ones like All in the Family and M*A*S*H. If you covered the beat from 1976 to 1996, you would have written about Hill Street Blues and its many imitators, the classic years of SNL, and the early days of original cable programming. Almost any 20-year span would give you a front row seat to enormous artistic and technological change. As of this week, I've been professionally writing about television for exactly 20 years(*), and it's safe to say that the only two-decade period that featured a more radical transformation in how television was made and consumed would be back when the medium was first introduced into America's living rooms.
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The ABC’s of Death: Does the network’s cull spell trouble for Marvel?

In one of the biggest TV culls of recent memory, ABC today cut a veritable swathe through some of its most well known and long-running material, cancelling a raft of shows with a built-in pedigree and audience. Castle is one of the most prominent, a Steven J. Cannell-esque procedural detective show that has seen the ever-adored Nathan Fillion as the titular crime author-turned sleuth partnered with Stana Katic’s tough cop, allowing for eight seasons of largely ‘will they, won’t they?’. The revival of The Muppets has gone, and while they have done fairly well in recent years back at the box office, the Jim Henson legends have suffered creatively and crucially in terms of viewership on the small screen. Perhaps the most expected goodbye is to Marvel’s Agent Carter, the mid-season replacement for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, which ran for two seasons
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April Fool’S Day at 30: The Cast Reflects on the Cult Classic Horror Comedy

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Creating a slasher movie in 1986 wasn’t a monumental feat, as the horror genre had seen its fair share of cinematic killers over the years, but it was a culmination of many elements that made April Fool’s Day one of the best of its era. With a focused and experienced director at the helm, a clever script filled with laughs and unexpected thrills, and an affable ensemble of actors who were infectiously likeable and endlessly talented, April Fool’s Day is an underappreciated gem and is truly unlike any other genre film of its, or any, time.

Written by Danilo Bach and directed by Fred Walton, April Fool’s Day follows a group of college students—Kit (Amy Steel), Rob (Ken Olandt), Nikki (Deborah Goodrich), Chaz (Clayton Rohner), Arch (Tom Wilson), Harvey (Jay Baker), Skip (Griffin O’Neal), and Nan (Leah Pinsent)—who head out to their pal Muffy
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‘Taxi Driver’ Writer Paul Schrader Tapped for Final Draft Hall of Fame Honors

‘Taxi Driver’ Writer Paul Schrader Tapped for Final Draft Hall of Fame Honors
Final Draft Inc. has announced Paul Schrader as its Hall of Fame Award honoree for the 11th annual Final Draft Awards.

The Hall of Fame Award honors a writer whose work has had a profound influence on the industry. Schrader has written many classics, including “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” The Last Temptation of Christ,” “The Mosquito Coast” and “Bringing Out the Dead.” He also wrote and directed “Affliction,” “American Gigolo” and “Mishima: A Life in four Chapters.”

“As we mark our 25th year in business, we have so much to celebrate at the Final Draft Awards this year. I’m especially honored to bestow iconic screenwriter Paul Schrader with our Hall of Fame Award during this historic year,” said Marc Madnick, CEO of Final Draft, Inc. “In addition, our partnership with the Writers Guild Foundation is another great way to observe our anniversary and helps to further our mission of
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‘Friends’ Creators Marta Kauffman, David Crane Honored by Writers Guild

‘Friends’ Creators Marta Kauffman, David Crane Honored by Writers Guild
“Friends” Co-Creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane have been named recipients of the Writers Guild of America West’s 2016 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.

The duo will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Marta Kauffman and David Crane have quietly and triumphantly created amazing television,” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman.

“From ‘Dream On’ to ‘Grace and Frankie’ and ‘Episodes,’ they have individually and in partnership raised the bar for smart, funny writing. And then there’s ‘Friends,’ whose cleverness of storytelling, clarity of character development, consistent wisdom and wit made it one of the most memorable television series in history – it inhabited our living rooms for a decade, and will inhabit the culture forever. We salute them for what they have done, and for raising the bar for the rest of us.
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‘The Bastard Executioner’ Knew When to Pull the Plug On Itself

‘The Bastard Executioner’ Knew When to Pull the Plug On Itself
The Bastard Executioner” achieved a certain nobility in death that mostly eluded it in life. Indeed, if you watched the season finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t) and know what role Kurt Sutter played, it’s fair to say the show’s creator went out in a blaze of glory.

Sutter took out ads thanking everyone involved in the FX series, but basically saying that the audience voted, and it was time to move on. And in this age of reboots and contortions to keep series alive, there’s something refreshing about acknowledging that failure is simply a part of television, even if there was a little bit of “You can’t fire me, I quit” bravado underlying that, since FX would have likely reached the same conclusion.

In today’s fragmented and ambitious age, it often seems like every series is somebody’s favorite show, no matter
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The Greatest American Hero remake gets pilot production commitment

It looks like The Greatest American Hero is heading back to TV screens, with Deadline revealing that The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are teaming with Dope helmer Rick Famuyiwa for a single-camera comedy remake of the cult 1980s TV series for 20th Century Fox TV.

The project will be written and directed by Famuyiwa, and will explore “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.”

Last year, Lord and Miller took a stab at remaking the show along with Tawnia McKiernan, daughter of Greatest American Hero creator Steven J. Cannell, although that pilot failed to get off the ground.
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"Greatest American Hero" Remake Flies Again

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Fox has officially given a pilot production commitment to the single-camera sci-fi dramedy series "Greatest American Hero," a remake of the classic 1981 superhero TV series.

"Dope" writer-director Rick Famuyiwa is teaming with "21 Jump Street" and "The Lego Movie" writer/directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller on this new take on Steven J. Cannell's gamed show about an ordinary man who is given a superpower suit he never asked for and must deal with the complications it brings to his life.

Miller, Lord, Seth Cohen and Tawnia McKiernan will executive produce the series and a casting director has been hired to find a leading man. This marks Lord, Miller and McKiernan's second attempt at a remake of the show following a failed attempt last season that had Rodney Rothman on board.

William Katt and Robert Culp starred in the original series which ran for three seasons on ABC and featured one
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Greatest American Hero: Fox Commits to Revival Pilot

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Believe it or not, The Greatest American Hero ran for 44 episodes over three seasons, before being cancelled by ABC, on February 3, 1983. Teacher, Ralph Hinkley (William Katt), receives a super-powered suit from aliens, who tell him that he and FBI agent Bill Maxwell (the late Robert Culp) must save the world. The two form an unlikely alliance, as Ralph learns to master the suit (the instructions to which he lost). They are helped along by Ralph's divorce lawyer/girlfriend, Pam Davidson (Connie Selleca).

In August 2014, we reported Fox was walking on air at the thought of rebooting the Stephen J. Cannell series -- to the point of investing in a put pilot. Fifteen months later, Fox has made a pilot production commitment to a series reboot, with a creative team including Rick Famuyiwa, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Tawnia McKiernan (who,
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'The Greatest American Hero' Headed Back to Television

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According to Deadline, Fox has given a pilot production commitment to "The Greatest American Hero," a single-camera comedy inspired by Steven J. Cannell’s 80's cult classic. Its written by "Dope" screenwriter/director Rick Famuyiwa, and will be produced by Phil Lord & Chris Miller– the directing duo behind the "Lego Movie."

The original sci-fi dramedy series, created by producer Stephen J. Cannell, premiered as a two-hour pilot movie on ABC in 1981. The series featured William Katt as teacher Ralph Hinkley, Robert Culp as FBI agent Bill Maxwell, and Connie Sellecca as lawyer Pam Davidson.

The series chronicles Ralph's adventures after a group of aliens gives him a red suit that grants him superhuman abilities. Unfortunately for Ralph, who hates wearing the suit, he immediately loses its instruction booklet, and thus has to learn how to use its powers by trial and error, often with comical results.

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‘Greatest American Hero’ Reboot in Works at Fox

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‘Greatest American Hero’ Reboot in Works at Fox
Fox has given a pilot production commitment to a revamp of the 1980s superhero series “Greatest American Hero,” TheWrap has learned. Rick Famuyiwa, the writer-director behind the feature film “Dope,” is set to executive produce with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, directors of the recent “21 Jump Street” feature-film franchise. Tawnia McKiernan, daughter of the original series’ creator Steven J. Cannell, will also executive produce. Also Read: Fox's 'Lucifer' Is 'Hotter Than Hell' in New Teaser (Video) Famuyiwa is set to write and direct the pilot. Studio 20th Century Fox Television will produce. Lord and Miller attempted a “Greatest America Hero” remake last pilot.
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‘Greatest American Hero’ Remake From Rick Famuyiwa, Phil Lord & Chris Miller Gets Fox Production Commitment

Exclusive: In a preemptive buy, Fox has given a pilot production commitment to Greatest American Hero, a single-camera comedy inspired by Steven J. Cannell's 1981 cult classic. It hails from Dope writer-director Rick Famuyiwa, Phil Lord & Chris Miller– the directing duo behind the successful feature franchise based on another '80s TV series by Cannell, 21 Jump Street — and Cannell's daughter, television director Tawnia McKiernan. 20th Century Fox TV, where Lord and…
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The A-Team: TV reboot in the works

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Fast & Furious and Sleepy Hollow alumni are working on a new telly version of The A-Team, for Fox...

In 2010, a crack commando unit got a film reboot from a studio that didn’t bother to continue with the franchise. Today, they survive as soldiers of fortune, and have been rebooted once more for the televisual realm. If you have a free evening, if no other show will do, and if you can find them.... maybe you will watch, The A-Team.

Indulgent intros aside, we’ll get to the point – Fox is developing a new TV version of The A-Team.

Sleepy Hollow writer Albert Kim is currently working on a script, and Tawnia McKiernan - daughter of the original series’ co-creator Stephen J. Cannell – has been lined up as a producer. Additionally, Chris Morgan – who has been heavily involved in the Fast & Furious film series – is also on board as a producer.
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'A-Team' TV Show Reboot Planned with 'Furious 7' Writer

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'A-Team' TV Show Reboot Planned with 'Furious 7' Writer
20th Century Fox Television is developing a remake of the 1980s classic TV show The A-Team, with Furious 7 screenwriter Chris Morgan coming aboard to produce the new series, according to a report from Deadline. The news comes five years after 20th Century Fox released their big-screen adaptation of The A-Team, which starred Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley and Quinton Jackson. This rebooted TV series will have a contemporary setting, with a twist on the team itself.

The original series centered on four highly-trained special forces soldiers, John "Hannibal" Smith (George Peppard), Templeton "Faceman" Peck (Dirk Benedict), H.M. "Howling Mad" Murdock (Dwight Schultz) and B.A. (Bad Attitude) Baracus (Mr. T), who escaped from a military prison after being detained for a crime they didn't commit. They fled to Los Angeles and began working as "soldiers of fortune," using their immense skills to help people in need, while trying to clear their name.
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We Pity the Fools: The A-Team Is Getting Another Remake

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We Pity the Fools: The A-Team Is Getting Another Remake
Reboot fever is far from over: Deadline reports that The A-Team will get a second life on TV. This time around, Fast and the Furious writer-producer Chris Morgan will executive-produce the action show for Fox (the original aired on NBC) alongside Tawnia McKiernan, daughter of the show's original creator, Stephen J. Cannell. It'll have the same premise: A group of American Special Forces ops get framed for a crime they didn't commit, only now the group will prominently feature women instead of mostly putting them on the sidelines, like the original series did with Amy Amanda "Triple A" Allen. In 2010, Fox also remade the series as a feature film starring Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson that wasn't exactly the box-office smash it hoped for. Perhaps, in its original TV format, it'll fare better — especially if they get Ed Sheeran to revamp the theme song.
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