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Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 12:41AM EDT
Katie Holmes' FBI drama, Cagney & Lacey and The Greatest American Hero are among the most surprising rejected pilots
"We just found out that network tv isn't ready for the first brown female superhero on tv," New Girl star Hannah Simone tweeted when she learned that her Indian-American reboot of the 1980s ABC superhero series failed to make next year's ABC schedule. CBS' rejection of the Cagney & Lacey reboot pilot means Grey's Anatomy star Sarah Drew has lost two jobs in as many weeks. Fox's passing on Katie Holmes' FBI drama marks the second time that she has been passed over for her first regular series role since Dawson's Creek. According to The Hollywood Reporter, there's a possibility of reshooting the pilot if Holmes approves. The most surprising rejected pilot is Bad Boys spinoff L.A's Finest starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony wanted to package L.A.'s Finest with Norman Lear's passion project Guess Who Died and bubble shows Timeless and The Blacklist. Now both pilots are being shopped, while a decision hasn't been made on The Blacklist and Timeless.
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Actors of South Asian descent are all the rage this pilot season
New Girl's Hannah Simone starring as The Greatest American Hero on ABC and CBS' Pandas in New York, which revolves around an Indian-American family, are just two of examples of how actors of South Asian descent are landing key roles this pilot season. "Typically, South Asian-American TV characters tend to be terrorists, funny foreigners, or quirky best friends," says Sulagna Misra. "But while several South Asian-American actors have been cast to play sidekicks on this year’s crop of pilots—and even more of them are playing doctors, another stereotype—other roles are breaking the mold."
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 2:16AM EST
The Greatest American Hero adds Cheers alum George Wendt
Wendt will star opposite New Girl's Hannah Simone, playing her boss on ABC's remake of its early-80s hit series.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
New Girl's Hannah Simone is ABC's new Greatest American Hero
Simone will play Meera, an Indian-American woman from Cleveland whose only "talents" are drinking tequila and singing karaoke, who is entrusted by aliens with a super suit to protect the planet. Simone, whose father is of Indian descent, takes over the role played originally by William Katt in the early-1980s ABC series. The Greatest American Hero reboot is from Fresh Off the Boat showrunner Nahnatchka Kahn and her colleague Rachna Fruchbom.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 6:18PM EST
CBS’ rebooted Magnum P.I. is expected to star a minority actor
In addition to pursuing a non-white actor to take on the role of Thomas Magnum, the proposed reboot will replace at least one member of the original all-male team with a woman. Similarly, CBS’ reboot of Cagney and Lacey is planning to cast a non-white actress in the role of Lacey. The CW’s Charmed reboot will also have a diverse cast. “This is part of an across-the-board effort by the broadcast networks this year to have casts that represent the diverse makeup of America,” says Nellie Andreeva. “What’s more, while non-white actors had often been relegated to supporting roles in the past, judging by early buzz, some predict that we may have one of the most, if not the most diverse group of broadcast pilot leads ever.” As Andreeva notes, ABC announced last year that its Greatest American Hero is being reimagined with an Indian-American female lead.
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
Female Indian-American reboot of The Greatest American Hero gets an ABC pilot pickup
The new Greatest American Hero follows a 30-year-old Indian-American woman from Cleveland who takes on the William Katt role. The revival is from the Fresh Off the Boat team, with writer-producer Rachna Fruchbom penning the pilot.
Posted Friday 9/08/17 at 11:02PM EDT
ABC’s Greatest American Hero reboot will star an Indian-American female
The remake of the early ‘80s ABC superhero series will be reimagined with a heroine taking on the role originally played by William Katt. According to Deadline, the new Greatest American Hero will revolve around “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.”