Continuing the growing wave of nostalgia-equals-money reboots/revivals that we've seen over the past few years, ABC is developing two series that are both unique takes on known names: The Greatest American Hero and The Jetsons. Speaking with reporters about the network's upcoming "pilot season" at this week's Television Critics Association (TCA's) press event, Channing Dungey, President ABC Entertainment, updated reporters on Fresh Off the Boat showrunner Nahnatchka Khan's take on Hero; and a live-action sitcom based on the animated futuristic family The Jetsons.
For The Greatest American Hero, Dungey said it was important for Khan to tell the same kind of story as the original but through a completely different perspective: "We're actually developing a reboot of The Greatest American Hero that stars an Indian American woman. That comes to us from Nahnatchka Khan." As for any concerns fans might have that ABC might be shutting the door on more super hero shows, Dungey wants to assure them that their first concern is always the story: "The question really is more what kind of superhero show, what's the tone, how are we doing it? I would never say we're closing the door on superheroes."
Originally announced back in August 2017, Dungey was able to share an interesting update on the pilot for the live-action The Jetsons series: though set to be filmed in front of a studio audience, the series will incorporate visual effects. Dungey explains:
"That is what I'm really looking forward to hearing. The team has already had a number of conversations with (Robert) Zemeckis and the rest of the group. They have some really good ideas about how they want to pull that off. I have not yet been part of those conversations because I haven't seen the script yet. They don't want to tell me how that works until I've read the pages."
The Jetsons is executive produced by Robert Zemeckis and Jack Rapke via their Compari Entertainment banner. Gary Janetti (Family Guy, Will & Grace) will write and executive produce; with Compari's Jackie Levine serving as a co-executive producer. Warner Bros. Television will produce in association with Nickelby Inc. and Compari.