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TV reboots could take over the small screen this season

Guess all of the good ideas were taken? On the heels of the announcement that a “Full House” reboot is in the works, comes the news that another iconic ‘80s series, “The Great American Hero,” could make a comeback on the small screen. On Friday, Deadline reported that the classic superhero comedy, which aired from 1981 to 1983 on ABC, is up for a TV revival on Fox. The revamped series will be penned by Rodney Rothman (“22 Jump Street”), who will also exec produce with Phil Lord and Chris Miller for 20th Century Fox TV.

SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 08: (L-R) Actors Ron Palillo, Barry Williams, Alison Arngrim, Dawn Wells, Jimmie Walker, Jerry Mathers, William Katt and Bernie Kopell pose for a portrait during the 6th annual 'TV Land Awards' held at Barker Hangar on June 8, 2008
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The original series starred William Katt as a high school teacher who happened upon a superhero suit that gave him superpowers including the ability to fly. Three decades later, would Katt, now 63, consider donning a red jumpsuit for a cameo on the new version of the show?

While he hasn’t publicly commented on the reboot, earlier this year, the actor told Filmoria, “There was a time when I tried to divorce myself from my role on ‘The Greatest American Hero.’ But that’s like trying to distance yourself from your right arm. It will always be there. So I learned to embrace it.”

In addition to “The Greatest American Hero,” there are several more buzzy reboots in the works. “The Odd Couple,” the new version of the Neil Simon inspired ‘70s sitcom about two unlikely male roommates, will star Matthew Perry (“Friends”) and Thomas Lennon as Oscar Madison and Felix Unger, respectively. “The Odd Couple” has been ordered to series by CBS for premiere in 2015, according to Variety.

And NBC’s science fiction drama “Heroes” is getting the miniseries treatment. “Heroes Reborn” will air in 2015 as a 13-episode miniseries. Creator Tim Kring told Entertainment Weekly that NBC actually pitched the reboot idea to him. “They saw the value in that franchise and brand and asked if I was interested in helming it again,” Kring said earlier this year. “And we had left the story in a place where we had more story to tell …But five years had passed and I also had new ideas on how to reboot the brand in a way that gives people a whole fresh take on the series with a whole host of new characters but gives you that sense of you’re in that world of Heroes you’re familiar with.”

Other TV remakes that have been recently buzzed about include “Remington Steel,” “Charmed,” “The Brady Bunch,” and the anthology horror series “Tales From the Darkside.”

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