With Super Capers hitting select theatres this weekend, I suppose it’s a good time to talk about yet another superhero parody that’s coming to the small screen in the near future. Once again a U.S. network is mining British TV for ideas, with ABC set to bring a remake of ITV’s No Heroics to North America. The series, created by Drew Pearce, focuses on the exploits of a group of costumed superheroes during their off-hours.
Freddie Prinze Jr. will star in the American version, along with Paul Campbell, Eliza Coupe and Arielle Kebbel. Apparently they are changing the names of the heroes and their powers, since Campbell will play Chillout, “a Canadian-born superhero who can freeze small objects”, while FPJ’s character is Ultimatum, an “egotistical Alpha male who has all the women and fame and money a guy could want”. I’ve seen the first couple of episodes from the original’s 6-episode run and wasn’t that impressed. It just seemed like they were trying too hard to make raunchy sex jokes. I’ll be curious to see how the U.S. version plays out, but considering that Pearce is involved, along with American co-writer Jeff Greenstein (Will & Grace), I’m not expecting a big difference. Check out the trailer for the U.K. version of No Heroics below.