Freddie Prinze Jr. to Star in No Heroics U.S. Remake

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.

  • Eh? Looks horrible. Bad puns for a comedy. Is this really funny?

  • Mason

    The everyday exploits of super heroes during their off-hours. Fox already did this with the live action Tick series. No Heroics reminds me a lot of that – maybe the Brit version is a Tick rip-off.

  • The difference is that The Tick was a lot more innocent and childish in nature (at least his character was), which is why I loved it.

  • paulie

    the tick was awsome one super hero ive been thinking about alot as of late I loved the cartoon series and the short lived live action show. I would love to see a tick movie on the big screen that would be cool.

  • tilefloored

    This is not The Tick. It is way better than The Tick. The UK version is awesome. The show is absolutely funny. The way the characters are designed is just brilliant. The gay Spaniard is the best. His special power is the ability to see 60s into the future. Plus, he is an expert at torture. He is sort of retired though. All of the characters are great. I’m excited to see what the American version is like.

  • everythingshiny

    I’d tune in just to see Eliza Coupe and Paul Campbell. Whether or not the show is any good, only time will tell.

  • Pythia Sibyls

    The UK original was brilliant! I still watch it every year just because I love it so much.