'No Heroics': Are we ready for saucy superheroes?

As a card-carrying member of the Geek Nation — which is much like the Rhythm Nation but with 20 percent less leather — I take a vested interest in anything superheroic in nature. So my spider-sense got a-tingling when I heard that ABC was planning a stateside version of No Heroics, a raunchy British show about third-rate costumed adventurers. To help familiarize you with what we’re talking about, take a look at this slightly NSFW trailer:

Could this be funny? Absolutely. Will American audiences get behind it? Unclear. They didn’t quite rally behind Barry Sonnenfeld’s live-action version of The Tick, which scratched many of the same itches as No Heroics and only went nine episodes. Of course, that was eight years ago, and pop culture might’ve gotten up to speed since then. Here are my two biggest fears: That either the U.S. version of No Heroics will just out-and-out suck, thereby detonating the chance for a good superheroic comedy to get on the air; or that it’ll be awesome and nobody watches it anyway, proving to network executives that there’s no audience.

What about you, true believers — is America ready for this jelly?


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  • Kayde_Lyn

    Looks great to me!

  • Kevin J

    If they don’t over produce it and try to turn it into “No 90210 Heroics” or something, it might actually be pretty good.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a true believer….that the average American is to ignorant to be able to give shows like this a chance.

  • Anonymous

    Like it matters. I’ll just watch the British original.

  • ladyli1

    I say go for it, but keep it as close to the UK version as possible. It would be nice to laugh at/with my superheroes, I kind of had a little too much of brooding as of late. Don’t try to make it a multi-storied “Hancock”. By the way, “The Tick” was animated first and it was on for a few years.

  • Phil

    That looks fantastic! I lovethe live-action version of The Tick when Fox aired it, this kind of reminds me of that and Mystery Men. ABC would do right by fans of comedy to take a stab at this. Hopefully they don’t attach the October Road crew to this one like they did their most recent Brit import, which could’ve been much better given such a talented cast.

  • Anthony

    I hope HBO or Showtime or FX or BBC America just picks up the British version and airs that because quite frankly I wouldn’t change a thing about it. It looks HILARIOUS.

  • MDD

    America is most definately not ready.. but we here in Canada should find it f$%^ing hilarious…

  • Anonymous

    i get itv and saw “no heroics” — if abc gave it to barry sonnenfeld or were able to lure tina fey away from nbc then most def! if not — staw away, they didn’t air clerks full 6 episodes back in the way back…

  • Jay

    Please stay away from “No Heroics”! Please don’t spoil a show I love with an unworthy american remake. Please!!!! And pple wonder why I am obsessed with Brit tv. Hello, american tv keeps trying to copy the Brits. There must be something right they are doing.

  • Kylie

    Why mess with something that’s already great. It’s been done well (The Office) and done awfully (Kath and Kim, Coupling and more i can’t remember) What’s wrong with just airing the original? Why do the US need to make everything their own?

  • Chris Tucker

    Timebomb is going to be castrated in SO many ways for American TV.
    The She-Force standup with the strategic hole? GONE!
    The Hotness “annointing” the tattoo of Excelsor on the groupies thigh? Not bloody likely.
    This will be SO pathetic in comparison to the British version.

  • Flash

    Screw an American version – import the British one!

  • Blake

    No Heroics is fantastic. And there’s no way it can succeed in the US. ABC do us all a favor and don’t try. It would be even worse than that talked about Kirstie Ally version of the Vicar of Dibley (shudder).

  • Anita

    I think it’s fantastic, but it would need to be on cable. It’s like watching Dexter on CBS..it’s just not the same thing, no matter how much editing they do!

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