Hannah Simone to Lead ABC’s ‘Greatest American Hero’ Reboot



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Hannah Simone is ABC’s new “Greatest American Hero.”
The “New Girl” alum will star in the network’s remake of the 1980s comedy series, which was ordered to pilot last month.
Simone will play Meera, a 30-year-old woman who loves tequila and karaoke and has spent her life searching and failing to find meaning, much to the chagrin of her traditional Indian-American family. She is entrusted with a super suit to protect the planet, leaving the world in her unreliable hands.
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The original “Greatest American Hero” aired from 1981-83 on ABC and starred William Katt as teacher Ralph Hinkley (“Hanley” for the latter part of the first season) as the titular hero, as well as Robert Culp as FBI agent Bill Maxwell and Connie Sellecca as lawyer Pam Davidson.
ABC’s new take on the sitcom is written and executive produced by Rachna Fruchbom. “Fresh Off the Boat” creator Nahnatchka Khan also serves as executive producer on the pilot alongside Mandy Summers and Tawnia McKiernan. It’s produced by 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios.
The project will be Simone’s follow-up to a seven-year run on the Zooey Deschanel-led “New Girl” on Fox. She is repped by UTA, Alpita Patel Management and lawyer PJ Shapiro of Ziffren Brittenham.

The bikini made its debut in 1946. To celebrate #NationalBikiniDay, let’s take a look back at some of the most iconic swimsuits (both one- and two-piece) in film and television, from the 1930s to the present.
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1930s: Jean Harlow  In the 1930s, before her death at age 26, film actress Jean Harlow was a Hollywood sex symbol. According to Redbook, she was also one of the earliest stars to be photographed in a swimsuit.
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1940s: Betty Grable  Betty Grable was celebrated in the 1930s and ’40s for her “million dollar legs.” Though this yellow bikini is not as famous as Grable’s famous one-piece and high heels attire, it’s iconic in its own right.
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1950s: Esther Williams  Esther Williams’ prowess as an actress and a competitive swimmer launched her to fame in the 1950s. She posed for many bathing suit-clad photos over the years, including this one from 1950.

1960s: Ursula Andress  This Swiss actress catapulted to fame as the first Bond girl in the 1962 film, “Dr. No.” The scene where Andress rises out of the ocean in this white two-piece is considered one of the most iconic in film history.
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1970s: Pam Grier  In addition to starring in “The L Word,” Pam Grier was also an iconic figure in the 1970s. She starred in “blacksploitation” films, like “Foxy Brown” and “Sheba Baby.” In this photo from 1975, Grier lounges by the pool in what InStyle describes as a “super-’70s macramé triangle top.”
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1980s: Phoebe Cates  Phoebe Cates sported this red bikini in her role as Linda Barrett in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” The famous pool scene later inspired the music video for the song, “Stacy’s Mom,” by Fountains of Wayne.
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1990s: Pamela Anderson  Pamela Anderson, who played lifeguard C.J. Parker on “Baywatch,” helped re-popularize one-piece swimsuits in the 1990s. Variations of this red suit are still sold by retailers, such as Forever 21 and Zara.
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2000s: Halle Berry  Another Bond girl with an iconic swimsuit, Halle Berry sported this orange bikini and belt/knife holder combo in 2002’s “Die Another Day.”
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2010s: Brooklyn Decker  Actress and model Brooklyn Decker sported this yellow bikini in the 2011 film, “Just Go With It.” She also appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2010.
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Runner-up: Sacha Baron Cohen 
The actor Sacha Baron-Cohen made a memorable splash in the 2006 comedy “Borat” with his fluorescent-green mankini.
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From the pin-up one-pieces of the 1930s to the string bikinis of the 2000s

The bikini made its debut in 1946. To celebrate #NationalBikiniDay, let’s take a look back at some of the most iconic swimsuits (both one- and two-piece) in film and television, from the 1930s to the present.

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