ABC is developing a comedy about a Middle Eastern American family of superheroes. The project, titled Super Challenged Heroes, will detail the struggles of being heroes in a world that treats you like a villain. The fantasy show, created by Larry Wilmore and comedian Bassem Youssef, features the Sharif family, an ordinary family who happens to have two superhero parents, at a time when it is illegal to be a superhero, forcing them to save the world in secret.
Super Challenged Heroes will highlight issues that immigrant families experience in America, especially in today's political climate. Wilmore believes that the show will also display the difficulties that assimilation causes in this country. However, Willmore said that the show will not be topical or feature President Trump. He notes that the series will take place in a different version of America and have its own unique world.
As reported by Deadline, Wilmore's first solo sale project with ABC began as a superhero idea he had for a while. When Wilmore originally inked the deal, executives encouraged him to explore Disney IP. The show's creator originally wanted to create a show based on The Incredibles, but he was unable work with the Disney property. He decided to feature a Middle Eastern family of heroes after watching his partner Youssef's documentary Tickling Giants. The documentary followed Youssef's decision to leave his job as a heart surgeon to become a full-time comedian. Youssef is known as the Jon Stewart of Egypt. The pair will write and executive produce the series.
Youssef had this to say about the project:
“To have ABC challenge the narrative and stereotypes that have long stuck to people in my region is something spectacular to say the least. To have only terrorist roles available for us one day, then get to play superheroes the next, is ground breaking. I am grateful to work with, Larry Willmore, one of the most talented writers and producers in the market. SCH is unprecedented, culture-defining, and entertaining for the whole family.”
Wilmore's production of the fantasy show should be refreshing, considering his work on hit comedy shows, like , black-ish, The Bernie Mac Show and The Nightly Show. He also serves as an executive producer for HBO's Insecure and Black Don't Crack alongside Viola Davis. He is also helping to develop ABC's show, The Mayor.
We do not know when Super Challenged Heroes will premiere, but we will keep you posted with any updates.