If you grew up in the '70s (or watched a lot of reruns of '70s children's shows) you were likely familiar with the work of Sid and Marty Krofft. The brothers rank among the most influential television producers of all time, delivering shows like H.R. Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost and the Saturday morning variety show simply called The Krofft Supershow. Within the Supershow, a number of smaller series were aired, including Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, a female superhero adventure series that put its own spin on the kind of campy, gadget-filled TV crimefighting popularized by the Batman TV series of the 1960s.
The show only lasted one season, in 1976, and aired 16 15-minute episodes, but it remains a classic of its era. In 2001, a pilot was produced that featured an older, alcoholic Electra Woman coaxed into returning to crimefighting by a fan, but the concept never made it to series. Now Electra Woman and Dyna Girl is getting a second chance at a return.
Legendary Digital Media and Fullscreen announced yesterday that they're launching a new version of the series starring YouTube personalities Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart in the respective title roles. The series will follow Electra Woman and Dyna Girl as they move from Ohio to Los Angeles, hoping to make it big in the superhero world. Helbig, best known for her YouTube series It's Grace, and Hart, best known for her series My Drunk Kitchen, will serve as executive producers on the series alongside the Kroffts. Music video director Chris Marrs PIliero will direct the series.
"Legendary is no stranger to the world of superheroes and we're excited that Sid & Marty Krofft's Electra Woman and Dyna Girl will mark the first female crime-fighting duo for our brand," said Legendary Digital Media senior vp development and production Greg Siegel. "Partnering with Fullscreen to deliver top quality digital content for our global fan base is an exciting next step for our growing digital division. I look forward to seeing how Grace and Hannah bring these caped crusaders back to life."
The series is now filming, but we don't know yet when it will be released, or on what platforms. If you know Helbig and Hart at all, though, you know they have great chemistry together, so this could end up being a lot of fun.