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Larry Wilmore and Bassem Youssef teaming up for Middle Eastern superhero comedy

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Mar 26, 2021, 10:00 AM EDT (Updated)

ABC is working on a new superhero comedy, which will be a groundbreaking take on the genre.

According to Deadline, the show will explore the question "What is it like to be a hero in a world that treats you like a villain?" The untitled show (aka Super Challenged Heroes, SCH) centers on a Middle Eastern-American family with two superhero parents, in a world where it is illegal to be a superhero. So the parents must save the world in secret. It's being developed by Larry Wilmore (The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore, In Living Color) and Egyptian satirist, physician, and television host Bassem Youssef (Tickling Giants, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert).

“At its heart, it is a family show about assimilation and the difficulties and the problems and the conflicts with assimilation,” says Wilmore. “There are so many issues immigrant families face becoming Americans. To combine this with a fantasy adventure show seemed like an interesting approach to a family show.”

Despite the fact that both Wilmore and Youssef have political comedy backgrounds, Wilmore promises that the show won't be overly topical. “There won’t be a President Trump. Even though it would be America, it won’t be this version of America, it won’t be a political show in this sense, it will be in its own world.”

Wilmore does hope that Youssef will want to act in the show, but "Jon Stewart of Egypt" doesn't have any acting aspirations.

“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 groundbreaking,” says Youssef.

(via Deadline)