Hourman Added to The CW's Superhero Roster

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Hourman The CWThe CW’s heroic plan continues to unfold.

The network that brought you Arrow is developing Hourman, a drama based on a DC Comics character who can see flashes of terrible things that will happen an hour in the future, TVLine has confirmed.

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The hero of this story — who first appeared in a 1940 comic — is a highly intelligent, emotionally burdened pharmaceutical analyst who finds his purpose by preventing the tragedies he sees. Along the way, he hopes to reunite with his ex-wife and son.

Michael Caleo (Ironside) will pen the script, with Dan Lin (The Secret Lives of Wives) and Jennifer Gwartz (Veronica Mars) executive-producing in association with Warner Bros. TV.

 



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Comments (55)

  • Interesting. CW goes all out superhero. They really pushing the Supernatural to our screen. This reminds me there was a show were a man got Tomorrow´s newspaper and made changed things.

    Comment by Maki – November 5, 2013 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yep! Early Edition. It starred Kyle Chandler, AKA Coach from Friday Night Lights.

      Comment by I Heart Damon Salvatore – November 5, 2013 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I only realised now why Coach Taylor looked so familiar!

        Comment by mayiread – November 5, 2013 10:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • And don’t forget 7 Days starring that La Paglia guy. :D

        Comment by James – November 5, 2013 02:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Early Edition.

      Comment by Michael Sacal – November 5, 2013 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh how I loved that show… it was delightful.

      Comment by Lisa London – November 5, 2013 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, Early Edition is the first thing I thought of too.

      Comment by JC – November 5, 2013 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aren’t the “previously on Hourman” and “next week on Hourman” going to get redundant?

    Comment by mawhi – November 5, 2013 09:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Um, a superhero who depends on drugs for his powers? Yeah, this might not bode so well, lol.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – November 5, 2013 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Captain America got his powers from steroids.

      Comment by Josh – November 5, 2013 09:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Better superheroing through drugs.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – November 5, 2013 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • so do cloak and dagger, then of course there is the mutant growth hormone which has been used by many characters in marvels history.

        Comment by Alan – November 5, 2013 10:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Well Spidey got his from an industrial accident. Which would you prefer?

          Comment by Bad Samaritan – November 6, 2013 09:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You need a better picture, unless the show is about the android version of Hourman, heh.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – November 5, 2013 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I miss early edition. was a nice family show

    Comment by lord byron – November 5, 2013 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • o_0 Admitted geek here, and that doesn’t sound like any Hourman I’ve ever heard of In the comics, he’s basically a guy who can take a pill once a day that gives him super-powers for an hour.

    This sounds more like Angel, minus the vampires and demons swooping in to save the day.

    Comment by Maho – November 5, 2013 09:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Late in his career, the second Hourman, Rick Tyler (son of Rex Tyler, the original), developed exactly the ability described here.

      Comment by steve o (@ravenwing263) – November 5, 2013 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Too bad this premise is NOTHING like the comic book character and is exactly like Early Edition. Oh CW/WB/DC, will you EVER get live adaptations right? I mean, Marvel has given you the blueprint for success. Wouldn’t it be better to copy their success instead of continue with one epic fail after another?

    Comment by Alex – November 5, 2013 09:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So would you be ok if someone pitched this as a new Hourman comic? It’s not like the character has ever really had a premise that stuck for more than a brief time. My favorite version is the one from the late 90s early 2000s where he could get advice from his dad but he only got an hour total and then he was gone.

      Comment by Josh – November 5, 2013 09:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Actually I like the idea of going back to the original, with a twist. He’s a chemist that discovers a compound that gives him super strength and agility for an hour, and due to his genetic makeup it only works on him. But there’s a downside, he becomes horribly addicted to it and it takes a very real physical toll on his body, so he’s always facing a tough decision: does he use it and help people knowing it’s going to give him horrible withdrawal when it wears off and possibly kill him if he uses it too much, or does he ignore the rush of the drug and the thrill of being a superhero and suck up the guilt of of letting innocent people get hurt? I think that would actually make a compelling drama. Oh wait, it’s the CW. They don’t do real drama, only teenage angst-ridden faux drama. Oh well. Coulda been an interesting show.

        Comment by Alex – November 5, 2013 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Actually, it sounds like they’ve combined the Rick Tyler Hourman (who could see an hour into the future and work to prevent things from happening) with his father Rex (pharmaceutical wonderkind with estranged family members).

      Comment by Anthony – November 5, 2013 10:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It sounds similar to Tru Calling, except Tru would rewind the day to prevent the tragedy from happening.

    Comment by Mikael – November 5, 2013 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Exactly what I tought!

      Comment by Azerty – November 5, 2013 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • (Mild Arrow spoilers) Interestingly enough, Brother Blood just used a drug that he called ‘a miracle’ on Arrow. Hourman’s ability bestowing drug in the comics is called Miraclo…

    Comment by Joe – November 5, 2013 09:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Why not do a Black Canary spinoff or Birds Of Prey?

      Comment by JC – November 5, 2013 10:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • There was a terrible Birds of Prey with Dina Meyer a few years ago. No thanks!

        Comment by Amy – November 5, 2013 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I’ve seen it – thanks. But if it was so bad why not do a better version? I’d just like to see them try a female-led superhero show. Not that I don’t love Arrow, but still, why not?

          Comment by JC – November 5, 2013 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sorry Joe – that was actually meant to be a standalone comment rather than a reply. :(

      Comment by JC – November 5, 2013 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds terrible.

    Comment by Drewer – November 5, 2013 10:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want a Hawkman series.

    Comment by Candice – November 5, 2013 10:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • file this one under “adaptations i never expected to hear about”

    Comment by Alan – November 5, 2013 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This. So much this.

      Comment by Zorkel – November 5, 2013 11:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m interested to see how the CW tries to pass off a buff 20-year-old model as a divorced father.

    Comment by Matt – November 5, 2013 11:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Paging Chace Crawford!

      Comment by Cynthia – November 5, 2013 12:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It will be interesting to see if they do tackle the issue of Miraclo (the pill which gives him an hour of powers) and that in the comics in some interpretations he became an addict.

    Comment by Greg – November 5, 2013 11:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Um….okay CW….just reel it in a bit. Calm down with all the superhero stuff already.

    Comment by Sara – November 5, 2013 12:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s faux-superhero at best, which makes it even more infuriating cause it’ll wind up being another show that’s nothing but angst. No real drama, no real superhero action, just a cast of people bitching and moaning about how awful their lives are for 40 minutes, despite them all having model good looks, expensive clothes, top notch hair and makeup, and living in impossibly large, spacious, and well-decorated houses/apartments. Y’know, just like real life.

      Comment by Alex – November 5, 2013 12:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A one-hour drama series about Hourman? Can you say perfect?

    It would be natural for the series to, at some later date (if it goes to series), explore addiction, since the Miraclo pills that give the Rex Tyler incarnation of the character his temporary superpowers are addictive – and the parallel between his story and steroids addicts is just right there.

    It’s too bad that the pilot script is being written by the guy who did the woeful Ironside reboot.

    Comment by Sheldon W. – November 5, 2013 12:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I wonder if there will be an episode where Hourman watches an episode of 24.

      Comment by mlauenstein – November 6, 2013 10:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reminds me of the Eliza Dushku / Matt Bomer series, Tru Calling.

    Comment by Jason – November 5, 2013 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Was he in that? I’d forgotten that.

      Comment by JC – November 5, 2013 01:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Love interest of sorts in the first season I believe. If I recall correctly Jason Presley killed him during a rewind.

        Comment by Zak – November 5, 2013 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I remember her having a boyfriend that was killed. But I didn’t remember that he was played by Matt Bomer. Wow.

          Comment by JC – November 5, 2013 07:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope they are using the Rick or Matthew Tyler version of the character. Rex Tyler sucks.

    Comment by alistaircrane – November 5, 2013 01:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Paging Trevor Donovan. Please make Booster Gold CW!

    Comment by Dr.Comic – November 5, 2013 02:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have the power to see one television season in the future, and I see this show being cancelled.

    Comment by PityPat – November 5, 2013 03:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • CW and Warner create TV shows based on DC Comic Characters but never but them into their cinematic universe, Arrow will have his own FLASH and both of them won’t get into the upcoming (and so far far away) JLA movie.

    Comment by Fernanda – November 5, 2013 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • would have preferred them launch a female superhero show. CW is the perfect place for that.

    Comment by liz – November 5, 2013 03:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A superhero who is an “emotionally burdened pharmaceutical analyst who finds his purpose by preventing the tragedies he sees.” Sounds good – a superhero from the medical industry. Now, can Hourman get some of his superhero friends at Google together and go to Washington DC and they can write some java script code to help fix the ACA servers so I don’t keep getting that darn error message day long?

    If Hourman can do that, fine, I will gladly watch this CW program.

    Comment by Code Boy – November 5, 2013 04:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Still don’t understand why the DC Universe in other media (TV & movies) work so hard at remaining seperate. Wasn’t that the main reason why Marvel creamed them originally in the Silver Age? So much potential…& why use a third rate (maybe fourth rate?) hero like Hourman?

    Comment by gryssy – November 5, 2013 08:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Always excited for more superhero shows, and for more shows on CW worth watching. To be honest, I think I like the Early Edition-esque version that we will be getting over the original idea. Superhero who gets his powers from pills seems a liiiiittle too similar to Underdog for my taste.

    Comment by I heart superheroes – November 6, 2013 08:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Who the hell is Hourman? DC has a lot of characters we’ve heard of before, why would they choose this one? Didn’t they try Aquaman some years back? What about Wonder Woman? Some of us would even take John Constantine if they keep him British like in the books! Honestly CW, you could do this so much better.

    Comment by Bad Samaritan – November 6, 2013 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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