Sci Fi Channel renews 'Who Wants to Be a Superhero?'
By Christopher Rocchio, 10/10/2006
Up in the sky...it's a bird! It's a plane! Nope, its a second season of Who Wants to Be a Superhero?, the comic book-themed reality series that Sci Fi Channel has renewed for a second season.
As with the series first season, comic book legend Stan Lee will be searching for America's next great crime-fighter among contestants who create a superhero alter ego, all the while living together and competing in challenges. Similar to Superhero's first season, the second installment's winner's character will be immortalized in their own comic book.
Who Wants to Be a Superhero?'s first season averaged 1.5 million total viewers, and Sci Fi said the show also brought 2.9 million new viewers to the channel.
"The show garnered great reviews, attracted a record-breaking number of younger viewers to the channel and held its own against some very stiff competition on Thursday nights," Mark Stern, Sci Fi's executive vice president of original programming, told TheHollywood Reporter.
In its second season, Who Wants to Be a Superhero will be expanded from six to 10 one-hour episodes, which is set to air on Sci Fi in the summer of 2007. Lee said the extra episodes will allow producers to add to whatever "zany idea" or "outrageous gimmick" they come up with.