Who Wants to be a Superhero? debuts tonight on SciFi

There are so many American Idol clone competition talent shows on the air now that I’ve stopped caring. But I’m ready to make room in my life for SciFi’s new competition talent show, which debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

Screw people with narrow talents or people who think the can dance: Who Wants to be a Superhero? has superheros. It may not have a creative name, but it does feature Stan Lee as a judge. Did I mention it features superheros?

These aren’t existing superheros, like Toby Maguire versus Christian Bale. Instead, as SciFi explains, the six-episode series “will challenge a lucky few to create their very own superhero and reward the winner with the best reality competition prize yet: immortality!”

A total of 11 contestants have been selected to compete; they include Cell Phone Girl, Fat Momma, Iron Enforcer, and Monkey Woman. The finalists will “live as their brainchild heroes 24/7, all under Stan Lee’s watchful eye” and “be challenged with competitions designed to test their true natures.”

Who Wants to be a Superhero? [SciFi]
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