'Hulk' TV Series Hopes to Debut on ABC in 2013

ABC President Paul Lee reveals that a new dramatic series based on the popular comic book is still in development.

Hulk in development for 2013
Hulk in development for 2013
ABC announced its upcoming 2012-2013 fall schedule today, and with it came some exciting news for Marvel's The Avengers fans. The proposed The Incredible Hulk TV series reboot, which we first heard about way back in November of 2010, is still in development.

Guillermo del Toro is attached to this hour long drama as a producer, and its been given a bump of enthusiasm by the Hulk's appearance in this summer's billion dollar movie Marvel's The Avengers.

This is what ABC president Paul Lee said while announcing the rest of ABC's impending slate.

"Hulk is in development. It wasn't going to be ready this season but we hope it's going to be ready for next season."

About other Marvel properties coming to ABC via the small screen, Lee had this to say.

"We're immensely proud to be a company with Marvel's The Avengers. We're going to continue to develop aggressively. We've got some in development, but none that I can talk about at this point."

Its too early to tell what this means for a third Hulk stand-alone film, and its highly unlikely that Mark Ruffalo will star in this small screen adaptation. ABC is owned by Walt Disney, the company behind Marvel Studios. A TV series based on The Punisher is also said to be in the works for ABC TV.

Would anyone frown at a Teen Hulk on ABC Family?



Sources: THR

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  1. Anthony D Yelistro

    YOU GUYS ARE FORGETING ABOUT THE VILLAINS!!!

    these are some villains that SHOULD BE in the tv series. :)

    1. The leader
    2. the gargoyle
    3. The abomination
    4. absorbing man
    5. zzzax
    6. half ife
    7. The madman
    8. Ravage
    9. flux
    and many more. . . .
    a tv series can fit up too as many villains you want.

    2 years agoby @Anthony-D-YelistroFlag

  2. Anthony D Yelistro

    i think it whould be really incredible to have hulk tv series. Because HULK IS A BIG GUY AND DISSERVES A BIGGER THING. big guys must have Big things. AND ALSO FOR A MOVIE YOU CAN ONLY FIT no more than 3 villains. BUT FOR A TV SERIES YOU CHOULD ESTABLISH AND PUT AS MANY VILLAINS AS YOU WANT.

    2 years agoby @Anthony-D-YelistroFlag

  3. Juicy1

    Yes, I would love the HULK TV Show to show the hulk as a teenager in high school and action figure toys for the show.

    2 years agoby @Juicy1Flag

  4. Josh

    I can see it working if it sticks to the more traditional Hulk formula of having him travel around, meeting different people and helping them, and he only becomes Hulk for a small portion of each episode. Otherwise the budget will just be too large for TV, especially if they try to get Rufallo for the role (which I think is unlikely).

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  5. Sean

    @skywise I know. It just wouldn't work out well.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. skywise

    @themoviefanatic your right, it just wouldnt look like Hulk.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  7. JonSpidey07

    the third TV series
    after the Bill Bixby series and the 90s cartoon I hope that they can air this for a while otherwise the Hulk franchise itself might as well slit its own wrists while it's still ahead
    let's face it, the movies havent really been praised as great works
    Ang Lee's version tanked critically despite lots of money, and the Louis Leterrier one was better received but for some reason tanked financially
    strange.....
    anyways, high hopes for Hulk's return to television

    3 years agoby @jonspidey07Flag

  8. CUPID

    @writer220 Forget those guys, Smallville was awesome!

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @2movieguys He'll be the security guard.

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. CelluloidDreams

    REALLY!! Bill Bixby is rolling in his grave.! I wonder how Lou Ferrigno feels about this!??!

    3 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  11. Vamp

    Hmmm... Not sure how I feel about this, honestly.

    3 years agoby @vampire2000Flag

  12. Sean

    @skywise Honestly, i think that the Hulk would look tacky that way, if they had someone look like the Hulk, the same way that Hellboy's character was put together with make-up for the Hellboy movies.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  13. Writer220

    Lay off of Smallville, I know quite a number of people didn't like it but you don't have to go there again.
    I enjoyed for what it was and that's all.

    Give the green giant a film career, TV wouldn't do it justice.

    3 years agoby @writer220Flag

  14. Nicholaus XX

    @Alan-Solares -- Agreed. Smallville was a complete joke from the start, and it winded up being a joke that didn't die. Thanks to schoolgirls and cougars, the show lasted 8-10 seasons.

    I guess this is just another attempt at a prank.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  15. phatalphd

    this could be very dope....they better be using CGI though, no one wants to see someone painted green smashing stuff. Spend the money and do it right, and you'll make the money back with ratings and dedicated fans. Who wouldnt want to see the hulk every week?

    3 years agoby @phatalphdFlag

  16. skywise

    @themoviefanatic he doesnt HAVE to be CGI'd. Look at what Del Toro did on Hellboy. there will probably be 2 actos like the old series one the scientist and then with prosthetics the other.....i have faith it could work but i think that people might be getting burned out of all these different Hulk incarnations as one person mentioned below

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  17. skywise

    when people start throwing names around like, Guillermo del Toro i take notice. If anyone can do it he can.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  18. incmob

    will end up in the same spot as... birds of prey, witchblade, blade, wonderwoman and aquaman. This is not the 70's anymore... it may have worked well for that time frame, but not for now. plus, on top of that it would be the fourth hulk in a matter of 9 years span.

    3 years agoby @incmobFlag

  19. Mka47

    of course it would be abc

    3 years agoby @mka47Flag

  20. ROFLitschristian

    *sniff sniff*

    Smells like cancellation.

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  21. Sean

    @cupid I agree with you on that. A sequel to the Incredible Hulk wth Mark Ruffalo playing the hulk would be good. Also, you're right, a tv show for the Hulk wouldn't work, because of the CGI would most likely not even be involved and wouldn't be good with out it being involved, it just would not turn out to good at all.

    3 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  22. Alan Solares

    Why does every superhero show has to be A F*CKING SOAP-OPERA!! They f*cked up Superman show into Smallville, Blade into another canceled Sticky Fingaz video, Batman show might actually work since its already drama, The Hulk was the sh*t as drama show back in the oldies, but nobody wants to see muscle head painted green nowadays, so nay on this.

    3 years agoby @Alan-SolaresFlag

  23. CUPID

    This isn't going to work, because we're not gonna get a CGI Hulk like in the movies so that's a fail right there and even if they did try doing it like in the movies the budget would be crazy high, all i want is a sequel to The Incredible Hulk (Ruffalo playing Banner of course) by 2014.

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  24. Writer220

    Not a live action version for a TV show.

    The Punisher would only work if it was made as a film and under a great action director. I enjoyed the other two it's just as a TV show it wouldn't work very well. Look at Blade, yes I enjoyed it but it got cancelled.

    3 years agoby @writer220Flag

  25. T.Clark

    Just to clarify, a Hulk tv show has been in the works (or at least been trying to get the green light) for some time now, before The Avengers was a financial juggernaut and the Hulk was praised so highly for his portrayal in the movie. That's just what got it the definite go-ahead. And who can blame them? A Hulk show worked before, it could work again. Only thing is that studios are a lil more inclined now to cancel big budget shows if they don't start off well right outta the gate.

    3 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  26. JasonKat

    this is a bad idea,
    Dont start making tv shows of these guys just because the movie made millions, , it will bore the hell out of fans by da time the real film comes out.
    Not to mention, the show will suck just like terminator did,

    3 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  27. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Either way, HULK squad comes out next year, so hopefully, it will be good or suck

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  28. Kayje Nogue

    I like the idea of a live-action Hulk tv series. But I think the series should set up for the Avengers. The first season could take off after or even before The Avengers. Ruffalo should play Banner in the show. Then we also get cameos from Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and SHIELD. And then we shouldn't have ANOTHER Hulk reboot. I also like idea of a Punisher tv series, but from Disney/ABC? I do not like that. It should be SHOWTIME or HBO.

    3 years agoby @Kayje-NogueFlag

  29. ejk1

    @artkid04 The difference here is that ABC would be forced to do everything it can to make Hulk a success. Thanks to The Avengers, Marvel is Disney's golden child. ABC will be careful not to give the short shrift to anything Marvel. But I would rather have a film.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  30. TheDude1

    Not liking this idea. The first hulk movie back in 2003 failed so they waited 5 years to reboot it for The Avengers and that did so so at the box office and now they want a TV series. What happens if the TV series doesn't do well? Another movie reboot?

    I would much rather see a sequel to The Incredible Hulk than anything else. Let Ruffalo play Bruce Banner again and set it up for The Avengers 2.

    3 years agoby @thedude1Flag