February 22, 2014 at 9:35 pm #310882
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Saturday February 22, 2014 @ 7:23pm PST
On the heels of Fox reviving its iconic drama 24 as an event miniseries, NBC is doing the same with one of its most popular serialized dramas of the past decade, superhero series Heroes. Creator Tim Kring is back shepherding the 13-episode new standalone arc entitled Heroes: Reborn, which will air in 2015.
The original series chronicled the intertwined stories of unrelated ordinary people who discovered they had superhuman abilities and learned they were part of a grand plan that brought them together to change the world. Heroes Reborn will feature a new group of characters, though “we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said. Heroes original cast included Milo Ventimiglia, Greg Grunberg, Hayden Penettiere, Adrian Pasdar, Zachary Quinto, Masi Oka, Ali Larter and Sendhil Ramamurthy. The characters and storylines from Heroes Reborn will be introduced in a digital series prior to the launch of the TV miniseries.
Heroes epitomizes the pitfalls of heavily serialized drama seies. It launched in 2006 with a very strong first-season arc, becoming a critical darling as well as an instant pop culture phenomenon that coined the famous tagline “Save the Cheerleader Save the World.” But it then struggled to maintain the momentum and reinvent itself, ending its run after four seasons. Nevertheless, Heroes quickly earned a cult status, with fans still passionate about it and rallying to bring it back even after NBC abandoned an idea it considered at the time of Heroes’ May 2010 cancellation of doing a 2-hour TV movie or 4-hour miniseries to wrap the show’s storyline. Heroes has been one of the most profitable titles for NBC’s sister studio, Universal TV, ranking as its biggest international and DVD seller. The studio had been exploring ways of doing another Heroes chapter with new characters elsewhere, with Microsoft’s Xbox at one point entering discussions with Kring and Uni TV for a new season that didn’t come to fruition. Maybe encouraged by the great reaction fans of 24 have had to the reboot of that cult series as an event mini, NBC opted to step in and take in the project as a miniseries. “The enormous impact Heroes had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,” Salke said. “Shows with that kind of resonance don’t come around often and we thought it was time for another installment. The network made the Heroes Reborn announcement during its Olympics coverage tonight with the following promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXUjpHHfTLYFebruary 22, 2014 at 9:39 pm #310884
Besides NBC, who even wants this? With 24, at least the show hadn’t fallen apart the way Heroes did and managed to provide a decent ending. And with Kring running the show again, I doubt this will be any different from the regular show. I won’t be fooled again. Pass.February 22, 2014 at 10:11 pm #310885
It begs the question of which show ABC should bring back as a movie/miniseries. Pushing Daisies? There’s talk of a musical.February 22, 2014 at 10:56 pm #310886
The last season of 24 premiered to a 3.9 rating; its last episode rated a 2.9.
It went off the air because it was too expensive.
The last season of Heroes premiered to a 2.8; its last episode rated a 2.0 the same year.
It went off the air because not enough people wanted to watch it.
24 was also on for nine years, whereas Heroes was on for four.
24 was still able to produce compelling television when it ended; Heroes had sucked for years.February 22, 2014 at 11:20 pm #310887
I swear to god I had a dream two days ago where I saw Ali Larter and Masi Oka and I thought well that was very weird and random. This explains it!!
I’d certainly want to see it return! Loved the show (well at least the first two seasons.)February 23, 2014 at 2:40 am #310888
No thanks.February 23, 2014 at 6:57 am #310889
How long until ABC announces a Lost spin off?February 23, 2014 at 7:46 am #310890
Heroes was a huge mess and the second season wasn’t even half way through. I don’t know who would even want this except every single cast member not named Hayden Pannettiere. Everybody else has been very much out of sight since the show ended.February 23, 2014 at 9:15 am #310891
Gross and desperate, NBC.February 23, 2014 at 10:38 am #310892
Hayden could be the only reason I would watch. Saying that, no Hayden means not a success.February 23, 2014 at 10:40 am #310893
If ABC announces that an Alias mini series is in the works, I wouldn’t be shocked given this rule/catagory change.February 23, 2014 at 11:15 am #310894
What could CBS bring back? Nothing comes to mind.February 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm #310895
Heroes was a huge mess and the second season wasn’t even half way through. I don’t know who would even want this except every single cast member not named Hayden Pannettiere. Everybody else has been very much out of sight since the show ended.
Zachary Quinto is keeping himself busy as well. Granted, I think his run on Broadway in The Glass Menagerie ends today, so he could be available to shoot something for 2015.February 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm #310896
[quote=”BenitoDelicias”]Heroes was a huge mess and the second season wasn’t even half way through. I don’t know who would even want this except every single cast member not named Hayden Pannettiere. Everybody else has been very much out of sight since the show ended.
Zachary Quinto is keeping himself busy as well. Granted, I think his run on Broadway in The Glass Menagerie ends today, so he could be available to shoot something for 2015. [/quote]
Unless he’s shooting Star Trek 3.