UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Feb. 22, 2014 — NBC is bringing back its conquering “Heroes.”
An iconic series that still commands a rabid fan base, “Heroes” will return to the network in 2015 as an event miniseries with original creator and executive producer Tim Kring at the helm, it was announced today by NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke.
NBC has ordered 13 episodes for a new stand-alone story arc entitled “Heroes Reborn,” with all details of storylines and characters being kept under wraps.
“The enormous impact ‘Heroes’ had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. “Shows with that kind of resonance don’t come around often and we thought it was time for another installment. We’re thrilled that visionary creator Tim Kring was as excited about jumping back into this show as we were and we look forward to all the new textures and layers Tim plans to add to his original concept. Until we get closer to air in 2015, the show will be appropriately shrouded in secrecy, but we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in.”
The original series chronicled the life-changing stories of a series of unrelated ordinary people who discovered they had superhuman abilities. As the saga unfolded, they learned they were part of a grand plan that brought them together to change the world.
With the return of “Heroes Reborn,” NBC will launch a digital series prior to the 2015 premiere that will introduce the characters and new storylines. This leveraging of social media is a way for fans to re-engage with what was one for the true pioneers in multiplatform storytelling.
The iconic sci-fi series, which ran on NBC from 2006-10 and was an immediate hit, ranked as television’s #1 new drama with an average audience of 14.5 million viewers during its initial season. The show was Golden Globe-nominated in its first year of eligibility for best drama series; it won the BAFTA Award for best international series, the AFI Award, the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award, two People’s Choice Awards and the Television Critics Association Award for Program of the Year.
“Heroes” remains one of the best-selling TV series on DVD of all time with more than 10 million units sold.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Considering they canned it for the awful Cape show, it probably should have never been canceled in the first place. It had 20 million viewers at one point, if they even get a quarter of that, it will be a hit in the now destroyed battlefield of television.I can almost guarantee that it will do better ratings than most of NBC's shows including the internet beloved Community. I would think minus Zachery, most of the original cast will be back due to limited career options.
The Wee Baby Sheamus.Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
Ladies and gentlemen, the following public service message is brought to you by your friends from D-Generation X, who would like to remind each and every one of you that if you're not down with that, we've got two words for you... So stoked by this news. I still feel Heroes was the show that got screwed the worst by the writer's strike, and was just finding its groove again when it was cancelled. I was especially pissed NBC axed it on the cliffhanger it finished on, and I hope dealing with the aftermath of that is central to the new series.
Originally posted by EddieBurkettHayden Panettiere is still on Nashville, right? I could see that preventing her from coming back.
Wasn't Milo Ventimiglia in Mob City? (I think I saw him doing press for that...) Is that more than a mini-series, cuz that could keep him out.
Of course, both of those are moot if they killed the cheeleader or Peter at some point in season 4. I stopped watching, and unless the buzz around this is spectacular, I won't be picking it back up.
Neither Claire nor Peter died in season 4. In fact, Claire was the catalyst for said series-ending cliffhanger (she revealed the existence of supers to the world by jumping off a Ferris wheel in front of the press), so she's the most essential get as far as returning actors are concerned, IMO. Yes, Hayden is committed to Nashville, BUT given that this is going to be a summer miniseries, there should be a way for her to fit it into her schedule unless ABC decides to be colossal assholes about it. (And this is assuming Nashville gets renewed; every major entertainment/TV news website has it on the bubble due to bleh ratings.)
As far as Milo is concerned, Mob City didn't get renewed, so unless he's in a pilot that gets picked up, he'll be available.
smark/net attack Advisory System Status is: Elevated (Holds; June 18, 2006) While the switch from Cena to RVD should alleviate some complaints, the inevitability of the belt's return to Cena (note where Summerslam is this year) and the poor initial showing by the new ECW are enough to keep the indicator where it is for now. The pieces are in place, though, especially on RAW, for improvements to be made to the IWC's psyche in the near future.
I was going to suggest NBC bring back Golden Girls, then decided that was too sad of a joke, then realized the Betty White popularity means this has definitely been sincerely pitched by someone and has like a 45% chance of happening.
Originally posted by SchippeWreckEd Again #NBCreboots
Reiser Reborn is, given time, what I wish I had said.
What was that show with Ian McShane about ... well, I never saw it. Being the boss or something. The Black Donnellys?
Originally posted by lotjxThere is a very outside chance, me and a former W member maybe doing a podcast on this. The amount of venom pitting spit towards it by one of us could make it the best podcast ever! Maybe.
Please do it. Drop it the same night Punk comes back in Chicago.
Originally posted by Texas KellyYes, Hayden is committed to Nashville, BUT given that this is going to be a summer miniseries, there should be a way for her to fit it into her schedule unless ABC decides to be colossal assholes about it.
It's 13 episodes though. My impression was that NBC was calling it a "mini-series" only so if the ratings or show (or both) fall off a cliff, they don't have to announce that they've once again cancelled it. They can save face by saying "Hey, we called it a mini-series because were never planning on doing more than one season of this. We didn't fk up and bring back a failed show for no reason!"
Some tweets from people who went to the premiere tonight: @LWatkins84 - Thought QWERTY was adorable. It sure did make me miss Chicago, though. #kcfilmfest @BeccaRoman - #QWERTY was really thought-out and had great editing.