I’ve heard of campaigns to bring “Firefly” back – “Firefly” fans have been very vocal about their desire for the show’s return – but I swear I have not once ever heard anyone say they wanted “Heroes” to return. I honestly don’t even recall anyone being disappointed when it was canceled. I remember being disappointed when it got so terrible…season one was so good until that finale! But nonetheless, “Heroes” is coming back for a 13-episode event titled “Heroes Reborn,” set to air in 2015. Original series creator Tim Kring is on board to run the project, which will be a stand-alone story; the characters have not yet been announced.
NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke had this to say about the network’s decision:
“The enormous impact Heroes had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening. 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.”
I’m guessing that NBC was inspired but the popularity of Fox’s decision to reboot “24” for a limited series to launch this May. The only difference is that “24” actually still has a fan base. Are there still fans of “Heroes” out there? I’m not so sure about that. Plus there’s a whole slate of promising superhero series coming next year including the “Arrow” spinoff “The Flash” and Fox’s Batman prequel “Gotham”. The television landscape has changed dramatically since “Heroes” debuted in 2006, so I find it doubtful that a reboot will ever be able to compete, unless it is truly stellar.
After an initially strong start (averaging 14.5 million viewers its first season), “Heroes” was widely considered to have collapsed creatively after the disastrously unpopular season one finale. Even the most diehard of fans ended up dropping out by the time the show was canceled four years ago. But event television is always a ratings grabber and “Heroes” performed well on DVD, so maybe it’s not such a bad idea after all. And being an ex-Heroes fan, I have to say, I would love nothing more than to see series creator Tim Kring have a chance at vindicating himself by making good on the show’s initial promise. Fingers are crossed.
What do you think of “Heroes” coming back? Let us know in the comments!
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