Last night, NBC dropped a bomb on the superhero world with the announcement of Heroes Reborn, a 13 episode miniseries set to air in 2015. Whether this is a continuation of where the original characters from Heroes left off or a completely new set of super people is yet to be confirmed. One thing is for sure, show creator Tim Kring is back for round two. Check out the teaser trailer and more news about the series leading up to its premiere after the jump.
For the uninitiated, Heroes was a smash hit its first season with an average viewership of 14.5 million pairs of eyes locked in when it debuted on the small screen in 2006. However, the show took a steep decline when it went off the rails in later seasons, and eventually cancelled in 2010 with no series finale. The original show featured the life-changing stories of ordinary people who discover they have superhuman abilities who are brought together to save the world.
Heroes catapulted the careers of Zachary Quinto (Star Trek; American Horror Story) and Hayden Panettiere (Nashville), and it also starred the likes of Ali Larter (Final Destination), Jack Coleman (Dynasty; Scandal), Milo Ventimiglia (Rocky Balboa), Masi Oka (Hawaii Five-0), Greg Grunberg (The Client List; Alias), Sendhil Ramamurthy (Beauty an the Beast; Covert Affairs), James Kyson, and Adrian Pasdar. Whether any of these actors will return remains to be confirmed, but besides Quinto and Panettiere, I’m sure the other actors could open up their schedules.
NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke had this to say about the series’ return:
“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.”
In the months leading up to the 2015 premiere, NBC will also launch a digital series online introducing the characters and the new storylines. If my memory serves correctly, they did this before and saw positive results. With how social media used now more than ever, and with how unique the show is in terms of secrets and mysteries, there are endless possibilities of how they could use this to their advantage.
Despite the terrible taste Heroes left in fans’ mouths when it got cancelled, I’m still rather intrigued by the world Kring developed and where he can go from here. The show asks so many interesting questions, it has fun story arcs for each hero, and had a great core group of characters to latch on to. Since they’re calling it a miniseries, my intuition tells me that NBC is seeing how well American Horror Story is working out for F/X and is most likely giving Kring a trial 13 episode run. If this is true miniseries fashion, we can assume all of the characters involved will have their stories rapped up this season and maybe we will see a new crop of heroes on a different part of the globe in the next rendition if this proves successful.
The first season is possibly one of the best in television history, which squandered that potential with less than favorable follow up seasons. 2015 is the perfect opportunity to strike with Avengers: Age of Ultron hitting theaters that same year as audiences will most likely be on a superhero high. And now I really want to rewatch Heroes, which ultimately I know will end up being a poor decision because of how horrendous seasons 3 and 4 are. #CONFLICTED
Heroes Reborn hits the boob tube in 2015, but you can watch all four seasons of Heroes on Netflix Instant right now.
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