First FOX announces that its wildly popular crime drama series 24 will be returning as an event miniseries. Now it appears that NBC‘s cult favorite superhero serial Heroes will return to television in a similar manner.
Heroes: Reborn–a standalone 13-episode miniseries–will air in 2015, making next year one for nerddom to anticipate for more than just its movies.
The original Heroes was a serialized drama about the appearance of individuals with comic book style super powers in the “real” world. Season one’s “Save The Cheerleader, Save The World” story arc kicked off the show on a strong point–but the series was unable to maintain the same momentum in later seasons: Season two was butchered by the 2007 writer’s strike, throwing the story line into chaos that the following two seasons were never quite able to recover from. The series was cancelled after season four.
Regardless, Heroes still has a very strong fanbase–and has become Universal TV‘s biggest international and DVD seller. There was talk of a 2 hour or even 4 hour special to tie up the loose ends of season four, and Microsoft‘s X-Box once entered into talks with Universal TV and the show’s creator Tim Kring to produce a new season (presumably on X-Box Live).
It’s reasonable to assume the return of 24 may have provided the impetus necessary to bring Heroes back to TV.
Heroes: Reborn will follow the story of a new cast of exceptional individuals–but the appearance of one or more of the original show’s stars is not out of the question, as NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said:
…we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in.
So the new miniseries could well be visited by such popular Heroes regulars as Milo Ventimiglia, Greg Grunberg, Hayden Penettiere, Adrian Pasdar, Zachary Quinto, Masi Oka, Ali Larter and Sendhil Ramamurthy.
The early critical and viewer success of Heroes was a surprise to NBC, as is its continuing cult status–it seems they eventually realized there’s an audience here, and a chance to make up for the mistakes of the shows latter days–as Salke put it:
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.
The miniseries will be preceded by a short webseries. Heroes: Reborn was announced on NBC last night during the network’s Winter Olympics coverage with this promo:
Nerd Bastards will be bringing you further developments as they become available……awesome! 🙂