NBC is making yet another stab at nostalgia after cancelling Michael J. Fox’s sitcom and having talks with Bill Cosby for a new show. Going further back, NBC had unsuccessful revivals of Knight Rider, The Bionic Woman, and American Gladiators. This time, the Peacock is looking for some “Heroes.”
Four years after cancellation, NBC announces “Heroes Reborn.” The 13-episode miniseries, which will bring back creator and executive producer Tim Kring, will launch in 2015.
According to the press release, Heroes still allegedly “commands a rabid fan base.” That may be true for Hayden Panettiere (Claire the cheerleader) or Zachary Quinto (then Sylar, now Spock). My recall of Heroes is that its popularity seriously cooled down from the second season on. What fans DID fond memories for is the highly-rated and highly-praised first season.
For those who don’t know or have forgotten, Heroes is an ensemble series where ordinary people gained superpowers after a mysterious eclipse. Notable supers included an impervious cheerleader, a geek who can stop time, a few characters who can fly, a telepath who quickly fell in love with a speedster, and the Big Bad, Sylar, who can take anyone’s powers by eating their brains.
Oh, and there’s Milo Ventimiglia’s Peter Petrelli, but it makes my head hurt thinking about his character arcs. And there was the earth-moving carny villain from the last season who was previously Prison Break’s lovable bisexual cannibalistic convict. If my memory serves me right, the last episode of Heroes left a cliffhanger where Claire revealed herself to the world that she has powers.
Heroes inspired a parody called “Zeroes” back in the early days of YouTube. I remember some scuttlebutt about the four-part being uploaded by NBC themselves, but I don’t know how true that is. I also don’t recall Zeroes being so funny that I’ll revisit it now.
The Peacock network have ensured that details about the upcoming miniseries will be “shrouded in mystery,” yet original cast members may return. A digital series debuts prior to the “Reborn” premiere.
NBC’s press release is below:
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.