Often regarded as the most popular supernatural show of all-time, NBC has officially announced that ‘Heroes’ will return in a 13-episode limited-event series. The official news about ‘Heroes: Reborn’ broke late Saturday night via a random press release from NBC president Jennifer Salke stating:
“The enormous impact that ‘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.”
News of ‘Heroes’ being revived is definitely a huge shocker, especially since the show’s ratings declined dramatically after the 2007-2008 Writer’s strike and led to its eventual cancellation a few years later. Ever since, some of the show’s greatest actors went on to find larger roles on other networks (e.g. Hayden Panettiere on ABC’s ‘Nashville’, Zachary Quinto on FX’s ‘American Horror Story’), but even I found myself missing Claire and Sylar as part of my weekly television lineup. While the ‘Heroes’ reboot will star a mainly new cast, NBC promises some appearances from the series’ legendary characters. With filming beginning soon, there’s hope that NBC’s ‘Heroes: Reborn’ series just may save the network’s struggling ratings – or they could just ask for Micah’s help.