During the Olympic coverage in primetime Saturday NBC announced a surprising return of its super popular “Heroes” as a new miniseries. A press release was issued right after the commercial made the initial announcement on television.
The series, which aired from 2006-2010, will return in 2015 as â€śHeroes Rebornâ€ť, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke announced Saturday. Before the show debuts on TV in 2015, NBC plans to launch a digital series to introduce the plot and characters. No cast members have been announced, though some may end up being from the original series’ four seasons, which aired from 2006 to 2010.
â€śThe enormous impact Heroes had on the television landscape when it first launched in 2006 was eye-opening,â€ť said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke in a press release.
She continued, â€śShows with that kind of resonance donâ€™t come around often and we thought it was time for another installment. Weâ€™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 wonâ€™t rule out the possibility of some of the showâ€™s original cast members popping back in.â€ť
The original series chronicled the intertwined stories of unrelated ordinary people who discovered they had superhuman abilities and learned they were part of a grand plan that brought them together to change the world. The show helped pioneer multiplatform storytelling, as some narratives were told only online â€” an uncharacteristic tactic for networks at the time.
Heroes was a big hit in its first season, averaging 14.5 million viewers, but ratings declined sharply afterward as some fans began to sour on its heavily serialized story about a group of people with superpowers. However, Heroes performed well on DVD, having sold more than 10 million units.
Kring went on to create Touch, a Fox drama that marked star Kiefer Sutherland’s return about two years after 24 ended. But the show faded quickly and was canceled after two seasons. Heroes Reborn joins 24: Live Another Day, due in May, as the latest canceled series to get a limited-run revival, reports USA Today.
The decision to revive Heroes comes as sci-fi fare continues to be a hot genre on both broadcast and cable. Heroes might be coming back onto a field with plenty of competition, depending on how many current superhero projects get renewed or greenlit.
This pilot season, NBC is prepping a DC Comics take with Constantine, and ABC has found success with Marvel adaptation Agents of SHIELD. Heroes Reborn gives NBC instant brand recognition, giving the network a leg up with marketing costs and fanboys, says the Hollywood Reporter.
Among the people in the original cast, which include several actors in a few of today’s hit shows across networks, were Hayden Panettiere, Zachary Quinto, Ali Larter, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia, Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg and Adrian Pasdar.