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At its recent upfront event (the annual announcement of the network’s new fall series), NBC offered up additional details regarding its upcoming reboot of Heroes, the superhero television series that ran from 2006-2010 on the network.
The network confirmed that the series would be 13 episodes in length and offer a standalone story line that would be resolved during its run (committing to the so-hot-right-now television trend of airing short seasons with complete and fully realized arcs. Heroes creator Tim Kring will be back on board for the project, and the series will focus on newly created characters- but that doesn’t mean that characters from the original series won’t make appearances.
According to NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, “some of the familiar faces from the show are bound to drop in,” but he stopped short of announcing any names in particular. Several of the original series’ cast members have moved onto bigger and better things, and would be unlikely to drop into the series (Hayden Panettiere- who is currently appearing on ABC’s Nashville and Zachary Quinto- now famous from his turn as Spock in the Star Trek film reboot are arguably the show’s most famous alums).
NBC also confirmed that Heroes: Reborn will have an online tie-in, which will offer additional stories that will ties into the television series. The show, and its online content, are expected to appear on screens in 2015.