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NBC Reboots Heroes


Over the weekend NBC announced that it would be rebooting its science fiction hit Heroes for a thirteen-episode miniseries to air in 2015. Because, why not? The new iteration will be called Heroes Reborn and will consist of an original story with its own set of fresh characters. However, NBC President of Entertainment Jennifer Salke makes sure to point out, “we won’t rule out the possibility of some of the show’s original cast members popping back in.” Seeing as how seemingly disappointing the series became, the participation of previous cast members could be a greater incentive for fans of the original series to tune in.

Heroes, which followed the interwoven stories of a group of ordinary people who develop superpowers and whose lives are consequently altered in considerable ways, premiered in 2006 with much hype and both critical and commercial success. However, the series failed to maintain its quality which led to dwindling ratings and less than favorable critical reception and was cancelled in May 2010. While rumblings of a potential movie or miniseries were heard after the cancellation, they were never realized. Regardless of the show’s apparent decline in quality, it has been one of the most profitable titles for Universal TV, earning great numbers in international DVD sales. And since its time on the air, new audiences have been introduced to the sci-fi drama. Salke hopes to benefit from the series’ life post-cancellation and states, “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.” Will you be watching Heroes Reborn?


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